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LGBT events calendar: July 6-12, 2018

Westminster Pride, Mr. & Miss DC Royale Pageant among week’s highlights



DC LGBT events, gay news, Washington Blade

Mesma Belsare, a trans South-Asian dancer, will perform as guest artist with Dakshina at its 15th annual Festival of South Asian Arts on Saturday night. (Photo by Kateryna Odyntsov; courtesy Dakshina)


NOVA Gay and Lesbian Professionals hosts a Happy Hour Social this evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Pinzimini Lounge in Westin Arlington Gateway (801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, Va.). Go Gay D.C. leader TJ Flavell will be there to greet everyone. There are opportunities to meet professionals in a variety of fields and industries. There is no cover fee and everyone is welcome. For more information, visit

The DC Center (2000 14th St. N.W., Suite 105) hosts a transgender discussion group tonight at 7 p.m. The peer-facilitated discussion group is open to members of the transgender community, partners, friends and allies. 

The District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St. N.W.) holds an LGBTQ Erev Shabbat service beginning at 8 p.m. tonight in the community room. An Oneg Shabbat social hour follows the service with dessert, coffee and soft drinks.

Gay District hosts a men’s discussion group tonight at 8:30 at the D.C. Center’s Reeves Building. Gay men between the ages of 18-35 are welcome to attend and participate in this facilitated group discussion. After the meeting, members will often go out for dinner together in the surrounding neighborhood. For more information, visit


The Westminster Pride Festival is today in Westminster (56 W. Main St., Westminster, Md.) from noon- 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 S. 23rd St., Arlington, Va.) hosts poker from 1-3 p.m. today. The World Tavern Poker Tournaments are free and a gift certificate prize goes to the winner. There is never a buy-in and each game is free. To get extra chips by registering in advance, visit

JR’s Bar & Grill (1519 17th St. N.W.) hosts showtunes happy hour tonight from 5-9 p.m.

Mr. & Miss DC Royale Pageant is at Cobalt (1639 R St. N.W.) tonight from 6-10 p.m. The 2018 crown will be awarded and 2017 DC Royales Xavier Bottoms and Ophelia Bottoms. For more information, go here

Dakshina, a gay-helmed local dance outfit, hosts the 15th annual Festival of South Asian Arts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St. N.E.). Featured artists include Madhavi Mudgal Dance Company and Nadhi Thekkek. Tickets are $35 per person and $20 for children and seniors. For tickets, go here

Independence Day Weekend bar night is tonight at 9 p.m. at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd. N.E.). Mr. D.C. Eagle 2018 Daniel Ferguson will be there and Thudd Thumper is on bootblack duty. Free red, white and blue Jell-O shots are available for guests wearing red, white or blue. A DILF party is at the main bar. There is a $10 cover charge for the party and advance tickets online are $8. For more information, go here.

Rumba Latina at Cobalt (1639 R St. N.W.) celebrates its ninth anniversary of Boys in Heels at 10 p.m. tonight. DJs Manny El Demente and DJ Madscience will spin music. There will also be performances by divas of Rumba Latina and hot go-go dancers. Drink specials will run all night. 


Freddie’s Fabulous Champagne Brunch is today at 10 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant (555 S. 23rd St., Arlington, Va.). Tickets are $24.99 and the brunch comes with up to four champagne or mimosas, one Bloody Mary, or coffee, soda or juice. For more information, visit

Shi-Queeta Lee hosts Shi-Queeta’s Palace Chateau Remix Drag Brunch today at 11 a.m. at the Chateau Remix Event Center (3439 Benning Rd. N.E.). There is an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet and the first mimosa or Zing Zang Bloody Mary is free. Tickets are $40.

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Camelot” will be performed at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St. N.W.) today at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $59-110. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Sunday Funday is at JR.’s Bar (1519 17th St. N.W.) from 4 p.m.-midnight tonight. Skyy highballs and Coors Light bottles are each $3.


The D.C. Center (2000 14th St. N.W., Suite 105) hosts a coffee drop-in for older LGBT adults and friends today at 10 a.m. There is no age restriction, but an ID or license is required to get into the building. 

