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10 LGBTQ events this week

Mixers, entertainment and more in the days to come



(Blade file photos by Michael Key and Doug Horn)

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

Karaoke Night

Karaoke at Freddie’s Beach Bar. (Blade file photo by Doug Horn)

Monday, July 11
8 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

Sing your heart out at Karaoke Night at Freddie’s Beach Bar on Monday. No cover, must be 21+.

Team DC Summer SportsMixer

Tuesday, July 12
5 p.m.
Dacha Beer Garden
1600 7th Street, N.W.

Join the 43 member clubs of Team DC for the Summer SportsMixer and raise money for Ukrainian Relief programs. Get Happy Hour prices until 9 p.m. with a $20 donation.

Pride on the Patio

Tuesday, July 12
5:30-9 p.m.
882 N East Street
Frederick, Md.

LGBTQ friends and allies join for drinks, dinner and conversation at Showroom on Tuesday.

SMYAL for Summer

SMYAL marches in the 2022 Capital Pride Parade. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Wednesday, July 13
6 p.m.
Hook Hall
3400 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
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The SMYAL young donor club hosts the 10th annual SMYAL for Summer fundraiser at Hook Hall on Wednesday. SMYAL is an LGBTQ youth services organization that provides life-saving programs and support. Tickets range from $10 student admission / $20 general admission to any amount you can give to help LGBTQ youth.

Queer Trivia

Wednesday, July 13
7-9 p.m.
Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.

Join the Trivia Mistresses for a night of Queer Trivia at the Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday.

Chi Chi’s Open Stage Battle Season 5

(Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Friday, July 15
7:30 p.m.
The Lodge
21614 National Pike
Boonsboro, Md..
No cover from 7:30-8:45 p.m. $5 cover until 10 p.m., $8 after 10 p.m.

Start your Friday night early with a viewing party of RuPaul’s All Stars hosted by Chasity Vain and Haley Hemorrhoid followed by Chi Chi’s Open Stage Battle.


Friday, July 15
9:30 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.

Evry Pleasure hosts a cartoon-inspired drag show at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Friday.

Hair and Heels Weekend

The fabulous Kristina Kelly is among the drag performers slated for the weekend’s Hair and Heels events in Rehoboth Beach. (Blade file photo by Daniel Truitt)

Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17
The Pines
229 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, Del.

Dance parties, a giant drag brunch and more are slated for a fabulous weekend in Rehoboth. Read more about it in our story here. Ticket prices vary depending upon event, but purchase your tickets early for special deals at The Pines website.

One Year at Crazy Aunt Helen’s

Crazy Aunt Helen’s (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, July 16
7 p.m.
Crazy Aunt Helen’s
713 8th Street, S.E.

Join Tara Hoot for bingo and a show to celebrate one year at Crazy Aunt Helen’s.

The Bear Cave

Saturday, July 16
9 p.m.
Green Lantern
1335 Green Court, N.W.

Join DJ Popperz, Shane, Axton and JB for a bear night out at the Green Lantern on Saturday.

Crystal Cove Mermaid Pageant

Sunday, July 17
6 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

Sirene Noir and Sidora Jackson host the Crystal Cove Mermaid Pageant at Trade on Sunday.

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Ladies Tea event to benefit SMYAL

Fall Edition held at Hank’s Oyster Bar



(Image via Eventbrite)

“Ladies Tea: Fall Edition,” a fundraising event, will be hosted on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. at Hank’s Oyster Bar Dupont Circle. 

Ladies are encouraged to celebrate fall while mixing and mingling at the Up Bar and outdoor patio space of Hank’s Oyster Bar.

Proceeds from the event will go to SMYAL DC, which supports and empowers LGBTQ youth in the D.C. region. 

Tickets for the event cost $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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Calendar: September 30-October 6



Friday, September 30

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. For more information, email Adam at [email protected] 

GoGay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social in the City.” This event is ideal for making new connections and community building or just to unwind and enjoy extended happy hour. This event is free and more information is available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, October 1

Virtual Yoga Class with Charles M. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. You can RSVP for this event on the DC Center’s website.

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. This peer support group is an outlet for LGBTQ People of Color to come together and talk about anything affecting them in a space the strives to be safe and judgement free. There are all sorts of activities like watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others.For more information, email [email protected]

Sunday, October 2

Go Gay DC will also host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. This event is for those looking to make more friends in the LGBTQ+ community and some new faces after two years of the pandemic. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite. 

Monday, October 3

Center Aging Advocacy Meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Participants are welcome to provide guidance and feedback on programs and services for LGBT older adults here at The DC Center for the LGBT Community. For more information, email Adam at [email protected]

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. 

Tuesday, October 4

Center Aging: Women’s Social and Discussion Group will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. This group is a place where older LGBTQ+ women can meet and socialize with one another. There will be discussion, activities, and a chance for guests to share what they want future events to include. For more information, visit the DC Center’s website. 

Wednesday, October 5

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

BookMen DC will be at 7:30 p.m. in  person at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. This is an informal group of men who are interested in fiction and non-fiction gay literature. For more information, visit BookMen’s website. 

Thursday, October 6

The DC Center’s Food Pantry Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5 pm if they are picked to receive a produce box. No proof of residency or income is required. For more information, email [email protected] or call 202-682-2245. 

“Elements DC Throw It Back Thursdaze, an LGBTQ Night” will be at 8 p.m. at Elements DC. This event will have DJs, live music, happy hour specials and more. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite. 

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CBC to host Newark mayor for doc screening

‘Why Is We Americans?’ to be shown at Planet Word



(Image via Eventbrite)

The Congressional Black Caucus will host a screening of “Why Is We Americans” on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Planet Word.

The documentary is an intimate portrait of the family of Newark, N.J. Mayor Ras Baraka who merges art, culture, and politics in the fight for social justice.

There will also be a special presentation of “The Book of Baraka,” his Audible Original audio book that recounts his journey from poet to principal to peacemaker, through his own powerful, inspiring words.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on Eventbrite.

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