Diversity Not Division

Kansas City PrideFest 2019

Kansas City Diversity Coalition‘s vision for our festival is that of a place where everyone from all backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities can come together to celebrate our diversity as a supportive and loving LGBTQIA+ community.

“Diversity Not Division” was chosen as the 2019 Kansas City PrideFest theme to reflect this ideal. We love and welcome each and every one of you! ❤️

2019 Entertainment Headliners

  • Material Girl Friday, May 31st

    Material Girl, a KC PrideFest favorite captures the elegance and essence of a Madonna and Lady Gaga concert experience. Sara Tafolla with a spot on voice for Madonna in her prime, and her ability to nail Lady Gaga to the point that you think you are actually seeing Lady Gaga. This live band will get the Dance party going for the evening!

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  • DJ Barry Harris Friday, May 31st

    DJ Barry Harris' career started in the '80s Toronto club scene where he quickly began to write, produce and perform his own mixes. After winning a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Worldwide international Top 5 hit “I Beg Your Pardon” featuring “Kon Kan”, he was quickly signed by Atlantic Records and relocated to Los Angeles. As the mastermind behind the remix team Thunderpuss, this duo produced more than 40 #1 Billboard Dance remix hits including “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay by Whitney Houston. He composed and produced “Dive In The Pool" (Let's Get Soakin' Wet) & “I Got My Pride" featuring Pepper MaShay, which played on the hit series “Queer As Folk” giving him even greater notoriety. He has since won countless awards and has done remixes that include "What About Us" by P!nk, commercially released in 2017, "Shallow" by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, "My My My" by Troye Sivan, “Juice" by Lizzo & "Remind Me To Forget" by Kygo ft. Miguel. Barry's personal Artist page on Spotify has now reached over 3 million streams with 770,000 engaged fans. He has toured and performed all over the world and KC PrideFest could not be prouder to have him back in Kansas City.

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  • Steve Grand Saturday, June 1st

    Steve Grand is an American singer, songwriter from Chicago. He became an overnight internet celebrity when his first hit "All-American Boy” went viral on YouTube in July, 2013. The song was so successful that one week later he was a guest on Good Morning America, and CNN. In December 2015, Grand produced a bluesy and soulful reprise of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and in March 2016, Grand and singer/songwriter Eli Lieb co-wrote a duet "Look Away" (This music video is unrelated to the song with the same name by Chicago.) and received over 1,000,000 views on YouTube by year end. Last summer marked the release of his second long-anticipated album named “not the end of me”. His success has taken him all over the world and KC PrideFest is so fortunate to have him perform with his band on our stage for one memorable performance.

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  • Mýa Saturday, June 1st

    On February 14, 2018 Grammy Award winning Artist Mýa celebrated 20 years as an internationally known, singer, songwriter, producer, musician, dancer/choreographer, actress, activist and philanthropist. Her collaboration with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil” Kim and Missy Elliot on a remake of LaBelles’s Lady Marmalade featured in the movie “Moulin Rouge” sold over 5.5 million copies and became the most successful airplay-only single in history, winning the Grammy Award for Best Bop Collaboration and numerous other awards. In April 2018 Mýa released her thirteenth-studio project and Ninth studio album T.K.O (The Knock Out). Her career has taken her to Broadway where she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for “Chicago” . She was also a finalist on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 9 and is involved in numerous other television projects. She and her band are going to bring a high level of energy to the KC PrideFest on the main stage.

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  • Josh Zuckerman Sunday, June 2nd

    Josh Zuckerman is an American performer, musician, singer, songwriter and recording artist. Zuckerman grew up in St. Louis learning the violin and as a young adult moved to New Jersey to better explore the east coast rock’n roll sound the he finds so inspirational. As a child of the “80’s, artists like Thommy Price and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Idol influenced his style of music. He has performed with “Up With People” has made numerous music videos that are frequently played on Logo and MTV. He performed at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta Georgia, and at the 1998 world Expo. This incredible musician has numerous albums to his credit with a new just released “Gone with the Music”. We are so excited to have this east coast artist back home in the Midwest on the KC PrideFest Main stage performing with his electric violin and guitar.

