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Springfield Town Center to celebrate LGBTQ Pride night for first time

Drag queen Evry Pleasure will perform and have a meet-and-greet at Springfield Town Center’s inaugural Pride Night Out (courtesy Springfield Town Center)

A Pride Month celebration is coming to Springfield Town Center for the first time ever.

The shopping center at 6500 Franconia-Springfield Parkway will host its inaugural Pride Night Out tomorrow (Friday) from 6-9 p.m. in the lower level Grand Court area near Starbucks.

The event will feature music, giveaways and other activities to support Safe Space NOVA, an Alexandria-based nonprofit that assists LGBTQ teenagers. An ongoing fundraiser organized by the town center will be open through the end of June.

“This is the first time that Springfield Town Center is hosting a Pride Celebration and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Safe Space NOVA on Pride Night Out!” PREIT Marketing Director Justin Roth said. “Partnering with a phenomenal non-profit that benefits LGBTQ+ youth was a no-brainer.”

PREIT, a Philadelphia-based real estate investment trust, owns Springfield Town Center. Pride Night Out will be its first Pride-related event at any of the properties in its mall portfolio, according to a media alert.

Planned activities include:

  • A performance and charity meet & greet by drag queen Evry Pleasure
  • DJ Pierre with Exclusively Entertainment
  • Pride-themed Glitter Tattoos and Face Painting
  • Pride Photobooth with Selfie station
  • PRIDE ROCKS! — Rock decorating with pride-themed inspirational messages
  • “What does pride mean to you?” banner project
  • Raffle prizes, including two tickets to Wolf Trap’s Out & About Festival, tickets to the Washington Mystics, and much more!

Headlined by folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile, the first-ever Out & About Festival will take place at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on Saturday and Sunday (June 24-25).

Commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York, Pride Month is recognized in the U.S. each June, including by Fairfax County, as an occasion to celebrate and advocate for the LGBTQ community.

Other upcoming Pride events in the county include a poetry reading at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (5040 Walney Road) in Chantilly on Saturday.

Looking further into the future, Springfield Town Center is gearing up to welcome a 32,000-square-foot Lego Discovery Center, which announced last week that it will open its doors on Aug. 9.