We're rounding up LGBTQ events to keep you on the move leading up to the big festival on Saturday, September 12. For information on Virginia PrideFest, hop over to VirginiaPride.org.
Friday, September 4
Virginia Pride Fundraiser, 7 p.m. @ Barcode, 6 E. Grace St.
Check out original artwork created by Barcode's Matt Butler as part of First Fridays. DJ Amy Alderman will be spinning and a portion of money from each piece of artwork sold will be donated to Virginia Pride. Check it out on Facebook here.
Sunday, September 6
Carytown Pride, 10 a.m., Babes of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.
Kick off pride week with a brunch buffet starting at 10 a.m. followed by a corn hole tournament and live music beginning at 2 p.m.
Summer's End Tea, 4 p.m., C Street Carytown, 3325 W. Cary St.
While Selba the restaurant may have closed, Selba Lounge lives on the form of this monthly tea dance! And this one is the last one for the summer, so get your booty rockin on a Sunday night. More on Facebook.
Wednesday, September 9
LOUD and PROUD Karaoke, 9 p.m., Babes of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.
It's a sing-off. This one's hosted by Natalie. We're feeling a little Cher right now. Woooh! Part of Pride Week at Babe's. More on Facebook.
Thursday, September 10
XXX Diva's Drag Show, 10 p.m., Babes of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.
Okay, so you get a drag show without cover, plus there's a special on $1 tots and tacos. Sounds like a win here. The show's hosted by Michelle Livigne and celebrates the return of Sharon Husbands featuring Katrina Colby, Millenium C. Snow, and Monica Duvall Ferrah. More on Facebook.
Friday, September 11
Old School, New Rules, 7 p.m., The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue
Preview the first public instillation of a Capital One exhibition featuring local LGBTQ artists and the brilliance, vision and talent of the Richmond art scene. More on Facebook.
Pre-Pride Party and Show, 10 p.m., Babes of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.
DJ Austin Prime takes over babes with a team of drag kings and queens. Plenty of bar swag, contests and prizes to get you in the mood to celebrate! More on Facebook.
Saturday, September 12
Pop Olympus Pride After Party, 10 p.m., Barcode, 6 E. Grace St.
After Smirnoff hosts a special Pop Paradise reception starting at 8 p.m. (details on the Facebook link below), Barcode opens to the public for a night of music and celebration with Heights. More on Facebook.
SAME LOVE Pride After Party, 8 p.m., Babes of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.
DJ Erock Inside and DJ Austin Prime on the Patio with lots of Pride Swag, four bars and plenty of pride jello (oh, it really is infamous jello!) More on Facebook.
Tropical Paradise Pride After Party, 9 p.m., Godfrey's, 308 E. Grace St.
DJ Joey has free giveaways and hot exotic dancers. Fiery drag performances will light up the stage and you'll get to take in the newly expanded outdoor patio.
Animal, 10:30 p.m., Balliceaux, 203 N. Lombardy St.
The queer dance party makes a triumphant return to Balliceaux with Eric Tomlin, Nicholas K and David Miller. Here's a bit of what to expect... "a dance music experience which combines futuristic and retro sounds using sequencers, synths, and drum machines. Nicholas K live spans a wide range of vibrations from warming, to heart pounding, to sweet, sweaty euphoria all rolled into one tight, sexy package." More on Facebook.
Sunday, September 13
After Pride Brunch, 10 a.m., Babes of Carytown, 3166 W. Cary St.
A festive brunch followed by a Tea Dance Patio Party with Pop Up Entertainment beginning at 4. What a full day!