Despite the international notoriety HB2 has brought to the state, the Outer Banks of North Carolina and OBX Pride, Inc. welcome the LGBTQ community at OBX Pridefest September 9-11, 2016, in Nags Head.
The sixth annual celebration is a three day-long beach weekend event. This year’s headliners are international gay recording star Steve Grand and renowned lesbian comedienne Suzanne Westenhoefer.
“We’re thrilled that for the sixth year, the Outer Banks continues to embrace the LGBTQ community,” said David Miller, OBX Pridefest organizer. “Now more than ever, amidst the furor created by HB2, it’s time to show our Pride.“
OBX Pridefest begins Friday afternoon September 9 and runs through Sunday night September 11. The centerpiece event is the Outer Banks Pride Festival on Saturday afternoon at the First Colony Inn, which is free and open to the public.
All events take place in and around Nags Head and include a Sunset Booze Cruise, performances by transgender drag legends Jennifer Warner and Jamie Monroe, a Sunday Drag Brunch, nightly Dance Parties with Jammin Jimmie and DJ Sek Z and, and plenty of time for sun and fun at the beach.
“A vacation on the Outer Banks in September is actually one of our best kept secrets, which is why we hold Pridefest then,” said Miller. “The weather is at its late summer best, the hotel and rental rates are lower, and the summer crowds have gone home. In other words, we have the run of the beach for an entire weekend.”
Tickets for all events are available at www.OBXPridefest.com. Choose from an all-inclusive Pride Pass or purchase a la carte event tickets. A complete event listing and lodging options are also online.
The Sixth Annual OBX Pridefest is funded by a grant from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau (www.OuterBanks.org), with the major support of Wabi Sabi Restaurant (www.eatwabisabi.com), and the generous support of The First Colony Inn, Kelly’s Restaurant & Tavern, the OBX Brewing Station, Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant, 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.