Freddie’s Beach Bar (555 23rd St. S, Arlington, Va.) hosts Pasta Monday beginning at 4 p.m. Pasta dishes are half-priced. Happy hour specials are from 4-8 p.m. and karaoke is from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. For more information, visit

The DC GLBT Board Gamers group is hosting a board gamers meetup tonight at 6 p.m. at Soho Tea & Coffee (2150 P St. N.W.). Attendees are welcome to bring a game to share. There is a $1 fee for attendees.


Twilight Tuesday is at Penthouse Pool Club (1612 U St. N.W.) at 7 p.m. tonight. Guests must be 21 to enter with a valid government ID. RSVP is required at 


The Capital Classics series at Landmark’s West End Cinema (2301 M St. N.W.) continues today with screenings of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” There are shows at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $9.50 for children and seniors. Advance tickets and more information can be found at

The Ask Rayceen Show is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Center (1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.). Doors open at 6 p.m., and admission is free. The event is a game show, #AskRayceen Squares, which features special celebrity guests. There will be live music by Nia Simmons, burlesque by Uma Hurtman and DJ MIM will be spinning. Free catered food while supplies last is available for early arrivals, and snacks, soda and water will be available for $1 each. There will be a cash bar with drinks for $5 each. For more information, go here

The Big Gay Book Group meets tonight at 7 p.m. at Trio Bistro (17 St. & Q St. N.W.). Members will discuss “The House of Impossible Beauties” by Joseph Cassara. Newcomers are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected].

Lambda Bridge Club meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St. S.E.) for Duplicate Bridge. No reservations are required and newcomers are welcome. If you need a partner, call 202-841-0279.


The Ugly Mug (723 8th St. S.E.) and District Karaoke host Pride karaoke tonight at 7 p.m. There are Tex-Mex Thursday food and drink specials all night, including $8 nachos and quesadillas, $4 Pacifico drafts, and $6 margaritas. 

“Hamilton” is at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. N.W.) at 7:30 p.m. tonight. There is a four-ticket limit per household. Tickets can either be mailed or picked up at the box office. Ticket price ranges from $199-625 each, and when available, standing room tickets may be purchased for $49 starting two hours prior to curtain. Forty $10 orchestra seats are offered at all performances. For tickets, visit the only official website at


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Here’s your guide to the merriest gay holiday season!

Cocktails, music and dancing at upcoming parties



The holidays are here and it’s time to party.

“LGBTQ Social Mixer – Pride On The Patio at Showroom” will be on Tuesday, Dec. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. 

There will be happy hour cocktails and dinner on the heated patio at the venue. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic selves to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy.

Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite

The Iconic International House of Balenciaga will host “Naughty or Nice: A Holiday Extravaganza” on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 10 p.m. at Privilege. 

There will be a limited buffet and open bar, hookah, VIP packages, bottle specials and music by DJ Dave Thom and DJ Obie. There will also be a sweater contest with a cash prize. 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

“Hip Hop Garden DC Day Party” will be on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. at Lost Society. This exclusive day party experience will feature non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes. Music played will be a crossover of genres and fusion of cultures.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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Winterfest remains in full force

Yappy Hour will be on Sunday



Yappy Hour will be on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 12 p.m.

Events for Wunder Garten’s 6th Annual Winterfest are still underway at one of D.C.’s most enthralling beer gardens at 1101 First St., N.E.

A Night of 1,000 Santas will be on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus, an elf, a reindeer, anything or anyone, to dance the night away and celebrate the holidays. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite. 

Yappy Hour will be on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 12 p.m. This is a special day for the pups and their “hoomans” and perfect opportunity for the pups to get some treats and make new friends. Select beers cost $6 and there will be free pupucinnos with a purchase. This event is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Trivia Mondays will be on Monday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. This event will be hosted by Mark Lloyd. Guests are encouraged to bring friends and test their knowledge to win prizes and glory. There will also be boozy cocktails, seasonal beers and themed decor. Tickets are free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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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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