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VA PrideFest 2018

VA PrideFest is the largest annual celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trangender (LGBTQ+) community in the Commonwealth.

Planned and implemented by Virginia Pride, this FREE, family-friendly day of festivities feature a variety of vendors, local eats, activities, and entertainment for a day of fun in the sun!

More details will be posted as they become available.  In the meantime, please consider joining our mailing list, signing up to volunteer, or making a donation to ensure VA Pride continues to serve Virginia's LGBTQ+ community, and to keep the festival free!

See you there!

-VA Pride

 

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Volunteers

We need volunteers for Va Pridefest 2018. Please click on the button and learn how!

Entertainment

 

Each year, VA PrideFest features fantastic local and national entertainment!

 
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Reserve a Booth

 

Thanks to a enormous interest in vendor booths this year, Va Pridefest 2018 vendor applications are now closed.

 
 
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-Partner in Pride-

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At Capital One, we aspire every day to create the best experiences for our associates and our customers. This begins with our commitment to build and foster a diverse and inclusive culture where every voice is heard and matters. We believe that everyone has a unique point of view to share, shaped by their life experiences, cultures, and passions.

Capital One has partnered with Virginia Pride for nearly a decade, providing critical support to help produce and grow our annual Pridefest into one of the largest LGBTQ events in the Commonwealth. Capital One also supports many other local LGBTQ organizations, including Side by Side, Diversity Richmond, Equality Virginia, and Richmond Stonewall Sports. We are honored to call Capital One our 2018 Partner in Pride

 

Learn more here capitalone.com/inclusion/

 
 

If you're traveling from out of town for Pridefest weekend please check out our travel partner Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton- Richmond Downtown.

Want to know what to do and see while you are RVA for Va Pridefest? Check out OutRVA for more information!

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Need ideas on where to park for VA PRIDEFEST 2018?

Remember to bring cash for paid parking options or skip the parking altogether with 25% off Lyft rides.

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Frequently Asked Questions

HOURS OF OPERATION: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

ADMISSION:

VA Pridefest presented by Capital One is a FREE event – you can enjoy the performances, the Nissan Partners of Progress Main Stage & The Side By Side Youth Pride Pavilion at no cost. Food, drink and merchandise are available for sale.

BUCKET BRIGADE:

Help keep VA Pridefest FREE! A group of community volunteers carrying rainbow buckets will be circulating the festival asking for your support. All donations made through the bucket brigade help directly cover the costs of the festival. Thank you in advance for your support!

DOGS:

While pets are allowed on the island, we expect very large crowds as well as warm weather, with no access to water bowls. Please be mindful of your furry friend.

FAQ: WHAT CAN’T I BRING WITH ME? Items that are not permitted include, but are not limited to:

• Coolers, Large Backpacks

• Alcohol

• Bottles/glass containers

• Contraband (drugs and weapons)

• Laser pointers

• Bikes, skateboards, inline skates

• Flying objects (drones, kites, Frisbees, footballs, etc.)

WATER BOTTLE & COOLER POLICY:

• Attendees will be allowed to bring one sealed (unopened) bottle of water onto the island or one 

   refillable container (subject to search).

• No coolers.

• Bags are subject to search.  

• Water and other drinks are available for purchase from vendors on the island.

LYFT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP:

The easiest place to be dropped off for the festival is conveniently located at 320 S. 7th Street.

Enjoy 25% off Lyft rides to and from Pridefest with code RICPRIDE2018

DOWNTOWN PARKING:

For addresses and maps of available parking, click here.

For other spots to park in Downtown Richmond, please visit http://www.richmondgov.com/Parking/

FREE HANDICAP PARKING:

Handicap parking is available in the Federal Reserve Parking Deck located on the corner of 5th and Byrd Streets. There will not be onsite transportation available between the various stages.

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN:

VA Pridefest 2018 presented by Capital One will go on, rain or shine.

EMERGENCY SERVICES/FIRST AID:

Emergency service will be available at VA Pridefest 2018 presented by Capital One behind the ticket booths. Also in the case of an emergency, you can find a volunteer who can radio for help.


RESTROOMS:

Portable restrooms will be located throughout the festival.

LOST PEOPLE:

If a child or person in your party gets lost please approach a volunteer immediately. Volunteers will have access to persons with radios, who can get you help right away.

YOUR PRESENCE IS YOUR PERMISSION:

Special photographers and videographers have been hired by festival organizers to document the event. Some images may be used in later promotional materials. Your presence at the event is seen as your permission for such promotional use by the non-profit organizers.

Virginia Pride thanks you for your cooperation and hopes you have a wonderful time!