Here’s Your Comprehensive Guide to Pride Events in Hampton Roads

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Hampton Roads residents have been showing their Pride for a few weeks, starting with the First Annual Stiletto Stomp, Reel It Out Film Festival and Pulse Remembrance.  Events are ramping up as we approach the 30th Annual PrideFest in Norfolk’s Town Point Park.  Organizations and individuals throughout coastal Virginia are celebrating Pride in many ways.  Between June 21 – July 1, there are more than 45 LGBTQ/Pride events planned throughout Hampton Roads.  So, pace yourself and stay hydrated – the next two weeks are going to be very busy.

Below you will find the most comprehensive list of events produced by Hampton Roads Pride and by other groups and organizations throughout the community.  Stay plugged in and check out the complete June calendar of events here.

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Events for Thursday, June 21, 2018

4 – 11 PM – Gershwin’s LGBT Night

Gershwin’s, 332 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Come out every Thursday and enjoy the best craft cocktails in town in a relaxed and inclusive environment. Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm and open until 11pm. This is the only Live vocal Jazz and Piano bar with a 1920’s-1940’s theme in Norfolk.

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6 – 9 PM – Hampton Roads Pride Third Thursday at the Chrysler Museum of Art

The Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

Free – $5

Get an early start to Hampton Roads Pride week with Pride Third Thursday at the Chrysler Museum of Art. Pose with the LOVE sign outside, and then head inside for food, a cash bar and live music by DJ Melody & Co., Ju Ju Drum and others!

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6 – 9 pm – ONF Joggers and Lagers @ The Chrysler

Chrysler Museum, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510

Hi Joggers! Pride week is coming up. To celebrate, we are shifting J&L a bit. This week (June 21), the Chrysler Museum is shifting it’s Third Thursday to kick off Pride week and we want to celebrate with them! J&L will not be cancelled, but shifted a bit. We want you to get your two […]

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7 – 8 PM – Third Thursday Yoga on the Chrysler Lawn

The Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 

It’s Third Thursday, PRIDE Month, AND International Yoga Day! Join the Bhav Brigade teachers for a co-taught, all-levels vinyasa flow. We will practice on the beautiful lawn. Enjoy the other Third Thursday events in the Museum or the Glass Studio following class. With 100% of proceeds benefiting the LGBT Life Center.

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Events for Friday, June 22, 2018

9 PM – The Wave Presents: Freedom Fridays

Come On Out To The Wave Evey Friday Night For Freedom Fridays with DJ Bird in the Main Room, and Dj Hyper AlteX in the Back Room!.

FREE Entry for Active Duty and Retired military ALL NIGHT!!!

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10 PM – Absolut Fridays! at the Hershee Bar

The Hershee Bar, 6117 Sewells Point Rd., Norfolk, VA

DRAG! DRINKS! & DANCING! Join Noelia Bella and her show cast each and every Friday! -Free Cover before 11:00 PM -Martini specials all night -Shot specials all night -Made to order food -Fabulous Drag show -Dance Party & More!!! We take PRIDE in bringing our community together for over 35 years!

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11:30 PM – 2 AM – Cabaret Drag Show Cruise Aboard The Sprit of Norfolk

The Spirit of Norfolk, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

$31.90

Included with base price A two-hour late night cruise along the Elizabeth River. An entertaining (and R-rated) drag show featuring illusions of your favorite celebrities 30-minute dance party following the show with DJs playing today’s hottest hits Delicious Moonlight buffet with freshly prepared appetizers and small bites (view menu) Spectacular late night views of Norfolk.

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Events for Saturday, June 23, 2018

9 AM -12 PM – LGBT Cake Decorating Class

Annabelle’s School of Cake Decorating, 6527 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509

$50  (PRE-PAY REQUIRED) This is an event honoring the LGBT community in Hampton Roads & Celebrating Gay Pride in June!! Come to our hands-on cake decorating class, where you get to unleash your inner-muse and throw your artistic spin on an edible masterpiece! You bring a pre-baked cake (see supplies section below). We furnish EVERYTHING ELSE!