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  • Daya Sunday, June 2nd

    Since making her debut with 2016’s double-platinum “Hide Away,” multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Daya, won her first ever Grammy Award for her smash collaboration with The Chainsmokers “Don’t Let Me Down,” released a gold-certified album, and headlined a national tour. The following year, Daya’s Sit Still, Look Pretty release won the World Dance Music (WDM) Radio Award for Best Trending Track. Along with bringing elements of urban and electronic music to her brightly arranged breed of pop, Daya embraces a soulful sensibility closely shaped by her lifelong love of R&B and her experience in studying jazz piano. Now signed to Interscope Records, Daya is beginning to release new music to much acclaim and fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of her sophomore album. Daya has one phenomenal career ahead of her and KC PrideFest is so excited to host her band and share Daya’s talent for this special performance.

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Entertainment Schedule

Day Time Artist/Presenter Emcee
Friday, May 31, 2019
6:00 PM Friday Gates Open
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Dirty Dorothy
6:00 - 7:45 PM DJ Chad Slater
7:45 PM - 8:50 PM 🎤 Material Girl featuring the Men of SKIN
9:15 PM - 11:45 PM 🎧 DJ Barry Harris featuring the Men of SKIN
11:30 PM Friday Gates Close
11:30 PM No cover charge at Missie B's with your PrideFest Drink Wristband
Saturday, June 1, 2019
12:00 PM
Saturday Gates Open
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Shasha Blake
1:10 PM - 1:25 PM
Renne Scott
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Tucker Wiliams
1:50 PM - 2:05 PM
Royalty Court
2:10 PM - 2:45 PM
Sidekicks Talent Show
3:00 PM - 3:20 PM
Radial Red
3:35 PM - 3:50 PM
Latino Pride
3:55 PM - 4:10 PM
Buttwiser’s Bash
4:15 PM - 4:35 PM
Black Pride
4:40 PM - 4:55 PM
Ross Smith
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Hamburger Mary’s
 5:00 PM - 11:20 PM
Flo and Melinda Ryder
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Choral Spectrum
6:10 PM - 6:25 PM
Heartland Men’s Chorus
6:30 PM - 6:55 PM
Presentations with Mayor Sly James
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Stephonne Singleton
7:20 PM - 7:40 PM
Widow Von’ Du
7:45 PM - 8:00 PM
KC Sunshine - The Midwest Michael Jackson
8:05 PM - 8:40 PM
Janet Jackson Experience
8:45 PM - 9:00 PM
Missie B’s
9:30 PM - 10:15 PM
🎤 Steve Grand
10:45 PM - 11:30 PM 🎤 Mýa
11:30 PM
Saturday Gates Close
11:30 PM No cover charge at Missie B's and Sidekicks with your PrideFest Drink Wristband
Sunday, June 2, 2019
12:00 PM
Sunday Gates Open
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gary Carrington
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
👉 FREE ENTRY from noon - 1 PM
1:20 PM - 2:25 PM
The Youth Court & Friends
2:30 PM - 2:50 PM
Kansas City Twisters
2:55 PM - 3:10 PM
The Rhizomes
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:35 PM - 4:00 PM Sidekicks
4:05 PM - 4:20 PM Nikita Wood-Rowe Buddy and Budweiser
4:00 - 7:00 PM
4:25 PM - 4:40 PM Drag Survivor
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM 🎤 Josh Zuckerman
6:00 - 6:45 PM 🎤 Daya
6:50 PM - 7:00 PM Kansas City Diversity Coalition Board and Volunteer Thank You
7:00 PM Sunday Gates Close

*Entertainment schedule is subject to change

Ongoing Weekend Activities

LGBTQIA+ Youth Hang Out – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Carnival – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Kids Zone Inflatables – Saturday and Sunday
Commerce Bank Animal Adoptions – Saturday and Sunday
Market Place – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Food Fair – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Volleyball Tournament – Saturday Afternoon
Renaissance Festival Characters roaming the park – Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Need assistance during the festival?

