While D.C. Black Pride already kicked things off over Memorial Day weekend, there are still tons of ways to celebrate Pride in June, including a pool party, a cabaret honoring Black jazz musicians, an all-you-can-eat drag brunch, and the chance to check out library books featuring trans and nonbinary voices.

PARTIES & FESTIVALS

CAPITAL PRIDE HONORS: On the first Friday of Pride Month, join Capital Pride Honors by celebrating leaders from across the region who have fought for LGBTQ+ justice. The event’s honorees will Karl Frisch, Diana Fitz, Tarik Pierce, Keith Pollard, Les Henderson, Reverend Dr. Aaron B. Wade, Deborah McQueen, and Wendy Rieger. Event-goers can expect two drink tickets, food, and entertainment. (Penn Social; June 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; $25+)

OFFICIAL DC LATINX PRIDE PARTY: Snag tickets for this Howard Theatre event on June 9, which might be Sweet 16-themed but is strictly for those 18 and over. (Howard Theatre; June 9 from 9:00 PM; $20-$75)

POOL PARTY: On Thursday June 9, Capital Pride is hosting a Rooftop Pool Party for its volunteers, partners, donors, and supporters — and you’re invited. The event will be held at VIDA Penthouse Pool and you can expect cocktails, appetizers, and mingling. Please note the event is for people 21 years or older. (VIDA Penthouse Pool; June 9 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; $10+)

PRIDE PARADE: It’s the most wonderful time of the year. On June 11, the annual Capital Pride parade will kick off near Room & Board before traveling 1.5 miles to 21st and P Street Northwest. Get to the parade early to mark your spot, and then celebrate at bars and restaurants along the route. When you finish, make your way to City Winery for the official afterparty. (Logan & Dupont Circle Neighborhoods; June 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; FREE)

RIOT!: The official Capital Pride Opening Party is RIOT! at echostage. The party will feature some of the most talented LGBTQ+ performers from the region and beyond — including the one and only SYMONE (winner of Season 13 RuPaul’s Drag Race). (echostage; June 10 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.; $35+)

Your guide to the District’s Pride month celebrations has arrived.Unsplash / Cecile Johnson

SAY GAY: On June 12, Dirty Habit is hosting a party with the one and only Bombalicious Eklaver (voted the District’s ‘Best Drag Queen’ in 2019 and 2021). The event will include live DJ sets and food and drink specials — including rainbow churros and a vodka, lemon, raspberry, and spice drink called “Spunk.” (Dirty Habit; June 12 from 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)

PRIDE PILS: Kick off your Pride Month at Dacha Beer Garden (Navy Yard) with the launch of DC Brau’s latest brew: “PRIDE PILS: Proud to Say Gay!.” The first half of the party is a happy hour — but make sure you stick around later for the dance party featuring Electric Rainbow DJs. The celebrations are free to attend, but tickets to support SMYAL and The Blade Foundation are encouraged. (Dacha Beer Garden, Navy Yard; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Happy Hour, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Dance Party; FREE with $20 donation encouraged)

QUEER BEER: Raise a glass. In early June, head to the Wharf to join Hop Culture and New Belgium’s “Queer Beer Festival.” The duo are teaming up to celebrate queer-owned and operated breweries, along with those who are dedicated allies. The two-day event features food, music, and unlimited craft beer samples. (District Pier; June 3 & June 4 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on both days; $65+)

PIER PARTY: On June 11, the Wharf is hosting the 3rd annual “Pride on the Pier” festival. The event is in partnership with the Washington Blade and LURe DC and partygoers can expect cocktails, live DJ sets, and even fireworks. (District Pier; June 11 from 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; FREE with VIP tickets available)

PRIDE FESTIVAL: The day after the Capital Pride Parade, Pennsylvania Avenue will transform into the Capital Pride Festival. Expect over 300 exhibitors (from service organizations to businesses) and three entertainment stages to line the avenue. You can find the full list of activities on the Capital Pride website. (Pennsylvania Avenue; June 12 from noon to 10:00 p.m.; FREE)