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4 PM – 6 PM – YOUth Matter

LGBT Life Center, 247 W. 25th St., Norfolk, VA 23517 

Join us this Saturday for a brief 101 on Pride history (plus ice cream!).  LGBTQ and between 14 and 19? YOUth Matter is a place for those of all sexual orientations and gender identities to to be themselves, get to know each other and build friendships.  Free!

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7:30 PM – The TRD in Me: A Hip Hop Benefit Dance Concert

Todd Rosenlieb Dance, 325 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23510

$10 – $20

TRDance Company Dancer, Ronald Parker presents an evening of Hip Hop Dance, in this Benefit Concert: The TRD In Me.  Join us for an unforgettable evening of dancing, raffle prizes, and even the chance to show off your own dance moves!

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9 PM – 2 AM – DJ Gunn Lundemo and DJ Daniela Sea

The Hershee Bar, 6117 Sewells Point Rd., Norfolk, Virginia

$14

Join us on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9pm, as we welcome DJ Gunn and DJ Daniela.

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9 PM – 2 AM – The Cavaliers Bar Night @ MJ’s Tavern

MJ’s Tavern, 4019 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23504

This month’s bar night is all about Pride guys! It’s a week before Pride Fest so bring and wear all your favorite rainbow gear!

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Events for Sunday, June 24

11 AM -2 PM – Drag Yourself To The BEACH – Pride Edition

Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, 620 19th St , Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Drag Yourself To The BEACH for a pre-party kickoff to Pride week in Hampton Roads. Fundraiser, raffle prizes, fun, food, drinks and Drag Queens!  This event will sell out, so make your reservation today! Sunday, June 24 • 11am & 2pm Showtimes

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11:00 AM  – OutVentures Weekend Outing: Sunday Funday at the Beach

Hillier Ignite Fitness Park, 100 36th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Free

Come for the fun, stay for the scenery!This is open to all ages, all levels of athletic ability, and open to people who just want to meet new people, make friends, and have a good time! As long as there’s no rain in our forecast, the plan is to hit up the beach!

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3:30 PM – Queer Queens of Qomedy in Virginia Beach

Funny Bone Comedy Club, 217 Central Park Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23462

$20 – $40

The Queer Queens of Qomedy are coming to Virginia Beach!  From Showtime’s’ Pride the Gay and Lesbian Comedy Slam, Poppy Champlin has been knocking ‘em out with the funny for 25 years.

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5:30 PM – ONF Cheat Day

Waterside District, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

Our purely social event and the best day of the month… come load up on delicious treats to reward your hard work. Follow us over to It Takes A Village: ONF Planning at the Suntrust Building in Downtown Norfolk right after to help build out the calendar of events.

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Events for Monday, June 25

6 PM – 9PM – Beach Beats & Brews – Pride Edition

Smartmouth Brewery, 313 32nd Street, Virginia Beach, VA  23451

Celebrate Pride Week with Hampton Roads Pride by enjoying the latest creations by Smartmouth Pilot House!!  Dance to the musical beats of DJ Matty while performers from Mambo Room entertain you!

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Events for Tuesday, June 26

5 PM – 7PM – Pints for Pride

MJ’s Tavern, 4019 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23504

Join us in raising a pint for pride week with our neighborhood brewery! Enjoy different styles, giveaways, and take home a commemorative glass!

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6PM – 8 PM – Lagerheads Softball Bingo Night

The Hershee Bar, 6117 Sewells Point Rd. Norfolk, VA

Lagerheads Softball Fundraiser. CASH PRIZES! 10 games total. 3 sets of 3 games each, 1 progressive game. $5.00 per card covers all 3 sets of games. $5.00 per card for Progressive Game. Cash payouts and other prizes up for grabs. Cash prizes will be determined by number of bingo cards sold. Come enjoy bingo with your steak dinner, all while supporting the Lagerheads Softball Team.

