The U.S. Capital is celebrating 40 years of Pride this year. Are you ready for the #flashback40 festivities? I know I am! I also know that sometimes it’s difficult to find what you’re looking for when every guide, article, photo and blog post you see is almost exclusively for the guys. But don’t despair, we’ve done the job of finding THE parties, events and parades that apply to you – the most attractive, funny, intelligent reader we know – in our Ultimate Lesbian Guide to Capital Pride 2015!
My favorite thing about Pride in June is that it’s not just a day, it’s not even a week… it’s an entire effin’ month! Which means you should probably get ready to party, like, yesterday. So quickly before we head out, Pride roll call:
Water bottle? √
Other “water” bottle? √
Conspicuous rainbow-colored paraphernalia? √
iPhone (with the HER Capital Pride Guide on it)? √ Lez do this, beautiful people!
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Kick it off at Pride in the Sky on Friday, June 5th. This OFFICIAL fundraiser for Capital Pride is presented by The Ladies of LURe and Tagg Magazine and is being hosted by Ackerman Brown PLLC. Purchase your tickets today and drop by for jams by DJ Civil, drink specials, a Mystics tickets giveaway… and women. Don’t forget the women.
Scandal DC’s 18+ Women’s Kickoff After Party
SCANDAL is back and better than ever. After Pride in the Sky, the ladies of Scandal DC bring you The Women’s Pride Kickoff After Party at Comet PingPong. Head out for a night of $2.50 PBR, the musical stylings of DJ Lez Rage and DJ Deedub, some inevitable dancing, and (duh) ping pong! AWESOME ALERT: this is one of the few events that are 18+ so grab everyone you know and get ready to party!
Busboys and Poets presents Women’s Spoken Word
Busboys and Poets and Capital Pride are bringing you the annual Women’s Spoken Word on June 9th. This year they’re taking it to the next level with a DJ, live band and burlesque (what!). Your spoken word host will be Shelly Bell with performances by Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret and singer/songwriter Be Steadwell. When the floor opens up, the mic will be open to women-identified folks of all backgrounds to share their story through words. If you’re more of the “I’m good right here (in my seat)”-kind of folk, you should expect a diverse chorus of voices from professional spoken word performers to open mic rookies with a smattering of acoustic musical performances. This sounds like my kind of event!
OFFICIAL Jello Wrestling, yes please!
You know an event’s gonna be good when you’re told to “bring a towel and a change of clothes”. That’s right ladies, Jello Wrestling is back in a big way and it’s taking over Penn Social. This is an OFFICIAL Capital Pride event brought to you by none other than Scandal DC. Pride in the Nation’s Capital is now my favorite annual celebration – never before have I seen an official pride event involving over 50 gallons of jello. DC, that’s what’s up.
Capital Pride Banner in the 37th Annual Parade
The Capital Pride Celebration is one of the largest events held in DC every year. Last year, more than 350,000 people attended the full weekend. Be a part of this year’s historic 40th Celebration of Pride in the Nation’s Capital by joining in today anytime until June 14th. The Capital Pride Parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ends in the Logan Circle neighborhood. The Parade features more than 170 contingents (i.e. floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment) and will, undoubtedly, make you feel proud.
Starting Point: 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Where: Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods, Washington, DC
When: Saturday, June 13
Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
FB event: http://on.fb.me/1SZbJKE
Capital Pride Fest 2013 via Tagg Magazine
Do yourself a favor… Do NOT miss the 40th Annual Pride Fest! It is open to everyone – maybe keep the dogs at home, for their sake – and is chock-full of entertainment, music, food, drinks, and women. We can pretty much guarantee thousands and thousands of women.
Venue: DC’s historic Pennsylvania Avenue
Where: Pennsylvania Ave, NW (between 3rd and 7th Streets) NW, Washington, DC
When: Sunday, June 14
Time: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Pit Pass: http://bit.ly/1HO951J
VIP Tickets: http://bit.ly/1FXI9OZ
Carly Rae Jepson headlines the Capital Pride Concert in 2015
Wrap up your Pride Week celebration with national headlining entertainment and the best local and regional talent on stage with the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument as backdrops. We’re talking about the Capital Pride Concert presented by Hot 99.5 on the Capitol Concert Stage. For the special #flashback40 performance rock out to Wilson Phillips, En Vogue, and Amber. Then leave the 80s and 90s behind for some Katy Tiz and Carly Rae Jepsen representin’ 2015. Grab your Pit Pass or VIP tickets to get the best experience, or camp out early for a quality spot absolutely FREE.
Venue: Capitol Concert Stage in front of the US Capitol Building
When: Sunday, June 14
Time: 1:00pm – 9:00pm
The Trifecta – Scandal DC’s Pride Closing Party
Close out Pride in a blaze of glory at Scandal DC’s FANNY PACK Ladies Tea. Read that name again… Why wouldn’t you go? Just steps from the Pride Festival at Penn Social you’ll find DJ’s, dancing, (more) drinking and a special performance by the DC Kings! Doors open at 4pm with the opening set by DJ LiLo, pause for a stellar Drag King show at 6pm and then DJ Deedub (dang, this girl is everywhere!) will be playing all the hottest beats from 8pm – 12am.
Venue: Penn Social
Where: 801 E Street, NW, Washington, DC
When: Sunday, June 14
Time: 4:00pm – 12:00am
FB event: http://on.fb.me/1dicGNi
Honestly, a SCOTUS ruling and Capital Pride all in the same month!? June, you are the best. month. ever. #Flashback40