From Capital Pride to Drag Bingo, make sure you're in the nation's capital for exciting LGBTQ+ events all year long.
Capital Pride may build the biggest buzz, but DC’s LGBTQ+ scene is thriving year-round. From team sports to all-night dance parties, check out our ultimate list of events that cater to the community in-person or virtually.
You can also check out tons of on-demand virtual museum tours, neighborhood tours, TV and movies streaming ideas with a DC bent, DC-inspired music playlists and Washington, DC Zoom meeting backgrounds. Be sure to read our things to do during the week and weekend and check up on what’s open around the city as well.
Electric Rainbow: Day Glow Tea Party - July 18
Come celebrate and give back at DC's favorite speakeasy Sunday party, Electric Rainbow. This event will kick off as a fundraiser for "100 Miles in 48 Hours." DC business owner, Brandt Ricca, will be running 1 00 miles non-stop, to raise COVID relief funds for LGBTQ+ small businesses. Come dressed in your best neon threads and accessories, and be ready to dance.
8 p.m. | Tickets
Capo Italian Deli (Backroom), 715 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009
SMYAL for Summer 2021 - July 28
Join SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) for the ninth annual SMYAL for Summer, hosted by the SMYAL Young Donors Committee. This in-person event will be hosted on the rooftop of Union Market at Hi-Lawn where you can enjoy beverages and raise money needed to support the community’s LGBTQ youth on Wednesday, July 28.
6:30-8:30 p.m. | Tickets
Hi-Lawn, 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Sunday KiKi at Wunder Garten - Every Sunday in August
Wunder Garten celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community every Sunday with a Sunday Kiki where all they are raising money for Capital Pride. Kiki is drag bingo, games and a dance party featuring Crystal Edge and Katrina Colby with resident DJ Tezrah providing the tunes and dance vibes.
4-7 p.m. | More details
Wunder Garten, 1101 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Drag Queen Storytime - Aug. 8
Join Adams Morgan Partnership BID, The LINE hotel and DC Public Library at Unity Park for a storytime with a drag queen. The goal of drag queen storytime is to inspire a love of reading, while teaching deeper lessons on diversity, self-love and an appreciation of others. This event is free and open to children of all ages, so grab a blanket or chair and make your way to a lively event.
11 a.m. | More details
Unity Park,Intersection of Columbia Rd., Champlain St. & Euclid St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
Nationals Night Out - Aug. 17
Each year the Washington Nationals host a Night Out to support the local LGBTQ+ community. Catch plenty of exciting baseball action, along with brews, Anthony Rendon bombs and all of the great eats at Nationals Park. Get tickets to this year’s Night Out, which takes place on August 17 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003
D.C. United Night Out - Aug.28
Armed with one of the most diverse and energetic cheering sections, D.C. United soccer games offer a one-of-a-kind fan experience. Root on the Black-and-Red on its annual night out when they play the Philadelphia Union. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Federal Triangles Soccer Club and TEAM DC.
Audi Field, 100 Potomac Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
The Colorful Fest – Oct. 23-24
More information is to come for this late-October celebration created by Capital Pride.
As You Are Bar – Virtual Happy Hour
Jo McDaniel (formerly of A League of Her Own) and Rach (Coach) Pike have created a virtual safe space for LGBTQIA+ with As You Are Bar, which has plans to open physically in the future. However, for now, every Monday, you can “Click In with Coach” to chat about your favorite shows or movies, your latest crush or your latest libation creations. Develop true connections through this unique online event.
7 p.m. | Free registration
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