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Utah Pride Festival Salt Lake City 2022
Utah Pride Festival is held in downtown Salt Lake City each year in early June and hosts one of the largest parades in the state.
Salt Lake City Pride, known as the Utah Pride Festival or Pride week is produced by the Utah Pride Centre and includes a colorful parade, a film festival, the Dyke March, members of the Bear Clan, Leathermen, and the Sisters of bondage subcultures.
Events are held all through the week with a festival taking place on the final weekend. The main parade is held on the Sunday. The city block around Library Square bustles with activity as festival tents and audio systems are set up.
Pride week’s formal (but un-fussy) kickoff gala is so well loved that every year it needs to find a bigger venue to accommodate the sellout crowds! The event raises life-saving funds for the Utah Pride Center while honoring recipients of the Kristen Ries Community Service Award and The Utah Pride Lifetime Achievement Award. There are raffles, prizes, food, drink, and a guaranteed amazing time gathering together for a fantastic cause.
The Pride Festival
This is perhaps the biggest headliner event of the entire week — a two-day extravaganza that takes over Washington Square downtown and turns every inch of the place into a dedicated space for celebration. You’ll find something for everyone — dance, music performances, karaoke, food trucks, drinks, and even a Queer Poets Slam. Spend the day Saturday and Sunday wandering, eating, drinking, laughing, and commiserating with like minded folks who believe everyone should be celebrated.
Pride March and Rally
On Saturday afternoon of Pride Week, you can march in solidarity from the Utah State Capitol building all the way to the Pride Festival grounds at Washington Square. It’s a perfect way to express your belief in building an ever-more equal and accepting state of Utah. The mood is lighthearted but the purpose is powerful, and marchers of all ages, ethnicity, orientations, backgrounds, and credos come together for it.
The Pride Parade
Every year on the Sunday of Pride Week at ten in the morning, downtown Salt Lake turns into one big rainbow-hued party. The parade stretches for several city blocks through the heart of the city. This family-friendly gathering attracts thousands every year and is a surefire feel-good way to spend a sunny Sunday morning.
Gay Salt Lake City
LGBTQ residents living in nearby states like Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana flock to Salt Lake City to find acceptance. The anchor of the LGBTQ+ community is the “Gayborhood” known as the Marmalade, located northwest of the Capitol Hill area. You’ll find lots of rainbow flags flying here. You should also pay a visit to the Avenues near Temple Square. Overall, the community is integrated into the fabric of the city and businesses are more than gay-friendly.
- Salt Lake City has two busy gay clubs: The Sun Trapp a lively gay bar & dance club serving beer in Mason jars in a modest space with a pool table & patio; and Club Try-Angles, a late-night gay bar offering cocktails & regular events, including karaoke, in a festive atmosphere.
- Revolution Friday’s at the Moose Lounge is Salt Lake City’s premier LGBTQ+ friendly party.Expect live DJs, drag queens, go-go dancers, and a weekly party theme inviting you to dress up so you can get down in style.
- Metro hosts the city’s best drag shows (it’s the number one place to find the girls of RuPaul’s Drag Race when they’re in town). Even when drag is off the menu, the space caters to SLC’s alternative crowd and special gay nights.
- Coffee Garden, located on Harvey Milk Boulevard, is a long-running LGBTQ favorite with a rainbow flag hanging prominently in the window. For adult beverages try Bar-X, a Prohibition-era lounge co-owned by Modern Family star Ty Burrell. Check out Beer Bar next door while you’re there.
Here are the Hotels we recommend that keep you close to all the action,
Apartments in Salt Lake City
This holiday home provides free private parking, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. And features 5 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 5 bathrooms with a shower.
Provides accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Offering 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 2 bathrooms equipped with a hot tub.
Downtown Location Rooftop Patio Utah’s capital city in the heart of it all at this downtown loft, situated just blocks from all the top sights The apartment features a cable flat-screen TV. A dishwasher, a microwave and a fridge can be found in the kitchen.
All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and fridge, a dining area, and a private bathroom with bath or shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Recommended Hotels in Salt Lake City
Grand America Hotel
5 Star – Central Location
Thishotel is 10 minutes’ drive from the University of Utah. The hotel features a full service spa and provides iPod docking station in every room.
Rooms include bathrobes, slippers & marble bathroom. The rooms feature 24-hour& a balcony.
4 Star, Luxury
The hotel has a fitness centre and ski storage space, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available and private parking is available on site.
There is a 24-hour front desk, a cash machine, gift shop, and shops at the property.
3 Star – Great Amenities
Each suite at this hotel features full kitchens. Guests can enjoy an outdoor pool and a free breakfast daily.
Salt Lake City Downtown Homewood Suites features spacious suites with a separate living and sleeping area. Kitchens include a 2 burner stove, full refrigerator and a dishwasher.
3 Star – Perfect Location
This hotel offers free WiFi in all areas. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated pool and a. is served each morning.
Each guest room features air conditioning, a work desk and a flat-screen satellite TV. A private bathroom is also included.