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10 LGBTQ events this week

Music, affirmation, reclamation and more in the days to come



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.

Music in the Night

Monday, October 10
doors 6 p.m./showtime 8 p.m.
City Winery
1350 Okie Street, N.E.
Facebook | Tickets

Capital Pride presents a Broadway musical and theatrical review with local talent featuring special guest (and everyone’s favorite “Mr. Darcy”) Conrad Ricamora.

¡Reclamación! A celebration of Indigenous People’s Day

Monday, October 10
8 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

“Celebrate the reclaiming of ‘Columbus Day’ with your host, Domingo, and a star-studded cast of Latiné drag artists!” Drag performers include Dirty Sanchez, Silver Ware, and Evry Pleasure.

JusticeAid Fall Benefit Concert for SMYAL

Kandace Springs (Screen capture via Vimeo)

Tuesday, October 11
7 p.m.
City Winery
1350 Okie Street, N.E.
Website | Tickets

Enjoy an evening with Kandace Springs at this fundraiser for LGBTQ youth services.

Drag Bingo with Desiree Dik

Tuesday, October 11
7-9 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Company
209 M Street, N.E.

Desiree and her “bombastic” drag performers liven up a night of bingo at Red Bear Brewing on Tuesday.

Queer Trivia with the Mistresses

Wednesday, October 12
7-9 p.m.
The Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.

Show your knowledge of all things queer at a trivia night with the Mistresses.

A Speakeasy Evening at NMAAHC

Sampson McCormick (Photo courtesy of Kola/510 Media)

Friday, October 14
7:30-11 p.m.
Heritage Hall, National Museum of African American History and Culture
1400 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Free / registration required
Website | Tickets 

This unique event is inspired by the speakeasy clubs of the Harlem Renaissance. Go to experience music by DJ MIM, comedy by Sampson McCormick and a moderated panel discussion about Ballroom and Beyond with Tracey Africa Norman, Rayceen Pendarvis, Kevin Aviance, and Twiggy Pucci Garrçon.

Affirmation Station

Saturday, October 15
12-3 p.m.
2661 Hartland Road
Falls Church, Va.

It’s time for an Affirmation Station produced by CAKE Society Co. with a clothing swap, free gender affirming items, free HIV testing, free food, music and fun.

Mounties Present: THIRS-TEA Charity Tea Dance with Rosé

Saturday, October 15
3-8 p.m.
Zebbie’s Garden
1223 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

Dance and grove to support the Wanda Alston Foundation with Rosé, Duex Sidora and Cake Pop. Music by DJ Alex Love.

Con Acento: A Latin Drag and Dance Party

Saturday, October 15
9:30 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Evry Pleasure hosts a drag show with performances by Darcy de la Cuadra, Vee Bee Majesty and Indiana Bones. Catch the show and stay for the dance party with beats by Andre Gutarra.

Avalon Saturdays four year anniversary

Saturday, October 15
10 p.m.
1420 K Street, N.W.
Facebook | Tickets

AVALON, DC’s “largest LGBTQ+ circuit party” celebrates its fourth anniversary on Saturday at Soundcheckdc.


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The Rare Book Fair is coming to D.C.

Over 35 antiquarian booksellers from across the country to attend



The Capital Rare Book Fair arrives in May. (Photo by aramanda/Bigstock)

The Capital Rare Book Fair will bring more than 35 antiquarian booksellers from across the country to D.C. from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 at the historic University Club at 1135 16th St., N.W.

This year, the fair will take over two floors in the illustrious mansion on 16th Street and showcase thousands of beautiful, notable, and rare books, maps, and historic documents from around the globe. Exceptional examples that will be offered include leaf 27 of a 40-leaf xylographic Biblia pauperum, a picture Bible from 1465 for $85,000 from Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, among many other intriguing selections. 

Tickets are $50 and more information is available on the event’s website.

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Calendar: April 19-25

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, April 19

Center Aging Friday Tea Time will be at 2 p.m. on Zoom. This is a social hour for older LGBTQ adults. Guests are encouraged to bring a beverage of choice. For more information, email [email protected]

Go Gay DC will host “Drag Pageant” at 8 p.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar and Restaurant. Net proceeds from this event will benefit EQUALITY NoVa, the local nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing equality in Northern Virginia. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, April 20

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 that strives to be safe and judgment free. For more details, ​​visit or

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Brunch” at 11 a.m. at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant. 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.

Sunday, April 21

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Dinner” at 7 p.m. at Federico Ristorante Italiano. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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

Monday, April 22

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, April 23

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.

Genderqueer DC will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a support group for people who identify outside of the gender binary. Whether you’re bigender, agender, genderfluid, or just know that you’re not 100% cis. For more details, visit or Facebook. 

Wednesday, April 24

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 [email protected].

Asexual and Aromantic Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This is a space where people who are questioning this aspect of their identity or those who identify as asexual and/or aromantic can come together, share stories and experiences, and discuss various topics. For more details, email [email protected]

Thursday, April 25

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 5:00 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. 

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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Want to meet other queer individuals over some drag?

‘Everyone Welcome’ free variety show scheduled for Sunday



(Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

Mixxed/Be You will host “Everyone Welcome Drag Variety Show” on Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. at Be You Social (2427 18th Street, N.W.).

This will be a night of fabulous performances and entertainment. Guests should come prepared to experience the magic of drag in person and celebrate diversity and inclusivity. 

This event is open to everyone and is free of charge. More details are available on Eventbrite.

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