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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 facebook.com/rainbowtheatreproject. 

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 unionstage.com.

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 facebook.com/annapolispride.

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 facebook.com/capitalpridedc.

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 facebook.com/victoryinst.

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 facebook.com/shawstavern.

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 facebook.com/fruityboi.

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 prideonthepierdc.com

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 bladefoundation.org/pride 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 facebook.com/swazzevents.

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 distrktc.com.

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 capitalpride.org.

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 thedccenter.org/faith.

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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A scene from the 2022 Pride on the Pier. The tradition continues this year. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Happy Pride! Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do today (Saturday, June 10) in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.


Unholy

Saturday, June 10
3:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
Bunker
2001 14th Street, N.W.
Some tier 2 priority entry tickets available at $50
Tickets

Bunker’s late night party rages through 9 in the morning.


LGBTQ+ Pride Brunch

Saturday, June 10
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street South
Arlington, Va.
Eventbrite

Go Gay DC has organized an LGBTQ+ Pride Brunch at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Arlington, Va. this morning.


Flower Crown Bar for Pride

Saturday, June 10
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
PLNTR
1825 18th Street, N.W.
$25
Eventbrite

If you are looking to make a striking impression at Pride, you could make your own rainbow flower crown! Go to the Flower Crown Bar for Pride today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at PLNTR to make your crown. $25 for materials and instruction.


Friendship Place Pride

Saturday, June 10
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
1436 U Street, N.W.
Free
Eventbrite

Organizers promise fun and prizes in the tents and booths set up in the courtyard of Friendship Place for Pride today.


PRIDE Drag Brunch

Saturday, June 10
11 a.m. seating / 12:30 p.m. show
King & Rye
480 King Street
Alexandria, Va.
$45
Eventbrite

Evon Dior Michelle hosts a Pride Drag Brunch at King & Rye in Alexandria, Va. today. Performers include Amber St. Lexington, Dee A. Diamond and Stella Ray.


Capital Pride Crack of Noon Pride Parade Brunch

Saturday, June 10
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Viceroy Washington D.C.
1430 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W.
$60-$75 / 21+
Facebook

The Capital Pride Alliance holds its Capital Pride Crack of Noon Parade Brunch on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Viceroy Washington DC. It is 21+ to enter and tickets range from $60-$75.


Monarch Drag Brunch

Saturday, June 10
11:30 a.m.
Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar
Upstairs at 1637 17th Street, N.W.
$35

The regular Monarch Drag Brunch will be upstairs at Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar this morning.


Capital Pride Block Party

Saturday, June 10
12-10 p.m.
17th Street, N.W.
Between P Street and Q Street
Website

The free Capital Pride Block Party rages on throughout the Capital Pride Parade on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. on 17th Street between P and Q Streets. There will be booths and entertainment provided with some of D.C.’s best drag kings and queens.


Sassy Saturdays Drag Brunch

Saturday, June 10
12 p.m. seating / 1 p.m. show
Blue Iguana
12727 Shoppes Lane
Fairfax, Va.
$15.
Eventbrite

Evita Peroxide hosts Sassy Saturday’s Drag Brunch at The Blue Iguana in Fairfax, Va. at noon.


Green Lantern Pride Parade Afterparty by Lobo

Saturday, June 10
Open at 2 p.m. for Supergay Happy Hour / 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
No cover / 21+
Instagram

The Green Lantern is holding a Pride Parade Afterparty sponsored by Lobo. Doors open at 2 p.m. for Supergay Happy Hour with the big party planned for 9 p.m.- 3 a.m.


Lambda Sci-Fi Pride Tabletop Gaming Party and Parade Viewing

Saturday, June 10
2-11 p.m.
1425 S Street, N.W.
$10
Facebook

Lambda Sci Fi is holding a Tabletop Gaming Party and Parade Viewing at 1425 S Street, N.W. from 2-11 p.m. Bring $10 cash for pizza.


Pride on the Pier and Fireworks Show!

Saturday, June 10
2-9 p.m.
The Wharf DC: District Pier
101 District Square, S.W.
$0-$125
Eventbrite

The Washington Blade and the Ladies of LURe present the annual Pride on the Pier and Fireworks Show on Saturday from 2-9 p.m. at the Wharf DC: District Pier. The event is free, but you can purchase a VIP spot in an air conditioned space with an open bar, food, DJs and more.


