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The annual summer Capital Pride Weekend in June features a festival on Pennsylvania Avenue that celebrates the GLBT community with dancing, dining, drinking and education.
The annual summer Capital Pride Weekend in June features a festival on Pennsylvania Avenue that celebrates the GLBT community with dancing, dining, drinking and education.
 

LGBT Festivals & Events in DC

A month-by-month guide to annual LGBT events in Washington, DC.

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JANUARY:

Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend
The Mid Atlantic Leather Convention is an annual event traditionally held on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend celebrating everything leather; topped off with a competition for Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather. The exhibition halls are filled to the brim with exhibitors, participants and curious onlookers. Visit leatherweekend.com for more information. 

APRIL:

Cherry
This high-energy weekend dance benefit with many social events and an all-night dance party is popular with locals and visitors alike. Funds generated from the events benefit a number of local gay and lesbian nonprofits.

Youth Pride Day
This event celebrates the dignity and courage of young people as they discover their identities.

White House Easter Egg Roll
Family Pride Coalition, a group dedicated to securing equality for LGBT families, takes part in the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

MAY:

Asian/Pacific Islander Pride
Asian/Pacific Islander LGBT organizations, including AQUA, APIQS and Khush DC, host various events to commemorate Asian/Pacific Islander Pride, including an Asian Fashion Show. For exact dates and event information, visit khushdc.org and aquadc.org.

DC Black Pride (MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND)
An exciting four-day event complete with dynamic workshops, receptions, cultural arts activities, and small and large nightclub events culminating with the world's largest Black Pride Festival. Festival features activities for the entire family including performances from national recording artists, 200 exhibition booths, book signings, and arts and crafts. dcblackpride.org

Filmfest DC (APRIL OR MAY)
This international film festival takes places at various locations throughout the city. Prepare to be amused, provoked and inspired by extraordinary new films from some of the world's most talented and innovative filmmakers.

Pride Nights (APRIL, MAY OR JUNE)
Signature Theatre hosts Pride Nights on select Friday and Sunday nights as a special event for members of the LGBT community. Each Pride Night performance is capped off with a lively one-hour post-show cocktail and hors d'oeuvre reception. Check website for exact dates and times.

JUNE:

Capital Pride
This annual pride celebration includes a weeklong series of educational, civic and social events, culminating with a traditional parade and street festival.

JULY:

Capital Fringe Festival
Enjoy hundreds of downtown performances by adventurous and innovative artists from DC, Baltimore, the United States and overseas. Both traditional and nontraditional venues host hundreds of performances in theater, dance, music, poetry, spoken word, puppetry and art forms unclassifiable.

SEPTEMBER:

Gay Day
A day of special events for the LGBT community at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens celebrates the life and passions of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood's founder. Events include: Punch on the Portico, putting green, garden walks, family activities including fun hands-on workshops and special performances. Reservations required. For more information, or to make reservations call (202) 686-5807.

OCTOBER:

17th Street High Heel Drag Race
On the Tuesday before Halloween, locals and tourists alike are privy to this annual flashy parade down 17th Street. Participants dress up as celebrities, politicians and other colorful characters and provide an entertaining race to the finish. This annual event draws swarms of onlookers to Washington, DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Reel Affirmations Film Festival
One of the largest gay and lesbian film festivals in the country showcasing great gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender films from around the world. The festival features nearly 60 films and events, including Opening Night, Women's Filmmaker Brunch and Closing Night Awards Ceremony.

Human Rights Campaign National Dinner
The HRC Annual National Dinner recognizes individuals and corporations that make a difference in the LGBT community.

AIDS Walk Washington
Pennsylvania Avenue & 14th Street NW - Put your foot down in the fight against AIDS. A 5K fundraising walk benefiting and produced by the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

NOVEMBER:

National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
Join the NGLCC at the National Building Museum as they celebrate community, political and business leaders within the LGBT community.

The GLBT Capital Pride Festival in June takes place in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Building.
The GLBT Capital Pride Festival in June takes place in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Building. - Photo by dctim1
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