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6:30 PM – LGBTQ Community Takeover at Norfolk City Hall

Norfolk City Council Meeting, 1006 City Hall Building, 810 Union St., Norfolk, VA 23510

The Hershee Bar has been a staple and a safe haven for our community for over 35 years. Let’s come together as a community and fight for our bar!!!!! This sale is not final as of yet so we need our voices to be heard!!!!

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7 PM – 8 PM – The Hampton Roads LGBTQAI Interfaith Celebration

New Life Metropolitan Community Church of HR, 1000 Sunset Dr., Norfolk, VA 23503

Free

The Hampton Roads LGBTQAI Interfaith Group invites you to join with faith groups from all across Hampton Roads for the 6th annual Interfaith Celebration during Pride Week 2018. As we continue to be on the cutting edge of history – we, as people of faith, continue to lend our voices and presence, speaking and acting in the name of justice and equality for ALL in the greater LGBTQAI Community.

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Events for Wednesday, June 27

National HIV Testing Day

Each year on June 27 we observe National HIV Testing Day. On this day, we unite with partners, health departments, and other organizations to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV. Help encourage HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day and every day to ensure people get tested for HIV, know their status, and get linked to care and treatment services. To find a testing site near you, click HERE

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4 PM -6 PM – Hampton Roads Pride 30 – Reflect on Our History

Virginia Air and Space Museum, 600 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton, VA 23669

Free

A positive reflection of the last 30 years of pride in the Hampton Roads area. This will be a learning opportunity in collaboration with Pride on the Peninsula. Join us as we celebrate PRIDE with a moving look back at Pride history. Following Dr. Charles Ford our keynote speaker and an open moderated conversation. The conversation will allow participants to share a moment of reflection on their positive personal journey to Pride 30.

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6 PM – 8 PM – Pride Party on the Peninsula

Downtown Hampton, 602 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton, VA 23669

Free

Rain or shine, join us Wednesday, June 27, 2018 for the Fourth annual Pride Party on the Peninsula at Carousel Park in Downtown Hampton! 6:00 – 8:00 pm Fourth annual Pride Party on the Peninsula A FREE EVENT with complimentary food. 6:00 – 8:00 pm Free historic Hampton Carousel rides for party attendees Take a spin back in time on the historic 1920’s Hampton Carousel by showing your Fourth annual Pride Party on the Peninsula wristband.

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6 PM – 1 AM – I Love the 90’s Throwback Party

The Hershee Bar, 6117 Sewells Point Rd., Norfolk, VA

$10

There will be a hot show with some of the hottest songs from the 90’s! 2 dance floors and 2 DJ’s DJ Anthony 90’s attire not required but encouraged Hot Show with the hits from the 90’s Cash Prize to the best 90’s attire 6 pm to 1 am $10.00 admission to the fun

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6:30 PM – 8 PM – New Life MCC Wednesday Evenings On The Beach

Norfolk Community Beach, 700 E. Oceanview Ave., Norfolk, VA 23503

Wednesday evenings this summer at Community Beach Park in Norfolk: Bring your own beach chair and beverage of your choice for informal conversations about our spiritual journeys together. If you park to the left side of the parking lot – we usually gather down on the beach on that left side.

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7:30 PM – 10 PM – ’Drag Down the River’ Boat Cruise

Crown Plaza Downtown Hampton Marina, 700 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669

$10

Enjoy a Drag Cruise (first 100 people to register) on the Hampton River with Jennifer Dion and Special Guest. Highlights include drag queens, music, dancing, and more. All proceeds benefitting LGBT Life Center.  Register at prideonthepeninsula.eventbrite.com

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8 PM – 11 PM – Legendary Drag Bingo!

Legend Brewing Depot, 1 High Street North Landing, Suite B, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Legendary Drag Bingo hosted by Foxy Heart and Cameron Foxx! Don’t miss this hilariously PG-13 Bingo night at the brewery! $1/card, a portion of each card sold will benefit LGBT Life Center and the rest will go to the final card winner of the night! Each bingo card purchase includes a raffle ticket for great prizes donated by Portsmouth businesses!

