Upcoming events

    • 07/17/2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Burke Lake Park 7315 Ox Road Fairfax Station, VA, 22039

    *Notice*  We know folx are feeling the crunch with higher gas prices, groceries, etc.   So, we just lowered the registration fee for this event by almost 50%.   We do have expenses for this event, but we hope this helps those who are struggling a bit right now. We need our families to gather together and that's the most important thing.

    No charge for kids up to 13 years!

    It's Summertime!  Join Rainbow Families for a picnic, playdate, and opportunity to gather with one another in the gorgeous setting of Fairfax County's Burke Lake Park.

    We've rented "Pavillion C" which can seat all of us at picnic tables.  There'll be grills you can use, we'll have crafts and books and more!  All LGBTQ+ families (and those who love us) are welcome.   Bring  some games to share, your own picnic food, a nice blanket or two - and enjoy being outdoors with our community of incredible Rainbow Families.


    We'll meet rain or shine!  No refunds after 6/22/22.  As a 501c3 non-profit in service to the LGBTQ+ family community, we never want financial constraints to be a prohibitive factor in attending.  If you need a reduction or waiver in the registration fee please email us in confidence.

    • 07/19/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    Rainbow Families is pleased to offer a new topic to our current list of LGBTQ+ support groups.   This is for current LGBTQ+ single parents, and for prospective parents considering single parenting.   In these meetings, we'll discuss the joys, concerns, questions, even frustrations of being an LGBTQ+ parent, PLUS choosing to do so without a partner.  These are peer-based groups and not to be considered a replacement for therapy or counseling.

    2022 Summer Dates:   May 19  |  June 21  |  July 19   ***New Dates***

    Sessions are Virtual - Available Nationwide - Rainbow Families Membership Not Required
    No Charge for Rainbow Families members

    It is hoped registrants will attend all 3 sessions to receive the most benefit from this type of support group.   Space is limited to help maintain a sense of privacy, intimacy and safety to interact.

    If you would like a fee waiver, reach out in confidence at support@rainbowfamilies.org
    No refunds. Dates/times may be subject to change; any changes will be communicated immediately.

    • 08/06/2022
    • 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Rd, Elkridge, MD 21075
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    Yes!  Resuming one of our most enjoyable gatherings from pre-lockdown days. Our Summer LGBTQ+ Family picnic, playdate and parent gathering at the gorgeous Rockburn Branch Pavillion  in Elkridge, MD

    Scheduled:  Stonewall Kickball will be there to have some fun on the field for our kids (and grown-ups)!      Breast Care DC is bringing a mobile mammogram van, we'll have some crafts for the little ones and more.

    Our last one was wonderful.  Great weather, lawn games, families hung out under the Pavillion, and new friendships were formed.  Bring your lunch, snacks, sunscreen, perhaps some toys to share  -  and let's have a great time!

    The registration fee is per-family  (not per person!)  which helps us pay for the Pavillion rental and other expenses.  If the fee is cost prohibitive, please email us  in confidence for a waiver.    No refunds, this is a rain or shine gathering.


    • 09/03/2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • 09/05/2022
    • 11:00 AM
    • Camp Tockwogh, 24370 Still Pond Neck Rd, Worton, MD 21678

    Family Camp Weekend 2022
    We had a RECORD Camping Weekend in 2021 -  Swimming, Dance Party, More!
    Come Join an EVEN MORE EXCITING Rainbow Families Weekend 2022

    Registration Note:  All Prices are PER PERSON (3 and up)

    About:   Our Family Camp Weekend provides LGBTQ+ families with the very unique opportunity to forge personal connections and build community with one another. Together, parents and children spend the entire weekend enjoying the rustic outdoors, beautiful scenery, and fun activities.   A wonderful way for our children to be among other families like theirs, without fear of judgement.    And a much-needed opportunity for LGBTQ+ parents to connect.

    We offer many events that are welcoming to all, including our wonderful allies.  This weekend, however, is intended for LGBTQ+ parents, parents with LGBTQ+ children, and their close family members (chosen or otherwise).

