15 of the best LGBTQ+ festivals to attend in summer 2024

This just in – Travelodge has PRIDE!

We’re incredibly excited to announce we’ll be attending not one but three upcoming parades in summer 2024 – Birmingham Pride, Pride in London and Pride Cymru.

Why not show your support for the LGBTQ+ community this summer by attending a jam-packed festival? We’ve narrowed down our picks of the best pride events in the UK, Ireland and Spain right here, meaning all you need to do is plan your trip!

1. Birmingham Pride 

25th & 26th May 2024

Marchers at Birmingham Pride paradeFirst up we’ve got Birmingham Pride. Between the 25th and 26th May 2024, the city of Birmingham will transform into a whirlwind of colour, celebration and fabulousness. Whether you’re a seasoned Pride-goer or just dipping your toes into the fabulous world of LGBTQ+ celebrations, Birmingham Pride is the perfect place to be on May Bank Holiday weekend.

With a legendary Street Party in the heart of the Gay Village, discover electric live music, DJs spinning hot tracks and enough sparkle to make a disco ball jealous. There’ll also be yummy food stalls to keep your energy up, plus a host of LGBTQ+ community stalls showcasing their talents. And, of course, no Pride festival would be complete without a parade! On Saturday, the 25th, the city comes alive with the Birmingham Pride Parade.

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2. Out & Wild Festival

31st May – 2nd June 2024

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, there’s only one thing on our minds: festival season! But forget the crowded mosh pits and questionable portaloos – this year, head to the gorgeous Welsh countryside for the Out & Wild Festival celebrating our amazing LGBTQ+ women and non-binary friends in a safe, inclusive space. It’s a chance to rediscover nature and connect with some incredible people.

Recharge with yoga under the morning sun, discover wild swimming activities and explore mindfulness workshops galore and silent discos for dancing the night away. So, if you’re ready to celebrate your authentic self, embrace nature’s embrace and be part of a truly inclusive LGBTQ+ community – pack your bags, grab your adventurous spirit and head to Out & Wild Festival this summer!

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3. The Pink Picnic 

22nd June 2024

Mark your calendars Pink Picnic is back for 2024! Returning to Peel Park, Salford, on the 22nd June, Pink Picnic is shaping up to be a blast with its funky live music and DJs, vibrant marketplace showcasing local businesses and community groups and totally free entry!

As Salford’s annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary celebration, there’ll be plenty of activities and entertainment for everyone. Expect a day filled with vibrant music, local talent alongside surprise headliners and a bustling marketplace showcasing local businesses and charities.

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4. Dublin Pride

20th-29th June 2024

Dublin Pride

If one thing’s for sure, the Irish certainly know how to have a good time!  Set on the 29th June, Dublin Pride’s iconic march and parade offers everyone a chance to celebrate, but also cheer, without spending a penny.

Plus, it’s a fabulous chance to see Dublin in all its glory as the march begins on O’Connell Street, passing over Memorial Bridge before ending at Merrion Square. Plus, it’s a fabulous chance to see Dublin in all its glory as the march begins on O’Connell Street, passing over Memorial Bridge before ending at Merrion Square.

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5. Pride Cymru

22nd – 23rd June 2024

Pride march at next to Cardiff CastleIf you’re looking to celebrate love, diversity and everything LGBTQ+ with a healthy dose of Welsh charm, then look no further than Pride Cymru! This epic annual event takes place surrounding the majestic Cardiff Castle and promises a weekend of unforgettable fun.

Imagine two glorious days filled with live music stages pumping out non-stop anthems, dazzling drag performances that will have you cheering and a vibrant market overflowing with rainbow-coloured goodies. It’s a chance to connect and celebrate your true self whilst soaking up the positive vibes. Pride Cymru 2024 is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and glitter in your hair!

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6. Pride Edinburgh

24th June 2024

Pride EdinburghCalling all party people and rainbow lovers! Nestled amongst Scotland’s rolling hills and historic castles, Pride Edinburgh kicks off this June, promising a vibrant festival experience steeped in Scottish charm.

This historic event is Scotland’s longest-running Pride celebration, jam-packed with bright colours, energetic performances and so much love. Explore the Pride Edinburgh Village with exclusive performances from Atomic Kitten, Kelli-Leigh and Amelia Lily. Or join the march from the Scottish Parliament to Canongate to George IV Bridge, Charles Street and finish at The Pride Edinburgh Festival Village in the EUSA Complex.

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7. Madrid Pride (MADO) 

28th June – 7th July 2024

Pride flag hanging from balcony in MadridSun-drenched streets, vibrant culture and a celebration of love that stretches for a whole week? Sounds like the perfect summer escape, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what Madrid Pride has in store! Mark your calendars for June 28th to July 7th, 2024, because this iconic festival is the perfect addition to your summer itinerary.

Taking place in Madrid’s historic city centre, this LGBTQ+ event offers plenty of electric energy, lively parades and open-air concerts packed with festive joy. Madrid Pride is more than just a party; it’s a powerful statement of love, acceptance and the fight for equality. So, pack your dancing shoes and your most fabulous outfit and get ready to experience the magic of Madrid Pride!

