(John Childers of MJ’s Tavern prepares for his 10th Pride Month Kick Off on June 4.)


Staff Report

On June 4, MJ’s Tavern in Norfolk marks its 10th year producing its Pride Month Kick Off, an all-day celebration of unity and diversity.

Much of the parking lot will have a street party vibe with food being served inside and out. Drinks are permitted outside as well within the designated party zone.

Crosswalks at both ends of the parking lot and leading to the much used side-door entrance are painted in bright, rainbow colors. They’re impossible to miss.

MJ’s owner John Childers got the idea of rainbow crosswalks while traveling.

“I went to Chicago in 2019, and they were in small thin stripes, off-set that went the way of traffic,” said Childers. “I didn’t want to copy them, so I did it my way. It makes people realize where they are and that they’re welcomed no matter who they are.”

MJ’s Tavern is located on Granby Street in the Riverview District. Childers is keen of the diverse community and mix of businesses surrounding him, including a French bakery, tapas restaurant, Mexican cantina, antique shops, seamstress, cosmopolitain French/Italian cafe, yoga studio, and the adjacent neighborhoods. 

MJ’s Pride Month Kick Off will feature a live DJ, an opening ceremony at noon, an amateur drag show, Red Stapler Duo (1:30 PM), and a big-time drag show (3:30 PM). Not Those Girls will perform from 6 PM to 10 PM.

Pride Month Celebrations 


Love Is Love Tidewater

May 29

Virginia Beer Company 

Pride Month kickoff celebration with on Sunday, May 29; and then hosting a VBC Pride Celebration at the brewery on Saturday, 6/18 featuring Drag Bingo, live music, and a bonus fundraiser for Equality Virginia.


Pride Kickoff Party

June 2

The Bold Mariner Brewing Company

1901 E Ocean View Ave Norfolk, VA 23503 6:30 pm to 11pm 

Bold Mariner will release a Pride Seltzer, have LGBTQ-themed trivia games and merchandise. 


Portsmouth Pride Festival

June 4, 11 am – 5 pm

Festival Field/Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion


Music, entertainment, retail vendors, food, beer and more.


10th Annual Pride Month Kick Off

June 4 , 10 AM – 10 PM 

MJ’s Tavern

4019 Granby St, Norfolk


Mr. & Mrs. Hampton Roads Unity Pageant

June 4, 9 PM

37th & Zen

1083 37th St., Norfolk


Drag Me to Brunch – The Pride Parade

June 5, 10:30 AM – 2 PM

The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery


Pride Drag Brunch

June 5, 11 AM – 2 PM

Public House 

1112 Colley Avenue, Norfolk


Mr. & Mrs. Hampton Roads Unity Pageant After Party

June 5, 3 PM

37th & Zen

1083 37th St., Norfolk


Pride Night at the Virginia Zoo

June 9, 6pm to 10pm 

The Virginia Zoo proudly values the incredible diversity of life that shares this planet . Join us to celebrate the kaleidoscope of families and individuals that make our community so beautiful! Meet Animal Ambassadors, watch the animals enjoy colorful enrichment in their habitats, hear music from a local DJ and more


A Night of a Thousand Moira Roses

June 11

O’Connor Brewing Company

A night to benefit the LGBT Life Center timed with the release of 16-oz cans Moira Rose Fruited Kettle Sour for Pride Month.


Pride Party

June 11

Reaver Beach NFK

Pride Beer and T-shirt release. Pride Drag Show at 9pm with Javon Love and her queens. Tickets are $15 and will be for sale via Eventbrite. All tickets include one Pride Beer (Mojito Seltzer). 


Fruited with Pride

June 11

The Garage Brewery

we are inviting local breweries to come and we are featuring fruited beers. The even will be all day and will have food trucks and vendors .

a pride themed beer as well which is named “brewed this way” which is a Sour IPA, and will be accompanied by a pride festival held at the garage by a pride festival on June 11.


Pride in the ViBe 

June 12, 2 PM – 6 PM

Vibe Park, 1810 Cypress Avenue, Virginia Beach


Pride Night at Harbor Park

June 15, 6 PM to 10 PM  


Pride Night at the Chrysler

June 16, 6 PM – 10 PM

Chrysler Museum of Art


2nd Annual Pride Kiki at Ocean Breeze

June 17, 8 PM – 11 PM

849 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 8pm to 11pm 


Phabulous Phoebus Pride Fest

June 18, Noon – 6 PM

This is the 6th Annual Pride Party on the Peninsula in the historic Phoebus section of Hampton. 


Pride Night at Smartmouth Pilot House 

June 22, 5 PM – 10 PM 

313 32nd Street, Virginia Beach


Pride Burlesque Night at Gershwin’s 

June 23, 7 PM – 11 PM

332 Granby Street, Norfolk


Pride Block Party: Pride Restyled: Red & Wilde

June 24, 7 PM – Midnight

Norfolk Scope Arena



June 25, Noon – 8 PM 

Town Point Park/Norfolk


Pride Rave

June 25, 9 PM

37th & Zen


Pride at the Beach 

June 26, 2 PM – 8 PM 

24th Street Beach/Virginia Beach


Pride Night at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens 

June 30, 4 PM to 6 PM

Norfolk Botanical Gardens 


Pride Month Weekly Drag Shows at 37th & Zen

Mondays at 8:30 PM: The Vixens Hosted by Foxxy

Wednesdays Drag Show at 9 PM: Hosted by Noelia Bella and Eunita Biskit

Thursdays at 9 PM: Triple Threat Thursdays hosted by Amore Diamond

Sundays at 3 PM: Babes and Bears hosted by Noelia Bella and Virginia Bear 2022 “Noree”