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Travel with Pride in Erie

The Erie region celebrates and supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersexed and Ally/Asexual (LGBTQ+) community.

Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or are an ally, ALL are welcome!  

Erie strives to be a welcoming, equitable, inclusive community where we celebrate our rich diversity of cultures. Everyone has their own individual set of talents, skills, and perspectives. We believe that the color of your skin, the language you speak, the part of the world you come from, the faith you practice, your customs, your sexual orientation, and your gender preference, all make you the unique person you are and that each and every person brings value to our community.

Plan a trip to Erie Pennsylvania and experience a relaxing, stress-free getaway filled with love and acceptance.  

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Experience Inclusivity and Diversity in Erie – Perfect Score on LGBTQ+ Equality Index!

In 2022, the City of Erie did something amazing - scoring a perfect 100 out of 100 on the Municipality Equality Index (MEI)! Erie’s perfect score on the MEI sets it apart as one of just five cities in Pennsylvania that demonstrate a sincere commitment to valuing and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. The MEI considers several important factors including non-discrimination laws, LGBTQ+ employee resource groups, inclusivity of city services, law enforcement practices, and municipal leadership’s stance on equality.

For anyone looking for a welcoming place to live, work, or play, Erie is a perfect choice, treating all individuals with respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. To learn more about the incredible work and advocacy in the City of Erie, click here.

Upcoming Events 

Pride month and every month have many events focused on celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. We welcome everyone to join us!  For a year-round list of LGBTQ+ related events and happenings, you can also visit the NW PA Pride Alliance, Greater Erie Alliance for Equality or Erie Gay News calendars.  

Show off your pride every day and grab some 2023 NW PA Pride gear

Sunday, June 4: Afternoon for Equality: Hagen History Center 5-9 p.m. Presented by the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE)

Wednesday, June 7: Erie's Queer Happy Hour: U Pick 6 Harbor House, 6-9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 7: Pride Happy Hour Cruise: Victorian Princess 5:30-7:30 p.m. $20/pp

Sunday, June 18: Drag Brunch, The Zone Dance Club, 11 a.m. Kick off a week of Pride-filled celebrations!

Saturday, June 24: Erie Pridefest and Pride Parade, Downtown Erie/Perry Square 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parade steps off from 11th and State Streets at Noon.

Saturday, June 24: Erie Sisters and Brothers annual Victorian Princess Dinner Cruise, 4-6 p.m. Contact for more information. 

Sunday, June 25: Drive Your Pride, Presque Isle State Park. Meet at Tom Ridge Environmental Center at 1 p.m. Parade steps off at 2 p.m.

Saturday, August 12: 30th Annual Pride Picnic, Presque Isle State Park/Rotary Pavilion from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, August 13: 2023 Pride Day at Waldameer Park and Water World, Coaster Pavilion 2, Water World 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Waldameer from Noon to 10 p.m.

Bears Do Dinner - Each month this group picks a new location around the area to enjoy a social dinner. The places and dates/times are based on a group majority and establishment hours of operation. Interested in learning more? Request to join the Facebook group and post a message for information and answers to questions.

Queer Open Mic - Every third Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Compton's Table, a sustainable organization where queer youth and young adults find community, are seen, valued, and affirmed. Hosted by Gwen Elaine. All queer performers are welcome!

Annual Events 

Erie Pridefest and  Pride Parade 

Erie Pride Picnic at Presque Isle State Park 

Erie Pride Day at Waldameer Park & Water World 

Get Involved!

Supporting your LGBTQ+ family and friends is so much more than rainbow flags. It is about recognizing and remembering the struggles that the LGBTQ+ community has faced to achieve equal justice and opportunities. There are a number of local, regional, and national organizations that advocate and do everything from fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and offering health services, to providing educational programs and managing emergency helplines.  

AFAR LGBTQ+ Travel Information and Resource Guide

Partner Spotlight

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation woman-owned distillery, pioneering the craft in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Handcrafted care never goes out of style. We put that artistic attention into every bottle of our small batch spirits. Cart/Horse proudly produces rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, and several award-winning specialty liquors. Our robust cocktail menu uses the finest and freshest ingredients for each custom-built drink.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct daily flights to Charlotte. Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte with connections to many other destinations.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Port Farms Corporate Events

Treat your employees to a unique, country experience that is sure to inspire with all of the magic the farm has to offer! Located just outside of Erie, Port Farms offers a charming countryside venue for your next company retreat! Our unique space is located on 200 rural acres and includes everything you will need to host a successful work session, work event, or company picnic. Learn more about how we can help you plan the perfect event!

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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