“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama
We believe that celebrating Pride month is more important than ever. We have collaborated with our community partners to offer an entire month of celebration to honor LGBTQIA+ experiences and history. We hope this page inspires you to join us in connecting with our community through dance, film, literature, poetry, art making, and so much more.
2023 Pride Events
All events occur in Waterville unless otherwise noted.
June 3 at 10am
The Children’s Book Cellar, at 52 Main St, will host Drag Queen Story Hour
June 3 from 12-4pm
Pride Parade and Celebration in Hallowell! The Hallowell Pride Alliance will begin with festivities at Granite City Park at noon. The parade will begin at 2pm and go from 232 Water Street to 52 Water Street in Hallowell. Music by Random Ideas and Super Cat! For more information visit them here.
June 8 at 7pm Maine Film Center, at 93 Main St, will show the movie To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
June 16 from 12–2pm Maine Film Center, at 93 Main St, will host a Folks Organizing for Queer Spaces short film festival.
June 18 at 2pm Maine Film Center, at 93 Main St, will show the movie Rafiki
June 22 at 7pm Maine Film Center, at 93 Main St, will show the movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
A Pride Family Picnic hosted by the Folks Organizing for Queer Spaces organization at Waterville High School will follow from 4:30-6:30pm.
All Month long:
Waterville Creates, 93 Main St, will have Pride themed Creative Carts and Pride tee shirts for sale.
Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St, will be displaying LGBTQIA+ fiction and nonfiction titles.
Colby College Museum of Art, 5600 Mayflower Hill, Looking for Queer Possibility in the Museum, a self-guided resource available at the Colby College Museum of Art’s campus location. Pick up a copy of Looking for Queer Possibility in the Museum, a visitor resource written by Margaret Middleton, independent exhibit designer working at the intersection of design and social justice. This resource prompts visitors to look for and create queer interpretations of art during their museum visit, and will include a way to contribute feedback on your experience that the museum will use for future programs and interpretative resources. Available at the Welcome Desk during open hours at the museum.
The Bankery & Skowhegan Fleuriste, 87 Water St Skowhegan, will be selling Pride chocolate bars (made by Wilbur’s of Maine) where part of the proceeds will support Equality Maine.
2023 Pride First Friday
10am-5pm Waterville Public Library, 73 Elm St, The library is celebrating Pride – with our trusty button maker! We have supplies to make buttons featuring a wide range of Pride flags and pronouns. There will also be a free drawing for several new LGBTQIA+ books! Entries will be collected on Friday June 2nd, and the winners will be drawn and notified on Saturday June 3rd.
5-7pm the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, 93 Main St, will be celebrating Pride with Ticonic Gallery + Studios making rainbow window art. The Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art for art-making activities that support LGBTQ+ Pride month. Design a message of support and love on a pin, made with recycled matboard scraps. Do some folding and gluing to create your own handmade books that you can fill with brightly colored paper to share your own beliefs, stories, and creative practice; this project is inspired by the artist Paula Wilson’s books, on view in the exhibition, Ashley Bryan/Paula Wilson: Take the World into Your Arms.
Buy your Pride tee shirt from the Ed Harris Box at Waterville Creates.
6pm Waterville Opera House, will have a sneak peek of the upcoming production Rock of Ages, plus a chance to win tickets to the show!
7pm Greene Block + Studios, 18 Main St, Open Mic celebrating LGBTQIA+ voices.
8-10pm Greene Block + Studios, 18 Main St, All Ages Dance Party!