North Carolina Gay Pride 2016 - Durham Gay Pride 2016 - Raleigh Gay Pride 2016

Celebrating the North Carolina Pride Festival in Durham and Nightfest in Raleigh

North Carolina Pride takes place on the beautiful campus of Duke University, in Durham, NC. photo by Andrew Collins

One of a few Gay Pride celebrations that take place in the Southeast during the month of September (another is Virginia Pride in Richmond), North Carolina Gay Pride takes place on the campus of prestigious Duke University, in the historic city of Durham (part of the Research Triangle, and one of North Carolina's more liberal-leaning regions), as well as in the capital city of Raleigh and the liberal university town of Chapel Hill. The official day of celebration is this year is September 24, 2016..

Note that Raleigh hosts its own Gay Pride event, Out Raleigh Gay Pride, in early May - the date this year is May 6, 2017.

More than 7,000 people are expected to attend this year's festival, which includes a Pride Parade (this is held in Durham on Saturday), a Daytime Pride Festival with music and entertainment (held at Duke East Campus on Saturday), the Raleigh Nightfest and Embrace Party (held along downtown Hargett Street in Raleigh), Durham "Pride at Night" parties (held in several areas, including Rigsbee Avenue), and lots more. Here's a full calendar of North Carolina Pride events, which take place over several days.

Check out the Durham Gay Guide, Raleigh Gay Guide, and Chapel Hill Gay Guide for more on what to see and do in these great cities.

Many bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. And all three of the key cities that make up the Research Triangle have special Pride deals at certain gay-friendly hotels. Check the handy GLBT Triangle Local Events website and Q Notes gay newspaper for details. Also be sure to check out the excellent GLBT website created by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and the similarly helpful GLBT website produced by the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau.