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

Tranzmission Tranzmission works to make the lives of nonbinary and transgender individuals safer, happier and healthier through education, advocacy, and support. Selling: Tranzmission tshirts, flags [Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics]

70 Woodfin Place,Suite 419 Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web Social (828) 771-6955

Twenty Fifty Capital [Category: Other]

440 Chapel Road Black Mountain North Carolina 28711

Web (321) 298-8633

U.S. Cellular [Category: Business - Marketing, Hiring, Public Relations]

UNC Eshelman College of Pharmacy - SNPhA SNPhA's (Student affiliate of the National Pharmaceutical Association) mission is to plan, organize, coordinate and execute programs geared toward the improvement for the health, educational, and social environment of the… [Category: Health Care Provider]

2000 University Heights Asheville North Carolina 28801

UNCA Out UNCA Out is UNC Asheville's LGBT Organization promoting students to "Be Yourself and Love Yourself" [Category: Club / Social Group / Support Group]

1 University Hts Asheville North Carolina 28804

Social (919) 909-0829

Upstate Pride SC Upstate Pride SC - Empowering people of all gender expressions and sexual identities [Category: Community / Public Service]

Web Social

UUCSV (church) Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Swannanoa Valley is a Welcoming Congregation affirming and promoting the inherent worth and digniity of everyone [Category: Faith-Based / Spiritual Community]

500 Montreat Road Black Mountain North Carolina 28711

Web (828) 669-8050

Verizon [Category: Business - Marketing, Hiring, Public Relations]

Vietgrill Selling: Vegan Spring Roll, Vegan Egg Roll, Vegan Vietnamese Sandwich, Bubble Tea [Category: Vendor - Food & Beverage]

Social (865) 321-7592

Walgreens Selling: Flu Shots [Category: Health Care Provider]

841 Merrimon Ave Asheville North Carolina 28804

(828) 225-5113

Western North Carolina AIDS Project WNCAP offers HIV prevention education, case management, syringe exchange, pharmacy services, volunteer & advocacy opportunities [Category: Health Care Provider]

554 Fairview Road Asheville North Carolina 28803

Web Social (828) 252-7489

When life gives you lemons... Fresh squeezed customizable lemonade with the option of adding real fruit and herbs. Selling: Lemonade, Tea, Smoothies [Category: Vendor - Food & Beverage]

Asheville North Carolina 28805

Wildkrafted Kitchen Wildkrafted Kitchen provides Ethically Wild Crafted and Organically grown Herbal Medicine and Body Care products. Small batch, home grown medicine. Selling: Organic/local Herbal Medicine and body care products [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

Web Social

Youth OUTright WNC Inc Youth OUTright provides direct youth services, cultivates youth leaders, and advocates for protections for LGBTQIA+ youth in Western North Carolina. [Category: Community / Public Service]

PO Box 1893 Asheville North Carolina 28802-1893

Web Social (866) 881-3721

Zest Jewelry Art We are artists, working in gold, silver and platinum, hand forging and fabricating wedding, commitment and personal custom jewelry Selling: We make hand forged and fabricated wedding and commitment rings in silver, gold and Mokume Gane [Category: Vendor - Merchandise]

821 Riverside Dr, suite 161 Asheville North Carolina 28801

Web Social (828) 367-6907

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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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