Monday, March 27, 2023

Here’s Your Guide To A Gay Old Thanksgiving Weekend In Hampton Roads

A little bit of Thanksgiving goes a long way. If you’re like us, you’ll be going a bit stir crazy by Thursday night. Never fear, there’s plenty going on this weekend in the Seven Cities. Here’s your Escape Plan.

All Weekend

Million Bulb Walk
Norfolk Botanical Garden
6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk
4 – 9 PM
The holiday tradition is back and better than ever! Walk through two miles of spectacular holiday light displays with family and friends. This is a very popular event, and buying your tickets in advance is recommended.
$10 – $17 per person

Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 27

36th Annual Virginia Beach Christmas Market
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Friday and Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM, Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM
1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach
The Virginia Beach Christmas Market features over 250 fine artisans and crafters from more than 25 states. Whether you’re searching for unique one-of-kind Christmas gifts, personalized stocking stuffers, or a stunning floral centerpiece for the holidays, you’ll find it all at the Virginia Beach Christmas Market.
$2 for kids, $8 for adults (includes admission for all three days)

Thursday, November 23

Thanksgiving Service
Christ and Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church
560 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk
St. Luke’s has always been a welcoming place of worship for everyone. Join them tomorrow for an hour-long Eucharist featuring music with their full choir.

Thanksgiving Day Potluck – Unitarian Church of Norfolk

Why spend Thanksgiving Day alone? Please be our guest for a potluck dinner at 2 p.m., on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23 at UCN. Come join us for feasting, reminiscing and counting our blessings. The turkey will be provided by the church (as well as Tofurky for our vegetarian friends) and guests will bring side dishes and desserts to share.If you have partners, neighbors and/or friends who would normally be dining alone, feel free to bring them with you.  To reserve a spot, contact Marcia Slosser at with “Thanksgiving reservation” in the subject line and the number of people in your party. Please indicate if you are vegetarian.


The First Annual Garage Reunion
Doors open at 7 PM, showtime 10 PM
731 Granby Street, Norfolk
Located in the former Garage space on Granby Street, Jhane’s continues to pay homage to that iconic gay bar with regular events. On Thanksgiving night, they’re holding the first-ever Garage reunion hosted by Meyoni Versace and Fantasy Brooks Houstin and a host of performances.
$5 cover

Thanksgiving Night After Party
Hershee Bar
9 PM until close
6117 Sewells Point Rd., Norfolk
You will no doubt be sick of turkey (and maybe your relatives) on Thursday night. $7 cover, DJs all night, mini-show contest and raffles.

Friday, November 24

Black Friday Drag Bingo at Tortilla West

Shopping not your thing? Need to get the visiting family OUT of your house for a few hours?  Join the TWest crew and the lovely Miss Sandra Lopez for BINGO night! The fine folks from Jack Daniels Rye and Center of the Universe Brewing will be here serving samples of their goodies. We will have some awesome give aways from Jack and COTU.
Seating is limited so make sure you book your table today!  Tacos, bingo, Jack Rye, COTU and Queens. Sounds like a perfect Friday night!

Black Friday Foam Party
The Wave
Friday, November 24, 9 PM until close
4107 Colley Ave., Norfolk
It’s The Wave’s last Foam Party of the year their are shutting the lights off, bringing out our glowiest props, and dropping a TON of foam on your heads, from TWO foam machines!! DJ STR3AM will pump out crazy music in the Foam Pit, and DJ Bird will dry you off in the back.
$6 in advance, $7 at the door

Who We Are Not Duo
The Starving Artist Café
44408 Colley Avenue
Who We Are Not describes this local acoustic husband and wife team’s musical proclivities. Their original music spans genres and generations. Join them at the LGBT-owned Starving Artist Café for a relaxing evening. PS: they love for other musicians to join them on stage!
No cover

Saturday, November 25, 7-10 PM

Red Stapler Duo
Oozlefinch Craft Brewery
81 Patch Rd., Hampton
Red Stapler (better known as Vee and Joe Milosevich) is back for another great night of music and fun. Grab a friend, a date or come alone. Don’t miss out, it is always a fun night when these guys play and they will keep you out way past your curfew! Free.

For a comprehensive listing of upcoming events, check out our calendar.  You can download events into your smartphone.  If you would like submit an event to our calendar, please visit our community event page here.

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