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Calling all trans and non-binary artists!

Join us for an open mic event celebrating the diversity of our community. [Read more…]

Friday, June 7: Shea Diamond

pridefest_milwaukee_sheadiamondShea Diamond debuts on the Miller Lite Mainstage on Friday, June 7. [Read more…]

Saturday, June 8: Kim Petras


Kim Petras headlines the Miller Lite Mainstage on Saturday, June 8.

Somewhere between 90’s American pop and 80’s European disco rises the undeniable voice of Kim Petras.

Nodding to influences as diverse as Britney Spears, Baltimora, and the “Brat Pack,” the “side bun” sporting German-born and Los Angeles-based songstress powers up a new pop paradigm, sharing intimate lovelorn storylines over explosive production.

The past year has been a meteoric ascension for Kim – with no signs of stopping.

Her debut single “I Don’t Want It At All,” shot to #1 on the Global Spotify Viral Chart just four days after its release, and the independent artist has amassed over 12 million streams on Spotify alone over the past 6 months.

Kim was named Paper magazine’s “Most Likely To Dominate the Pop Charts in 2018,” and in making moves from her position as part of Spotify’s RISE program to her feature on Charli XCX’s Pop 2 mixtape, this next year is looking to be her biggest breakout yet.

Kim’s brand of escapism remains rooted in a boundless capacity for empathy. Knowing herself from the age of two, Kim notably began transitioning with female hormone therapy following her 12th birthday before receiving gender reassignment surgery at the age of 16 and making worldwide headlines. Her bravery quietly and subconsciously punctuates the music.

kimpetras_pridefest_milwaukee“I have unique experiences and have had unique experiences, because I am transgender,” she continues. “Those experiences one-hundred percent go into my music. Being the outcast and being bullied makes you work harder in life. I had to fight for everything. At the same time, I’m just a girl going through heartbreak. It feels the same way to me as any other girl would feel about it.”

“Whether or not you connect with people has nothing to do with your gender or sexuality.”

Ultimately, her experience and intimate understanding of pop yields a universal vision that’s as incomparable as it is inimitable.

“For a moment, I’d love for listeners to forget reality and have fun when they listen to me,” she leaves off. “They don’t have to think about anything negative. I hope they blast it in the cars or when they’re getting ready and want to feel fabulous. I hope it’s a soundtrack to their lives.”

Connect with Kim Petras on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat and Soundcloud.

Saturday, June 9: Emerging Artist Showcase

Hear artists Negative/Positive and Khem in the Emerging Artist Showcase on Saturday, June 9  at 1:00 p.m. at the Wom!nz Spot Lounge. [Read more…]

June 9 & 10: Jaimie Wilson

jaimiewilson_pridefestmilwaukeeJaimie Wilson performs on the Miller Lite Mainstage on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10. [Read more…]

PrideFest shares safety policy reminder

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 12.33.33 AMWe ask all guests to be aware of our Public Safety Policy, last revised October 1, 2010. [Read more…]

Join our listening session Saturday, May 9

Transgender_flag-triangleWe’d like to improve the PrideFest experience for our trans visitors. And we want to hear from you! [Read more…]

PrideFest Milwaukee takes action to improve the trans* visitor experience

Festival announces expanded access to gender-neutral restrooms [Read more…]