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10 Capital Pride Events That You Don’t Want to Miss

Capital Pride Events in Washington, DC - Capital Pride Parade

Celebrate Washington, DC’s LGBTQ community from June 8-11 with a theme of “Unapologetically Proud!”

The Capital Pride Alliance serves DC’s LGBTQ community through entertainment, community outreach and diversity celebrations. Each year, the nonprofit organization curates Capital Pride, which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert. We’ve elaborated on those events and many others below. You can also learn more about getting involved with Capital Pride, and make sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

1 Rooftop Pool Party: June 8, 7 – 11 p.m.
Rooftop Pool Party: June 8, 7 – 11 p.m. Capital Pride Alliance

The VIDA Penthouse Pool & Lounge on the Capitol Riverfront hosts this Thursday night pool party that will feature cocktails, appetizers and plenty of socializing with Capital Pride Alliance’s donors and volunteers. Your ticket includes two drinks and the aforementioned apps. You also better be ready to dance, as DJs will be spinning.

2 Rally for Transgender Equality: June 9, 5:15 p.m.

Capital Pride Events in Washington, DC - Rally for Transgender Equality

In honor of #TransLobbyDay, this rally will take place at Upper Senate Park with informed speakers that are sure to inspire in discussing the transgender equality movement. Show your support at the free event, which will ardently rail against anti-trans discrimination and violence. No registration required.

3 DC Front Runners Pride Run 5K: June 9, 7 p.m.

DC Front Runners in Washington, DC

Register for this chip-timed 5K that will raise funds for SMYAL, which empowers LGBTQ youth in DC, as well as a Team DC LGBTQ student-athlete scholarship. After the night-time race that begins at the scenic Congressional Cemetery, kick back at JR’s Finish Line Party, which will include beer for racers, a DJ, live entertainment and awards for the top performers in the race.

4 Opening Party: Rainbow Resistance: June 9, 8:30 p.m.
Opening Party: Rainbow Resistance: June 9, 8:30 p.m. Capital Pride Alliance

Full details of the official opening party of Capital Pride have yet to be released, but we can promise you that it will be a night to remember. The Capital Pride Alliance has teamed up with Brightest Young Things to create quite the spectacle. Stay tuned for more information on this Friday night extravaganza.

5 “Crack of Noon” Pride Brunch: June 10, 12 – 3 p.m.
“Crack of Noon” Pride Brunch: June 10, 12 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, June 10 is a big day for the Capital Pride celebration, so start it off right with a delicious meal and great company during the “Crack of Noon” Pride Brunch. Expect special guests along with a gourmet buffet and complimentary mimosas. Tickets will be available and a location will be announced soon.

6 Capital Pride Block Party: June 10, 4 – 10 p.m.

Couple walking with child during Capital Pride Parade - LGBTQ Summer Events in Washington, DC

For the first time, Capital Pride will feature a block party with live entertainment, food and an impressive beer garden. This free party will go down on 15th Street NW between P Street and Church Street, adjacent from the famous Pride Parade. Please RSVP and then get ready for some serious revelry in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

7 Pride Parade: June 10, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Capital Pride Parade - LGBTQ Events this Summer in Washington, DC

Capital Pride’s signature event is the Pride Parade, which will feature thousands of people marching through Dupont Circle into Logan Circle in honor of LGBTQ resilience. More than 180 contingents, including floats, vehicles, local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awardees, politicians, community groups and drag queens will also join the procession. This year’s Grand Marshal is Edie Windsor, who was the lead plaintiff in securing legal same-sex marriage in the U.S. Bleacher tickets are available for this wonderful and passion-filled event.

8 FUSE: Capital Pride Women’s Main Event: June 10, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
FUSE: Capital Pride Women’s Main Event: June 10, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. Courtney Ramsey / Capital Pride Alliance

The Howard Theatre plays host to this special event for the ladies that starts Saturday night and will continue well into the morning. Specific details are still to come, but you can expect live entertainment, can’t-miss drink specials and a whole lot of dancing at this 21-and-over event.

9 Distrkt C Pride – Official Men’s Party of Capital Pride: June 10, 10 p.m.; June 11, 5 p.m.
Distrkt C Pride – Official Men’s Party of Capital Pride: June 10, 10 p.m.; June 11, 5 p.m. Courtney Ramsey / Capital Pride Alliance

DC club Distrkt C hosts back-to-back days of parties in honor of Capital Pride. On Saturday night, the Official Men’s Party goes down with a performance by Inaya Day and a lineup of three DJs. Sunday features an all-day bash with live entertainment happening both indoors and outdoors. A special concert starts at 8:30 p.m. featuring performances by Crystal Waters and Kristine with Kim English. Get your tickets now and gear up for some sun up to sun down partying.

10 Pride Festival & Concert: June 11, 12 – 10 p.m.

Capital Pride Events in Washington, DC - Pride Festival & Concert on Pennsylvania Avenue

Four days of LGBTQ celebrations come to a grand conclusion with the Pride Festival and Concert. The festival is held on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW. The family-friendly event is free and open to all, with donations graciously accepted. Expect more than 300 exhibitors, including local and community groups, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants and national sponsors. The concert, which begins at 1 p.m., is presented by Hot 99.5 and will feature performances by Miley Cyrus, Tinashe and many other talented artists with the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument as backdrops.

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