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Events



Only official DC Black Pride events are listed on this page. If an event is not listed, it is not an officially sanctioned DCBP event. The majority of the events will occur in the host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. All events being held in the host hotel as well as the DC Black Pride Health & Wellness Expo presented by PREZCOBIX® are free. Friday, May 27 through Monday, May 30 are the official DCBP event dates. There are some special pre- and post-DCBP events. Events and times are subject to change.

 

Social Events and Parties

Social events and parties are a very important part of DCBP. DCBP has partnered with several organizations to provide various social events and parties. The social events are planned and managed by the organization listed. If an event, social event or party is not listed on this page, it is not an official DC Black Pride event.

 

Female Parties

A 2 Zee Events, Mad Max Media, MIMSOL Entertainment, Onyx Entertainment and TMS Entertainment five of the most dynamic, trendsetting, fun and eclectic group of Lesbian promoters in the DC, MD and VA metro area, have teamed up as the official party promoters for female parties — Unleashed DC 2016.

 

Male Parties

Daryl Wilson Promotions in collaboration with Tempted 2 Touch, The Commission and K&C Productions — Wet Dreamz Reloaded and Omega Entertainment in collaboration with The Dream Team — The Dream are the official party promoters for male parties. Dem Boyz from Social Life Entertainment and the A-List Boyz will present the Official DC Black Pride After Hours After Party Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 12 Stop Lounge in Temple Hills, Md. from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.

 

 

Tuesday, May 24

 

6:30–8:30 p.m.

2016 DC Black Pride Awards Reception (details)
» Admission: $10 | Buy Ticket

Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, WDC 20036

 

 

Thursday, May 26

 

10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

U.S. Small Business Administration’s Building the Dream Economic Empowerment Event for the LGBT Business Community presented by DC Black Pride, SWERV Magazine, TAGG Magazine and Industrial Bank

Industrial Bank, 4812 Georgia Ave NW, WDC 20011

 

5–8 p.m.

The Welcome Reception and Pass Distribution (The Dream)

Hyatt Regency Washington

 

7 p.m.–midnight

Welcome to DC Rooftop Happy Hour (Unleashed)

Dirty Bar, 1223 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC 20036

9:30 p.m.–2 a.m.

The Genesis Chapter VII

Cities Restaurant & Lounge,  1909 K St NW, WDC 20006

10 p.m.–2 a.m.

The Jump Off  (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

Stonefish Lounge, 1708 L St NW, WDC 20036

 

 

Friday, May 27

 

11 a.m.–2 p.m.

HIV/AIDS Town Hall Luncheon sponsored DC Dept of Health HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) (details)
Hyatt Regency Washington, Capitol Room



Noon–9 p.m.

Pride Hospitality Suite & Concierge Desk Open

Hyatt Regency Washington, Congressional Room C



Noon–1 a.m.

Game Room Open

Hyatt Regency Washington, Congressional Room D



4–9 p.m.

The Teaser Happy Hour & Pass Distribution (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

Hyatt Regency Washington


4–9 p.m.

The Warmup Happy Hour, Main Pass Distribution Event (The Dream)

The Bachelors Mill, 104 8th St SE, WDC 20003



6:30–8:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Hyatt Regency Washington, Thornton Room (11th Floor)



8:30–10:30 p.m.

LGBTQ Speed Dating/Networking

Hyatt Regency Washington, Concord/Lexington/Bunker Hill Room


10 p.m.–3 a.m.
Pride Code (Unleashed DC 2016)
Vita Lounge, 1318 9th St NW, WDC 20001



10 p.m.–4 a.m.

Men N Demand Super Mega Party (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

930 Superclub, 815 V St NW, WDC 20001


10 p.m.–4 a.m.  (showtime 2 a.m.)

The Annual 5000 Men Pride Mega Party (The Dream)

Bliss, 2122 24th Pl NE, WDC 20018



3–7 a.m.

DC Black Pride After Hours

12 Stop Lounge, 4707 Raleigh Rd, Temple Hills, MD 20748

 

 

 

Saturday, May 28

 

10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Pride Hospitality Suite & Concierge Desk Open

Hyatt Regency Washington, Congressional A (1st level) | Congressional B (5–8 p.m.)



11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Writers Forum (details)

Hyatt Regency Washington, Congressional C & D (1st level)

LGBT authors discuss their books and provide an insight to their motivation as well their inspiration for writing.  Each author will do a short reading from their book and all books will be available for sale.


noon–1 a.m..

