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Riverside’s Inland Empire Pride Festival 2023

September 10, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 10:00 pm PDT

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PRIDE is free for everyone, but if you'd like to help out the event and elevate your experience, get your VIPride badges to Riverside's premiere PRIDE festival! Not only will your ticket benefit Riverside LGBTQ+ Pride, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, you'll enjoy these POWERful exclusive perks!

Expedited check-in · VIP buffet · Private VIP bar · Special access area to view the main stage · VIP swag bag · Commemorative badge · Truly EXCLUSIVE! Only 50 badges available!


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Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

TruEvolution Health & Justice
Seal of Riverside California


Youth Zone


Interested in sponsoring our festival? Please check out our sponsorship packet.

Our FREE Pride festival returns in 2023 on Sunday, September 10, 2023. This year we will be at the Riverside Convention Center!



#PRIDE is in Riverside! Join us for a day of celebration, elevation, and reflection. You will enjoy performances by unique entertainers, dance to the beat of up-and-coming LGBTQIA+ performers, experience queer art displays, and enjoy the company of LGBTQIA+ oriented and friendly organizations and companies.

This is a FREE event. Hours are as follows:

  • Door opens at 12 PM, after 7 PM 18+ only
  • Expo floor: 12 – 7 PM
  • Youth Zone: 12- 6 PM (17 and under by Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance)
  • Workshops: 12 – 7 PM
  • Main Stage: 2 – 10 PM

Riverside LGBTQ+ Pride is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, 100% volunteer-powered. We cannot succeed without our dedicated volunteers and the community's support.


The mission of the festival will be to give our communities a safe and fully inclusive place to celebrate their true selves, educate about LGBTQ+ issues and history, commemorate those who came before us and who have sacrificed for progress, and illuminate our current community to increase visibility and shine a light on those making change.


The festival will be at the Riverside Convention Center. We have both the outdoor plaza space, and the entire Upper Concourse.


More details will be released as we get closer to the event. Stay tune to this space for links to more details!

  • Main Stage Entertainment
  • Workshops and Panels
  • Exhibitors
  • Artist Showcase
  • Youth Zone (17 and under)
  • Food & Beverage
  • DJ and dancing out in the open areas
  • Festival-only Merchandise



IG @hymtherapper
Tiktok @hymtherapper

Grammy award winning and world-renowned rapper and entertainer. HYM has been on San Francisco Pride main stage, Long Beach, Orange County, Phoenix, LA and headlined Sacramento Pride. As an Inland Empire native, HYM has a huge fan base in SoCal.

Mariah Counts
IG @mcshmammer
Tiktok @mariahcounts

Mariah's performance is fun, high energy and inspires connection between the stage and audience. She speaks directly to people's hearts and performs like nobody and everybody is watching simultaneously.

IG @officialleyo
Tiktok @officialleyo

Latin recording artist and self-proclaimed fitness addict, Leyo is an independent artist raised by Mexican parents. Influenced by the greats of Latin music, spinning what they did on its head and doing it his way. Sexy, swaggy, vibe music with passion and meaning.




Ron Blakely


Joey Young

Jeffrey Chan

Jahida Sky

Jackette Knightley

Kirby Labrea


Danity Zann

Main Stage Schedule

12:00 PMDoors Open
1:00 PMJahida Sky
1:40 PMMwaushell
2:20 PMJeffrey Chan
3:00 PMNekeith
3:40 PMRon Blakely
4:20 PMDrag Show hosted by Jackette Knightley, feat. Kirby LaBrea, Danity Zann, McDonatella
5:20 PMJoey Young
6:40 PMDJ Auras Josh
7:20 PMMariah Counts
8:05 PMLeyo
8:45 PMBallroom by Ballmain
9:40 PMHYM
Schedule subject to change. See signage at event.
DJ Lotus Banks on a chair.

DJ Lotus Banks @iamlotusbanks

EJ the DJ in a promo image

EJ the DJ@saygoej

DJ Auras Josh in a promo image

DJ Auras Josh – @djaurasjosh

DJ Gaspar Fuego in a promo image

DJ Gaspar Fuego @gasparfuego

DJ Pinochio in a promo image.

