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Friday, June 8: Reyna

Reyna performs Friday, June 8 on the Miller Lite Mainstage. [Read more…]

Celebrating 30 summers of pride

006Together, we’ve shared many proud moments.

While we celebrate our victories, let’s never forget how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go.

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Saturday, June 6: Betty Who

Performer-Announcement-Tiles-BETTY-WHOBetty Who rocks PrideFest Milwaukee at the Miller Lite Mainstage on Saturday, June 6.

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Design the 2014 PrideFest Milwaukee T-Shirt!

Last year’s contest was a blast…

Our winning design for 2013, compliments of designer Timmy Wiverstad

Our winning design for 2013, compliments of designer Timmy Wiverstad

…and as of today, April 1, we are now accepting your design submissions for the official PrideFest souvenir t-shirt of 2014!

Between now and April 29, 2014, we will be sharing your designs on our Facebook page, and the image with the highest number of votes will decorate this year’s LIMITED EDITION festival t-shirt!

How does the contest work?

  • Consult the Official 2014 Contest Rules.
  • Complete the Official 2014 Contest Entry Form.
  • Email your submission, including entry form and image, to info@pridefest.com
  • All submissions will be added to the PrideFest Milwaukee Facebook as they are received.
  • Our community will vote on their favorite design until 11:59 p.m. on May 5, 2014.
  • On May 6, the winner will be announced and notified.
  • On June 6, the winning limited edition, limited run souvenir t-shirt will go on sale — at PrideFest Milwaukee 2014!

Please note that you are designing a image to be used on a single-sided, centered screen-printed, short-sleeve standard t-shirt.  We are unable to accept designs that require customized shirt styles.   Looking for inspiration?  Check out the 2013 Souvenir T-Shirt Contest Photo Album.

We can’t stress this enough:   ALL ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE A COMPLETED AND SIGNED ENTRY FORM.  We can’t accept your design without it.

Only a limited number of T-shirts are sold each year, so get yours on Friday night!

Only a limited number of T-shirts are sold each year, so get yours on Friday night!

The Grand Prize Design Contest winner will receive a prize package valued at $500, including two VIP Weekend passes, three commemorative t-shirts featuring their design, and a PrideFest Milwaukee swag bag containing a few extra surprises!

Jump-start your creative engines. Mobilize your voting community. Embrace your inner artist.

Let the imagination begin!

Questions?  Contact us at info@pridefest.com.  


Ian & The Dream – Sunday June 8, 2:30 PM Miller Lite Mainstage



Ian & The Dream

In 2008, two high school best friends began embarking on their dream. Sure, they already had been active in Milwaukee’s music scene: front man Ian Ash won the Summerfest Pepsi Talent Search performing an original song at age 13. Bassist Chivo had already cut his teeth playing hard rock in several projects. But after seeing an opportunity to compete for a major label record deal, Ian & The Dream were formed.

Competing in Bodog’s Battle of the Bands, Ian & The Dream were named “Best Milwaukee Band,” landing them performances in front of larger crowds such as the Metro and House of Blues in Chicago. Ian Ash won the title “Top Singer” at Waukesha County Fair, earning him an opening performance with the Beach Boys. When Grammy award-winning Beach Boy Bruce Johnston praised Ian’s performance, the band knew they were ready to reach higher in pursuit of their dream.

Enter Stephen Short, Grammy award-winning record producer who was brought to the band’s attention late last year. Taking them to the famed Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX, Short produced an EP that brought out the best elements of Ian & The Dream: concise pop songs with uplifting honesty and emotion. How fitting that Ash, a songwriter who sat inside dissecting Beatles songs growing up, would get to work with Short, a sonic wizard who had worked intimately with Paul McCartney in the seventies.

The resulting release, Ian & The Dream, touches on themes of love, honesty, and living in the moment. One listen reveals the freshness this music has in this time and place.

Melodies with flairs of oldies, combined with modern sonic textures, form a sound you haven’t quite heard before. To boldly go into new territory, that is The Dream.

Mary Lambert Saturday June 7- 7PM -Miller Lite Mainstage


Performer-Announcement-Tiles-M-Lambert Mary Lambert is good at two things; crying and singing.

Nowhere is this better reflected than on her debut EP Letters Don’t Talk. The collection of songs, released in 2012, established Mary as a formidable Seattle artist and caught the attention of local hip-hop duo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, with whom she wrote and sang the same-sex rights anthem “Same Love”.

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Beautiful video Capturing PrideFest Milwaukee 2013


We got this great video from our friend Chris Gruber, who tossed his camera over his shoulder and joined us for our 26th Anniversary of LGBT Pride – at PrideFest Milwaukee 2013.

He’s  captured some really great moments – and certainly some of what makes Pride weekend one of the most magical weekends of the summer…

The Fun…

The Friends…

The Family…

The Love.


……….Thanks alot Chris, we love it!


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