Saturday, June 10, 2023

Judy Gold Headlines Eighth Annual Outer Banks Pridefest

After a close call from Hurricane Florence this week, the eighth annual Outer Banks Pridefest will is on for next weekend in Nags Head.

“Even after a hurricane evacuation, the Outer Banks continues to embrace the LGBTQ community and support Pridefest,” said Melanie Space, president of Outer Banks Pride, Inc. “For eight years now, we’ve been showing the world that the Outer Banks is a LGBTQ-friendly destination, and a hurricane can’t stop us.”

OBX Pridefest begins Friday, September 21 and runs through Sunday, September 23. The centerpiece event is the Outer Banks Pride Festival beginning at 1:00 PM on Saturday at  the Soundside Event Site at Milepost 15 in Nags Head. The festival is free and open to the public.

This year’s Saturday night headliner is world-renowned lesbian comedienne Judy Gold. Gold has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO. She wrote and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom (which garnered her an Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (which won her a GLAAD Media Award). Over her 35-year career, she has appeared in countless television shows ranging from Roseanne to 30 Rock to Sex and the City.

Judy Gold

Other Pridefest events include a concert by Hampton Roads performer Cliff Warner; the Pride and Joy Drag Show; a Saturday night after party; and a Jennifer Warner’s star-studded Sunday Drag Brunch with Hershae Chocolatae, Spikey Van Dykey, Jamie Monroe, Cliff Warner, and Chance Thomas.

Al la carte tickets, lodging information, and venue information are available at

The Eighth Annual OBX Pridefest is funded by a grant from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau with major support from MJs Tavern, the Outer Banks Community Foundation, and Outer Banks Media.

OBX Pride, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization engaged in the advancement of LGBTQ issues on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Proceeds from OBX Pride’s fundraisers and events support local LGBTQ youth through sponsorship of two Outer Banks Gay-Straight Student Alliances and the new Allen Aldridge Memorial Scholarship Fund.

All donations to OBX Pride, Inc. are fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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