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Events for Thursday, June 28

4 PM – 11 PM – Gershwin’s LGBT Night

Gershwin’s, 332 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Come out every Thursday and enjoy the best craft cocktails in town in a relaxed and inclusive environment. Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm and open until 11pm. This is the only Live vocal Jazz and Piano bar with a 1920’s-1940’s theme in Norfolk.

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5 PM – 8 PM – Summer Block Party for National HIV Testing Day

1000 Monticello Ave., Norfolk, VA 23510

Free

Come say hello at the LGBT Life Center’s summer BBQ and block party! Free food and music, plus free and private HIV testing.

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6 PM – 10 PM – Crafty Queens – Hampton Roads Pride

O’Connor Brewing Company, 211 W 24th St. , Norfolk, VA 23517

Kick off Pride Weekend with Hampton Roads Pride and O’Connor Brewing Company!  Enjoy our latest small-batch release and ‘Crafty Queen Shandies’ made especially for Hampton Roads Pride while you dance to the sounds and beats of DJ Matty!

Mercedes Douglas and her Drag Race Girls will be there to entertain you as well as tempt you to test your luck on the 50/50 raffle.

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6 PM – 9 PM – Joggers & Lagers at O’Connor Brewing Co.

O’Connor Brewing Company, 211 W 24th St., Norfolk, VA 23517

Hi Joggers! Pride week is coming up. To celebrate, we are shifting J&L a bit. This Thursday, June 28, O’Connors Brewing is hosting their Weekend Wind-Up as Crafty Queens.

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8 PM – 10 PM – Don’t be a Drag, Be a Queen

Waterside District, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA

Join us for “Don’t Be a Drag, Be a Queen” at Harbor Club. This kickoff to PRIDE 2018 will feature fabulous queens, headlined by Sandra Onassis Lopez. There will be lip sync battles, interactions with guests, lovers ball, and a dance party after the show. This will be be a FREE show, open to the public. This is one night you surely won’t want to miss!

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8 PM – 2:30 AM – All White with a Splash of Color

Jhane’s, 731 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

$10

Featuring: DJ Tryfe, celebrity LGBT DJ from D.C. 2 Floors of fun w/ VIP available What’s Your Flavor’ Fashion Show and Costume Contest by LGBT designer Kween Ju’nell Live Body Paint by LGBT artist Jazz Walker Hosted by LGBT MC, The Rebel Fashion Show from 8 – 10, DJ Tryfe and The Rebel from 10 pm to 230 am Special Guest: Hampton Roads Lady Gators.

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8 PM – 11 PM – “Tales of the HerShee Bar” Open Mic Night

The Hershee Bar, 6117 Sewells Point Rd., Norfolk, VA

Free

If the walls of the HerShee Bar could talk, what stories would be told after 35 years? Join us for an open mic night at the Hershee Bar and come prepared to tell a story (or two) about your experiences and memories. 

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9 PM – 2 AM – Pride Party with Gillette Black

37th and Zen, 1083 W 37th St , Norfolk, VA 23508

Join Gillette Black for her pre pride party with special guests Eddie Danger and the legendary Jennifer Warner along with performances by Anita Blunt, Chanel Temple, the vocal talents of Cliff Warner, Travis T. Jones and Trikx Queen. DJ ShadeeTee will be spinning all the hottest beats all night long. Show starts at 9pm

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Events for Friday, June 29

7 PM – Pace Pride Ride

Starts at Llewellyn Ave. & W. 22nd St., Norfolk, VA 23517

Ride as one on June 29th to celebrate our freedom, diversity and equality! We’ll be cruising through the streets on special Pride bikes to show our support for Norfolk’s LGBTQIA community. Bring your own bike or use one of ours – all are welcome! Where: Meet at the parking lot behind Mermaid Winery (Llewellyn Ave & West 22nd in Ghent). We’ll then make our way through downtown Norfolk and end at the Scope Arena for the Pride Block Party.

