Washington, D.C. Black LGBT Pride 2018

White House, Washington, D.C.

Andrew Collins

One of the nation's largest African-American Gay Pride events, attracting more than 50,000 participants, DC Black Pride takes place in Washington, D.C. in late May over Memorial Day Weekend each year. The 2018 dates have been set for Wednesday, May 23 through Monday, May 28.

The several days of parties and festivities culminate with a number of key events the final weekend of DC Black Pride. Many of the events take place at DC Black Pride's official host hotel, which this year is the Grand Hyatt Washington.

DC Black Pride comprises dozens of events and parties, which have typically included several men's and women's parties, a speed dating night, town hall meetings on a variety of topics, a myriad of different workshops, the DC Black Pride Film Festival, a poetry slam, and a special DC Black Pride Health and Wellness Expo to close out the event.

Also keep in mind that the annual Capital Pride Festival takes place not long after, in early June, so if you want more pride events, just stick around for another month to check out one of the nation's biggest LGBT celebrations.

Events at DC Black Pride 2018

Over the course of five days, DC Black Pride is hosting 10 major events to celebrate this annual tradition including a kick-off party at the Felt Lounge in the MGM Hotel on May 23 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

On Thursday, May 24, the "The Set Up: Welcome to DC Party" takes place at Power Nightclub followed by an official meet and greet and happy hour on Friday afternoon at the Grand Hyatt and a night party called "We Love Dem Boyz" on Friday evening at the DC Eagle Club.

Saturday is all about hanging out and getting to know like-minded folks at the Legendary Chill Out Day Party at the Park at 14th from 2 to 9 p.m. followed by the "World's Largest Hip Hop Party" at Echostage from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Sunday features the "Epic Live Festival," a day party at a surprise venue, followed by the "Men N Demand" super party and Daryl Wilson Sundays at the Park at 14th, and the festival itself concludes with an all-day outdoor festival at Fort Dupont Park on Monday from noon to 7 p.m.

Where to Stay and What to Do for DC Black Pride

This year, the Hyatt is offering special discounts for Pride participants, and you can book your room online, though it's encouraged that you book far in advance to secure a spot in this centrally-located hotel.

While DC Black Pride already offers a slew of events and parties, there are also other notable LGBT attractions in our nation's capital that you won't want to miss on your Memorial Day Weekend trip to Washington, D.C.

Note that many of Washington, D.C.'s gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout DC Black Pride Week; be sure to pick up local gay papers, such as Metro Weekly and the Washington Blade for details.