Throughout June, celebrate Pride Month in historic Alexandria, with more than 20 events, happenings, food and drink specials, and hotel packages. Take part in special events like Priday Night at Port City Brewing Company, LGBTQ-inspired art and theater programming, Rainbow Doggy Yappy Hour at Jackson 20 and more events in the works from the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Several restaurants will present offerings like the Pride Donut at Sugar Shack Donuts and Pride cocktails throughout town. Many events and offerings will benefit LGBTQ organizations, including NOVA Pride (www.novapride.org), AGLA (agla.org), Safe Space NOVA (safespacenova.org) and The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org). Find Alexandria’s Pride events and offerings at VisitAlexandriaVA.com/Pride.
Special Events & Ongoing Activities:
Priday Night at Port City Brewing Company, 3950 Wheeler Ave. June 1, 3-11 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of Pride Month with Priday Night at Port City. Celebrate Alexandria’s diverse community with the Alexandria-Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (AGLA), DJ Laura Lopez, outdoor games and activities. A portion of all sales from the night will be donated to support AGLA's mission to improve the quality of life and meet the needs of the LGBTQ community and allies. Free admission. Visit www.portcitybrewing.com/the-brewery/events.
“The Nance” at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. June 2-June 23. It’s 1930s New York, a time when it was easy to “play gay,” but dangerous to be gay. A headliner called “The Nance” was usually played by a straight man who would portray a campy homosexual in musical vaudeville parodies. However, in this drama, Chauncey Miles not only plays a gay man but is a homosexual himself. “The Nance” will take you into the world of burlesque and tell the backstage story of Chauncey and his fellow performers. See the winner of three Tony Awards. Admission: $19 Wednesdays and Thursdays; $22 Friday through Sunday. Call 703-683-0496 or visit www.thelittletheatre.com.
Port City Brewing Company & Pride Beer Garden at Jackson 20, 480 King St. June 3. On June 3, Jackson 20 will have its Beer Garden in its courtyard, but this week it’s going to be even bigger with Port City Brewing Company in house offering a sampling of their delicious local brews. A portion of the proceeds will go to NOVA Pride whose mission is to cultivate and grow a coalition to educate, advocate and celebrate in service to the LGBTQ+ community of Northern Virginians and straight allies. Free admission. Call 703-549-6080 or visit www.jackson20restaurant.com.
Rainbow Doggy Yappy Hour at Jackson 20, 480 King St. Tuesdays in June, beginning June 5, 4-7 p.m. Through the month of June Jackson 20’s Yappy Hours will turn rainbow with pride. Bring four-legged best friends along for a special Yappy Hour featuring pup-tinis and doggie treats. While pooches mix and mingle to meet new furry friends in the outdoor courtyard, happy hour cocktail specials and dinner options are available for owners as well. Free admission. Call 703-549-6080 or visit www.jackson20restaurant.com.
“Feeling Proud” Night at MoHo Kitchen + Cocktails, 116 S. Alfred St. June 7. MoHo Kitchen + Cocktails’ mixologists craft cocktails based on customers’ mood and emotions. Throughout the month of June they will be featuring “Feeling Proud” cocktails, which will also be on happy hour seven days a week from 4 to 7 p.m. To kick off Pride weekend in D.C. come by for a special “Feeling Proud” night. Free admission. Call 703-894-6345 or visit www.morrisonhouse.com.
Sip and Sew With Pride, 300 N. Patrick St. June 7 and 11. Celebrate Pride Month at Sip and Sew by making a crisscross back tank top with a Pride logo on the front. Or, just stop by and pick up a sticker. Sip and Sew provides everything: sewing machines, supplies, materials and fabric. So grab a friend and join them for some sewing, music, laughs and fun. $50. Visit www.sipandsewoldtown.com.
“Read With Pride” at Hooray For Books! 1555 King St. June 10, at 2 p.m. Don’t miss “Read With Pride” picture book story time featuring “And Tango Makes Three,” “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” and more. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Free admission. Call 703-548-4092 or visit www.hooray4books.com.
Pride LGBT Sitewide Discount at Sand and Steel Fitness, 109 S. Alfred St. June 1-15. Enjoy a 15 percent discount on all purchases with Sand and Steel Fitness using the coupon code “LGBT Pride.” Visit www.sandandsteelfitness.com.
Pride Powerlifting Seminar at Sand and Steel Fitness, 109 S. Alfred St. June 16, 12-2 p.m. Sand and Steel Fitness’ Powerlifting Seminar is an introductory course for athletes and coaches interested in learning the Westside and Starting Strength methods of powerlifting. Emphasis is placed on teaching and cueing the three major lifts: back squat, deadlift and bench press. Admission: $20 (15 percent off for LGBTQ clients). Visit www.sandandsteelfitness.com/powerlifting-seminar.
