Several events planned to celebrate Napa County’s LGBTQ community members and families
May 18, 2021, Napa, CA – Napa Pride Month returns in June 2021, featuring a variety of events scheduled with proceeds to benefit local LGBTQ organizations. Napa Valley LGBTQ Pride offers events all month long including the Second Annual Pride Cruise Night on Saturday, June 5, an LGBT q+a Panel for parents and teens on Friday, June 11, the Annual Rainbow Play Date for families with littles on Saturday, June 12, the annual Dining Out at the Q on Thursday, June 17 and the American Canyon Pride Pop Up on Sunday, June 27, with more events being added soon.
After being limited to the inaugural Pride Cruise Night and Pride is a Protest March in June 2020, event organizers are thrilled to be able to gather – safely – together again in 2021.
Ian Stanley Posadas, of partner organization LGBTQ Connection, explained, “This diverse lineup of events wouldn’t have happened without the collaboration of Rainbow Action Network, DJ Rotten Robbie, and LGBTQ Connection. There really is something for everyone, and even bonus events in development thanks to the group’s creativity and community connections! After the hard year that so many of our communities have been through, we can’t wait to celebrate togetherness, resiliency, and keeping up the fight for an inclusive and equitable community.”
The line-up of events, to date:
Pride Cruise Night
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Jefferson Street, Napa
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Come out and celebrate Pride Month while remaining socially distant. Decorate your cars to show your Pride! Drive up and down Jefferson from Trancas St. to Downtown Napa. We’ll have prizes for best decorated cars and ways to make donations to LGBTQ Connection Napa. KVYN 99.3 FM The Vine will broadcast Pride music by DJ Rotten Robbie for you to blast in your car. Please drive safely & observe socially distant rules. More info to come! Follow the event on Facebook to stay in the loop. An LGBTQ+ friendly event, welcoming all friends, family & allies. You only have to drive straight.
Pride Cruise Night Afterparty at The Hollywood Room
Saturday, June 5, 2021
2485 Stockton St, Napa
9:00 PM to Close
The official Pride Cruise after party, beginning at 9:00pm, will again be at the The Hollywood Room at Napa Valley Distillery, located at 2485 Stockton Street off California Blvd. in Napa. Celebrate the best decorated cars and enjoy craft cocktails at Napa’s grooviest bar! Appropriate masks and social distancing will be in effect.
LGBT Q&A Panel
Friday, June 11, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
This panel is led by the 2021 youth leadership team at LGBTQ Connection and will feature both queer teen panelists and parents who identify as queer. This will be a safe space to ask any and all questions about queer identity, experiences and more. If parents and children are connecting in the same household, we recommend using separate devices to help with privacy and safety. Register at napavalleypride.org.
Rainbow Play Date
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Fuller Park, Napa
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Join LGBTQ and Ally families for our annual Pride Month Rainbow Play Date on Saturday, June 12th at 10am! All Families, Kids, Genders, Identities, and Races are welcomed and celebrated at Rainbow Play Dates! Enjoy rainbow crafts, diverse books, snacks, connection and more. We will have a short children’s Pride Parade at 11am. This event is hosted by Rainbow Action Network. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we must limit this Play Date to 15 families. Families that register after the event is full will still receive a rainbow activity pack (up to 35 families). Register at napavalleypride.org.
Dining Out at the Q
Thursday, June 17, 2021
3900 Bel Aire Plaza D, Napa
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Join us on Thursday June 17th for the annual patio party at The Q! This is always such a fun event and Gene, Kelly & crew always make this a great party. Come out and celebrate Pride with great drink and food specials. A portion of the proceeds goes to LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network. The event start sat 4 for folks with kids who want to come early. Reservations will be available for the 5:00 to closing seatings. Call the restaurant to make reservations. 707-224-6600. https://
Taste The Rainbow at Cadet Wine Bar
Saturday June 19
930 Franklin St, Napa, CA 94559
6:00 pm to close
The staff at Cadet Wine Bar will be pouring a “Taste The Rainbow” flight of wines at what has become a yearly event for Pride. A portion of the proceeds of each flight will benefit LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network. Also raffles, rainbow tchotchkes and Pride cookies by Annie The Baker will help raise more much needed funds. DJ Rotten Robbie will be spinning the tunes. Dancing in the alley anyone? 21 and over only.
Wine and Pride: An Evening with Grammy® Award Winning Jody Watley
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Charles Krug Estate, St. Helena
Performances at 5:30 PM & 8:30 PM
Blue Note Napa presents Grammy® winning Artist Jody Watley outside at Napa Valley’s Oldest Wine Estate, the Charles Krug Winery located in St. Helena. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network. Jody Watley is one of the architects of 21st century pop. From her groundbreaking marriage of rap & R&B, to her vision-forward marriage of personal branding and mix of high fashion fused with street style and music in the ‘80s (long before it became the norm), Watley creates a space where B-boys, drag queens and trans people are all in harmony to her fusion of jazz with keen pop instincts, and the ease with which she crossed and still crosses genre into the new millennium. Tickets at napavalleypride.org.
American Canyon Pride Pop Up
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Community Park 1, American Canyon
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Come out, celebrate, and get connected with your local LGBTQ community, friends & family for some fun in the sun. We’ll have park games, food vendors, and a free raffle for everyone who shows up!
In addition to the events, Rainbow Action Network will be installing Rainbow Little Libraries throughout Napa County by the first weekend in June. They will be distributing 500 diverse and bilingual children’s books (with bookmarks to guide family discussions) out into the community and installing 10 new Rainbow Little Libraries in areas that don’t have current Little Free Libraries. Anne Sutkowi-Hemstreet – of partner organization Rainbow Action Network – highlights that “this project provides children in our community with books that reflect diverse races, cultures, genders, and family structures and aims to help families have conversations about race, gender, LGBTQ inclusion, and standing up against unfairness.”
For more information, to register for events, and to keep up an all the Napa Pride happenings, please visit www.napavalleypride.org.
For more information on LGBTQ Connection Napa, please visit lgbtqconnection.org