Alexandria Celebrates Pride Month With Virtual, In-Person and Hybrid Happenings in June 2021 May 25, 2021

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Alexandria Celebrates Pride Month With Virtual, In-Person and Hybrid Happenings in June 2021

Alexandria, VA - Throughout June, celebrate Pride Month in historic Alexandria, Virginia, located within eyesight of Washington, D.C. Take part in virtual, in-person and hybrid events hosted by The Garden at Building Momentum, the Torpedo Factory Art Center and more in partnership with regional LGBTQ organizations such as Safe Space NOVA and Queens on King Street.

Recipient of a 100% Score for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Municipality Equality Index and highlighted as an LGBTQ travel destination by Pride Journeys in 2020 and Instinct magazine in 2019, Alexandria is a welcoming and inclusive destination. The perfect home base for visitors, Alexandria is mere minutes away from D.C.’s Capital Pride activities occurring throughout the month. Enjoy the Love Your Summer in Alexandria hotel package with rates starting as low as $83 per night, inclusive of up to $200 in added value.

Find more Alexandria Pride events and offerings at VisitAlexandriaVA.com/Pride.

Featured Pride Month Events

Celebrate Alexandria Pride Workshops
June 3 to 5, 2021
Admission: Free (Registration required)
Virtual
alexandriava.gov/LGBTQ

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, and the Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and Alexandria Library is hosting Celebrate Alexandria Pride Workshops online June 3-5.  Twelve workshops will be offered over three days. Some workshops are creative and some are educational, but they all celebrate the resiliency and beauty of the LGBTQ+ community in Alexandria. Presenters and facilitators include members of the Alexandria LGBTQ Task Force and other local and state partners, including Alexandria Library, Safe Space NOVA, Center for Black Equity, Heard Program, Virginia Anti-Violence Project, Drag Queen Story Hour, Equality Virginia, Impacto LGBT, promotional partners Visit Alexandria and more. Also, don’t miss the Progress Pride flags that will fly in June around Alexandria City Hall.

The Late Shift: ALX Pride at Torpedo Factory Art Center
June 11, 2021, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Virtual and in-person outside the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-746-4570
torpedofactory.org

Celebrate Pride Month with the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Enjoy both in-person programs at the Art Center and virtual programs online. In-person programming will take place outside the Art Center on N. Union St. and at the waterfront. Outside the Art Center on Union St., explore the “UHAULED” exhibition, which features five U-Haul trucks, each containing galleries with works from regional queer women and lesbian artists, curated by Northern Virginia artist Cat Baker.

Growing Pride at The Garden
June 27, 2021, from 2 to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free ($5 recommended donation toward Safe Space NOVA*)
The Garden at Building Momentum, 5380 Eisenhower Ave., Suite C, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-566-9000
thegarden.net

This family-friendly event at The Garden on Eisenhower Avenue, in partnership with Alexandria Makers Market and Safe Space NOVA, will feature 15 local LGBTQ+ makers and allies set up throughout The Garden with locally crafted goods available for sale. Enjoy local food trucks (including snow cones!), live music, and kids crafting available throughout the event. The event will take place inside the event space, the state-of-the-art workshop and outside on the patio. *Safe Space NOVA is dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth.

Queens on King Street Reunion Event
July 13, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
The Light Horse, 715 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314
facebook.com/queensonkingstreet

After a hiatus of more than a year due to the pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions, Alexandria's Queens on King Street group will reconvene on Tuesday, July 13th at The Light Horse from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The occasion will also serve as the group's five-year anniversary. In 2015, co-founders Timothy McCue, Nathan Sell, and Alex Rodriguez-Rozic created Queens on King Street to provide a space for LGBTQ+ individuals that live, work, or just love to visit Old Town Alexandria. Until March 2020 and the pandemic, the twice monthly Queens on King Street gatherings brought, on average, more than 50 attendees and thousands of dollars in business to establishments up and down King Street! Co-founder, Timothy McCue stated, "We are ecstatic that The Light Horse will serve as our launching pad for the next chapter of Queens on King Street events. We've missed everyone and look forward to bringing back the events starting this summer."

More Pride Month Events & Offerings

Kids’ Pride Pajama Story Time
June 2, 2021, from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Admission: Free (Registration required)
Virtual
alexlibraryva.org

An affirming and inclusive selection of bedtime stories that offers a joyful glimpse into Pride Month and the vibrant community that celebrates this day each year.

Drag Queen Storytime with Citrine
June 5, 2021, at 10 a.m.
Admission: Free (Registration required)
Virtual
alexandriava.gov/LGBTQ

Cosponsored by the Alexandria LGBTQ+ Taskforce as part of Celebrate Alexandria Pride 2021. What do drag queens and children have in common? They love dressing up and all things sparkly and fancy! Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. Enjoy songs and stories for kids ages 3-8. View other events part of Celebrate Alexandria Pride and register at alexandriava.gov/LGBTQ.

From the Heart: A Transgender Virginian’s Story
June 21, 2021, from 7 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Free (Registration required)
Virtual
alexlibraryva.org

Join a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau for an evening of community and learning as they share their story as a transgender person followed by questions.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Recognized as a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. for the third consecutive year alongside Charleston and Santa Fe by the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living, Alexandria hums with a cosmopolitan feel and a walkable lifestyle—a welcoming weekend escape on the Potomac River waterfront minutes from our nation’s capital. Founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria is the nation’s third oldest locally designated historic district, boasting more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Walk in the footsteps of George Washington and America’s Founding Fathers while learning about Black history and African American changemakers that have shaped the history of Alexandria and the U.S. Learn more at VisitAlexandriaVA.com.

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