WHO WE ARE
York's inclusive answer to Pride, Equality Fest is a day long, family friendly community celebration held in Downtown York City celebrating diversity across York County. Inspired by the May 20, 2014 historic passage of marriage equality, we encourage full inclusion of ALL York citizens in ALL aspects of civic life. We join forces each year with like-minded organizations, faith communities, retailers, artists, politicians, and committed citizens to create a festival that builds connections, raises awareness, and inspires cooperation and activism across the beautifully diverse citizenship of south central PA.
The festival features inspiring speakers, exciting dance, theater, poetry, spoken word and performance art, as well as live visual art, strolling performers, a fully interactive children’s area with games, workshops, and activities, retail vendors, informational and organizational displays and a variety of international foods. The festival honors multiple marginalized communities and showcases the beautiful contributions of LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, immigrants, students and young people, seniors, the differently-abled, and others to highlight that the York community strives for opportunity, safety and hope for ALL of York's people!
2020 Equality Fest; Forward Into the Future!
Sunday, June 28, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Cherry Lane Park in the City of York
Free street parking on West Market Street, West Philadelphia Street, and George Street and is available surrounding the park. Parking garages are also available within walking distance, on West Philadelphia Street.
Information about York City Parking Garages
(Garages are free on Sunday)
Address for G.P.S.:
15 N Cherry Ln
York, PA 17401
We are a SMOKE FREE festival in partnership with the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Center as part of their initiative for a healthier and longer lived community. We do not accept sponsorship or vending applications from tobacco, vaping, cigarette or other similar companies.
SPONSOR AND VENDOR APPLICATION
AVAILABLE HERE !
FOOD VENDORS MUST ALSO APPLY FOR A TEMPORARY YORK CITY FOOD VENDOR LICENSE. FORM IS AVAILABLE HERE (pdf)
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A multi-racial, multi-generational, multi-orientational and gender group of LGBTQIA+ York based community leaders and volunteers work hard each year to make the festival (and all the events at the Center) happen. 2020 volunteers include the 2020 Equality Fest Coordinator Ryan Supler, 2020 Equality Fest Junior Coordinator Cindy Terlazzo, Pride at the Park Coordinator and Rainbow Rose Center Acting Vice President Maria Warren, Rainbow Rose Center Acting President Tesla Taliaferro, founder Carla Christopher, Faith Community Liaison Eva O'Diam, Legislator Liaison Bryan Tate, Volunteer Coordinator Anne Gray, Center Liaison Charles Kress, and many more! The planning committee can be reached at:
NEW FOR 2020!
You asked and we answered! Equality Fest is moving to PRIDE MONTH in June and will be part of York PRIDE WEEKEND! Starting with Pride at the Ballpark on Friday night, and ending with Equality Fest on Sunday, York County will explode with rainbows all weekend long!
Make sure to visit the page or come see us at the Rainbow Rose Center over the next few months as we reveal performers and activities!
Check out images from our first 6 years!
Thank you to the 2019 festival partners who made that transformative event possible...
and highlighting some of the hottest displays and vendors with us this year...
The Silence Shoot (interactive photography art)
Thirty-one Creative Carry Kits by Courtney
York-Lancaster Transgender Support
Chelsea Seeley Art
Carissa Eichhorn Art
*Vendors are independent entities and do not necessarily represent the views of the Rainbow Rose LGBTQIA+ Resource Center