Open Door Pride Week, June 19-23, culminates in the second annual Pride Fest at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. From 11 am to 5 pm on June 23, an array of entertainers and vendors will keep the crowd entertained and informed.
Milwaukee natives Lex Allen and Taj Raiden, known for their alternative R&B sound and artistry celebrating diversity, headline this year’s festival. Allen and Raiden will share the stage with Gender Confetti, a punk trans band hailing from Madison. Also joining the festival is HellMuff from Madison and the well-traveled Queer Pressure DJ Collective. A variety of local artists will also perform, including Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers, Dorothy Scott, Johnny Delorit and Jeanne Kuhns.
This year, festival-goers will be able to enjoy Susan Grossman, wedding officiate and tarot card reader, as well as Trans in Technicolor, a Madison artist selling jewelry, art and photos. Custom t-shirts, Open Door prizes, face painting and more will add to the fun. Additional vendors include Hots + Hydros Food Truck; Get “Real” Cafe; Flanigan Distributing beer truck; What’s My Pride? Photo Project with Kelly Avenson Photography; Burn the Suburbs Studios – Micah Dombroe; Henna Body Art by Andria; Cheryl Bishop jewelry; author Lee Pulaski; Lasting Change Wellness; Hope United Church of Christ; PFLAG of Door County; HRC (Human Rights Campaign); Write On Door County; and UWGB Pride Center.
The rain location is the Lodge at Leathem Smith, 1640 Memorial Drive in Sturgeon Bay. The festival is free, but a donation will be collected.
Open Door Pride’s mission is to affirm our community’s diversity through inclusion for all. In addition to Pride Fest, Open Door Pride strives toward coordinating events year round to build a strong LGBTQ community in Door County.