Aug 12 5pm – 11pm
Aug 13 11am – 11pm
Downtown
Royal Oak, MI
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  • Live Music

Royal Oak PRIDE Festival is coming to Downtown Royal Oak for the first time in 20 years on August 12 and 13, 2022. Royal Oak PRIDE will invite the LGBTQ+ community members, businesses, allies and organizations to come together to celebrate diversity and inclusion. The festival will feature live music, drag entertainers, DJ’s, food trucks, PRIDE partners and vendors.

Royal Oak PRIDE will be held on Washington Ave. between 7th, 5th and 6th Street between Center and Layfette. Event hours are Friday from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Admission is $5 on Friday and $5 on Saturday after 5:00 p.m.

featured PRIDE entertainer Deborah Cox, with beautiful flowing hair and posing in an orange dressDeborah Cox will be the festival headliner on Saturday night. This Canadian born star possesses one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. The Grammy Award nominated, multi-platinum R & B/Pop recording artist and actress recently starred in the Rachel Marron role originally played by Whitney Houston in the new musical, “The Bodyguard.”

On Friday, August 12, Miz Cracker, New York City drag queen, writer and comedienne, will host the Detroit Drag Showcase. Miz Cracker launched her career in 2011 participating in marches for marriage equality in Times Square. She went on to compete in RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10, landing a spot in the top five and becoming a fan favorite. She later appeared in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season five, landing a spot in the top three.

“Royal Oak has always been at the forefront of diversification and entertainment”, says Gary Baglio, owner of Pronto and FIVE15. “After 20 years we are bringing PRIDE back to Royal Oak with the help of entertainers of FIVE15 we will magnify the performance qualities to a level never before seen in Michigan. The younger generation has always gone to larger cities for Pride festivals. My goal has been to showcase what a town like Royal Oak can bring, in an effort to grow this diversification and add our city as a destination for all to celebrate.” 

Must be 21+ with valid ID to purchase and drink alcohol!

Royal Oak PRIDE, August 12-13 featuring Honey Davenport, Deborah Cox, Miz Cracker, and Ben Sharkey

Friday Entertainment Lineup

Main Stage

  • 6pm: Class of ’98
  • 8pm: OneUp Duo 
  • 9pm: Detroit Drag Showcase hosted by Miz Cracker 
  • 10pm: Class of ’98 

Sound Stage

  • 5pm: DJ Kenny Truth 
  • 6pm: DJ Marquis 
  • 7pm: Karaoke Contest 
  • 9pm: DJ Nicole Myint 

Saturday Entertainment Lineup

Main Stage

  • 3pm: Stage Crafters
  • 4pm: Ben Sharkey
  • 5pm: Hello Weekend
  • 7pm: Donna Summer Tribute
  • 8pm: Detroit Drag Showcase hosted by SABIN
  • 9pm: Hello Weekend
  • 10:30pm: Deborah Cox

Sound Stage

  • 1pm: DJ Tylr 
  • 2pm: Sing Out Detroit 
  • 3pm: DJ Marquis
  • 4pm: Encore Men’s Chorus 
  • 5pm: Drag Stravaganza 
  • 7pm: Prism Men’s Chorus 
  • 8pm: DJ Gaby Hemlock
  • 9pm: RuPaul’s Drag Race hosted by Honey Davenport 

*subject to change