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Your one-stop guide to all the D.C.-area Pride events

Awards, concerts, DJs, parties, drag queens and more kick into high gear



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Pride is rapidly approaching with plenty of events to attend in the District. 

Capital Pride Honors is at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (800 G St., N.W.) tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Individuals, leaders and activists who have made LGBT impact both locally and nationally will be recognized. Kimberly Bush, Rea Carey, Ben De Guzman, Martin Espinoza, Amanda Hackett and Tony Nelson will be honored. The Washington Blade will receive the Paving the Way Award.Team D.C. will receive the Larry Stansbury Award. Donald Burch and Alan Thompson will receive the Bill Miles Awards. The National Center for Transgender Equality will be honored with the Community Impact Award. This is a reception prior to the Countdown: Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party. Tickets range from $60-75. Admission includes complimentary cocktails and food tastings.

Rainbow Theatre Project presents “Stonewall 50,” a series of short plays that pay homage to the Stonewall Riots, at D.C. Arts Center (2438 18th St., N.W.) tonight at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $28-35. For more information, visit 

Brightest Young Things and Capital Pride Alliance host Countdown: Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (800 G St., N.W.) in the Kogod Courtyard and Luce Foundation Center tonight from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. The party will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and kick off the 2019 Capital Pride celebration. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10 winner Aquaria headlines the party with a DJ set. Leonce and Ase Manual will also spin tracks.There will be dancing, art activities and an opportunity to learn about LGBTQ artists in the Smithsonian’s collection. The outside of the museum will be lit up with rainbow lights. Tickets range from $50-60.

The Qrew hosts Game On: Pride Kickoff at Union Stage (740 Water St., S.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ KB will play music.There will be swag and prices. Entry is $10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Trevor Project. For details, visit

Pride Kickoff II: Pride for the People is at 18th & U Duplex Diner (2004 18th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 1 from 2-6 p.m. The event will raise money for local LGBTQ charities. Jonathan Shields and Brock Thompson will bartend. Beaumont Brackeen and Shaunda Leer will host the event.

Whitman-Walker Health presents the 2019 Pride Womxn’s Kickoff Party at Big Chief (2002 Fenwick St., N.E.) on Saturday, June 1 from 6-10 p.m. DJ Alex Love will play music. General admission tickets for one person are $15. Deluxe admission is $30 and includes entry for one person and two drink tickets. The VIP Package is $100 and includes entry for two, open bar and food.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents “Stonewall 50,” a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, at the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. The concert will include the premier of  “Quiet No More,” a one-act musical commissioned by GALA Choruses in celebration of the anniversary of Stonewall. There will be dancers, costumes, vocal ensembles, the GenOut Chorus and more. The chorus will perform music ranging from Broadway to pop. Tickets range from $25-65.

Annapolis Pride hosts Pride Month Kick Off Party at the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge (169 West St., Annapolis, Md.) on Saturday, June 1 from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Boomerang Tours and Will Call Events presents a Pride Cruise on Sunday, June 2 from 3-5:30 p.m. Washington Heights, Desiree Dik, Baby and Myah Duboise Blue will host the event. DJ Honey will spin tracks. There will be one welcome cocktail and light bites. Check-in is from 2:30-3 p.m. The boat departs from 3100 K St., N.W. Tickets are $25. A portion of ticket sales will go to the D.C. Center. For more information, search “Pride Cruise” on eventbrite. 

Capital Pride hosts Out Spoken: Women’s Spoken Word and Other Queer Expressions at Busboys and Poets Brookland (625 Monroe St., N.E.) on Monday, June 3 from 7:30-10 p.m. Transgender women and cis-women will share their stories through words or music. There will be a mix of professional spoken word performers, first-time perfumers and acoustic musical performances. There will be a full food and drink menu available including Pride-themed drink specials. Tickets are $10. For more details, visit

The Washington Blade presents Leslie Jordan’s “Exposedstand-up comedy show to Union Stage (740 Water St., S.W.) on Wednesday, June 5 at 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $45. Meet-and-greet passes are an additional $15. A full dinner and drink menu will be available. This is a seated show.

LGBTQ Victory Institute hosts Congressional Pride Reception 2019 at the Hart Senate Office Building (120 Constitution Ave., N.E.) on Thursday, June 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Members of Congress and movement leaders will discuss how to advance equality. Refreshments will be provided. For more details, visit

D.C. Brau and Washington Blade present #PridePils Launch at Dacha Beer Garden (1600 7th St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 6 from 6-10 p.m. The winning Pride Pils can will be unveiled.100 percent of proceeds benefit the Blade Foundation and SMYAL.

Capital Pride hosts a Rooftop Rally and Pool Party at the Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards (1212 4th St., S.E.) on Thursday, June 6 from 7-11 p.m. Volunteers, partners, donors, advocates and supporters of the Capital Pride Alliance are invited to enjoy cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $25.

Capital Pride hosts its Weekend Welcome Pride Happy Hour at the Capital Burger (1005 7th St., N.W.) on Friday, June 7 from 4-7 p.m. Cocktail, beer and wine will be $5. There will be complimentary burger sliders, snacks and appetizers. Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the Capital Pride Legacy Fund.