    When you register  We're keeping close watch on room maximums.  If your category shows sold out, don't worry yet - get on the waitlist.  We will reach out right away about confirming.

    Detailed schedule coming.  We'll have an expanded Toddler Zone, our 2nd Annual Family Dance Party, ropes climbing wall, boat rides, canoes, story time and...the swimming pool!   Registration includes 2 nights accommodations, meals and all activities!

    Read:   IMPORTANT INFO on pricing, room descriptions, minimums, packing list, cancellation policy and more.  This page also explains the difference between "Reduced Rate" and "Sponsor Family" pricing.    Sample room photos  here.   

      Assistance:  YMCA has a financial assistance program, and they invite people to apply.  Email us for the application form.    

      • 09/18/2022
      • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
      • Hillwood Estate, Museum, & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008


      One of Rainbow Families Most Treasured Events For Over 10 Years

      Connect with other LGBTQ+ families at the historic Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens'  gorgeous urban oasisThis event is open to all - members, families, allies.

      Click HERE to Register Directly with Hillwood Estate.    Still only $5 per adult.

             Festivities scheduled to include:

      • Pack a picnic from home or purchase food from Merriweather To Go to enjoy outdoors  on Hillwood's spacious Lunar Lawn
      • Play games on the lawn, such as hula hoop, ring toss, and jump rope
      • Practice your putt on the Putting Green
      • Create an art project to take home after exploring the mansion
      • Explore the special exhibition Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior
      • Arrive by 12 noon to join Rainbow Families for welcoming remarks and our classic three-legged race on the lawn at 1 p.m.   Hillwood remains open until 5 p.m. You are welcome to stay and enjoy all the estate has to offer.


      • Please bring your own picnic blankets for seating on the lawn. Visitors may wish to bring bug spray.  Hillwood's liquor license does not allow patrons to bring in outside alcohol.  Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available from Merriweather To Go.
      • Click here to see how Hillwood is following the latest health and safety guidance.
      • This is rain or shine.  In the event of rain, picnicking will take place under the shelter of the tent in the C.W. Post Courtyard and the art project will take place indoors
      • Registrations  (on the Hillwood link, posted soon) are between you and Hillwood, however you agree to Rainbow Families standard rules & terms

      Important:   Rainbow Families does not want financial constraints to prohibit attendance at our events.  If you need registration assistance for this or any event, please email our Executive Director, Darren Vance  in confidence.   
      While  this is a Hillwood Estate hosted event; please review our standard terms & conditions here regarding liability and photos.

