Lake County PrideFest Celebration in Waukegan – Shaw Local
WAUKEGAN – The second annual Lake County PrideFest celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month will take place June 4 in downtown Waukegan.
The free, family-friendly outdoor festival will feature music and shows, food trucks, a beer and beverage tent, craft and artisan vendors, a resource fair, games and entertainment for kids. children, several drag shows, a dance tent and more.
Presenting sponsors this year are ComEd and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
“We are thrilled to bring this important community event to downtown Waukegan again, thanks to the collaboration and support of several community partners and event sponsors,” said Nikki Michele, CEO of the LGBTQ+ Center. Lake County, in a press release. “At a time when we see our human rights being rolled back at an unprecedented rate, it is vitally important that we fight hate with love. Providing this safe and inclusive space for our LGBTQ+ family to celebrate our joy is more important than ever. »
The Cultural Celebration Weekend will kick off from 5:30-8 p.m. on June 3 at Greentown on the Rocks at the Waukegan Marina and will feature food, music and drink. On June 4, Lake County PrideFest will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at the corner of Water and Genesee streets, featuring a full-day lineup of live entertainment, food trucks and beverage tents, and a resource market/fair.
The Kid Korner will be open from noon to 4 p.m., featuring affirmation books, drag queen story time, face painting, an inflatable soccer field, children’s costumes, and art and craft. craftsmanship. A family drag show will be held at 4 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. there will be a burlesque show at Three Brother’s Theater (tickets on sale soon), as well as an after-party celebration at Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewery beginning at 7:30 p.m. (216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan ).
The event is hosted by LGBTQ+ Center Lake County in partnership with the City of Waukegan, Waukegan Main Street, Three Brothers Theatre, Highwood Public Library, Waukegan Public Library, Heart of the City, Green Town Tavern, Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewery and the Lake County Health Department.
All are welcome to come out and show their support for the LGBTQ+ community and join in the celebration.