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2023 Pride Festival Vendor Information
July 29th 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The 2023 Pride Festival of Central PA, celebrating its 31th anniversary, will be returning to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Capitol Complex Grounds, at Soldiers Grove. Soldiers Grove is located on Commonwealth Avenue, behind the Capitol Building, between North and South Drives. The Pride Festival of Central PA made history in 2017 as the first Pride Festival in the nation to be held on the grounds of a State Capitol.
Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Pride Festival of Central PA. Our organization is dedicated to providing a safe environment for people of the LGBTQ+ and Ally community to celebrate their diversity while supporting local economic growth by partnering with the community and attracting individuals to Central Pennsylvania.
About the Pride Festival of Central PA
Since 1992, Pride Festival of Central PA has held an annual festival each summer to promote awareness and showcase organizations and businesses available to the LGBTQ+ and Ally communities. Pride Festival weekend provides several safe environments for people of the LGBTQ+ and Ally communities to celebrate their diversity and support local economic growth by partnering with the community, and attracting individuals to Central Pennsylvania.
The mission of the Pride Festival of Central PA:
In all of its activities and efforts, the Pride Festival of Central PA shall have as a central aspiration the achievement of equity for all underrepresented groups and to increase the positive visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community of Central Pennsylvania by providing opportunities to express and celebrate diverse perspectives, emphasizing acceptance of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Reserve Your Space
Vendor spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Not all applicants may be accepted based on availability of space or conflicting products/services. We make every attempt to limit duplicate food vendors (those selling the same products).
Early Bird Discount 5%- Applications need to be received by 3/31
Charges will be immediate to credit card submitted. Incomplete applications or unexpected rejections are subject to refund.
Food vendors are required to provide a copy of their General Merchant License and Special Events Health License for the City of Harrisburg. Please click on the licenses below to download the necessary forms to begin the application process.
City of Harrisburg General License Application
Special Event Health License Application
Apply for Aid
If you would like to apply for financial aid please contact us. We will review your case and issue discounts based on need.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the times of the event?
How do I know if my application was accepted?
Where is our spot?
Upon check-in you will receive a festival map and be directed to your spot by a volunteer. Refunds are not provided to vendors who do not like their space although the Pride Board may entertain requests if alternate space(s) are available.
What are the setup and teardown times?
Where do we park?
7th Street Garage will have special event parking for $10. All Capitol Complex parking is free on Saturdays, regardless of the state employee signs. Walnut Street Unp, located under the State Street Bridge, has quite a few spots.
What about wristbands?
Wristbands are not necessary at this year’s festival. Suggested donation for entry will be $10.
What about tents, tables & chairs?
What about electricity?
Electricity can no longer be provided to vendors with our location change to Soldiers Grove located on the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex. Vendors needing electricity will be responsible for providing their own generator, cords and hook-ups. There is no water or ice available at the site either.
Is there a dress code?
As the Pride Festival continues to grow, more patrons bring their families and friends with small children. With this in mind, please respect public decency. The following are not acceptable attire on the Pride Festival grounds or during the event:
- Visible underwear or what appears to be underwear
- Loin cloths
- BDSM attire or accessories that highlight genitalia or buttocks
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Board Members reserve the right to deny event entry and or eject any individuals or groups (vendors, participants or patrons) who do not adhere to this policy.
Do I need to have a special license for this event?
Food vendors must have a valid City of Harrisburg Health License and Mercantile License, and a one-day Special Events Health License. To obtain these licenses or if you have any questions, please contact 717-255-3020 and/or the Health Officer of the City of Harrisburg at 717-255-6552. A link is provided on the website to download the license applications.
Are there any other rules that I need to be aware of as a food vendor?
All food vendors must comply with all health regulations, including being fully clothed at all times. Covid regulations at the time of Festival may determine mask wearing. All trash must be disposed of in the dumpster provided at the event. Pride will provide receptacles for the food court area, which are provided for attendees to dispose of trash. Food vendors MUST use the dumpster to dispose of their trash. Any vendor not complying with this rule will forfeit vendor fees, and will be asked to leave the festival. They will also not be invited back for future events.