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Halloween, gay news, Washington Blade

Region teeming with queer-friendly Halloween events through Oct. 31.

Friday, Oct. 26

Night of the Living Zoo, an adult halloween party, is at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight from 7-10:30 p.m. There will be craft beer, food from popular D.C. food trucks, a costume contest, a DJ and performance artists. General admission tickets are $30 for Friends of the Zoo members and $40 for non-members. Tickets include access to the party, complimentary soda and water, after-hours access to animal houses and two drink tickets. VIP tickets are $65 for Friends of the Zoo members and $90 for non-members. They include an additional drink ticket, VIP express check-in, a private dance floor, bar and lounge, complimentary food tastings from D.C. restaurants, animal demonstrations and more. For more information, visit

BloominGays presents a screening of “Hocus Pocus” at Crispus Attucks Park (Crispus Attucks Ct., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. Attendees should bring a blanket or low-to-the-ground chair. Admission is free. For more details, visit 

XX+ Crostino (1926 9th St., N.W.) hosts Charmed tonight from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite vampire slayer, ghost, zombie, witch or mermaid from television. Prizes will be given for categories such as Best Witch and Best Throwback Costume. DJ Honey Johnson will play music. Happy hour pricing is from 10-11 p.m. There will also be food served. Cover is $5. For more details, visit

The Coven D.C. hosts Otherworld at Ten Tigers Parlour (3813 Georgia Ave., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. DJ Tezrah will play music. For more information, visit

Skin Tight USA and Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) host Pre-Halloween, a cos-play party and costume contest, tonight from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. There will be more than $500 in prizes and raffles. DJ JerrBear and DJ D’Manda Martini will play music. Cover is $5 at the door. For more details, visit 

Saturday, Oct. 27

The Ivy Project presents Witches Be Cray, an LGBT Halloween party, at Uproar Lounge & Restaurant (639 Florida Ave., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. There will be a costume contest, giveaways and Halloween games. Drink specials run all night. DJ Electrox and DJ Milko will play music. No cover. For more information, visit

XX+ Crostino (1926 9th St., N.W.) hosts Vamp, a Halloween ladies party, tonight from 10 p.m. -2:30 a.m. Madame Seduction will perform. DJ Mim will spin tracks. There will be craft cocktails and small bites. Cover is $10. For more details, visit 

No Justice No Pride hosts a Halloween and house warming party at its new location (169 Uhland Ter., N.E.) tonight from 8 p.m.-4 a.m. This party is also a fundraiser to provide aid for the transgender community. Costumes are encouraged. There will also be drink specials and DJs. For more details, visit

DAR Museum (1776 D St., N.W.) hosts a Victorian Halloween Party today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The family-friendly party will have treats, tricks and games common during Victorian Halloween. Admission is free. Costumes are optional. For more information, visit 

Lindy Promotions celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Halloween bar crawl Nightmare on M Street today from 1-8 p.m. in Dupont Circle. “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino hosts the event. Participating bars include Decades, Living Room, Public Bar, Blackfinn Ameripub, Heist and more. Registration is from 1-7 p.m. Tickets range from $15-20 and include cover-free entry to all bars, drink specials, costume contests and more. For more details, visit 

CTRL hosts Halloqueen, a gay dance party, at Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-2:45 a.m. DJ Claudia, DJ Dvonne, DJ Jeff Prior, DJ Adam Koussari-Amin and more will spin tracks. Donna Slash will give a special performance. There will also be a costume contest. For more information, visit

The Cherry Fund hosts Cherry Horror Halloween at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight from 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. DJ Paulo Pacheco and DJ Sean Morris will play music. Proceeds from the party will be donated to the Barry D Smythers Fund for Mental Health Awareness. Tickets are $15. For more details, visit

Project D.C. Events hosts its Halloween Crawl today from noon-8 p.m. in Dupont Circle. The list of participating bars includes James Hoban’s, The Exchange, Bravo Bravo and more. There will be a costume contest, free raffles and event pictures. Guests will receive a souvenir haunted mug, drink and food specials, cover-free access to bars and more. Tickets are $35 online and $40 day of the event. For more information, visit

Sunday, Oct. 28

Where the Girls Go and Vanniety Kills hosts its OverEasy Season Finale: Scared Straight, a Halloween costume party, at Dodge City D.C. (917 U St., N.W.) today from 3-8 p.m. DJ Keenan Orr, DJ Kryptk and DJ Tezrah will spin tracks. Admission is free. For more details, visit facebook/com/wherethegirlsgo. 

