2018 Guide To Fall Pride Festivals In Virginia

by Wirt Confroy | Posted: Aug 28, 2018 | Updated: Oct 2, 2018

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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.

Check out the rest of Virginia’s 2018 fall Pride schedule below and share the Virignia you LOVE with the people you LOVE @VisitGayVA (Twitter) and @visitgayva (Instagram) all year-round.


Virginia VA Pride Festivals

Charlottesville Pride Festival


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




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Petersburg Pride & Proud Festival


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.





Chesapeake Bay KOA


Friday, Sept. 21 – Sunday, Sept. 23 » Eastern Shore Pride Weekend Festival

The Eastern Shore’s 1st ever Pride! | 10 AM – 10 PM  (Sat)

At the newly renovated Chesapeake Bay KOA Campground & Resort just south of Cape Charles

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!



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VA Pridefest ~ Richmond


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!





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Northern VA Pride Festival ~ Centreville


Saturday, Sept. 29 » Northern Virginia Pride Festival 2018

Northern Virginia’s 5th annual Pride Festival | 11 AM – 8 PM

Bull Run Park Special Events Center ~ Centerville

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.





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Staunton Pride Festival


Friday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Oct. 7 » Staunton Pride Festival 2018

Staunton’s 1st ever Pride! | 12 PM – 8 PM

Downtown Staunton

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.



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Floyd Pride Festival


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.




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