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The Capital Pride Honors

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Join us for the Capital Pride Honors (formerly the Heroes Gala), a reception prior to the Countdown! Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party, at the Luce Foundation Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  We will acknowledge outstanding individuals, leaders, and activists who have furthered the causes important to the LGBTQ+ community in the national capital region and beyond.

View the 2019 Honorees (Click here)

Tickets $60 - $75 and include complimentary cocktails, tastings from our culinary partners, and admission to the Countdown! Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party.


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Countdown! Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party

8:30 PM - 1:00 AM

It’s a countdown to Pride! Join SAAMBYT, and the CapitalPride 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.

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!

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! Be on the lookout for pop-up talks in the galleries to learn more about LGBTQ+ artists in SAAM’s collection.

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.

This is a 21+ event!

Ticket includes OPEN BAR

Presented By Our Friends and Partners:

Tito's Handmade Vodka


Countdown! Pride Celebration Kick-Off Party is presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Pride Alliance, Capital Pride Alliance, and BYT.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Kogod Courtyard and Luce Foundation Center

8th and G Streets, NW  |Washington DC 20004 | @AmericanArt |

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

8th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20004

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Ase Manual / Leonce / House of Sonique