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Celebrations galore planned in D.C. in coming days



Capital Pride, gay news, Washington Blade
Capital Pride, gay news, Washington Blade, D.C. Pride

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

D.C. gets into the spirit of Pride early with events occurring all over the city.

18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) hosts its D.C. Pride kickoff party on Saturday, June 3 from 2-6 p.m. Brock Thompson, Jonathan Shields and Beaumont Brackeen will guest bartend for the night. All tips benefit the Wanda Alston Foundation. DJ Thomas Hernandez spins tracks. Goldie Grigio hosts. There will be celebrity cocktails named after local members of the D.C. community. For more information, visit

Story District hosts “Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud” at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. Storytellers will share eight true stories based around the LGBT experience. Rayceen Pendarvis hosts. Storytellers include Mike Boyd, Elyse Hannah, Robin Katcher, among others. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22. Purchase tickets at

Mauther Project  hosts the official Capital Pride Women’s kickoff party in the parking lot of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (1701 14th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-10 p.m. There will be liquor and beer provided by Denizens Brewing Co. and Republic Restoratives. Latin and barbecue-style street food will be served. BOOMscat will DJ the dance party. All are welcome. General admission tickets are $15. Entry including two free drink tickets is $35. Tickets that include two entries, open bar and all-you-can-eat food is $150. For more details, visit

Latino GLBT History Project hosts La Fe: Resisting with Faith, the kick-off to the 11th annual D.C. Latino Pride, at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. The non-denominational faith service is for LGBT individuals and allies. For more information, visit

River Tea D.C. hosts a tea dance on the Potomac at the Boomerang Party Yacht and Private Ship Company (1072 31st St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 4 from 4:15-6:30 p.m. The party cruise will feature a cash bar, music by DJ Say What? and a large, open upper-deck on the second level. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the dock. Boarding begins at 4:15 p.m. and the yacht will sail from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more details, visit

D.C. Brau and Washington Blade host #PridePils launch happy hour at Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. The event will celebrate the launch of the #PridePils beer can. There will be prizes for best rainbow or unicorn custom on your pet. For more details, visit

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Halloween is back and more queer than ever!

Freddie’s Beach Bar to host Halloween party



Freddie's Halloween (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant will be hosting a Halloween party on Monday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. 

Guests are encouraged to bring friends and meet new people from all over the world. Guests will gather in the back outside patio if the weather is nice or near the stage if not. Go Gay DC leader TJ Flavell will be there to greet you. Name tags will be provided. There’s no cover charge.

For more details, visit Eventbrite

Metrobar DC to host ‘Booze and Brews’ Halloween Brunch’

“Booze and Brews Halloween Brunch” will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at metrobar DC.

Guests are encouraged to come enjoy sounds from DJ Lalee and tasting tables from Catoctin and Republic Restoratives from 7-10 p.m. and drink specials featuring Catoctin or Republic Restoratives spirits all evening long.

This event is free to attend with an optional $15 Bash + SMYAL Fundraiser Ticket to help support LGBTQ youth across the district. Ticket holders will be honored with a cocktail. 

For more details, visit Eventbrite

Cake Pop to host ‘HallowQueen Drag Brunch’

“HallowQueen Drag Brunch” will be on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at The Hall CP. New host Cake Pop will be hosting this ultimate Halloween-themed event. 

Flavored mimosas and Bloody Marys will cost $24 and the brunch buffet costs $30 and will include French toast casserole, buttermilk pancakes, tater tots hash, among many other menu items. 

Tickets for this event start at $25 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Baltimore Playhouse to hold ‘Haux-lloween’ party

“Taste.Touch.Feel: Haux-lloween” will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Playhouse – Private Social Club. 

Guests are encouraged to come and enjoy top-tier burlesque and specialty performances, kink edutainment, interactive games, and plenty of surprises to thrill one’s senses.

There will also be a costume ball with three categories. Each category is limited to eight participants. The categories are:

  • Alien Superstar: Most unique, intergalactic freak
  • Fetish Faerie: Whimsy, kinky, faerie hauxs
  • Best Couples Costume: Period.

After the costume ball, there will be an “Adult Play Date After Party” for mingling and a night of no inhibitions where guests can enjoy spontaneous performances, play with their lover(s) or be a voyeur while the music plays. 

Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Sirene, X and Nadia to perform at Firefly

Firefly Halloween Special Event will be on Saturday, Oct. 29 at p.m. at Firefly. This event will feature performances by drag queens Sirene, X and Nadia. There will also be two competitions: 

     • “Holy” a ghoulie drag performance with a cash prize of $100 and a bookings prize of $100.

     • A costume contest where the 1st place winner wins a one-night stay at Hotel Madeira, 2nd place wins dinner for two at Firefly, and 3rd place wins brunch for two at Firefly.

This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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KINETIC: Pride DC launches with 3 major events

Weekend kicks off Friday with UNCUT XL at BLISS



KINETIC: Pride DC will partner with Capital Pride Alliance to celebrate Pride month with three official events that will feature leading gay DJs: Abel, Ben Bakson, Joe Pacheco, Dan Slater and Alexis Tucci.

The weekend kicks off Friday, June 10 at 10 p.m. with UNCUT XL at BLISS Nightclub. Grammy-nominated DJ Abel will headline the city’s “most risqué circuit event of the year” at BLISS nightclub.

“Uncut is returning to DC Pride for the first time in four years so there will be lots of sweating, dancing, and men bumping and sliding into one another on the main floor as well as in the play zone,” said producer Jesus Quispe in a press release late May.

 KINETIC: Pride Galactic Edition will be on Saturday, June 11 at 10 p.m. at Echostage. DJs Dan Slater and Ben Bakson will perform back-to-back sets. DJ Joe Pacheco will open the night.

The series of events will wrap up on Sunday June 12 with DC Pride’s official closing party, “discoVERS” at 10 p.m. at SAX in Downtown D.C. Disco-diva Alexis Tucci will spin an open-to-close set with Disco, Nu-Disco, and Disco House music all night long. Special performances throughout the night will be integrated into her high-energy disco set as well.

To purchase tickets, visit KINETIC: Pride DC.

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Beyonce vs. Rihanna dance party

Music provided by DJ Just Different at Union Stage



R² Productions LLC and Union Stage are teaming up to host  R² Productions’ inaugural “MEGA Dance Party” on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at Union Stage at The Wharf.

The event will be a night full of dancing to music by pop stars Beyonce and Rihanna. DJ Just Different will be performing at the event. 

General Admission tickets cost $25 and Premier Plus tickets cost $35. For more information about ticket purchases, visit Union Stage’s website.

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