The first half 2020 has been a year of connecting and supporting each other in so many ways, and our LGBTQ+ families, friends and Allies are as strong, passionate and resilient as ever. Virginia’s Queer communities are making plans to celebrate PRIDE together in 2020.
Virginia is also celebrating our Queer TheirStory, HerStory and History as the first southern state to sign into law the Virginia Values Act, extending state non-discrimination protections to Virginians on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – a new level of Welcome and safety for LGBTQ+ visitors. Virginia’s LGBTQ+ people are finding and sharing more of our Queer history, statewide. This includes people, stories and timelines found at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture’s Story of Virginia exhibit, and online at Virginia Historic Resources’ LGBTQ Heritage in Virginia website.
While event dates are predicated on the health and safety of all, we are sharing what’s planned and will be updating our calendar accordingly.
No matter which PRIDE events and festivals you attend, there are plenty of self-designated LGBT-friendly hotels, B&Bs, cabins and campsites available to stay at with family and friends. There are also so many things to do and discover, such as shops, restaurants, distilleries, meaderies, cideries, craft breweries, wineries, outdoor adventures, and much more.
Interested in attending a Virginia PRIDE festival this year? Here is your guide to each event throughout PRIDE season.
PRIDE Season Festivals and Events: At a Glance
- July 24-26: Staunton Pride—Staunton
- September 5 – 6: Roanoke Pride—Roanoke
- September 19: Shenandoah Valley Pride—Harrisonburg
- September 25-29: Floyd Pride—Floyd
- September 26: VA Pridefest 2020—Richmond
Wirt Confroy is Director of Business Development for Virginia Tourism Corporation