“Virginia gets a rap as a conservative state, but growing up in Richmond I can see the city has grown as a culture,” said GayRVA.com founder Kevin Clay. “There is a progressive undercurrent of arts and culture and dining.”
So where are the LGBT spots in Richmond? They’re all over: The Fan is residential neighborhood with shops and dining; downtown Richmond is home to museums, historical attractions, and Godfrey’s drag shows; Carytown has the “mile of style” shopping with lots of independent locally-owned shops, as well as the lesbian bar, Babe’s. And that’s not including the attractions, shops, and clubs found in the River District, Shockoe Bottom, or the Monroe Ward.
This fall, Richmond will host an extensive variety of events that will appeal to just about everyone. Plus local establishments are offering extra incentives to entice visitors. Learn more at RainbowOverRichmond.com.
(Saturday, Sept. 29)
Show your pride with live music, DJs, and other performances throughout the day with food, drink, and community vendors.
2nd Street Festival
(Oct. 6 & 7)
The hands of time are turned back to the past when 2nd Street was the heart and soul of Richmond’s African-American community.
A Taste of Carytown Food & Wine Festival
(Sunday, Oct. 7)
This festival spotlights the amazing food and culinary lifestyle of Carytown.
Richmond Folk Festival
Celebrate the musical soul and cultural roots of America on six stages of continuous music and dance. World-class artisans, countless varieties of ethnic foods, and a family area!
Arts & Culture
(Sept. 19-Oct. 13)
Richmond Triangle Players present a comedy of Manhattan manners by one of RTP’s favorite playwrights, Paul Rudnick.
Lesbian & Gay History Bus Tour
(Saturday, Sept. 22)
Explores the people and event that have shaped the community, such as women who passed as men to serve in the military, the literary and café society of the 1920s-40s, and the rise of the LGBT rights movement.
Spend Sunday with queens and mimosas at Godfrey’s Restaurant.
College Hump Night
Check out the university crowd at Godfrey’s each Wednesday with a drag show and dancing.
Win a trip to Richmond!
The grand prize includes a two-night stay for two at the Linden Row Inn, theater tickets to Richmond Triangle Players, and dinner for two. Visit RainbowOverRichmond.com.