See our daily events listings for bars and clubs in the Washington DC area at the link below, followed by an editor's pick of events throughout the year.
First Tuesday each month 7-8pm at Freddie' s Beach Bar & Restaurant! Bring a friend, enjoy the great food and drinks, meet new people, and catch up with old friends. Must be 21 or over. No cover charge / smoke-free establishment. Karaoke starts at 8pm.
Every Friday, 6-11pm (no entry after 9:30pm) at DC Bëar Crüe, Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St NW. Free Pizza 7pm. The Nation's LARGEST Weekly Bear Event/ DC's Original BEAR HAPPY HOUR. BHT community based organization provides financial aid/ support to non-profit organizations serving the GLBTQ/ HIV/AIDS community of the Baltimore and Washington DC metro area.
Second Saturdays, 10pm-8am at DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Rd, NE at the new 5,000 sq./ft. dance floor level. “Raw, Sexy, Hot, Fun” red lights, and dark, "sexier as the night goes on." Music by resident DJ Mark DeMarko, guest DJs and performers.
Ongoing: The DC LGBT Center educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, with a focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & support services, and advocacy and community building. See their calendar of events, meetings, workshops, drop-ins, coffee socials, Gay Day events and HIV testing dates:
April 14-24, 2016, annual festival, venues around town. Filmfest DC 30th year with over 80 features, documentaries, and shorts -the best in new cinema from around the world. This past year highlighted engrossing thrillers (Trust No One), laugh-out-loud comedies (The Lighter Side), social justice revelations (Justice Matters) and other award-winning quality work from top filmmakers.
April 22, 2016, 7-10pm, at HRC Equality Center 1640 RI Ave NW. James left home when his family didn’t accept that he was gay. Finding refuge in San Francisco with boyfriend Tyler, they expected to find community but end up sleeping in a park, panhandling, and stranded among street people and homeless queer youth. Eventually, James has to face his past and the place he left behind.
April 23, 2016, 8pm, HRC Equality Center. Home after ex-gay conversion therapy, young piano prodigy James is expectated to give up music to take over the family farm. To please his emotionally distant father and make up for his past, he agrees; but former lover Charlie urges him follow his dream. Now in a relationship with Suzy, James finds himself at odds with what everyone else wants.
April 27 + May 25 + June 29, 2016. Last Wednesday each month. Sign up by 10pm, contest 11pm. Audience applause decides winners. $300 first prize ($150 second, $50 third). Try out as one the newest talents/ prospective dancers at Secret's/ participate in deciding the best candidates. Open Wed - Sun from 9pm eith all-nude male dancers; New Meat Thu; Fri/Sat guest porn stars.
May 7, 2016, at Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW. A new kind of porn: short dirty movies, each less than five minutes, not by porn stars, but people who want to be for a weekend. Filmmakers/ stars show what they think is hot, sexy, creative and kinky, their turn-ons/ craziest fantasies. Carefully curated cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes
May 8, 2016 at The JF Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. DC’s favorite chorus celebrates 35 years in song. Includes Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, praising springtime, love, lust and good fortune. Choreography: Andrea Miller with gender-bending piece for GMCW. Also NYC Master Chorale members, Soprano Paige Cutrona, Tenor Robert Baker and Baritone Young Kwang Yoo.
May 28, 2016, 10pm-2am at Green Lantern. Party for all types of men, all ages, bears to twinks, daddies, muscle boys, cubs and more. Dress code: leather, rubber, military, jockstrap, singlet, sport. "It's All about the Music...and the Men." "C'est pour l'Amour de la Musique..et des Hommes." DJ Ron Hamelin (Mtl) will spin his sexy underground beats.
May 29, 2016, 4-8pm at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St, NW, Washington DC. Sunday of Black Pride time to DANCE, DANCE, DANCE + SWEAT!!!. DJ Lady Ryan. Live drumming by Asha “BOOMCLAK” Santee. Host: Charity Blackwell. 21+ | $10 | No dress code.
June 11-12, 2016. Saturday Pride Parade through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, to Logan Circle neighborhood, caps two weeks of Pride Celebrations. Friday Dance Party Event + Sunday Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue (3rd-7th, NW) + Concert + Closing Dance Party. See website for details/ more events in the Capital Pride Guide download, plus other year-round dates:
July 7-31, 2016. Two weeks in July each year. A self-producing festival -- established/ emerging artists create, produce and perform a show, established companies/artists take new risks. July 24th, 8pm: The Capital Fringe Festival Awards Ceremony. Logan Fringe Arts Space (1358 Florida Ave NE) performances and Fringe Arts Bar + Atlas Performing Arts Center + The Argonaut + DTDC!
Ongoing through July 10, 2016, at the National Gallery of Art, West Concourse Gallery. Five photographs by British artist explore cultural resonances of iconic Victorian paintings, reworking compositions in contemporary settings. Hunter captures the decay and wildness of derelict buildings, weeds and wildflowers, where once raves and underground gatherings were staged, in the 1990s.
August 5-6, 2016, with most events at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St NW, Washington DC. A weekend full of book readings, writing workshops, book discussions, poetry readings, LGBT publisher exhibits. Both new and used LGBT books for sale all day long on Saturday, when most of the book readings will also take place.
September 10, 2016 (TBC), 12-6pm on the 17th Street Corridor from Riggs Place to P St, NW. Includes: art show, business specials, entertainment on stage, kids' zone, local vendors, and pet zone.
Mid-September, 2016 (TBC). For 13 years, screening the world’s top short films. This past year, showcasing 150+ films from 23 nations. Hundreds of filmmakers, thousands of audience members will gather, mix, mingle and explore the art of short cinema. At E St Cinema +5 additional venues.
October 14-16, 2016 at the GALA Hispanic/Tivoli Theatre. Bringing three days of NEW AND EXCITING international, documentary, short and feature films from all over the world to Washington as well as panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A and celebrations.celebrations.
January 13-15, 2017, annual Centaur MC, DC weekend brings together members of a multitude of Leather /Levi clubs + supporters from all over the world. SAT: parties. SUN: Mr Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest + Closing Party. See details online as announced. Host: Hyatt Regency on Capital Hill. Events usually take place at Cobalt, 9:30 Club, Glorious Health Club, Green Lantern, Town Dance.