PRIDEfest 2019


OCTOBER 12, 2019

Save the date for the inaugural PRIDEfest event in historic downtown Jonesboro, Arkansas. Entertainment, arts & crafts, food, and family fun activities celebrating our diverse community and its LGBTQ+ members.



Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a PRIDE walk from JHS to Centennial Plaza downtown and continue through the evening. Click for full schedule.



The Mr. Ms. & Mx. Northeast Arkansas Pride Pageant will be held at the Rotary Club of Jonesboro Centennial Plaza at 2:30 PM on Oct. 12.



We have a limited number of slots for weddings during the PRIDEfest event. Click to learn more and apply today!



Are you interested in performing at PRIDEfest as a speaker or performer? Click to apply to present during the event.



We are in search of vendors for our downtown festival. Booth spaces for art, food, non-profits, and sponsors are available. Click here to apply today!



Find out more about why we need individuals and organizations to get involved. Find your perfect way to contribute and help make PRIDEfest a success.

PRIDEfest 2019 Schedule

PRIDE Week Events
Special Partner events from October 6 to October 11, 2019 celebrating the lead up to PRIDEfest

Cornerstone Methodist Church at 1910 Disciple Dr, Jonesboro, AR 72401

Education Building, Room 208 at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 6-9 PM

Pride Poetry at the Recovery Room on Main Street in Downtown Jonesboro

Tuesday, October 8 at 9 PM

Drag Show benefiting NEA Pride held at Cregeen’s on Main Street in Downtown Jonesboro

Friday, October 11 from 6:30-9:30 PM

A-State GSA Coming Out Celebration Night held on National Coming Out Day. Held in the Spring River Room on the 3rd floor of the A-State Student Union.

The Big Day: October 12
Rotary Centennial Plaza Downtown Jonesboro, Arkansas
10 AM – 4 PM

PRIDEfest kicks off with a Pride Walk from Jonesboro High School to Rotary Centennial Plaza.

Festivities open downtown with “This is Me,” The Greatest Showman Performance by local students

Judgment-free hugs for everyone.

Inspirational Speaker Tevan Gates

Special performances by Center Stage Productions

Bring your little ones to PRIDEfest wearing their best costume. Prizes for winners!

“This Is Me” speech

Natalie Ashby: A short story of being a surrogate

Meet the contestants for the afternoon’s pageant in their best Pride-themed attire.

Main Stage Schedule:

  • 1:30 PM – Speaker Kelly Pierce
  • 1:45 PM – Chelsea Hays Dance Performance
  • 1:50 PM – Music by John Caldwell, Worship Pastor at Solomon’s Porch
  • 2:00 PM – Music by Michael Brewer
  • 2:10 PM – Cammie Capri Chambers Lip Sync Performance
  • 2:15 PM – Miss Scarlett Rose HIV Awareness Lip Sync Performance
  • 2:20 PM – Bu$ted –  “Rise Up” an Anti Bullying  Performance

Pageant will highlight unique talents of the local LGBTQ+ community. Click here to learn more.

Prize drawings and other thank-yous!

PRIDEfest is an amazing venue for any LGBTQ+ couple to tie the knot. Limited wedding spots available: click here to apply.

Don’t miss Penance at the Parsonage, an evening of food, wine, and unforgettable performances. Tickets are limited, so get yours today!


A More Inclusive NEA

Worldwide, LGBTQ+ Pride plays a pivotal role in building supportive communities. It's time to bring Pride to Northeast Arkansas. We want to build on historical progress, celebrate our local LGBTQ+ community, and create a more accepting future for LGBTQ+ youth. Find out how you can get involved today.

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