January 4, 2018 at 9:58 am EDT | by Will Owen
The year ahead: 2018
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Martel Brown, Jr. won the title of Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather 2017. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

D.C.’s LGBT scene is filled with events all year long. We’ve compiled a list of what’s coming this year. Details are pending for some events, especially those later in the year. Keep reading the Blade throughout 2018 for updates.

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend is Jan. 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill (400 New Jersey Ave., N.W.). Details at leatherweekend.com.

The Capital Pride Alliance invites LGBT community members to march in the annual MLK Holiday Parade in Anacostia Park (1900 Anacostia Drive, S.E.) on Jan. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit the Facebook event page for details.

Reel Affirmations has screenings scheduled throughout the year starting with “CatSkin” on Jan. 19. Details and 2018 passes available at reelaffirmations.org.

The Brother Help Thyself grant/awards reception is Jan. 20 at the Baltimore Eagle (2022 N. Charles St.) in Baltimore. Details at brotherhelpthyself.net or on the BHT Facebook page.

Brother Help Thyself grant awards (Washington Blade photo by Daniel Truitt)

The CAMP Rehoboth Chorus kicks off its 2018 season with “It Takes Two!” Jan. 20 at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center (37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.). Details at camprehoboth.com.

The Helen Hayes Award nominees will be announced in late January or early February at the National Theatre, based on past scheduling. Details are also pending on the ceremony, which is usually held the first week in April. Check back later at theatrewashington.org.

The Creating Change Conference of the National LGBTQ Task Force is Jan. 24-28 in Washington. Details here.

Wig Night Out, an annual Point Foundation benefit, is scheduled for Jan. 27 from 7-9 p.m. at JR.’s Bar (1519 17th St., N.W.). For details, check here.

Pride Reveal is tentatively set for Thursday, Feb. 1. Details soon at capitalpride.org.

Wig Night Out (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas)

Equality Virginia’s Day of Action will be held on Feb. 5 in Richmond at the Library of Virginia (800 E. Broad Street, Richmond). Details at equalityvirginia.org.

The Blade’s “Most Eligible Singles” party is Feb. 10. The issue comes out Feb. 9.

Scarlet’s Bake Sale is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 10. No word yet on this year’s location or theme, but it is usually held at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). Scarlet’s Foundation has a Facebook page that will have more information closer to the date.

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Scarlet’s Bake Sale (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Blade’s Spring Arts Preview special issue comes out March 2.

The 2018 date has yet to be announced, but the 2017 Al Sura White In Black event was held on March 4. More information soon at alsurainc.org.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington is performing two “Make America Gay Again” concerts on March 17 at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, N.W.) at 4 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-65. All four of the group’s adult ensembles also perform a “Small Ensembles Extravaganza” at the Barns at Wolf Trap (1635 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.) on April 14. “Transamerica,” with special guest artists soon to be announced, is June 2-3 at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.). Full details and ticket info can be found at gmcw.org.

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

Cherry is April 12-15 at various locations. Details at cherryfund.org.

The Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner is April 14 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (403 N. Third Street, Richmond, Va.). Details at equalityvirginia.org.

Dining Out for Life, a Food & Friends benefit, is usually around the third week in April. No details for 2018 yet announced. Look for more information soon at foodandfriends.org.

No details just yet, but the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance will host its 47th anniversary reception and annual Distinguished Service Awards sometime in late April. Look for an announcement soon at glaa.org.

Gay Day at the Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) is May 6 from 12-5 p.m. Details can be found on the event Facebook page.

No information yet, but Youth Pride is usually held the first weekend of May in Dupont Circle, although it was held in October last year. More information soon at youthpridealliance.org.

The Blade’s annual Return to Rehoboth issue comes out May 18 and our Summer Kickoff Party is May 18 at the Blue Moon (35 Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth).

The Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch is usually held in late May. Check back for more details soon at victoryfund.org.

Trans Pride hasn’t been scheduled yet, but usually takes place in late May. Details soon at capitaltranspride.org.

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Capital Trans Pride (Washington Blade photo by Tyler Grigsby)

D.C. Black Pride weekend is May 25-28. Details at dcblackpride.org.

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

The Capital Pride Heroes Gala usually takes place about a week before the Capital Pride opening party in early June. Details soon at capitalpride.org.

The Capital Pride interfaith service is usually slated a day or two before the Capital Pride opening party in early June. Stay tuned for more information at capitalpride.org.

Capital Pride opening party is planned for June 8.

The Latino GLBT History Project usually holds D.C. Latino Pride events the first and second week in June. Stay tuned for more info soon at latinoglbthistory.org.

Team D.C. always has several Night Out events planned throughout the year. No information yet on 2018 games.

Capital Pride culminates with the parade on June 9 and festival June 10. Many events run in the preceding days. Details at capitalpride.org.

The annual queer music and arts festival PhazeFest was last held July 1 at the 9:30 Club. No word yet on 2018 plans but details will be posted at phazefest.com.

The Blade’s annual Summer in the City issue is published July 13.

Baltimore Pride is June 16 (block party) and 17 (festival). More information soon at baltimorepride.org or the Baltimore Pride Facebook page.

The seventh annual 17th Street Festival will likely be in late August or early September. Check later at 17thstreetfestival.org.

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17th Street Festival (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The OutWrite LGBT Book Festival is Aug. 3-4. Details at thedccenter.org/outwrite.

The Blade’s sixth annual Sports Issue will be out Aug. 24.

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

The D.C. Shorts Film Festival is Sept. 6-17. Details at dcshorts.com.

The Imperial Court of Washington holds its Coronation VII “Gala of the Americas” events the weekend of Sept. 7-9. The Court also holds many other events throughout the year. Details at imperialcourtdc.org.

The Blade’s Fall Arts Preview edition is out Sept. 14.

The 22nd annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner is in October, though the weekend varies from year to year. Details soon at hrcnationaldinner.org.

Baltimore Black Pride is usually the second week of October. Check back for details here.

The Walk & 5K to End HIV is always in late October. More information soon at walktoendhiv.org.

The Blade’s annual Best of Gay D.C. issue is out Oct. 19. The release party will be held Oct. 18.

The 17th Street High Heel Race is always the Tuesday before Halloween. Check back on the event Facebook page.

High Heel Race (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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

The 21st annual SMYAL fall brunch will be held in early November based on previous scheduling patterns. Check back later at smyal.org.

Transgender Day of Remembrance is Nov. 20. Details at thedccenter.org.

 

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