September 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
FALL ARTS 2015: LGBT events of the season
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The 17th Street Festival is held in the heart of D.C.’s gayborhood. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Some events don’t fit in our other fall arts categories. Here are a few to note.

Saturday, Sept. 12 is the sixth annual 17th Street Festival from noon-6 p.m. It runs on 17th N.W. from Riggs Place to P Street.

Also on the 12th is the Imperial Court of Washington’s Coronation IV: Gala of the Americas “A Reel to Real Celebration” at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Metro Center (775 12th St., N.W.) Tickets are $150.

No word on Gay Day at Hillwood Estate (4155 Linnean Ave., N.W.) this year but on Sunday, Sept. 13 (the weekend in which Gay Day was traditionally held), the estate is having a family picnic in partnership with Rainbow Families D.C. Adult tickets are $5 in advance of $18 at the gate. Kids free.

The National Black Justice Coalition has its sixth annual OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit Sept. 16-20.

Saturday, Sept. 19 is the annual Farewell to Summer Family Picnic of the Eastern Panhandle LGBTQ Alliance of West Virginia at Moulton Park in Charles Town, W.Va., from 3-6 p.m.

Rainbow History Project has its “Queering Capitol Hill” tour on Saturday, Sept. 19; Thursday, Sept. 24; and Sunday, Sept. 27. “Historic LGBT Dupont Circle Walking Tours” are on Sunday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 25. Times vary. The tours are free but reservations are requested.

Friday, Sept. 18 is the D.C. Center fall reception at 6 p.m. at the Warner Building (1299 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). Tickets are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. Visit for details.

Saturday, Sept. 19 is United Night OUT at RFK Stadium with D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew (soccer). Tailgating at 4 p.m., gates at 6 and game at 7. Tickets are $25. Visit for details.

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United Night Out (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

Tuesday, Sept. 22 is Bisexual Pride Day. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.). Details at

Friday, Sept. 26 is the opening of the Our Heroes exhibit, a collection of 200 black-and-white photos documenting the history of HIV/AIDS, at 6 p.m. at the D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). Details at

Sunday, Sept. 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Details at

Saturday, Oct. 3 is the Northern Virginia Pride Festival from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Bull Run Special Events Center in Centreville, Va.

Also on the 3rd is the 19th annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner at the Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon P., N.W.). It’s sold out but a waiting list is available.

Saturday, Oct. 10 is “Love Love Love: a Celebration of Mame Dennis” at 4 p.m. at Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St., N.W.). The Academy of Washington has many events, including the Golden Boy Review (Sept. 27), the Zodiac Show (Oct. 4), Miss Gaye Turnabout (Oct. 25), Miss Gay America (Nov. 8) and Mr. and Miss Gaye USA (Nov. 22), planned throughout fall.

Sunday, Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day. There’s a Facebook page devoted to it.

Thursday, Oct. 15 is National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Details are at

Saturday, Oct. 17 is the fall casino night for Team D.C. at Buffalo Billiards (1330 19th St., N.W.). Details at

Also on the 17th, “Drag Race” runner-up Pearl will be at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) where she’ll perform tracks from her debut album “Pleasure.” Details at

Tuesday, Oct. 20 is the fourth annual Chefs for Equality event at the Ritz-Carlton, West End (1150 22nd St., N.W.) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $200. Details at

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D.C. Empanadas at the Human Rights Campaign’s ‘Chefs for Equality’ event on Sept. 24, 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club has its 39th anniversary Leadership Awards Reception tentatively slated for Wednesday, Oct. 21. Details pending. Check later at for more information.

Thursday, Oct. 22 is the Blade’s Best of Gay D.C. party/awards reception. Details pending.

Saturday, Oct. 24 is AIDS Walk Washington. Visit for details or to register.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 is the High Heel Race on 17th Street, N.W. A Facebook page has details.

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2014 High Heel Race on Frank Kameny Way. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, Nov. 7 is the Team D.C. eighth annual Champions Awards, a benefit for the Team D.C. College Scholarship Program, at 6 p.m. at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave.). Tickets are $100. Details at

On Saturday, Nov. 14, Us Helping Us has its 27th anniversary awards event “A Passion for Living” at Long View Gallery (1234 Ninth Street, N.W.) at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 general admission and $125 VIP. Visit for details.

Thursday, Nov. 19 is the fourth annual Center Women Beaujolais Nouveau, a celebration of French red wine, at 7 p.m. Details pending at

Friday, Nov. 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Details pending on the Washington event.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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