In the Twin Cities, Pride celebrations center around a series of events held around the end of June, culminating with two major events, the weekend-long Pride Festival, and the Pride Parade.
The dates for 2019 are June 22 and 23 for the Gay Pride Festival, with the Parade running on June 23.
During the weeks leading up to Pride, you can attend a number of related events and activities. There's a complete list on the Twin Cities Pride calendar.
Rainbow Run: Downtown: A 5K supporting the annual Pride celebration, enters its eighth year. All runners (over the age of 21) get a free beer at the Twin Cities Pride Festival Beer Garden after the run.
Family Fun Day, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory: Held on June 16 in 2019, the festivities begin at 11 a.m. and last until 2 p.m. Activities typically include races and table games; burgers, hot dogs, and salads; and a softball game.
Pride Festival, Loring Park: The Twin Cities main event is a weekend-long Pride Festival, held in 2019 on June 22 and June 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are several stages hosting a variety of performers, still to be announced for 2019 but in previous years has included The Pointer Sisters, Adore Delano, and The Phoenix Philosophy.
There is traditionally a children's and family area, food courts, a GLBT history pavilion, a "University Row" set up to provide information about colleges and universities in the area and their GLBT outreach, and Quorum Village, a 400-strong vendor/exhibitor gathering presented by the Twin Cities GLBT Chamber of Commerce.
The Pride Parade: Taking place on June 23 at 11:00 a.m., this parade has become more and more popular, drawing more than 125,000 spectators in recent years. As Hennepin Avenue is under construction the regular route has been changed. Starting at 3rd St So. and turning right on 12th Street, the route ends at Harmon.
Art Exhibition: The city supports local artists by hosting an art show through the Pride week in which anyone can submit a work for possible inclusion. The 2019 theme is "Generations of Pride. Resist. Exist. Persist."
The Pride Awards: Keep an eye out for the pride of Pride—winners of the esteemed award honoring those that have done amazing work supporting the community throughout the year. All award winners are lauded at the Grand Marshal Reception and Pride Art Exhibition, plus ride atop a float to reap the kudos of the crowds during the Parade.
Minneapolis Gay Resources
Be aware that several gay bars, as well as local restaurants and shops, have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers, such as Lavender Magazine, for details.
Additionally, Pride Week has an official mobile application for iOS and Android that includes vendor information, entertainment, and the Parade lineup.