Game Room Open

Hyatt Regency Washington, Congressional A (1st level) | Congressional B (5–8 p.m.)


noon–1:15 p.m.  
Intergenerational Town Hall Workshop: I Am U & U R Me: Black LGBTQ/SGL People Talk About It!  (details)

Hyatt Regency Washington, Capitol Room B


1:30–2:45 p.m.  
Workshops Session One (details)


Black Women and HIV Prevention: Bringing it to Zero
Hyatt Regency Washington, Yosemite

Positively Fighting Medication Resistance
Hyatt Regency Washington, Glacier

Town Hall: Transgender Speak Back

Hyatt Regency Washington, Yellowstone/Everglades

 


1:30–3:30 p.m.

Struggling With Scripture (details)

Hyatt Regency Washington, Bryce


2:45–3:45 p.m.

Workshops Session Two (details)

 

   Raising Your Voice to Break the Silence

   Hyatt Regency Washington, Yosemite

 

   TransENDing Boundaries

   Hyatt Regency Washington, Glacier

 

   You’ll Sleep Me But Won’t Talk to Me

   Hyatt Regency Washington, Capitol Room B

 

3–7 p.m.

Mary's House for Older Adults' 4th Annual Party with a Purpose, Old School Dance
» Admission: $40 in advance; $45 at the door (if available) | Buy Ticket
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St SW, WDC 20024


This multigenerational event will feature great soul food, drinks, door prizes and music for all ages.  The board of directors of Mary's House for Older Adults is will be honor the following  for their outstanding support and service: Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (The Eleanor Holmes Norton Award for Extraordinary Service to LGBTQ Elders and Older Adults by a Public Servant), Dr. Ron Simmons, (Celebration of Life Award), The Montgomery College Advanced Media Production Class (The Youth-in-Action Award), Cecelia Hayden Smith, (Volunteer of the Year Award), and The DC Eagle (Community Service Award)

 

All ticket and cash bar sales will benefit the building fund of Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc., a first-of-its-kind LGBT-friendly affordable residence for older adults in Washington.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at maryshousedc.org/party-with-a-purpose.html or by calling: 202.269.5736, 240.432.5996 or 202.277.2498



3–9 p.m.

The Chill Out Mega Day Party (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St NW, WDC 20005


3–10 p.m.
Candyland (Unleashed DC)
Stadium Nightclub, 2127 Queens Chapel Rd, NE, WDC 20018


3–9 p.m.
DC Black Pride Day Party (Unleashed DC)

Aqua Nightclub, 1818 New York Ave NE, WDC 20002


3:30–7:30 p.m.

Film Festival (details)

Hyatt Regency Washington, Columbia A & B


3:30–9:30 p.m.

Euphoria The Great Outdoors Super Party (The Dream)

2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, WDC 20032



7–9 p.m.

Poetry Slam hosted by Mary Bowman-Walton (details)
Hyatt Regency Washington, Concord/Lexington/Bunker Hill


Participation is open to the community but one must sign up in the Hospitality suite by 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.



9 p.m.–4 a.m.

Epic (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd NE, WDC 20018


10 p.m.–1 a.m.

In Between Time: #TheBlackOut at Busboys and Poets

Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St NW, WDC 20001


Whether you're pre-gaming or post-gaming, "In Between Time: #TheBlackOut" at Busboys and Poets is your DC Black Pride party layover.  Enjoy sounds by DJ Heat, a backdrop of black lights and mind-glowing cocktail specials with interactive art using black light technology.  Illuminate your pride at Busboys, 5th & K.  It's the #BusboysGloUp. Full dinner menu available.

 

More information and tickets.


10 p.m.–5 a.m.

The Total Freedom Block Party (The Dream)

I St Corridor between 17 & 18th Street, 1714, 1716 and 1720 I St NW, WDC 20006



11 p.m.–3 a.m.
Girl District (Unleashed DC 2016)

Howard Theatre, 620 T St NW, WDC 20001


3–7 a.m.

DC Black Pride After Hours

12 Stop Lounge, 4707 Raleigh Rd, Temple Hills, MD 20748

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 29

 

10 a.m.

DC Black Pride Interfaith Service

Covenant Baptist UCC, 3845 South Capitol St, WDC 20032


Various times beginning at 9 a.m.
Sunday Services - Affirming Houses of Worship

 

9 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Metropolitan Community Church
Pastor Dwayne Johnson
474 Ridge St NW, WDC 20002
202.638.7373 | mccdc.com

11 a.m.
Covenant Baptist Church United Church of Christ
Pastors Revs. Dennis and Christine Wiley
3845 South Capitol St SW, WDC 20032

202.562.5576 | covenantbaptistdc.org

11 a.m.
Holy Redeemer Metropolitan Community Church
Rev. David North
4908 Niagara Rd, Suite 102, College Park, MD 20740
hrmcc.org

11 a.m.

