Burlington is the largest city in one of America's most progressive and gay-friendly states, Vermont. Although this leafy college town (home to University of Vermont) on the shores of rippling Lake Champlain has just over 42,000 residents, the metro region has a population of over 200,000, and the entire area has become a haven over the years for GLBT folks, especially couples (Vermont was the first state in the country to legalize same-sex civil unions (in 2000), and in 2009, the state legalized gay marriage. The Vermont Gay Pride Festival takes place in autumn, a favorite time for visiting Vermont and also advantageous in this college town because it will take place when students are in town. The festival takes place in mid-September - the date this is September 11, 2016. The event also includes the annual Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo.
Vermont Pride actually includes a number of related events taking place during the days leading up to the festival - these include parties at various local venues, including a women's music concert, a High Heel race, Drag Idol, and a number of parties. See the events calendar for details.
The Vermont Pride Festival takes place on Sunday, from noon until 5 pm on the west side of downtown, at Battery Park (1 North Ave.), and features performances by several musicians, vendors and local LGBT organizations, a beer tent, and other good fun. The Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo takes place the same afternoon at Battery Park, running from noon until 5 pm. On that same day, the Vermont Gay Pride Parade kicks off at 12:30 and runs along Church Street (starting at King St.), lasting until 1 pm.
Burlington Gay Resources
Additionally, gay-popular bars, restaurants, hotels, and shops in the area have more going on than usual during Pride week. Check online resources about the Burlington gay scene, such as the Vermont Gay Tourism Association. Also take a look at the visitor site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.