The 9th Annual Outer Banks Gay Pride Festival is set for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15, on the Outer Banks. The event features live music, craft beers and wines, local restaurants, vendors, entertainers, two sunset cruises, and a drag brunch.

No coolers are permitted at the event, and photo ID is necessary to purchase beer and wine.

There is no admission charge to the main Pride festival on Saturday afternoon, but a photo ID is required to drink alcohol. All other events have a cover charge. A weekend Pride Pass, which includes access to all paid events, is $120 per person. The pass includes only the price of the paid events, as well as food and non-alcoholic beverage at the drag brunch, and beer and wine aboard the cruises, both of which depart Pirate’s Cove Marina at 5 p.m. Friday.

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, with two sunset cruises: a Sunset Booze Cruise aboard the Crystal Dawn, and an Acoustic Sunset Cruise aboard the Miss Oregon Inlet that features live acoustic music from Tess Whitehurst Adams. Guests are asked to arrive at 4:30 p.m. for both cruises.

After the cruises, there will be a Pride & Joy Drag Show beginning at 10 p.m. at Pamlico Jack’s Restaurant in Nags Head. Performers include Jennifer Warner, Delighted ToBeHere, Jamie Monroe, Spikey Van Dykey, and Hershae Chocolatae.

Saturday’s Main Stage entertainment, MC'd by Delighted ToBeHere, is from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, and features performances by:

  • FFelt, a rock/folk band whose acronym stands for Finding Face Eternal Love Train
  • Sandbar Blues, an Outer Banks band that brings together five seasoned musicians, including Jennifer Cahoon (vocals), Natalie Ebert (vocals, keyboard0, Michael Clifton (vocals, guitar), Michael Glover (bass), and George M. Graham Jr. (drums).
  • Acoustic flutist Christy Snow from Charlotte, North Carolina, who has performed at folk festivals, women’s music festivals, listening venues, churches, retreats, and conferences across the United States, as well as international locations.
  • OBX Shredders, Dare County’s first intellectual and developmental disabilities-inclusive band with members ranging from ages 15 to 60. Led by 2018 International Blues Challenge Semifinalist Ruth Wyand along with instructors John Wilkinson and Shelli Gates of the Motu Music Foundation and George Graham, the Shredders first debuted in 2016 and have definitely gotten into their groove.
  • Mama’s Black Sheep, a soulful collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) and Laura Cerulli(drums/vocals).

On Saturday evening, Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills hosts the Wicked Jezabel Dance Band beginning at 10 p.m. The band performs '70s disco, '80s classic rock, grungy/techno music of the '90s, and some of today’s hits.

The festival concludes on Sunday, Sept. 15, with the Outer Banks Pride Drag Brunch with DJ G., featuring Jennifer Warner, Delighted Tobehere, Jamie Monroe, Spikey Van Dykey, and Hershae Chocolatae.

For tickets and more information, visit obxpridefest.com.

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