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 second Thursday, 9pm at Dr Clock's Nowhere Bar, 2226 18th ST NW. Minimal synth/ post-punk/ wave/ ebm/ industrial/ and whatever else - with special ghast witch, Kunj.
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.
Friday + Saturday cabaret performances, high energy danceclub/ lounge; two floors, multiple rooms/ dance floors, outside smoking area, video installations; big production nightly drag shows, comedy sketches, dance troupe; 18+ Fridays w/ go-go boys, performance artists, Bear Happy Hours. 21+ Saturdays. Every other Saturday DC Rawhides' two-step line dancing, waltz/west coast swing.
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:
Ongoing through October 2, 2016, at the National Gallery of Art, West Concourse Gallery. One of the most prominent artists of his era, known today as “Robert of the Ruins.” Robert loved and depicted ruined structures of all types, real or imagined, and of ancient Rome (he lived in Italy for 11 years). He also drew inspiration from scenes he encountered in his native France
August 5-7, 2016, at the Reeves Center/ DC Center for the LGBT Community. Friday keynote. Saturday 10am-7pm full day of LGBT exhibitors/ book vendors, used book sale, panels, readings and entertainment. Sunday workshops for LGBT writers.
August 19, 2016, 7+9pm at HRC Equality Center. Gay Chinese American Ryan detests his Asian heritage, but attains his dream job as a celebrity fashion stylist. Styling Beijing actor Ning for a photo shoot, he tries to represent the new China. Egos and opinions clash but a mutual attraction develops. When a Chinese tabloid outs Ning, Ryan must decide if he'll help deny the story.
August 19, 2016, 9-11pm, Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd NW. Bizarre version of Las Vegas in DC constellation of daring, hilarious weirdos to delight and disturb. Magic, Fire, Contortion, Juggling, Puppetry, Burlesque...and surly Elvis! Contortionist HOLLY ANNE! Juggler JIM DANDY! Fireeater POLE COURTER! Tina Turner burlesque: GIGI HOLLIDAY! Magician ERIC HENNING! BLUE HAND GROUP puppets.
August 27, 2016, 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 - 100 of them, with more than 50 artists displaying everything from fine art to jewelry, ceramics to crafts, and every creative item in between; also a pet zone.
August 31, 2016 and last Wednesday each month. Sign up by 10pm, contest 11pm. Audience applause decides winners. $300 first prize, $150 second, $50 third. Try out as a new talent/ prospective dancer/ participate in deciding the best candidates. Open Wed - Sun from 9pm with all-nude male dancers; Every Wednesday: Shirtless Night drink specials + Military Night. Next: September 27th
September 1-3, 2016. THU Town & County night pub crawl and dance. FRI Welcome Dances - Country/Western + Swing: Regency A / Line Dance: R B/C; Exhibition Performances, R A. SAT Tea Dances R A, B, and C; Exhibition Performances R A; White Party Ball; Late Night Swing R A. SUN Tea Dances + workshops; Farewell Dance.
September 8-18, 2016. 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.
September 10, 2016, 11pm at 9:30 Club, 815 V St NW. All-ages gay dance; music mix ranges from nu-disco to classic disco, throwback jams to current electro pop, house to houseparty - with DJs Shea Van Horn + Matt Bailer. Usually 2nd Saturdays/ month. Next: October 8th + October 31st (Halloween Monday 21+ at Howard Theatre) + November 12th. December 3rd and January 14th at The Black Cat.
September 16, 2016, 7:30pm at Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St SE. Cemetery grounds open-air screening. BYOB/ dinner too. $10 suggested donation at the main gate. The rain date for this event is September 23rd.
September 30, 2016, 7+9pm at HRC Equality Center. LA graphic designer Dean reconnects with Alex, an ex-boyfriend he hasn’t seen or heard from in 15 years. Over a weekend at a vacation house in the desert, the two men open up old wounds, reveal secrets, and determine whether or not they have a future together. With Lucas Near-Verbrugghe + Aaron Costa Ganis.
October 13, 2016, 7+9pm at HRC Equality Center 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW. Handsome businessman Jonathan is on the hunt for a brunette who is “rough around the edges,” temperamental, and scented with just the right cologne. He finds what he’s looking for in a flirtatious young hustler played by Devon Graye, and a bold proposition is made.
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.
November 12, 2016, at Atlas Performing Arts Center. DC’s favorite chorus; 35 years in song. December 10, 17, 18th - Naughty And Nice holiday extravaganza at Lincoln Theatre; February 11th - Youth Invasion/ GenOUT Chorus at Atlas; March 10, 11, 12th - How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying - at Lincoln Theatre; April 15th - God Save The Queens - The Barns/ Wolf Trap.
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.
April, 2017 (TBC), eleven days on six screens - annual festival at venues around town. Filmfest DC 31st year - this past year over 75 features, documentaries, and shorts from 45 countries -the best in new cinema from around the world, award-winning quality work from top filmmakers.
June 10-11, 2017 (TBC). 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, 2017. Twenty days in July each year. A self-producing festival -- established/ emerging artists create, produce and perform a show, established companies/artists take new risks. Includes 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!