LGBTQ events in Tempe & Phoenix this spring

Looking for a friendly, diverse and inclusive destination? 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. And, Tempe is known for its non-discrimination policies and its perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundations’ Municipal Equality Index

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

Tempe has an energetic vibe and active lifestyle, a perfect fit for exciting annual festivals and events.  Check out these LGBTQ events taking place in Phoenix and Tempe this spring.   

 35th Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo  – February 14-16, 2020
Corona Ranch and Rodeo Grounds
7611 S. 29th Ave., Laveen Village, AZ
Whether you’re a real cowboy or you just like to dress like one, you won’t want to miss the 35th Annual Arizona Gay Rodeo. It’s a weekend of fun, food, entertainment, and of course, RODEO!  You’ll enjoy traditional rodeo events like roping, bucking broncs and  chute dogging, along with those you’ll only see here like Wild Drag Race and Goat Dressing. Entertainment includes local performers and special guests, Jessica Wild and Lineysha Sparx from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”  

AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run – February 22, 2020
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!

Other highlights include entertainment, food trucks, vendors and resources. There will be music on three stages featuring Emcee: Aneesh, DJ Frietz and Pride Through Strife, Blue Zone and Ask For Me. All proceeds benefit community partner agencies in greater Phoenix that provide critical HIV services. 

Pride Run Phoenix – March 21, 2020
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 a perfect training run for the Boston Marathon. The courses are sports stroller and sports wheelchair friendly. The courses are not pet friendly. However, well-behaved leashed pets are welcome at the start, finish and expo.  

Phoenix Pride Festival & Parade – April 4-5, 2020
Steel Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ
The Phoenix Pride Festival brings our diverse LGBTQ and allied communities together for a weekend of camaraderie and celebration of our past, present and future. Events include more than 150 entertainment performances on six stages and 300+ exhibitors showcasing a variety of food options, shopping opportunities, and community resources. 

Bank of America presents the 2020 Phoenix Pride Parade on Sunday, April 5, 2020. 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. 

Cactus Cities Softball League Saguaro Cup – April 10-12, 2020
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 30-May 4, 2020
Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Airport
2333 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ
(602) 957-1910
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. Phoenix Phurfest celebrates its 16th Anniversary in 2020! Over 200 bears and buddies from 12+ countries have enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of our city at Phurfest.  

Written Tempe Contributor