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From a rooftop rally to a sunset dance party, here's everything going on throughout the duration of Pride weekend! (Image: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/ DC Refined)

Weekend Report: 17 events to ensure you have a LIT Pride weekend

Thursday, June 6

Hello, Dolly!: Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly!—the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” Tickets start at $49.

Author talk with Elizabeth Gilbert: Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, returns to fiction with a story about love, life, and desire. City of Girls is set in the theater world of the 1940s and is told from the perspective of Vivian Morris as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret, exploring themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. Tickets start at $40.

Pride Rooftop Rally: Kick-off the Capital Pride Celebration Weekend under the stars for a relaxing evening with volunteers, partners, donors, advocates, and supporters of Capital Pride Alliance. DJ’s will be spinning the beast as you enjoy some cocktails, and appetizers, not to mention mingling with some special guests and cooling off in the pool. Tickets are $30.

Friday, June 7

Jazz in the Garden: The summertime favorite returns! Jazz in the Garden takes place in the Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the National Gallery of Art, every Friday through August 23 from 5-8:30 p.m. During jazz concerts, the Pavilion Café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments, including a beer and wine menu. In addition to the return of audience favorites like Black Masala, Son del Caribe, and the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, this year's lineup will feature new performers like Rob Curto's Forró for All, Adwela & the Uprising, and The Bailsmen. Free to attend.

RIOT! Opening Party: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the police raid on the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969 that sparked a revolution of activism. Drag queen Vanessa Vanjie Mateo will host and performances will include Ana Latou, Donna Slash, KC B. Yoncé, Pussy Noir, Sylvana and more. Tickets are $35.

Drive-In Movie: Head to Union Market for a drive-in showing of Con Air. And for the first time, O-Ku DC will offer to-go bento boxes. Guests can call the restaurant or stop in before the movie and place an order at the host desk for a $15 bento box, which includes edamame, seaweed salad, and choice of a roll – Spicy Tuna, California, or Veggie Roll. Free to attend.

Saturday, June 8

Sound Health Second Saturdays: This series of free workshops designed for families with children under the age of 5* explores the power of the arts to promote wellness of the mind and body. Every second Saturday of the month, local arts organizations offer two 45-minute workshops in the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer. Free to attend.

An Evening with Amanda Seales: Comedian, actress, writer, producer, and more, Amanda Seales doesn’t just make you laugh, she makes change in this evening of stand-up! Tickets start at $29.

Pride on the Pier: Join the Washington Blade, LURe DC and The Wharf for the 2nd annual Pride on the Pier. The District Pier will offer DJs, dancing and other entertainment, including a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Free to the public, VIP tickets start at $75.

Collect the Hilton Rainbow: Seven area Hilton properties will “grow” benches to assemble a rainbow in celebration of DC’s LGBTQ+ community. Over the course of Capital Pride weekend, guests and locals alike are invited to visit select properties to experience special activations in addition to each featured bench. Post a photo of all seven benches on Instagram using #HiltonPride and be automatically entered to win a one-night stay at a NYC Hilton hotel for World Pride the last weekend in June. Free to attend.

Pride Parade: Join the LGBTQ+ community, in the historic Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods to experience the Capital Pride Parade in the Nation’s Capital, presented by Marriott International. More than 200 organizations will traverse the 1.5 mile route expressing themselves with floats, vehicles, signs, banners and entertainment. Free to attend.

Pride Movie Night: Brabo's Tasting Room in Alexandria is celebrating Pride with cinematic, comedic awesomeness at a Pride Movie Night. The Birdcage will be projected onto a wall in the stunning courtyard for an alfresco cinema featuring outdoor seating, summer cocktails and a movie snack menu. The Pride Movie Night al fresco screening of The Birdcage will run in a loop all night, beginning at 3 p.m., then at 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. Free to attend.

The Fields At RFK Campus Grand Opening: Mayor Muriel Bowser and Events DC, the District's convention and sports authority, will celebrate the opening of “The Fields at RFK Campus” with the community. The celebration will feature two youth clinics provide by D.C. United’s Training Academy and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. DC Fray will also host kickball and flag football tournaments, along with a fun spin on traditional tailgating activities including oversized games, complimentary food trucks, family-friendly activities, live music, RFK Untapped Beer Garden and more. Free to attend.

Rick Ross Concert: Hip-hop legend Rick Ross will perform at D.C.’s newest music, venue Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights with special guests G Herbo and D.C. artists 3ohBlack and JG Riff. Tickets are $40.

Sunday, June 9

Pride Concert: Cap off Pride Weekend at the Capital Pride Concert presented by HOT 99.5. This year's festival will have six headliners: Shea Diamond, Todrick Hall, Zara Larsson, Marshmellow, Calum Scott, and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Nina West. Free to attend.

Sunset Dance Party: Immediately following the concert, enjoy views of the sunset on the Capitol as you dance into the night with DJ Tracy Young. Free to attend.

Not The White House Pride Party: It's not pride weekend without brunch. No matter how much you marched, pre-gamed, post-gamed or hid inside with your cat because big crowds aren't your thing, everyone needs pride brunch plans. Join Republic Restoratives for delicious food from gay-owned BBQ Bus, DJ Tezra, and of course cocktails. Tickets are $20.