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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 1:00 pm
Free
Pride Flag Raising
In celebration of 2019 Windsor-Essex Pride Fest, you are invited to join us for the annual tradition that kicks off our festival each year. This symbolic ceremony brings to light why our annual festival of diversity is so important to the LBTQ2S+ community. The ceremony begins at City Hall Square to celebrate the official opening of the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest weekend as the Canadian National Anthem is performed by Adam Berga. Join Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Board of Directors, local dignitaries, community leaders, allies, supporters, and our LGBTQ2S+ community as we come together to show support for this important community, cultural and tourist attraction in Windsor and Essex county.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 6:15 pm
Pride Bowling
It's time to dust off those old bowling shoes, shine up that ball and head on down to Rosebowl Lanes for the annual PRIDE FEST BOWLING NIGHT!

Friday, August 9, 2019 5:00 pm - Saturday, August 10, 2019
Unplugged

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest presents "UNPLUGGED". Hosted by 93.9FM’s own Greg Gynp, exciting live bands that will be performing on stage include Windsor’s own Bigg Wiggle, Tara Watts and The Litsters and also featuring all the way from New York, we present New Fame. 

The event will also feature a cash bar, food and merchant vendors and much more. Over 30+ vendors will have everything from apparel to gifts, art to food and beverage.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 11:00 am -7:00 pm
Pride Saturday Marketplace
Windsor-Essex Pride Fest will host ‘SATURDAY MARKETPLACE” as part of its annual festival in August. The event will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 with over 35+ merchant booths full of unique products / food & beverage sold by individual vendors. Kids Zone play area featuring the Home Depot craft area, arts tent, inflatable bouncy castle, golf and face painting. This event will be hosted by Tony Coates and will feature live entertainment from Christian Vegh, Mae James, Tartan Army, Strange Cats, David Faulkner and many more. Donations for the event will be accepted and will benefit the Windsor-Essex Pride Fest and its year round social/recreational programming.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:00 pm - Sunday, August 11, 2019
General Admission: $10 / VIP: $35
Queens of Pride

Windsor-Essex Pride Fest presents "Queens Of Pride". Hosted by 93.9FM The River’s Dan MacDonald, 

A fantastic ensemble featuring Ru Paul’s Drag Race headliners Morgan McMichaels from Season 2 and All Stars Season 3 and Darienne Lake of Season 6. Also featuring DJ Kevin Bailey dishing out the mixes and special performances from a ton of queens including Jezabel Bardot (Toronto), Imarra (Toronto), BOA (Toronto), Dotty Dangerfield (Toronto), Eve Summers (Toronto), Roxy Rhymes (London), Hawaii Goodvibes (Windsor) and Chanel (Windsor) and much more.

The event will also feature a cash bar, food and merchant vendor marketplace, activities and much more. Over 30+ vendors will have everything from apparel to gifts, art to food and beverage.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:30 pm - Sunday, August 11, 2019 2:00 am
$5 online / $8 door
Glitterball
The 3rd annual Glitterball will take place Saturday, August 11 at 10:30pm at Rockstar Music Hall with two floors of music and entertainment. We welcome you to join us for what promises to be a liberating night to celebrate all things queer in Windsor-Essex. Come and feast your eyes on a world of glitter and sparkly surprises hosted by your MC’s Juicebox and Mel Lucier. Expect a diverse mix of music from DJ Josh Karmin and DJ Mankind as well as special performances from Dotty Dangerfield, Matt Eldracher, Rosalind St. Pixel, Elixia an Viva The Vamp. Tickets are $5 in advance (online only) or $8 at the door. This is a 19+ event.

Community News

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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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Windsor Essex Pride Fest

Phone: (226) 348-3378
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536 Pelissier Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4L1

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