Your 2021 Guide To Virginia’s PRIDE Festivals & Events

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. And, in 2021, the passing of more legislation further extends Virginia’s non-discrimination protections for Virginians on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. 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!

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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

Virginia PrideFest is a celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Richmond, VA. The event is put on by Virginia Pride and is held in downtown Richmond on Brown’s Island. (Virginia Tourism Corporation, www.Virginia.org/LGBT)

JULY

July 16 – 18:  Black Pride RVARichmond

SEPTEMBER

September 10 – 12:  KOA~CHESAPEAKE BAY│Pride WeekendCape Charles

OCTOBER

October 16 – 19:  Bristol │ Tri-PrideBristol

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.

Virginia is for Lovers PRIDE LOVEworks are part of a network of over 250 art sculptures statewide, each with its own unique design. Many are created by local artist, and reflect the culture, art and history of their community. Check out our LOVEworks trail!

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