Spencer Pride Festival

The Spencer Pride Festival is the largest event held on the Owen County Courthouse square.   The purpose of the festival is to provide a place of celebration & educational opportunity within our rural community.  Pride Festivals have a rich history within the movement of LGBTQ+ equality, & Spencer Pride is a unique example.  Spencer Pride is 100% family-focused & welcomes individuals of all ages & backgrounds.  Regardless of how you identify, you are welcome at Spencer Pride!

If you are looking to register as a vendor or sponsor for our next festival, please visit our portal at www.SpencerPride.org/portal.

Saturday, June 2  10 AM – 5 PM     Downtown Spencer, Indiana

“Remember the Past, Create the Future”




 Sponsored by:

BloomingOUT – Boston Scientific PACE – Cardinal Spirits

Cook Group – French Lick Resort – IU Health Bloomington – Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington

Spencer Evening World – Tivoli Theatre – White River Valley PFLAG Spencer Chapter

2016 Festival - Boston Scientific booth


Entertainment details can be found here!

Vendor Line-up is available here!

More About the Spencer Pride Festival

The Spencer Pride Festival is the largest rural LGBTQ+ gathering in the state of Indiana and it is the largest small town pride event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, & queer community in the Midwest. Spencer Pride attracts visitors from throughout the entire region.  Spencer Pride is a family-focused & pet-friendly, as well as being fun, fabulous, & free!


More About Spencer, Indiana

Spencer, Indiana is a small rural community of approximately 2400 people. It is located 17 miles west of Bloomington and the beautiful Indiana University campus. For the past several years, the Spencer Pride Festival has brought more than 2000 people out in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. We are very proud that the population of our town swells by 80% or more as a result of the desire of people from throughout Indiana to show support for rural gay and lesbian people.

From the Street

2018 Spencer Pride Festival Details

This year marks the 12th Anniversary Spencer Pride Festival and the 11th consecutive one to be held on the grounds of the Owen County Courthouse and square in downtown Spencer.  We hope that you will join us.

2016 Festival - Crowd Observes Bloomington BEAT

Spencer Pride has always been – and always will be – a 100% family-focused festival, with activities for individuals of all ages throughout the entire day.  Types of activities will include: a deluxe all-ages slip-n-slide, inflatable toddler town, bounce house, and much more!  

SarahJayne Performs

We will have a huge variety of items in our choose-your-own raffles. We also will have 50-50 drawings and free giveaways throughout the day.

2016 Festival - Couple in Front of Dragonfly Gallery

The festival is pet-friendly and dogs with responsible owners are welcome. In fact, this will be the third year that our event will feature a Pet Pride Parade, with those furry members of our families participating to help us raise awareness to the need for the spaying and neutering of animals.  The Spencer Pride Pet Parade will take place at 10:00 AM on the south side of the Owen County Courthouse.  THIS IS A NEW TIME THIS YEAR, IN ORDER TO BE COOLER FOR THE PETS!


Live, local entertainment will be on stage throughout the day.   Keep checking our website for updates on our planned entertainment.   Our emcee is Sheryl Daniels, who has served in the role for many years now and is a crowd favorite.

Bloomington BEAT

As always, our popular Ladies of Spencer Pride Drag Show will take place in the afternoon. We typically have 5-7 performers participating in this fun show. This is the only place in Indiana where you can see a drag show on the lawn of a county courthouse.  


Our festival marketplace will feature more than 100 booths representing both retail businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

French Lick Resort Supports Pride

Official Spencer Pride Festival merchandise will be on sale as well, including our limited edition t-shirts which tend to sell out during the event.  Other items include Spencer Pride rainbow jewelry, magnets, bumper stickers, & other assorted merchandise.  These items will be available for sale in the newly opened Spencer Pride commUnity center located at 17 E. Franklin Street, which is within the heart of the Spencer Pride Festival.

2016 Festival - Indiana Forest Alliance booth Enjoys an Elephant Ear

A huge variety of festival foods will be available, including cotton candy, pretzels, fresh baked goods, elephant ears, specialty coffees & teas, candies, and much, much more! Food vendors will be announced in the coming months.

Suzanne Westenhoefer added laughs to the 2016 Spencer Pride Festival
Suzanne Westenhoefer added laughs to the 2016 Spencer Pride Festival

Free HIV testing will be available as will many other services throughout the day. HIV testing is provided by Positive Link (a program of IU Health Bloomington) and will be available from 1 – 3 PM.

2016 Festival - Adam Riviere Performs