We're More Than Just a Festival

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest (WEPF) is an incorporated not-for-profit organization in the Province of Ontario. Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, WEPF brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and Two Spirit (LGBTIQ2S) community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration of the unique spirit and culture of our community by providing advocacy and producing inclusive and safe events, initiatives and social programs. WEPF strengthens the sense of community and contribute to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTIQ2S individuals in Windsor-Essex.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest’s goal is to empower LGBTIQ2S individuals through it’s social and recreation programs and facilitate opportunities for connection and belonging to reduce social isolation. This is done through age-specific activities, peer-facilitated groups, workshops and special events/initiatives.

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Our Community Resources Directory is provided as part of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest’s mandate to contributes to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of persons in the LGBTTIQ of Windsor-Essex and surrounding communities. This directory serves as a guide to community groups & associations, recreation & leisure pursuits, as well as social services and helping agencies in and around the region of Windsor-Essex. 

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Windsor-Essex Pride Festival

August 6-11, 2019

Every August, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest hosts a massive outdoor festival called Pride Fest that features entertainment, activities, vendors, speakers and more. Last year, PrideFest was attended by more than 6,600 people, making it one of the largest 6-day events in our region. And we're hard at work to ensure that the festival is bigger and better every year.

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Upcoming events

Sunday, August 11, 2019 11:00 am -12:00 pm
Windsor-Essex Pride Parade

Celebrating its 27th year, our annual Parade will be held on Sunday, August 11 at 11:00am beginning at Ottawa Street and Argyle Road, proceeding down Ottawa Street to Lanspeary Park near Langlois Avenue. The parade and festival have traditionally been attended by the LGBTIQ2S community and their allies from Southwestern Ontario and Michigan. This year’s festival focuses on bringing all different segments and groups together to celebrate the accomplishments we have made in the Windsor-Essex region and Canada as a whole.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 12:00 pm -8:00 pm
Pride Day & Market Place

After the parade, join Detroit, Michigan’s own Sabin as the official Master of Ceremonies for Pride Day!

The day will have special presentations of " FOOTLOOSE" by Art Collective Theatre, dance performances by Cathy’s Dance Studio. Featuring exciting artists such as the Sarah Smith Band, Nikki & The Dirty Elizabeths and Carly Thomas, special drag performances by Ariel Attack, BOA, Disco Jesus, Geena Hayze, Hawaii Goodvibes and Juicebox and rapping up the day with mixes by our own DJ Mankind. The event will also feature a cash bar, food and merchant vendor marketplace, activities and much more. Over 35+ vendors will have everything from apparel to gifts, art to food and beverage. A donation of $2.00 at the gate would be greatly appreciated by the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest to help fund the cost of the event.

Community News

  • Windsor-Essex Pride Fest receives donation in support of social programs

    05 June 2019
    Mary Riley, Vice President, Caesars Windsor and David Lenz, President, Windsor-Essex Pride Fest are shown at a press conference on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The Caesars Windsor Cares group donated money to Pride Fest to...
  • Caesars Windsor boosting PrideFest programs

    05 June 2019
    Mary Riley of Caesars Windsor, fourth from left, and David Lenz of Windsor-Essex PrideFest, centre, join representatives from both on June 5, 2019. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News. Blackburn NewsJune 5, 2019 6:00pm The...
  • Caesars Windsor Cares Supports Pride Fest

    05 June 2019
    Photo: Windsor-Essex Pride Fest President David Lenz, June 5, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille) AM800June 6, 2019 10:37am Caesars Windsor Cares is giving support to Windsor Essex Pride Fest. The organization is donating...


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We are a powerful statement of our region's commitment to equality and diversity as well as to strengthen the sense of community and contribute to the vibrancy, health and overall well-being of LGBTIQ2S people in Windsor-Essex. Your help ensures that this continues to be a number one priority for our community and your organization.

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest is a non-profit organization that depends on the annual support of sponsors and donors to provide the services and programming to the LGBTTIQ+ community of Windsor-Essex.


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Windsor Essex Pride Fest

Phone: (226) 348-3378
General Inquiries: [email protected]

536 Pelissier Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4L1

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