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8. Pride in London

29th June 2024

There’s no doubt one of the most spectacular pride events of the year will take place in one of the UK’s most diverse cities, The Big Smoke. Thousands upon thousands of LGBTQ+ supporters will march through the streets in a vibrant parade of celebration destined to make you feel you belong. If you’re heading there for the entire day, you must check out the stages, too.

Peppered in iconic locations such as Trafalgar Square and Golden Square, you can find food and drinks, shopping stalls, and of course, unmissable performances. Whether you’re into lighthearted entertainment or an upbeat sing-song, get ready for a day you won’t forget. And bring the kids with you – there’ll be something for everyone to do!

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9. Pride Barcelona

28th June – 21st July 2024

Pride Barcelona Pride Barcelona has plenty of electrifying plans in store between the 28th June and the 21st July 2024! Taking place in this gorgeous coastal city of Barcelona, expect a lively parade and open-air concerts packed with festive joy that’ll have you dancing under the Spanish sun all day long.

Mark your calendars for the 15th July 2024, because this iconic festival’s parade day is the perfect addition to your Spanish holiday itinerary. Pride Barcelona is more than just a party – expect a full calendar of events leading up to the parade, including film screenings, art exhibitions and wild dance nights.

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10. Belfast Pride

19th – 28th July 2024

Belfast Pride Craving an LGBTQ+ festival escape with a healthy dose of Irish charm? Look no further than Belfast Pride! Experience this thriving city’s warm hospitality and rich history while connecting with its welcoming and inclusive LGBTQ+ community.

Running from the 19th to the 28th July 2024, this vibrant pride event is a celebration of all things LGBTQ+ in the heart of Northern Ireland’s capital. Prepare for a colourful parade and captivating performances as well as a whole host of fun activities – all with a distinct Belfast twist!

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11. Northern Pride

19th – 21st July 2024

Looking for a summer celebration that’s loud, proud and fiercely unapologetic? Head to the north of England to Newcastle upon Tyne for the annual Northern Pride festival! This three-day extravaganza is all about honouring the LGBTQ+ community in all its vibrant glory.

This year’s theme is ‘Unapologetically Visible,’ so prepare for a weekend filled with dazzling costumes, electrifying performances and lots of love in between. Wander through the bustling Market Village at Grey’s Monument and Old Eldon Square, where you can find everything from local crafts to delicious food stalls. On 20th July, join the iconic Pride march. And to end the weekend on a more reflective note, check out the beautiful candlelight vigil held on the 21st July. Northern Pride truly has something for everyone, so come raise your voice, celebrate your identity and experience the warmth of this incredible community.

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12. Pride in Liverpool

27th July 2024 

Pride in Liverpool ParadePride in Liverpool is back for 2024 and bursting with unmissable LGBTQ+ celebrations! This ultimate pride festival features everything from breathtaking spectacle of colourful floats to electrifying music stages pumping and a friendly community ready to celebrate love and diversity in all its forms.

On the 26th check out Pride Classica featuring a world-class 32-piece orchestra taking the stage on Liverpool’s waterfront. Join the official march through the city centre on the 27th and discover the Pride in Liverpool festival that same day! So ditch the usual July plans and get ready to experience everything this epic pride event has to offer.

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13. Hinckley Pride in the Park

24th August 2024

Hinckley Pride in the Park

Taking place in the grounds of Hollycroft Park in a market town in Leicestershire, Hinckley Pride in the Park is a free event organised to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. Perfect for those who enjoy smaller, more intimate gatherings over big city parties, it’ll still have all the joy of typical pride celebrations.

From 12.30pm until 6.30pm, you can expect a myriad of unmissable entertainment. There’ll be guest speakers, an interactive zone, lots of vendors, and performances from tribute acts of icons like Kylie Minogue, Dolly Parton, Shirley Bassey, and more. If you want to go all-out, there’s even an after-dark party inside Bond Street Distillery. There you can see drag queens, play games, and enjoy endless entertainment!

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14. Brighton and Hove Pride Fabuloso

2nd-5th August 2024

Brighton and Hove Pride

Dubbed the LGBTQ+ capital of the UK, Brighton certainly promises a brilliant pride event for both the community and its allies. The Fabuloso celebration will take place on Saturday 5th of August and will see so many of your favourite music artists performing on the main stage.

Beloved as one of the biggest pride events in the UK, get your dancing shoes ready and prepare to bop out to past and present icons including Girls Aloud, Mika and S Club. On the Cabaret Stage, you’ll find a spectacular drag queen line-up as well as plenty more to see when you’re there – plus more acts that are still kept under wraps!

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15. Manchester Pride

23rd-26th August 2024

Manchester Pride

Fancy a northern getaway? Manchester Pride Festival is the place to be from the 23rd and 26th of August. Known to many as the London of the north, this vibrant city is as diverse as it is spectacular. So, show your support for the LGBTQ+ community by getting in on the action.

Promising 4 days of fun, you can expect insane performances from DJs to drag queens, market stalls, packed-out bars, and so much more. Whether you’re attending as a member of the community or as an ally, this bank holiday celebration will certainly be one for the history books.

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