June is LGBTQ+ pride month, and to celebrate, Little Rock’s newest queer-owned production group, Safe Haus, is hosting its first-ever pride festival in SoMa.
The event will take place on Saturday, June 18 from noon - 5 p.m. at The Bernice Garden. Free to the public, the festival will be a safe space for all minorities and allies to come together and show each other support.
"This festival will be more intimate so that everyone feels seen and heard," says Skyler Jay, owner of Safe Haus. "We want to show some love to the local SoMa businesses who have supported Safe Haus and the queer community by encouraging festival attendees to shop, eat and visit while in the area."
The celebration will be a safe gathering space filled with queer-friendly faces, diversity and love. It won’t be a massive festival with parade floats and millions of people, but there will still be a lot of fun and acceptance for all.
Here’s a list of what you can expect at Little Rock’s newest pride festival:
- live entertainment
- local vendors
- games and prizes
- El Sur food truck
- Baggo tournament
- Safe Haus merchandise
- Newcomers drag show including Nyx, The Transmanian Devil, Daylen, Eden Cookies and Baxaer
"All proceeds from the event will go towards creating more opportunities for local performers, creators and advocates, creating safer spaces for all minorities across Arkansas and advocating for equal rights," Jay says. "Anybody that has love in their heart has a place at Safe Haus."
Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming Safe Haus events around the city, including a drag show at Vino’s on June 24 and an open mic poetry night at River City Coffee on June 27.
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