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2024 Pride Festival Vendor Information

July 27th 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Soldiers Grove
Harrisburg, PA

The 2024 Pride Festival of Central PA, celebrating its 32nd 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 2018 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).

NO alcohol sales permitted.

Charges will be immediate to credit card submitted. Incomplete applications or unexpected rejections are subject to refund.

Food Vendors

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?

The 2024 Pride Festival of Central PA, celebrating its 32nd anniversary, will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 11 AM – 6 PM.

How do I know if my application was accepted?
Once you apply online, and payment is made online via credit card, you should receive a confirmation email that your application has been accepted.  This year, payments must be made at the time of application.
In some instances, we may be limited in who we can accept as a vendor (i.e. exclusivity contracts) and/or we may limit vendors based on similar products. The earlier you register, the better chance you have to avoid that situation.
In very rare instances we may revoke our acceptance of an application for previous non-compliance with our rules. In such circumstances, vendors would be notified within 7 days.
Where is our spot?

You will be getting an email on 7/25 with your location and a map with the spots. Upon reciept, please select your unloading time from the form in the email.


What are the setup and teardown times?

Unloading times signups will go out 7/25 with the vendor packet. First spots will be at 6:30 and last at 9:00.

Food vendors wil placed on the Capital facing side

Teardown will begin at 6:00 PM, after the headliner has finished performing.  Trash MUST be taken to the available dumpster. Any vendor not in compliance will be barred from participating in future events.
Important: No fees or charges will be refunded to vendors who fail to arrive within the setup window, or who are no shows.
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 will be required. Suggested donation for entry will be $10. Vendors and Sponsors can come to the info booth for thiers after setup

What about tents, tables & chairs?
Tents are strongly suggested, as the event is outside, rain or shine.  DO NOT PUT STAKES INTO THE GROWD. Please bright weights.  
Those that opted in for a table and  chairs will be able to pick them up at the info booth near the PSECU ATM on Commonwealth and North Dr
What about electricity & water?

No electricity provided.  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?

Appropriate clothing must be worn within the festival grounds at all times.  Shirts are required for all attendees.  The following is prohibited without proper written authorization from the PFCP Board :  nudity, visible underwear (including but not limited to thongs, G-strings, briefs, boxer briefs, and jockstraps), exposed bathing suits, loincloths.  

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.

All vendors must have a seller’s permit and must comply with all local, state, and federal laws .  Please see for more information.  All food vendors must also have a retail food license.  Please see for more information, or email [email protected] for Harrisburg regulations.  All vendors must comply with PA law.

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.

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.

What if I want to sell alcohol.

NO alcohol sales permitted due to state regulations