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Inaugural SLC Pride Festival takes place this weekend at The Gateway in Salt Lake City

The completely inclusive event to feature live entertainment by LQBTQ+ performers, vendor and organization booths from allies, and more

On June 29, 2024 at 3:00 pm, SLC Pride will open its gates and begin welcoming members of our burgeoning community at The Gateway for its inaugural festival. With an entry price of only $5 for adults (17 and under are free), SLC Pride aims to provide an affordable, inclusive festival where community-building is a priority. To deliver on this promise, more than one-third of booths will be local organizations and allies working to improve the lives of our queer communities.

This year, the theme of Transform Pride has been created to center and uplift our trans siblings, even as they experience more marginalization by the Utah state legislature and governor, organizers of the event said.

“The Gateway has long demonstrated its friendliness to the LQBTQ+ COMMUNITY, particularly with our beautiful Pride-themed crosswalk installations each June and merchants who are welcoming. We are honored to partner with the SLC Pride organizers in hosting this visionary, new festival to further express our inclusiveness,” says Julissa Breslin, The Gateway’s director of marketing. “We look forward to it becoming an annual addition to our dynamic array of community events.”

The crosswalks at the Gateway are painted with the Pride flag colors. (Photo by Dave@PhotoCollectiveStudios.com)

Welcoming to everyone, including families, SLC Pride will run for two days (Saturday 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and feature two main stages, a busker stage and a phenomenal line-up of queer, trans and non-binary performers.

Sunday morning kicks off with an additional event, the Transcake breakfast (minimum donation $5 that benefits ICCJ, BLM and Burning Sissy Valley). At Noon, don’t miss the Under the Stiletto Story Hour at the Urban Arts Gallery sponsored by Under the Umbrella bookstore where drag queens will read children’s books.

With downtown parking at a premium, we encourage attendees to take advantage of the bike valet on 500 West and 100 South where personal scooters, bikes and strollers will be accepted.

Free water stations will help you stay hydrated in the heat to encourage attendees to bring (empty) reusable water bottles and enjoy this brand-new festival designed with all in mind.

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