Meet Our Festival Exhibitors and Vendors!

Note: We recently switched to a new signup form.  Exhibitors who signed up with our early deposit form may not show up here yet.

The following categories are full

  • Food Vendors – Frozen Deserts
  • Food Vendors – Beverages
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Pride Merchandise (knickknacks)

The following are near or at capacity. . Email us to inquire. Food vendors should contact Chris Tinkler (CTinkler@BlueRidgePride.org).

  • Food Vendors – Main Dishes
  • Food Vendors – Snacks
  • Clothing (8 now)
  • Animals, Pets (5 now)
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A Therapist Like Me
A Therapist Like Me is a local nonprofit created in 2019 to serve the minority and nuero-diverse communities of WNC. Through our programming and outreach we hope to bring awareness to the intersection of mental health and minority-identity: race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, language, mental health, neurotype, disability, and other intersections of identity. We connect clients with therapists that share similar intersections through our directory - www.atherapistlikemedirectory.org. By providing financial gifts to our community through our Psychotherapy Voucher Program, we are able to increase access to psychotherapy while reducing the wage gap for minority therapists.
Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics
ACLU of NC
Since 1965, the ACLU of North Carolina has been our state’s guardian of liberty – working in courts, the General Assembly, and communities to protect and advance civil rights and civil liberties for all North Carolinians. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 30,000 members and supporters across the state, the ACLU of North Carolina is a state affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union.
Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics
Environmental Defense Fund of North Carolina
The Environmental Defense Fund of North Carolina is fighting to save our planet from climate change. We are also working to help marginalized communities around NC who have been disproportionately impacted by climate issues.

LGBTQ+ folks have always, and continue to, lead the way on environmental advocacy and we look forward to connecting with everyone across the state and continuously building momentum.
Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics
Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County, Inc.
The Guardian ad Litem Association of Buncombe County (GALABC) was formed to address the needs of abused and neglected children in the protective custody of the Buncombe County Department of Social Services. GALABC is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the only non-profit organization in Buncombe County that seeks to raise funds to help children in protective custody. The Association solicits funds for needed items and enrichment opportunities, such as clothing, car seats, tutoring, camp scholarships and more. We are especially committed to aiding kinship placements, as these families receive minimal financial support from the state.
Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics
Helpmate
Helpmate offers free and confidential services to survivors of intimate partner violence in Buncombe County. We offer a 24-hour hotline (828-254-0516), individual and group counseling, educational classes, court advocacy, case management to help with meeting basic needs, and emergency shelter. We also offer education for youth, allied professionals, and the general community.
Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics
Movement for a People's party
Movement for a People's Party is an organization building a coalition of progressive organizations, groups, individuals for a major new political party with NO corporate funding.
A major new party for the working class, poor and under privileged who are not being currently represented by the two party system. A system that represents the interest of corporations and the billionaire donor class. Peoplesparty.org
Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics
Tranzmission
Tranzmission, established in 2001, has worked to make the lives of nonbinary, transgender, and gender nonconforming individuals safer, happier, and healthier through education, advocacy, and support. Our programs include peer lead support groups, name change assistance, voter registration, and a free food pantry open to anyone.
Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics
Youth OUTright WNC Inc
Youth OUTright's mission is to create a world in which all LGBTQIA+ youth are supported to reach their fullest potential. We cultivate Resilience, Compassion, and Confidence in the youth community and engage in intersectional and intergenerational dialogue with particular focus on Gender & Racial Justice. Our work includes direct services, technical assistance for youth serving organizations, and advocacy for local, state and federal policy that protects LGBTQIA+ youth.
Category: Activism / Advocacy / Politics
The Allen Team at Keller Williams Professionals Realty
With an unrivaled knowledge of the marketplace and more than 80% of their business coming from past clients and referrals, The Allen Team has met and exceeded their clients' expectations since 2001! Whether you are buying a home, selling your castle, or finding that perfect investment property, The Allen Team can help you make your real estate dreams come true.
Category: Business - Marketing, Hiring, Public Relations
PFLAG Asheville Chapter Inc.
Please come visit our tent. Pride merchandise and free Pride temporary tattoos, plus information about our organization.
Mission Statement:
The purpose of this Chapter shall be to support the mission of the PFLAG organization. By meeting people where they are and collaborating with others, PFLAG realizes its mission through: support for families, allies and people who are LGBTQ, education for ourselves and others about the unique issues and challenges facing people who are LGBTQ, and advocacy in our communities to change attitudes and create policies and laws that achieve full equality for people who are LGBTQ
Category: Club / Social Group / Support Group
Stonewall Sports Asheville
Category: Club / Social Group / Support Group
AARP, Mountain Region, NC
AARP Mountain Region NC is dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age by making communities a better place to age. We work with volunteers and community partners to facilitate change in communities, educate, inspire and advocate for all of us as we age.
Category: Community / Public Service
Alcohol Anonymous Public Information
Category: Community / Public Service
Asheville Poverty Initiative
Asheville Poverty Initiative and 12 Baskets Cafe aims to build community and promote economic justice. Dismantling stereotypes, reducing fear, and empowering hope through telling stories across socio-economic difference. 12 Baskets Cafe is powerful alternative social space in West Asheville where folks build relationships while reducing food waste in Asheville!
Category: Community / Public Service
Brank Insurance
Brank Insurance has been family owned and operated for over 100 years. We love our community and want to provide our best service for all of our clients. We are fast, efficient, friendly, and fun. We love what we do and would love to do it for you!
Category: Community / Public Service
Buncombe County DHHS - Foster Care
Coming out to educate the community about kids in foster care and the need for local families. We want foster parents and families to be as diverse as the children we serve!
Category: Community / Public Service
Council on Aging of Buncombe County
Council on Aging of Buncombe County promotes the independence, dignity and well-being of adults through service, education and advocacy. We are a welcoming, knowledgeable free and unbiased resource to help aging adults and their families secure resources, receive support, and navigate options available for aging in community. We meet the social health needs of our community, such as nutrition and physical fitness, caregiver support, navigating elder abuse, providing home repair and transportation services, as well as Medicare counseling, Affordable Care Act navigation and enrollment in programs for low-income individuals, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Category: Community / Public Service
LifeShare Carolinas
LifeShare Carolinas is proud to fulfill our mission of giving hope, life, and healing in 23 North Carolina counties. We coordinate the recovery and distribution of organs, eyes, and tissues for transplantation and medical research. LifeShare provides education to hospital staff and community partners about the donation process. For the families of our donors, we provide ongoing support through our Bridge to Healing program.