    Past events

    06/29/2022 LGBTQ Families Presentation & Beer Tasting
    06/26/2022 Pre-Conception Support Group
    06/26/2022 New Parent & Pregnancy Support Group
    06/24/2022 Pride in the Park Movie Night
    06/23/2022 Rainbow Families Day at Taqueria Picoso
    06/22/2022 Orioles v. Nats PRIDE Night
    06/21/2022 Grief & Loss in Family Building Support Group
    06/18/2022 FREE LGBTQ Pride Concert for Families
    06/14/2022 Night OUT at the Nationals
    06/11/2022 Capital Pride! Parade Walk and Family Fun Area
    06/04/2022 Visit us at Reston Pride!
    05/14/2022 LGBTQ+ Family Conference 2022
    05/08/2022 Non Gestational Parent Support Group
    05/01/2022 Gay Day at the Zoo
    04/30/2022 Adoption Support Group
    04/19/2022 Single Parent by Choice Support Group
    04/02/2022 Montgomery County Playdate
    03/29/2022 Maybe Baby Spring 2022
    03/20/2022 Pre-Conception Support Group
    03/20/2022 New Parent & Pregnancy Support Group
    03/15/2022 Supporting Your Child's Orientation & Identity
    03/15/2022 Grief & Loss in Family Building Support Group
    03/04/2022 Celebrate PRIDE with Washington Wizards!
    02/25/2022 DC's Queer Black Spaces: The Early Days
    01/07/2022 Great Wolf Lodge Weekend 2022
    11/07/2021 Annual Fall Gathering at Cox Farms
    10/26/2021 Maybe Baby Fall 2021
    10/12/2021 My Child Came Out To Me: Now What?
    09/26/2021 Annual Family Picnic at Hillwood Estate
    09/08/2021 DSRF: Divorced & Separated Rainbow Families
    09/04/2021 Family Camp Weekend 2021
    08/30/2021 Let's Talk LGBTQ+ Adoption
    08/28/2021 LGBTQ+ Adoption Support Group
    08/17/2021 Night OUT at the Nationals
    07/17/2021 Free Storytime & Chat: Officer Helga Hedgehog
    04/18/2021 Pre-Conception Support Group
    04/18/2021 New Parent & Pregnancy Support Group
    03/07/2021 Maybe Baby Spring 2021
    03/02/2021 Donor Sperm & Reciprocal IVF Discussion
    02/13/2021 Thinking About College? Let's Talk!
    02/10/2021 DSRF: Divorced & Separated Rainbow Families
    02/06/2021 Mental Health Chat - LGBTQ+ Families
    01/30/2021 LGBTQ+ Adoption Support Group
    01/17/2021 Pre-Conception Support Group
    01/17/2021 New Parent & Pregnancy Support Group
    01/16/2021 Free: MLK Storytime - en Espanol
    01/11/2021 Family Building Grief & Loss Support Group
    01/09/2021 Reproductive Options for Transgender Individuals
    12/02/2020 LGBTQ+ Legal Talk: Are You Prepared?
    11/17/2020 LGBTQ+ Legal Talk: Are You Prepared?
    10/24/2020 Spooktaculariest Bestest Halloween Costume Party
    10/10/2020 Donor Egg and Gestational Carrier Workshop
    10/03/2020 20 Minute Storytime: Celebrate Child Health Awareness
    09/26/2020 LGBTQ+ Adoption Support Group
    09/23/2020 Use of Donor Sperm & Reciprocal IVF
    09/20/2020 Maybe Baby Fall/Winter 2020
    09/20/2020 Pre-Conception Support Group
    09/20/2020 New Parent & Pregnancy Support Group
    09/13/2020 Annual Family Picnic at Hillwood Estate
    09/10/2020 Creating Family: Adopting Older Children
    08/08/2020 Annual Family Conference 2020
    07/08/2020 Free: It's a PET PARADE!
    07/01/2020 July Book Club - For Middle & High Schoolers
    06/28/2020 Maybe Baby Summer 2020
    06/27/2020 [Cancelled] Madagascar - A Musical Adventure!
    06/27/2020 Free: Reciprocal IVF and Donor Sperm
    06/24/2020 Free: Personal Fiction and Growing Up Queer & Trans in 1990s Midwest
    06/20/2020 Free: Story Time for Fathers Day!
    06/17/2020 Free: Rainbow Color Treasure Hunt
    06/05/2020 [Cancelled] Great Wolf Lodge Weekend
    05/28/2020 Free: Body Image & Eating Disorder Discussion
    05/17/2020 Maybe Baby Spring 2020
    05/16/2020 Free LGBTQ+ Support Group
    05/16/2020 [Postponed] Annual Family Conference
    05/08/2020 Staying Healthy, Sane and Well in the time of Covid-19
    05/06/2020 Staying Healthy, Sane and Well in the time of Covid-19
    05/04/2020 Puppet Story Time!
    04/26/2020 Together In Pride: You Are Not Alone
    04/25/2020 [Cancelled] Lyle the Crocodile!
    04/25/2020 LGBTQ+ Adoption Support Group
    04/19/2020 Pre-Conception/Family Planning Support Group
    04/19/2020 New Parent & Pregnancy Support Group
    04/14/2020 The CARES Act and How It Affects YOU
    04/14/2020 Story Time!
