Utah Pride Festival 2016 - Salt Lake City Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating Gay Pride in Salt Lake City

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Utah Gay Pride takes place in early June in downtown Salt Lake City. photo by Andrew Collins

As you might guess, Salt Lake City has Utah's largest and most visible GLBT community. In fact, the capital of one of America's reddest states is also highly underrated as a gay destination, and it ranks among the top cities in the country in its percentage of LGBT residents, according to a Gallup poll (it ranks seventh and is in a near statistical tie with Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles, and Denver). This city of nearly 200,000 on the fringes of the gorgeous Wasatch mountain range is also the site each June of Utah Gay Pride - this year, it takes place June 3 to June 5, 2016.

Here's a full calendar of this year's SLC Pride festivities, which include an Interfaith Service on Thursday evening, a series of rallies and marches on Friday night, and a Pride Day 5K run on the morning of the festival. 

The Gay Pride Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (June 3, 4, and 5) at Washington Square (S. State St. and E 400 S), at the Salt Lake City Hall grounds. There's always a slew of popular performers as well as community and local business vendors. This year's Utah Pride entertainment includes pop star and ardent LGBT rights supporter Belinda Carlisle, and dance sensation Tracy Young.

You can purchase tickets here - the price $20 for a three-day weekend pass, $5 for just Friday night, and $10 if you're attending just the Saturday or Sunday festivities. Note that these prices are advance-purchase; the daily admission at the door is $12.

Wake up Sunday morning, June 7, ready to take part in the main Utah Gay Pride Parade, which starts at 400 East and 200 South at 10 am. Here's a map of the Utah Gay Pride Parade route. Then it's back to Washington Square for another full day of the Pride Festival, running from 11 am until 7 pm, with entertainment featuring a wide array of performers.

Salt Lake City Gay Resources

If you're in town for a bit, also have a look at the Salt Lake City Attractions Guide, which details a variety of things to see and do in this picturesque region, from hiking to farmers markets to intriguing museums.

Note that there's one other very fun and increasingly well-attended Pride celebration in the state, Moab Gay Pride in late September, which is preceded by Moab Gay Adventure week.