Your guide to the 2021 Nashville Pride Festival

Pride Parade at the Nashville Pride Festival | Photo via @nashvillepridefestival

Break out your brightest colors + get ready to celebrate Music City’s LGBTQ+ community during this weekend’s Nashville Pride Festival. 🏳️‍🌈

The 2-day event will take place from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday + 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, featuring vendors, food, activities, and more. Here’s what else you can expect. 👇


Performers will fill 3 stages throughout the event: the Equality Stage, the Stonewall Stage + the Rainbow Stage. Headliners include Salt-N-Pepa, Kim Petras, Orville Peck, The Aces, and more.


  • Art Making | Fri., Sept. 17 | 3-5:30 p.m. | 21c Hotel | Free | Prepare your festival outfit by making your own Pride penguin bandana.
  • Pride Weekend Kick-Off Party | Fri., Sept. 17 | 7-11 p.m. | PLAY | Cost of purchase | Get hyped up for the weekend with this festive pre-party. 
  • Pride Parade | Sat., Sept. 18 | 10 a.m. | Beings at Woodland St. Bridge | Registration closed | Led by Grand Marshall Maxine Spencer, this 2.5 hour walk features floats, costumes, and celebration. Spectators can view parade routes + participants can view line up times and additional information. 
  • Official After Party | Sat., Sept. 18 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | Virgin Hotel | Free | Keep the party going with Dave Aude + special guests.
  • Sweet Tea Dance | Sun., Sept. 19 | 6 p.m. | Basement East | $5 | The official closing party of the 2021 Pride Festival

View the full events calendar for more. 

COVID-19 policies

Anyone attending or volunteering must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior. On-site testing will be offered Thurs.-Sun. for $40

Whether or not you’ll be attending this year, be sure to keep an eye on the road closures to expect for the duration of the festival.