Dj Pinochio – @djpinochio

Workshops & Panels

PRIDE is more than just a party! We've got some great programming too. From speakers to projects, get your brain on with our workshops & panels! All panels and workshops take place in the Stonewall Room.
*Panelists, hosts, locations and performers subject to change.

12:30pm – Drag Queen Story Time

Presented by: Cellar Door Book Store
Speakers: Linda Sherman-Nurick, Scalene OniXx
Description: Kick off the Riverside Pride Festival with drag queen story time featuring Scalene OniXx! Get ready to be spellbound as our fabulous queens take the stage to narrate heartwarming tales that celebrate individuality and acceptance.

Whether you're young or young at heart, Drag Time Story Time is an experience that transcends age and embraces the power of storytelling to foster a sense of belonging and creativity. So, grab your tiaras, capes, and sparkles, and join us for a truly one-of-a-kind event where the magic of literature meets the artistry of drag.

1:30pm – Reproductive Justice 101 w/ Planned Parenthood

Presented by: Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
Speakers: Kira Pegues, Public Affairs Manager
Description: Our expert speakers and facilitators will guide you through a thought-provoking discussion on the historical context of reproductive justice, including the impact of systemic inequalities on marginalized communities. Gain a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding reproductive rights and how they intersect with race, gender, socioeconomic status, and more. You'll learn about the challenges faced by various communities and the importance of advocating for comprehensive reproductive rights for all. We'll also explore strategies for engaging in meaningful activism and supporting inclusive policies that respect individual autonomy. This workshop is designed to empower you with knowledge and resources to become advocates for reproductive justice.

2:30pm – Sew Chic in 30: Live Dressmaking Demo

Speaker: Garland Hayes, Couture Man Sewing (CMS)
Description: Join us for an informative session with Garland Hayes of Couture Man Sewing, where he will demonstrate the art of sewing by creating a stunning dress in just 30 minutes. Hear about his journey and learn all the essentials about world of sewing in this exciting event!

3:15pm – Vote With Pride – LGBTQ+ Representation in Politics

Presented by: Equality California
Speakers: Congressman Mark Takano, Councilmember Erin Edwards, Equality California Advisory Board Member Jesse Melgar, Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson
Facilitated by: Brock Cavett
Description: Step into the world of progressive politics and learn how you can become an LGBTQ+ rights advocate. Join us as we bring together influential leaders from the LGBTQ community who have shattered barriers and become trailblazers in the fight for equality. Discover how they are fighting for LGBTQ+ rights at all levels of government. This panel promises to be a powerful and insightful discussion on the importance of LGBTQ representation in shaping a more diverse, accepting, and equitable political landscape and how you can put power behind your voice.

4:30pm – Celebrating Diversity & Wellness: Queer & Trans BIPOC Health

Speakers: Gabe Maldonado – TruEvolution, Dr. Sushant Bandarpalle – St. John’s Community Health, Aiyana Davison – Certified Nurse Midwife,  Renae Punzalan – Trans Health and Wellness Center
Facilitated by: I’cha
Description: Our panelists will share their insights, personal experiences, and professional expertise on the intersectionality of gender identity, sexual orientation, and racial identity, exploring the multifaceted aspects of health that impact the lives of queer and trans BIPOC individuals. From navigating healthcare disparities and system barriers to exploring the unique mental health challenges experienced by queer and trans BIPOC individuals,  our discussion will shed light on the importance of holistic well-being within this vibrant and diverse community.

5:30pm – Know Your Rights Panel

Speakers: Jessica Carmona – Legal Aid At Work, Amanda Goad – ACLU of SoCal
Presented by: ACLU of SoCal and Legal Aid At Work
Description: In an effort to promote awareness and empower the LGBTQ+ community, our “Know Your Rights” panel aims to shed light on the current state of legal protections, particularly in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling in the 303 Creative case out of Colorado. This informative session aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand their rights and options if they encounter discrimination at work, at school, in a business establishment, and so forth.


The venue is ADA accessible. There will be reserved seating area in front of stage for those who need it. Spoken content on stage will have ASL interpreters. We will also have a deaf/hard-of-hearing assistance table.

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3637 5th St
Riverside, California 92501 United States
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