It’s Time for Pride!

This year’s International Pride theme is Silence to Solidarity. It got our board thinking about how music can help us fill the silence – In our souls and in a space. That brought us to the cassette tape image. We talked about making mix tapes. How music has helped fill space in the pandemic and how this is not our community’s first pandemic. It’s a crazy time for so many and we felt like this is a Remix. It’s familiar and different.

We mixed it up a bit this year and have Nite Wave closing out the stage – playing some great music from the 80s – our first pandemic. Much like the current resurgence of Kate Bush there is something both comforting and empowering. Music can bring us together.

We will start the festival off with a bang – a grand entrance from the Rainbow City Marching Band. We are so excited to have them back and see what they have in store for us. We will do an official welcome and opening to recognize the land and any dignitaries present. Up next will be DJ & Drag. Returning is DJ Dana Dub for dancing and good vibes on the pride lawn. We will also have Versace Doll and friends Melody Lush, Sable Jones St James, Drew Paradisco, Jessica Paradisco, Nemisis, Crystal Jewel Box, Kris Rose, & Sativa Queen.

After Dana finishes his set at 7:30 Nite Wave will take the stage.

The Boys & Girls Club and Kitsap Regional Library are co-hosting a Teen Pride Space with free snacks, books, crafts, games, and a place to hang & connect.

We have 70 vendors signed up including many food and snack options.

The Garden will be our 21+ area featuring Silver City Brewery beer with their Live Loud hard iced tea, Locust Cider from Gig Harbor, Eleven Winery from Bainbridge, and Tito’s Vodka frozen slushie drinks. We have significantly increased our capacity based on last year’s demand.

How to Enjoy Pride

This year there are other events happening at the fairgrounds so parking may be tighter. Gordon Field is at the most eastern part of the fairgrounds. You may have to park in a lot and walk over to our area. Our event on July 23 is from 4 to 9 pm – we plan to be ready early. Look for these signs.

You can bring a blanket or chairs for the lawn – no grills or outside alcohol. Bring a water bottle to refill – help us be more sustainable.

As our event has grown it is less suitable for even the most well-behaved dogs. Please consider leaving them at home.

We ask that you refrain from smoking or vaping in the festival area.

Volunteer – it’s not too late

Kitsap Pride is an all-volunteer organization, including our board, and we rely on many more volunteers to make the festival happen. It’s a fun way to participate and a great way for friends and allies to contribute. You can sign up as an individual or a group if you want to volunteer together. Write volunteers@kitsappride.org with any questions.
Click Here to Volunteer!

Sponsors

We could make Kitsap Pride happen (and keep it free) without our generous sponsors and donors. We are grateful and if you ever get a chance – thank them for us.
Puget Sound Energy | The Arc of the Peninsulas | Catalpa Clinic
Greater Kitsap Visitor Center | Coordinated Care | Scott Lynes & Brian Coulthard
Kitsap ACES | Kitsap Community Food Co-Op | Kitsap Mental Health Services
Kitsap Safe Schools Network | Melissa Wight Homes
Northwest Washington Family Medical Residency | Victor Thompson Farmers Agency

Our 2022 Artist

Copper Foxes

Our artist this year is Sam (Copper Foxes) who is a panromantic asexual artist raised on Bainbridge Island. They have been designing products since 2017 to sell at local art booths. After graduating from Olympic College in 2019, they worked at a local print shop for nearly two years. At the same time, they worked on developing their art and design business on the side. Now they do freelance illustration, merchandise design, and graphic design full-time. They also run an Etsy shop and a Patreon with their designs and products. Stop by Sam’s booth this Saturday at Pride. @copperfoxes

Artwork by @copperfoxes

Volunteer

Kitsap Pride Festival 2022 is on July 23rd and we’re starting to sign up volunteers. Follow this link to see the shifts that are available.

Kitsap Pride is an all volunteer organization, including our board, and we rely on many more volunteers to make the festival happen. It’s a fun way to participate and a great way for friends and allies to contribute. You can sign up as an individual or a group if you want to volunteer together.

Write volunteers@kitsappride.org with any questions.

https://forms.gle/YKg3C3cpeEaoURSv6

Family Pride Picnic – June 5 – Pilgrim Firs

Note – We’re on rain or shine. There’s a big indoor lodge at Pilgrim Firs and hopefully we’ll get some sun breaks to enjoy the forest as well.

Join us for a day at Pilgrim Firs on beautiful Lake Flora for a family friendly picnic. Pilgrim Firs provides lunch including a veggie option and soft drinks. Bring your own lawn chairs if you want. There’s plenty of room to set up your own area to hang out and also a lot of picnic tables.

We’ll have a music, lawn games, and you can enjoy walks in the woods including trails around the lake and a contemplative labyrinth or check out the new Pride Garden. There’s an indoor area if the weather doesn’t cooperate!

This event is by donation with all proceeds supporting Kitsap Pride and LGBT Youth programs. Everyone is welcome. Please Carpool – Space is limited. Note: Alcohol is allowed, but none is provided. Dogs are allowed, but none are provided.

Facebook RSVP – https://www.facebook.com/events/2236779329803941

2022 T-Shirts Now Available

Get your 2022 Kitsap Pride T-Shirt now! Order from the following link and the shirt will be sent to you in July. Orders must be in by June 10th for delivery so place your order now! Adult and Youth sizes available. Support your local Pride!

Click Here to Order!

Save the Date

Save the date for Kitsap Pride 2022!

Saturday, July 23 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

  • Live Music, Drag Performances, DJ Dana Dub.
  • Food Trucks.
  • Over 50 vendors including artisans and local businesses.
  • Boys and Girls Club Teen Area
  • Youth Activities
  • And more!

Kitsap Pride is a free, family friendly event.

Eleven Winery Sunday Fundday

SUNDAY FUND-DAY – KITSAP PRIDE
April 17th from 12-8pm
ELEVEN Winery on Day Road

On Sunday, April 17th, ELEVEN is donating 100% of their tasting fees (that’s right:100%), and 10% of all bottle purchases to the nonprofit, Kitsap Pride. Kitsap Pride’s mission is to celebrate, support, and unite the LGBTQ+ community in Kitsap County.Got plans? Stop by and grab a bottle or 12 for dinner.

Donations will be a part of the Kitsap Great Give and raise funds for the July 23 festival at the Fairgrounds.Come join us at ELEVEN and support our local community

Thank You To Our 2021 Sponsors

We couldn’t produce the Kitsap Pride festival and operate year round without the support of our generous sponsors.

In 2021 we welcomed the support of The Arc of the Peninsulas as the presenting sponsor of the Coming Out Concert.

Our title sponsors included Hound and Bottle who brought the Kitsap Humane Society to the festival, and UnitedHealthcare.

Event day sponsors included Northwest Washington Family Medicine Residency, Thompson Insurance Agency, Silverdale Chamber Of Commerce, Living Room Realty, and Kitsap Mental Health Services.

In-kind sponsors included Eleven Winery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Papé Machinery.

We also thank the Suquamish Tribe for their year round support and to Puget Sound Energy for their organizational support.