ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Blue Ridge Pride will be held on Oct. 6, 12-7 p.m., at Pack Square Park.

Theme for this year is “United with Pride.”

Various activities will be held during the weekend and will culminate with the outdoor festival.

According to promoters, it has been named by CNN Travel as one of the five Pride festivals to attend.

The Renaissance Hotel serves as the host hotel. Attendees can obtain a blurpon, a buy-one-get-one at 50 percent off, to stay at the hotel on Oct. 5-6. A raffle is also being held for a two-night stay at the hotel for $5 each. To find out more about this program, email Drawing will be held on Oct. 1. Rooms are limited and can be booked on a first come-first served basis.

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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.