2021 will be a year of reconnecting with our families, friends and LGBTQ+ allies. Virginia’s Queer communities are as strong, passionate and resilient as ever. We are making plans to celebrate PRIDE together in 2021.
Virginia is celebrating our equality as the first southern state to sign into law the Virginia Values Act in 2020. Early this year, the Virginia state legislature passed 11 pro-equality bills including protections for LGBTQ elders and people living with HIV, affirming the right to marry, repealing harmful legal loopholes, and recognizing diverse family structures. All these efforts provide new levels of Welcome and Safety for LGBTQ+ visitors. Virginia’s LGBTQ+ people are finding and sharing more of our Queer history, statewide.
In addition to PRIDE events and festivals, there are plenty of self-designated LGBT-friendly hotels, B&Bs, cabins and campsites available to stay at with family and friends, found at Virginia.org/LGBT. 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 event this year? Here is your guide to each event throughout PRIDE season. And, don’t forget to wear your Virginia is for Lovers Pride Gear!
Note: Due to COVID-19, many festivals and events may be postponed, cancelled, or otherwise changed; check individual event websites for the latest details and COVID-19 safety measures.
2021 Pride Season Festivals and Events – At a Glance
April through October, Virginia Pride organizations and communities are busy planning one-day, large events, and smaller series of events throughout 2021. Check back to see updates on when and where these events take place. Some may be a combination of in-person and virtual.