A Week of Events Lead Up to PrideFest 2016

Hampton Roads Pride welcomes the LGBT community to the Norfolk Waterfront during PrideFest. Town Point Park will host PrideFest on June 18. Also a week of events leading up to the big party will go down at various spots around Hampton Roads.

PrideFest combines entertainment, vendors, and fun activities for all ages. The event attracts thousands of visitors and brings together local residents, families, community leaders, civic organizations and businesses to rally for and celebrate equality. Also PrideFest features the nation’s only Pride Boat Parade.

2016’s theme of the popular event is “Love Unites” and will host two international headliners, pop sensation Betty Who and country singer Billy Gilman.

 

Check out the full schedule of events below:

Tuesday, June 14/Interfaith Celebration
The Hampton Roads LGBTQSI Inter-Faith Group invites you to join with the faith communities from all across Hampton Roads for our 4th Annual Interfaith Celebration during Pride Week 2016.
Temple Ohef Shalom, Norfolk/7 p.m./FREE

Wednesday, June 15/Party on the Peninsula
Enter at wristband station in front of Hampton Maritime Center, this is a rain or shine event with a live band. Register and arrive early to ensure you get a free drink ticket and plenty of great food while it lasts.
Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel, Hampton/ 5 – 7 p.m./FREE

Thursday, June 16/The Dandy Shandy
Celebrate the Pride in our strong LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly business community. Mix and mingle with all your favorite HRBOR Ladies & Gents. Enjoy this year’s signature Pride brew, “The Dandy Shandy”. Take in a Drag Show at 8 p.m. Food trucks and Ice Cream trucks on hand for any appetite.
O’Connor Brewing Company, Norfolk/ 6 p.m. – Close/FREE

Friday, June 17/Pride Block Party
Featuring DJ Tezrah, craft cocktails and more. Open to all (age 21 and up to drink).
Norfolk Scope/7 p.m. – 12 a.m./$10 Donation at the Door

Saturday, June 18/PrideFest 2016
Featuring musical performances by Betty Who, Billy Gilman and others. Plus Pride Boat Parade, Club Stage with local DJs and club performers, Family Fun area, and Hampton Roads’ LGBT History Exhibit.
Town Point Park, Norfolk/12 p.m. – 7 p.m./FREE

Sunday, June 19/“Drag Yourself to the Beach”
Sunday Drag Brunch. Reservations needed, 757-428-5444 or online at www.dragyourselftobrunch.com.
Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, Virginia Beach/11 a.m. – 2 p.m./$4 – $14

Hampton Roads Pride President Michael Berlucchi released this statement about security at this year’s events in the wake of the Orlando tragedy:

Hampton Roads Pride’s President, Michael Berlucchi, today released a statement about the security for PrideFest this weekend in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando:

The tragic events at Pulse nightclub in Orlando remind us that our community’s efforts to advance justice and equality are as important now as they ever have been. Hampton Roads Pride is committed to successfully executing PrideFest 2016, even in the face of hate and terror.

Our plans for the Fifth Annual Pride Block Party and PrideFest 2016 go forward. Our community will demonstrate its solidarity with the LGBT community and its commitment to the values we cherish by celebrating together on June 17th & 18th

There has always been a robust, comprehensive security strategy for our PrideFest events. As a result of the heartbreaking events in Orlando, Hampton Roads Pride is working closely with the Norfolk Police Department as well as state and federal agencies to support the safety of our events.”