APF Morning After Pride Brunch at Jilly's
Aug
25
11:30 AM11:30

APF Morning After Pride Brunch at Jilly's

Join us for our post festival Pride Brunch! Fantastic Bloody Mary bar, Mimosas and more! Our incredible cast and staff at Jilly's Music Room serve it up just right! Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Denise Russell, Cherry Veneer and valerie R Valentino take the stage for fantastic performances. There will be awesome cocktail specials and the best brunch in town. Call Jilly's to reserve your space NOW!

NO admission charge!

Akron Pride Merchandise will be available to purchase! Join the fun!

Brought to you by Akron Pride Festival and Jilly's!

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AKRON PRIDE FESTIVAL 2019 - Hardesty Park
Aug
24
11:00 AM11:00

AKRON PRIDE FESTIVAL 2019 - Hardesty Park

We celebrate Akron LGBTQ Pride 2019
Join us at Hardesty Park (1615 W. Market Street) - Akron, Ohio

We respectfully remember the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.

Entering its third year, the Akron Pride Festival is a day of fun and celebration in the name of equality. The festival is gearing up to bring a wide range of experiences for all ages. Attracting over 30,000 in its first two years, festival goers will again be connected to a vast array of local and out-of-state exhibitors comprised of corporate groups, community organizations, craft merchants, and more. A diverse lineup of food purveyors will be on site with tasty treats for festival patrons to enjoy throughout the day.

The day’s events are free and open to all. National entertainment headliners include award winning artists Deborah Cox and Steve Grand along with many awesome local acts!

The ever-popular Kids’ Zone returns from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Families will be able to enjoy the expanded area featuring bounce houses, a rock wall and trampoline bungee jump, kiddie ferris wheel, Woody and Jessie costume characters, and more. The Book Mobile will be on site again along with a number of hands-on and creative children’s activities.

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Akron Pride Festival Equality March
Aug
24
10:00 AM10:00

Akron Pride Festival Equality March

Equality March to Akron Pride Festival
A March of Equality for ALL!
Step off is at 10 a.m.

The third annual March for Equality is a celebration of our lives and our community. Join us, once again, as we march to show that Akron as a whole, supports equality for ALL people. The 1.5-mile march will begin in Highland Square on W. Market St. at N. Highland at 10 am and proceeds to Hardesty Park (1615 W. Market Street), the site of the Akron Pride Festival.

History: The first LGBT Pride was held on the first anniversary of the historic Stonewall Uprising in NYC. It was an unpermitted, explicitly political protest of anti-LGBT policies and attitudes. Nationwide, the march has since become an annual civil rights demonstration of individuality, spirit, and most importantly – pride. Over the years of continued oppression however, the purpose has continued to expand, honoring those we have lost to illness, violence, and neglect. Our commitment at Akron Pride Festival is to recognize our Pride event as a March until complete and full equality has been achieved for ALL people.

For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact march@akronpridefestival.org

This event is free to ALL!

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Akron’s 1st Pride + Peace CommUNITY Yoga Class
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Akron’s 1st Pride + Peace CommUNITY Yoga Class

Yoga Squared is an LGBTQ owned yoga studio in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood! 🌈 Join owners Kate + Nikki Woodford-Shell as they co-lead Akron’s 1st Pride + Peace CommUNITY Yoga Class! This class will be held the night BEFORE the Akron Pride Festival and is a completely free event for all-levels of yogis! Just like in the studio- ALL are welcome, even if you have never tried yoga before!

In this class we will celebrate LOVE, ACCEPTANCE, + PEACE as we move together through poses designed to both challenge and restore our minds + bodies.

After class, Northside Market Place will host a Pride Night OUT from 5pm to Midnight. Brave and Crazy, a Melissa Ethridge Tribute at Jilly’s Music Room with NO COVER!


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Volunteer Training
Aug
5
5:30 PM17:30

Volunteer Training

Hello Volunteers!

Akron Pride is so grateful for your hard work and efforts in creating such a successful event in 2018.  We hope we can count on your support and participation again this year! This is our 3rd year and we are expecting an even larger turnout; that’s why we need your help!  

We would love to have you volunteer again this year, and we hope you will invite friends and family to do so as well!  

Our online Volunteer Registration is fast and easy!  

Attendance at one of our Volunteer training sessions is required each year for all volunteers, even if you have volunteered in the past.  It is not necessary to sign up for your training session in advance, just arrive at your chosen session and sign in.

If you are unable to attend any of the trainings please respond by e-mailing the volunteer committee at volunteer@akronpridefestival.org  

As a token of our appreciation we will provide you with a volunteer t-shirt during the pride festival on 08/24.

Thank you again for your time and hard work, we hope to see you at Akron Pride 2019!

Follow us on Facebook for more Akron Pride info and events! 

 

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Volunteer Training
Aug
3
10:30 AM10:30

Volunteer Training

Hello Volunteers!

