Oct 24, 2023 - Things to Do

Strut your stuff at D.C.'s 17th Street High Heel Race

Race to the finish line. Photo courtesy of Caroline Brehman via Getty Images

Ready, set, stiletto: The annual 17th Street High Heel Race is back in Dupont Circle Tuesday night.

Why it matters: The pre-Halloween bash, now in its 36th year, celebrates the LGBTQ+ community with drag queens, kings, and a court of thousands who gather in the gayborhood.

What's happening: A massive drag race, yes, but so much more…

  • 6pm: Festivities start — 17th Street (between S and P streets) opens to costumed racers and revelers.
  • 7pm: A costume contest and performances by local drag artists, musicians, and dancers with a special appearance from "Queer Eye" host Karamo Brown.
  • 9pm: Grand Marshal Mayor Bowser kicks off the high heel race.
  • 9:15pm: Award show and after-party at JR's Bar.

Between the lines: Racer registration opens at 7:30pm.

Pro tip: Get there early for a view. We'd typically say wear comfortable shoes — street closures in the area mean you're walking — but that misses the point.


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