Category: Festival


To learn about all of the many events taking place in DC during Capital Pride 2017 weekend
(& throughout the year),
please visit Capital Pride 365.

The Parade – Saturday, June 10  @ 4:30 pm

Please visit Capital Pride Parade to view the parade route map, learn about the 2017 Parade Grand Marshall’s and more.

Join tens of thousands of people to watch the Capital Pride Parade in the Nation’s Capital, one of Washington, DC’s, favorite parades! The Parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ends in the Logan Circle neighborhood. The Parade will include more than 180 contingents–floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment–consisting of local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awardees, politicians, community groups, drag queens, dogs, and much more.

The annual Pride Parade will step off on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 4:30 pm from 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC. The Pride Parade travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, passes by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends along the revitalized 14th Street corridor at S Street.

The review stand is located at 15th and P Streets, NW; another announcement stand is just east of Dupont Circle on New Hampshire Avenue. A sign language interpreter will be available at the 15th and P Streets review stand.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Parade Route: Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods, Washington, DC
Starting Location: 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Red Line (Dupont Circle – Q Street Exit)

Ending Location: 14th & R Streets, NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Green Line (U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo – 13th Street Exit)

The Festival (& Concerts) – Sunday, June 11 

Please visit Capital Pride Festival to download a Festival Map, purchase VIP tickets, see stage schedules and more.

The 42nd Annual Pride Festival in the Nation’s Capital will take place on Pennsylvania Ave. and is presented by Live! Casino & Hotel.  Enjoy a full day of entertainment, music, food, drink, education, and celebration. The festival is open to everyone, and there is no fee for entry; however donations are very much encouraged and appreciated! The Festival is family-friendly. Due to large crowds and very hot asphalt, festival organizers recommend that pets stay at home. The Pride Festival includes three stages of national and local talent and will host 300 exhibitors including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services to our community.

Date: Sunday June, 11, 2017
Festival Exhibit Hours: 12pm – 7pm
Capitol Beverage Garden Hours: 1pm-10pm | Stage Hours: 2pm – 10pm
Monument Beverage Garden Hours: 12pm-7pm | Stage Hours: 1pm-7pm
Dupont Beverage Garden Hours: 12pm-7pm | Stage Hours: 12pm-7pm
Location: Pennsylvania Ave., NW, between 3rd and 7th Sts., NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Green(Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter)
Exhibitor Booth Registration:Click here to register.

*Attendees should not bring bags/backpacks. Bags/backpacks will be subject to search.

*Free to the public, but donations are encouraged. Tickets are required for the “Pit” by the stage (“Pit Passes”) as well as the VIP beverage garden and viewing area.  Please note there are a limited number of tickets available for each of these areas.

2017 Pride Concert presented by HOT 99.5 – Sunday, June 11 

Please visit Capital Pride Concert 2017  for a list of featured artists and more information.

What better way to end the Pride Celebration than with national headlining entertainment and the best local and regional talent performing with the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument as backdrops.

Enjoy performances by Shea Coulee & Sasha Velour from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9, The Pointer Sisters, Miley Cyrus, Tinashe, Vassy, Tracy Young and more….  The Capital Pride Concert presented by HOT 99.5 will take place on the Capitol Concert Stage on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Please note that entertainment will also be presented on the Monument and Dupont Stages.  

Event Details

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Concert: 2pm – 8pm | Sunset Dance Party: 8pm-10pm
Location: America’s Mainstreet, Pennsylvania Ave. & 3rd ST, in front of the U.S. Capitol
Metro:Green Line(Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter)


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Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab

The Athena Film Festival and IRIS are partnering to present the Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab. The lab is a two-day writer’s workshop that is open to women screenwriters with scripts that focus on strong female leaders. The lab gives women screenwriters the opportunity to work in one-on-one sessions with mentors in the industry. Athena and IRIS will invite four unproduced screenwriters to this writer’s lab. The lab will take place February 9-10, 2017 during the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, at Barnard College, in New York City.


  • Submissions will open October 1 at 12:00pm EST through October 31 at 11:59pm EST
  • The submission fee is $50
  • 8-10 finalists will be chosen by November 28 and asked to write a personal statement for further consideration
  • Four winners will be chosen by January
  • Lab participants will be provided meals during the lab as well as a full pass to participate in all activities of the Athena Film Festival

Who Can Apply:

  • Writers who identify as female.
  • Writers who have yet to have a feature-length narrative film produced.
  • Screenplays must include a strong female character in a leadership role at the center of the story.
  • We seek screenplays from all genres about women in all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups.
  • Screenplays must be feature-length narrative scripts in English of no more than 120 pages. We will not consider TV, shorts, plays, book excerpts, or documentaries.
  • Scripts with more than one writer (both have to identity as female) can be considered.
  • As part of the submission process you will be asked to include a log line of the film and a synopsis.

