Michigan City PFLAG will host the lakefront city's second annual Pride festival later this month.
Michigan City Pride Fest will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. June 29 at the Guy Foreman Amphitheater at 115 Lake Shore Drive in Michigan City.
The family-friendly event will feature many genres of live music, a Zumba class and food and drink from Smokey G’s BBQ, Blue Chip, Lulu’s Licks, Burn ‘Em Brewing, and other vendors. A drag show will close out the night.
In addition to fun and festivity, the annual "celebration of diversity, acceptance, love and family" also will feature a strong educational component.
"Keeping congruent with PFLAG’s mission of education and advocacy many non-profit vendors will be on site offering insight and educational materials on topics such as health screenings, mental health awareness and suicide prevention," Michigan City PFLAG said in a press release. "MCHS LGBTQ Club and Krueger Diversity Club will be providing children’s games and entertainment. PFLAG will also be selling Michigan City Pride-branded merchandise to help fund next year’s Pride Fest."
Michigan City Pride Fest will be followed with an after-party from 10 to 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the Fiddlehead restaurant downtown with a band, DJ, drink specials and beer truck dancing. After-party attendees are encouraged to "dress to impress – think pink."
Then on July 13, Northwest Indiana Pride will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Highland Fieldhouse and Banquet Hall at 2450 Lincoln St. in Highland. It's billed as "a family-friendly, LGBTQ+ supportive event celebrating diversity and inclusion in the Northwest Indiana region." PFLAG Crown Point and LGBTQ Northwest Indiana are organizing the festival, which will be followed by a 21+ after party from 8 p.m. to midnight.