June 1, 2016 at 6:22 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Capital Pride maelstrom
Capital Pride, gay news, Washington Blade

Meghan Trainor headlines at the Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 12. (Photo courtesy Capital Pride)

Capital Pride returns for another year with a slew of events to “Make Magic Happen,” the 2016 Pride theme. Some are official Capital Pride-sanctioned events while others dovetail with the festivities. Full details on all official events are at capitalpride.org.

Story District presents “Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud” at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 4 at 6 p.m. Eight storytellers will share true stories about LGBT life. Tickets are $25.

Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health presents its Women’s Kickoff Celebration at Warner Theatre (513 13th St., N.W.) onSaturday, June 4 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. There will be cocktails, food and a dance party on the Warner Theatre stage. VIP open bar tickets are $100 and general admission cash bar tickets are $35. Tagg Magazine and Ladies of Lure co-host the event.

Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts its Summer Pop-Off and Volunteer Kick-Off on Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 p.m. Guests will have the chance to vote on the top summer songs for Capital Pride 2016. DJ Chord will spin tracks. Capital Pride volunteers receive free entry. Admission is $12.

Broadway performers Kyle Dean Massey and Wesley Taylor will appear for Capital Pride’s Music of the Night at the Hamilton Live (600 14th St., N.W.) on Monday, June 6 from 8-11 p.m. Local talent such as Janet Aldrich, Joanna Chilcoat-Fellows, Michael Mainwaring, Jimmy Mavrikes, Don Michael Mendoza and more will perform. Broadway actor Joshua Morgan hosts. Tickets are $20.

Professionals in the City host gay men’s speed dating on Tuesday, June 7 from 7-9 p.m. and women’s speed dating on Wednesday, June 8 from 7-9 p.m. at Finn and Porter (900 10th St., N.W.). Registration for both events is $30. There is three-hour valet parking for $5 for anyone who purchases two drinks or other items at the bar.

Busboys and Poets (1025 Fifth St., N.W.) hosts Women’s Night of Expression on Tuesday, June 7 from 8-11 p.m. There will be an open mic for all women-identifying individuals, live music, a DJ and a burlesque show. Tickets are $10.

The 33rd annual Pride Interfaith Service of LGBT People of Faith and Allies will be held at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ (3845 S Capitol St., S.W.) on Tuesday, June 7 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Magicians Brian Curry and Mark Phillips perform “Catch Me: A Magic Duel Pride Edition,” a magic show, at Capital Hilton (1001 16th St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. The magicians will battle each other and audience members will choose the styles of magic used to compete.

Capital Pride Alliance hosts a rooftop pool party and rally at VIDA Penthouse Pool & Lounge at the Yards (1212 Fourth St., S.E.) on Thursday, June 9 from 7-10 p.m. Admission includes two drink tickets and light appetizers. Tickets are $20.

“Sixth in the City Shabbat: National Pride Edition,” a Shabbat service, is at Sixth and I Synagogue (600 I St., N.W.) on Friday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., service is 7:15 p.m. and dinner is at 8:30 p.m.

The Fourth annual D.C. Front Runners Pride Run 5K with Capital Pride begins at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.) on Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. The timed 5K race concludes with a Finish Line Party with a live DJ, beer and awards. Registration is required.

Brightest Young Things presents Hex: The Abracadablous Opening Party at Dock 5 at Union Market (1309 Fifth St., N.E.) onFriday, June 10 from 8:30 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Gring and DJ Lisa Moody will play music. Thorgy Thor from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Pussy Noir, Team Peaches, Pepper Mashay, the Hairy Otter Go-Go Squad and more will make appearances. Tickets are $25.

Crack of Noon, the parade day brunch, is at the Urbana inside Kimpton Hotel Palomar (2121 P St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 11from noon-3 p.m. with special guest actor Leslie Jordan. A gourmet buffet will be served with complimentary mimosas and bellinis. Tickets are $100.

The Pride Parade is on Saturday, June 11 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The parade route runs from 22nd and P streets through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, through the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends at 14th Street corridor at S Street. Leslie Jordan will be the grand marshal. Businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awardees, politicians, community groups, drag queens and more will make appearances.

The 41st annual Pride Festival is on Sunday, June 12 at Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. between 3rd and 7th streets. About 300 exhibitors showcasing community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors and more will be displayed. There will be concerts on three stages featuring local performers and national headlining acts. Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth, Melanie Martinez and Alex Newell are scheduled to perform. Admission to the festival is free. Exhibit hours are from noon-7 p.m. Concert stage hours are from 1-9 p.m.

Pride’s Official Closing Party is at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 12 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

  • Meghan Trainor. Glad to see they finally got some decent entertainment for Pride rather than the boring acts they’ve had in the past!

  • Thirty dollars for speed dating? First, how do we know paying the money is worth the price? Can we get a refund if everyone that shows up is a disappointment?

    Also, why do you do this on a week day? People have to work and not everyone lives in the district that is single and gay. Why can’t you people do things over a weekend during the day when people have more flexibility?

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