Pride Happy Hour at Virtue Feed & Grain, 106 S. Union St. June 19, time TBA. Join Alexandria Restaurant Partners and NOVA Pride for a special Pride Happy Hour on June 19, at Virtue Feed & Grain. Cocktails, drinks and food will be available to order. Free admission. Call 571-970-3669 or visit virtuefeedgrain.com.
Book Launch Party: Kristin Levine at Hooray For Books! 1555 King St. June 23, at 2 p.m. Join local author Kristin Levine at the launch party for her book “The Jigsaw Jungle,” a mystery that slowly unravels as 12-year-old Claudia learns more about her father’s life. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Free admission. Call 703-548-4092 or visit www.hooray4books.com.
Pride Classes at Pilates ProWorks. 1103 Queen St. Various classes throughout June. Pilates ProWorks is offering five Pride-themed Pilates classes, including Pilates Pro on June 2 and 29, Bootcamp Pro on June 7, Tone, Flow and Sculpt on June 12, and Barre Pro on June 20. All proceeds from these five classes will be donated to NOVA Pride whose mission is to cultivate and grow a coalition to educate, advocate and celebrate in service to the LGBTQ+ community of Northern Virginians and straight allies. $30 per class. Call 703-575-8206 or visit www.pilatesproworks.com/alexandria.
LGBTQ Pride at Kyo Gallery, 111 S. Patrick St. Throughout June. Alexandria’s newest art gallery, Kyo Gallery, will open its first exhibition on May 25. Throughout the month of June, visitors can explore the opening exhibit including LGBTQ-themed art. The gallery will also sell commemorative original artworks, some of which will be LGBTQ-themed. All gallery proceeds from the artwork will go toward local organizations NOVA Pride and Safe Space NOVA. Free admission. Visit www.kyogallery.com.
Food & Drink Offerings:
Alexandria Restaurant Partners’ Pride Cocktail. Available throughout June at:
Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap, 401 E. Braddock Road
The Majestic, 911 King St.
Mia’s Italian Kitchen, 100 King St.
Virtue Feed & Grain, 106 S. Union St.
Vola’s Dockside Grill, 101 N. Union St.
Five restaurants from Alexandria Restaurant Partners will feature a Pride cocktail throughout June. During the week of the Capital Pride celebration in D.C. (June 6-11), $1 from every cocktail sold will be donated to local nonprofit NOVA Pride. Participants include Virtue Feed & Grain, Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Vola’s Dockside Grill, The Majestic and Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza + Tap. Visit www.alexrestpart.com.
Pride “Cocktail du Jour” at BRABO, 1600 King St. Available throughout June. French brasserie BRABO, adjacent to Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa on King Street, is offering a special Pride “cocktail du jour” daily throughout the month of June, with 100 percent of the sales going toward The Trevor Project, a national organization serving as a crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. Call 703-894-3440 or visit www.braborestaurant.com.
“Feeling Proud” Cocktail at MoHo Kitchen + Cocktails. 116 S. Alfred St., June 7, 2018. MoHo Kitchen + Cocktails’ mixologists craft cocktails based on your mood and emotions. Throughout the month of June they will be featuring “Feeling Proud” cocktails, which will also be on happy hour seven days a week from 4-7 p.m. To kick off Pride weekend in D.C. come by for a special “Feeling Proud” night. Free admission. Call 703-894-6345 or visit www.morrisonhouse.com.
Pride Donut at Sugar Shack Donuts Alexandria, 804 N. Henry St. Available throughout June. To celebrate Pride Month, Sugar Shack Donuts Alexandria is serving up strawberry glazed donuts with rainbow sprinkles and rainbow candy on top. Call 703-577-9023 or visit www.sugarshackdonuts.com.
“Baked This Way” Special Cupcake at Buzz Bakeshop, 901 Slaters Lane. Available throughout June 2018. To celebrate Pride Month, Buzz Bakeshop has created a special rainbow-frosted cupcake named “Baked This Way.” The cupcake will be available all month long. Call 703-600-2899 or visit www.buzzbakeshop.com.
“The Trevor Project” Package at Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa, 1600 King St. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, including Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Alexandria, are partnering with The Trevor Project, a national organization serving as a crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people by offering 24/7 counseling and other services to at-risk LGBT youth. “The Trevor Project” package includes 15 percent off the best available rate for each night of a hotel stay and a $10 donation per stay to The Trevor Project. Call 703-894-3434 or visit www.lorienhotelandspa.com.
"Out and About” Package at the Old Colony Inn Alexandria. 1101 N. Washington St. An LGBTQ-friendly hotel, Old Colony Inn Alexandria invites visitors to make them a home base as they explore Alexandria and the Washington, D.C.-area. The “Out and About” package includes two Metrorail all-day passes and a complimentary hot breakfast at the hotel. Call 703-739-2222 or visit www.oldcolonyinnalexandria.com.