The Davis Pride Festival returns for its fourth year on Sunday, May 20. The multi-faceted weekend includes a Saturday brunch and a Sunday fun run, culminating with a festival of music, food and support for the LGBTQ+ community.
The Davis Phoenix Coalition produces the festival – a pride celebration like no other to Yolo County. The free, daylong event at Central Park, 301 C St., features live entertainment, vendors and community resources, fun zones for children, food trucks and dance parties.
The Run/Walk for Equality, starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 20. Walk or run a 5K or 10K course through Davis’ greenbelts. Proceeds go to the Davis Phoenix Coalition’s education and advocacy programs to build a safer, more inclusive community in Davis and surrounding cities. Discounted registration is $40 through April 30. There’s also a 1k for $20 and a children’s Rainbow Dash for $5.
After that, there’s the Music Festival and Community Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free, family-friendly all-inclusive event will have the latest resources for the regional LGBTQ+ community and all who support it. This year’s Wells Fargo Main Stage headliners include Thea Austin, former lead singer with SNAP!, known for the hit “Rhythm is a Dancer” and “(I’ve Got the) Power.” Co-headliners are “American Idol” season seven alum David Hernandez and diva Dida Ritz from season four of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The Davis Live Music Collective joins this year’s party, raising the festival’s entertainment to a new level.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday, May 19, when the Cal Aggie Lambda Alumni Association hosts its third annual Davis Pride Community Brunch, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the UC Davis Buehler Alumni Center. Proceeds from the $30 tickets support its alumni scholarship fund. Visit brunch.davispride.org for more information, or to sponsor an LGBTQIA-identified student.
Davis Pride is produced by Davis Phoenix Coalition, a nonprofit that works to foster diversity, eliminate intolerance, prevent hate-motivated violence and support LGBTQ+ youths. The coalition was founded in the aftermath of a 2013 anti-gay attack on Davis resident “Mikey” Partida. Proceeds from Davis Pride support the coalition’s anti-bullying campaigns, and outreach with area police departments, churches and schools.
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10:00am to 4:00pm
401 C Street, Davis, Ca 95616