Ferndale Pride Guide 2017



Saturday, May 20

Hot Daddies Contest

9 p.m. to midnight

Soho, 205 W. Nine Mile Road

The hottest gentleman over the age of 35 will be coaxing votes from the crowd while fighting for the coveted title of Ferndale Pride’s Hottest Daddy. Use your dollar bills to vote for your favorite contender. Your vote also buys you a chance for a free round of drinks with the winning daddy at the end of the night. The winning daddy walks away with bragging rights and gifts from local sponsors.


Tuesday, May 30

Viewing and discussion of Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

7 to 9 p.m.

Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road

Join us for a screening of “Gender Revolution: A Journey,” followed by a discussion with some of the people involved in making the documentary.

(Sober space; all ages welcome)


Wednesday, May 31

Burlesque and Body Positivity with Luna Legare

7 to 8:30 p.m.

Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road

Luna Legare is a burlesque performer, producer and educator based in Ann Arbor. She is the boss lady of Guilty Pleasures Burlesque, a bimonthly show in Ypsilanti featuring burlesque, drag and comedy performers. Luna can be seen in shows throughout the Midwest and has performed at Windy City Burlesque Festival, Ohio Burlesque Festival, Michigan Burlesque Festival and Fierce! Queer Burlesque Festival.​ All genders are welcome; participants must be at least age 18.

(Sober space; all ages welcome)


Thursday, June 1

Summer of Pride – Gallery Opening

7 to 9 p.m.

Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road

Affirmations will be hosting its annual Pride art gallery show, “Summer of Pride,” in the Pittmann-Puckett Gallery. Celebrate the opening of this show with new art, live performances, time with the artists and refreshments.

(Sober space; all ages welcome)


Saturday, June 3


Rainbow Run – Presented by Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce

8:30 to 10:30 a.m.  (see website for your start time)

Foley Mansfield Parking Lot, 130 E. Nine Mile Road

The annual 5-kilometer run and 2-kilometer walk celebrates acceptance, diversity and anti-bullying. A 2-kilometer Canine Color Walk also is available. The Rainbow Run weaves through the residential streets of Ferndale with color stations along the course. For more information and to register: http://ferndaleareachamber.com

(Sober space; all ages welcome)


Summer Arts & Crafts Bazaar

Noon to 4 p.m.

Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road

Affirmations’ Youth Workforce Development Program will host this community event focused on the arts and crafts community. Vendors will be selling merchandise.

(Sober space; all ages welcome)


Ferndale Pride 2017

1 to 10 p.m.

West Nine Mile Road, Allen Street and West Troy Street in downtown Ferndale

The festival includes vendors, food trucks, main stage entertainment and a DJ dance stage, all surrounded by downtown Ferndale’s businesses, bars and restaurants. This is a FREE event thanks to our generous sponsors.

(Sober space available; all ages welcome)

Mainstage - Sponsored by Motor City Casino

Sarah Hood                       1:00-1:15 (Opening Ceremony)
Liquid Monk                       2:00-2:30
AcousticAsh                       3:00-3:30
Nwoye                                4:00-4:30 
Liz & The Luckouts            5:00-5:30
Lipstick Jodi                       6:00-6:30
Natalie Cole's Drag Show  6:45-7:45
Tunde Olaniran                  8:00-8:45
Mae James                        9:00-9:45


DJ Dance stage - Sponsored by Arcadia Market Place

DJ Dav                      2:00-3:45
Dangerous Curves  3:45-4:15
DJ Jace                     4:15-6:00
Octavia                     6:15-8:00
Players Club            8:00-9:15 
Alexa Rae                 9:15-10:00


Tobacco Cessation with LGBTQ Detroit

1 to 3 p.m.

Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road

LGBTQ Detroit will host this free event for any and all thinking about or wanting to quit using tobacco.

(Sober space; all ages welcome)


Gender Creative Reading Hour

2 to 3 p.m.

Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road

A gender creative, inclusive storytelling time. Explore gender and expression through books and coloring. Sponsored by the Youth of Affirmations’ XTL Youth Empowerment Program.

(Children’s program)


Get Married at Ferndale Pride

2:30 p.m.

The Red Door, 22901 Woodward Ave.

Tie the knot and party at Pride all night long. The ceremony will be performed by clergy of various faiths and Ferndale Mayor David Coulter. Advance registration is necessary to participate. Register: http://www.ferndalepride.com


Pride Prom: Galaxy Affirmations

6 to 8 p.m.

Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile Road

Dance the night away to DJ Tone and enjoy free snacks including popcorn, slushies, cotton candy and nachos. Raffle prizes will be awarded for the crowd voted prom court. Come in costume or come as you are for an evening of intergalactic enjoyment. This FREE event is for ages 13 to 20.


Sunday, June 4

Rosie O’Grady’s presents Drag Yourself to Brunch drag shows

1 and 3 p.m.

Rosie O’Grady’s, 279 W. Nine Mile Road

Natalie Cole brings her best talent to Rosie’s to entertain you. Rosie’s features an outstanding buffet brunch.


Monday, June 5

Txeers! Txacoli Hospitality Party

6 to 11 p.m.

Pop’s for Italian, 280 W. Nine Mile Road


Saturday, June 10

Bears in Speedos Car Wash

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Parking lot at Level One Bank, 22635 Woodward Ave.

Get your car washed by Detroit’s own Motor City Bears dressed only in Speedos. All profits benefit Affirmations and the Ruth Ellis Center.