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Celebrating PRIDE in Washington, DC

Celebrating PRIDE in Washington, DC

As the vibrant heart of the nation’s capital, the historic Dupont Circle neighborhood buzzes with excitement each June during PRIDE. The Dupont Circle hotel stands proud as a beacon of luxury hospitality in this diverse and inclusive environment, offering the ideal location for enjoying the month’s festivities. Below is your ultimate guide to celebrating Washington, DC’s dynamic LGBTQ+ community this month and throughout the year. 

A colorful crowd of people celebrating LGBTQ+ pride in the Washington DC Pride Parade.


PRIDE Weekend

Capital Pride Parade: The highlight of PRIDE weekend is undoubtedly the Capital Pride Parade, set to dazzle on Saturday, June 8. This year, the parade will embark on a new route, starting at the intersection of 14th Street and T Street Northwest in Logan Circle at 3 pm and concluding at Pennsylvania Avenue and 9th Street NW by 8 pm. As the parade winds through the city, revelers will enjoy vibrant floats, spirited performances, and a palpable sense of community.

Expect a retro blast from the past as the festivities culminate around Constitution Avenue and 6th Street NW. Themed to celebrate the '80s and '90s, this segment will feature nostalgic music, energetic dancing, and glamorous retro attire.

Capital Pride Concert: The fun continues on Sunday, June 9, with the Capital Pride Concert, featuring three dynamic stages: the Capitol Stage, the Monument Stage, and the Dupont Stage. From noon until 7 pm, both the Monument and Dupont stages will host DJ performances, transforming these areas into epicenters of music and joy. The main event at the Capitol Stage will run from 1 pm to 8 pm, followed by a sunset dance party from 8 pm to 10 pm, with headliners Ava Max and Billy Porter set to deliver unforgettable performances.


A diverse crowd at the Washington DC Pride Concert, dancing and singing along to a performer on stage under a vibrant light display.


17th Street Block Party: Additionally, don’t miss the Capital Pride 17th Street Block Party in Dupont Circle, taking place on Saturday, June 8, from 12 pm to 7 pm. This neighborhood party is a fantastic opportunity to connect with DC locals and enjoy a more intimate PRIDE celebration.

Pride Parties Around the City: The district’s nightlife comes alive during PRIDE month, with numerous parties to celebrate. Kick off the weekend at the RIOT! Opening Party on June 7 at Echostage. This energetic event features performances by local, national, and international queer artists, including Sapphira Cristál from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Another must-attend event is Pride on the Pier on Saturday, June 8, from 2 pm to 10 pm. Hosted by the Washington Blade, this annual celebration at The Wharf offers entertainment on the waterfront, and includes a spectacular fireworks display.

Other Ways to Celebrate: If you’re looking for a more laid-back way to engage with the queer community, consider attending a literary event or participating in a group run. On June 3, catch journalist June Thomas at Politics and Prose as she discusses her new book, "A Place of Our Own: Six Spaces That Shaped Queer Women’s Culture." For the athletic types, join the DC Front Runners 5K on June 7 at the Congressional Cemetery.

Ways to Celebrate All Year Long

Where to Dine: Support DC’s LGBTQ+ community with a delicious brunch or dinner at one of the city’s iconic queer-friendly restaurants. Annie’s Paramount Steak House, a neighborhood institution within a short walk from The Dupont Circle, is a cherished establishment known for its welcoming atmosphere and delectable dishes. Nearby you’ll also find Duplex Diner, offering beloved classics like their mouth-watering meatloaf. Music lovers will want to visit Mr. Henry’s, a Capitol Hill spot famous for its live jazz music.  


Photo of Annie's Paramount Steak House, a welcoming LGBTQ+ friendly restaurant in Washington DC.


Dancing and Nightlife: Dance the night away or enjoy casual cocktails at some of DC’s hottest LGBTQ+ spots. JR’s in Dupont Circle is a long-running neighborhood bar known for their unbeatable drink specials. They also host weekly events like drag trivia and show tunes night. If you’re looking for a low-key spot for generous pours and an outdoor patio, Larry’s Lounge is a perfect choice. Other noteworthy spots for imbibing include Pitchers/ A League of Her Own in Adams Morgan, As You Are in Capitol Hill, Nellie’s Sports Bar on U Street, and Little Gay Pub in Logan Circle.

Drag Shows and Brunches: Experience the flair and artistry of a drag performance all year round at one of DC’s popular brunches. Restaurants like City Tap in Dupont Circle regularly host lively drag shows during weekend brunch, serving up both delicious food and fabulous entertainment. Perry’s in Adams Morgan is a neighborhood staple for sushi during the week and is home to one of the most popular drag brunches in town with two seatings every Sunday.

Looking Ahead: WorldPride 2025 in Washington, DC

Excitement is already building for WorldPride 2025, which will mark the 50th Anniversary of PRIDE celebrations in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Capital Pride Alliance, WorldPride 2025 promises a vibrant array of events and cultural programs that will showcase the very best of the nation’s capital. From May 23 to June 8, 2025, join us for a global celebration that will highlight our city's multi-faceted and multi-cultural community through music, film, and more.


The White House lit up in the vibrant colors of the LGBTQ+ pride celebration in Washington DC.


Whether you’re participating in the iconic parade, dancing at a local party, or exploring the city’s rich queer culture, Washington, DC offers countless ways to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community year-round. Book your stay with us today and experience the magic of PRIDE in the nation's capital.