DC DYKE MARCH 2022: Jumping off past year’s social justice themes, Dykes Against Displacement and Dykes 4 Decrim, this year’s theme is Body Liberation: Hands Off Our Bodies, and is dedicated to pro-abortion and pro-gun control work. Having hosted the very first Dyke march in the country in 1993, D.C. has a historic claim to this event that centers lesbian, trans, and queer voices, as well as other identities often marginalized by the mainstream gay rights movement. (McPherson Square; June 10 at 6 p.m., FREE)

The Wharf is hosting the third annual Pride on the Pier Festival.Courtesy of The Wharf, Washington, DC

ART & FOOD

WERQ: DC Brau and SADBrunch are inviting you to the WERQ Pride Party & Drag Show. Hosted by Cake, it will feature performances by Crimsyn, Druex Sidora, and Crystal Edge. The sale of special edition pilsners will help support the BLADE foundation and SMYAL. (DC Brau; June 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; $15+)

BUSBOYS & POETS: On the first Monday of June, Busboys and Poets in Brookland is hosting “OUTspoken: A Night of Queer Expression.” The open mic event is open to all gender identities and will include both professional spoken word performers and with “open mic rookies.” (Busboys and Poets, Brookland; Monday June 6 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; $10+)

GMCW: In June, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (GMCW) are hosting two shows. The first, Unbreakable, is a musical exploring LGBTQ+ history through the 20th century.  The second, It’s a Gas: the Great American Songbook, is a cabaret honoring Black jazz musicians from the early 20th century. (Times and Locations Vary; $25+)

STAYCATION: Unwind without going far from home. For the month of June, Hotel Monaco is offering a “Stay Loud, Play Proud” special in their District location in partnership with the Dirty Habit. Guests will receive complimentary welcome cocktails, a credit to spend at the Dirty Habit, and a portion of their stay will be donated to the Trevor Project. (Hotel Monaco; Month Long; $436+)

DRAG BRUNCH: On June 11, the Hamilton Live is teaming up with Tito’s and Ommegang Brewery for an all-you-can-eat drag brunch. Tito’s and Ommegang will donate proceeds from the cocktail sales to the DC Pride Alliance and the Cyndi Lauper Foundation. (The Hamilton Live; June 11 at 10:30 a.m.; $55+)

This month, the Smithsonian is offering a range of virtual at-home activities for all ages.Unsplash / Aaron Burden

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

ARLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES PRIDE: Patrons can browse the library’s selection of LGBTQIA+ books, which include trans and nonbinary voices as well as depictions of queer families, and attend events such as a virtual talk with author and transgender educator Alex Myers who works to make schools more supportive of and inclusive for transgender students. (Arlington Public Library, virtual; Month Long; FREE)

GARDEN PARTY: Towards the end of the month, the Garden ALX is hosting a party for the whole family. The “Growing Pride at The Garden” event will include arts and crafts provided by UpCycle — along with food trucks, live music, and at least fifteen local LGBTQ+ small business owners selling their craft goods. Proceeds from the event will benefit Safe Spaces NOVA. (The Garden ALX; June 26 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; FREE)

ALEXANDRIA PRIDE: On the first Saturday of June, Alexandria will host their fifth annual Pride festival. The event kicks off with a “Pride Month Proclamation” and is followed by the “Drag Queen Story Hour.” Event-goers can also expect music and food, arts and crafts, and free and confidential HIV testing. (Charles Houston Recreation Center; June 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.; FREE)

PRIDE PATCHES: On June 21, the Alexandria Library’s Barrett Branch Library will host a free crafting event — open to all teenagers ages 12 to 18 years old. Crafters can expect to create their own Pride patch (perfect for your jacket or backpack) in one of four styles. The event will be held outdoors, weather permitting. (Barrett Branch Library; June 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m; FREE)

FAMILY ZONE: Throughout the month of June, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is hosting a virtual “Pride Family Zone” for all ages. The activities include everything from crafting to a scavenger hunt — and provide education on the history of LGBTQ+ rights across the United States. (Virtual; On Demand; FREE)

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