Charleston Pride Festival

After making the move last year to downtown Charleston from North Charleston, organizers of the Charleston Pride Festival promised a bigger and better event, and they certainly delivered. That same vow is rolling over into this year's plans, too, with nine days of events planned. Things kick off Saturday with Rainbows Pride Night with the RiverDogs, where the team will don their Charleston Rainbows uniforms for the game and an auction. Sunday will see a free screening of the award-winning documentary "Bridegroom" followed by a Q&A with the film's central character. On Monday, a picnic for youths and their families will be held at Folly Beach's Pelican Shelter. The Park Circle Film Society will host a night of LGBT short films on Tuesday, followed by Taboo Tuesday at Tabbuli. Wednesday will feature an LGBT Symposium hosted by AFFA (Alliance for Full Acceptance) followed by a party at Deja Vu II. Aug. 7's events will kick off with Takeover Charleston at DIG in the Park, followed by The Patti O'Furniture Show at Dudley's On Ann. A meet-and-greet event will be held at the Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown on Aug. 8, with an after-party being held at Pantheon. Aug. 9 is the big day, with the Charleston Pride Parade in the streets of downtown Charleston leading to the Pride Rally at Brittlebank Park; an after-party will end the night at Mad River. The festival will wrap up on Aug. 10 with a Drag Brunch at Tabbuli.

When: Saturday-Aug. 10

Where: Various locations

Price: Price varies depending on event

For more info: www.charlestonpride.com