Akron Pride is so grateful for your hard work and efforts in creating such a successful event in 2018.  We hope we can count on your support and participation again this year! This is our 3rd year and we are expecting an even larger turnout; that’s why we need your help!  

We would love to have you volunteer again this year, and we hope you will invite friends and family to do so as well!  

Our online Volunteer Registration is fast and easy!  

Attendance at one of our Volunteer training sessions is required each year for all volunteers, even if you have volunteered in the past.  It is not necessary to sign up for your training session in advance, just arrive at your chosen session and sign in.

If you are unable to attend any of the trainings please respond by e-mailing the volunteer committee at volunteer@akronpridefestival.org  

As a token of our appreciation we will provide you with a volunteer t-shirt during the pride festival on 08/24.

Thank you again for your time and hard work, we hope to see you at Akron Pride 2019!

Follow us on Facebook for more Akron Pride info and events! 

 

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2019 APF Drag Crawl
Jul
27
to Jul 28

2019 APF Drag Crawl

Performances by our Akron Pride Festival Kings & Queens

Scheduled arrivals at each bar are below:Cocktails Akron 2.0 (5:30 pm to 6:30 pm)
Tear-Ez (7 pm - 8 pm)

Lock 3 Downtown Akron(8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

(Opening for Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Night)

Square Nightclub (10 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

Interbelt Nite Club (11:30 p.m. to Close.)
**********THIS IS A 21 and OVER EVENT!**********

VIP Ticket for $45

*Transportation to each venue

*Transportation includes fun and games with our Kings and Queens along the way.

* Akron Pride T-Shirt

*VIP area with Food and Beverage at our Lock 3

*Safe travel to see all shows up close and personal!

Limited availability this will sell out quick!

4:30 - 5 PM Meet at Interbelt Nite Club

VIP party bus leaves promptly at 5 PM

Travel

Cocktails Akron 2.0 (5:30 pm to 6:30 pm)

Tear-Ez (7 pm - 8 pm)

Travel

Lock 3 Downtown Akron(8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

(Opening for Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Night)

Travel

Square Nightclub (10 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

Travel

Interbelt Nite Club (11:30 p.m. to Close.)

The Crawl will conclude at 12:30 a.m.

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Brave and Crazy Pride Brunch
Jul
21
11:30 AM11:30

Brave and Crazy Pride Brunch

Join us for our Pride Brunch! Fantastic Bloody Mary bar, Mimosas and more! Our incredible band and staff at Jilly's Music Room serve it up just right! Reservations are suggested.

Brave and Crazy - Melissa Etheridge Tribute Will rock the afternoon! There will be awesome cocktail specials and the best brunch in town. Call Jilly's to reserve your space NOW!

NO cover charge ever!

Akron Pride Merchandise will be available to purchase! Join the fun!

Brought to you by Akron Pride Festival~Jilly's~White Claw

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Rave on Main - Glow with Pride
Jul
19
8:00 PM20:00

Rave on Main - Glow with Pride

Glow with Pride at the #RaveonMain benefiting the Akron Pride Festival.

The event will include a DJ, food and drinks, glow in the dark art and other fun activities for all ages!

Costumes and glow sticks are encouraged.

The Cascade Parking deck (below the plaza) is open and free starting at 6 p.m. on Friday. Other parking options can be found on our downtown parking map: www.downtownakron.com/getting-around/parking

Event support provided by the Knight Foundation and Akron Civic Commons.

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Chipotle - Eat for Change
Jun
18
5:00 PM17:00

Chipotle - Eat for Change

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 825 W Market Ave. in Akron for our fundraiser on Tuesday, June 4 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. We're raising money to support Akron Pride Festival, so just download a flyer from the link below or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

Foil your dinner plans and stop by the Chipotle at 825 W Market Ave. in Akron for our fundraiser on Tuesday, June 4 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm. We're raising money to support Akron Pride Festival, so just download a flyer from the link below or mention the fundraiser at checkout and they'll donate 33% of the proceeds to the cause!

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2019 APF Drag Battle
Jun
7
8:30 PM20:30

2019 APF Drag Battle

Kick off Pride season at the Akron Civic Theatre as local kings and queens will go head to head (and heel to heel) to claim the titles of Mr. & Miss Akron Pride Festival 2019!

The featured King & Queen and runner-ups will have the opportunity to perform at this year’s Akron Pride Festival taking place August 24th at Hardesty Park. Judges will evaluate performers on costume design, runway lip sync performance and questions from our host, Nina West of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

We are offering guests a VIP Meet & Greet with early access this year! Don’t miss out on this unique evening of glitz and laughs all in support of the 2019 Akron Pride Festival.

Tickets can be purchased at the Civic box office or through Ticketmaster.
General Admission - $20
VIP Meet & Greet - $45

Contestant registration HERE!

