Festivals, Free Events, LGBTQA

PrideFest

When: Fri., June 24, 4:30-10:30 p.m., Sat., June 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., June 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 2016

PrideFest is normally a celebration of St. Louis' LGBT community, but the unprecedented slaughter of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando will no doubt cast a pall over this year's party. Rest assured, the organizers are working closely with the police to ensure that the festival will be as safe as possible. So don't be afraid to come together for live music from Karmin, Kim Massie and Jordin Sparks, food trucks, guest speakers, educational seminars and healing this weekend. This year's festival takes place from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday (June 24 to 26) at Soldiers Memorial (Fourteenth and Chestnut streets; www.pridestl.org). The always-popular parade kicks off at noon on Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are requested.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission