2016 Twin Cities Pride Festival

Daily from June 25-26
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
free; some events are ticketed
Festivals, LGBTQ
One of the country's biggest LGBTQ celebrations, this summer's party runs for a full week. Things started on Father's Day with a family picnic at Como Park, and the event climaxes this Sunday with the state's longest parade taking over Hennepin Avenue. Floats run the full spectrum from hillbillies to cage dancers, with everyone high on life. Loring Park will turn into a merry riot of color and commerce all weekend, with the big-name entertainment taking the park's stage on Saturday night for Pride in Concert. This year's headliners are safe draws: American Idol drag queen Adore Delano and veteran hitmakers the Pointer Sisters. Kathy Griffin is also coming to town for a gig on Thursday at the sparkly new(ish) Orchestra Hall. That's not even mentioning Pride nights at the Saints and Lynx games (Friday), a Beer Dabbler (same night, preceded that morning by a "caffeine crawl" for those who like their uppers before their downers), and the annual Grown & Sexy Pride dance night at First Avenue (also Friday). Loud and proud? Join the crowd. Tickets and more info can be found at