Uptown Pride

Logo created by Anthony Dihle (Courtesy of Justin Noble)

Saturday, June 10
2-7 p.m.
Kennedy Street and 14th Street, N.W.
Free
Website

A new effort to create a Pride atmosphere for those in the northern part of D.C. who don’t want to brave the crowds of Dupont brings us Uptown Pride.


Capital Pride Parade

A scene from last year’s Capital Pride Parade. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, June 10
3-7:30 p.m.
Logan and Dupont Circle neighborhoods
Website

The 2023 Capital Pride Parade will follow a 1.5-mile route that begins on 14th Street at T Street, N.W., and ends on P Street at 21st Street, N.W. See the map here:


Pride Tea

Saturday, June 10
4-10 p.m.
Bunker
2001 14th Street, N.W.
Website

Crimsyn and Brooke N Hyman perform at Bunker’s Pride Tea this afternoon. Music is probvided by Steve Sidewalk and Miscalculated.


Rooftop Day Party

Saturday, June 10
4 p.m.
The Dirty Goose
913 U Street, N.W.
Instagram

Crystal Edge hosts a Day Party at Dirty Goose today.


Phantom Dupont Circle Pride Afterparty

Saturday, June 10
6-10 p.m.
Phantom Lounge
1327 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
$2
Eventbrite

Phantom Lounge Dupont Circle has its own parade afterparty tonight.


H!Gh Pride Fest

Saturday, June 10
6-9 p.m.
Euphoria DC
611 1/2 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E.
$0-$50
Eventbrite

If you are looking for a buzz among fellow heads, look no further than the H!Gh Pride Fest at Euphoria DC tonight. A $35 donation will garner you a “free gift.”


Capital Trans Pride Pool Party

Saturday, June 10
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Penthouse Pool and Lounge
1612 U Street, N.W., fourth floor
Free / Ticket required
Website

Cool off at the Capital Trans Pool Party tonight at the Penthouse Pool and Lounge.


Electric Disco

Saturday, June 10
8 p.m.
507 8th Street, N.E.
Website

Scorpio Entertainment and Taoti Creative produce the Electric Disco tonight with DJ Tezrah, DJ Edward Daniels and DJ Philly Phill.


Hellboiz! A priDEMONth Drag King Show

Saturday, June 10
8:30 p.m.
The Runway
3523 12th Street, N.E.
$15-$20
Facebook | Eventbrite

Baphemette hosts “Hellboiz, a priDEMONth Drag King Show tonight at The Runway DC. Performers include Mota, Flirty Rico, Silver Ware and Dr. Torcher.


Revolution! The Official Capital Pride Saturday Party

Saturday, June 10
9 p.m.-3 a.m.
WEG
1235 W Street, N.E.
$35-$55
Eventbrite

The Capital Pride Alliance holds the official Saturday Pride party at WEG tonight.


Vanguard Pride

Saturday, June 10
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Safari DC
4306 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
$7-$10
Eventbrite

Vanguard Dark Dance Party brings you Vanguard Pride at Safari DC tonight. Admission is $7 in advance, $10 at the door and only $5 with a student ID.


FUSE: Main Womxn’s DC Pride Party

Saturday, June 10
9:30 p.m.-3 a.m.
Howard Theatre
620 T Street, N.W.
$20 / 18+
Facebook | Tickets

The Ladies of LURe and Tagg Magazine present the Main Womxn’s DC Pride Party: fuse. The Howard Theatre event features the DystRucXion Dancers, DJ Honey, DJ Jai Syncere and DJ Eletrox.


All That Glitters Drag Ball

Saturday, June 10
10 p.m.
Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Reservations

Shaw’s Tavern is holding an “All That Glitters Drag Ball” tonight featuring Sapphire Dupree, Nubia Love Jackson, Genocide Abrasax and Alexa V. Shontelle.


Dirty Pop Pride

Saturday, June 10
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Bunker
2001 14th Street, N.W.
Some VIP express entry final tier tickets available at $25
Tickets

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Aja is featured at Dirty Pop Pride at Bunker tonight.


KINETIC: Candyland with Betty Who

Saturday, June 10
10 p.m.-4 a.m.
Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Road, N.E.
$65-$80 (or purchase weekend pass)
FacebookTickets

The big Pride parties continue with KINETIC: Candyland with Betty Who at Echostage from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.


