Rock Hill Celebrates Pride With First-Ever Festival

ROCK HILL, S.C. — “Be Visible. Be Proud. Be You.” The Mercantile hosts Rock Hill’s first-ever Pride festival from June 24th to June 27th.

Officials say the celebration of love will go all weekend long with drag queens, local vendors, pageants, and more.

The schedule of festival events is as follows:

Thursday, June 24th

  • March for Equality at 7 p.m.
    • Meet at Tattooed Brews on East Main Street. Participants will get signs that say “I am marching for,” with a blank to fill out.
  • Show Your Pride Karaoke from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Meet at Tattooed Brews on East Main Street.
    • Dj Nixxx will host.

Friday, June 25th

  • Allies in the Alley Cocktail Party at 6 p.m.
    • Meet at The Mercantile on West White Street.
  • 2021 Mr. & Ms. Rock Hill Pride Pageant at 8 p.m.
    • Meet at The Hideaway on East Baskins Road.
    • Registration to compete is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and it is $30 per contestant entry.
    • The pageant starts at 8 p.m.
    • The winner will receive $150, plus booking at Pride, and the first alternate will get $50.

Saturday, June 26th

  • Outdoor Pride Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with live music, drag queens, shaved ice, and more at The Mercantile on West White Street.
  • Shop Like A Queen! from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Shop at The Mercantile while drag queens run the store.
  • Pride Celebration at Carolina Brew Supply from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Stop by for a beer and live music performances from Courtney Lynn and Ouinn.
  • Baking with Pride Workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Bake a Pride-themed cake from scratch with Carlotta.
    • Tickets are on sale for $29 per person here.
  • Rock Hill Brewing Co. + Millstone’s Boogie Rights Disco Night at 4 p.m.
    • Enjoy a disco-themed party before the big drag show at The Hideaway.
  • Pride-Themed Brush Calligraphy Workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Join Ida Mae as she walks you through the basics of brush lettering.
  • #TheWalk TikTok Contest from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Meet at Fountain Park to learn the dance and compete for a $300 cash prize. All ages welcome!
  • The Stud Duo Comedy Show at 8:30 p.m.
    • Enjoy the comedy show at Sweet Tea Cafe on Elk Avenue.
  • Be You. Rock Hill Pride Party at 11 p.m.
    • Doors open at 6 p.m. for the big drag show at The Hideaway on East Baskins Road.

Sunday, June 27th

  • Drag Brunch Pride Edition: Journey To Oz at 11 a.m.
    • Meet at The Kounter on East Main Street for Buff Faye’s Drag Brunch.
    • Seating & food served at 11 a.m., drag show starts at 12 p.m.
  • Drag Brunch Pride Edition at 2 p.m.
    • Meet at The Kounter on East Main Street for Buff Faye’s Drag Brunch.
    • Seating & food served at 2 p.m., drag show starts at 3 p.m.
    • Click here for tickets.