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12th Annual OBX LGBTQ+ Pride Festival (Free & Family-Friendly!)
September 9 @ 1:00 pm7:00 pm
Saturday, September 9th at 1-7 PM
This FREE, family-friendly, LGBTQ+ Pride festival is the main event on Saturday afternoon, September 9th from 1 PM to 7 PM.
This FREE afternoon of concert bands, craft beers, and wines, local restaurants, vendors, and entertainers, is open to ALL and will be at the Roanoke Island Festival Park on the historic waterfront in Manteo, NC.
*Please note: No coolers are allowed and alcohol cannot be carried out of Festival Park. Please bring cash or a card and support our local food vendors and artisans! You must bring a photo ID to drink alcohol.
OBX Pride Festival Information
FREE, Family-Friendly Pride Festival
The Outer Banks LGBTQ Pride festival will also feature local arts & crafts, nonprofits and souvenir vendors, local restaurant foods, raffles, and beer from the local award-winning microbrewery, Lost Colony Brewery.
Our restaurant vendors will offer a variety of Outer Banks specialties. Please see our lodging recommendations on the Where to Stay page.
No pets are allowed inside Festival Park. The Festival will go on rain or shine and storms usually pass quickly.
OBX Pride Festival Entertainment
The Storyweavers: Starting at 1:30 PM
All female, Original Americana folk band out of Virginia
The Storyweavers are an all female original Americana folk band out of Virginia. They bring excitement and joy to their performance with a lively sound that will have you hootin’ & hollerin’ and dancing.
“We have never played on the Outer Banks before and I am very much looking forward to this performance,” said The Storyweavers lyricist and singer Sheela Fortner. “As a gay woman, I want people to feel represented by our music and I want them to identify with us. Our band consists of seven members, the perfect blend of gay, straight, trans, a bandmate that is deaf, and an ASL interpreter – what we share is our love of music. We are an all inclusive band that enjoys taking people on an experience through our music.”
Mama’s Black Sheep: Starting at 3:30 PM
Diverse Blend of Blues • Soul • Country • Pop
Mama’s Black Sheep is the soulful collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) and Laura Cerulli (drums/vocals). Together, this duo creates a blend of hit worthy originals and covers with a unique spin. Each song allows you to travel with time, whether you’re swinging to Country, Rocking to Pop, Grooving to Soul, or swaying to the Blues; there’s always something to move your body and stir your soul!
Touring together since 2008, Miller & Cerulli (veterans of the singer-songwriter circuit), will make you feel like every aspect of their journey is in Real-Time. Creating a sound all of their own, Mama’s Black Sheep is driven by Miller’s versatile guitar grooves, Cerulli’s innovative percussion, and two voices that blend like honey & whiskey in perfect harmonious balance. These ladies rock to their own beat, sharing songs of life and love, and empowering the listener to live boldly beyond the barriers.
Red Stapler Duo: Starting at 5:30 PM
Variety Band • Rock • Pop • Power Duo
Multi-award winning Norfolk, VA-based modern variety cover band, Red Stapler Duo, plays across several genres and eras of music by putting their own unique twist on your favorite songs.
#MusicWithATwist is the perfect description for this creative infrastructure of keyboard and drums. Their fun is not only infectious but will also have you singing along.