Suzanne Westenhoefer will headline at the OBX Pridefest celebration.

NAGS HEAD, N.C. — The OBX Pridefest will be held Sept. 9-11 in three-day-long beach weekend event. Organizers said that they are moving forward, despite the international notoriety HB2 has brought to the state.

This year’s headliners are international gay recording star Steve Grand and 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.”

The centerpiece event is the Outer Banks Pride Festival on the afternoon of Sept. 10 at the First Colony Inn, 6715 S. Croatan Hwy. It 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, plus 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 online. 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, with the major support of Wabi Sabi Restaurant, and the 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. Proceeds from OBX Pride’s fundraisers and events support local LGBT 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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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.