Ferndale Pride is summer's first LGBTQAI festival in the state of Michigan. Free to the public, the event unites community and businesses for the biggest party of the year. Join us, this year, on June 1st to feel the love that is Ferndale Pride.
Vendor registration for Ferndale Pride 2018 is open!
Ferndale Pride is Ferndale's kickoff to summer celebrating the LGBTQAI communities. Ferndale Pride brings at least 20,000 people to the streets of Downtown Ferndale to shop, eat and to learn about organizations and services that are welcoming to our communities.
This year's street festival will take place on Saturday June 2, 2018.
Registration will take place from January 1, 2018 to May 1, 2018.
To take advantage of early bird pricing you must register by Friday, March 2, 2018.
A chill may be in the air but Ferndale Pride is thawing out and warming up for our best pride ever. This year, Pride will take place on June 2, 2018 on West Nine Mile. As usual, Pride will have booths, activities, two stages of entertainment, a children's area and 20,000 visitors enjoying the spirit of Ferndale's LGBTQAI community.
Ferndale Pride couldn't be a successful event and safe space for LGBTQAI people if it wasn't for the financial support of businesses and community members.
You can be the first to get in on the sponsorship opportunities by committing to sponsor Pride 2018 today. Click here to read more about the benefits that your company will receive when you sponsor pride.
FERNDALE, Mich. – Ferndale Pride distributed $25,000 in grants – the most funding it ever has distributed in a single year – to five local LGBTQ charities Monday, Aug. 28, at the Ferndale City Council meeting.
The Ferndale Community Foundation, Ferndale Pride’s sponsoring organization, received a $13,000 grant.
These four charities each received $3,000 grants:
● Gender-Identity Network Alliance
● Matrix Human Services MAC Health
● Transgender Michigan
Since its establishment in 2011, Ferndale Pride, which presents an annual LGBTQ pride street fair in downtown Ferndale and related events, has distributed more than $100,000 in unrestricted grants to local charities. This year’s festival was Saturday, June 3.
“We are grateful for all of our festival sponsors and vendors, as well as the businesses and individuals who support our fundraisers throughout the year,” said Julia Music, Ferndale Pride chair. “Their generosity allows us to provide a festival with no admission fee for attendees and to give back each year through these grants to local charities that better the lives of LGBTQ people.”
Music credited Andrew Shankles, fundraising chair, with helping Ferndale Pride to donate a record amount to charities this year.
“He really exceeded our expectations in his volunteer role,” Music said. “He organized record-breaking fundraisers that really brought the community out to give.”
The 2018 Ferndale Pride street fair will be Saturday, June 2. For more information about Ferndale Pride, visit www.ferndalepride.com.
With almost twenty years of experience, DJ Dav is a true multi-genre artist. After holding residences in Lansing, MI, Grand Rapids, MI, and Park City, UT, DJ Dav has found himself back in the Detroit area. Detroit has heavily influenced his music, as his sets quickly became more technical and hard hitting. In 2014, DJ Dav was asked to join the D3EP Radio Network, a house music online radio station that showcases mixes 24 hours a day from DJs around the world. Since its inception, DJ Dav has posted over 100 mixes! In 2015, he became part of City Air Detroit Crew, which throws house/techno parties with some of Detroit's biggest names. Rosie O' Grady's first Wednesday resident DJ for over three years, DJ Dav is excited to be returning to Ferndale Pride! Come see DJ Dav spin on the Dance Stage, sponsored by Arcadia Marketplace, from 2:00pm-3:45pm on Saturday, June 3rd at Ferndale Pride!
Alexa Rae is a versatile performer that specializes in performance art entertainment. Her passion for performance pieces became apparent at a young age, and she quickly began to search for any opportunity to be involved in the performing arts community. Alexa Rae aspires to continue to grow as an artist, and her love for people and her art is what sets her apart from other performance artists. Come see Alexa Rae on Ferndale Pride's Dance Stage, sponsored by Arcadia Marketplace, from 9:15pm-10:00pm on Saturday, June 3rd!
Mae James is a true Detroiter that brings the same grit, strength, and spirit of the city she loves. Most easily recognized for her powerful contralto vocals, Mae infuses wit, heart, and infectious energy into every performance. Her diverse talents have placed her in the semi finals of the television show, "The Voice", twice and earned her wins at a multitude of competitions. With 15 years of experience entertaining the LGBTQ community on stages at GiGi's, Rainbow Room, Spiral, Rosie O' Grady's, Triangle, and Menjo's, Mae has honed her skills in engaging an audience at every show. An active LGBTQ rights advocate and feminist, she hopes her music can break the stereotypes posed upon the LGBTQ community and women. Accompanying Mae James for her closing set is DJ Frisk. Frisk has been spinning on the LGBTQ scene for almost a decade, and her unique mixing style and personality have kept people dancing for years. Come see Mae James and DJ Frisk on Ferndale Pride's Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel, from 9:00pm-9:45pm on Saturday, June 3rd!
