Capital Pride is one of the most exciting events of the summer: a full week of parties, happy hours and dance nights building up to the June 7 parade through Dupont Circle and the massive June 8 festival on Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House.
There’s so much going on that we can’t list it all here: Check goingoutguide.com for even more ideas.
Women’s KickOff Event
Lure, one of the city’s most successful promoters of lesbian events, is teaming with Tagg Magazine for a pair of parties. Get an early jump on Pride celebrations Friday at Phase 1: DJ Jay Von Teese provides dance music indoors, while the patio offers an al fresco escape. And plan ahead, as Lure and Tagg join forces again June 7 for a women’s party at Dirty Martini.
Friday from 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Phase 1, 525 Eighth St. NW. 202-544-6831. www.phase1dc.com. $10.
June 7 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-503-2640. www.dirtymartinidc.com.
Day in the Park with Stonewall Kickball
Ever seen kickball played in makeup and glittery high heels? The annual DragBall game at Francis Field finds players from the Stonewall Kickball league dolled up in drag for a day of fun and games, followed by a sunset screening of the Mel Brooks classic “Spaceballs.” (Bring your own blankets and lawnchairs.)
After the movie, the crowd heads a few blocks north to Cobalt (1639 R St. NW, www.cobaltdc.com) for beer pong and flip cup. The $5 admission fee benefits Capital Pride and the DC Center, and includes one raffle ticket.
Gates open Sunday at 4 p.m. Francis Field, 24th and N streets NW. www.stonewallsports.org. $5.
SpeakeasyDC: Born This Way
The storytellers of SpeakeasyDC always make for a compelling evening; the almost-too-good-to-be-true tales make audiences guffaw, cringe and tear up in equal measure. During two Pride Week shows, seven speakers promise first-person confessionals about “forbidden love, fumbling first times” and self-discovery.
Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. www.hrc.org/bornthisway. $15; $25 includes two drink tickets.
June 8 at 3 p.m. Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. www.speakeasydc.com. $30.
Previous Brightest Young Things Pride parties have encouraged guests to dress as cave men and superheroes; this time around, it’s an outer space theme. (Costume suggestions include “Star Trek” crew members, Dr. Frank-N-Furter or the Curiosity Rover.)
The party at Union Market’s Dock 5 should be the usual over-the-top experience, with moonbounces, go-go dancers, a photobooth and music. The headliner is Big Freedia, the queen of New Orleans’ hard-driving sissy bounce music, but the lineup also includes singer (and former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant) Willam, DJs from Cobalt’s monthly CTRL dance party, burlesque by the Epic Win crew and a performance by the Team Peaches drag ensemble.
Word of warning: This party sold out in advance last year at the Howard Theatre.
June 6 at 9 p.m. Dock 5 @ Union Market, 1313 Fifth St. NE. www.bytblastoff.eventbrite.com. $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event.
The Capital Pride Parade is taking a different route this year, starting at 22nd and P streets NW at 4:30 p.m. June 7and winding up to 14th and R.
To cap the night, you’re going to want to go dancing. The Black Cat is turning both floors over to DJ parties. The main room will feature a cool mix of DJs: Keenan Orr of Cobalt and Marvin, Dean Sullivan of the Cat’s monthly Gay/Bash, Natty Boom of the Anthology of Booty and Tommy Cornelis of Velvet Lounge’s Needle Exchange. Things will get funky on the back stage with DJ Rich Morel — the expert EDM remixer who founded the Blowoff parties with Bob Mould — and Bil Todd, the co-creator of the RAW parties at the Green Lantern.
DJs Shea Van Horn and Matt Bailer will bring their fantastic Mixtape party to the Howard Theatre, where they’ll play electro by Chromeo, the Knocks and Rocky alongside remixes of Beyoncé and Kylie.
Black Cat: June 7 at 9:30 p.m. 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.
Howard Theatre: June 7 at 10 p.m. 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $10.
Winners of ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race’
Town Danceboutique has a treat for fans of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”: Season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio will be joined by the other two finalists, Adore Delano and Courtney Act, and Darienne Lake, the last contestant to be eliminated, for two performances Saturday night. (If you watched the episode where the queens had a ’90s rap battle, you know how amazing this could be.) The guests will perform in the drag show with the resident Ladies of Town at 9:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.
Town expects to be busy: The club warns that the only way to guarantee admission is to purchase advance tickets and show up at 9 p.m., when doors open. And, hey, beyond seeing television stars, you’ll get to dance to the dynamic duo of DJ Ed Bailey and Wess on two floors.
June 7 at 9 p.m. Town Danceboutique, 2009 Eighth St. NW. 202-234-8696. www.towndc.com. $25.