This June’s PrideFest is Officially Canceled

For the second year in a row, PrideFest has been canceled. 

Milwaukee Pride Inc., which organizes PrideFest, announced today that they’ve officially canceled the festival, which was initially set to run from June 3rd-6th. 

“After much consideration, we cannot move forward with planning a June 2021 festival without knowing how and when a vaccine will be distributed throughout our community equally,” Wes Shaver, the Milwaukee Pride, Inc. President, said in a press release. “When I first realized there may be rules, regulations and guidelines for entry into a public space, I knew we would not be able to have a June festival. There are serious inequities within our community when it comes to accessibility to health care, medicine and COVID-19 testing. The idea that, hypothetically, someone with quicker or more readily available access to health care resources could attend, while others could not, was not an option. PrideFest is a space for everyone. We cannot have any additional factors that create divides and fractures within our community.”

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Last year’s festival was canceled, along with every other major Milwaukee festival, as a result of the pandemic. 

PrideFest’s usual “Health & Wellness area,” which allows community organizations to publicize their programs and services, will be moving online. Participants can submit free listings to the new site and get a spot in a state-wide directory. 

Milwaukee Pride Inc. is still hoping to hoping to organize the festival for later in the year, and is searching for alternative dates and, if needed, venues.



Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.