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CANAPI  Race at the Raffle
Apr
13
5:30 PM17:30

CANAPI Race at the Raffle

Race at the Raffle is CANAPI's signature fundraising event. The event features pre-recorded horse races selected at random; participants may purchase or sponsor (and name, for better or worse) horses in several races or simply bet on a predicted victor. A race announcer hilariously narrates races using names chosen by participants. Event tickets correspond to an ongoing reverse raffle. Spice it up further with our 50/50 raffle, sideboard, silent auction and live auction. To the victor go the spoils! Open bar, hors d'oeuvres offered.

Come dressed in your best derby outfit! The best outfit will win 50/50 raffle tickets and a secret prize compliments of CANAPI.

Money raised at Race at the Raffle goes directly to CANAPI programming. Must be present or represented to win 50/50 or reverse raffle.

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RuPaul Drag Race Season 11 Premier Party!
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

RuPaul Drag Race Season 11 Premier Party!

Get ready!
Square Nightclub along with Akron Pride Festival are happy to partner for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Premier Watch Party!
Along with the premier show, we will have performances featuring APF Queen Alejandra J- Love and the incomparable Veronika Katrell!

Drink specials, and surprises throughout the watch party!

Get to Square Nightclub! Thursday, February 28! 8 pm!

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NYE Rainbow Ball
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NYE Rainbow Ball

Everyone is invited to the most glittering, colorful, inclusive NYE party ever!
Step into the historic Akron Civic Theatre and enjoy the first of its kind! A celebration of the rainbow to benefit Akron Pride Festival.

Your $100 entry includes: Entertainment, NYE party food by Moe’s Restaurant, 5 hour open bar, DJ NYE dance party, queen appearances by Cherry Veneer & 2018 Miss Akron Pride Festival Alejandra J-Love, midnight celebration and party wear. This is your chance to celebrate in style and so much more! 

Ticket sales begin November 1st at the Civic Theater Box Office and through Ticketmaster (fees apply). Sponsorship opportunities available here!

This is an over 21 yrs of age event.

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Christmas Drag Brunch at Jilly's
Dec
16
11:00 AM11:00

Christmas Drag Brunch at Jilly's

Please join us for a festive, fun brunch! Bloody Marys, Mimosas and more! Always served up right by our incredible cast and incredible staff at Jilly's Music Room! Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. Musical performance by Natalie Martin. Cherry Veneer and Denise Russell take the stage for a festive drag performance. Don't forget there will be awesome cocktail specials and the best gluten free brunch in Akron. Call Jilly's to reserve your space NOW!
As always NO COVER charge!

Akron Pride Merch will be available to purchase for your holiday needs!

Brought to you by Akron Pride Festival~Jilly's ~LGBT Fest

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APF Rubber Ducks Night Out!
Jun
21
7:00 PM19:00

APF Rubber Ducks Night Out!

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There are many reason you should enjoy Akron Rubber Ducks baseball in the summer! 
Akron Pride Festival’s Night Out on June 21 is one of the best! 
June is official Pride month and we want to celebrate the first day of summer at the ballpark!
Don’t forget, Thursday at the stadium is alway Yingling Dollar Beer Night! There’s always room for popcorn, peanuts and a hotdog or two! 

Watch our beloved Rubber Ducks beat the Hartford Yard Goats! Bound to be a hooooot a nanny!

Show your PRIDE and join us! 
Get Tickets here! 

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Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

APF'S 2018 DRAG BATTLE

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Akron Civic Theatre | 182 S. Main Street | Akron, OH 44308

Kick off the pride season at the Akron Civic Theatre as 15 drag queens fight heel to heel for a chance to win Miss Akron Pride Festival 2018!

The featured queen and runner-ups will have an opportunity to perform at this year's Akron Pride Festival taking place August 25th at Hardesty Park. Judges will evaluate performers on costume design, runway lip sync, questions from our host, as well as crowd following. The show will be hosted by Raven of RuPaul's Drag Race. Don't miss out on this unique evening of glitz and laughs all in support of Akron Pride Festival.

Tickets can be purchased at The Civic box office or through Ticketmaster (available March 6th).

QUEENS REGISTER HERE!

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Apr
14
5:30 PM17:30

CANAPI'S RACE AT THE RAFFLE 2018

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Tangier | 532 W. Market Street | Akron, OH 44303

Race at the Raffle is CANAPI's signature fundraising event. The event features pre-recorded horse races selected at random; participants may purchase or sponsor (and name, for better or worse) horses in several races or simply bet on a predicted victor. A race announcer hilariously narrates races using names chosen by participants. Event tickets correspond to an ongoing reverse raffle. Spice it up further with the 50/50 raffle, sideboard, silent auction and live auction. To the victor go the spoils! Open bar, hors d'oeuvres offered.

Come dressed in your best derby outfit! The best outfit will win 50/50 raffle tickets and a secret prize compliments of CANAPI.

Money raised at Race at the Raffle goes directly to CANAPI programming. Must be present or represented to win 50/50 or reverse raffle.

Visit www.canapi.org/events to purchase tickets (available March 23rd).

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