We want our communities to know that anyone can sign up as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or medical conditions. We will be at Blue Ridge Pride to answer questions and help people sign up to save lives!
Category: Community / Public Service
OurVOICE
To inspire hope and healing while ending sexual violence and human trafficking through education, counseling, and advocacy.
Our VOICE, Inc. is a non-profit crisis intervention and prevention agency which serves victims of sexual violence, age 13 through adult, in Buncombe County.
Our VOICE takes an intersectional, person-centered approach to support survivors and prevent future acts of sexual violence.
Category: Community / Public Service
Pisgah Legal Services
Pisgah Legal Services is a non-profit providing free legal aid, advocacy and anti-poverty services to assist people living in low-income meet their basic needs and improve their lives. They help more than 20,000 of the most vulnerable people in our communities annually meet urgent needs such as: housing, safety from abuse, immigration, health care and income. Applications are available in English and Spanish at www.pisgahlegal.org or call 828-253-0406.
Category: Community / Public Service
WNCAP (Western North Carolina AIDS Project)
WNCAP (Western North Carolina AIDS Project) was founded in 1986 by a small group of committed volunteers. During the early years of the AIDS epidemic, WNCAP founders provided food, comfort, and care to people with AIDS-related illnesses. In the 1990s, WNCAP developed prevention education and a case management program. Later, WNCAP also added harm reduction and pharmacy services. Today, WNCAP serves thousands of people across 18 counties in Western North Carolina. Our organizational vision is a community free of HIV, Hepatitis C, and overdose deaths. Our organizational mission is to provide equitable access to care and reduce harm from HIV, Hepatitis C, and drug use
Category: Community / Public Service
Youth Villages
Youth Villages is a nonprofit that helps our country’s most vulnerable children get out of or stay out of state care. Our goal is to ensure each child has a functioning family and a safe, permanent home. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration approach focuses on family, measurement, community, intensity and accountability to deliver unprecedented positive results for children, families, and youth in transition. We are the force for families.
Category: Community / Public Service
YWCA of Asheville and WNC
Established in 1907, YWCA Asheville and WNC is dedicated to Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women and Promoting Peace, Justice, Freedom and Dignity for all. We offer programs and advocate for policy change to bridge gaps in education, health, childcare and earning power for women and families in our community and beyond.
Category: Community / Public Service
Asheville Middle School
Asheville Middle School Gender and Sexuality Alliance is part of the national GSA Network. We are a student club who advocates, socializes, and supports LGBTQIA+ students allies. Holding a booth at Blue Ridge Pride will create a safe space for our teens and adolescents to feel supported and learn to engage with the greater LGBTQ community in Asheville.
Category: Educational Institution
Lenoir-Rhyne University Asheville
Lenoir-Rhyne University and the LR Equity & Diversity Institute are proud to educate, employ and support the LGBTQIA+ community! We are committed to equity work, ensuring that WNC is a place where everyone can thrive. Stop by to share your stories & learn about our Equitable Leadership certificate and graduate programs in downtown Asheville.
Category: Educational Institution
   
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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.