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VA PrideFest 2019

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!

 

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Preferred Hotels for VA PrideFest 2019

Graduate Richmond proud to be a preferred hotel for the VA PrideFest this year on Sept. 28 on Brown's Island. Are you joining the celebration from out-of-town or looking to enjoy a night (or two) in downtown? We're offering a special rate of $149 a night. Grab your room now!

Volunteers

We need volunteers for Va Pridefest 2019. Please click on the button and learn how!

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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 2019 Partner in Pride

 

Learn more here capitalone.com/inclusion/

 
 

Need ideas on where to park for VA PRIDEFEST 2019?

Please make our rideshare partner, Lyft, your ride to pride and avoid the hassle of parking! If you do drive, here are some options. VA Pride thanks City Parking, SunTrust and the Federal Reserve for special pricing and parking rules for Pridefest 2019!

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Frequently Asked Questions

HOURS OF OPERATION: 12:00 am - 8:00 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 20% off Lyft rides to and from Pridefest with code RVAPRIDE19

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 2019 presented by Capital One will go on, rain or shine.

EMERGENCY SERVICES/FIRST AID:

Emergency service will be available at VA Pridefest 2019 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!


Vendor registration for VA PRIDEFEST 2019 is now closed.

 

Thanks for your interest, please keep a look out in March 2020 for your chance to register for next year’s PrideFest.