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LGBTQIA+ Events in Tempe & Phoenix

Looking for a friendly, diverse and inclusive destination close to a variety of LGBTQIA+ events year-round? Be sure to visit Tempe, Arizona.

Tempe is known for its welcoming spirit, blend of cosmopolitan culture and style, scenic desert beauty and more than 330 days of sunshine every year. Since 2014, the City of Tempe has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign with a perfect score of 100 in the Municipal Equity Index, which measures inclusive policies for the LGBTQIA+ community. Through the City’s Diversity Office and the Tempe Tourism Office, Tempe continues to lead with progressive ideas and programs that are shaping the future for all.

Another great thing about Tempe is its location in the heart of Metropolitan Phoenix. Just minutes from the airport, Tempe is also connected to LGBTQIA+ events and nightlife in downtown Phoenix and the airport via Valley Metro rail.

Check out these LGBTQIA+ events taking place in Phoenix and Tempe:

Brick Road Coffee Presents Over the Rainbow Movie Nights – Every Friday until July 1st
Brick Road Coffee | 4415 South Rural Rd, Suite 10, Tempe, AZ 85282
Come hang out at Brick Road Coffee for a free showing of LGBTQ Camp Classics, Documentaries, movies and more* Every Friday through the summer! There will be free popcorn and a brief introduction to the movies provided by David Boyles. House lights dim at 7 P.M. for the show so be sure to grab a drink and butter your popcorn prior.

They will also be accepting donations to @dragstoryhouraz during the movie.

*Movie Ratings will vary. Please call Brick Road Coffee in advance to confirm movie rating for the week if there are any concerns.

Brick Road Coffee

Celebrate Pride 2022 with Tess (& Tanks) for a Cause – Order by May 31st
This year, Downtown Tempe Authority will donate $5 of every t-shirt purchase to Mulligan’s Manor, while the remaining proceeds will help fund the costs associated with installing Pride flags up and down Mill Avenue and surrounding side streets and producing other free-entry community events.

Preorder your limited-run tee by May 31, 2022. Shirts will be shipped in June.

Tempe Love Shirt DTA

Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus: Homecoming – June 4-5, 2022
Tempe Center for the Arts | 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
Join the Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus Alumni for a spectacular HOMECOMING concert celebrating 30-years of bringing quality entertainment to the LGBTQIA+ community. Enjoy music from BROADWAY, DISNEY, PRIDE ANTHEMS and much more.

Miss Gay Arizona America 2022 – June 25, 2022
Tempe Center for the Arts | 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
Tempe Center for the Arts presents a state preliminary to Miss Gay America 2022. They will also be honoring Sicarya Seville, Miss Gay Arizona America 2021.

Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade – October 15-16, 2022
Steel Indian School Park | 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Pride Festival attracts over 40,000 attendees, 150 entertainment performances and over 300 exhibitors over a two-day celebration designed to bring our diverse LGBTQIA+ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration of our past, present and future. The Phoenix Pride Festival raises funds for the Phoenix Pride Community Programs and helps to educate the public about the existence and continuing civil rights battle facing the LGBTQIA+ community.

Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo – Coming in 2023
Whether you’re a real cowboy or you like to dress like one, you won’t want to miss the Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo. It’s a weekend of fun, food, entertainment and RODEO! You’ll enjoy traditional rodeo events like roping, bucking broncs and chute dogging, along with those you’ll only see at the Arizona Gay Rodeo like a Wild Drag Race and Goat Dressing.

AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run – March 18, 2023
Tempe Beach Park | 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ | (602) 904-6001
AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run is the largest gathering in Arizona to support people living with HIV and raise community awareness. This family-friendly event features Paws for the Cause-the dog-friendly portion of the walk and Kids for the Cause, where kids of all ages can get involved and be fundraisers!

Pride Run Phoenix – March 18, 2023
Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
Run or walk in central Phoenix using Central Avenue. The Half Marathon, 10K and 5K are street courses with minimal elevation changes and turns. Like the 10K and 5K, the Half Marathon is a fast, flat course perfect for a PR (Personal Record or Personal Best), making it an ideal training run for the Boston Marathon. The courses are sports stroller and sports wheelchair friendly. Pets are not welcome on the course. However, well-behaved leashed pets are welcome at the start, finish and expo.

The Parade brings 2,000+ individual participants with decorated vehicles, colorful floats and thousands of walkers. The Parade features Grand Marshals, local luminaries, music and fun along the 3rd Street route from Thomas to Indian School. The Parade concludes at Steele Indian School Park, the home of the Phoenix Pride Festival. 

Pride Week at ASU – April 2023 – exact date to be announced
Pride Week at ASU advocates for social justice concerns while connecting students, faculty and staff to each other and the broader ASU community through diverse programming and services. Come celebrate the beauty and breadth of LGBTQIA+ culture through performances, activities, socials and community building.

ASU provides a number of resources focused on the success and health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ graduate students. To view these resources, visit the LGBTQIA+ Student Resource Page.

Cactus Cities Softball League Saguaro Cup – April 2023 – exact date to be announced
Watch LGBTQ softball teams compete at various locations in the Greater Phoenix area. The Cactus Cities Softball League is an adult slow-pitch softball league in Phoenix, Arizona, predominately for LGBTQ and anyone dedicated to the promotion of the amateur athletic experience for people of all skill levels and abilities regardless of sexual orientation, gender, race or religion.

Bears of the West Phurfest – April 2023 – exact date to be announced
Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport | 2333 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Calling all bears to come out of hibernation and attend the Bears of the West Annual Phurfest! Enjoy fun in the sun, meet new friends and explore what Phoenix has to offer. Over 200 bears and buddies from 12+ countries have enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of our city at Phurfest.

Rainbows Festival – April 2023 – exact date to be announced
Heritage Square Park | 115 N. 6th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phoenix Pride is the proud producer of the “Arizona’s Greatest Street Fair,” the Rainbows Festival. The annual Rainbows Festival & Street Fair is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community. Located in historic Heritage Square Park in Downtown Phoenix, Rainbows Festival draws a crowd of over 25,000 friends, families and allies. Rainbows Festival is the 2nd largest LGBTQIA+ event in the state of Arizona, only 2nd to the Phoenix Pride Festival. The annual Rainbows Festival is a free event open to the public.

LGBTQIA+ Ally Businesses in Tempe

ONE Community is the coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals who are moving diversity, inclusion, equity and equality forward for all Arizonans. View their list of LGBTQIA+ ally businesses in Tempe.

Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.