Saturday, June 1, 2024

Essex Pride Festival

at Maple Street Park


We're so excited to bring the Essex Pride Festival back for a second year to our greater Essex and Essex Junction community! This will be a special place to celebrate, honor, and hold space for our LGBTQIA+ friends, neighbors, loved ones, and family. We hope you'll join us!


The day begins at 1pm with a walking/rolling parade from the entrance of Maple Street Park down to the Festival field. We'll kick off the Festival with Vermont's chapter of Drag Story Hour featuring Emoji Nightmare and Katniss Everqueer, and an afternoon filled with performances by local artists and musicians and activities for folks of all ages. Throughout the day, there will be vendors and local organizations, as well as a Community Canvas that we invite everyone to contribute to. We'll begin and end the event with a joyful and celebratory dance party with GAYBAR. 

Scheduled to Perform

Vermont Drag Story Hour

Featuring Emoji Nightmare and Katniss Everqueer

Our Sponsors & Partners

*All sponsors will also have tables at the Festival. Please say hi and thank them for helping us in this awesome celebration of queer people! 

The Vendors, Artists, and Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont (ACLU-VT) 

Astrobridge Artistry

Audubon Vermont

Bakuretsu Con/Anime Society of Vermont 

Bernie's Mitten Maker

Between The Willows

Brownell Library 

The Campy Bird Print Studio 


DandyLions Curiosities


Essex Democrats

Fin the Dragon Art

Free Mom Hugs VT

FreeHer VT

Gail Marlene Schwartz 

Growing With Wonder

Guilford Photography

Hazelbuds Clay Co 

HoneyBee Heather 

Lyric Theatre Company

Rebecca & Sallyann Majoya 

Mocha Bliss

Moms Demand Action

Monster Mash Ink

National Association of Social Workers - Vermont Chapter

The Neon Chemist 

Northern Song Tie Dye

Nosey Nooks

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England 

Pride Center of Vermont

Pride and Prosperity Network 

Reboot Coaching

The RehabGYM

Rutland County Pride

Sangha Studio 

Scaredy Cat Art

Simpatico Designs 

St. Albans Pride Corps

Strange Effect

Studio Fisk Aveda

They Create

Vermont Moms 

Vermont Secretary of State's Office 

Voices for Inclusion in Essex and Westford (VIEW) 

Woolf Den Homestead 

With food from:

Maharaja Spice 

Only Cannoli

Southern Smoke

Pizza Bottega

El Gato

South End Sliders

Hook & Peel Pizza

Kingdom Creamery

Grumpy's Hot Dogs


Dried n True Sweets n Treats

The Venue

Maple Street Park

75 Maple Street, Essex Junction

Maple Street Park is home to a variety of multi-purpose fields, baseball fields, a volleyball court, and other fields available for rent to individuals or organizations. Essex Junction Recreation and Parks has generously offered their large pavilion space and soccer field for the Essex Pride Festival.

Accessibility Information

The Festival pavilion is accessible by a flat, dirt, walkway and is about the length of a football field from the entrance. Maple Street Park has two areas for accessible parking - one at the entrance near the basketball courts, and another at the main Park entrance. There will be some seating available, with park tables, park benches, and bleacher seating throughout the area, but we also encourage you to bring your own preferred seating. Our incredible friends from Inclusive Arts Vermont will be available to support access needs as well.

Our aim is for this to feel as inclusive as possible. If you need anything that isn't outlined above, please contact us at by May 15. 

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