NWA Pride Parade & Festival
June, 2018

NWA Pride Parade & Festival

The Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade and Festival, the largest LGBTQ pride celebration in Arkansas, will be held in Fayetteville on Saturday, June 16, in conjunction with Northwest Arkansas Pride Week, which features daily events June 14-17.

The parade begins at 11 a.m., with lineup starting at 9:00 a.m. It will travel down Dickson Street and end at Old Main lawn on the University of Arkansas campus. The festival, which begins immediately afterward at noon, on School Avenue, east of the Walton Arts Center, will feature a beer garden, food and craft vendors, and the NWA Bear Bash & Contest.

Fayetteville has long been a supporter of equal rights, and this is most prominently evidenced during the annual NWA Pride, which celebrates its 12th year in 2018. The Human Rights Campaign consistently lists Fayetteville at the top of its Municipal Equality Index for Arkansas. The index is an evaluation examining cities’ “laws, policies and services, and rates them on the basis of their inclusivity of LGBT people who live and work there.”

The NWA Pride Parade and Festival are held in the Downtown & Dickson Street Entertainment District that is home to other popular things to do, including the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, Walton Arts Center and a variety of art galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues. 

Experience Fayetteville is the official sponsor of the 2018 NWA Pride festivities and is proud to promote acceptance and equality for residents and visitors alike. 

For more information about NWA Pride and its organizer, the NWA Center for Equality, visit nwapride.org.

Photo Credit: Todd Gill/Fayetteville Flyer

Additional Info

  • Event date: Saturday, 16 June 2018
Director of Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing & Communications