If selected to participate in the lab you must be available to be in New York City, February 9-10, 2017 (no travel stipend provided).

The submission deadline is October 31, 2016. Learn more about how to apply.

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CHANTILLY, VA – The Farm Wineries Council of Virginia will sponsor five major wine events this year, beginning with a grand tasting of Virginia’s artisan wines on Saturday February 6th and Sunday February 7th at the 4th Annual Virginia Wine Showcase to be held at Dulles Expo Center, just west of Washington DC.

Winemakers from all over Virginia will pour dozens of different wines, ranging from dry and semi-dry table wines to sparkling fruit and dessert wines, for event guests to taste.  Wine lovers will get the opportunity to see Virginia in a day, discovering a large variety of award-winning, locally-grown wines all in one place.

“Virginia’s artisan wine is meticulously handcrafted in a way that’s just not possible in big industrial wine operations”, explains Carl Henrickson of the Farm Wineries Council. “Vintners and winemakers in Virginia grow their grapes and produce their wines in small batches on the family farm. The ability to personally cultivate wine from first bud through fermentation does make a difference you can actually taste.”

The boutique wines being produced in Virginia consistently win gold in national and international competitions. The State has been getting a lot of attention in wine circles of late. Virginia has been named “one of the top five wine regions in the world to visit”, by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and is considered to be “the most promising, emerging wine region in the United States” by Wine Spectator magazine.

At the Virginia Wine Showcase, winemakers will feature over 300 of the State’s award-winning wines. The event will provide wine lovers the freedom to sample numerous wines from all over the state side by side, and discover for themselves how the combination of terroir and specific weather conditions determines each vintage’s unique flavor.

Besides the wine tastings, a full slate of culinary and tasting seminars will happen every hour all day both days to help guests understand the art of enjoying wine and food, including:

  • EMERGING WINE REGIONS AND THEIR REGIONAL DELIGHTS with noted Sommelier, Andrew Stover, of Vino50 Selections. Stover will lead an enlightening tasting tour through America’s emerging wine regions. Guests will sample artisan wines from up and coming regions like Arizona, Idaho, Los Angeles County, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, New York, Southern Oregon and beyond.
  • GOURMET GETAWAYS with author Joe David, Chef Jill Prescott & Winemaker, Doug Fabbioli. David, the author of Gourmet Getaways, will discuss the secret cooking techniques of professional chefs. A special demonstration by noted chef, Jill Prescott of Ecole de Cuisine in Asheville NC, will tease your palate with a delectable winter soup. And, Doug Fabbioli, one of Virginia’s leading winemakers, will join in on the fun, experimenting with how to choose the perfect wine pairing for comfort food.
  • ALL ABOUT CHOCOLATE with Mary Schellhammer of Spice Rack Chocolates. The audience will spend some delectable time with chocolatier Mary Schellhammer exploring everyone’s favorite subjects – chocolate and wine! During this endorphin-spiking seminar, Mary will share “Three Rules for Pairing Wine with Chocolate”.  Then everyone will apply their newly learned skills by pairing three different wines with some of Mary’s chocolate creations.
  • OLIVE OIL TASTING with Keith Voight of All Things Olive. This seminar will open with an overview of the history and health benefits of olive oil and how it is made. Participants will conduct the ultimate tasting of the four broad types of olive oil and learn how to match the right olive oil with any dish.
  • TEAOSOPHY with Elise Scott of Pearl Fine Teas, one of only 23 certified tea professionals in the United States. Tea is generally described as having a foreground (top note), middle ground, and background flavor. Scott will lead a unique exploration of the unique nuances of tea.
  • VIRGINIA VERSUS THE REST OF THE WORLD with Brandon Walsh of Hosted Wine Tasting LLC. Walsh will pit Virginia wines against wines from three major wine regions – California, Washington and France – in a blind tasting. Guests will get to taste for themselves how Virginia wines compare to the rest of the world.

More than 150 fancy food, fine art and valentine product exhibitors will join in the fun of the Virginia Wine Showcase, introducing everything from artisan cheese to wine-aging oak barrels and the latest must-have culinary accessories. Over the past 4 years this event has expanded to become one of the best culinary shows on the east coast. Details and tickets to the event are available online at

For more information, contact:

Joe David


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