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Lancaster Pride is Saturday at downtown convention center

In this 2022 file photo, members of Lancaster Pride pose in the Lancaster County Convention Center, site of this year’s Pride Festival. (Source: Lancaster Pride)

The 15th annual Lancaster Pride Festival is set for this Saturday at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

Hosted by Lancaster Pride, the event runs from noon to 7 p.m. and features music, drag performances and more than 200 LGBTQ+ owned or allied vendors in Freedom Hall.

“The Pride Festival is an opportunity for our community to show up as their authentic and true selves while inviting individuals, families, allies, and everyone in between, locally, and afar, to stand in solidarity and experience love,” the nonprofit said. “Pride is a joyful celebration of all of the beautiful identities of our LGBTQ+ community.”

The festival will be family-friendly with entertainment and activities for children, Lancaster Pride said. An afterparty for ages 21+ will take place beginning at 9 p.m., also at the convention center.

Tickets are $5 general admission, $15 for general admission plus the afterparty or the afterparty only. There are also $50 tickets that include merchandise packages. Pre-purchase is encouraged; for tickets, click here.

Organizers are encouraging attendees not to bring bags. Bags should be clear unless they are diaper, bottle or medicine bags. All bags are subject to search upon entry. No bags are permitted at the afterparty.

Performances will take place on three stages and include Fast Lane (country rock), Witch Weather (indie), John Levengood (pop) and headliner Emerald Elixir, aka Donovan Hoffer.

The afterparty will feature DJ Major Vibes, a burlesque show, a performance from pop singer Bryce Bowyn and drag performances from the drag group, The D’Quest Family.

The festival is Lancaster Pride’s largest annual fundraiser. This is the first year for the convention center to host the event: Previously, it took place at Clipper Magazine Stadium, but attendance outgrew the stadium’s capacity, organizers said.