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Fall means cooler temperatures make it more bearable to get out on the town and enjoy all that DC has to offer. Below is a list of select fall events you should check out.

Dacha Garden will welcome the fall season with Oktoberfest Saturday, September 17 at 12 p.m. at Dacha Shaw. The Bavarian revelry continues at 2 p.m. at the Dacha Navy Yard with costumes, competitions and a live concert featuring Oktoberfest queen and yodeling superstar Manuela Horn, the Capital Chill Band and Polka’s own band Polka. Dasha. This event is free and more details are available on Eventbrite.

virginia pride is scheduled for September 23-25 ​​in Richmond. Big Freedia and the stars of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will perform. Visit for more information.

The Rayceen Productions team will host art all night on Saturday, September 24 at the DC Housing Finance Agency. There will be live music, dance competitions and visual artists selling and creating art. This event is free and open to the public, and more details can be found on the Team Rayceen website.

sparkleda friendly, open-mic poetry night at Busboys & Poets is scheduled for October 2 at 7 p.m. 2021 14e St., N.W.

SMYAL’s 25e Annual fall brunch taking place Saturday, September 24 at the Marriott Marquis in DC This event includes a cocktail reception with a fabulous silent auction, a three-course brunch, and a chance to hear from some of our community’s most inspiring leaders. Tickets start at $175 and can be purchased on the SMYAL website.

“Crossroads, detours and exits” is a personal interrogation by JR “Nexus” Russ about his identities, particularly as Black, Filipino American and Queer, on Sunday, October 2 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St., NE) at 3:30 p.m.

Author Kevin Mallinson will discuss “Alarm in the Firehouse: a Memoir of America’s First Openly Gay Firefighter” Monday, October 3 at 7 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Library. Mallinson’s book emphasizes the importance of personal values ​​and a sense of humor in the face of adversity. Registration is required for this event and more details are available on the library’s website.

The inauguration laurel pride will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 at Granville Gude Park in Laurel, Md.

Pride of Harrisonburg is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 from 1-5 p.m. at Court Square in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

HoCo Pride celebrates the LGBTQ community in Howard County, MD on Sunday, October 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10431 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Safe Place International will host Coming out celebration Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. at Moxy DC. This event will connect the DC community with world leaders and highlight inspiring stories and explore what has made DC’s LGBTQ refugee community resilient, compassionate and ready to change the world. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased on the Safe Place website.

Mix and mingle with Maryland darkroom and Maryland LGBT Chamber, October 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at EKO House, 150 Gibbs St., Rockville, MD.

The Washington Blade will host the 2022 LGBTQ DC Top Awards Party Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at Wild Days at Eaton DC. This event is sponsored by ABSOLUT, PEPCO, The Eaton DC and the Washington Regional Transplant Community. Participants must be at least 21 years old. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased through

The Reel Affirmations LGBTQ Film Festival is scheduled for October 21-24. More information is available on the DC Center for the LGBT Community website.

Live Tour: Under the Rainbow + High Heel Run will be held Tuesday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. at 748 Jackson Place, NW This event is a queer history walking tour exploring the gay community, from war heroes to modern human rights activists. Individual tickets are $35 and can be purchased through The annual High Heel Race will begin after the tour.

After a two-year hiatus, National Human Rights Campaign Dinner will return Saturday, October 29 at 5 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This fundraising dinner will help fuel the equality work being done by HRC. For more information, visit the HRC website.

Quarter of the dead offers a spook-filled Halloween weekend at three DC locations: BLISS Nightclub, Ivy City Smokehouse, and SAX. Three events over three days. Visit the Kinetic website for ticket information.

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