Couple walking with child during Capital Pride Parade - LGBTQ Summer Events in Washington, DC
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.
DC’s annual festival is one of the largest Pride celebrations in the nation. For 2021, Capital Pride will mix virtual and in-person events. Make sure to check out the annual event's website to stay on top of what's happening this year.
Thursday Night Pride Month Movie Night at Red Bear – June 3, 10, 17 & 24
On Thursday nights in June, watch a LGBTQ+ film at Red Bear Brewing Company in NE DC. This event is free and reservations are no longer required. Stop by to watch The Wizard of Oz. Beers are available for purchase during viewing, but of course, make sure to have ID on-hand if you're over the age of 21.
7 p.m. | Free
Red Bear Brewing Company, 209 M St NE, Washington, DC 20002
The Wig Party: A Capitol Drag Festival at The Reach - JUNE 4-5
Grab your best wig and join The Reach at The Kennedy Center as they celebrate the talent and history of the District’s legendary Drag community. Featuring iconic local DJs, screenings of queer works from regional filmmakers, live music, and, of course, some of the most monumental Drag acts in the Nation’s Capitol, this festival is the perfect way to kick off Pride month.
Friday, June 4 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Saturday, June 5 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Register here | Watch online
The Reach at The Kennedy Center 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Washington Blade Pride Month Celebration of Drag - June 4-27
A month-long exhibition at the Dupont Underground. You can find the gallery near Dupont Circle metro, underneath Dupont Circle. The exhibition will showcase a mix of photographs and video footage honoring the roots of drag in America and D.C.’s drag scene. The exhibition as well as drag performances and Sunday brunch will take place each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during June.
19 Dupont Cir NW, Washington, DC 20036
This year, in support and allyship, the National Cathedral will be participating in Capital Pride by lighting the west façade in a rainbow of colors at 9 p.m. The Cathedral’s LGBTQIA Alliance will also be participating in the Colorful PrideMobile Parade on June 12.
9 p.m. | Free
Cooking with Pride Featuring Chef Mykie Moll - June 8
Take a virtual cooking class with Crazy Aunt Helen's Executive chef Mykie Moll. Crazy Aunt Helen's is an LGBTQ+ business that is set to open this month. Moll formerly served as the head chef at Pom Pom in Petworth before it closed, and he could be seen at Doi Moi on 14th Street NW and Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan.
Pride in the Sky at Hedys Rooftop - June 9 & 16
The weather is saying summer and by nighttime it's not cooling down on the Zena Hotel rooftop. Dance the night away with sounds from DJ Tezrah at Hedy's Rooftop on select nights in June. This event is a collaboration with District Fray. For dinner reservations, make those separately via their booking platform.
Register | Free
Hotel Zena, 1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Hooked on Pride - June 9, 16, 23 & 30
The Capital Pride Alliance and Hook Hall will come together once a week during Pride Season for Hooked on Capital Pride! Join them EVERY Wednesday beginning June 9th for drink specials, music, and celebration of all things LGBTQ+. A portion of the proceeds from this event will support the Capital Pride Alliance and partner Pride organizations. When making your reservation, please be sure to choose the "Hooked On Pride" experiences with the table type, and the correct date that you prefer.
3400 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010
Colorful Capital Pridemobile Parade – June 12
This year, the Capital Pride Alliance is excited to present the Colorful Capital Pridemobile for the first time. The mobile will be on display for onlookers in numerous neighborhoods, from Dupont and Logan Circle to Downtown DC, during this new parade.
Join A League of Her Own for a Pride drag show from the comfort of your own home. Hosted by Ophelia Diamonds with performances from Bratworst, CoCo Bardot and more. Tips are encouraged and the show will be streamed on Twitch.
3 Stars Brewing Pride Celebration - June 13
3 Stars Brewing Company, Ken Vegas, & Belladonna are bringing together an afternoon of music, reuniting with family & friends, dancing and a live show featuring Drag & Fusion Belly Dancers. Dogs are welcome to this events, but unless they are service dogs, they will seat you on the outdoor patio. They'll have 20+ beers on tap along with barrel aged specials for the day. Reservations are recommended, but they will accommodate walk-ups as long as space permits.
Reservations | $10 cover for 21+
3 Stars Brewing, 6400 Chillum Pl NW, Washington, DC 20012
Make the most out of the longest day of the year on Hedy's Rooftop at Hotel Zena. They are kicking off summer and celebrating Pride month with two seatings for their first-ever Drag Brunch. Sip summer cocktails while enjoying DC's most fabulous performers, including host Crystal Edge and featuring tunes from DJ Tezrah.
Hotel Zena, 1155 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Pride Block Party Brunch - June 26
Join A League of Her Own, Mess Hall, and DJ Tezrah for a pride block party brunch.
Growing Pride at the Garden – June 27
Join the Garden and ALX for a family-friendly day in honor of Capital Pride. This event will have something for everyone, including food trucks and 15 local LGBTQ+ makers and allies that will be selling local goods. Please register for the event beforehand.
2-7 p.m. | Register now
Freddie's Beach Bar in Crystal City is ready to welcome LGBTQ+ folks and allies back into their LGBTQ+-owned bar. So grab your beach attire and come out to this free event that commemorating the Stonewall riots by asking for nonperishable food donations for the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Donations are voluntary, but are appreciated. If you would like to dine in, please make a reservation ahead of time.
7-9 p.m. | Free
A Walking Tour + A Social Gathering at A League Of Her Own – June 29
Washington, DC is a beacon for change in this country. Join A Tour of Her Own and A League of Her Own for a women-powered evening that will take you on a historical journey through the nation's capital.
6-8 p.m. | Tickets
The Colorful Fest – Oct. 23-24
More information is to come for this late-October celebration created by Capital Pride.
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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