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NAGS HEAD, N.C. — OBX Pridefest will take place Sept. 12-14 at various locations across the seaside destination.

The festival kicks off with beach time on Sept. 12, 1 p.m., across the road from First Colony Inn, 6715 S. Croatan Hwy. Enjoy the free event while soaking up some sun. Beer and wine will be sold on the Inn’s back deck.

That evening at 6 p.m., sail out on the Crystal Dawn at Pirates Cove Marina, 2000 Sailfish Dr., in Manteo with the official festival kick off party. Free open bar will be available onboard, as well as entertainment by the GoGo Boys and DJ Little Betty. This cruise is open to Pride Pass holders only. Space is limited, so make purchases early.

At 10 p.m., head out to Pamlico Jack’s, 6708 S. Croatan Hwy., for a comedy club night featuring Roxy C. Moorecox. Adam Sank follows at 11 p.m. Admission is free for Pride Pass holders, $25/advance or $30/at the door.

For those who want to keep the party going, enjoy a bonfire beach party and jam back at the Inn.   BYOB and instruments for this fun-filled evening. Stay to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic. There is no charge to attend.

On Sept. 13, 11 a.m., at the Inn, venture out to the 4th Annual Outer Banks Gay Pride Festival. Host is Jennifer Warner. Performers include Dylan Michael, Darkes Noon Zen Monkeys, Red Letter Day, Drag Surfing, G.U.T.S., High Tide OBX and Dharc Wine. Graham Outten and Warner will entertain between sets.

Little Betty’s Drag Surfing Beach Party & Tea Dance at 3 p.m. will be available for those who want to get some rays at the beach across from the Inn. OBX will attempt to break a world record for the most people in drag clothing on surf boards! All are encouraged to participate. Buy your clothes from the Hotline Thrift stores or similar and then donate the clothes back to them. Farmdog Surf School serves as sponsor will give short surfing lessons.

Sterling Maxwell’s Drag King Showcase will crank up at 9 p.m. at Pamlico Jack’s. See performers, title holders, legends and more across a diverse representation.

Stay for Roxy C. Morrecox and Jennifer Warner’s Pride & Joy Drag Show at 10:30 p.m. the stage will be packed with gender bending performers from all over the region.

At midnight, get the beat on with Nick Hawk from NBC’s “The Voice.”

DJ Little Betty keeps the party going with a late night DJ set and dance party of the pirate ship deck.

Sashay down the beach to First Colony Inn for a Tiki Torch Beach Party at 2 a.m.

Wake up to a drag brunch at Pamlico Jack’s at 12 p.m. Cost is $25 for the brunch and show. Take in some more sun at 2 p.m. back at the beach across from the Inn.

The festival ends with The Jennifer Warner Show at 10 p.m. at Kelly’s Tavern, 2316 S. Croatan Hwy.

Go online to get details on accommodations, Pride Pass purchase and schedules.


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