This Saturday, May 20, marks the Red Dress Party, a Portland fundraiser tradition supporting the queer youth community, people living with HIV and AIDS, and survivors of domestic violence since 2001. The concept is simple: just don a red dress (yes, this means EVERYONE must wear one), buy a ticket, and get ready to dance. Seven DJs and provided food and drink keep the party going for an anticipated 1,500 guests at the Old Freeman Factory located at 2638 NW Wilson Street in Portland. The event is open to adults ages 21 and over.
This year’s theme is RED QUEEN, celebrating the Queen of Hearts in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Proceeds from this year’s party will go to Bradley Angle and the Q Center. Organizers have dedicated the 2017 Red Dress Party to the memory of Portland DJ Jakob Jay, who recently passed away after suffering a random stabbing downtown. Sponsors include adult toy superstore Taboo Video, Cupcake Jones, and others. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door or ahead of time at a discount at Local Lounge or Crush Bar in Portland.