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!
2019 Equality Fest; The Lessons We Learned At Stonewall
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Penn Park in the City of York
Free street parking surrounds the park and is available on nearby streets. Parking garages are also available within walking distance.
Information about York City Parking Garages
(Garages are free on Sunday)
Address for G.P.S.:
143 W College Ave
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.
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 happen. 2019 volunteers include founder Carla Christopher, Eva O'Diam, Pamela Rutlege, Charles Kress, Tesla Taliafero, Randy Grove, Maria Warren, Cindy Sweitzer, Anne Gray, Cindy Combs, Tanya Cohen, Krystyna McIlroy, Christina Stetler, Sandra Harrison, and Ralph Serpe. The planning committee can be reached at:
NEW FOR 2019!
Bell's BIG BED RACE (yup, a race through the streets on moving beds!) helping raise funds for Bell Socialization, a headline set by local phenomenon Crossfire3, "Shakes-queer In the Park" interactive theatre with Weary Arts Group, a bellydance showcase, community quilt and 'telling our stories through art' pop-up outdoor gallery, the Equality Photo Booth with JS Photography and Fine Arts, drag Storytime for Kids & B#$%*y BINGO w/ Miss Kitty with AWESOME PRIZES!
Returning for our 2019 festival...the international food court // local music stage // interactive art stations and kid's area // splash fountain water play feature and bounce houses // pop-up dance, meditation, and yoga under the "Positivi-tree" // free kids books and reading activities from The Book Bug // more than 50 info, craft, and retail vendors and more...
Check out images from our first 5 years!
Thank you to the festival partners who make this 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 Equality Fest of the LGBTQIA+ Resource Center