August 3, 2018 at 7:30 am EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
LGBT book festival OutWrite, Dog Days sidewalk sale this weekend
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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

It may be the dead of summer, but there’s still plenty to do with two major gay events in Washington this weekend — #OutWrite2018, an annual LGBT book festival (Aug. 3-5) and Dog Days, the 19th annual sidewalk sale, which covers about 25 blocks branching out from the 14th and U Street N.W. area.

OutWrite kicks off tonight (Friday, Aug. 3) with “Laughing Out Loud,” a literary comedy showcase with Michelle Tea, hosted by Chelsea Shorte and featuring Anthony Oakes and Camille Roberts. It’s at Ten Tigers Parlour (3813 Georgia Ave., N.W.) at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Details at

Saturday is a day packed with seminars (three generally running simultaneously) including “Between Worlds,” “Love Lines & Life Lines” and “Mining Trauma for Your Writing” (all at 10 a.m.); “Like Copper On Their Tongues,” “Writing Nonbinary Characters” and “Lessons in Unlearning (at 11 a.m.); “On a Pale Horse,” “Worldbuilding for Experts & Beginners” and “Oceans of Salt & Longing” (at noon); and many more throughout the afternoon.

Several writer workshops are scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 5 including “Writing as a Team” (10 a.m.), “How to Pitch Your Book” (noon), “Dialogue in Fiction” (noon) and more.

Authors scheduled to appear throughout the day include John Copenhaver, Tahirah Alexander Green, Tom Wilinsky, Jen Sternick and more.

All events Aug. 4-5 are free and open to the public and will be held at the Reeves Center (2000 14th St., N.W.). Full details at

The Dog Days Sidewalk Festival bills itself as D.C.’s “best laid-back adventure.” Always held the first weekend in August each year, it attracts about 20,000 visitors to the retail center along the 14th and U Street N.W. corridors where retailers between Thomas Circle and Florida Ave., and from U Street from 7th-17th streets offer sales.

A kickoff party is tonight (Friday, Aug. 3) from 6-8 p.m. at Miss Pixie’s (1626 14th St., N.W.) where its 20 percent-off sale will be in effect.

Participants include big chains such as J.Crew (1618 14th St., N.W.), La-Z-Boy (1328 14th St., N.W.) and Room & Board (1840 14th St., N.W.) to gay-owned shops like Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams (1526 14th St., N.W.), Flowers on 14th (1712 14th St., N.W.), Logan Hardware (1734 14th St., N.W.) and more.

Most restaurants in the region get in on the fun as well including Ben’s Chili Bowl (1214 U St., N.W.), Barcelona Wine Bar (1622 14th St., N.W.), Rice (1608 14th St., N.W.), et. al. as well as the gay sports bar Nellie’s (900 U St., N.W.), Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits (1939 12th St., N.W.), Cork & Fork (1522 14th St., N.W.) and more.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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