Kinki. Leather Night

Saturday, June 10
10 p.m.
Kiki
910 U Street, N.W.
Instagram | Facebook

Kiki is holding its leather night, “Kinki,” tonight at 10 p.m.


Leather Dykes: Pride 2023

Saturday, June 10
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$15
Eventbrite

Leather aficionados are spoiled for choice as DC9 Nightclub holds Leather Dykes: Pride 2023 tonight.

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Last year's Capital Pride Official Opening Party at Echostage drew hundreds of revelers. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do today in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community. This is a list from June 9. To see today’s list, click here.


The Ground We Stand On: Past and Present D.C. Changemakers

Friday, June 9 | Saturday, June 10 | Sunday June 11
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dupont Underground
19 Dupont Circle, N.W.
Free
Eventbrite

The Washington Blade and Dupont Underground present an exhibit honoring “D.C. Changemakers” of the LGBTQ community at Dupont Underground on dates throughout June. For a full list of dates and times the exhibit is open, click here.


PRIDE: Free to Feel Good!

Friday, June 9
5 p.m.-2 a.m.
UPROAR Lounge and Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook

DJ Darryl Strickland and DJ Popperz are the featured DJs at the Free to Feel Good Pride Kickoff Rally on the Rooftop at UPROAR Lounge and restaurant today. The event starts at 5 p.m. and runs into the morning.


Pride Pregame @201

Friday, June 9
5-8 p.m.
201 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
$12
Eventbrite

Go to 201 Massachusetts for a Pride pregame with drinks, food and karaoke tonight at 5 p.m.


30th annual DC DYKE MARCH

Friday, June 9
6:30 p.m.
Lafayette Square
Pennsylvania Avenue and 16th Street, N.W.
Facebook

The DC Dyke March is a running tradition in the District. This year, it will be at Lafayette Square at 6:30 tonight. The theme this year is “Dykes for Trans Rights.”


Culture of P R I D E

Friday, June 9
7-10 p.m.
DCity Smokehouse
203 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Free
Eventbrite

Looking for a thoughtful evening? Check out some Pride poetry by JK Putnam and TrUth Speaks Volumes at DCity Smokehouse tonight at 7 p.m.


DC Frontrunners Pride Run 5K

The D.C. Frontrunners hold the Pride Run 5K at Congressional Cemetery. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Friday, June 9
7 p.m.
Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street, S.E.
Website

While it is too late to register to run, there is plenty of fun to be had at the DC Frontrunners Pride Run 5K today. Cheer on your friends at a truly unique Pride tradition!


LGBTQ+ Pride Social in the City

Friday, June 9
7 p.m.
Hotel Zena
1155 14th Street, N.W.
Eventbrite

Go Gay DC meets up tonight at Hotel Zena for an LGBTQ+ Pride Social in the City at Hotel Zena. It is a great opportunity to meet new friends.


PRIDE @ Metrobar

Friday, June 9
7 p.m.
Metrobar
640 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.
Eventbrite

The popular outdoor venue Metrobar is holding a Pride event of its own with music from Zach Benson, Bryce Bowyn, Synae and DJ Franxx with a drag show featuring the Washington Blade’s 2022 Best Drag King Molasses, Ruth Allen Ginsberg and Sirene Noir Sidora Jackson. Cabana spots are sold out (they ran at $60 for a table of 8), so find a free seat and enjoy the show!


Love is Love: A Friday Night Celebration

Friday, June 9
8 p.m.
Shaw’s Tavern
520 Florida Avenue, N.W.
Facebook | Reservations

DJ DJ brings the music to a no cover Friday night Pride event, “Love is Love,” at Shaw’s Tavern.


“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8” Viewing Party at Bunker with Jiggly Caliente

Friday, June 9
8 p.m.
Bunker
2001 14th Street, N.W.
Instagram

There are lots of places to watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8” tonight, but only one nightspot with Jiggly Caliente of RPDR Season 4 as a special guest.


“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8” Viewing Party at Dirty Goose

Friday, June 9
8 p.m.
The Dirty Goose
913 U Street, N.W.
Instagram

Crystal Edge hosts a “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8” at The Dirty Goose tonight alongside RPDR Season 2 and All-Stars 2 contestant Tatianna.


