The first Fayetteville Pride will be held on June 22.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The first Fayetteville Pride will be held on June 22, 6-9 p.m., at Cross Creek Linear Park Fountain, 213 Green St., with hopes for it to become an annual event, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

The Pride festival will include vendors, food and a DJ. It will be held in future years in June to coincide with LGBTQ Pride Month.

The effort was formed about a year ago as a non-profit and seeks to serve the local LGBTQ community, as well as promoting inclusivity and diversity. Board member Emily Lenning told the Observer, “We’re really excited. It is, as far as we know, the first Pride festival we’ve had in Fayetteville.”

This is not the first event the organization has held. Last fall they had a picnic attracting over 300 attendees. Its Facebook page has over 1,000 followers.

Fayetteville Pride has made much progress over the last year with the start of a youth council. It also hopes to shelter other groups under its umbrella in the future. Lenning told the Observer that the ultimate goal was to open a community center for the LGBTQ community.

Although Fayetteville is a diverse community, there are not enough resources to support it. To learn more, email


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