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Cherry
cherryfund.org

D.C.'s annual rite of spring brings thousands for one of the biggest Circuit party weekends on the East Coast. The parties feature major DJs at the District's largest venues, all for an AIDS benefit that has raised over $1 million. 

Cobalt
1639 R St. NW
202-462-6569
cobaltdc.com

The reigning champ of Dupont Circle nightlife, this multilevel club offers a restaurant, a lounge known for its drag shows, and a dance floor. 

DC9
1940 Ninth St. NW
202-483-5000
dcnine.com

This divey club attracts everyone to the third-floor for the Saturday night Liberation after-hours (a relative term in D.C.) parties. 

Town Danceboutique
2009 Eighth St. NW
202-234-8696
www.towndc.com

D.C.'s largest gay dance club combines a cabaret, lounge and a multilevel dance floor equipped with LED lighting and video installations. 

Mixtape
mixtapedc.com

The best queer party in the District has been staging alternative-dance events in clubs since 2008 and has become knows as a showcase for the city's best up-and-coming DJs.