The 7th Annual Laramie Pridefest begins with a host of events this weekend and into next week. Plenty of opportunities to talk, reflect, craft, and relax–and even a training event offered in the next few days to celebrate Pridefest and represent Laramie’s LGBTQ+ community.

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Friday, June 9


The University of Wyoming hosts a Pride Potluck to kick off Pridefest events. 

  • When: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: UW’s Prexy’s Pasture
  • Cost: FREE; food & drink options available for purchase.
  • Additional Information: Click here.

Matthew Shepard Candlelight Vigil 

Laramie Pridefest and UW Multicultural Affairs will hold a candlelight vigil at the Matthew Shepard Memorial Bench in honor of Shepard and to “acknowledge the violence and discrimination that happens to marginalized communities still to this day.” After the service, a reflection space will be available in the Rainbow Room (UW Union room 106).

  • When: 7:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • Where: 179 N. 9th St. 
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: Click here.

Saturday, June 10

Know Your Rights Training

The ACLU of Wyoming and Laramie Pridefest offer training for individuals in dealing with law enforcement. They will cover personal rights and safe interactions.  

  • When: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Where: 100 S. 2nd
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: To RSVP or for questions, see the Facebook post

Pride on the Patio

Crafting, crocheting, and conversation outside of Cowgirl Yarn. Bring a friend and relax in the sunshine during Pridefest. 

  • When: 1-3 p.m.
  • Where: 119 E. Ivinson St.
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: Click here.

Sunday, June 11

LGBTQ+ Affirmative Yoga Fundraiser

Rose Gardner leads a beginner and disability-friendly yoga session to raise money for Laramie Pridefest. Wear your most colorful attire and celebrate in salutations. 

  • When: 10-11 a.m. 
  • Where: Washington Park west field.
  • Cost: Donation-based; minimum $5 asked.
  • Additional Information: Bring a mat and a rolled-up towel. For more information, see the Facebook page

Monday, June 12

Book Club Night

Night Heron Books & Coffeehouse will host a discussion on “this year’s #1 banned book” of “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe. There will be a meet and greet first, followed by a guided discussion. 

  • When: 6:30- 8 p.m.
  • Where: 107 E. Ivinson St. 
  • Cost: FREE; book available for purchase.
  • Additional Information: see the Facebook post here. 

Tuesday, June 13

Tales at the Taphouse: Queer Adventures

A storytelling event for the LGBTQ+ community will be held at the Train Depot. Storytellers are still needed. A Livestream event will be posted when the event begins. 

  • When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
  • Where: 600 S. 1st St. 
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: See the Facebook post to sign up to share a story or for more information
  • For a complete list of Pridefest events, visit their website

Wednesday, June 14


The University of Wyoming Art Museum and Laramie Pridefest are hosting a crafting event. Participants are to create a flag that “best represents you.” All materials will be provided. 

  • When: 5-7 p.m. 
  • Where: UW Art Museum 
  • Cost: FREE
  • Additional Information: Visit the Facebook posting for more details. 

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