Indigiqueer Festival 2023 @ Waterfront Park

Kick off Pride on Alaskan Way 🌈

📸: Indigiqueer

Friday, June 23rd • 4 pm – 8 pm

The Indigiqueer Festival, now in its second year, celebrates and showcases Two-Spirit, Indigiqueer, and other Indigenous queer folks, with a mix of both local staples and traveling acts. It’s co-presented by the Paths (Re)Membered project and yəhaw̓; the latter just secured 1.5 acres of land for Indigenous arts and culture in Rainier Beach, so there’s a lot to celebrate.

The festival features “drag cryptid performer” Gila Spectrum—honestly, do you really need more than that?—Albuquerque drag queen Tomahawk Martini, Two-Spirit drum group Gathered In This Place, Cowlitz dancer Aiyana Reid, and Guma’ Gela’, a local art collective of Chamoru people, indigenous to the Mariana Islands. Local Quileute queen Hailey Tayathy, who hosted last year’s event, returns. 

The easygoing Friday afternoon schedule—and breezy backdrop at Waterfront Park on Pier 62—makes this a great one for kicking off your Pride festivities, especially if you’re avoiding corporate-sponsored events. Just remember, as one organizer pointed out last year, that late June also commemorates the defeat of noted genocider George Custer.

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Sarah Anne Lloyd

Sarah Anne Lloyd is a writer and lifelong Seattleite whose work has appeared in Seattle Met, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, KNKX, and others. She lives on the outskirts of West Seattle with her partner, an absolutely perfect dog, and six terrifying chickens. Follow her on Twitter at @sarah