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 ]


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

2019 Exhibitors and Vendors

Dr. Stan Gravely, PhD Life Science Minister supporting and celebrating diversity and inclusiveness! Selling: Donation for my book, Law of Attraction Bible [Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community]

525 Walkertown Circle #307 Walkertown North Carolina 27051

(276) 618-8486

Dr. Stan Gravely, PhD Life Science Minister of Love and Peace! Selling: Donation for my book, Law of Attraction Bible [Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community]

5325 Walkertown Landing Circle #307 Walkertown North Carolina 27051

(276) 618-8486

Ebb & Flow Massage We are an independent local business in the heart of West Asheville, and we celebrate diversity and welcome all! Selling: Chair massage & clothed table massage [Category: Vendor - On-site Services]

947 Haywood Road Asheville North Carolina 28806

Web Social (828) 552-3003

Envision Eyecare [Category: Health Care Provider]

181 Charlotte Street Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web (828) 254-6757

Equality North Carolina Equality North Carolina is the oldest statewide organization in the country dedicated to securing rights and protections for LGBTQ community. Selling: t-shirts [Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics]

Web Social (919) 829-0334

FacePainting WNC Selling: Face and Body painting/glitter tattoos [Category: Hospitality, Food, Entertainment, Tourism]

Farm Burger South Asheville Come try our locally sourced beef and chicken burgers! Don’t forget to add a side of chips or kale slaw! Selling: Beef + chicken burgers, kale slaw, potato chips + dip [Category: Vendor - Food & Beverage]

1831 Hendersonville Rd Ste 100 Asheville North Carolina 28803

Web Social (828) 575-2393

First Baptist Church of Asheville We joyfully proclaim the sacred worth of all people. [Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community]

5 Oak Street Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web Social (828) 252-4781

First Congregational United Church of Christ [Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community]

20 Oak Street Asheville North Carolina 28801


First Presbyterian Church of Asheville [Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community]

40 Church Street Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web (828) 253-1431

Forever Dream Senior Dog Sanctuary We are a 501(c)(3) forever hospice home providing a lifetime home for small breed (10 lbs and under) senior dogs. Selling: All natural hand made bath products and lip balm, decals wristbands, T-shirt’s [Category: Other]

106 Stone Circle Drive Tryon North Carolina 28782

Web Social (828) 817-0859

Freeman Art Dzines Making the World more Colorful with every brush stroke. Selling: LGBTQ PRIDE ARTWORK [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

245 Dryman Fork Woods Rd. Otto North Carolina 28763

(828) 349-1642

Frozen Monkey - Natural Shaved Ice FroZen Monkey offers shaved ice with a selection of all natural flavors....no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, simply delicious! Selling: Shaved Ice with selection of all natural flavors [Category: Vendor - Food & Beverage]

Web Social (828) 989-9237

Givens Communitees Expanding the possibilities for ageing. [Category: Other]

2360 Sweeten Creek Rd Asheville North Carolina 28803


GPM Corp. Geriatric Practice Management (GPM) is a company dedicated to the service and success of practitioners caring for patients in the long-term care industry. We enable success by providing advanced technology… [Category: Business - Marketing, Hiring, Public Relations]

16 Biltmore Ave. Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web (828) 348-2888

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Trusting the God's grace embraces and desires covenant with all people, Grace Covenant seeks to be an inclusive and hospitable place of spiritual growth. All persons are welcomed into this… [Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community]

789 Merrimon Avenue Asheville North Carolina 28804

Web Social (828) 254-3274

Green River Botanicals We are a farmer-owned hemp farm just outside of Asheville, NC, providing handcrafted tinctures, topicals, and organic hemp flower. Selling: High quality CBD tinctures, topicals and flower grown by local farmers [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

36 Kel-Co Rd. Candler North Carolina 28715

Web Social (828) 348-1900

Greenbrook TMS Greenbrook TMS offers a FDA cleared, non invasive treatment for patients with depression called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. [Category: Health Care Provider]

3 Walden Ridge Drive, Suite 350 Asheville North Carolina 28803

Web Social (855) 940-4867

GreenHands Healing Center We are a local chiropractic office that loves supporting the diversity of our community! Let Dr. Greenspan check your posture... [Category: Health Care Provider]

1085 Tunnel Rd, Ste 7B Asheville North Carolina 28805

Web Social (828) 298-4500

Helpmate Helpmate offers free and confidential services to survivors of intimate partner abuse in Buncombe County. [Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics]

PO Box 2263 Asheville North Carolina 28802

Web Social (828) 254-0516

Helzberg Diamonds I am Loved [Category: Business - Marketing, Hiring, Public Relations]

3 S Tunnel Road Asheville North Carolina 28805

(828) 296-1888

Henna Sophia Henna Sophia is back offering all natural, freehand artistic adornment to suit any style or budget. Selling: Henna body art [Category: Vendor - On-site Services]

72 Sand Hill Rd #002 Asheville North Carolina 28806

Web (828) 273-5460

J Crew At J. Crew we make timeless clothes that last a lifetime…then pair them with of-the-moment styles season after season, decade after decade. We know we have a responsibility to give… Selling: J Crew LGBTQ Merchandise [Category: Business - Marketing, Hiring, Public Relations]


JENNS JEWELS Selling: HANDMADE BEADED JEWELRY, rainbow items, bumper stickers, slip bags etc [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

553 CLYDE DOWNS ROAD FRANKLIN North Carolina 28734

(904) 930-9820

Jesus People Arts & Worship Centet Jesus People Arts & Worship Center “Becoming the love that does not fail” [Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community]

278 Haywood Road Asheville North Carolina 28806


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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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