Text the Social Media Response Team at 816-535-0911 with your name, location and issue or message us on Facebook and we will assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Berkley Riverfront Park in Kansas City, MO.

1298 River Front Rd, Kansas City, MO 64120

Use the Front St. exit 4 or 4B off of I-29. Proceed west and follow directions to the festival parking lot.
Friday, May 31st
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Saturday, June 1st
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Sunday, June 2nd
12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$10 at the gate cash or card or buy online. FREE ENTRY on Sunday from noon to 1 PM. Children 12 and under are FREE all weekend.

👉 kcpridefest.org/tickets
No. You will receive a link to your ticket via text message at the number you provided. When you arrive at the festival the barcode in this link will be scanned and validated to grant you admission to the event. You may also print out your tickets at your option.
$5. Cash only. Parking is limited.
Yes. There is public street parking in the River Market and surrounding areas. Enter the festival at the pedestrian entrance located just northeast of the Chinatown Food Market at E 2nd St/Oak St and Berkley Pkwy. Or park anywhere along Main St in downtown Kansas City and ride the Streetcar into the River Market. Disembark and proceed to the pedestrian entrance.
No. Animals of any kind are not allowed. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not allowed unless you have a valid emotional support animal letter from a licensed mental health professional. Service animals that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability are allowed.

Bring your dogs on Thursday evening May 30th to PrideFest Unleashed: Festival Kick Off & Fundraiser at Bar K.
Lawn Chairs
Frisbees / Other games
Bug Spray
Cinch bags
Baby formula
Small and parasol type umbrellas
Small Wagons
Motorized mobility scooters for elderly and those with disabilities
Portable units for oxygen therapy

Use discretion with what you choose to bring into the festival. Please keep in mind you are subject to search by a police officer or member of the PrideFest staff at the gate. We discourage attendees from bringing any type of bag but if you do bring one it will be searched. Police officers are on the festival grounds 24/7.
Animals of any kind (with the exception of service animals that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability)
Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals
Any outside food or drink items, including alcohol and water
Open or empty containers
Drugs or drug paraphernalia
Knives or weapons of any kind
Fireworks of any kind
Canopies or tents

All bags, purses, handbags, cinch bags etc. are subject to search by a police officer or member of the PrideFest staff at the gate. We discourage attendees from bringing any type of bag but if you do bring one it will be searched. Police officers are on the festival grounds 24/7.

Note: On-site promotions are reserved for official event partners. No papering, leafleting or material distribution of ANY kind is allowed inside and/or around the festival area.
Open or empty containers, any outside drink items, including alcohol and water are prohibited. Please do not bring these items into the festival.
Yes. We are having our "Parade at the Park" event during the festival on Saturday. Please note: To participate in this event you must have a paid admission ticket to the festival for Saturday and enter the festival gates.

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The overall goal is to get the parade out on the streets within a couple of years.

The last Pride Parade was in 2002 due to the high cost of insurance, cleanup agreements, parade fees, publication fees, law enforcement officer parade escorts and traffic control assistance required by the city of Kansas City, MO.

If you are interested in joining the committee to start a KC PrideFest Parade that runs outside the festival email parade@kcpridefest.org.
1 ticket for $1 or 30 tickets for $25. Each ride will take between two, three or four tickets.
Use the Front St. exit 4 or 4B off of I-29. Proceed west and follow directions to the festival parking lot.
PrideFest uses a “Drink Ticket” system.

Drink Tickets can be purchased by the stage just behind the bar at the Drink Ticket Tent. Show your ID, get a 21+ wristband, and then purchase drink tickets.