Formed in 2011, Players Club consists of Austin Rogers and Preston Austermann. Their dynamic duo has performed and held residencies in several premier dance venues in and around Detroit, including The Grasshopper Underground and Exodos Lounge. In 2014, the duo co-founded City Air Detroit, a promotion company that has been producing high quality events since its inception. Featuring versatile styles, the duo has worked to bring listeners diverse sounds, ranging from tech house to ghetto tech. Come see Players Club at Ferndale Pride's Dance Stage, sponsored by Arcadia Marketplace, from 8:00pm-10:00pm on Saturday, June 3rd!
Lipstick Jodi is a four piece indie/alternative/pop band from Grand Rapids, MI. The band features Karli Morehouse on guitar and lead vocals, Luke Rockhold on drums, Jamie Baarman on keyboard and vocals, and Camille Hoorn on bass. Their eclectic sound has been described as "the lesbian love child of St. Vincent and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs." Come see Lipstick Jodi on the Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel, at Ferndale Pride from 6:00pm-6:30pm on Saturday, June 3rd!
Liquid Monk is a genre bending group that fuses live instrumentation with electronic elements. Formed in 2013, their band acts as a producer, showcasing the unique talents of each collaborator while creating a sonic landscape that can only be described as Liquid Monk. Their debut EP, "Yaga" was released in 2015 and rocketed the group into Michigan's live electronic scene. Blending fiery jazz and lush synthesizers, their work has led to performances alongside acts like Quantic, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, GOSH PITH, and Aqueous. Liquid Monk is Eric "Fil" Fillip (Drums, Percussion), Dan Gruszka (Guitar, Synth, Electronics), Michael Leonard (Guitar, Synth) and Omar Taji (Keyboards, Synth Bass). Come see Liquid Monk's fiery fusion from 2:00pm-2:30pm on Saturday, June 3rd at Ferndale Pride's Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel!
Formed in 2013, Liz & The Luckouts is a female rock & roll power trio from Detroit, MI. This fierce group has been inspired by many other great Ferndale rock musicians, including Joan Jett and Heart and Melissa Etheridge, to name a few. Nominees for the 2017 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Rock/Pop Artist/Group, this is a raw, powerful group that you won't want to miss. Come see Liz & The Luckouts on the Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel, from 5:00pm-5:30pm on Saturday, June 3rd at Ferndale Pride!
Octavia, aka Beth Dzierwa, is a Michigan native with a knack for mixing records. A typical day for Beth is simple: Music. Work. Education. Promoting. Music. Her desire to become a DJ was triggered by watching Magda spin at TV Lounge years ago. Octavia grew up listening to Allan Ester on the "After School Groove House Party". Her first gig was at the Women's Entertainment, a women's queer dance party in 2014. In 2016, she performed at the Hamtramck Music Festival for the Seraphine Collective. She has mixed records at Detroit Threads, Urban Bean, Marble Bar, and The Detroit Art Gallery of Windsor. Beth feels that all you need to be successful in life is to put in the time and patience to achieve your goals. She believes the challenges that she has encountered have created the fierce and indepedent artist she is today. Come see Octavia on Ferndale Pride's Dance Stage, sponsored by Arcadia Marketplace, from 6:15pm-8:00pm on Saturday, June 3rd!
AcousticAsh is a singer/songwriter originally from England, U.K. Now in Utica, MI, AcousticAsh is a prolific advocate for equality and justice that utilizes music to voice a unique interpretation of everyday events, including love, loss, money, and politics, in order to inspire change. AcousticAsh has performed at numerous events around the world, including FORD Arts Beats and Eats, Windover Women's Festival, Beijing International Music Conference, CAMPIT, Manchester Gay Pride, Midlands Music Festival, and, most recently, Meridian Winter Blast in Detroit. Inspired by the likes of John Lennon, Tracy Chapman, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke, and Marvin Gaye, this is a performer who will leave you both entertained and wanting more. See AcousticAsh from 3:00pm-3:30pm on Saturday, June 3rd at Ferndale Pride's Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel!
Sarah Hood is a local Detroit vocalist, producer, and songwriter. She has been producing and writing music for most of her life. An active member of the LGBTQ community, she is thrilled to showcase her newest track, “Orlando” at Ferndale Pride. This track was created in memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Come see Sarah Hood from 1:00pm-1:15pm at Ferndale Pride’s Main Stage, sponsored by MotorCity Casino Hotel, on Saturday, June 3rd!
Founded in 2008 by Adira Elham, Dangerous Curves was created as a means of generating a positive body image among dancers in the belly dance community. They strive to accept all dancers but focus on inclusion in plus sized belly dancers. The group is made up of a diverse group of dancers from around the world. Dangerous Curves created the very first Plus Sized Belly Dance Convention, working to create a sisterhood for all female dancers. Come see Dangerous Curves on the Dance Stage, sponsored by Arcadia Marketplace, from 3:45pm-4:15pm on Saturday, June 3rd!