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From rugby to kickball, LGBT leagues abound in D.C.

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Fall starts a new season for more of the LGBT sports teams, even the ones that are active year round. This is a great time of year to make the commitment to join a team or to just get out there and watch. Below is an overview of what some of the clubs have in store for fall.

Team DC: Team D.C. happy hour and reunion party for Cologne Gay Games is Tuesday at Buffalo Billiards from 6 to 8 p.m. Happy hour prices with foosball and shuffleboard competitions. A champions awards brunch is Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at Nationals Park Diamond Club.  Team D.C. will honor leaders in the LGBT sports community and present the 2010 Team D.C. College Scholarships.

Capital Tennis Association: The CTA is hosting the 2010 Capital Classic this weekend at the Rock Creek Tennis Center, located at 16th and Kennedy streets. Draws will be contested on all three days from morning until early evening.

DC Sentinels Basketball: The D.C. Sentinels will be hosting the D.C. Capital Classic on the weekend of Oct. 16 and 17 at the Capital Sports Complex in District Heights, Md.

DC Ice Breakers: The group’s “mega party game night” is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Bailey’s Pub in the Ballston Common Mall in Arlington. Free pool tables, darts and more. The group’s regular bi-monthly ice skating social is Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at the Kettler Capital Iceplex in Arlington.

DC Gay Flag Football League: More than 90 players have come together to form the fall league of the DCGFFL, which will kick off its season on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Carter Barron Fields in Rock Creek Park, located at 16th and Kennedy streets. They will play Sundays through Nov. 11 and will conclude with a season ending tournament.

District of Columbia Aquatics Club: The swimmers begin their fall training at multiple pools in the D.C. area with their eyes on the next IGLA World Championships in Honolulu in July. There will be meets locally during their training including the Patriot Masters Sprint Classic at George Mason University on Oct. 24.

DC Strokes Rowing Club: The Strokes will be competing at the Head of the Potomac event on Sept. 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Thompson Boat Center on the Potomac near the Kennedy Center.

Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club: The Renegades start their fall season against North Bay at DeMarco Park in Aberdeen, Md., on Saturday. The season runs through Nov. 20, and their schedule can be seen on their site.

DC Front Runners: The Front Runners have weekly runs on weekend mornings and at night on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check out the website for weekly run times and upcoming races.

Tuesday Night Social Volleyball League: This long-running club plays every Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. at the Old Mackin Gym at 2200 California St., N.W. Contact Mike at [email protected].

Stonewall Kickball League: The new league will kick off on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Stead Park.

Mind Your Own Body Adventures: Outdoor Flying Trapeze – beginner lessons on Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Navy Yards. E-mail [email protected] for more information.

Chesapeake & Potomac Softball League: The CAPS 2010 fall season begins on Sunday and runs through Oct. 24. Games are played at the Tucker Road fields in Ft. Washington, Md. Contact Ed at [email protected].

Federal Triangles Soccer Club: DC United Night Out on Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium.

Capital Area Rainbowlers Association: CARA’s fall season has begun with 14 leagues spread out over the metro area.

Adventuring: 30 Mile Wilson Bridge Bike Ride on Sunday starting at the Clarendon Metro Station in Arlington, Va. Contact Scott at [email protected].

Rainbow Spinnakers Sailing Club: Barbeque and sail on Sept. 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at Belle Haven Marina in Alexandria, Va.

Lambda Links Golf Club: Club Championships on Sept. 25 at Potomac Ridge Golf Course in Waldorf, Md.

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MAL kicks off Jan. 11 with Bootcamp

Mid-Atlantic Leather begins with party at Bunker

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MAL Weekend kicks off next week. (Image courtesy of Bunker)

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend arrives next week with a kickoff event Thursday, Jan. 11 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. at Bunker. Organizers at Kinetic promise a surprise drill sergeant who will whip you into shape. Joshua Ruiz DJs the event. This event is for VIP pass holders only; visit kineticpresents.com for details.

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A roundup of New Year’s Eve parties in D.C.

