Your Guide to DC's 2019 Pride Events: The Parade, Festivals and More - NBC4 Washington

Your Guide to DC's 2019 Pride Events: The Parade, Festivals and More

Capital Pride 2019 runs May 31-June 9

Pride decorations in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy: Capital Pride)

Pull out your rainbow flags: Capital Pride is here.

D.C. boasts one of the most energetic and busy pride celebrations in the country. Thousands of LGBTQ+ people and their allies turn out every year for tons of events celebrating the full spectrum of sexuality. Even after the parade is over, there's opportunities for fun, activism and more.

Here's your guide to it all, including the festivities for Capital Pride 2019, which is underway now.

Keep coming back as we continue to add more events, deals and tips for your pride month.

Capital Pride Parade 2018
Photo credit: Vanessa Pham

The Concert
Sunday, June 9 from 1-8 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW

Electronic music producer Marshmello and pop singer Zara Larsson are headlining the 2019 Capital Pride Concert. The show is free to the public, with specialty packages available. Other performers include Todrick Hall, Shea Diamond, Calum Scott and Nina West. A full lineup is available here.

The Festival
Sunday, June 9 from 12-10 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street NW

In conjunction with the concert, the 2019 Pride Festival will offer three stages, hundreds of exhibitors, a beverage garden, a family zone and food vendors. The festival is free and open to the public.

Make sure to stop by NBC4 and Telemundo 44's booth, where you can take a selfie with our anchors, reporters, producers and meteorologists and score some swag. A full list of activities can be found here.

A booth at Trans Pride 2018
Photo credit: Peter Morgan

Pride for All: More Celebrations and Events 

Gaywatch Pool Party
Sunday, June 9, 12-5 p.m.
DNV Rooftop (1155 14th St NW)

Soak in the sun at a beach-themed pool party with hangover brunch. Special cocktails such as the “Man-gria” and “Bella-lini” will be served in a beach bucket for $15.

Enjoy hits from Britney, Madonna and Whitney by DJ Alkimist and float on rainbow lifesavers at the rooftop pool. There’s no dress code — but bring a bathing suit.

A $10 entry fee will be charged at the door, but guests who RSVP ahead of time on EventBrite pay only a $5 entry fee. Guests who are wearing the wristband from Urbana’s “Pride + Shine” party will have a waived entry fee. Must be 21+ to attend.

Pride Month Kick-Off with County Executive Marc Elrich
Monday, June 10, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Executive Office Building (101 Monroe St, Rockville, Maryland)

Montgomery County kicks off Pride Month with a flag raising event outside the Executive Office Building.

RSVP here for several events held throughout the month of June.

Yoga For Every Body
Monday, June 10, 7-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, 10-11:30 a.m.
Adams Morgan Community Center at the LINE DC

Take a deep breath and ease in the body with yoga instructor Ben Takai. The class aims to consciously serve and uplift the experiences of self-identified LGBTQ+ and marginalized folks seeking to deepen their own wellness and self-care regimen at their own pace.

Classes are free to the public.

Queer Zine Workshop with the Library of Congress
Saturday, June 15, 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Adams Morgan Community Center at the LINE DC

Learn to make LGBTQ+ zines with Meg Metcalf, Zinester and LGBTQ+ Studies Librarian from the Library of Congress. The workshop will focus on the history of LGBTQ+ self-publishing. All materials will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public with RSVP.

SMYAL for Summer
Wednesday, June 9, 6-8 p.m.
IA&A at Hillyer (9 Hillyer Ct NW, Washington, D.C.)

SMYAL provides services for LGBTQ+ youth in D.C., aiming to create future leaders. Tickets to the fundraiser start at $40 and include an open bar (there are discounts for college students and recent graduates).

Drag Performance at Denizens
Wednesday, June 19, 8-10 p.m.
Denizens Brewing Co. (1115 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland)

Enjoy an evening of laughs, drag shows and drinks at Denizens Brewing Co. The event is open to the public with RSVP.

Show Your Pride at the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival
Saturday, June 22, 2-8 p.m.
Alexandria Waterfront Park (1 King St, Alexandria, VA)

Show your Pride at the Alexandria waterfront and enjoy live music, family activities and food and drinks.

NOVA Pride and Safe Space NOVA presents a hands-on jewelry making activity. Visitors can snap the perfect Pride Month profile picture at Mirror Mirror, a new rainbow-hued temporary public art installation. The artwork is on display through November 2019.

The event is free and open to the public.