Shaw’s Tavern (520 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts a Pride drag show on Friday, June 7 from 9:30 p.m.- midnight.Staff members from Shaw’s Tavern will perform. Kristina Kelly hosts the show. No cover. For more details, visit

Fruity Boi Productions hosts Pride After-hours at Tropicalia (2001 14th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 8 from 3:30-9:30 a.m. DJ Aaron Aanenson and DJ Renato Cecin will spin tracks. Tickets are $40. For more details, visit

Capital Pride hosts “Crack of Noon” Pride Brunch at Human Rights Campaign (1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.) on Saturday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be gourmet brunch tasting stations and complimentary Heineken, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly Mimosa Bar and Tito’s Vodka cocktails and bloody Marys. The Pride Parade grand marshals, Pride 2019 honorees and other surprise guests will be in attendance. Alexa V. Shontelle, Jasmen Renee Clitopatra, Chicki Parm, Nubai Love-Jackson and Miss Labella Mafia will perform.Tickets are $55.

The parade is Saturday, June 8 at 4 p.m. Details here.

Washington Blade and LURe D.C. host the second annual Pride on the Pier at the Wharf (760 Maine Ave., S.W.) on Saturday, June 8 from 2-9 p.m. There will be DJs, dancing and other entertainment. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. DJ Rosie will spin tracks from 2-5 p.m. followed by Brothers Brau from 5-7 p.m. DJ Drew G closes out the night with music from 7-9 p.m. Pride on the Pier Fireworks Show, presented by Compass, is at 9 p.m. Free admission. Guests can enjoy the VIP experience in the Dockmasters Building. There will be an air-conditioned lounge, catered food, private restrooms and an open bar. The first VIP session is from 2-5 p.m. and the second session is from 6-9 p.m. Tickets for the first VIP session are $75 Tickets for the second session are $125. The Transit Pier will have a family zone with activities for all ages. For more information, visit

Washington Blade hosts a Pride Parade Viewing Party at Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 8 from 4-7 p.m. There will be light food, drinks and music. Tickets are $40. Proceeds will benefit the Washington Blade Foundation. Visit for more details. 

Loyalty Books (827 Upshur St., N.W.) hosts a Pride reading featuring authors Gregg Shapiro (“More Poems About Buildings”) and Philip Dean Walker (“Read By Strangers”) on Saturday, June 8 at 5 p.m. Free admission.

Swazz Events hosts Cirque du So Queer, a circus-themed LGBTQ dance party, at Pie Shop D.C. (1339 H St., N.E.) on Saturday, June 8 from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. DJ Uni and DJ Kryptk will play music. There will be pie, cocktails and a costume contest with prizes. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door. For more information, visit

Defiance D.C. Pride 2019 is at City Winery (1350 Okie St., N.E.) on Saturday, June 8 from 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m. DJ Kidd Madonny, DJ AJ Reddy, DJ Twin, DJ Randy White and DJ Sean Morris will play music. Maddelynn will perform.The dance party will take place on four floors. Food will be available.

Avalon Saturdays hosts an 18-and-over Pride party at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 8 from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tatianna, Ba’naka, Brooklyn Heights, Lena Lett, Kristina Kelly, Iyana Deschanel and Crystal Edge will all perform. Drag show starts at 10 p.m. General admission tickets are $30. VIP tickets are $50 and include express entry and access to a private VIP lounge with a dedicated bar and bartender.

Distrkt C Pride is at Karma D.C. (2221 Adams Pl., N.E.) on Saturday, June 8 from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Maya Simantov will give her first performance in D.C. DJ Joe Gauthreaux, DJ Seth Breezy and DJ Cajjmere Wray will spin tracks. Karma will unveil its new 400-person outdoor patio and new sound system. Tickets are $70. For more information, visit

Mixtape Pride Party is at 9:30 Club (815 V St., N.W.) on Saturday, June 8 at 10 p.m. DJ Matt Bailer, DJ Lemz, DJ Tezrah and DJ Keenan Orr will spin tracks for the night. Tickets are $18.

The Capital Pride Festival and Concert is on Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. between Seventh and Third Streets on Sunday, June 9 from noon-10 p.m. The 2019 Pride Concert headliners include Marshmellow, Zara Larsson, Todrick Hall, Shea Diamond, Calum Scott, Nina West and Big Dipper. There will be three stages of entertainment. Admission to the concert is free. The Concert VIP Experience Pass is $175 and includes a private bar, private air-conditioned restrooms, complimentary beer and wine, complimentary light fare, view of backstage, access to the VIP concert pit and more. Performances are from 1-8 p.m. followed by the sunset dance party from 8-10 p.m. The festival will have 300 organizations providing services, job and volunteer opportunities and more. There will also be four beverage gardens. For details, visit

The Cherry Fund hosts Action: After-hours Saturday Night Pride at Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) on Sunday, June 9 from 3:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. DJ Nina Flowers, DJ Serving Ovahness and DJ Shane Marcus will spin tracks. Tickets are $55.

The D.C. Center hosts the Capital Pride Interfaith Service at the Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec St., N.W.) on Tuesday, June 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. For details, visit

The Washington Blade hosts a Pride Yappy Hour at Milk Bar (1525 15th St., N.W.) on Wednesday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dogs can enjoy activities by District Dogs. Owners can indulge in tastings from Please Bring Chips and Timber Pizza Company. For those who don’t have a dog, there will be birthday truffle making in the classroom for an optional donation to the Blade Foundation.

Pretty Boi Drag hosts an #OpenKingNight Pride Spectacular at the Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft (1523 22nd St., N.W.) on Thursday, June 13 from 8-11 p.m. Both new and seasoned drag kings are welcome to perform. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.


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Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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The event costs $45, inclusive of bottomless brunch on margaritas, mimosas, Bloody Marys and Tecates.

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