Chicago Pride Fest returns this weekend - full entertainment line-up

Thu. September 30, 2021 1:04 PM by News Staff

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Chicago Pride Fest 2021, Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3

After a year away due to COVID-19 constraints, an in-person Chicago Pride Fest returns this weekend to the Northalsted neighborhood, commonly referred to as “Boystown.”

Festival organizers recently announced the addition of Sunday, October 3, following the cancellation of the 2021 Chicago Pride Parade. With the added day comes even more live music and entertainment, including Vincint, Brooke Eden, Debbie Gibson, Katie Kadan, Mila Jam, Nina Sky, and more.

COVID-19, which forced a cancellation in 2020, is still playing a part.

Organizers said the same protocols in place for Northalsted Market Days in August will be repeated for the Pride festival, which includes the recommendation that attendees be fully vaccinated or wear a mask.

Free COVID testing and vaccinations from Northshore Clinical Labs will be available onsite. 

The legendary street festival, traditionally held the weekend before the Chicago Pride Parade in June, runs Friday, October 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, October 2 and Sunday October 3 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on N. Halsted St. from Addison to Grace.

A $15 suggested donation helps pay performers, festival workers, and funds community programs in the north side neighborhood. Chicago Pride Fest is produced by the Northalsted Business Alliance.

Friday, October 1

North Stage

5:00 PM    DJ Laura B

6:00 PM    Pride Drag Show

7:00 PM    Kristine W

7:45 PM    Drag Show

8:45 PM    VINCINT

Waveland Stage

5:00 PM    DJ Zel

6:30 PM    VJ Bryan

8:30 PM    Avi Sic

T-Mobile South Stage


7:45 PM    Spirit Brigade

8:15 PM    Rod Tuffcurls

Saturday, October 2

North Stage

12:00 PM    DJ Laura B

1:00 PM    Pride Drag Show

2:30 PM    Shangela

3:15 PM    Katie Kadan

4:15 PM    Pride Drag Show

5:30 PM    Brooke Eden

6:30 PM    Pride Drag Show

8:00 PM    St. Panther

9:00 PM    Mýa

Waveland Stage

11:00 AM    DJ Vlad

1:00 PM    Spencer Huff

2:30 PM    ArianaDJ

4:00 PM    Ethan Cole

5:30 PM    DJ Ca$h Era

7:00 PM    Diox

8:30 PM    Miss DJ Meg

T-Mobile South Stage

12:45 PM    Chicago Gay Mens Chorus

1:30 PM    Chicago Spirit Brigade

2:00 PM    iPop

4:30 PM    Boy Band Review w/special guest TOXIC ft. Garek

6:45 PM    Bev Rage & The Drinks

8:15 PM    Sixteen Candles

Sunday, October 3

North Stage

12:00 PM    Miss Foozies Pet Parade Start

12:00 PM    DJ Laura B

1:00 PM    Pride Drag Show

2:30 PM    Debbie Gibson

3:15 PM    Pride Drag Show

4:30 PM    Dancing Queen

5:30 PM    Pride Drag Show

6:30 PM    Mila Jam

7:00 PM    Pride Drag Show

8:10 PM    Crystal Waters

9:00 PM    Nina Sky

Waveland Stage

12:00 PM    DJ Martin

2:00 PM    Rae Chardonnay

3:30 PM    Janky

5:00 PM    Jesus Montanez

6:30 PM    DJ X-tasy

8:00 PM    Apollo X

T-Mobile South Stage

12:30 PM    Chicago Pride Brigade

1:00 PM    Miss Foozies Pet Parade Awards

1:30 PM    Peach Presents Takeover w/Supes Base

3:00 PM    Mother Nature

4:00 PM    Jamila Woods

4:45 PM    Selay Say

6:00 PM    Orisun

7:00 PM    Roy Kinsey & Friends

8:00 PM    Peach Presents Takeover w/Supes Base

8:45 PM    The Vixen Presents Black Girl Magic