Drag Queen Story Hour
Sunday, June 23, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Adams Morgan Community Center at the LINE DC

Special guest Domingx joins Drag Queen Story Hour DC for weekend story time in partnership with the DC Public Library. Drag Queen Story Hour gives kids glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models.

The event is free and open to the public.

LGBTQ Family Day
Sunday, June 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Glen Echo Park (7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Maryland)

Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass welcomes LGBTQ families to a day full of activities including carousel rides, children’s entertainment, ice cream and arts and crafts. A full list of events can be found here.

AFI screening of "Before Stonewall"
Premieres Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m.
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center (8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD)

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots by showcasing the movie "Before Stonewall" for an entire week.

The movie has been nominated for various awards. RSVP for the screening here.

MoCo Pride Rockville Party
Saturday, June 29, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Rockville Town Center (30 Maryland Ave Rockville, Maryland)

Dance the evening away with the MoCo Pride Center and enjoy live performances, including by RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar, Peppermint.

General admission costs $15. You can purchase tickets here.

Pride Parade 2019 Restaurant Specials

Floriana
1602 17th St NW

Floriana is offering a pride-themed punch. Food will be the same price. Most of the patio tables will be taken out for standing room and a bar outside.

Agora
1527 17th St NW

For eight years, Agora has hosted a patio party during the parade. There will be food and drink specials that they’ll announce the week of the parade.

Nazca Mochica
1633 P St NW

This Peruvian restaurant says that their specials change every year, but they are looking to offer specials including $5 drinks, $3 beers, $4 hot dogs and snacks for under $7.

Commissary
1443 P St NW

Miss United States Andromeda Peters and fellow Miss United States contestants will be signing autographs and head shots for Commissary’s first Beauty Kween Brunch Party. Kirsten Dunst’s classic film “Drop Dead Gorgeous” will be playing on a loop on their full wall projector.

Day Owl Rosé will be giving away complimentary tiaras to all guests during the parade. Drink glitter cocktails, large-format drinks and frosé all day and night.

Commissary is partnering with Tito’s and $1 of each Tito’s cocktail will go to the Transmasculine Society. If you're hungry, they’ll be featuring two bagel sandwiches served on Bethesda Bagels' rainbow-colored bread. There’s the Pridewich (rainbow bagel, American cheese, chicken sausage and spicy aioli) and the Unicorn Bagel (rainbow bagel with blueberry cream cheese and rainbow sprinkles).

Logan Tavern
1423 P St NW

Logan Tavern will partner with Tito’s and $1 of each Tito’s cocktail will go to the Transmasculine Society.

Number Nine
1435 P St NW

Number Nine will be opening earlier than usual at 12 p.m. and keep the party going until 2:30 a.m. Free entry for people over the age of 21.

The Pig
1320 14th St NW

The Pig will partner with Tito’s and $1 of each Tito’s cocktail will go to the Transmasculine Society.

Frenchy’s Naturel
1337 11th St NW

Frenchy’s Naturel is having a Unicorn Party with a cotton candy machine. Guests are encouraged to wear tutus. The restaurant will also be partnering with Tito’s and $1 of each Tito’s cocktail will go to the Transmasculine Society.

Etto
1541 14th St NW

Etto will be doing a special Pride Parade menu that's yet-to-be announced.

Grillfish
1200 New Hampshire Ave NW

Grillfish will partner with Tito’s and $1 of each Tito’s cocktail will go to the Transmasculine Society.

Alexandria Pride Restaurant Specials

Vermilion
1120 King St, Alexandria, Virginia

Sip on the “Ariadne” cocktail, a limited-edition Pride Month drink that is a mix of blood orange moonshine, raspberry syrup, lemon, mint and ginger beer.

The cocktail is available throughout June 2019.

Buzz Bakeshop
901 Slaters Ln, Alexandria, Virginia

Taste the rainbow-frosted “Baked This Way” cupcake and try the bakeshop’s “Pride Yo-Yo’s,” a chocolate cake with a rainbow-swirl filling, covered in chocolate icing and decorated with rainbow sprinkles and edible glitter.

MoHo Kitchen + Cocktails
116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, Virginia

Celebrate “Pride & Spirits” with the restaurant’s mixologists throughout the month of June. A dollar of every specialty cocktail purchased will be donated to the local nonprofit NOVA Pride.

Brabo Brasserie
1600 King St, Alexandria, Virginia

Brabo Brasserie will be offering a baked Alaska with rainbow meringue throughout June 2019. Chef Sebastien Rondier has a talent for this popular dessert, according to the restaurant.

For each rainbow baked Alaska ordered, the French brasserie will donate $1 to The Trevor Project.

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