Showcasing LGBTQ+ support, October’s Come Out With Pride Festival (pictured) features more than a week of can’t-miss activities — and this year, it’s complemented by the National Trans Visibility March with a special fall edition of Girls in Wonderland coming later in the month.
Few destinations are as open and accepting as Orlando, where visitors from all over the world and all walks of life are welcome. We’re also a pioneer in LGBTQ+ tourism, having hosted the world-famous GayDayS since 1991 with other high-profile, annual LGBTQ+ events debuting in the decades since. No wonder we were named the most LGBTQ+-friendly travel destination in the U.S. for 2021 by ParkSleepFly.com!
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One of the best, the Come Out With Pride Festival, returns on Oct. 9, 2021, to celebrate LGBTQ+ pride and support at downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Park. It also features more than a week of related events from Oct. 1 – 10, 2021 — including the first-ever National Trans Visibility March held outside Washington, D.C. — and much more. Plus, a special autumn edition of Girls in Wonderland is taking place Oct. 14 – 18, 2021. See what to expect during two of the country’s most magical LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations and make plans now to join the party!
Please note: Come Out With Pride Festival and Girls in Wonderland are separate events. Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite venues and events for their current status.
Orlando’s Come Out With Pride Festival is produced by Come Out With Pride Inc., an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that makes a positive impact in Orlando’s LGBTQ+ community through special events, grants and scholarship programs. Now in its 17th year, the organization’s signature festival is held each October, welcoming everyone from Central Florida and beyond to come together for a beautiful, fun celebration of unity and acceptance. The main event kicks off at noon and runs till 9:30 p.m.
The Come Out With Pride Festival’s centerpiece is The Most Colorful Parade, which features more than 100 groups strolling a 1-mile route through downtown Orlando. It’s scheduled to start at 4 p.m., but there will be much more to enjoy during this day of love — including the National Trans Visibility March, which starts at 2 p.m. with a theme of “No Lives Left Behind.”
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From 12 – 8:30 p.m., experience live entertainment with an eclectic lineup of performers on two stages at Lake Eola Park. Hosted by Darcel Stevens, the Amphitheater Stage is set to feature Gottmik from RuPaul’s Drag Race, MrMs Adrien’s Gaga Ball, Element (a music, dance and sign-language band), and more, while the Unified by Pride Dance Stage will host sets by DJ Tracy Young, DJ Scott Robert and others. More performers will be announced in the lead-up to the big day.
You can also look forward to the Pride Marketplace and SponsorWalk, where you can support vendors, businesses and organizations that are committed to diversity. Both will be open from noon till 7 p.m. Other features include the Dry Dock Sober Space, where you can take a break from the action at any time during the festival, as well the Kids Fringe Rainbow Ranch, where families can enjoy activities for smaller children from 12 – 3:30 p.m.
The Come Out With Pride Festival’s gorgeous fireworks finale over Lake Eola will begin at 9:15 p.m. — and you can secure an unbeatable view while enjoying decadent desserts with the Sweets & Sparkles upgrade package. Then, keep the party going with the Official Pride After Party, which runs till 2:30 a.m. at four different downtown Orlando clubs and offers free admission for anyone who shows up before 10 p.m.
What’s more, as previously noted, Orlando’s Come Out With Pride events extend beyond one day. Read on to learn about other LGBTQ+ festivities you won’t want to miss in October!
Featuring a range of activities, Come Out With Pride Festival’s schedule of official events runs from Oct. 1 – 10, 2021. You can also join ancillary celebrations at numerous LGBTQ+ nightspots, including Hamburger Mary’s, Island Time, Savoy Orlando and Southern Nights in the downtown area. Don’t miss a second of the fun!
Learn more: Orlando Events
The Gay ‘90s Musical (Select Dates, Oct. 1 – 10, 2021)
Hosted by Savoy Orlando in downtown’s Ivanhoe Village district, The Gay ‘90s Musical is a hilarious and touching look at the gay life for men and women in the 1990s, including much that still applies today. A portion of the proceeds from each performance will benefit Come Out With Pride Orlando and The LGBT+ Center of Orlando, aka The Center.
Learn more: Ivanhoe Village
4th Annual Drag Race 5k (Oct. 3, 2021)
Taking place in Baldwin Park, just east of downtown Orlando, the Drag Race 5k invites hundreds of runners from Central Florida and beyond to get moving in support of Zebra Coalition. All runners will receive an event T-shirt and commemorative medal, and prizes will be available for the fastest feet.
Honoring Trans & Gender-Expansive Singers (Oct. 5, 2021)
Presented by the Orlando Gay Chorus, Honoring Trans & Gender-Expansive Singers features a panel of performers speaking about their personal experiences. They’ll be joined by Dr. Joshua Palkki, director of choral activity at California State University Long Beach, who is widely recognized for research and teaching on creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ singers. This event takes place at First United Church of Christ in the Dover Shores neighborhood east of downtown Orlando.
Diznee After Dark: A Les Vixens Burlesque Show! (Oct. 6, 2021)
Head to Southern Nights in downtown Orlando’s Milk District for Diznee After Dark: A Les Vixens Burlesque Show!, featuring everyone’s favorite Vixens and lots of glitter and glam.
We Shall Overcome: Celebrate LGBT+ Diversity (Oct. 7, 2021)
The Walt Disney Amphitheater at Lake Eola Park will host We Shall Overcome: Celebrate LGBT+ Diversity, a free performance presented by Orlando Gay Chorus, QLatinX, Bros in Convo, and The Sounds of Freedom. ASL interpretation will also be available.
3rd Annual Come Out With Pride Shabbat Service (Oct. 8, 2021)
In the spirit of hakh’lalah (meaning “inclusion”), the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando invites the entire community to the Come Out With Pride Shabbat Service at City Hall in downtown Orlando.
Movies Out Loud (Oct. 8, 2021)
See 1995’s Showgirls on the big screen at Movies Out Loud, hosted by comedian Jeff Jones and Real Radio’s Sabrina Ambra at downtown Orlando’s CMX Cinemas Plaza Cafe 12. A portion of the proceeds benefit Come Out With Pride Orlando, and beer, wine, snacks and food will be available for purchase.
Come Out With Pride Brunch (Oct. 10, 2021)
Continue the celebration with DJs, live entertainment and great food at the Come Out With Pride Brunch on the open-air Lawn at downtown Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Pods will be available for up to six guests, as well as tables for up to four guests.
Pride Night With the Orlando Magic (Oct. 10, 2021)
Traditionally held in June, Girls in Wonderland is hosting a special fall edition from Oct. 14 – 18, 2021! Recognized as Orlando’s largest celebration of women in the LGBTQ+ community, this event brings together the hippest venues, rocking girl DJs and over-the-top shows to keep ladies from around the world coming back for more. (Please note that Girls in Wonderland and Come Out With Pride are separate events.)
Girls in Wonderland’s entertainment is set to include seasoned veterans and young up-and-comers. Hop on board for five days of live women’s music, spectacular dance parties, celebrities, pool parties, comedy shows, theme park visits and thousands of women from around the world celebrating in grand style!
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