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7 PM – 12 AM – Seventh Annual Hampton Roads Pride Block Party

Norfolk Scope Arena, 201 E Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, VA 23510

$12-15

This year’s “7 Minutes in Heaven ” theme features DJ Rays, with all proceeds to benefit Hampton Roads Pride and its mission. Expect the unexpected at this wildly popular all-night dance party which also features Drag, Live Art, and Heavenly Performers. Each year, this event grows larger with more outrageous fun for the thousands that attend.

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9 PM – The Wave Presents: Freedom Fridays

Come On Out To The Wave Evey Friday Night For Freedom Fridays with DJ Bird in the Main Room, and Dj Hyper AlteX in the Back Room!.

FREE Entry for Active Duty and Retired military ALL NIGHT!!!

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10 PM – Absolut Fridays! at the Hershee Bar

The Hershee Bar, 6117 Sewells Point Rd., Norfolk, VA

DRAG! DRINKS! & DANCING! Join Noelia Bella and her show cast each and every Friday! -Free Cover before 11:00 PM -Martini specials all night -Shot specials all night -Made to order food -Fabulous Drag show -Dance Party & More!!! We take PRIDE in bringing our community together for over 35 years!

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Events for Saturday, June 30

10:30 AM – 12 PM – STORYTIME with QUEEN MARY

Slover Library, 235 East Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Free

“STORYTIME with QUEEN MARY” returns on Saturday, June 30 at the Slover Library with “TAKE PRIDE in STORYTIME.”  There’s no better opportunity to take PRIDE in being who you are than to start through the minds of a child.  Come celebrate the uniqueness of every individual in a forum focused on inclusiveness and acceptance.

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12 PM – Hampton Roads Pride Boat Parade

Town Point Park, 201 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA 23510

On the day of PrideFest, the Nation’s only Pride Boat Parade helps to kick off the festivities along the Town Point Park waterfront. Line up on the dock to watch vessels small and large float by with over-the-top theme decorations.

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12 PM – 7 PM – 30th Annual Hampton Roads PrideFest

Town Point Park, 201 Waterside Dr., Norfolk, VA 23510 Free

“Stand Up, Stand Out” – Thirty Years Strong Hampton Roads Pride 2018 is a series of special events that celebrate the Hampton Roads LGBT and allied communities in support of inclusion, dignity and equality of all people.

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7 PM – 10 PM – Queen Mary Paint Party

Painting with a Twist, 1437 Sams Dr., Ste. 104, Chesapeake, VA 23320

$45

The painted lady herself is back at PAINTING WITH A TWIST on Saturday, June 30 from 7-10pm. Bring all your ladies (and husbands and ‘guy pals’) and share in an evening of fun like you’ve never experienced. Hosting the event is the inimitable QUEEN MARY, voted as Hampton Roads BEST DRAG ENTERTAINER for 2017.

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9 PM – 2 AM – Rainbow Rave FOAM Party

37th and Zen, 1083 W 37th St., Norfolk, VA 23508

To Help Celebrate Pride we are throwing one of our Legendary FOAM Party Raves!!!

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9 PM – Party after the Park – The Underground Culture

Jhane’s, 731 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

One big party for the LGBT experience with an underground erotic theme. Hosted by LGBT MC, MC Tuffy and Omar Contests, Special guests and a few other secrets you have to be there to see!

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Events for Sunday, July 1

12 PM – 4 PM – Drag Brunch Day Party

Jhane’s, 731 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

$25

The host, legendary Amore Diamond and the talents of Jasleane Jade, Nairobia C. Ova Snow, and Monica Christina $25.00 entry includes all you can eat buffet, seating and a helluva show to enjoy while you dine and sip Noon to 4 pm, showtime slated for 1:30 pm.

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4 PM – 9 PM – LGBTQ Summer Fling Pool Party

Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown, 700 Monticello Ave., Norfolk, VA 23510

Join us for an LGBTQ pool party in the sun! Live DJ Food Refreshments Free HIV testing available.

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