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D.C. 4th of July events

Next week packed with patriotic festivities



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Flashy Sundays, host of LGBTQ-friendly Sunday events at Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.), will set off its 4th of July event on Wednesday, July 3 from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. DJ TWiN and DJ Sean Morris will serve up the latest house music. For more information, visit

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2700 F st. NW) will host “Celebrate America: A Tribute to Our Veterans” on Wednesday, July 3 at 8 p.m. Entertainment includes performances by gospel singer Sandi Patty and the Bellevue Baptist Church Choir and Orchestra conducted by Mark Blair. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

A League of Her Own (2319 18th St. NW) will hold Wine Down Wednesdays on Wednesday, July 3 from 6-8 p.m. Center Women and Fabulous Lesbians over 40 (FABS 40+) invite area queer women to start Independence Day off with a night of mingling with fellow FABS and a favorite adult beverage. For more information about FABS 40+ events, check out their group on

The D.C. July 4 fireworks show begins at 9:07 p.m. and is expected to run for 20 minutes. The National Mall is a popular viewing spot, so visitors are encouraged to stake out a place early and learn about the latest security restrictions, public access points, road closures and prohibited items from the National Park Service at Two other free Independence Day events taking place on the National Mall include A Capitol Fourth concert at the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn and Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial. For more info, visit

“ERUPT! 4th of July-Eve” is Wednesday, July 3 from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. at The D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.). Tickets are $5 on Eventbrite. 

The NoMa 4th of July Bash is today from noon-3 p.m. on the lot on First and Pierce (1150 First St., N.E.). As If, a ‘90s cover band, will perform. There will be double dutch jump roping tutorials, face painting, a moon bounce, free hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks. Look for the event on Facebook for details. 

Red, White and BBQ” is today at 5:30 p.m. at Fairmont Washington (2401 M St., N.W.) with an all-you-can-eat all-American barbecue from 5:30-8 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. Burgers, jumbo shrimp, corn on the cob, cole slaw and more will be served. Look for the event on Facebook for details. 


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10 LGBTQ events this week

Drag, dancing and kite flying among highlights



Events this week include, from left, an AGLA/Go Gay DC-sponsored Drag Show for Charity at Freddie's Beach Bar, Kicks & Giggles Glow Crazy party, and Bombalicious Eklaver brings her show to Cambria Rooftop. (Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

Below are our picks for some of the most fun and creative things to do this week in the DMV that are of special interest to the LGBTQ community.

Drag Queen Trivia Tuesday

Tuesday, March 21
7 p.m.
Slash Run
201 Upshur Street, N.W.
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Tara Hoot leads a game of trivia at Slash Run on Tuesday.

Daddy Issues

Wednesday, March 22
9 p.m.
915 U Street, N.W.
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Crystal Edge leads the weekly drag show at Kiki on Wednesday.

DC Boys of Leather – March Happy Hour

Thursday, March 23
6-9 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

Grab your gear and make your way to Trade for the March Happy Hour of the DC Boys of Leather.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing Party

Friday, March 24
8 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Citrine leads the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 15 Viewing Party at JR.’s Bar on Friday.

Kicks & Giggles Glow Crazy! Blacklight-Glow Paint Party

Friday, March 24
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.
No cover

Kicks & Giggles bring you a glow-tastic time on Friday with a blacklight-glow paint party at the Green Lantern. There is a clothes check and there are free rail drinks if you are painted with glow paint between 9 and 10 p.m.

Good Times (Disco House Party)

Friday, March 24
11 p.m.
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th Street, N.W.
$10 advance / $15 door
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Cake Pop! and DJ Matt Bailer entertain on Friday with a feel good Disco House Party at DC9 Nightclub.

Candela! UPROAR’s Latinx Party

Saturday, March 25
9 p.m.
UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.

UPROAR Lounge & Restaurant hold a Latinx party on Saturday with a performance by Ivanna V Love.

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival (Photo by 3000ad/Bigstock)

Saturday, March 25
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington Monument
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The annual kite festival is back on Saturday by the Washington Monument.

Cambria Drag Brunch

Sunday, March 26
11 a.m.
Rooftop Cambria Capital Riverfront
69 Q Street, S.W.

Bombalicious Eklaver leads a fun drag brunch on Sunday with performers Jalah, Nadia and Amara. $35 covers the buffet and show, but bring your dollar bills to show your support to the performers.

Drag Show for Charity

(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Sunday, March 26
8-10 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

AGLA and Go Gay DC present a drag show for charity at Freddie’s Beach Bar on Sunday.

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Sophie B. Hawkins to host intimate album release

Platinum-selling artist to perform at The Hamilton



Sophie B. Hawkins (Blade file photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

Platinum-selling artist Sophie B. Hawkins will perform at an intimate album release show on Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m. at The Hamilton. The event is to celebrate her long-awaited seventh studio album “Free Myself.”

Free Myself sees the trailblazing artist take her power back and embark on a new creative chapter while reflecting on her revolutionary career. Hawkins’ songs have been previously featured in cultural touchstone TV shows and films such as “Stranger Things,” “Euphoria,” “Ozark,” and many others.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased on The Hamilton’s website.

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Welcome spring with a dance class

‘Bachata Basics’ held at A League of Her Own



“Bachata Basics at ALOHO Reggaeton Night” will take place on Friday, March 17 at 8:30 p.m. at A League of Her Own.

This event is an opportunity to learn bachata in a queer-friendly space while meeting new people and connecting with friends. 

Tickets are $15 and also include one drink. For more information, visit Eventbrite

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