Celebrate the start of 2024 in style

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Xavier Entertainment LLC will host the seventh annual Times Square NYE Celebration at 10 p.m. at Ivy City Smokehouse. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

New Year’s Eve 2024 at Lost Society will be at 7 p.m. at Lost Society. There will be unique entertainment all night along with a journey of the senses through captivating light shows and LED displays, music, and bottle service presentations throughout the evening. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Busboys and Poets will host New Year’s Eve Open Mic and Party at 10 p.m. at 2021 14th St., N.W. This will be an evening of poetry, live DJ, dancing, food, and good company in a vibrant atmosphere where local artists take the stage, showcasing their talents in various genres. The night will be hosted by the talented Charity Blackwell and will feature award-winning poet Black Chakra. Dyanna Monet will deejay. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

QueerTalk DC will host Sapphic New Year’s Celebration at 8 p.m. at FigLeaf Bar & Lounge. The event will celebrate Sapphic, trans, and non-binary communities and feature complimentary hors D’oeuvres, a Champagne toast and DJ sets by DJ Clamazon and DJ Q. For more details, visit Eventbrite

The Queers Upstairs will host Heels & Ties: A Queer New Years Eve Surprise at 9 p.m. at Aliceanna Social Club. This evening will be an unforgettable LGBTQ New Year’s Eve party where you can sip your favorite cocktails and enjoy small bites while dancing the night away with music from DJ Rosie & DJ Missy. Tickets start at $30 and can purchased on Eventbrite

BuffBoyzz Gay-Friendly Male Strip Clubs will host a male revue that caters to men and women at 8 p.m. at Buffboyzz Male Strippers. The event will be an exciting, entertaining and sexy show of exotic male dancers in that will entertain your pants off. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

International Events Washington DC will host the 2024 Black Tie New Year’s Eve Gala at 7:30 p.m. at the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. There will be free-flowing Champagne, an open bar, a spectacular balloon drop in the Euro Discotheque Ballroom and live bands and DJs. For dinner, guests can choose from an elegant sit-down, three-course dinner with Champagne or a dinner buffet of international cuisine. Tickets start at $189 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Social Architects will host the 12th Annual New Year’s Eve Casino Night at 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Arlington, Va. There will be six rooms of entertainment spread across three floors. The DJs will spin hip hop, R&B, salsa, Afrobeats and old school music. Tickets start at $60 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Pitchers and A League of Her Own will host a NYE party with complimentary Champagne toast at midnight, party favors, and a DJ all night long.

Shaker’s plans a drag extravaganza with Tatianna and Crystal Edge among others starting at 10:30 p.m.; the $10 cover includes a glass of Champagne. 

Bunker hosts a 12-hour masquerade ball with several DJs, including Joe Gauthreaux. The party starts at 9 p.m. and goes until 9 a.m. on Jan. 1. Tickets start at $45 and are available at bunkerdc.com.

DJ Alex Love spins NYE at Dirty Goose with drink specials at midnight.

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Labor Day sees return of SunFestival to Rehoboth Beach

DJs, live auction, comedy and more planned for end-of-summer bash

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A scene from previous SunFestival celebrations. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

Labor Day Weekend in Rehoboth Beach brings more than the end of summer — it brings the annual SunFestival celebration benefitting CAMP Rehoboth.

The weekend promises two nights of revelry with entertainers and nationally known DJs creating the “ultimate party to close out summer” Sept. 2-3.

Saturday’s $45 general admission tickets are sold out but you can join a waitlist at the event’s website. That ticket grants you access to a comedy show and an auction where you can bid on six experiences like an eight-day boat tour through Belgium and the Netherlands or a week’s stay in Lisbon, Portugal. Organizations have donated these experiences to CAMP to auction off, with all proceeds going to the organization.

The $95 pass to both nights is also sold out. But general admission tickets for the Sept. 3 dance party starting at 7 p.m. with DJs Robbie Leslie and Joe Gauthreaux remain available. CAMP Rehoboth promises a “state-of-the-art club-like atmosphere,” with new design elements and video imaging.

Visit camprehoboth.com for tickets and more information. The weekend’s schedule is below:

Saturday, Sept. 2: A Night of Comedy, Drag, and Song, plus a LIVE Auction! (Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. Auction and show promptly start at 7:30 p.m.) Featuring Dixie Longate and Randy Roberts.

Serving up Tupperware lady realness, join in Dixie’s living room party and all its hilarity. Randy Roberts brings thrills with uncanny impersonations of iconic female vocalists and cabaret.

Experience a night filled with laughter and song as these talented performers will lift your spirits and tickle your funny bone. And not to be missed: the live auction. Check out the live auction items camprehoboth.com/sunfest2023live.

Sunday Sept. 3: A Night of Dance. (Doors open at 7 p.m. Dance ends at 1 a.m.) Featuring DJ Robbie Leslie and DJ Joe Gauthreaux.

Both DJs will offer an unforgettable musical journey starting with classic mirror ball memories, dance floor anthems, and the latest club beats, according to a CAMP Rehoboth statement. Events are held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, which CAMP promises will be transformed “into the ultimate dance party to close out the summer.”

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