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Pridefest Cancelled, Sara and Tegan Concert Moved to the National




Virginia Pride Announcement

Virginia Pride has made the difficult decision to postpone Pridefest 2023, scheduled for this Saturday, September 23rd on Brown’s Island. Our decision comes after thoughtful consideration and consultation with meteorologists, event planning experts, and our valued stakeholders.

Weather forecasts currently available to us predict consistent, and at times heavy, rainfall, coupled with the potential for dangerous wind gusts of up to 40 mph. Such conditions would be both uncomfortable and dangerous for our attendees, vendors, entertainers, and dedicated volunteers.

We are actively exploring alternatives to reschedule Pridefest this year. We remain committed to bringing Greater Richmond together to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community with the enthusiasm it deserves. We are working with local venues to host some of our Pridefest entertainers on Saturday. Be sure to watch our social media and our website for up-to-date information on where you can enjoy these performances.

Despite this postponement, other Pride Weekend events are still happening:
Pride After Dark pre-Pride Party: Join us at Ember Music Hall on Friday night for an unforgettable pre-Pride party. Tickets are available for $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event, and $25 at the door. Secure your spot here, and the doors will open at 8 pm.

The Pridefest Weekend closing concert with Tegan and Sara: We are turning rain into rainbows and moving the Tegan and Sara concert to the National! Doors will open at 6pm, and all tickets have already been transferred. Ticket holders: Please check your email for more information. Tickets are also still available at

We are just as disappointed as you may be about this decision. In moments like this we show that we are stronger together. We are committed to finding ways for Greater Richmond to celebrate its LGBTQ+ community in the weeks ahead. Please stay tuned to our social media and website for more information.

In community,
Virginia Pride

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.