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Pride and Joy: Door County Celebrates Pride Month

Door County’s resident LGBTQ organizations, Open Door Pride and Northern Door Pride, will lead pride-month celebrations throughout the month of June.

The biggest of those events are two pride festivals. The first, hosted by Northern Door Pride, will take place June 11, starting at 4 pm at the Sister Bay Village Hall. 

The theme of this year’s event is “The Princess Pride.” Costumes are encouraged and fantasy-themed activities are planned throughout the day. 

At 4 pm, a dragon-egg hunt will kick off the event, followed by a welcome speech on the village hall lawn at 4:30 pm. Doors open at 5 pm, and at 6 pm, a fairytale concert will star local performers. Attendees can also make crafts and participate in a royal raffle with prize packages from local businesses. 

For adults, a dance party with music by DJ Brawny will begin at 7:30 pm. Wine and beer will be provided for guests 21 and older. 

Open Door Pride Festival is scheduled for later in the month, June 29 10 am – 5 pm at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay.

The eighth-annual festival will feature a beverage tent, food trucks, pride merch, vendors, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, games, face-painting, a selfie station and more. 

Music and entertainment will be provided by DJ Tim Walters, The Coves, Katie Dahl, Zephyr Ciesar, pat mAcdonald, Dorothy Scott, Cathy Grier, Owen Alabado, The Black Bandits, Hype dance group, John Contratto and Coleen Bins. The Sandy Brown Award and the IDEA scholarship will both be awarded during the festival.

Pride Month at a Glance

June 8, 10 am – 12 pm: View the What’s My Pride? photo exhibit and snap a pic at the selfie station to be a part of it. The exhibit is located at M3, 142 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. 

June 8, 2-5 pm: Make crafts at a pride month tie-dye party hosted by ARTicipation, ARTicipation Studio and Gallery, 10 E. Oak St. in Sturgeon Bay. 

June 11, 4 pm – 2:30 am: The Princess Pride at Sister Bay Village Hall, 10693 Hwy 42. Costume party with family-friendly activities followed by a dance party with DJ Brawny.

June 12, 6:30-8 pm: “Are We Listening: LGBTQIA+,” a panel conversation correlated with Rebecca Carlton’s installation/social sculpture, Are We Listening?, at the Door County Economic Development Corporation, 185 E. Walnut St. in Sturgeon Bay

June 15, 10 am – 12 pm: What’s My Pride? is open at M3. 

June 18, 6-7:30 pm: “Tales of Our Lives,” a storytelling event at Write On, Door County that features the organization’s writers-in-residence. Write On is located at 4210 Juddville Road in Juddville. 

June 22, 10 am – 12 pm: What’s My Pride? is open at M3. 

June 29, 10 am – 5 pm: Open Door Pride Festival at Martin Park, 207 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.

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