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10 LGBTQ events this week

Best of LGBTQ DC Party among attractions as spooky season arrives



Spooky season has come to the DMV with parties, contests and brunches.

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.

Too Smart Trivia Tuesday

Tuesday, October 18
7:30-9 p.m.
Dupont Italian Kitchen
1637 17th Street, N.W.

It’s trivia time at DIK Bar on Tuesday. Stick around for karaoke.

Crystal Methyd at Pitchers

Wednesday, October 19
9 p.m.
Pitchers/A League of Her Own
2317 18th Street, N.W.

Cake Pop! and Venus Valhalla host a drag night with Crystal Methyd of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Catch a 9 p.m. meet and greet with Banaka and stick around for a show around 10.

Best of LGBTQ DC Awards Party

Thursday, October 20
6-8 p.m.
Eaton DC
1201 K Street, N.W.
$15 / 21+

Meet the winners and join the Washington Blade for its annual Best of LGBTQ DC Awards Party. There will be performances by Cake Pop!, Desiree Dik, Molasses and Vagenesis with an afterparty from 8-10.

The Hallo-Queen Scream

Friday, October 21
5-9:30 p.m.
Vanish Brewery
42245 Black Hops Lane
Leesburg, Va.
$30-$50 / 21+

Support Equality Virginia for a spooky night of costumes, drag, and dancing. Expect, photo boots, a glow in the dark body paint station, costume prizes, a raffle and more.

Federal Triangles 9th annual ExDRAGaganza game

Friday, October 21
8:30-9:30 p.m.
Banneker Field
1600 9th Street, N.W.

Catch some drag soccer — or even better — participate! The event is hosted by Emerald Star and features a halftime show by Cheer DC.

We The Kingz: Los Espookys

Friday, October 21
10 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.
No cover / 21+

Join Durrty Sanchez, Leo Amante, Rico Pico, Thunderboi Tsai and host Ricky Rosé for a “We The Kingz “Los Espookys” spooky latinx drag king show on Friday.


Saturday, October 22
doors 4 p.m. / show 5 p.m.
doors 7 p.m. / show 8 p.m.
Capital One Hall
7750 Capital One Tower Road
Tysons, Va.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington presents a cabaret celebrating the music of Judy Garland on Saturday.


Saturday, October 22
9 p.m.
JR.’s Bar
1519 17th Street, N.W.

Dabatha Christie hosts a spooky season dance party and drag show at JR.’s on Saturday.

Johnny’s Angels: Halloween Bottomless Drag Brunch

Sunday, October 23
seating 11 a.m. / show 11:30
seating 2 p.m. / show 2:30
Johnny Pistolas
2333 18th Street, N.W.
$10 / +$39 bottomless food and drinks

Cake Pop!, Crimsyn, Crystal Edge and Druex Sidora perform at a Halloween Bottomless Drag Brunch on Sunday at

Club Renaissance DC

Sunday, October 23
10 p.m.
Privilege DC Nightclub
1115 U Street, N.W.
Facebook | Eventbrite

Impulse Group DC, Davon Hamilton Events and Willieeb World Events present a night of dancing and celebrating the music of Beyoncé.


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Mayor’s office to host Pride tie-dye party

Guests to make colorful shirts for ‘PEACE. LOVE. REVOLUTION’ theme



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The Mayor’s Office for LGBTQ Affairs will host “Love Out Loud: Tie Dye Party for Pride” on Wednesday, June 7 at 5 p.m. at the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs.

The event, hosted along with the DC Center for the LGBT Community and Capital Pride Alliance, will be an afternoon for community and artistry. Guests are encouraged to bring their creativity to make some colorful tie-dye shirts in line with this year’s Pride theme, “PEACE. LOVE. REVOLUTION.”

This event is free to attend and more details are available on Eventbrite

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D.C. to celebrate LGBTQ poetry

Pride Poem-a-Day presents second installation



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DC Pride Poem-a-Day will present its second installation of short videos featuring LGBTQ poetry from the Washington, D.C. area to celebrate Pride month.

A new video will be released each day in June and will feature different poets reading an original poem on the theme of “heritage.”

The videos highlight LGBTQ poets from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, races, and countries of origin, and also poets from minority religions, multi-lingual, and disabled. 
To access the poetry, visit DC Pride Poems’ website.

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Calendar: June 2-8

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, June 2

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

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Kickoff Social” at 7 p.m. at The Commentary. This event is ideal to make new friends in the LGBTQ community and enjoy the bottomless happy hour specials at Puro Gusto. Admission is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Saturday, June 3

Virtual Yoga Class with Jesse Z. will be at 12 p.m. online. This is a weekly class focusing on yoga, breath work, and meditation. Guests are encouraged to RSVP on the DC Center’s website, providing your name, email address, and zip code, along with any questions you may have. A link to the event will be sent at 6 pm the day before.

LGBTQ People of Color Support Group will be at 1 p.m. on Zoom. LGBTQ People of Color can 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

Project DC Events will host “DC Pride Crawl” at 2 p.m. at Dupont Circle’s best bars. Guests are encouraged to put on their brightest and most colorful outfit, grab friends, and enjoy a day of drinks and celebration. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

Sunday, June 4

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.

“Largest LGBTQIA+ Singles Flamingle” will be at 7 p.m. at THRoW Social DC. Guests can enjoy signature cocktail and wine specials, food, games, and live music while mingling with single people in the local LGBTQ community. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Monday, June 5

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.

Capital Pride Interfaith Service Planning Meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Zoom. The Capital Pride Interfaith Service is an “integrated service” respectfully demonstrating the breadth, depth, and sincerity of our faith, exposing the lie that anti-gay fundamentalists have a monopoly on faith and religion. For more details, [email protected]

Tuesday, June 6

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Pride Reception” at 5 p.m. at Turkish Coffee Lady. This event is to foster cross-cultural connectedness and make friends in the LGBTQ+ and allied community. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

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

Wednesday, June 7

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 6:00p.m. on Zoom. This group is a place where older LGBTQ+ women can meet and socialize with one another. To register, visit the DC Center’s website

Thursday, June 8

KINETIC Presents will host “KINETIC Pride 2023 DC Weekend Pass” at 10 p.m. at four D.C. venues. This partnership with Capital Pride Alliance will feature a performance by global pop star Betty Who at Echostage, stunning visuals, and top talent. Tickets start at $149 and can be purchased on Eventbrite

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