June 6, 2018 at 7:00 am EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Your one-stop spot for 2018 D.C. Pride events
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Capital Pride Parade (Washington Blade photo by Rob Rapanut)

Pride Month kicks off with plenty of events in D.C., Maryland and Virginia throughout June.

Jackson 20 (480 King St., Alexandria, Va.) hosts Rainbow Doggy Happy Hour every Tuesday in June from 4-7 p.m. There will be pup-tinis and doggie treats for the dogs and happy hour cocktails for the owners. For more information, visit jackson20restaurant.com.

Taylor Gourmet (1908 14th St., N.W.) and Washington Blade host Drag Bingo Night, a benefit for Casa Ruby, on Thursday, June 7 from 6-9 p.m. Bombalicious Eklaver and Ba’Naka will host a new game every 45 minutes. Session one is from 6-7 p.m., session two is from 7-8 p.m. and session three is from 8-9 p.m. There will be complimentary Taylor Gourmet salads, cocktails and surprise prizes. For more details, visit here. 

D.C. Front Runners hosts its sixth annual D.C. Pride Run 5K at Congressional Cemetery (1801 E St., S.E.) on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. After the race, there will be a Finish Line Party with beer for race participants, a live DJ, entertainment and awards for the race’s top performers. This year’s race benefits the Team D.C. Student-Athlete Scholarship, the Wanda Alston Foundation, Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center and SMYAL. For registration details, visit dcfrpriderun.com.

Washington Blade presents Sandra Bernhard’s stand-up show “Sandemonium at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th St., N.W.) on Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $55-$99. To purchase tickets, visit here.

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Pride Run 5K (Washington Blade photo by Antwan J. Thompson)

Capital Pride hosts its “Crack of Noon” Pride Brunch at Human Rights Campaign (1630 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be gourmet brunch tasting stations and complimentary mimosas and vodka drinks. Pride Parade grand marshals, Pride honorees and other Pride 2018 specials guests will attend. Tickets are $50. Guests must be 21 and over. For more information, visit facebook.com/capitalpridedc.

Washington Blade hosts Pride on the Pier at Wharf D.C. (1100 Main Ave., S.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from noon-3 p.m. The Pride Parade pre-party will feature specially themed cocktails at a waterfront beer and wine garden and a live DJ. Admission is free. For more details, visit facebook.com/washingtonblade.

Washington Blade hosts its Pride Parade Viewing Party at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m. Honored guests will include Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; Attorney General, Washington D.C. Karl Racine and Artistic Director of Studio Theatre David Muse. There will be light food, drinks and music. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit the Washington Blade Foundation. Purchase tickets here.

Outserve SLDN hosts Pride in the Sky, a Capital Pride Parade watch party, at Dupont Circle Hotel (1500 New Hampshire Ave., N.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $100 and include an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. For more information, visit outserve-sldn.org.

Anyone may walk with Mayor Muriel Bowser in the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday, June 9. Participants will meet at 23rd and P Streets at 3:30 p.m. RSVP at 2018CapitalPrideParade.eventbrite.com.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at the Capital Pride Parade. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Capital Pride Parade kicks off at P and 23rd Streets N.W. and runs through 14th and R Streets on Saturday, June 9 at 4:30 p.m. A family area will be located on Stead Field and a block party with a beverage garden and entertainment will take place adjacent to the parade route. For details, visit capitalpride.org/parade.

D.C. Black Pride hosts a pool party at Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards (1212 4th St., S.E.) on Saturday, June 9 from 7-10 p.m. There will be cocktails and a DJ spinning tracks. Admission is $10. For more information, visit facebook.com/dcblkpride.

Capital Trans Pride hosts its second annual Trans Pride Pool Party at Vida Fitness (1612 U St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from 7:30-11 p.m. Taylor Lianne Chandler and Consuella Lopez will host the event. Light food will be provided. The first 100 attendees will receive a free drink ticket. Admission is free but tickets are required. For more details, visit facebook.com/capitaltranspride.

Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St. S Arlington, Va.) presents Freddie’s Follies Drag Show on Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Karaoke starts at 10 p.m. Cover is $5. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit freddiesbeachbar.com.

LURe D.C. hosts Fuse, the Capital Pride Main Women’s Event, at Biergarten Haus (1355 H St., N.E.) on Saturday, June 9 from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Jai Syncere and DJ Honey will play music. Drink specials run all night. Cover is $15. For more information, visit facebook.com/lurewdc.

Distrkt C hosts SIN, Capital Pride’s official Saturday night men’s event, at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) on Saturday, June 9 from 10 p.m.- 6 a.m. Suzanne Palmer will perform. The Perry Twins and Deanne will play music. Tickets are $65. Attendees can also purchase the combo pass for $75. The pass includes entry to Sin and Distrkt C’s REPENT party on Sunday, June 10. For more information, visit distrktc.com.

Mixtape hosts a Pride party at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ Matt Bailer, DJ Keenan Orr and DJ Tezrah will spin tracks all night. Admission is $10. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit 930.com.

Women’s Strength Coalition hosts Pull for Pride D.C., a deadlift-only fundraising event for Casa Ruby, at Balance Gym (1339 Green Ct., N.W.) on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lifters will receive three standard attempts. All gender identities and experience levels welcome. Flights will be determined by first attempts. For more information, visit pullforpride.com.

The Queer Enough Portrait project opens at 1314 Half/Gallery (1314 1/2 9th St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The exhibit includes photos from photographer Fid Thompson who photographed members of the local LGBT community. Thompson interviewed participants on what queerness means to them and also included handwritten drawings and words from each individual. The exhibit is also open on Thursday, June 14Sunday, June 17; and Thursday, June 21. Admission is free. For more details, visit facebook.com/1314halfgallery.

The Capital Pride Festival takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue from 7th to 3rd Streets N.W. on Sunday, June 10 from noon-10 p.m. Exhibitors, including local community groups, businesses and organizations, will be on display from noon-7 p.m. Food and beverage vendors will be open from noon-9:30 p.m. Entertainment runs from noon-10 p.m. and includes headlining acts Troye Sivan, Alessia Cara, MAX, Keri Hilson, Kim Petras and Asia O’Hara. The concert will be followed by the Sunset Dance Party from 8-10 p.m. Concert is free. VIP tickets are available for $150 and include a private bar, complimentary beer and wine and more. VIP ticket proceeds benefit Capital Pride Alliance and LGBT partner organizations. For more information, visit capitalpride.org/events/concert-2018.

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Capital Pride Festival (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Distrkt C hosts Pride: REPENT at Ultrabar (911 F St., N.W.) on Sunday, June 10 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Alex Cabot, DJ Oscar Velazquez, DJ Matt Bailer, DJ StrikeStone, DJ Devon Trotter and NightFlight (DJs Omar Martinez and Wade Hammes) will spin tracks. Tickets are $40. Attendees can also purchase the combo pass for $75. The pass includes entry to REPENT and Distrkt C’s SIN party on Saturday, June 9. For details, visit distrktc.com.

Center Faith hosts its 35th annual Capital Pride Interfaith Service at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington (474 Ridge St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. The service’s theme will be “Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Speakers will include the founders of the service Joe Pomper, Allan Armus and Charles Kenner. The LOVE Gospel Choir and Interfaith Community Choir will perform. Event is free. For more information, visit thedccenter.org/events/prideinterfaithservice.

Brentwood Gay Pride Day is Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Bartlett Park (4300 39th Pl., Brentwood, Md.). There will be a picnic with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and salsa and soft drinks. Guests are invited to bring a covered side dish to share. For more information, visit brentwoodmd.gov.

The Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs presents District of Pride, a showcase by LGBT performing artists, at Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) on Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more details, visit lgbtq.dc.gov.

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