Toledo Gay Pride 2016

••• Ohio's sixth-largest city, Toledo hosts a very popular Gay Pride Festival in late August. by Andrew Collins

Situated in the northwestern corner of Ohio almost at the Michigan border and near the shore of Lake Erie, the city of Toledo sits along the western bank of the Maumee River, with a downtown waterfront that's been greatly revitalized in recent years and contains a number of restaurants, shops, and attractions. The city has about 280,000 residents (and 600,000 in its surrounding metro region), making it the sixth largest city in Ohio.

Dependent heavily on manufacturing over the years, the city's fortunes stumbled a bit - as did other urban areas in the Midwestern "rust belt" - during the mid- to late 20th century, but of late its downtown has seen a significant rebound, some of it spurred by Toledo's growing LGBT population. Toledo Gay Pride is held in late August at downtown's Promenade Park, right along the Maumee Riverfront - the dates this year are August 26 and 27, 2016.

Toledo Pride is made up of several key events, including a "Sunday Funday," a Nite Glo 5K run, and a Kiss 'N' Drag - here are the details on some of the gatherings taking place throughout the three-day weekend. The first big day of Pride is Saturday, August 27, when the Toledo Gay Pride Parade enjoys participation from more than 50 local businesses and organizations. It customarily takes place downtown at noon.

The Toledo Gay Pride Festival at Promenade Park features entertainment (including the band Trurock, featuring Michelle Truman), vendors, food, and more on both Friday and Saturday.

If you're coming to town for a night or two, consider booking a room the official Toledo Pride host hotel, the Park Inn by Radisson (101 N. Summit St., 419-241-3000), which is less than a block from the festival grounds at Promenade Park and is offering special rates - just mention Toledo Pride when you call to book your room.


The city of Toledo is near the confluence of two major interstate freeway, north-south I-75 and east-west I-80/I-90. It's within about a few hours' drive of a number of large Midwest cities, including Detroit (1 hour), Fort Wayne (1.5 hours), Cleveland (2 hours), Columbus (2.5 hours), Dayton (2.5 hours), Cincinnati (3.5 hours), Indianapolis (3.5 hours), and Chicago (4 hours). 

Toledo Gay Resources

Toledo residents and visitors can look to a few LGBT newspapers in the region for Ohio and Midwest stories - these include Outlook, based in Columbus; the Gay People's Chronicle, which is produced in Cleveland, and Between The Lines, which comes out just north in metro Detroit. The city's best overall GLBT resource is Equality Toledo, which lists events, resources, and more on its handy website. Additionally, the alternative newsweekly Toledo City Paper does a great job on local arts and entertainment coverage and is quite progressive, often delving into LGBT topics. And 

For more general travel information on the area, have a look at the helpful and extensive website of the Destination Toledo CVB.