Pride Month is a great time to be in Cincinnati, from festivals and block parties, to bustling markets, and concerts. During Pride month you will never run out of things to do or see, here is our guide to celebrating pride month in Cincinnati. Year after year, Cincinnatians come together to celebrate Pride Month all over the region. From Hamilton to Covington, and everywhere in between.
Here's how you can celebrate Pride the entire month of June in the Cincinnati region.
Hamilton Ohio Pride Parade, Festival, and Concert at Marcum Park
Saturday, June 5: 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Hamilton Township consistently puts on one of the Cincinnati region's great Pride celebrations! From 11 a.m.-11p.m. on Saturday the 5 of June, Marcum Park will be bustling with festive events. With a parade to kick off the day at 11 a.m. to an 18+ rockin' live concert at 6 p.m.-11 p.m., visitors will have tons to do, a lot to see, and great food & drinks!.
Schedule of Activities:
Pride Parade:11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Pride Festival:12 p.m.-6 p.m. Food, drinks, games, etc.
Pride Concert: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Features wildly entertaining drag shows, live music, and DJ's! Featuring Dakota Green and headlined by The Skivvies. Tickets are free, so don't miss out!
Find all the information on Hamilton Township's Pride Festivities here!
Address: 116 Dayton Street, Hamilton, Ohio, 45011
NKY Pride in MainStrasse
Sunday, June 6: 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Covington, Kentucky goes all-out every year for Pride, and 2021 is no exception. The 2021 festival will take place in-person in MainStrasse Village on Sunday, June 6. The festival will feature vendors, performers, family friendly activities, and food/drink options.
In addition to the festival, there will be events happening on Saturday and Sunday around town. www.nkypridecenter.org/walk.
A variety of adjustments have been made to ensure that the event can take place in as safe a manor as possible. The official event programs will be 100% outdoor, vendors will be spaced to encourage social distancing, masks will be required for unvaccinated and the parade will not take place this year. The drag show at Hotel Covington is currently postponed until October.
Pride Film Series, Esquire Theater
June 8-29, Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m.
One of the most unique to Cincy pride events is the Pride Film Series at the Esquire Theater. Being simultaneously one of the most historic, inclusive, and culturally significant locations in the entire Cincinnati region, it comes as no surprise that the Esquire would have a great event for Pride.
Every Tuesday in June (beginning June 8) the Esquire will host an LGBT film to celebrate Pride and Artistic Expression. These shows will all take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and tickets are free.
Pride Film Series Movies/Dates.
June 8 at 6:30 p.m. - Welcome to Chechnya
Welcome to Chechnya is a 2020 doccumentary film by David France that details the horrifying anti-gay purge in Chechnya, Russia in the late 2010s. The doc tells the harrowing journey of chechnian refugees aided by a network of activistists as they make their way out of Russia.
June 15 at 6:30 p.m. - Paris is Burning
This legendary film depicts the epic ballroom culture of NYC in the 1980s with Black Americans, Latin Americans, Gay, and Transgender people all involved.
June 22 at 6:30 p.m. - Ammonite
This Romantic Drama, based on a true story, follows a British paleontologist named Marry Anning (Kate Winslet) as she seems to develop a connection with Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan).
June 29 at 6:30 p.m. - Tangerine
This 2015 Comedy-Drama is one for the ages. Starring Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya, Taylor, and James Ransone, the tale follows a transgender sex worker as she realizes her boyfriend/pimp has been cheating.
Address: Esquire Theater, 320 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
Vizazi Torch Awards and Juneteenth Kickoff Party
Friday, June 18: 7 p.m-1.p.m.
One of Cincinnati's best new pride traditions. The awards honor twelve Cincinnatians committed to advancing and improving the quality of life for Black Queer and Trans folks. Read about this year’s awards here. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and is followed by the Juneteenth kickoff party that lasts from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Get your Tickets Here.
Address: Esoteric Brewing Company, 918 E McMillan Street, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45206.
Cincinnati Walnut Street Pride Block Party
Saturday, June 26: 4 p.m-8 p.m
One of the most fun, festive, and unqiuely Cincinnati Pride Events is happening on Walnut Street on Saturday June 26. Nicholson's Tavern and nearly everyone else on Walnut is teaming up to put on a Great Pride event in Gano Alley.
The whole family is encouraged to come as there will be various venders, sidewalk chalking, face paint, and slushies! For the adults, craft beers and drinks aplenty and Chef Vanessa and the team at Metropole will be grilling burgers, brats and hot dogs! Get ready to dance too! As a live DJ will be down in Gano making the block rock. Visitors can even enter raffles for prizes including a one night stay at 21c Cincinnati or bites and cocktails on the Cocktail Terrace. Stick around after for drinks, adult slushies, and more in the Metropole and Cocktail Terrace.
Address: 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati, 609 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Washington Park Pride Market
Sunday, June 27: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Washington Park is one of Cincinnati's most beautiful attractions. With beautiful architecture, plenty of green space to relax, and even a dog park - it's always a great time to visit. In addition to all of this, on Sunday June 27, Washington Park is hosting a Pride Market for LGBT owned and affirming businesses in the Cincinnati region! With over 20 shops, plenty of food, and drinks; supporting a great cause has never been better.
The Bottom Line
Cincinnati is a city known for its festivals and celebrations. This is especially true during Pride Month. For all other Pride events in Cincinnati during the month of June, check out the full list of events.