Calder Plaza Is Hosting the Pride Festival

Grand Rapids Pride Festival crowd

West Michigan’s celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month takes place this weekend.

The Grand Rapids Pride Center is producing the 31st-annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival on June 15 from noon to 11 p.m. at Calder Plaza downtown, at 300 Monroe Ave. NW.

With the theme “Proud To Be,” the event will feature live music, more than 100 vendors, 10 food trucks — including B.D.’s BBQ, Patty Matters and Pressed in Time — and beverage options from Bell’s Brewery.

The festival’s main stage will feature musical performances beginning at 6 p.m.: including Mýa, the Grammy-winning artist who collaborated on the chart topper “Lady Marmalade”; MAX, the iHeart 2019 Best New Pop Artist nominee known for “Lights Down Low”; and Sizzy Rocket, a singer-songwriter best known for her 2016 debut album “Thrills.”

A community stage will feature local artists performing spoken word, slam poetry, music and more from noon to 5 p.m.

General admission tickets are $8, and VIP tickets are $50. Children 12 and under can enter for free.

VIP tickets provide access to the VIP lounge, catered food, a complimentary drink and space close to the entertainment stage.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

All proceeds from the event will support the Grand Rapids Pride Center.

Photo: Courtesy Grand Rapids Pride Center.

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