“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8” Viewing Party at JR.’s with Citrine

Friday, June 9
8 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
Facebook

Citrine leads the festivities at JR.’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8” Viewing Party tonight.


“RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 8” Viewing Party at Red Bear Brewing Co.

Friday, June 9
8 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.
Facebook

Desiree Dik is joined by “some of the best performers in the DMV” for Red Bear Brewing Company’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 8” Viewing Party.


Drag Underground

Friday, June 9
8:30 p.m.
Dupont Underground
19 Dupont Circle, N.W.
$15-$20
Eventbrite

The Washington Blade brings back Drag Underground for a Pride show at Dupont Underground tonight. Performers include Cake Pop!, Gigi Paris Couture, Kabuki Bukkake and Delia B. Lee.


RIOT! The Capital Pride Official Opening Party

Friday, June 9
9 p.m.-3:30 a.m.
Echostage
2135 Queens Chapel Road, N.E.
$45
Website

The Capital Pride Alliance holds its huge Official Opening Party at Echostage tonight starring “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 5 and “All Stars 2” favorite Alaska and features Tatianna of RPDR Season 2/All Stars 2 and model Beaux Banks.


Bollywood Pride! LGBTQ+ Dance Party

Friday, June 9
10 p.m.
Bulldog DC
713 H Street, N.W.
$5 online / $10 door
Eventbrite

The Bollywood Pride LGBTQ+ Dance Party is tonight at 10 at Bulldog DC. The event is 21+ and features Bollywood and Bhangra beats by DJ DynAmite.


DTF

Friday, June 9
10 p.m.
Bunker
2001 14th Street, N.W.
VIP express entry sold out / $20 cash only at door
Website

Bunker’s Pride events continue with “DTF” tonight. The event features Diego Barros with house music provided by Conner Curnick. Doors open at 8, but the party doesn’t really start until after 10.


ICONS Dance Party: A Pride Celebration

Friday, June 9
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Baja Tap Bar
2436 18th Street, N.W.
21+
Eventbrite

Baja Tap holds an epic dance party tonight featuring a soundtrack of LGBTQ icons: from George Michael to Judy Garland to Beyoncé and Kylie Minogue. The first 50 guests to arrive receive a free glass of champagne. Be sure to take a selfie at the PRIDE Photo Wall.


Jasmine Juke Joint Capital Pride Show and Dance

Friday, June 9
10 p.m.-4 a.m.
4707 Raleigh Road
Marlow Heights, Md.
$20
Eventbrite

Head out to Marlow Heights, Md. for a night of fun at the Jasmine Juke Joint Pride Show and Dance.


MIXTAPE Pride Party

Friday, June 9
10 p.m.
9:30 Club
815 V Street, N.W.
$25
Facebook | Tickets

MIXTAPE celebrates its 15th anniversary with a massive Pride party at the 9:30 Club tonight. Music is provided by DJs Matt Bailer, Khelan Bhatia, Diyanna Monet, and Pwrpuff.


UNCUT XL Pride

Friday, June 9
10 p.m.-4 a.m.
REPUBLIQ Nightclub
2122 24th Place, N.E.
$50-$90 (or purchase weekend pass). 
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KINETIC Pride events produce “UNCUT XL” at REPUBLIQ tonight. There is a clothes check and play zones. DJ Abel brings the music to this Capital Pride Partner event.


Hot Summer Pride

Friday, June 9
11 p.m.-3 a.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$0-$10
Eventbrite

DC9 holds a Pride disco party inspired by the music of Donna Summer tonight.


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15 LGBTQ events June 8

Capital Pride Rooftop Pool Party tonight

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UPDATE: The Capital Pride Rooftop Pool Party was originally scheduled for tonight at 8 p.m., but has just been rescheduled to June 22 due to poor air quality. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do today in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community. This is a list from June 8. To see today’s list, click here.


LGBTQ+ Military Pride Mixer

Thursday, June 8
4-6 p.m.
As You Are
500 8th Street, S.E.
Free
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The D.C. Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs host the “LGBTQ+ Military Pride Mixer” at As You Are this afternoon at 4 p.m.


Lavender Evolutions: Femz & Themz bipoc Happy Hour

Thursday, June 8
5-8 p.m.
Trade
1410 14th Street, N.W.
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Rico Pico hosts “Lavender Evolutions” tonight at Trade. The “Femz & Themz bipoc Happy hour” begins at 5 p.m. with a show at 8. Performers include Molasses, Flirty Rico and Hennessey.


