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PrideFest Milwaukee Announces 2018 Headliners

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By - Mar 30th, 2018 07:31 am
PrideFest Milwaukee 2018

PrideFest Milwaukee 2018

Milwaukee, WI – PrideFest Milwaukee welcomes the B-52s, Jussie Smollett, and Daya to the Miller Lite Main stage this June 8,9, and 10 on the Summerfest Grounds. This year, marks the third decade of Pride celebrations in Milwaukee, and organizers are thrilled for what is shaping up to be another record breaking year.

To add to the excitement, PrideFest enters it’s 31st official celebratory year and 22nd year at the Summerfest Grounds by launching a groundbreaking Thursday, June 7, 2018 Kick-Off Party. This special celebration sponsored by ARCW and Energy106.9 will take place in the Dance Pavilion only, and the $10 admission price includes all entertainment, featuring the internationally known east coast DJ trio, Cash Cash along with a lineup of local entertainment including DJ’s, Drag artists, dancers and more.

“Not only does this expansion and line up mean growth for Milwaukee Pride, Inc. and PrideFest, it means growth in tourism, national recognition and activation in our wonderful city,” says Milwaukee Pride Board President Wes Shaver. “We are thrilled to be adding an additional day to contribute to our community beneficiary, PLUS ONE partner and further inject resources into our local LGBT community”

Grammy award winner Daya, opens the festival on Friday June 8 as the headliner on the Miller Lite Mainstage. Known for catchy hits like “Sit Still Look Pretty,” and “Hideaway”, Daya took home a Grammy for her collaboration with The Chainsmokers on their hit, “Don’t Let Me Down.”

On Saturday, June 9, PrideFest welcomes actor, director, singer/songwriter, Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the wildly successful television drama, “Empire”. Smollett is fresh on the heels of his new album release, “Sum of My Music” on March 2nd, and recieved a 2016 NAACP image award for Outstanding New Artist.

Finally, good things come to those who wait. After years at the top of the PrideFest “artist wish list” submissions, the board and production team are thrilled to announce the Sunday June 10 headliners, the B-52s. This legendary band has had audiences dancing to hit after hit for decades.

PrideFest Milwaukee 2018 is held at Henry W. Maier Festival Park.  Additional guests, and entertainment schedules will be announced soon at

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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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