Augment VR Arcade and Bar (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) presents scary virtual reality experiences today from 2-8 p.m. A team of four can play each other in survival shooter games, a haunted mansion and a zombie killer game. Tickets range from $60-195. For more information, visit 

Monday, Oct. 29

D.C. Gaymers hosts Happy Poké-Week at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight from 7-11 p.m. Attendees can compete in the D.C. Gaymers’ Pokémon League. Attendees can also participate in  a costume contest. There will be a raffle with prizes including gaming figures and accessories. For more information, visit 

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Queer Girl Movie Night hosts a Halloween edition at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. The film will be a campy, B-horror movie featuring queer, female leads. Movie starts at 8 p.m. No cover. For more details, visit

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Womxn Crush Wednesday: Queering Halloween tonight from 6-10 p.m. This happy hour is for LBT womxn; non-binary femmes, genderqueer and non-gender conforming individuals. For more information, visit

D.C. Finest hosts Haunted Halloween on 17th St at Barcode (1101 17th St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. DJ LDR, DJ Yazadan and DJ Ivan will spin tracks. Admission is free before midnight. VIP tickets are $15 and include express entry. For more details, visit 

Dark & Stormy hosts a Halloween party at Black Cat (1811 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Kangal, DJ Mindjacket and DJ Hemlock will play electronic, synth-wave, retro, goth, industrial, EBM and dark disco music. Guests with the best costumes will receive free T-shirts. Cover is $5. For more information, visit


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CAMP Rehoboth’s final concert of the season is almost here

Chorus performs ‘Music of the Night’



CAMP Rehoboth Chorus is ready to close out another season.

CAMP Rehoboth Chorus will perform “Music of the Night” on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church. 

The chorus will sing more than 36 song selections, including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I Could’ve Danced All Night” and “In the Still of the Nite.”

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased on CAMP Rehoboth’s website.

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LGBTQ science fans, gather here

‘Building Space & Amplifying Voices’ event held at AT&T Forum



“LGBTQ+ in STEAM: Building Space & Amplifying Voices” will be on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at AT&T Forum.

This event will celebrate and empower LGBTQ individuals in the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics fields. There will be a diverse range of speakers who will share their experiences and insights on how to create more inclusive spaces and amplify LGBTQ voices in the STEAM industry. 

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

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Calendar: September 22-28

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, September 22

“Center Aging Monthly Luncheon with Yoga and Bingo” will be at 12 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Bingo will be hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. To RSVP, visit the DC Center’s website

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social in the City” at 7 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott Dupont Circle. This event is ideal for making new friends, professional networking, idea-sharing, and community building. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is intended to provide an emotionally and physically safe space for trans people and those who may be questioning their gender identity or expression to join together in community and learn from one another. For more details, email [email protected]

Women in their Twenties and Thirties will be at 8 p.m. on Zoom. This is a discussion group for queer women in the D.C. area. For more details, visit WiTT’s closed Facebook group

Saturday, September 23

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Guests are encouraged to come enjoy brunch with other LGBTQ folk. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Black Lesbian Support Group will be at 11 a.m. on Zoom. This is a support group devoted to the joys and challenges of being a Black lesbian. For more details, email [email protected]

Sunday, September 24

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is ideal for those looking to make new friends & connections in the DMV’s LGBTQ community. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

AfroCode DC will be at 4 p.m. at Decades DC. This event will be an experience of non-stop music, dancing, and good vibes and a crossover of genres and a fusion of cultures. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Monday, September 25

Center Aging Monday Coffee and Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. LGBT Older Adults — and friends — are invited to enjoy friendly conversations and to discuss any issues you might be dealing with. For more information, visit the Center Aging’s Facebook or Twitter

Queer Book Club will be at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom. This month’s reading is “Ace: What Sexuality Reveals About Desire, Society and the Meaning of Sex” by Angela Chen. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, September 26

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ+ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. This event is a weekly cocktails and dinner social mixer for the LGBTQIA community in Frederick, Md. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Genderqueer DC will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a support group for people who identify outside the gender binary, whether bigender, agender, gender fluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis. For more details, visit

Wednesday, September 27

Job Club will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This is a weekly job support program to help job entrants and seekers, including the long-term unemployed, improve self-confidence, motivation, resilience and productivity for effective job searches and networking — allowing participants to move away from being merely “applicants” toward being “candidates.” For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Asexual & Aromantic Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom and in person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This is a place where people questioning this aspect of their identity or those who identify as asexual or aromantic can come together, share stories and experiences and discuss various topics. For more details, email [email protected]

Thursday, September 28

Virtual Yoga Class with Jesse Z. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing your name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions you may have. A link to the event will be sent at 6 p.m. the day before.

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