After taking a full week to recover from the Utah Pride festivities, pack up the car and pool together some gas money. Within a mere five-hour drive, or $59 airfare on JetBlue, Boise, Idaho is just a short trip away. And the trip is well worth the festivities. Each year the festival grows, and last year more than 7,500 people attended the event. This year’s planned events include a leather party, a ‘Queer Idol’ contest and a movie night. Not to mention all the parties taking place at the local bars and clubs. Be sure to check out The Balcony and Lucky Dog. And on Saturday night a closing party will be held at Club Sin, which is sure to be epic. The drinks will be strong, the music will be loud and the crowd will be sexy.
For more information and a complete calendar of events, go to BoisePride.org.
Bisbee, Ariz. was rated in the top five rural gay Pride festivals in the country by Gay.com and the city prides itself on welcoming a diverse community. The town has a population of about 6,000 people, but the festival attracts hundreds of people every year. Events include a lingerie pub crawl, belly dancers and a leather night. For more information, go to BisbeePride.com.
The Denver PrideFest is one of the largest in the Western United States. After 35 years, this festival now attracts more than 250,000 people each year. With more than 200 booths, four stages and more bar sponsors than Amy Winehouse could hop in a night, this festival routinely makes the list of the top 10 Pride festivals in the country. For more information, go to DenverPrideFest.org.
The ‘Pride in the Pines’ festival is expected to draw some 4,000 attendees to the parade and other activities. The first Pride festival in Flagstaff in 1996 drew only about 300 people, but now it is one of the most popular events for the Northern Arizona and surrounding areas gay community. With guests from RuPaul’s Drag Race, local bands and sexy DJs, this is sure to be a Pride event you won’t want to miss. Several local bars will be hosting different events throughout the week. For more information, go to FlagstaffPride.org.
Four Corners Pride Festival
The second annual Pride festival will be held in the city park in Durango, Colo. The event will have beer vendors, local businesses and a variety of activities for the whole family. The festival is there to help raise awareness and bring together the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Just a seven-hour drive makes this a terrific weekend to relax, support a burgeoning gay community and recover from the other festivities. Last year’s festival drew several hundred people and while there are no gay bars, there are several allied bars and events that coincide with the festival.
For more information, go to 4cGlad.org.
Formerly known as Pridaho, this annual Pride festival is now a staple for all of South-Eastern Idaho and Utah. In its 10th year it is complete with a party Friday night, a festival and a parade on Saturday; this event is one of the best small-town pride festivals in the nation. The event in the conservative town with a population of about 54,000 people attracts hundreds of people. Home to Idaho State University, what this college town lacks in numbers, it easily makes up for in good looks.
Be sure to stop by at Club Charleys on 300 East and Center St., the only gay bar for hundreds of miles around. The bar attracts a diverse crowd and is always a good time. For more information, search for Pocatello Pride on Facebook.
Reno celebrates 15 years of Pride festivals this year with the biggest anticipated crowd ever. The event kicks off with a celebratory party in the park on Friday night and the party continues through Sunday. Reno has several gay bars and is very welcoming to the gay community. For more information, go to RenoGayPride.com.
While no dates have been officially announced, Moab Pride is sure to make waves in its inaugural festival. After Southern Utah Pride stopped, Moab Pride is trying to fill a void and provide an arena to raise awareness and celebrate diversity in the red rock country. For more information about how to get involved with volunteer efforts and sponsorships, find Moab Pride Festival on Facebook.
Las Vegas Pride
Las Vegas is the perfect destination for many Utah queens, queers and party-goers. But of course the opportunity to party in the town that never sleeps with thousands of other gays descending from around the world is just too good to pass up. Go to LasVegasPride.org for a calendar of events and more information.