Celebrate Pride in the Crawford County and PA Great Lakes Region

published on June 2022

How to Celebrate Pride in Crawford County & the Pennsylvania Great Lakes Region

Fun and Amusement, Shopping

Crawford County’s stories have been forged, written, brewed and created by folks from all walks of life and we’re proud to honor that tradition by sharing our scenic spaces, unique wares and hidden treasures with the world. Each June, we’re invigorated by Pride and joyously welcome members of the LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate with us. Centrally located between Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland, Crawford County is a place where you can celebrate Pride surrounded by Pennsylvania pure nature, scenic downtown streets and a vibrant community that effortlessly feels like home.

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Support LGBTQ+ Friendly Businesses

There’s plenty to fill your itinerary during your stay here in Crawford County, including supporting the LGBTQ+-owned businesses that are creating beautiful and inclusive spaces for locals and visitors alike:

  • The Yoga Spot – Whether you’re a yogi yourself or just looking for ways to ground your energy, this studio is the perfect place to blend zen with fun. Offering unique and spunky events, you’ll be looking forward to your next yoga practice.
  • Blossoms & Blooms Boutique – Plant lovers, seek no more. This adorable boutique in Linesville, PA will become your favorite destination with gorgeous flower arrangements, potted plants and special gifts all year round.
  • Loeffler’s Flowers – This beautiful shop in downtown Meadville is the best place to find the perfect gift for your special someone. With expert bouquet designers and a wide selection of gifts, you’re bound to leave with your next treasure.
  • French Creek Framing & Fine Art – The artists will “ooh” and “ahh” over the phenomenal photography are paintings found in this shop. They also feature wares and creations from other local artisans in the community!
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Share Your Pride With These Events and Groups

The area also offers several ways to engage with other members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community. With mixers, organized events and other ways to share your self-love, Crawford County is excited to welcome you!

  • The NWPA Pride Alliance, Inc. works to facilitate communication and collaborations between groups and individuals within northwestern Pennsylvania’s LGBTQIA community and the greater region. They organize and host a variety of events annually to celebrate and connect this community. Here are some the highlights:
    • NWPA Pride Alliance Event in Meadville – In July, get geared up for the best Pride event of the year in Crawford County. Diamond Park and Chestnut Street will be alive with music, food trucks, vendors, exhibits and even a pride walk downtown. 
    • LGBTQIA Happy Hour at Julian’s Bar & Grill – Every month, Julian’s Bar & Grill gives a special welcome to the LGBTQ+ community and allies. With delicious food, great drinks and live entertainment, this favorite event will be yours, too.
    • Erie Pridefest – Just a quick drive from Crawford County is Erie’s annual Pridefest! Hosted at Erie’s Perry Square, this event is a blast, with music, food, drag performances and more to share your Pride.
    • LGBTQIA+ @ Underdog BBQ – In early June, Erie’s Underdog BBQ hosts a LGBTQIA+ safe space with food and drink specials, an outdoor patio and their famous Slushy Shed.
  • Crawford Area LGBT+ – This organization seeks to create spaces for the LGBT+ community and straight allies to meet and grow in community together, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. 

Pittsburgh Pride Revolution – Hosted every June, this event is in the big city of Pittsburgh, which is only a little under 90 minutes away from Crawford County! From Thursday through Sunday, join thousands of attendees and share your Pride with multiple events throughout the weekend.

Photo Credit: Blossoms and Blooms Boutique

We Hope to See You Soon!

Crawford County is a great place to relax, connect, tell your story and share your Pride. Check out these blogs to start planning your trip today:

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