    04/04/2020 Story Time & Coloring (PLUS Something for Parents!)
    02/15/2020 Family Valentines Party
    01/22/2020 Annual Picnic at Hillwood Estate
    01/21/2020 Discount to SWAN LAKE at the Kennedy Center
    12/15/2019 LET'S MOVE Playdate Fun!
    12/01/2019 The Velveteen Rabbit at Adventure Theater
    11/14/2019 MINI Maybe Baby - Using Donor Sperm to Build a Family
    11/03/2019 Annual Fall Gathering at Cox Farms
    10/26/2019 Rainbow Families Halloween Party 2019
    10/22/2019 Foster Care & Adoption ABCs
    10/12/2019 Pride Night - GW Womens Volleyball
    10/12/2019 Howard County Area Meet-up/Play-date
    10/11/2019 Family Activities - National Coming Out Day
    10/04/2019 Family Camp Weekend 2019
    09/15/2019 Conception / Family Planning Support Group
    09/15/2019 Maybe Baby Fall 2019
    09/15/2019 Pregnancy / New Parent Support Group
    09/15/2019 Playdate in Howard County
    09/08/2019 Annual Picnic at Hillwood Estate
    09/07/2019 Playdate in Arlington
    09/07/2019 Building Your Child's Confidence
    09/07/2019 Redefining Discipline - A No Gimmicks Guide
    08/24/2019 Cat In the Hat at Adventure Theater
    08/24/2019 Playdate at Cox Farms
    07/27/2019 Summer Picnic in Howard County
    07/07/2019 Free Nats Tickets for Rainbow Families!
    06/29/2019 Celebrate PRIDE with the Mystics!
    06/09/2019 Rainbow Families FESTIVAL FAMILY AREA
    06/08/2019 Walk with Rainbow Families at the Pride Parade!
    06/04/2019 Family Outing to the Nationals
    05/05/2019 Gay Day at the Zoo
    05/04/2019 2019 Family Conference
    04/26/2019 Tot Shabbat for Families with Small Kids
    04/06/2019 Adventure Theatre - Winnie the Pooh! Outing & Potluck
    03/16/2019 4th Annual I Am Brave Summit
    03/09/2019 Discount: Huck Finn's BIG RIVER
    03/08/2019 Foster & Foster-to-Adopt Info
    03/03/2019 Maybe Baby Spring 2019
    03/02/2019 KidSave - "Host a Child This Summer" Info Session
    02/25/2019 Questions on Adoption?
    02/09/2019 Rainbow Families FAMILY DANCE! 2019
    01/21/2019 Rainbow Families Playgroup/Exercise Fun!
    01/20/2019 Conception / Family Planning Support Group
    12/15/2018 LGBTQ Open House at Sidwell Friends School
    12/09/2018 DSRF Meet Up (Divorced/Separated Rainbow Families)
    11/28/2018 Adoption Information Night
    11/26/2018 Drag Story Hour w/ Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul's Drag Race
    11/03/2018 Cox Farms Pumpkin Madness 2018
    10/29/2018 Georgetown Day School LGBTQ+ Open House
    10/14/2018 Maybe Baby Fall 2018
    10/05/2018 Family Camp Weekend
    09/09/2018 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    06/10/2018 Capital Pride Festival - Booth Volunteers Needed!
    06/09/2018 Capital Pride Parade - Rainbow Families!
    05/20/2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    05/20/2018 Family Outing to the Nationals
    05/20/2018 Adventure Theatre Family Outing & Potluck
    05/19/2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    05/06/2018 Gay Day at the Zoo - Family Meet-Up
    05/05/2018 2018 Family Conference & Gathering
    04/21/2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    04/15/2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    04/14/2018 Howard County Area Playground Meetup
    04/07/2018 Charles County Area LGBTQ+ Family Meetup
    03/24/2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    03/18/2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    03/17/2018 Rainbow Families Potluck & Gathering - Baltimore/Central Maryland
    03/10/2018 Adventure Theatre Family Outing & Potluck
    02/24/2018 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    02/18/2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    02/04/2018 Adoption Support Group
    02/04/2018 Maybe Baby Spring 2018
    02/03/2018 Charles County Area LGBTQ+ Family Meetup
    01/21/2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    01/21/2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    12/17/2017 I Have a Little Dreidel: An LGBTQ Family Chanukah Celebration
    12/02/2017 Adventure Theatre - Frosty the Snowman: Holiday Outing & Potluck
    11/10/2017 Family Camp Weekend
    11/05/2017 Family Outing to Cox Farms
    10/29/2017 Rainbow Families Halloween Party