Equality Chamber of Commerce Pride Weekend Kick-off

Thursday, June 8
6-9 p.m.
The Moxy
1011 K Street, N.W.
$25 non-member
Tickets

The Equality Chamber of Commerce holds its Pride Weekend Kick-off Party at The Moxy tonight from 6-9 p.m. The event is free to members and $25 for non-members of ECC.


PRIDE in the Park: Free Outdoor Comedy

Thursday, June 8
6-9 p.m.
Fairview Road Urban Park
8900 Fairview Road
Silver Spring, Md.
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Laugh out loud to comics Stacey Cay, Howl Cooper, Ashley Mayo, Gray West, Rose Vineshank and Apple Brown Betty at Fairview Road Urban Park tonight from 6-9 p.m.


Women’s/Sapphic Night

Thursday, June 8
7 p.m.
The Dirty Goose
913 U Street, N.W.
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It’s Women’s/Sapphic Night at The Dirty Goose tonight.


GAY! Trivia and Drag Show

Thursday, June 8
7-10 p.m.
Baja Tap
2436 18th Street, N.W.
Free
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Ophelia Diamonds hosts a game of gay trivia and a drag show at Baja Tap tonight.


BAD (Broadway and Disney) Singalong: Loud & Proud Edition

Thursday, June 8
7-10 p.m.
H Street Country Club
1335 H Street, N.E.
Free
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Belt your favorite Broadway and Disney tunes at the BAD Singalong: Loud & Proud Edition at H Street Country Club tonight.


DMV Comedy Wars: A PRIDE Benefit for the Trevor Project

Thursday, June 8
7:30-9 p.m.
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub
3207 Washington Boulevard
Arlington, Va.
$15
Eventbrite

The DMV Comedy Wars continue with a “Pride Battle” of comics at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Arlington, Va. tonight. Benefits from the show are slated for the Trevor Project, so go out and laugh for a good cause.


Capital Pride Rooftop Pool Party

A scene from last year’s Rooftop Pool Party. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Thursday, June 8 [UPDATE: This event has been postponed to June 22]
8 p.m.
Penthouse Pool and Lounge
1212 4th Street, S.E.
$25-$35 / 21+
Website

The Capital Pride Alliance hosts its annual Rooftop Pool Party at 1212 4th Street, S.E. [UPDATE: Rescheduled due to poor air quality]


ElectroPOP Thursdays: Pride Edition

Thursday, June 8
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Bunker
2001 14th Street, N.W.
No Cover
Website

Steve Sidewalk brings the music to this Pride Edition of ElectroPOP Thursdays at Bunker.


Films on the Green DC: “Three Nights a Week” Screening

Thursday, June 8
9-11 p.m.
Washington Monument
2 15th Street, N.W.
Free
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The base of the Washington Monument is a beautiful spot to watch a film. For this Pride Thursday, Films on the Green is playing the 2022 French LGBTQ film, “Three Nights a Week.”


Wasted & Gay Thursdays

Thursday, June 8
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Wasted Lounge
816 H Street, N.E.
$5
Eventbrite

Have a pleasant evening with a beverage and hookah at Wasted Lounge with “Wasted & Gay Thursdays” at 9 p.m. tonight.


Sleaze Pride

Thursday, June 8
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10
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The monthly DC9 “Sleaze” LGBTQ parties culminate with the Sleaze Pride party tonight featuring drag artists Jane Saw, Indiana Bones and Vagenesis. DJ Lemz and DJ Keenan Orr bring the music.


Shirts and Skins!

Thursday, June 8
10 p.m.
Kiki
915 U Street, N.W.
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Kiki dips its toes into the gear party scene for Pride with a Shirts and Skins party. So, show off your jock straps, singlets, compression shorts, harnesses, pup attire, body suits or whatever gear you grab at this kinky party.


KINTETIC Pride: Sugar Pop

Thursday, June 8
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Soundcheckdc
1420 K Street, N.W.
$20-$30 (or purchase weekend pass)
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KINETIC Pride events begin with Sugar Pop featuring Mayhem Miller with Dan Slater at Soundcheck at 10 p.m. You can either pay piecemeal for each party, or you can secure weekend passes for all four KINETIC Pride events for $149-$219 on Eventbrite.


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