The Progress Pride flag is shown.

The annual Pride celebration began as a collective protest advocating for the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities, and freedom in expressing gender identity. The national tradition of celebrating Pride in June is a tribute to the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, which are remembered as the launch of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. Transgender people of color, including Marsha P. Johnson, Silvia Rivera, and Storme DeLarverie, were primary leaders in the Stonewall expression of just treatment for LGBTQ+ people, who gave their work and lives to the cause. The City of Iowa City recognizes the many LGBTQ+ lives that continue to be lost each year in pursuit of living out their authentic identities, in particular, transgender people of color.


Iowa City Pride festival and parade moved to October

The annual Iowa City Pride celebration and parade, which is not organized or ran by the City, has been moved to October 2021 due to the pandemic. For more information on Iowa City Pride, visit iowacitypride.org, or follow them on Facebook

Free Pride signs
A sign with a rainbow background and the phrase 'It's a matter of Pride Iowa City' is shown.

The City’s gave away 750 free Pride Iowa City yard signs to residents. The City has offically ran out of signs. 

List of June Pride events

To help the community celebrate Pride, we've collected information on numerous events and happenings celebrating Pride, both City and non-City affiliated. This page will continue to be updated. 

  • All month: The Pride flag will be flown at City Hall and City Park Pool. Banners celebrating Pride will also be up in Downtown Iowa City.
  • All month: Lighting on the Pedestrian Mall stage and Public Works building will be set to Pride colors
  • June 5: United Action for Youth will be hosting Drag Me Out the Apocalypse, an in-person, family friendly, socially-distanced youth and adult drag show that will take place from 3-4 pm at The Englert Theatre. More information can be found at the Facebook event.
  • June 7: Johnson County Conservation is hosting the FIND LGBTQ+ Prairie Hike and Picnic at 9 a.m. at the  County's Conservation Education Center in FW Kent County Park. More information can be found at the Facebook event. Registration is required. 
  • June 8: The Iowa City Public Library's Family Night event will be a lesson on how to make rainbow pop-up cards in honor of Pride month. The virtual lesson is at 4:30 p.m. over Zoom. Those interested in registering should do so soon and pickup all the craft materials needed from the Library before the event. Registration information can be found at the Library's website. 
  • June 14: The Library has a craft-making class for teens from 1 to 2:30 p.m. inside the Ped Mall. Teens will create Shrinky Dink keychains and earrings that promote Pride. Teens can also learn more about LGBTQ+ Pride and share stories. Register for the craft class at the Library's website
  • June 19: Iowa City Parks and Recreation will host Pride at the Pool from 1:30-4:40 p.m. at the City Park Pool. The day includes a Splish Splash Storytime reading of "Julian Is A Mermaid" by one of Iowa City's own Drag Queens, sidewalk chalk, temporary tattoos, pride flags galore, and much more. The event activities are free and special pool admission is $1 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. More information can be found on Facebook
  • June 25: One Iowa will be hosting a free, virtual LGBTQ 101 event over Zoom at noon Friday, June 25, 2021. To learn more, visit their website
  • June 28: The City's Human Rights Commission will host a virtual screening and discussion on "Stonewall Forever," a documentary about the Stonewall Riots, beginning at 6 p.m. The movie and panel will take place on Zoom, with the discussion focusing on the riots and the intersectionality of violence against BIPOC, LGBTQ+ people. Registration is required, but there is no cost to participate.  

If you have any Pride events or you'd like added to the webpage, email information to HumanRights@iowa-city.org. 

*This list is by no means complete.
*Inclusion of an event on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Iowa City, which has no responsibility for their contents or accuracy.


Local LGBTQ+ Resources

If you have any Pride resources you'd like added to the webpage, email information to HumanRights@iowa-city.org

*This list is by no means complete.
*Inclusion of a web site on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Iowa City, which has no responsibility for their contents or accuracy.