Break Out Your Rainbow Flags!

Akron Pride Fest Comes to Hardesty Park

words by Devon Anderson, photos by Claude Christensen


It seems like all summer long, Pride events have popped up in cities across the country, and Akron finally gets its turn on Aug. 25 in Hardesty Park from noon to 6 pm. An Equality March leading the way to Hardesty kicks off at 11 am in Highland Square.

This year’s event will be the second of its kind. Sponsored by corporations and local businesses, including PNC Bank, the First Congregational Church of Akron, Mustard Seed, and Summa Health, Akron Pride Festival 2018 is a great day for the community to come together to support everyone within its borders, regardless of who or how they love.

Pride promises vendors and nonprofits whose mission is to enhance and promote equality for all families in Akron and surrounding areas. Local musicians will take the stage, including Australian pop star Betty Who on the Main Stage. Volunteers, marchers, and sponsors are still needed. More information can be found at


Akron Pride Festival 2018

1615 W Market St

August 25; 12-6pm

Admission: Free  

Equality March starts at 11am in Highland Square