Rochester Pride

Photo by Randy Stern
Photo by Randy Stern

This year’s Rochester Pride will be held on Saturday May 20th from 12:00-5:00 PM at Soldier’s Field Memorial Park near downtown.

Rochester Pride’s goal is to provide events for gender identity and sexual orientation minority communities and their allies that inspire, educate, and celebrate the diverse community.


Rochester Pride began in 1998 under the name Rochester’s Pridefest. The Gay and Lesbian Services of Southeastern Minnesota (GLCS) organized and held the event every year for the following two decades.

In 2022, GLCS passed the event to LGBTQ+ residents who came together to form a new nonprofit they named Rochester Pride.

Rochester Pride is dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ identities and strives to build upon the previous organization’s work as they look toward the future. As Rochester grows, there are new opportunities to support people of all identities and orientations.

Things to Do

While in Rochester celebrating Pride, there’s lots to do! You can explore downtown’s exceptional dining, varied shopping, and unique nightlife. Enjoy a relaxing day at Rejuvenate Spa or energize yourself with a class at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.

Take in a beverage at one of Rochester’s seven different wineries and breweries. Or, for the outdoorsy types, the opportunities to enjoy running, hiking, skating, biking or walking throughout Rochester are endless.

Arts, culture, history, and entertainment abound in Rochester.

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