The Capitol Beverage Garden will provide revelers the best view of the U.S. Capitol and the chance to experience the entertainment on the Capitol Concert Stage. You will also be able to enjoy your favorite spirit, beer, and or wine.
The Monument Beverage Garden will provide revelers the opportunity to cool down or heat up while watching and listening to great entertainment on the Monument Festival Stage, while sipping their favorite beverage and and enjoying a bite to eat.
The Monument Festival Stage sits on Constitution Avenue and 6th St. with the Washington Monument as the backdrop. It will include a diverse array of musical talent offerings. This stage is located within the Monument Beverage Garden and Food Court.
The Capitol Stage sits at the east end of the festival on Pennsylvania Ave. at 3rd St. with the United States Capitol as the backdrop. It will include headlining international entertainers and showcase some of the best LGBTQ+ talent. This stage includes a VIP Zone, Pit Zone, Accessibility Zone, and is located near the Capitol Beverage Garden and Capitol Food Court.
The fun zone will host the 30’ tall inflatable water slide and misting tents provided by DC Water to beat the summer heat. The family area will also host food vendors, face painters, and covered tables and chairs.
Organizers and participants of Capital Pride are, together, taking concrete, achievable steps toward reducing and eliminating harmful environmental impacts from the events. This is an important step in laying the foundation for more impactful and incremental improvements over the coming years.
Go above reduce, reuse, and recycle to reevaluate our default decisions and adopt both mandatory and voluntary environmental requirements.
Reduce consumption at the source by moderating event materials.
Source products that will diminish Capital Pride’s environmental impacts and ensure we support vendors and suppliers that are LGBTQ inclusive.
The following actions are mandatory for vendors and exhibitors at the festival:
Distributing single-use plastic bags is prohibited.
Distribution of polystyrene (Styrofoam™) products, plastic straws and stirs is prohibited. (District of Columbia requirement)
Any packaging disposed of at the festival should be recyclable or compostable.
Failure to comply with these requirements may result in a fine and/or removal from Capital Pride events.
Vendors and exhibitors are encouraged to creatively and consciously make sustainable decisions for their booths.
Promotional Products: avoid distributing single-use plastic products like disposable water bottles, balloons and beads, or other individually wrapped items. Consider more creative branding items like reusable water bottles, reusable straws, plant seed packs, drink coasters, towels or sweatbands, eco-tube lip balm, etc.
Vendors and participants should research the environmental and social practices of suppliers. Support capital regional businesses to reduce shipping impacts and keep economic benefits local.
Visitors are encouraged to avoid driving to Pride events. Due to crowds and limited parking, if able, participants should walk or take public transportation to the festival. Reducing car trips will help reduce the event’s carbon footprint. Visit WMATA.com to plan your trip.
The District of Columbia does not permit the sale or distribution of polystyrene (Styrofoam™) food service products, plastics straws or stirs. Alternatives should be compostable. More information about alternatives and the city’s guidelines for disposal can be found on the Mayor’s List of Recyclables and Compostables.
The District of Columbia has a goal of reducing plastic waste by 80% by 2032—Capital Pride and participants have an obligation to support the city in this effort. For more information on the city’s sustainability initiative, visit the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).
Capital Pride Initiatives:
Capital Pride appreciates your cooperation in helping us make Pride a more sustainable event. The Capital Pride Alliance recognizes recommitting to sustainability will require effort from all parties involved. This document provides guidance for participants, but here are a few initiatives Capital Pride is undertaking in 2019 and hope to expand on in the future.
Securing Renewables Energy Credits (RECs) to support renewable energy and offset the entirety of Capital Pride’s electric use with renewables.
Engage the community through sustainability education initiatives, promoting sustainability efforts, and encouraging participation from environmental groups.
Increased consultation with the DC Department of Energy and Environment.
The Capital Pride Alliance, through its stewardship of diverse programming and events, specifically year-round LGBTQ+ Pride festivities centered in Washington, DC and the National Capital Region, serves to celebrate, educate, support, and inspire our multi-faceted communities in order to grow and preserve our history and protect our rights for current and future generations. Learn More