Each drink ticket is $5 or 5 for $20.

1 drink ticket = 1 mixed drink, beer, or wine.
2 drink tickets for Mikes Harder Lemonade or Cranberry Lemonade or Red Bull with Tito's Handmade Vodka.

Wristbands = No cover charge at Missie B's on Friday and Saturday and no cover charge at Sidekicks on Saturday.
Yes. The daylight hours are family friendly on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the Kids Zone! After sundown, around 8:30 PM, the festival becomes the equivalent of a late night club/bar. You might also think of it as a R rated movie with Mature themes. We encourage families to use their own judgement about what they feel is kid friendly. Everyone has a different perspective.
Yes. You will receive a wristband at the gate that permits reentry. If you need to store anything in your car that you might need during festival hours you are welcome to leave the festival and come back in later.
Yes. In open areas only. No smoking or vaping under or inside of any tent, roof covered building or structure. Please be respectful of non-smokers.
Yes. Multiple ATM's are available throughout out the festival grounds.
Yes. Credit and debit cards can used to purchase tickets at the gate, carnival tickets, non-alcoholic drinks and drink tickets. Purchases for food or merchandise from vendors - only if they support this payment method.
No. All ages are welcome.
No. Official Kansas City PrideFest merchandise is only available online at kcpridefest.org/shop.
Yes. Berkley Riverfront Park is accessible and festival parking lots have accessible parking available. Please notify a parking attendant when you arrive. Assistance getting from the parking lot into the festival is available via golf cart if requested. Wheelchairs, motorized mobility scooters and portable units for oxygen therapy are allowed inside the festival. If golf cart transportation inside of the festival is required please notify a volunteer.
Yes. Please notify a volunteer at the gate when you arrive to make arrangements. Refrigerated medicine must be taken to The University of Kansas Health Systems First Aid Tent. When you require your medication please return to the first aid tent for assistance.
Yes. Baby formula must be taken to The University of Kansas Health Systems First Aid Tent. When you require your formula please return to the first aid tent for assistance.
Text the Social Media Response Team at 816-535-0911 or message us on Facebook and we will assist you.

Kansas City PrideFest Official Apparel

New merch is here! 🙌  Buy today and wear to the festival! Official apparel is only available online.

Congratulations to local artist Chloe Soetaert ❤ our 2019 Theme Design Contest winner! Her rainbow-inspired diversity design is now available for purchase.

2019 Theme by Chloe Soetaert – Women’s T-Shirt

KC PrideFest Logo – Men’s Premium Tank

KC PrideFest Logo – Women’s Premium T-Shirt

KC PrideFest Logo – Men’s Premium Hoodie

KC PrideFest Logo – Women’s Tri-Blend V-Neck T-Shirt

KC PrideFest Logo – Trucker Cap

2019 Theme Logo – Water Bottle

KC PrideFest Logo – Contrast Coffee Mug

Where to Stay

The Fontaine
20% Discount Off Best Available Rate

A Kansas City Hotel is a refreshing destination for business and leisure travelers. The 132-room boutique hotel located steps from Kansas City’s landmark Country Club Plaza District is also home to Parker, a rooftop restaurant & bar led by Executive Chef Ryan Spruhan, serving a progressive take on new American classics with local soul. Download a list of our amenities (PDF).


Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Downtown Crossroads
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Experience an excellent downtown location and modern amenities when you stay at Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Downtown Crossroads. Nestled in the heart of Kansas City's lively Downtown Power and Light District at Crossroads, our cozy hotel is just 20 minutes’ drive from Kansas City International Airport. Enjoy convenient access to the Sprint Center and Bartle Hall Convention Center.


About Kansas City PrideFest

Kansas City PrideFest is a mix of volunteers and Kansas City Diversity Coalition board members who represent a wide cross section of the Kansas City LGBTQIA community.  What motivates these individuals is their drive to offer our community great informational and educational events which move the community forward. 

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