    10/14/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Fairfax Co., VA
    09/24/2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    09/17/2017 Maybe Baby Fall 2017
    09/10/2017 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    08/27/2017 Back-to-School Family Outing to the Nationals
    08/12/2017 Disney Brunch: An ICWDC Benefit for Rainbow Families
    08/05/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Alexandria/Arlington/Falls Church
    08/05/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Washington, DC
    07/22/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Bethesda)
    07/15/2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    06/26/2017 Family Outing: Bethesda Big Train Baseball Game
    06/13/2017 Family Outing: Night OUT at the Nationals
    06/10/2017 Capital Pride Parade - March with Rainbow Families!
    06/10/2017 Capital Pride Parade Family Viewing Area
    06/06/2017 Rainbow Family Story Time
    06/04/2017 Sunday LGBTQ Roller Skating Youth Edition
    05/27/2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    05/07/2017 Gay Day at the Zoo - Lunch Meet-Up for Families
    03/04/2017 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    02/19/2017 Maybe Baby Spring 2017
    02/15/2017 Before I Do.... with Elizabeth Schwartz and Martha M. Ertman
    02/11/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Alexandria/Arlington/Falls Church
    02/11/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Prince Georges Co., MD (Bowie)
    02/04/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Prince Georges Co., MD (Laurel)
    02/04/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Fairfax Co., VA
    02/04/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Washington, DC
    01/28/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Bethesda)
    01/28/2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Gaithersburg)
    12/18/2016 Conception Support Group
    12/04/2016 Adoption Support Group
    11/20/2016 Conception Support Group
    11/16/2016 Adoption Information Night
    11/05/2016 Family Outing to Cox Farms
    10/20/2016 Family & Friends Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg
    10/16/2016 Conception Support Group
    10/14/2016 Family Camp Weekend
    09/25/2016 Conception Support Group
    09/25/2016 Maybe Baby Fall 2016
    09/24/2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    09/11/2016 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    08/21/2016 Conception Support Group
    07/25/2016 Family Week DMV Regional Gathering
    07/23/2016 Family Week 2016 in Provincetown
    07/21/2016 Loves Conquers Hate: Family Roller Skate Night
    07/17/2016 Conception Support Group
    07/16/2016 A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes: Disney Themed Drag Show
    07/09/2016 Adventure Theatre - Jumanji
    06/26/2016 Conception Support Group
    06/25/2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    06/24/2016 CAMP Rehobeth Family PRIDE Camp 2016
    06/14/2016 Night OUT at the Nationals
    06/12/2016 Capital Pride Festival
    06/11/2016 Capital Pride Parade
    06/11/2016 Capital Pride Parade Family Viewing Area
    06/08/2016 Honest Talk About Race & Adoption
    05/29/2016 Adventure Theatre - Emperor's Nightingale
    05/26/2016 Family Outing to the Nationals
    05/15/2016 Conception Support Group
    05/15/2016 Maybe Baby Spring 2016
    05/11/2016 Rainbow Families Board of Directors Meeting
    04/30/2016 2016 Biennial Family Conference & Gathering
    04/17/2016 Conception Support Group
    03/20/2016 Conception Support Group
    03/13/2016 Rainbow Families Conference Planning Meeting
    02/21/2016 Conception Support Group
    02/21/2016 Rainbow Families Conference Planning Meeting
    02/10/2016 Rainbow Families Board of Directors Meeting
    02/06/2016 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    01/30/2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    01/24/2016 Conception Support Group
    10/14/2015 RFDC Board of Directors Meeting
    09/26/2015 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    09/20/2015 Maybe Baby Fall Class
    09/16/2015 RFDC Board of Directors Meeting

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