Ohio's third largest metropolis is also one of the more conservative in the Midwest, but the city's Cincinnati Gay Pride celebration draws sizable crowds from across not only the metro area but many communities throughout the state, and in neighboring Kentucky and Indiana. Cincinnati Gay Pride takes place in late June, the week of June 22 through June 29, 2013 (with the main festival and parade taking place on Saturday, June 29), at Sawyer Point. Here's a full schedule of events. Northern Kentucky Pride takes place the following weekend, July 5, 6, and 7.
On Friday, June 28, from 9 pm until 3 am, some 19 different bars (on both the Ohio and Kentucky side of the river) will take part in the Skyy Vodka Pub Crawl, with shuttle service provided. The cost is $10 - this is a great way to get to know greater Cincinnati's gay-friendly nightlife.
On Saturday, June 20, the Cincinnati Pride Parade takes place downtown at 2 pm, followed by the Cincinnati Pride Festival at Sawyer Point, from 3 pm until well into the evening. Entertainment this year includes Debbie Gibson, Jonathan Zeng, Ashley Winters & Band, and many others.
The following weekend (July 5 to July 7), the Northern Kentucky Gay Pride Festival takes place just across the Ohio River from downtown in Covington, with events taking place Friday (an art opening), Saturday (a Pride Run and Pub Crawl, plus Pride Festival from noon until 7 at Goebel Park), and Sunday (for Pride brunch).
Numerous bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay sources, such as Rainbow Cincinnati, for details. For general advice on planning a trip to Cincinnati, take a look at the site of city's official tourism organization, the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the visitor site of the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau.