PRIDE Festival

LGBTQ people laughing at the PRIDE festival.

Celebrate our diversity as a Columbia Heights PRIDE Festival volunteer! Each summer neighbors and people from across the metro are drawn to this vibrant, family-friendly festival. The carnival atmosphere includes music performances, story tellers, vendor booths, activities, and even a bouncy house. In the evening, the celebration finishes with an adult-only burlesque show.

HeightsNEXT is the organizing sponsor, planning all performances and activities, recruiting all vendors, and staffing the event.

Columbia Heights PRIDE Festival Volunteering


Everyone is welcome to staff and attend the festival and performances. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community are strongly encouraged to plan the event and lead the festivities, including MC’ing ceremonies and hosting streaming broadcasts.


Typically, the Columbia Heights PRIDE Festival is held in July. The 2021 event has been rescheduled to October. Tons of preparation is involved, so planning takes place year round.

Become a PRIDE Festival volunteer and you can march with HeightsNEXT in the Jamboree Parade!
Promoting PRIDE while marching in the Jamboree Parade.


PRIDE festival at Sullivan Lake Park in Columbia Heights, MN
Sullivan Lake Park

Event is held at:

Sullivan Lake Park
721 51st. Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Most of the event is also streamed to YouTube and Facebook.

Planning usually takes place online or at public meeting spaces such as the library, restaurants, coffee shops, etc.


  • Attend planning meetings
  • Load-in event gear
  • Decorate event space
  • Staff the event
  • Load-out event gear
  • Attend retrospective meeting

You’ll Get

  • A staff T-shirt.

Become a Columbia Heights Community PRIDE volunteer today!

How to Get Involved

Contact the event coordinator:

Amáda Márquez Simula
Amáda Márquez Simula

Email Amáda

Not your thing?

If festivals don’t interest you, feel free to check our our many other volunteer opportunities.