Back in March, we let you know that PrideFest—which canceled its 2020 installment and shifted last year’s celebration to smaller-scale autumnal event called “PridetoberFest”—would be returning to Henry Maier Festival Park in full force in 2022.
This year’s festival will take place June 2-4. The event will be the 25th PrideFest held in June, and organizers will acknowledge that 1996 move to Henry Maier Festival Park with a “Throwback Thursday” promotion on June 2 that will bring ’90s-themed entertainers to the festival stages and 1996 pricing on all beverages from 4-8 p.m. on opening night. Beyond the “Throwback Thursday” promo and pricing, PrideFest will feature a wide range of musicians, comedians, drag performers, dancers, DJs, and other entertainers.
While we await the full lineup in the weeks to come, we now know this year’s headliners and some other acts taking the stage at this year’s Pride. Thursday, June 2 will offer “local DJs, a drag show revue starring local legend BJ Daniels, a ’90s boy band review, and a headlining act in collaboration with 88.9 RadioMilwaukee for an old-school music jam featuring DJ Kenny Perez.” Friday, June 3 will bring “a stand-up comedy showcase featuring three LGBT stand up acts: Headliner Cindy Foster, Feature Act Sam Morrison, and show MC and Chicago’s own Marik Mavrakys.” PrideFest organizers saved the best for last. We’ll let the press release do the honors of telling you:
“Earning star billing for the festival is the original Weather Girl, platinum-selling recording artist and two-time Grammy nominee, Martha Wash, accompanied by Broadway star and American Idol sensation, Frenchie Davis, on Saturday night.”
Other notable acts include Prince Poppycock of America’s Got Talent fame, tribute shows to Lady Gaga and Adele, an array of local DJs such as DJ Shawna, drag performers, dancers, and much more. Stay tuned for the full lineup as PrideFest approaches. In the meantime, you can buy single-day tickets and three-day passes HERE.