Vendor registration for Kitsap Pride 2023 is now open. This year’s festival will be held at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 22rd. We plan for a similar layout as last year with additional room for more vendors and more food vendors. We are planning for 5,000 visitors throughout the day this year.
Vendor Information – Click here for more information about becoming a vendor at Kitsap Pride. We have room for food vendors, businesses, non-profits (including clubs), and artisans. This is a great way to reach the LGBTQ+ community in Kitsap County.
Sponsor Kitsap Pride – Kitsap Pride is a free festival largely because of the generous support of our sponsors! We offer sponsorships starting at $500 as part of the vendor application or click here to find out more about sponsoring Kitsap Pride at whatever level is appropriate for you.
Save the date for Kitsap Pride 2023 on Saturday, July 22nd at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. We’re starting planning for a great event building on everything that worked well this year. Look for more food vendors, improved youth and teen spaces, and of course amazing entertainment, local vendors, and our fabulous LGBTQ+ community!
Kitsap Pride is hosting a live show at the Roxy Theatre in Bremerton this Halloween! Join us on October 29th, help support Kitsap Pride, and have a great time. Tickets are selling fast so get yours today!
“The hysterical spooktacular, Witch Perfect, is a live-singing, comedy parody based on the cult-classic and audience favorite Disney film, Hocus Pocus and features Emmy-winning stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 13’s Tina Burner as Winifed, Season 11 and All Stars Season 6’s Scarlet Envy as Sarah, and Season 12’s Widow Von’Du as Mary. The show features hits from Cardi B to Lady Gaga and American classics, such as the infamous “I Put a Spell on You.”
Pop-Up Shop – Plus, from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 29 we’ll have a pop-up shop open in front of the Roxy where you can get a jump start on your holiday shopping. We’ll be selling our 2022 Kitsap Pride t-shirt, ornaments, and other great gift ideas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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 CoulthardKitsap 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 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
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.
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.