Milwaukee Pride Announces ‘PridetoberFest’
The early October festival will be a smaller version of PrideFest.
Milwaukee Pride announced that it will be hosting “PridetoberFest,” a scaled back version of PrideFest, in early October.
“We are excited to bridge the gap between recent summers and what we expect will be a fully open and back to normal 2022,” said Wes Shaver, president of Milwaukee Pride, in a release.
In the absence of a June PrideFest, the city implemented a number of initiatives intended to increase the visibility of Milwaukee’s LGBTQ+ community, including a bus and streetcar with rainbow designs. The health & wellness area from PrideFest was transitioned into a virtual directory in response to the event’s cancellation.
The month of June is nationally observed as Pride month, honoring the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City that triggered the beginning of a modern movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against the LGBTQ+ community. October also has significance for the LGBTQ+ community.
The volunteer-led festival will run from 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday and noon to midnight on Saturday. Tickets and entertainment lineups will be available in late July or early August.