LA Metro Chamber Has Pride

Androscoggin County, Maine – The LA Metro Chamber is proud to partner with Great Falls Pride throughout June for Pride Month, and to bring a lunch and learn special topic to employers and employees across the region. LGBTQ Means Business – Best Practices Lunch and Learn is Wednesday, June 5th at 12 PM at the LA Metro Chamber. Creating inclusive workplaces and welcoming communities is a key part of attracting and retaining talent and growing the local economy.

Mindful of rainbow washing, the LA Metro Chamber is encouraging local employers to make meaningful efforts to recognize, support, and center the leadership of the LGBTQ community. Great Falls Pride is making it easy for employers and residents alike in 2024, with a month full of events to share with employees and to attend. From Pride Prom and Printmaking to Storytelling and a Pride Festival and March, there is an option for everyone.

Pride Prom at Agora Grand Event Center

Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 6pm – 11pm

Agora Grand Event Center: 220 Bates St, Lewiston

All ages: 6pm – 8pm; 21+: 8pm – 11pm

Cost: Free but please RSVP here to help us anticipate head count!

Strike your best prom post and kick off Pride with Great Falls Pride on Saturday, June 1st for a night of community, fun and celebration with music, dancing, a photo booth, and a surprise performance! We will have a cash bar and food available for purchase.

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Drag Queen Story Hour at Quiet City Books

Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 10 am

Quiet City Books: 124 Lisbon St, Lewiston

All ages

Cost: Free, donations encouraged. Quiet City has some wonderful books for purchase. Bring some cash if you can to tip the queen!

Quiet City Books is hosting Drag Queen Story Hour! Come listen to wonderful stories read by a wonderful queen! 

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Flower Crown Workshop with Queerly Maine and Primal Blossoms (right before the march!)

Sunday, June 2, 2024 | 9 am – 10 am

Learn how to make a flower crown – just in time for the pride march! This workshop will take place in Simard Payne Park before the march. Registration is required and space is limited. Please register here

Pride Festival & March!

Sunday, June 2: 

  • 10:30 am: Gather at Great Falls Plaza in Auburn – corner Turner & Hampshire Streets)
  • 11 am: March! 
  • End at Simard Payne Park in Lewiston and enjoy brief remarks, the Lewiston Farmers’ Market and the Great Falls Pride Festival on Oxford Street!

Cost: The march is free! There will be vendors to purchase food and crafts from at the end of march.

Please note: Maine can have unpredictable weather! Please come prepared. The march route is step-free and about a mile. Feel free to bring signs and rock a great outfit. The march will be loud and busy, so please do not bring pets. 

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Drag Show at Public Theater

Sunday, June 2, 2024 | 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Lewiston Public Theater: 31 Maple Street, Lewiston

Cost: Donations appreciated!

Come see some of Maine’s finest drag performers at the Public Theater in Lewiston. Lineup to be announced shortly!

Queer Karaoke at Olive Pit

Sunday, June 2, 2024 | 6 pm – closing

Olive Pit Brewing: 16 Main Street, Lisbon Falls

The Pride March afterparty is karaoke at Olive Pit Brewing in Lisbon from 6 until closing! Join us and our oh so lovely host Illana Bea Sedated for an evening of singing, dancing and brews at Olive Pit Brewing in Lisbon!

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Pride Board Game Night at Forage

Monday, June 3, 2024 | 5 pm – 8 pm

Forage Market: 180 Lisbon Street, Lewiston

Cost: Free; food and drink available to purchase

Join us for a night of board and card games with your LGBTQ+ community. We will have plenty of games to choose from, but feel free to bring your own! June 3rd from 6 to 8 at Forage Market.

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Pride Ride with Queers in Gear

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | 6 pm

Meet at Rainbow Bicycle: 97 Lisbon St, Lewiston

Cost: Free

Join us for a special edition of Queers in Gear for Pride! This ride will be a leisurely parade-like ride with your community along the Androscoggin River. The route will be mostly on bike paths and quiet back roads. Please make sure your bike is in good working order and bring water. 

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LGBTQ Means Business – Best Practices Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 | 12 pm

LA Metro Chamber of Commerce: 415 Lisbon Street, Lewiston

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Cost: Free, but please bring your lunch!

Join us for our LGBTQ Means Business Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, June 5th at Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Join Annalise from Procter and Gamble, and Laura from Androscoggin Bank as they discuss inclusivity in the workplace. This presentation will discuss best practices from two local employers and how you can help to incorporate these practices into your places of employment. Learn how to create a culture where everyone feels respected, valued and accepted as their authentic selves. As June is Gay Pride Month, this training will focus on LGBTQIA+ inclusivity measures.

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Pride Printmaking Workshop at Downtown Handmade

Wednesday, June 5, 20245:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Downtown Handmade: 178 Lisbon St, Lewiston

All ages.

Cost: Donations/bring your own materials – see info below.

Use Downtown Handmade’s screens to print your own t-shirt or bandana for free! If you can spare a t-shirt or bandana to donate, that would be amazing! They will have bandanas to purchase to print. 

You will also be able to carve your own block to print. Please consider making a donation to help cover the costs of this event!

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The Corner – Pride Edition

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 7 pm – 9 pm

L/A Arts: 168 Lisbon St, Lewiston

This is an all ages event but stories may address mature themes.

Cost: Free, but donations strongly encouraged

Our special Pride theme is “There All Along.” What happens when something was there all along? What does it mean to be visible? Join L-A It’s Happening Queer for a special edition of Lewiston’s live storytelling event, The Corner, with great stories about visibility and being there! 

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Queer Wine Tasting at The Vault!

Friday, June 7, 2024 | 5 pm

The Vault: 84 Lisbon Street, Lewiston


Cost: Free however purchasing a bottle or two is strongly encouraged

Join L-A it’s Happening Queer and our friends at The Vault for a tasting of some of the best wines from LGBTQ+ owned or operated wineries! Friday June 7th.

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Queer D&D at Nerdcore

Saturday, June 8, 2024 | 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm & 3 pm – 5 pm

Nerdcore: Auburn Mall 

Come game with your community on Saturday the 8th from 12:30 until 5. We have 12 slots available, 6 for 12:30 pm-2:30 and 6 for 3:00 to 5:00 pm with DMs Fennec Meadows and J Anthony Fiori. Sign up link available soon.

Second Saturday Social at Obscura

Saturday, June 8, 2024 | 6 pm

Obscura: 108 Lisbon Street

Cost: Free; food and beverages available for purchase

Help us round out Great Falls Pride week with our friends at L-A It’s Happening Queer at the Second Saturday Social. There will be food, drink, and great community! Can’t wait to see you there!

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