Virginia has an unprecedented 16 Pride festivals and celebrations in 2018, an increase of eight Prides in just one year!
Surrounding each Pride event are self-designated LGBT-friendly shops, restaurants, distilleries, meaderies, cideries, craft breweries, wineries, outdoor adventures, attractions and places to stay during Pride weekends.
Find them all at Virginia.org/LGBT.
Saturday, Sept. 15 » Charlottesville Pride Festival 2018
Charlottesville’s 7th annual Pride Festival | 11 AM – 7 PM
Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall
Free, family-friendly, children’s area, beer and wine garden, food trucks; vendors representing businesses and organizations with resources, special offers, and interactive activities; Pride merchandise; music, dance, and drag entertainment
Sunday, Sept. 16 » Petersburg Pride & Proud Festival 2018
Petersburg’s 2nd annual Pride Festival | 12 PM – 10 PM
Historic Downtown Petersburg & DJ’s Rajun Cajun & Steakhouse
Free, and family friendly. Enjoy the best of local food and drink, from Rajun Cajun, Wabi Sabi, and others. Drag performances and children’s area.
Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23 » Eastern Shore Pride Weekend Festival
The Eastern Shore’s 1st ever Pride! | 10 AM – 10 PM (Sat)
Free, and family an pet friendly. Black Light DJ Dance Party at the Jackspot Deck with S’mores on the beach a black light dance party, decorate your golf cart with Pride Swag and parade around the resort for the “Golf Card Pride Parade,” sidewalk chalk art competition and live entertainment and DRAG show on the Jackspot Deck at Sunset Beach!
Saturday, Sept. 22 » VA Pridefest 2018 (Richmond)
Richmond’s 39th annual Pride Festival | 12 PM – 8 PM
Brown’s Island in Downtown Richmond
Free, family-friendly day of festivities feature a variety of vendors, local eats, activities and entertainment for a day of fun in the sun!
Saturday, Sept. 29 » Northern Virginia Pride Festival 2018
Northern Virginia’s 5th annual Pride Festival | 11 AM – 8 PM
This year’s festival theme is “United in Pride.” Everyone in the pro-equality community is invited to attend our festival united by our shared appreciation for diversity and acceptance.
Friday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Oct. 7 » Staunton Pride Festival 2018
Staunton’s 1st ever Pride! | 12 PM – 8 PM
Enjoy music, fun, and friendship with others at this family-friendly event. All are welcome! Come celebrate the LGBTQIA2+ community and its allies! Pride will be held on Beverley Street in Staunton, rain or shine.
Saturday, Oct. 13 » Floyd Pride 2018
Floyd’s 6th annual Pride festival | 3 PM – 9 PM
Downtown Floyd & Floyd Farmer’s Market
Floyd PFLAG welcomes all friends, family, allies, neighbors and supporters of LGBT equality to gather at the Floyd County post office, parade down Main Street, then celebrate and dance at the Farmers’ Market Pavilion.
Wirt Confroy is Director of Business Development for Virginia Tourism Corporation