Columbus, Indiana Pride Festival is a celebration of unity and individualism. 

Our festival works to unite Columbus as one community that celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion for all and embraces the LGBTQ community. We seek to promote this unity by bringing together members of the LGBT community, allies and community organizational leaders while advocate for positive conversation about the values and experiences we share while celebrating what makes us different. 


The 2021 Columbus, Indiana Pride Festival will be held from 1-6pm EST on Saturday, September 18th 2021 at Mill Race Park


Columbus Pride Festival is proud to bring many local talented individuals to our audience on the main stage. Click below to apply to be part of our incredible 2021 pride festival entertainment lineup!



CPF will offer a variety of vendors including food or drink offerings, beautiful handmade creations, or your favorite retail merchandise. Apply to be a vendor below!  


Community partners

Columbus is a diverse community and CPF is committed to bringing representatives from organizations that are welcoming and supportive of our LGBT+ community members. 


Connection Opportunities

Our Festival strives to give everyone the opportunity to find, connect, and build relationships with those who understand, accept and love.

The 2021 Columbus Pride Festival would not be possible without the following relationships:
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Columbus, Indiana Pride Festival has been featured by many local and national news outlets including Cosmopolitan, USA Today, TeenVogue, Elle, CNN, People Magazine, HuffPost, and many more.


Originally posted on them.us on December 9, 2019

Across the Midwest, Smaller Communities Are Celebrating Pride on Their Own Terms

This week, them. is highlighting and celebrating queer people, places, and stories from across an often-overlooked region: the Midwest. Look out for more from our Queer Midwest package throughout the week.

Five years ago, plans for a Pride walk in Chillicothe, Ohio, fell by the wayside when few people showed any interest in taking part. This coming July, however, the city of 22,000 will have not just a walk to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride, but a pool party and a dance party as well.

Chillicothe — home to 990 queer people if its LGBTQ+ population matches estimates of the national percentage — is one of a growing number of small towns throughout the Midwest where traveling to big-city Pride festivities is no longer the only option. As people become more comfortable living openly and authentically no matter where they call home, suburbs and small towns are increasingly hosting their own events.  
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Originally posted on therepublic.com on April 13, 2019

Pride Festival attracts large crowd

Columbus Pride Festival organizers promised a larger gathering in Saturday’s second installment, and they delivered.

An estimated crowd of more than 3,500 people gathered along a crowded Fifth Street and the Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza downtown Saturday afternoon in support of the LGBTQ community and their family and friends.

And that was an hour before the drag show, last year’s most popular attraction, began.

Erin Bailey, now a student at Herron School of Art + Design in Indianapolis, launched the first Pride festival last April as her senior project at Columbus Signature Academy — New Tech High School. Regional, national and international media picked up the story of the event they saw as especially significant because the event was occurring in Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown. 

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Originally posted on indianapublicmedia.org
on April 12, 2019

Columbus To Host Second Annual Pride Festival Saturday

Organizers say they expect an even larger crowd at the second annual Columbus Pride festival Saturday.

The event in Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown attracted around 2,500 people last year. A high school senior organized the inaugural festival to send the message that Columbus is a welcoming community.

Sarah Franklin, the media and public relations coordinator for Columbus Pride, says they’ve moved the event to 5th street and the Bartholomew County Public Library because of the expected turnout. 

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Originally posted on wishtv.com on April 6, 2019

[VIDEO] Columbus Pride Festival preview

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) – The Columbus, Indiana Pride Festival is one week away.

Organizer Erin Bailey stopped by Daybreak Saturday to discuss the upcoming festival.

There will three bands, a number of speakers and a drag show.

Additionally, there will be several food vendors on hand.

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Originally posted on wishtv.com on February 16, 2019

Columbus Pride Festival to return April 13

The Columbus Pride Festival that attracted an estimated 2,500 people on a rainy spring day last year will return downtown on April 13.

The free event, set for noon to 4 p.m. April 13, will be held on the 500 block of Fifth Street in front of the Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza to allow room for emergency vehicles and more room for attendees to gather, said Katelynn Herrick, coordinator.

She said city officials were concerned after last year’s event included some crowding along the two blocks of Fourth Street where the event was held last year. 

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