Inner Light Ministries
Bishop Kwabena “Rainey” Cheeks
Anacostia Art Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, WDC 20020
innerlightministries-dc.org

11 a.m.
Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC
1701 11 St NW, WDC 20001
202.332.2640 |  lincolntemple.org


11:30 a.m.
Bethel Christian Church
Pastor Darren W. Phelps
2217 Minnesota Ave SE, WDC 20020
202.560.5409 | pastorphelps@aol.com | betheldc.org


Noon
Community Church of Washington DC
Pastor Aaron B. Jones-Wade
1610 T St SE, WDC 20020

202.709.0886 | ccwdc.org


1 p.m.
Empowerment Liberation Cathedral
Bishop Allyson Nelson Abrams
633 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

301-925-6362 | empowermentliberationcathedral.org/


1 p.m.
Faith Temple
Pastoral Team – Robert Vanzant, Countess Clarke and Jacqueline Dennis
New York Ave Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave NW, WDC 20005
202.232.4911 | faith-temple.com


2 p.m.
New Hope Baptist United Church of Christ
Pastor Kenneth King
First Trinity Lutheran Church Building, WDC 20001

240.284.6734 | contactus@newhopebucc. com | newhopebucc.com


3 p.m.

Unity Fellowship Church, Washington, D.C. | Sunday at
Founding Pastor, Rev. Dyan McCray-Peters

474 Ridge Street NW, WDC 20001
ufcdc.com

Imam Daayiee Abdullah Light of Reform Mosque
202.210.5134 | daayiee@aol.com

SGI USA International (Buddhist) D.C. Culture Center
3417 Massachusetts Ave NW, WDC 20007
202.338.5491 | dccenter@sgi-usa.org

 

noon–4 p.m.

Brothers Who Brunch:  Soft Launch Event for The Brothers Like Me Campaign

The Loft at 600 F , 600 F St NW, WDC 20004


The Brothers Like Me campaign, a social media photo campaign to document the stories of black men specifically gay or bisexual men of color. The initiative utilizes photos and candid storytelling to address HIV, sexuality, and identity.   The Brothers Like Me Campaign was created by Us Helping Us, People into Living, Inc. with grant funding from The Magic Johnson Foundation. Brothers Who Brunch is sponsored in part by UHUPIL, The D.E.N.I.M. Collection, #BlackgayMagic & Impulse DC chapter.


noon–6 p.m.

DC Black Pride Health & Wellness Expo presented by PREZCOBIX® 
featuring the DC Black Pride's Got Talent hosted by Frenchie Davis

Francis-Stevens Educational Campus, 2425 N St NW (near DuPont Circle), WDC 20037 (outside)



3–9 p.m.

Rock The Block (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

Arena Stage, 1101 6th St SW, WDC 20024


4–9 p.m.

The Masquerade Carnival Day Party (The Dream)

 Ultrabar, 911 F St NW, WDC 20004

4–10 p.m.
The Finale (Unleashed DC 2016)

Avery's Bar and Lounge, 1370 H St NE, WDC 20002

10 p.m.–4 a.m.

Climax Super Party (The Dream)

Ozio DC, 1813 M St NW, WDC 20036

 

10 p.m.–5 a.m.

Wet Dreamz Reloaded Mega Party (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

The Park at Fourteenth, 920 14th St NW, WDC 20005

3–7 a.m.

DC Black Pride After Hours

12 Stop Lounge, 4707 Raleigh Rd, Temple Hills, MD 20748

 

 

 

Monday, May 30

 

noon.–7 p.m.
Us Helping Us Picnic at the Park (Free and Open to All)

Fort Dupont Park, 3600 F St SE, WDC 20020


noon–7 p.m.
Omega Entertainment Tent @ Us Helping Us Picnic at the Park (The Dream)

Fort Dupont Park, 3600 Minnesota Ave SE, WDC 20019



2–9 p.m.

The Block Party (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

The Fairgrounds at Nationals Stadium, 1299 Half Street SE, WDC 20003



5–9:30 p.m.

The Tropical Bliss Rooftop Party (The Dream)

Eden DC, 1716 I St NW, WDC 20006



9 p.m.–2 a.m.

The Last Dance (Wet Dreamz Reloaded)

The Bachelors Mill, 1104 8th St SE, WDC 20003


10 p.m.–2 a.m.

Apocalypse Chapter VII (The Dream)

Stadium Club, 2127 Queens Chapel Rd NE, WDC 20018

 

 

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