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Celebrate Pride Month with these 7 can’t-miss events in Alexandria

From book readings to festivals, here are a variety of ways the city of Alexandria is showing its pride throughout June.

Photo by Tristan Billet

Alexandria is known for its history and old-school beauty, yet what many people don’t know is that the city also serves as a welcoming and inclusive destination for the LGBTQ community. Starting June 1, the neighborhood is gathering together to recognize people of all identities with these special events.

Priday Night at Port City Brewing Company
June 1, Noon-11 p.m.
Start Pride Month right with a celebration of Alexandria’s diverse community, hosted by the Alexandria-Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (AGLA) at Port City Brewing Company. Visitors will enjoy musical entertainment, outdoor games, a specialty drag show from the Brewery Babes in the evening and so much more. // Port City Brewing Company: 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria; free

Pride at The Dog Park
June 6, 1-3 p.m.
You don’t have to be the only one decked out in colors of the rainbow this month. Grab your four-legged best friend and head over to The Dog Park on June 6 to dress him or her in rainbow bow ties, collars and flower bows that are sure to catch people’s attention at this year’s festivals and parades. // The Dog Park: 705 King St., Alexandria; prices vary

ALX Pride 2019 Mix & Mingle
June 6, 7-9 p.m.
In conjunction with DC’s Capital Pride Celebration, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is hosting a special event in order for members of the local LGBTQ community to get to know one another. Sip on some cocktails and enjoy the surrounding glazed pottery and other decorative sculptures, which are all part of the Taste the Rainbow exhibit continuing through June 30. // Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria; free


Celebrate Pride Month in DC


Hurricane Season Reading at Hooray for Books
June 7, 6:30 p.m.
Sit down with creative writing teacher and author Nicole Melleby as she reads her debut novel, Hurricane Season, which tells the story of sixth-grader Fig Arnold and features a variety of LGBTQ characters. // Hooray for Books: 1555 King St., Alexandria; free

Show Your Pride at the Portside in Old Town Summer Festival
June 22, 2-8 p.m.
Head over to the Alexandria waterfront as members of the community show their pride for this one-of-a-kind summer festival. From hands-on jewelry making to live musical performances, there is something fun for everyone. // Waterfront Park: 1 King St., Alexandria; free

Pride Photo Op at Mirror Mirror 
Now-November 2019
This summer and fall, the Alexandria waterfront features a new public art installation that is the perfect photo op background. The new rainbow-hued landmark, known as Mirror Mirror, is a 25-foot long, eight-foot tall piece of art that serves as an interactive light show for all to enjoy. // Waterfront Park: 1 King St., Alexandria; free

Pride LGBTQ Sitewide Discount at Sand and Steel Fitness
June 2019
Throughout the month of June, members of the LGBTQ community will receive a discounted price on Sand and Steel Fitness’ starter pack. Individuals will have the chance to take part in a variety of 30 sessions, whether that be personal training, yoga, mobility or a nutrition course, all for 30% off the original price. // Sand and Steel Fitness: 109 S. Alfred St., Alexandria; $2,100 for package

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