Northern Virginia Pride Festival – October 5th, 2014 from 12-7pm 
Bull Run Special Events Center
(7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville, VA 20121)

Details below will be helpful in preparing for the festival day. If you have any additional questions, please email info@novapride.org with subject line "Festival Question" so that we may address it and update this information accordingly. 

The first-ever Northern Virginia Pride Festival hosted by Northern VA Pride (NOVA Pride) —previously Fairfax Pride, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based out of McLean, VA — will take place on Sunday, October 5th from 12-7pm at Bull Run Special Events Center in Centreville, VA.  The purpose of this inaugural festival is to celebrate the history, progress, and diversity of the Northern Virginia Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community, as well as its straight allies; provide unforgettable entertainment; a forum for local LGBTQ groups to network; and showcase pro-equality businesses and organizations in the community-at-large.

The Festival grounds will have a designated area with family-friendly stage/entertainment, vendors, activities, and picnic tables; Fairfax 1, the Fairfax County helicopter (landing mid-day) and Fairfax county fire truck for all to explore; assorted outdoor activities geared toward young adults; a fenced off-leash dog area for our canine friends; 40+ vendors of all types (we are still accepting vendor applications); a variety of food & beverage (including alcohol) available; great entertainment lineup (to be announced soon!) on the main stage; and last, but certainly not least, the Say I Do Wedding Chapel, where local religious leaders will perform marriage ceremonies surrounded by vendors geared toward weddings.

The festival is free to attend, and will have a variety of food, beverages and merchandise that may be purchased (no outside food or beverage will be permitted). All alcohol must be purchased using vouchers on sale at the main gate at a rate of $2/ticket; these vouchers/tickets may also be redeemed for select merchandise and activities. All proceeds from tickets sales benefit NOVA Pride.

Getting to the Venue:

Festival Rules & Regulations

All  persons  entering  the  festival  facility,  regardless  of  position  or  status  as  a  patron  shall  be  bound  to  these regulations,  and  those  of;  The  Northern  Virginia  Regional  Park  Authority,  The  County  of  Fairfax,  The Commonwealth of Virginia, and The United States of America. Any person found to be in violation of any policy, law,  regulation,  code,  or  ordinance;  shall  be  prohibited  from  entering  the  festival  grounds,  participating  in activities sponsored by Fairfax Pride Inc, and shall be removed from the festival grounds, if such discovery is made after the subject entered.

The Duty Safety Officer and  Law Enforcement  shall be notified of any violation of the  above that involves, or is perceived  to  involve:  Threats  of  -or-  actual  violence,  threats  of  terrorism,  suspicion  of  child  abuse  or  neglect, Sexual Assault, Attempted Sexual Assault, Theft, Distribution of Drugs or Narcotics, Fighting,  ILLEGAL  possession of a  firearm  or  other  dangerous  device,  use  of  drugs  or  narcotics,  underage  consumption/possession  of  alcohol, providing  alcohol  to  minors,  and  any  other  offenses  deemed  to  be  a  hazard  to  the  patrons,  staff,  volunteers, officers, festival ground, or organization. In such event, the suspect shall be removed from the festival ground, and prohibited re-entry.

ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS MUST SUBMIT TO POSITIVE ID CHECKS

PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT 18+

PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES

The Following Activities are Prohibited by All Persons inside of the festival grounds, or the adjacent parking lots:

  1. Acts of, or Threats of Violence
  2. Illegal Possession of a Firearm or Other Dangerous Device
  3. Possession of Alcohol by a Minor
  4. Providing Alcohol to a Minor
  5. Theft
  6. Roughhousing, Fighting, or any activity that could be construed as such
  7. Sexual Activities
  8. Consumption or Possession of Opened Alcoholic Beverages outside of Designated Areas
  9. Possession or Use of Lighted Tobacco Products in Areas designated as “Non-Smoking”
  10. Littering
  11. Disregarding the instructions of any Officer, Volunteer, Staff Member, or Police Officer
  12. Marking, or Otherwise Vandalizing any item, structure, or Property
  13. Walking, or traversing without footwear covering the soles of the feet.

The Following Activities are prohibited without the Express Written Consent of NOVA Pride:

  1. Sale of Alcohol
  2. Sale of Any Item
  3. Distribution of any item, bill, pamphlet, brochure, or any item with the intent to advertise
  4. Playing of Loud Music
  5. Distribution or Sale of Food or Drink Items
  6. Posting of Banners or Signs
  7. Erecting of Tents, or Similar Structures
  8. Operation of Motor Vehicles
  9. Entry or Egress at any point other than the main entrance
  10. Possession or Use of open flames, stoves, cooktops, or burners.