Northern Virginia Pride Festival FAQs

When and Where is the Northern Virginia Pride Festival?

The Northern Virginia Pride Festival is Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 11 am - 6 pm at Bull Run Special Events Center in Centreville, VA (7700 Bull Run Drive, Centreville VA 20121). The event is rain or shine.

How do I get to the Northern Virginia Pride Festival?


In Google, it is easiest to search for “Bull Run Regional Park Concert Pavilion”. There will be a sign on the corner of the entrance and Bull Run Drive directing you to take the left toward the event center. There will also be rainbow flags to guide the way. If you have been to the Virginia Wine Festival, it is located in the same place. The Bull Run Festival of Lights also takes place on this entrance road. There is plenty of free parking at the festival. Here are directions:

Bull Run Drive Entrance – Take I-66 to Exit 52 (Rt. 29) at Centreville, drive two miles south, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Road, bear right onto Bull Run Drive, upon crossing over I-66 take an immediate left and follow road to Special Events Center. The Center is located 2.5 miles from the intersection of Route 29 and Bull Run Post Office Road.

Compton Road Entrance – Take Rt. 28 South, turn right at the light onto Compton Road and immediately right to stay on Compton Road. Follow Compton Road for several miles and then watch for a small, unmarked road on the left. This is the back gate to the Events Center. The I-66 Bridge over Compton Road is just past the road.

Free Shuttles:

NOVA Pride provides free shuttles to/from Vienna Metro NORTH from 10:30 am - 7:00 pm. Make sure to exit via Vienna Metro NORTH and look for BIG BUS.

What is the parking situation?

There is a large parking lot available for all that drive. There will be parking attendants guiding cars on where to park. Look for them in red t-shirts!

How much does the Northern Virginia Pride Festival Cost?

This event is FREE to the public. However, donations onsite are highly encouraged to maintain this free festival. There will be ample opportunities to contribute through the Bucket Brigade, donation boxes, NOVA Pride Merchandise, and the Pride Bar. Vendors and sponsors of the festival have paid to participate. If you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor of next year’s festival, please contact us at!

What is Paw Pride Park?

Paw Pride Park is a free off-leash dog park for our attendees’ dogs. This is a free off-leash dog park, but donations are encouraged to cover the costs of the fencing, and amenities of the park. Additionally, our dog park will abide by the same rules that Fairfax County uses for all its off-leash dog parks. Please review them here when considering if you should bring your dog to the festival. *Please note- when your dog is not within the off-leash park, they must remain on their leash at all times.

How do you purchase drink tickets?

Drink tickets can be purchased at the NOVA Pride Merchandise table. Drink tickets are $3 each, and can be redeemed at the Pride Bar. Alcoholic beverages may ONLY be purchased with drink tickets. Drink prices range from 2-4 tickets per drink, depending on type of beverage. Cash tips are accepted as donations to the organization.

Do you take credits cards?

Yes we do. We will have Square readers at the NOVA Pride Drink & Merchandise tables for purchasing NOVA Pride merchandise or drink tickets. However, we cannot guarantee wifi throughout the festival grounds for vendors, so bringing cash is highly encouraged. An ATM will be available on-site for your convenience.

Will there by water for sale?

Bottles of water will be available for purchase at either the NOVA Pride tent, or from our various food vendors.

Can I bring outside food or beverages?

NO. Bringing in outside food or beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) is strictly prohibited, and may result in ejection from the festival. Sealed water bottles or empty reusable water bottles may be allowed in at the discretion of festival security. Bags will be checked upon arrival. See “Safety Protocol” section for more details.

What if it rains?

The Northern Virginia Pride Festival is rain or shine! However, per Bull Run’s weather policy. in the event of severe weather (sustained rains greater than 1” per hour, sustained winds greater than 45MPH, tornado, et cetera) immediate shelter may be sought. Should any of the above situations occur, all vendors, volunteers, and participants of the Northern Virginia Pride Festival shall receive further instructions via main stage PA system in the event of any other necessary emergency responses.

How late is alcohol served?

Alcohol sales will commence at 11:00am, and end at 6pm. However, NOVA Pride, Virginia ABC, and Fairfax County Police reserve the right to discontinue service of alcohol to any person or persons at any time. Failure to comply will result in ejection from the festival.

Is there First Aid?

Yes, the First Aid booth will be available during festival hours (10:30-7pm), and are located stage left (or if looking at the stage, to the right) and will be clearly labeled. If there is an emergency, please call 911.

Can I bring blankets?

Yes, but all persons belongings are subject to search and inspection upon arrival in order to ensure the safety of all attendees. *Please note all bags will be searched upon arrival.

What is the safety protocol for the festival?

In the event of a necessary evacuation, the grounds will be split into three distinct groups. Group A, which will exit through the main gate, consists of Purple, and Blue areas. Group B, which consists of Yellow and Green, will exit through the rear gate, located along the fence near Yellow and Green, and walk on the outside of the gate toward the parking lot. The remainder of the field (Group C), which includes Red, Orange, and Stage audience area will exit through the gates closest to the Red section headed toward the parking lot. NOVA Pride asks that all vendors and volunteers remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. If someone needs assistance, please contact a volunteer. Emergency situations which would require an evacuation may include the following: bomb threat, active shooter, large fire, or a widespread toxic event.

Who benefits from the Northern Virginia Pride Festival?

In short, everyone! The proceeds from the festival benefit NOVA Pride, recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. This event serves to provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals, promote the visibility and patronage of friendly businesses in the community, and further promote the mission and programming of NOVA Pride.