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10 Capital Pride Events That You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

Capital Pride Events in Washington, DC - Capital Pride Parade

Celebrate Washington, DC’s LGBTQ community from June 7-10 with parades, concerts, parties and more.

The Capital Pride Alliance serves DC’s LGBTQ community through entertainment, community outreach and diversity celebrations. Each year, the nonprofit organization curates Capital Pride, which features a popular collection of events including the Pride Parade, Festival and Concert. We’ve elaborated on those events and many others below. This year's theme is “Elements of Us.”, which encourages a celebration and appreciation of the many parts that make up each individual. You can also learn more about getting involved with Capital Pride, and make sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

1 Heroes Gala: June 7, 7 - 11 p.m.
Heroes Gala: June 7, 7 - 11 p.m. Capital Pride Alliance

This rooftop gala at 880 P in Shaw mixes an evening of honoring leaders and activists in the LGBTQ community and plenty of socializing with Capital Pride Alliance’s donors and volunteers. Your ticket includes drinks and bites from local vendors. You also better be ready to dance, as DJs will be spinning. Get your tickets today.

2 DC Front Runners Pride Run 5K: June 8, 7 p.m.

DC Front Runners in Washington, DC

Make sure to register for this chip-timed 5K that will raise funds for SMYAL, which empowers LGBTQ youth in DC, as well as a Team DC LGBTQ student-athlete scholarship and other local charities. After the race, which begins at the scenic Congressional Cemetery, kick back at the Finish Line Party, which will include beer for racers, a DJ, live entertainment and awards for the top performers in the race.

Celebrate Washington, DC's LGBTQ Community - Events, Things to Do and More

3 Opening Party: Earth, Wind, Glitter, & Fire: June 8, 9 p.m.
Opening Party: Earth, Wind, Glitter, & Fire: June 8, 9 p.m. Capital Pride Alliance

We can promise you that the Earth, Wind, Glitter, & Fire-themed Capital Pride Opening Party will be a night to remember. The Capital Pride Alliance has teamed up with Brightest Young Things to create quite the spectacle, including plenty of DJs and dancing, photo booths and so much more. Make sure to grab tickets to this event hosted at Echostage, one of DC's best venues.

4 “Crack of Noon” Pride Brunch: June 9, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

"Crack of Noon" Capital Pride Brunch - Capital Pride Events in Washington, DC

Saturday, June 9 is a big day for the Capital Pride celebration, so start it off right with a delicious meal and great company during the “Crack of Noon” Pride Brunch. Expect special guests along with a gourmet buffet and complimentary mimosas at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters.

5 Pride on the Pier: June 9, 12 - 3 p.m.

Event on The Wharf's District Pier - Events and festivals in Washington, DC

The District's hottest dining, shopping and entertainment destination is home to this inaugural event on District Pier. Activities include a waterfront beer garden featuring specialty cocktails (as well as beer and wine) and a DJ performance. It's free to attend, so don't miss your chance to drink and dance the afternoon away on the waterfront.

6 Capital Pride Block Party: June 9, 4 - 10 p.m.

Couple walking with child during Capital Pride Parade - LGBTQ Summer Events in Washington, DC

For the second year, Capital Pride will feature a block party with live entertainment, food and an impressive beer garden. This free party will go down on 15th Street NW between P Street and Church Street, adjacent to the famous Pride Parade. Get ready for some serious revelry in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

7 Pride Parade: June 9, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Capital Pride Parade - Summer Parades and Festivals in Washington, DC

Capital Pride’s signature event is the Pride Parade, which will feature thousands of people marching through Dupont Circle into Logan Circle in honor of LGBTQ resilience. More than 200 contingents, including floats, vehicles, local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awardees, politicians, community groups and drag queens will also join the procession. Bleacher tickets are available for this wonderful and passion-filled event.

8 FUSE: Capital Pride Women’s Main Event: June 9, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
FUSE: Capital Pride Women’s Main Event: June 9, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. Courtney Ramsey / Capital Pride Alliance

The popular Biergarten Haus on H Street NE plays host to this special event for the ladies that starts Saturday night and will continue well into the morning. Expect live entertainment, can’t-miss drink specials and a whole lot of dancing at this 21-and-over event. Score your tickets.

9 Distrkt C Pride – Official Men’s Party of Capital Pride: June 9, 10 p.m.; June 10, 8 p.m.
Distrkt C Pride – Official Men’s Party of Capital Pride: June 9, 10 p.m.; June 10, 8 p.m. Distrkt C

DC club Distrkt C hosts back-to-back days of parties in honor of Capital Pride. On Saturday night, the Official Men’s Party goes down with a performance by Suzanne Palmer and DJs The Perry Twins & Deanne. Sunday features a bash at Ultrabar with live entertainment happening throughout multiple dance floors. Get your tickets now and gear up for some sun up to sun down partying.

10 The Capital Pride Festival & Concert: June 10, 12 - 10 p.m.

Capital Pride Festival and Concert - Can't-Miss Capital Pride Events in Washington, DC

Four days of LGBTQ celebrations come to a grand conclusion with the Pride Festival and Concert. The festival is held on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW. The family-friendly event is free and open to all, with donations graciously accepted. Expect more than 300 exhibitors, including local and community groups, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants and national sponsors. The concert, which begins at 1 p.m., is presented by Hot 99.5 and will feature performances by pop stars Alessia Cara and Troye Sivan, as well as pop-soul singer MAX and many other talented artists with the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument as backdrops. VIP passes, which include access to a beer garden, and pit passes are available for this can't-miss summer concert.

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