Spencer Pride Festival

10th Anniversary Spencer Pride Festival

Saturday, June 4  10 AM – 8 PM     Downtown Spencer, Indiana

“A Decade of Diversity”

LIVE, ALL-DAY ENTERTAINMENT

with Special Guest Host Suzanne Westenhoefer!

HUGE MARKETPLACE – FESTIVAL FOOD

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING – RAFFLES

PET PRIDE PARADE

50/50 – FAMILY ACTIVITIES – FREE HIV TESTING

Sponsored by:

BloomingOUT – Boston Scientific PACE – Cardinal Spirits – Circle K

Cody Crone Realtor/Broker – Cook Inc – French Lick Resort

Indiana Stonewall Democrats – IU Health Bloomington

Spencer Main Street – Tivoli Theatre

Walmart – White River Valley PFLAG

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Entertainment Line-up can be found here,  Vendor Line-up can be found here

More About the Spencer Pride Festival

The Spencer Pride Festival is the largest rural LGBTQI gathering in the state of Indiana and it is the largest small town pride event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, & intersex community in the Midwest. Spencer Pride attracts visitors from throughout the entire region (even beyond our state lines).  Spencer Pride is a family-friendly & 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 1300 people out in celebration of the LGBTQI community. We are very proud that the population of our town swells by 40-50% as a result of the desire of people from throughout Indiana to show support for rural gay and lesbian people.

2016 Spencer Pride Festival Details

This year marks the 10th Anniversary Spencer Pride Festival and the ninth consecutive one to be held on the grounds of the Owen County Courthouse and square in downtown Spencer.  We have extended hours for 2016 in order for us to offer even more opportunities and welcome even more attendees to this celebration.  We hope that you will join us as we celebrate this milestone event for our community.

Members of the Bloomington Prism Youth Community enjoyed the 2014 Spencer Pride Festival
Members of the Bloomington Prism Youth Community enjoyed the 2014 Spencer Pride Festival

Spencer Pride has always been – and always will be – a 100% family-friendly festival, with activities for individuals of all ages throughout the entire day.  Types of activities will include: a deluxe all-ages slip-n-slide, adult obstacle course, rock wall, inflatable toddler town, and much more!  Prism Youth Community will continue to host the Prism All-Ages Family Fun Area, which will feature activities like jewelry- and button-making, coloring contest, and other hands-on activities for the whole family. 

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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.

The festival is pet-friendly and dogs with responsible owners are welcome. In fact, this will be the second 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 12:30 PM on the south side of the Owen County Courthouse.

Pet Parade Helped Make 2015 Festival a Big Success!
Pet Parade Helped Make 2015 Festival a Big Success!

Live, local entertainment will be on stage throughout the day.  This year’s lineup includes:  Quarryland Men’s Chorus, Bloomington Beat Youth, King Bee & The Stingers, Adam Riviere, SarahJayne Balash, Different Drummer Belly Dancers, & more!  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.

This year we are also featuring Suzanne Westenhoefer, famous comic, who will be hosting our entertainment throughout the day.  Suzanne was the first openly gay comedian with her own HBO Comedy Special.  Her comedy is very popular within the LGBTQ community and well beyond!  Festival attendees are sure to find her a special treat.

Suzanne Westenhoefer - photo credit to Ellie Perez

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 drag show is hosted by Vicci Laine.

Festival attendees pose with the Ladies of Spencer Pride's Drag Show after the 2014 Spencer Pride Festival
Festival attendees pose with the Ladies of Spencer Pride’s Drag Show after the 2014 Spencer Pride Festival

Our festival marketplace will feature more than 95 booths representing both retail businesses and not-for-profit organizations. A listing of current vendors can be found on our website.  We will also have a special booth featuring items from past Spencer Pride Festivals.

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 umbrellas, bracelets, and other assorted merchandise.  A variety of 10th anniversary items will also be on sale.

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.

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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 PM – 6 PM.

The Spencer Pride Festival is 100% family-friendly & family-focused, with lots to do for the whole family!
The Spencer Pride Festival is 100% family-friendly & family-focused, with lots to do for the whole family!