Although it's the capital - and one of the largest cities - of a state with a poor track record when it comes to gay-friendliness, historic and richly cultured Richmond has a large LGBT community and tourism office that's made a great effort to attract gay and lesbian visitors in recent years. Richmond has a handful of very fun gay bars and several hip neighborhoods with welcoming personalities, fun retail and dining, and an impressive arts scene. Held in late September for some time now, Virginia Gay Pride, known officially as VA PrideFest, is once again being held in late September, after being held earlier in the month last year. The date this year is September 24, 2016.
Check out the Richmond Gay Nightlife Guide for tips on where to socialize during Pride weekend.
On Saturday, September 24, VA Pridefest draws more than 10,000 participants each year and takes place from noon until 8 pm on Brown's Island (located at the bottom of 12th Street, on the river) on a scenic stretch of downtown Richmond's James River. There will also be food, drink, and numerous community vendors and organizations.
Note that much earlier in the year, in June, the Hampton Roads Gay Pride celebration in Norfolk draws thousands of participants and spectators from throughout the state.
Richmond Gay Resources
Richmond gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops will likely have other events going on throughout the weekend. Check gay resources, such as Richmond's GLBT news and entertainment resource, GayRVA.com, and the Gay Community Center of Richmond, for more information. Also visit the very helpful gay visitor site operated by the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city's official tourism organization.