Festivals & Events

Chester County Pride Festival (June 8th, 2024)

Chester County Pride Festival
Written by pxvonline

The 7th Annual Chester County Pride Festival, hosted by the LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County, will take place on Saturday, June 8th, 2024, from 12:00-5:00 pm on Bridge Street in downtown Phoenixville, PA.

Chester County Pride Festival in Phoenixville, PA
2023 Chester County Pride Festival in Phoenixville, PA

The celebration is not only about fostering social acceptance but also about raising awareness of the specific issues this community faces and working towards greater legal rights and protections.

This is a free event, and all ages are welcome. Enjoy music, food vendors, entertainment, vendors, games, and activities. Click here for more details.

🏳️‍🌈 Below are a few 2024 Pride Events in Chester County 🏳️‍🌈


Thursday, June 6th: 1st Annual Pride Flag Raising and Parade 2–4 pm, Coatesville VA Medical Center, 1400 Blackhorse Hill Rd., Coatesville, PA 19320


Saturday, June 8th: LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County PrideFest 2024, 12–5 pm, Black Lab Bistro, 248 Bridge St, Phoenixville, PA 19460


Saturday, June 1st: Tie-Dye Pride Party, 12–3 pm, Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA 19341. Must be 18 years old to attend.


Saturday, June 21st: BSP PRIDE Dark Friday Event: DRAG BINGO! 7–10 pm Barley Sheaf Players, 810 N Whitford Rd., Lionville, PA 19353. Must be 18 years old to attend.

FAQs about the Chester County Pride Festival

When is the Chester County Pride Festival?

The 2024 Chester County Pride Fest will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2024.

Where can I buy tickets?

The Chester County Pride Festival is a free event, and all are welcome.

Are there sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available?

Yes, please click here for details.

The LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County fosters inclusivity, well-being, and social justice for the LGBTQ+ community through advocacy and the provision of safe, supportive spaces.

Celebrating Identity and Equality: The Significance of Pride Month and Festivals

Pride Month, celebrated annually in June in many countries, is a significant event that seeks to promote equality, recognition, and self-affirmation for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other identities that form part of the diverse spectrum known as the LGBTQ+ community.

Here in Phoenixville, a collective effort recently unfolded as local volunteers teamed up with the LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County to transform the Bridge Street and Church Alley crosswalks into a vibrant spectrum of rainbow hues.

The rainbow flag, an emblem of pride and solidarity for the LGBTQ community since the late 1970s, has been visually represented on a grand scale in the form of a mural in Chester County for the first time. Christened the “Pride Walk,” the artwork stands as a vivid display of diversity and inclusivity.

Pride Walk
Photo by Richard Gump Devaney

The painting of the crosswalk took place during the PXV Inside Out weekly road closure in 2022 and quickly turned into a jovial gathering. Local families, including the youngest members in strollers and the furry ones on leashes, paused their leisurely walks to lend a hand. Local face-artist Abigail Severino joined the crowd, adding joyful brushstrokes to many excited faces.

Expressing his gratitude towards the selfless contributors and the Borough for turning this project into reality, Mayor Peter Urschler said, “I am so grateful to the volunteers and Borough for bringing this project into reality. Phoenixville is home to extraordinary people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Together, we ensure every person is safe, loved, and celebrated. Our Pride crosswalks are a beautiful reflection of our community and are a daily reminder to approach every person and situation with respect and understanding.”

In 2023, the Pride Walk was refreshed and revitalized, just in time for the 6th annual Chester County Pride Fest.

The History of Pride Month

The origin of Pride Month can be traced back to the Stonewall Riots in New York City in June 1969, one of the most notable events in the history of LGBTQ+ rights activism. In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. This raid led to several days of protests and demonstrations, which in turn sparked a new wave of LGBTQ+ rights movements. As such, Pride Month is not only a celebration of diversity and identity but also a remembrance of this significant period of resistance and the continued struggle for equal rights and acceptance.

Pride Festivals, the highlight of Pride Month, are vibrant and colorful events that encapsulate the spirit of the community. They are celebrations of freedom, love, and identity, often featuring parades, parties, workshops, concerts, and much more.

At their core, these festivals serve to create visibility for the LGBTQ+ community to counteract the societal tendency towards invisibility or marginalization. They offer a platform for individuals to express their identities openly and safely, and they invite all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to join in the celebration, promoting a spirit of inclusivity and mutual respect. In essence, these festivals embody the message that love and identity are diverse and should be celebrated as such while also bringing to the fore the continued struggle for legal rights, societal acceptance, and equality.

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