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. Military/fetish “Raw, Sexy, Hot, Fun” men's nights - 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
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.
October 21, 2016, 9-11pm, Bier Baron. Harry Houdini back from the dead? Astounding magic, bewildering mentalism, daring escapes, vaudevillian comedy (nudity). Magician DAVID LONDON; Bruja Gorelesque CARLITA CALIENTE; Mentalist PHOENIX; Ouija Boardlesque DANNY CAVALIER; Spooky Burlesque FOXY SQUIRE; Chain Escapist ADORA BUTCH; Psychic CARMEL CLAVIN. Host Dr Torcher/ widow BESS HOUDINI.
October 22, 2016, 10pm at DC Eagle. Shadowcast + costme party. A salacious sexy comedy, guaranteed to leave the audience wanting more! Guests are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters and prepare themselves for call-back chants throughout the show! $20 advance/ $30 at the door.
October 26, 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: November 30th
October 29, 2016, 9pm-3am, at Saloon on U Street, 1205 U St NW. Celebration of local creative talent - artistic community, gallery and incubator for DC-based artists. Some of the best music and artwork the DMV area. DJs: Fort Fairmont ft. Cluu; The Distrkt; Tezrah; Raptorstein. Art/lights: Swinton Lighting; Fort Fairmont Productions. Design: Spence Nelson; Ifi Flores; Vladimir Herrera.
October 29, 2016, 10pm-3am at The DC Eagle/ Exile, 31011 Benning Rd, NE Costume party evening of hardcore kink demos and naked go-go boys, DJs Kudjo Onyx + Theo Storm. "Cum bare as you dare!" Free clothing check. Cover: $20.
October 29, 2016, 10pm-2am at Green Lantern. Special Halloween edition. Strict dress code: leather, rubber, jockstrap, singlet, military, uniform, sport gear, underwear. MASK strongly encouraged. Promoter/ DJ Ron Hamelin of Montréal w/ his underground men's event, spinning his ultra-sexy beats to get the men in the mood, on and off the dancefloor. $5 at the door.
October 31, 2016, 8pm-2am at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW. All-ages gay dance; music mix ranges: nu-disco, classic disco, throwback jams, current electro pop, house, houseparty - with DJs Matt Bailer and Shea Van Horn + special performance by SISTR Mid9ight and a $500 Costume Contest. Usually 2nd Saturdays/ month. Next: Nov 12th at 9:30 Club. Dec 3rd + Jan 14th at The Black Cat.
November 5, 2016, 9pm-3am at DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Rd. The NEW MEN'S EVENT by MAN UPP with DJ J Warren (Boston).
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.
November 18, 2016, 7:30-9pm, Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St NW. Documented Zimbabwe abuses featured in National Geographic magazine + book Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence. W Eugene Smith Fund Grant for Humanistic Photography; World Press Photo prize; Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award; Amnesty International human rights journalism awards.
December 2, 2016, 7+9pm at HRC Equality Center. When a struggling writer, HIV positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of universal care, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy but also come up with $3000 a month to buy meds on his own? Starring Danny Glover and James Roday.
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!
September 7-17, 2017 (TBC). For 14 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.