What Can or Can’t I Bring To PrideFest?

There are a number of items that are allowed and some that are not.  Be respectful of yourself, others and your surroundings while visiting the festival. You will receive a wristband at the gate that permits reentry. If you need to store anything in your car that you might need during festival hours you are welcome to leave the festival and come back in later. If you have questions regarding what you can and cannot bring please send us a message on Facebook: facebook.com/KCPride

Please DO NOT bring the following:

  • Pets (Non Service):
    NO PETS, except for service animals, are allowed at the festival. This is for your safety, the safety of your pet, the safety of other guests, and the safety of the animals at our adoptions booths. If you bring an animal you won’t be allowed entry. Leaving an animal in a vehicle is also not permitted and very dangerous. Please leave your animals at home.
  • Any outside food or drink items, including alcohol
  • Coolers
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia, firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind
  • Fireworks of any kind
  • Backpacks

All bags (backpacks, purses, handbags, etc) are subject to search by a police officer or member of the PrideFest staff at the gate. We discourage attendees from bringing any type of bag but if you do bring one it will be searched. Police officers are on the festival grounds 24/7.

Note: On-site promotions are reserved for official event partners. No papering, leafleting or material distribution of ANY kind is allowed inside and/or around the festival area.

You MAY bring (Examples):

  • Lawn Chairs
  • Frisbees / Other games
  • Blankets
  • Ponchos
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Purses
  • Baby formula
  • Small and parasol type umbrellas

Use discretion with what you choose to bring into the festival.  Please keep in mind you are subject to search by a police officer or member of the PrideFest staff at the gate.

Where to Stay:

Get a special PrideFest discount at Hampton Inn & Suites Country Club Plaza


Friday, June 2:
Saturday, June 3:
Sunday, June 4:

  • BUY TICKETS – GATE: You can buy tickets at the gate with cash only
  • No refunds on presold tickets
  • Ticket sales at the festival gates and drink tickets inside the festival gates are cash only
  • We will have two ATMs available
  • If you purchased tickets online: You can bring a printed copy or we can scan your electronic copy from your mobile device
  • All ages are welcome
  • Entry for kids 12 and under is FREE on any day
  • FREE entry to Missie B’s on Friday and Saturday with your festival wristband


Festival Parking: Park in the PrideFest parking lot for $5 per day (Handicap Accessible)
*Buy a parking pass online (print or show from a device) or with cash only at the gate

Rivermarket Parking: Park in public parking in the Rivermarket area
KC Streetcar Parking: Park along the KC Streetcar Route and exit at 3rd and Grand
Ride KC: Take the bus and exit at 3rd and Grand

For map and location information go here.

How do I purchase adult beverages? (21+)

PrideFest uses a “Drink Ticket” system.
Drink Tickets can be purchased by the stage just behind the bar at the Drink Ticket Tent.
Show your ID, get a 21+ wristband, and then purchase drink tickets.
Each drink ticket is $5.
1 drink ticket = 1 mixed drink, beer, or wine
“Pay” for your drink by giving your drink ticket to the bartender at the bar.

Day Descriptions:

Friday, June 2: All electronic music. DJ headliner.
Saturday, June 3: Wide range of acts and bands. Band headliners perform.
Sunday, June 4: Family day. Mostly local bands and performers.

Is the festival “Family/Kid Friendly?”
The daylight hours are family friendly on Saturday or Sunday. After sundown, around 8:30pm, the festival becomes the equivalent of a late night at a gay club/bar. You could also think of it as a R rated movie with Mature themes. We encourage families to use their own judgements about what they feel is kid friendly. Everybody has a different perspective. Keep in mind that the Kids Zone and the Youth Hangout close at 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.