Midwest Events

Family Weekend in the Midwest

Dates: April 28-30, 2017
Times: 4:30pm Friday-noon Sunday
Location: Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713

Family Weekend in the Midwest is Family Equality Council's annual destination event for parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), their children, extended families, prospective families and friends in the Midwest.

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International Family Equality Day - Eden Prairie, MN (Twin Cities)

Date: May 7, 2017
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Location: Pump It Up, 7406 Washington Ave S, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Join Midwest Advisory Council Member Trisha Falvey as she hosts this event to celebrate International Family Equality Day. There is a suggested donation of $10/family. There will be pizza available for the kids.


International Family Equality Day - Chicago, IL

Date: May 7, 2017
Time: 10:30-4:30 pm
Location: Chicago Children's Museum, Navy Pier, 700 East Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-3428

Join Midwest Advisory Council Member, Sergio Camargo along with the amazing staff from the Chicago Children's Museum to celebrate International Family Equality Day. Planned activities include the Rainbow Staircase, "What makes a family?" Chalk wall, a Visiting Artist Drop-In Studio, Family Storybook Necklaces and a Hospitality Suite. 


International Family Equality Day - Springfield, IL

Date: May 7, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Washington Park playground, 1501 S Grand Ave W, Springfield, IL 62704

Join Midwest Advisory Council member Matt Berry and our friends from The Phoenix Center, Springfield's LGBT Center as we celebrate International Family Equality Day.


Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

On May 18th, Family Equality Council is joining SAGE and AARP to build intergenerational connections in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ people and allies are invited to break bread in homes, workplaces, and community organizations. Learn more about how it works on the SAGE Table website and let us know if you are hosting in your community! 


PRIDE - Springfield, IL

Date: May 20, 2017
Time: Parade begins at 11:00am, Festival noon-10:00pm
Location: Downtown Springfield on Capitol Avenue, Springfield, IL

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Pride - Milwaukee, WI

Date: June 11, 2017
Time: TBA
Location: Parade Route and Summerfest Grounds

Join Midwest Advisory Council Member Laurie Marks and Miltown LGBT families as they celebrate by marching in the parade and having a picnic following. Stay tuned for further details.


Family Picnic - Twin Cities

Date: June 18, 2017
Time: 11:00-2:00 pm
Location: Como Park East Pavilions, 1199 Midway Pkwy, St.Paul, MN 55103

Family Equality Council is thrilled to partner once again with Twin Cities Pride for this family fun. Join Midwest Advisory Council member Trisha Falvey as she hosts the Family Equality Council booth. Come and enjoy free hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips and beverages with your Pride family.

CampOut Family Camp

Date: August 19-21, 2017
Location: CampOut at Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods Family Camp, 84600 47 1/2 Street • Decatur, MI 49045 

Family Equality Council is thrilled to partner with CampOut for the 2nd annual Family Camp. We invite you to join us for three days of fun-filled activities for you and your family. Spend quality time together while participating in camp traditions, sports, and programs that you enjoy most! We host LGBT focused speakers and activities to help facilitate community. Each night, we run a different evening program such as Campfires, Top Chef Cook-off, and our famous Obstacle Relay! 

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Kim Simes, Director of Regional Programming, ksimes@familyequality.org: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota & Wisconsin