Press Release

PrideFest 2018 serves Wisconsin’s first four-day pride weekend

Tonight's launch party welcomes favorite DJs, dancers, artists & more!

By - Jun 7th, 2018 12:14 pm
DJ Shawna

DJ Shawna

Milwaukee, WI – The gates open tonight at 6 p.m. for the 31st Annual PrideFest Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest celebration of LGBTQ culture and community.

Tonight’s Launch Party welcomes international superstar DJs Cash Cash and Antics, local favorites DJ Shawna, Chomper and DJ Kelly, Andrew Christian models and three separate dance groups (PrideFest Dancers, Prismatic Flame and Revamped Dance Company.)  Trannika Rex and Lucy Stoole, Midwestern drag favorites, will host the evening’s activities from 6 p.m. to midnight.

After seven consecutive record-breaking years, the festival expands to a four-day weekend schedule this year featuring Mainstage headliners The B-52s, Jussie Smollett, Daya and JoJo, as well as nine other performance spaces offering the nation’s largest line-up of LGBTQ talent.

Tickets for Thursday’s launch party are ONLY $9 ($10 includes a $1 donation to the PrideFest Plus One Campaign.)  Weekend passes, just $39 for four-day admission, offer the best possible value.

PrideFest continues Friday, June 8, with the 2018 Opening Ceremonies, featuring keynote speaker Danica Roem, elected officials, festival partners and our 2018 Pride Award honorees. Admission is just $1 between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Friday with a donation to the PrideFest Plus One Campaign.

For ticket, schedule and event information, please visit

About Milwaukee Pride

The mission of Milwaukee Pride, Inc., is:

  • to educate both the general community and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) communities about needs, issues and various aspects of the LGBTQ culture;
  • to provide a forum to celebrate the history and accomplishments of LGBTQ people;
  • to create an environment for networking and outreach for services and community opportunities for LGBTQ people and their families and friends; and
  • any other activities exclusively for charitable, educational, and research purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

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