DENVER, CO – More than 425,000 people will flock to the Rocky Mountain area’s biggest celebration of LGBTQ pride this weekend. The Denver PrideFest takes place June 15-16 at Civic Center Park and features 250+ vendors, live entertainment on three stages, the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade and the Pride 5K Race.
The Denver PrideFest is hosted by the Center in Colfax and takes place on Saturday from 11am to 7pm and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Visiting the festival is free, but tickets for food and drink must be purchased at the festival stands.
The Coors Light Denver Pride Parade begins Sunday at 9:30 am in Cheesman Park and runs down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park.
Image courtesy Denver Pride
Governor Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay governor, will serve as one of the five Grand Marshals to lead the parade alongside First Gentleman Marlon Reis, State Representative Brianna Titone, Mardi Moore, Executive Director of Out Boulder County and drag performer Peppermint .
Parade parking lot
The parade organizers recommend using SpotHero. To reserve your parking space, visit the Denver PrideFest SpotHero Parking Page and book a space with rates up to 50% off the driveway.
Race organizers invite people to “run, run, roll, or zap” from the Colorado State Capitol Building to Cheesman Park and back.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the race starts at 9:30 a.m. A walk-up registration is possible on the day of the race.
The race begins at the Colorado State Capitol Building, heads east along 14th Avenue to Cheesman Park, then circles the park, travels west on 14th Avenue, and ends at the State Capitol:
The race costs $ 35 for adults, $ 30 for teens, and is free for children under 12. All funds raised by the Denver Pride5K go to the Center on Colfax’s programs and services for the LGBTQ community in Colorado: the youth center, health services, and social support groups.
The event takes place in historic Civic Center Park in the heart of downtown Denver at the intersection of Colfax and Broadway.
Three stages will provide entertainment throughout the weekend: the Center Stage, the US Bank Latin Stage and the Smirnoff Danceworld.
Festival parking lot
Just like with the parade, the organizers recommend using SpotHero. To reserve your parking space, visit the Denver PrideFest SpotHero Parking Page.
Parking for bicycles
No bicycles or unicycles are allowed in the park. Bicycle parking spaces are available around the Civic Center Park at the following locations:
- 14th Street between Bannock & Broadway (in front of the DAM)
- Broadway between 14th and 13th (in front of the Denver Public Library)
- 14th Street between Cherokee & Bannock (in front of the City & County Building)
- 11th & Broadway
- 12th & Broadway
- 13th & Broadway
- 16th & Broadway
- 12. & Lincoln
- 13th & Lincoln
- 13. & Acoma
- 14th & Cherokee
- 14th & yard
- 15th & yard
- Court & Colfax
All containers and bags will be searched before entering the festival site
- No outside alcohol allowed
- Only factory-sealed, non-alcoholic drinks are allowed in the park. No open beverage containers allowed. No glass containers. This includes water bottles. There are free water fountains in the park at Colfax & Bannock and on 14th & Broadway.
- No marijuana use is allowed in the park. Public marijuana use is illegal in Denver.
- No unauthorized sales, advertising, or giveaways
- No pets
- No coolers
A full list of rules can be found on the Denver Pride website.