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10 LGBTQ events this week

Bingo, parties and Bachelor’s Mill Reunion among attractions in the coming days



(Washington Blade file photos by Michael Key and I. Hope)

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.

Reign: Not Another Drag Show

A scene from ‘Not Another Drag Show’ at DIK Bar. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Monday, August 22
8 p.m.
Dupont Italian Kitchen Bar (second floor)
1737 17th Street, N.W.
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Start your week off with a casual good time at DIK Bar complete with a drag show featuring local talent!

Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik

Red Bear Brewing Co. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tuesday, August 23
7-9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.

Desiree Dik leads a rousing game of Drag Bingo at Red Bear Brewing Co. on Tuesday.

LGBTQ Happy Hour Bingo

(Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Wednesday, August 24
7-9 p.m.
As You Are Bar
500 8th Street, S.E.

Enjoy an evening of free bingo at As You Are bar on Wednesday.

Wasted & Gay Thursday

Thursday, August 25
9 p.m.
Wasted Lounge
816 H Street, N.E.
$5 cover after 10 p.m.

Check out Wasted Lounge for an LGBTQ party with special musical guests and $5 Henny shots.

Empowerment Boxing

Friday, August 26
6-7 p.m.
Duke Ellington College Track Field
1600 38th Street, N.W.

Take a free trans+/queer empowerment boxing class at Georgetown University on Friday. Make some friends and get your sweat on. No experience necessary.

LGBTQ+ Social in the City

Friday, August 26
7-9 p.m.
1011 K Street, N.W.

Moxy’s trendy lobby lounge is the venue again for this Go Gay DC LGBTQ social event. Come and make new friends and enjoy conversation with members of the community.

Frequency Friday

Friday, August 26
10 p.m.
Harlot DC Lounge & Restaurant
2001 11th Street, N.W.

Hosted by Kay Cruise with sounds by DJ Kidd Fresh and DJ Tia Nicole, the “hottest black lesbian party to ever hit the D.C. streets” is on Friday at Harlot DC Lounge. Book your tickets and VIP tables today.

LGBTQ Brunch

Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Saturday, August 27
10 a.m.-noon
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

Join Go Gay DC for an LGBTQ brunch at Freddie’s patio on Saturday. Order the all-you-can-eat buffet (includes a mimosa or coffee/tea or soft drink) for only $14.99.

Bachelor’s Mill Reunion

A scene from Bachelor’s Mill in 2002. (Blade archive photo by I. Hope)

Saturday, August 27
6 p.m.-midnight
Karma DC Live Music Venue
2221 Adams Place, N.E.
$31.99 – $52.75

Celebrating the storied Bachelor’s Mill, there will be a Sparkle MaHarris Memorial Talent Showcase followed by a dance party on Saturday at Karma DC.

Eighties Mayhem: End of Summer 80’s Dance Party

Saturday, August 27
9 p.m.
Black Cat
1811 14th Street, N.W.

Celebrate the end of summer with an 80’s-themed dance party at the Black Cat on Saturday.


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Dupont Underground to celebrate Women’s History Month

Exhibition features multiple forms of visual art



Dupont Underground will open “Thoughts, Questions and Shit to Say,” on Friday, March 8, in celebration of Women’s History Month.

This is an exhibition featuring multiple forms of visual art to celebrate the complexity of the D.C. region’s female artists’ narratives.

 The exhibition, featuring more than 20 local female artists, features sculptures, paintings, and other forms of visual art intentionally curated to encourage a dialogue around issues that resonate with women across various cultural, social, and economic backgrounds. 

Tickets are available at

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Rehoboth author Will Freshwater to hold book signing

Writer of ‘The Dark Horse’ to take audience questions



Author Will Freshwater signs copies of his new book, ‘The Dark Horse’ on March 23 in Rehoboth Beach. (Book cover image courtesy Amazon)

Rehoboth Beach-based author Will Freshwater is back with the third and final installment in his popular Provincetown series of books chronicling the lives and relationships of Max, Peter, and Danny. Freshwater, a former D.C. resident, will read from his new book “The Dark Horse” and take audience questions. 

Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff will moderate the event, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 5-7 p.m. at The Top of the Pines in Rehoboth Beach. 

Reserve your free spot by registering at and join the community in celebrating the release of “The Dark Horse.”

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Calendar: March 1-7

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, March 1

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

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Social” at 7 p.m. at The Commentary. This fun weekly event brings the DMV-area LGBTQ community, including allies, together for delicious food and conversation. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, March 2

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 7 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 that strives to be safe and judgment free. There are all sorts of activities like watching movies, poetry events, storytelling, and just hanging out with others. For more details, visit or

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Sunday, March 3

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

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Coffee & Conversation” at 12 p.m. at As You Are. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Monday, March 4

Center Aging: Monday Coffee & Conversation will be at 10 a.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of their choice. For more details, email [email protected]

Tuesday, March 5

Pride on the Patio Events will host “LGBTQ Social Mixer” at 5:30 p.m. at Showroom. Dress is casual, fancy, or comfortable. Guests are encouraged to bring their most authentic self to chat, laugh, and get a little crazy. Admission is free and more details are on Eventbrite.

Universal Pride Meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group seeks to support, educate, empower, and create change for people with disabilities. For more details, email [email protected]

Wednesday, March 6

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

Center Aging: Women’s Social & 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 details, email [email protected]

Thursday, March 7

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. People will be informed on Wednesday at 5 p.m. 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. 

Virtual Yoga with Charles M. will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a free weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. For more details, visit the DC Center for the LGBT Community’s website.

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