December 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
The year ahead: 2016
LGBT events

Capital Pride 2016 culminates with the parade on June 11 and festival June 12. Many events run in the preceding days. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Details are pending for some events, especially those later in the year. Keep reading the Blade throughout 2016 for updates.

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is Jan. 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.). Details at

• Pride Reveal is Jan. 20 at 10:30 p.m. Details coming soon. Visit for more.

The Helen Hayes Award nominees will be announced Jan. 25 at the National Theatre. Details pending on the ceremony, usually held the first week in April. Check back later at

Brother Help Thyself grant/awards reception is Jan. 30 at Grand Central (1001 N. Charles St.) in Baltimore. Details at

Reel Affirmations has screenings scheduled throughout the year starting with “Out in the Night” on Jan. 30. Details and 2015 passes available at

Wig Night Out, an annual Point Foundation benefit, is tentatively set for Jan. 30 at JR.’s but check back here soon for updates.

Scarlet’s Bake Sale is Feb. 7 from 1-7 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). This year’s theme is “show us your true colors.” This year’s charity is PETS-D.C., which provides pet care to animal lovers with HIV/AIDS. A new scholarship program is being started for college juniors and seniors. There’s a Facebook page with more information.

Equality Virginia’s Day of Action is Feb. 9 in Richmond. Details at

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington ensembles Potomac Fever and the Rock Creek Singers play the Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, Va.) on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45. The ensembles also perform “The Way We Were” Feb. 12-13 at Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Lang Theatre (1333 H St., N.E.). “Boots, Class & Sass” is March 12 and March 19-20 at Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.). “Carmina 35” is May 8 at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St., N.W.). Full details and ticket info at

• The CAMP Rehoboth Chorus kicks off its 2016 season with “Sassy, Brassy and Classy: Songs with Attitude!” Feb. 12-14 at the Epworth United Methodist Church (19285 Rd. 271, Rehoboth Beach, Del.). Details at

• The Blade’s “Most Eligible Singles” party is Feb. 11. The issue comes out Feb. 12.

The Lavender Languages & Linguistics Conference returns to Washington Feb. 12-14. Details at

• “Glamour, Glitter & Gold: the D.C. LGBT Center Oscar Gala” is always held on Oscar night, slated for Feb. 28.Details soon at

• The Blade’s spring arts special issue comes out March 4.

CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST is April 7-10. Details at

The Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner is April 16 in Richmond. Details at

The Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch is April 17 in Houston. No word yet on a D.C. version. Details at

Dining Out for Life, a Food & Friends benefit, is usually around the third week in April. No details for 2016 yet announced. Look for more information soon at

The Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance has its 45th anniversary reception and annual Distinguished Service Awards April 21 at the second floor event space at Policy Restaurant and Lounge (1904 14th St., N.W.). Look for an announcement soon at

Cherry is April 21-24 at various locations. Details at

Gay Day at the Zoo is usually in early May. Details soon at

• No information yet, but Youth Pride is usually held the first weekend of May in Dupont Circle. More information soon at

• The Blade’s annual Return to Rehoboth issue comes out May 20.

Trans Pride is tentatively set for May 21. Organizers are considering extending the event to May 22 as well. Details at

D.C. Black Pride weekend is May 27-30. Details at

• The Capital Pride Heroes Gala is June 1. .

• The Capital Pride interfaith service is tentatively set as June 7. Details at

• A Capital Pride opening party is June 10.

• If trends continue, the fourth annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival will be in late May. More information soon at

• The Latino GLBT History Project just elected new officers and no dates have been announced for the 10th annual D.C. Latino Pride events. The organization usually has several things planned the first and second week in June. More info soon at

Team D.C. always has several Night Out events planned throughout the year. No information yet on 2016 games.

Capital Pride culminates with the parade on June 11 and festival June 12. Many events run in the preceding days. Details at

• The date has changed in recent years but in 2015, the Al Sura White Attire Affair was July 18. More information soon at

Baltimore Pride is July 23 (block party) and 24 (festival). More information soon at

• The Blade’s annual Summer in the City issue coms out July 8.

• The OutWrite LGBT Book Festival is Aug. 5-6. Details at

• The Blade’s fourth annual sports edition will be out Aug. 19.

• No information yet, but the Rehoboth Sundance event is usually held Labor Day weekend. More information soon at

• The Blade’s fall arts edition is out Sept. 9.

• The seventh annual 17th Street Festival will likely be Sept. 10 based on scheduling patterns in previous years. Check later at

The D.C. Shorts Film Festival is Sept. 8-18. Details at

The Imperial Court of Washington holds its Coronation V “Gala of the Americas” Sept. 10 at the Marriott Metro Center (775 12th St., N.W.). The Court also holds many other events throughout the year. Details at

• The annual queer music and arts festival PhaseFest is in late September. More information soon at

• The Human Rights Campaign national dinner is in October though the weekend varies from year to year. Details soon at

• Baltimore Black Pride is usually the second week of October. Details later at

• The Walk to End HIV is always in late October. More information soon at

• The Blade’s annual Best of Gay D.C. issue is Oct. 21. The release party will be held Oct. 20.

• The High Heel Race is Oct. 25 on 17th Street.

• The Equality Maryland Signature Brunch is usually in November. More details soon at

• The 19th annual SMYAL fall brunch will be held in mid-November based on previous scheduling patterns. Check back later at

Transgender Day of Remembrance is Nov. 20. Details at

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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