Blue Ridge Pride Festival 2021 – Inclusion Y’all!

It’s time for some inclusion, y’all! That’s the theme of this year’s Blue Ridge Pride Festival. So, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 25 at Asheville’s Pack Square Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A week of exceptional events will lead up to the big day.
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It’s time for some inclusion, y’all! That’s the theme of this year’s Blue Ridge Pride Festival. So, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 25 at Asheville’s Pack Square Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A week of exceptional events will lead up to the big day.

Festival Week
We are working with the rest of the community to create a week of exceptional events leading up to the big day. Currently scheduled events include Generation Plus’s Senior Prom, a Drag Brunch, the Annual Blue Ridge Pride Pageant, Stonewall Sport’s Corn Hole tournament, a “Luv All” brew launch party hosted by Green Man, a Strength in Pride art show, and much more! Mark your calendar busy for the week of September 18.

Welcoming WNC Procession
We kick off the festival with a 10 a.m. procession through Asheville and Pack Square Park. This procession – a parade of people – is free to anyone who aspires to a vision of a WNC community that is welcoming to all. We encourage companies, organizations, groups, families, and individuals to join. Register here.

Festival Entertainment
Two stages feature some of our region’s most noted musicians and DRAG performers. Currently scheduled* to appear are Mar P, Modern Strangers, Danni Leigh, Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers, Aaron Woody Wood and the Love Drugs, the Beer City Sisters, 80H Project, Ryan RnR Barber and Boogie Therapy, Lo Wolf, Melissa McKinney, Nick Gonnering, Cynthia McDermott, the Knotty Gs, and our very own Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus. We will showcase the winner of the Blue Ridge Pride Pageant and over a dozen other drag performers. *Scheduled artists are subject to change

Exhibitors, Vendors, & Sponsors
The Blue Ridge Pride Festival embodies our vision of an inclusive community growing together. For a day, activists, businesses, churches, health care providers, community services, vendors, and pride groups all share a space together. Two hundred booths will fill the park to capacity. Where else can you shop for social justice, health care, housing, jobs, and jewelry while enjoying fantastic food and music?

Stay Up to Date.
We are adding new performers, vendors, and events every week. To keep up with it, stay tuned right here on our website, click on our calendar, our entertainment lineup, and our directory of exhibitors. Register for our Welcoming WNC Procession. Look for links to our Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Instagram account.

Don’t miss out. Y’all are included! We can’t wait to see you!

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.