Frequently Asked Questions about Tacoma Pride Festival (TPF)

Why does TPF take place in July?

We coordinate with other Pride festivals around the South Sound, so people have many options throughout the Pride Season. There are festivals and marches from mid-May to late August. (You can check out the calendar of Pride events in the South Sound by visiting our partners at the GSBA). Historically, our predecessors, Out In The Park, picked July because there would be less chances of rain, and the festival was held at a park. No need to get our heels all muddy!

Finally, although June is recognize as “Pride Month” due to the events that happened at Stonewall Inn in New York City, LGBTQ communities around the world celebrate Pride at different times of the year. For instance, it would be hard to have a good Pride festival in the southern hemisphere in July when it’s the middle of winter for them!

For a full list of Pride events around the world from January to December, check out the International Pride Calendar.

How do I become a sponsor?

You can find out more about sponsoring Tacoma Pride in our Sponsorship Brochure.

You are also welcome to contact our development team directly at: rebecca@rainbowcntr.org or (253) 383-2318 ext. 107.

How do I nominate someone for the LGBTQ Community Awards?

The 2019 LGBTQ Community Award Nominations are now closed. Please join us on Friday, July 12th in honoring this year’s award recipients! (more info on the event page)

How do I apply for a booth at Tacoma Pride?

Unfortunately, due health & safety concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we won’t be able to hold our usual Tacoma Pride Street Festival. Instead, we encourage you to consider registering as a Point of Pride, and provide a special promotion or activity related to LGBTQ Pride on Saturday July 11th, 2020.

How do I apply for a booth at Tacoma Pride?

Unfortunately, health & safety concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we won’t be able to hold our usual Tacoma Pride Street Festival. Instead, we encourage you to consider registering as a Point of Pride, and provide a special promotion or activity related to LGBTQ Pride on Saturday July 11th, 2020.

What is a Point of Pride?

Points of Pride are business or organizations who agree to provide a special promotion or activity related to LGBTQ Pride on Saturday July 11th. This can be an in-person or a virtual promotion or activity. For example; a food or drink special, a Pride sale, Pride themed games or activities.

How do I register my business or organization as a Point of Pride?

You can register online at the following URL: https://forms.gle/3TSrDFE16psG6RxR8

Who organizes TPF?

Tacoma Pride Festival, or TPF for short, is organized by Rainbow Center in close partnership with a coalition of local community partners. TPF includes a series of events around the city starting with a Proclamation by the Mayor on July 9th, 2019, and culminating with the film The Hunger at The Grand Cinema on July 20th. Each Tacoma Pride Festival event is produced and hosted by one of our community partners.

This year’s Tacoma Pride Festival Community Partners include:

When/where is the main Pride event?

The main event, simply called “Tacoma Pride”, typically takes place on the 2nd Saturday of July, and is organized by Tacoma Rainbow Center. This year Tacoma Pride is on Saturday, July 11th.  Unfortunately, due to health & safety concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we won’t be able to hold our usual Tacoma Pride Street Festival. Instead, please stay tuned for information on Points of Pride: Tacoma-area businesses and organizations who are promoting pride through smaller events, sales, and activities. More details to come!

I'm a member of the press. Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Rainbow Center’s development team at rebecca@rainbowcntr.org.