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June 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
With estimated an attendance of 300,000 attendees over PrideFest weekend last year, Pridefest STL is one of the most-attended Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) events in the Midwest region.
When and where is the festival?
PrideFest 2018 will take place on Saturday, June 23rd from 11am to 7pm and Sunday, June 24th from 11am to 6pm.
When and where is the parade?
The parade will take place on Sunday, June 24th, 2018 at noon. The parade occurs on Market Street.
How much does PrideFest cost?
Admission to the festival is free, but we strongly suggest a donation of $5. This ensures that we are able to support our many community efforts throughout the year, as well as to provide a safe and enjoyable festival. You can support us in advance by donating online here.
How do I get to PrideFest?
PrideFest is located in Downtown St. Louis at Soldiers Memorial. It is easy to access the festival via MetroLink or MetroBus. A taxi stand is also located at 14th and Market. If you choose to drive, parking is available at meters downtown, which are free of charge on Sunday only. Be sure not to park at reserved meters or in “no parking” areas.
Is there a dress code?
Pride St. Louis doesn’t have a specific dress code; we encourage self-expression and body positivity. We are, however, required by law to abide by the City of Saint Louis’ code of ordinances, which sets standards for what is considered acceptable. Visit their website for more information.
Is PrideFest safe?
We work with a variety of different institutions to ensure the safety of every person, and have increased the security presence at PrideFest due to events such as the Pulse shooting in Orlando. We utilize a combination of hired security (both marked and unmarked), professional events staffing, as well as local police. We encourage each person to remain alert to their surroundings and to report any suspicious behavior to security personnel. To secure the perimeter and keep our guests, vendors, and staff safe, there is bike rack fencing outlining the festival perimeter.
Entrance gates will have staff collecting the suggested $5 donation, and you can receive a free Pride Guide program book.
What should I bring or leave at home?
As in past years, no coolers are allowed onto festival grounds. If you have specific dietary needs or other concerns, we recommend bringing a small, soft-sided lunchbox-style container with you. Large, hard-sided coolers will not be allowed into the grounds. Please do not bring tents to the festival grounds. They block the view and make it hard for others to enjoy the entertainment and festivities. Lawn chairs are welcome. Weapons and firearms are strictly prohibited. Anyone bringing prohibited items into festival grounds will be asked to leave immediately and may be refused re-entry. For everyone’s safety, please do not bring glass containers with you. In compliance with our liquor license, as well as state and municipal law, no outside alcohol is allowed. No one under the legal drinking age of 21 years old is allowed to drink at PrideFest. All individuals appearing to be under the age of 40 years old may be asked for a valid photo ID. Individual, sealed bottles of water are allowed to be carried in. Please do not bring pets; service and/or emotional support animals are always an exception.
Where are bathrooms located?
Restrooms can be found at several locations around the festival. All restrooms are gender-inclusive. The map in the program book will show specific locations.
What do I do if I have a medical emergency?
An ambulance will be on-site at all times during festival hours. A first-aid tent staffed by a team of certified medical professionals can also be found on the festival footprint. In case of emergency, call 911.
What is the theme of the festival?
The theme for PrideFest 2018 is “Remember. Rise. Respect.”
What is there to eat at the festival?
There are plenty of great food choices located in our main food area. Please enjoy the variety of unique food and drinks from our vendors!
Will I need a wristband for alcohol purposes?
Yes. Please visit any beer or liquor booth throughout the festival, show your identification, and purchase a $2 wristband for the day. This ensures shorter lines at alcohol booths, since you will have already shown proof of your age.
Will there be ATMs at the festival?
ATMs are located throughout the festival grounds. You will be able to check your festival program for specific locations.
What kinds of entertainment will there be?
PrideFest brings you dozens of entertainment acts on two stages. Enjoy a variety of acts and performances, including music, dance, and visual arts. Check out the schedule page for biographies and a schedule of performances.