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10 LGBTQ events this week

Drag, ugly sweaters and Darren Criss among attractions



From left, Evry Pleasure hosts 'Con Acento' at JR.'s on Saturday, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence make an appearance at Trade's Leather Happy Hour on Thursday, and Freddie's Beach Bar holds an Ugly Sweater Party on Sunday. (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.

Queer Trivia!

Wednesday, December 14
7-9 p.m.
The Dew Drop Inn
2801 8th Street, N.E.

The Mistresses lead a trivia game on all things LGBTQ at the Dew Drop Inn on Wednesday.

Darren Criss: A Very Darren Crissmas

Wednesday, December 14
8 p.m.
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, N.W.
Facebook | Tickets

“Glee” heartthrob and spectacular performer Darren Criss brings his tour to D.C. on Thursday at the Lincoln Theatre.

DC Boys of Leather Happy Hour featuring the DC Sisters

Thursday, December 15
6 p.m.
1410 14th Street, N.W.

The D.C. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence join the DC Boys of Leather for a happy hour at Trade on Thursday. The Sisters will be launching their 2023 calendar with proceeds benefiting HIPS.

RuPaul’s Jaida Essence Hall at Hotel Zena

Thursday, December 15
Doors 8 p.m. / Meet & greet 9 p.m. / showtime 10 p.m.
Hotel Zena
1155 14th Street, N.W.
21+ / $35-$75
Facebook | Eventbrite

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall performs at Hotel Zena on Thursday.

Winterween Spooktacular for HIPS

Friday, December 16
9 p.m.
Slash Run
201 Upshur Street, N.W.

Go to a spooky party for a good cause. The Winterween Spooktacular fundraiser for HIPS is hosted by The Darkest Star and features Ya Meena, Anna Steysia, Walker Texas BangHER, Natasha Nacre and Sally Cinch with a special acousted set by Sister Ex.

Dragnimated! Holiday Special

Friday, December 16
9:30 p.m.
Red Bear Brewing Co.
209 M Street, N.E.

Evry Pleasure hosts a drag holiday special at Red Bear Brewing on Friday featuring Charlemagne Chateau, Citrine, Dax Exclamation Point, Dirty Sanchez and Echinacea Monroe.

Con Acento: Holiday Special

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

Evry Pleasure hosts a drag show and dance party celebrating hispanic heritage on Saturday at JR.’s. Featured performers include Mari Con Carne, Rico Pico, Jayzeer Shantey and Christin Guerrero.

Kylie Christmas at Uproar

Saturday, December 17
10 p.m.
Uproar Lounge
639 Florida Avenue, N.W.
top level

DJ Travis Island brings Kylie music and videos all night to Uproar Lounge on Saturday.


Sunday, December 18
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Hall CP
4656 Hotel Drive
College Park, Md.
Facebook | Eventbrite

Some of the best drag performers in the DMV bring you a “HoliSLAY” brunch to be remembered.

Ugly Sweater Party

Sunday, December 18
8-10 p.m.
Freddie’s Beach Bar
555 23rd Street S
Arlington, Va.

The Imperial Court of Washington, D.C. holds an Ugly Sweater Party at Freddie’s Beach Bar on Sunday.


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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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Calendar: April 5-11

LGBTQ events in the days to come



Friday, April 5

Go Gay DC will host “LGBTQ+ Happy Hour” 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, April 6

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. 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, April 7

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+ FunDay Social” at 3 p.m. at Moxie DC. This event is ideal for making meaningful new connections and community building or just to unwind and enjoy extended happy hour. Attendance is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

Monday, April 8

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 9

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.

Trans Support Group will be at 7 p.m. on Zoom. This group is intended to provide an emotionally and physically safe space for trans-identifying people and those who may be questioning their gender identity/expression to join together in community and learn from one another. For more details, email [email protected]

Wednesday, April 10

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

Thursday, April 11

The DC Center’s Fresh Produce Program will be held all day at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. To be more fair with who is receiving boxes, the program is moving to a lottery system. 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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Washington Wizards to host Pride night

Seasons of Love ensemble to perform



Wizards Pride Night is Friday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Wizards are celebrating “Pride Night” on Friday, March 29.

Each purchase includes discounted tickets to the Wizards vs. Pistons game and an exclusive Pride Night belt bag. The night will be full of Pride celebrations and a National Anthem performance from Seasons of Love, an ensemble of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C.

Tickets are available on the Wizards’ website

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