2020 Festival Cancelled

We are sad to report the cancellation of the 2020 Blue Ridge Pride Festival.  

Public safety is our #1 priority.   We will provie additional updates shortly.  Stay safe!

Welcome 2020 Exhibitors and Vendors!

September 26, 2020

11:00 am – 7:00 pm @ Pack Square Park

Exhibitors and Vendors: You rock our world!

Where else can people shop for jobs, houses, social justice, community services, merchandise, sports teams, faith, healthcare, books, ideas, arts & crafts … all while enjoying a day of music, dance and food?  One of the coolest parts of the festival is to see such a variety of merchants, artists, activists, companies, and community services come together in one common space. It’s magic.  And you make it happen.

Permits / Insurance

Most food vendors & equipment operators have to provide additional documents to City and County. [Due September 9 ]

Pricing

Exhibit Space
  • Booth – 501(c)(3): $125
  • Booth – Regular: $175
  • Truck: $200
Rentals
  • Tent & Weights: $75
  • Weights: $20
  • Table/2 Chairs: $30
  • Table/4 Chairs: $40
  • Electricity: $25+

2019 Exhibitors and Vendors

 
4th Inning Selling: Funny coffee mugs, gay pride coffee mugs, dog tag necklaces, coasters, shot glasses, gender specific items (asexual, pansexual, transgender), personalizeditems [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

8 Seasons Consulting Applying the wisdom of nature to our personal and professional lives will change how the world does business. [Category: Business - Marketing, Hiring, Public Relations]

410 Swannanoa River Rd Asheville North Carolina 28805

Web Social

A Therapist Like Me Grounded in racial equality, A Therapist Like Me (non-profit), is dedicated to increasing access of minority clients to minority therapists. Selling: We’re creating a community collage. Please stop by! [Category: Community / Public Service]

70 Woodfin Pl., Ste. 110 Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web (828) 263-7273

A Very Accepting Household We are a group of 4 local queer artists who work in print making, ceramics, embroidery, and textiles. Selling: 2D and 3D art made by local LGBTQ artists [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web

AARP, Mountain Region, NC [Category: Community / Public Service]

5511 Capital Center Drive, #400 Raleigh North Carolina 27607

Web Social (828) 380-6242

ACLU of WNC [Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics]

All Souls Counseling Center All Souls Counseling Center provides affordable mental health counseling for uninsured and underinsured residents of Western North Carolina. [Category: Health Care Provider]

35 Arlington Street Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web Social (828) 259-3369

Alter Egos Publishing Publisher of new author Faye Love, featuring her new book Sexy Teasers, a book of lesbian fiction and Erotica. Selling: Books [Category: Media / Publishers / Authors]

500 WESTOVER DR #13061 Sanford North Carolina 27330

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, North Carolina Chapter American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, North Carolina Chapter Selling: Be The Voice t-shirts and Suicide Prevention items [Category: Community / Public Service]

8311 Brier Creek Pkwy Suite 105-430 Raleigh North Carolina 27617

Web Social (919) 356-2488

American Red Cross The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers! [Category: Other]

100 Edgewood Road Asheville North Carolina 28804

(828) 333-9296

Apotheca Apotheca is a human-centered space for everyone seeking a more connected, effective, & holistic life. Selling: Hemp flower, topicals, tinctures, kratom etc. [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

12 Battery Park Ave Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web Social (828) 234-1999

Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers Local Community Health Centers with locations in Asheville, Leicester, Robbinsville, Sylva, and Murphy. Whole person care for EVERYONE. [Category: Health Care Provider]

7 McDowell St. Suite 200 Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web Social (828) 202-5200

Appalachian Specialty Pharmacy Appalachian Specialty Pharmacy is inclusive and understanding of all lifestyles. Specializing in HIV, HepC, Transgender and other specialty medications. [Category: Health Care Provider]

932 Hendersonville Road Suite 106 Asheville North Carolina 28803

Web Social (828) 222-4269

Aromatic Origins, LLC Set your intention while gently spritzing yourself, anointing your pulse points, or breathing deeply with our botanical ritual tools. Selling: Botanical Ritual Tools: Ceremonial Spritzers, Anointing Oils, Aromatherapy Inhalers, Ritual Salt Baths [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

1854 Hendersonville Rd, Suite A-128 Asheville North Carolina 28803

Web Social (828) 337-3225

Artist Jared Abell Selling: Pride paintings [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

Asheville Dispensary Feel Better Now! Selling: CBD and Hemp Products [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

919 Haywood Road Suite 111 Asheville North Carolina 28806

Web (828) 335-2696

Asheville Farmstead School Teaching children about nature and themselves through the farm and forest. [Category: Educational Institution]

218 Morgan Cove Road Candler North Carolina 28715

Web Social (828) 771-6047

Asheville FM We keep Asheville thriving by producing diverse and eclectic programming that inspires our listeners to build connections across our communities and to discover new music and ideas. [Category: Media / Publishers / Authors]

864 Haywood Road Asheville North Carolina 28806

Web (828) 259-3936

Asheville Gay Men's Chorus The Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus claims our role as the transforming and transcending choral voice for our LGBTQ community. [Category: Community / Public Service]

Web Social

Asheville Pet Supply Holistic before it was cool - since 1991! Natural and holistic foods, treats,supplements and remedies for your pets. Toys too! Selling: cat and dog toys and apparel [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

1451 Merrimon Ave, Asheville North Carolina 28804

(828) 252-2054

Asheville VAMC [Category: Health Care Provider]

1100 Tunnel Rd Asheville North Carolina 28806

Web Social (828) 298-7911

AT&T We are your local corporate AT&T store and excited to be a part of this great community! Selling: Accessories for phones, home services, business accounts, and community awareness [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

4 South Tunnel Rd, Suite 17 Asheville North Carolina 28805

Web (828) 298-1833

Atheist Society of Knoxville Camaraderie*Outreach*Activism ASK is a non-profit organization which promotes humanistic values while advocating for church/state separation and equality. Selling: shirts and stickers [Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics]

3910 Middlebrook Pike Apt B11 Knoxville Tennessee 37921

Web Social

Authors Lynn Ames, RJ Samuel, and Lila Bruce Lynn Ames, RJ Samuel, and Lila Bruce are three best-selling authors of lesbian fiction. Selling: Lesbian Romance and LGBT Fiction Books [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

AVL Fairy Hair Fairy Hair, biodegradable cosmetic glitter, fairy yoga, and fairy fun for all! Selling: Fairy Hair and biodegradable cosmettic glitter [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

Web Social

 
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Vendor FAQs

Key Changes From 2019

  • We lowered prices for non-profits.
  • We are reducing the number of spaces in a couple of areas that experienced crowding last year (notably, along College Avenue).  We had filled them to make the space busy and to increase traffic.  We went a little too far.
  • We are elevating the main stage speakers.  This will send sound above the audience instead of into it.
  • We are moving all port-a-johns far from food service areas and adding more space along College Avenue for food trucks.  This worked well in 2018.
  • We will be towing anyone who parks illegally – even for 3 minutes.  The Fire Department wasn’t happy last year.  Some vendors couldn’t set up.

How We Evaluate Applications

  • We generally operate on a first-pay, first-serve basis.
  • We try to give preference to local organizations.  This includes national organizations that hire and operate locally.
  • We limit the number of vendors in a specific category (e.g., arts & crafts; massage services).  This is both to support vendors and to ensure variety at the festival.
  • We try to place people where they would like to be.  However, we make all location decisions.  We do so 3 weeks before the festival.

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