2019 PNC Bank Festival Zone
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Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, Noon – 10 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, Noon – 6 p.m.
Charlotte Pride’s free two-day cultural festival includes diverse national, regional and local entertainers, musicians and bands, and numerous participating vending booths, including art exhibitors, area non-profits, political candidates, retailers, food stands and more. The premier event is the culmination of a week-long slate of Charlotte Pride Week events highlighting the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and political diversity of the metro Charlotte area’s LGBTQ community. The festival zone is located on S. Tryon St.
Applications have now opened for those seeking to be vendors inside the PNC Bank Festival Zone.
Please Note: Unlike 2018, this year’s online application process consists of a separate and distinct online application for parade participation and a separate and distinct application for festival vendors. If your organization wishes to participate as a parade participant and a vendor, you must complete both applications. Click here to learn more about becoming a parade participant.
GENERAL (INCLUDING SNACK & NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET) VENDORS:
Click here to begin the online vendor application (opens in new window)
The application deadline for food vendors was March 15, 2019. We are no longer accepting food vendor applications.
Am I a Snack Vendor or Food Vendor?
Snack vendors ARE NOT food vendors and should not apply using the the food vendor application. Snack vendors are those who sell only dipped ice cream, popcorn, candy apples, cotton candy, cakes/muffins, funnel cakes, soft pretzels and/or prepackaged chips or candy. Food vendors cook or prepare food on-site and are required to hold a temporary food establishment permit. Please contact our Vendor Coordinator at email@example.com if you would like clarification or a determination about whether you will be considered a food vendor. If you apply under the wrong application, your submission will not be considered and will be rejected.
NEW: Neighborhood Market
New in 2019 is our Charlotte Pride Neighborhood Market! The Charlotte Pride Neighborhood Market has been created as an attempt to allow smaller vendors an opportunity to showcase their arts, crafts, or other handmade goods. These spaces are very limited and are only open to vendors who are independent businesses and organizations. All applicants for the Neighborhood Market will undergo a screening process to ensure they are appropriate for this section of the Charlotte Pride Festival. Neighborhood Market spaces will be individual tables included in one large tented area. Your spaces will include a 6 feet by 3 feet table and two chairs. These spaces cannot include additional rental items, electricity, or any banners/stand up materials. Neighborhood Market participants must keep all materials on or under their tables. Please contact our Vendor Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like clarification or a determination about whether you will be considered eligible for the Charlotte Pride Neighborhood Market or if you have any additional questions.
Vendor Application Notifications & Deadlines
Beginning in February, vendors will be notified on the last day of the month, as long as their application was received by the 15th of that month.
Notification Deadlines and Dates:
Submission by Feb. 15 – Notice by Feb. 28
Submission by March 15 – Notice by March 31
Submission by April 15 – Notice by April 30
Submission by May 15 – Notice by May 31
Submission by June 1 (Final Deadline) – Notice by June 15
FOOD VENDOR APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2019
FINAL GENERAL & SNACK VENDOR APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2019
Please do not email requesting status updates before your submission notice date. If you have not been contacted by your appropriate notification date, please email email@example.com.
Vendor Orientation Meeting
New for this year, all participating vendors will be required to attend a Vendor Orientation Meeting. At this meeting, we will be discussing check in procedures, covering vendor rules and regulations, and providing an overview of the festival and what you can expect. Please note that it is required that at least one member of your vendor team be present at this meeting or complete the online webinar and quiz. This year’s Mandatory Vendor Orientation Meeting will be held on July 27, 2019 at 5pm. This meeting will be held at the Charlotte Pride Offices at 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28205 (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church).