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BYT & Capital Pride are back, back, back again – hosted this time by the Smithsonian American Art Museum to kick-off a month of Pride celebrations with:


Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party

May 31st // 8:30 p.m.- 1:00 a.m.
@ Smithsonian American Art Museum
800 G St NW, WDC, 20004

Tickets on sale now!

It’s a countdown to Pride! Join SAAM, BYT, and the Capital Pride Alliance on the eve of Pride as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, celebrate our LGBTQ+ community, honor our outstanding leaders and activists, and launch the 2019 Capital Pride Celebration.

Join us for an OPEN BAR kick-off party like you’ve never seen before with music, dancing, art activities, and entertainment by: MGM National Harbor!

Spend your New Queer’s Eve ringing in Pride in the most fashionable way possible – with a headlining DJ set from Aquaria, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10!

We’ll kick the party off in the Kogod Courtyard with plenty of underground club vibes, courtesy of Atlanta’s Leonce and Newark’s Ase Manual

And starting at 9:30 p.m. the House of Sonique will be taking over the Luce Foundation Center to bring you the best D.C.-local queer nightlife, packaged into an experience like you’ve never seen before!

Be sure to take a look outside the museum when you arrive, as the building will be bathed in rainbow lights – an awesome opportunity to take the perfect Pride pic with your friends.
Don’t miss out, grab your tickets now!


Ticket includes OPEN BAR with beer by Heineken and
specialty Tito’s Handmade Vodka Cocktails made by:

Calico / Hank’s Cocktail Bar / Service Bar / Succotash

Presented By Our Friends And Partners:


As always there is no dress code, but we recommend staying on theme:

Cogsworth, the clock from Beauty and the Beast (that’s definitely gay) / Clock and Balls / Boots the Countdown, WERK! / New Queer’s Eve / OPULENCE / Gettin’ Handsy

This is an LGBTQ+ event!

This is a 21+ event!

Limited tickets starting at $50 on sale now!

Stay informed:
Capital Pride

#BYQueers | #Pride2019KickOff | #shhOUT | #DCPride | #Pride2019

Supported by our friends and partners:

Look how much fun we had last time at Earth, Wind, Glitter, and Fire:Come hang with us, get your tickets now!

We are not able to issue refunds unless the event is canceled.
Talent and attractions subject to change. All proceeds benefit Capital Pride.