How much does it cost?
There is no admission charge to attend Ames Pridefest.
Can I leave and come back?
Yes, ins and outs are allowed. However, those clearly under the influence of drugs and alcohol may be asked to leave.
What if it rains?
The festival will take place rain or shine. If lightning strikes within 5 miles, all on-stage activities will be postponed until 30 minutes after the lightning stops. In the event of severe weather, we encourage attendees to seek shelter in Ames Public Library.
Will there be food?
Yes, there will be multiple food vendors at pridefest. Click here to see a list of vendors at pridefest.
How does vending work?
Vendors will be set up and available by 11:00 am. Only registered vendors will be allowed to sell and hand out information.
Will vendors accept credit cards?
Most vendors will be able to accept multiple forms of payment. However, you may want to bring cash to ensure you can make purchases at all vendors. There are also ATMs available at various businesses in the downtown district.
Are pets allowed?
Due to the number of people attending Ames Pridefest, we can only accommodate service animals. We love pets just as much as you do, but we love your pet’s safety even more. (Emotional support animals are not classified as service animals and are not protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.)
Is there a dress code?
We encourage all attendees to express their individuality. However, as this is an all-ages event in a public space, no nudity is allowed.
Is parking available?
There are several public parking lots within walking distance of the festival area. Check the City of Ames website for more information.
Where is lost and found?
Lost and found items can be turned in and picked up from the Ames Pride booth.
Photo and video policy
By entering pridefest, you grant Ames Pride permission to use your likeness in all future promotional material and you release Ames Pride from any liability connected with said promotional materials.
what's allowed at pridefest
backpacks • water bottles • sunblock • blankets • service animals • strollers • dancing shoes • fanny packs
what's not allowed at pridefest
guns/ammunition/weapons • alcohol • tobacco/e-cigs/vapes • illegal drugs • glass • drones • pets • fireworks • outside food • coolers • handouts • bikes/hoverboards/etc. • bad attitudes • transphobia • homophobia • misogyny • racism • ableism
This list isn't all-encompassing. Ames Pride reserves the right to eject anyone from the festival who is not conducting themselves in a respectful manner.
sign language interpreters
To make Ames Pridefest even more accessible, we will have ASL interpreters for the duration of the event. Interpreters will be present at the educational programs and during the stage entertainment.
2609 University Blvd, Ames, IA
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