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2016 Guide to Pride in Austin

While most people celebrate pride during Pride Month in June, Austin has hosted its Pride events later in the year (August or September) since 2011. The Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation, the organizers of Austin Pride, announced that this year’s festival and parade would be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 with Pride Week running from August 20-27, 2016. This means Pride Week in Austin will kick off on the final day of the NAGAAA’s Gay Softball World Series and one week ahead of Last Splash and the Labor Day holiday weekend. So it should make for a very busy summer!

We’ve put together our annual Guide to Pride in Austin to help you plan your week and get the most out of everything that is going on. This guide is an active document and will be updated regularly as new events are added to the calendar leading up to pride week. You are encouraged to bookmark this page and check back for updates.

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It should be noted that not all the events listed in this guide are ‘official’ Austin Pride events. Some events are unofficial Pride events. Some are just weekly events that are hosting special editions in honor of pride. This guide is intended as a resource to show locals and visitors alike, all that Austin has to offer. Officially ‘sanctioned’ Austin Pride events are listed below with the Austin Pride logo in their header. You can visit the Austin Pride website at www.austinpride.org for more information about official pride events.

If you don’t see an event listed, email details to info@therepubliq.com or submit your event online.

SATURDAY // AUGUST 20, 2016

TOMS Austin, 1401 S Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704

Join TOMS and Equality Texas for a family-friendly Saturday afternoon of pre-PRIDE fun! You can Style Your Sole and decorate your own pair of TOMS, grab a drink, play yard games, have your face painted, and get your picture taken at the photo booth. You can also sign up to volunteer with Equality Texas for Austin PRIDE!. TOMS Austin, 1401 S Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704. Saturday, August 20, 2016, 2–6 PM. FREE. All ages .

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4TH ANNUAL WERK FASHION SHOW Austin PRIDE logo

WERK Fashion Show

Austin Pride presents the 4th annual WERK Fashion Show featuring designers from Lifetime’s Project Runway. This year’s show will be hosted by Lance Bass and Coco Peru and feature performances by RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race winner and Cher impersonator Chad Michaels, Queen of Electro Luciana and the ‘Bionic Artist’ Viktoria Modesta. NOTE: Bianca Del Rio, who was originally planned to host the show, had to cancel due to a medical issue. ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 20, 2016. VIP reception with meet & greet 6 PM, doors open at 7 PM, showtime 8 PM. Tickets $33-$200. All ages (Warning: some graphic language may be unsuitable for younger audiences).

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2016 GAY SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES CLOSING BLOCK PARTY

Block Party

The 40th annual Gay Softball World Series closes with a big block party in the heart of Austin’s Warehouse District on 4th Street featuring international deejay Dave Audé. 4th Street (between Colorado & Lavaca Streets), Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 20, 10 PM – Sunday, August 21, 2016, 2 AM. FREE.

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SUNDAY // AUGUST 21, 2016

BIG GAY PRIDE BRUNCH Austin PRIDE logo

abcde events presents the official Pride Brunch during the opening weekend of Austin Pride Week. This year features an all new venue, the return of the buffet and extended time. The Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 21, 2016. 11 AM – 4 PM. $5 cover or FREE with buffet purchase.

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ORANGE MARGARITA SOCIAL/POOL PARTY

Tapelenders and Package Menswear are hosting a pool party in their parking lot, complete with snacks, drinks, food trucks and beats by DJ Screaming Color. The Q, Project Transitions, Austin PrEP Access Project, and ACC GSA will all be on hand and AIDS Services of Austin will have their mobile HIV testing unit on site providing its services 5-9 PM. Package Menswear, 1114 W 5th St, Ste 201, Austin TX 78703. Sunday, August 21, 2016, 5:30 – 9:30 PM. FREE.

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MONDAY // AUGUST 22, 2016

OUT AT THE MOVIE: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Austin PRIDE logo

ZACH Theatre and Alamo Drafthouse present a special screening of “The Devil Wears Prada” in the courtyard in front of the Topfer Theatre. Grab your lawn chairs and watch the movie under the stars. Concessions will be available from ZACH Theatre and food trucks brought in for the event. ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78704. Monday, August 22, 2016. 7 – 9 PM. FREE. All ages.

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MAN CRUSH MONDAY

The W Hotel hosts a single gay/bi men’s mixer every Monday night in the Living Room Bar, in partnership with Equality Texas and Equality Vodka. Living Room Bar @ W Austin, 200 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701. Monday, August 22, 2016. 7 – 10 PM. FREE.

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TUESDAY // AUGUST 23, 2016

GREASY BALL BINGO Austin PRIDE logo

Lady-Grackle Birdbreath & Cupcake take over Gourdough’s downtown for a special Pride Week edition of Greasy Ball Bingo. Drink specials, Gourdough’s famous doughnut menu, prizes from some of your favorite local businesses and Austin Pride. Gourdough’s Public House, 209 W 5th St, Austin TX 78701. Tuesday, August 23, 2016. 7–10 PM. FREE. All ages.

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WEDNESDAY // AUGUST 24, 2016

AUSTIN PRIDE QUEER ART SHOW Austin PRIDE logo

Austin Pride hosts a free art show featuring local queer artists. Check out the art and grab a bite from local food trucks while you find out more about The Q and what they do for the community. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts St, Austin TX 78705. Wednesday, August 24, 2016. 7–10 PM. FREE. All ages.

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THURSDAY // AUGUST 25, 2016

TURN IT UP FOR CHANGE

Join Cupcake and Sabel Scities as they unveil the artwork by Baron Von Fancy in support of LGBT equality and Austin Pride with the Human Rights Campaign. W Austin, 200 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, August 25, 2016, 6:30 – 9 PM. FREE. All ages.

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PRIDE INTERFAITH CELEBRATION: "TOGETHER IN LOVE"

Together in Love

This annual, all-inclusive event hosted by the Pride Interfaith Partnership will feature speakers from the Latinx and Muslim communities along with the return of the Pride Interfaith Celebration Choir, followed by a reception. First United Methodist Church, 1201 Lavaca St, Austin TX 78701. Thursday, August 25, 2016, 7 – 9 PM. FREE. All ages.

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FRIDAY // AUGUST 26, 2016

XPOSED: AUSTIN PRIDE WEEK MEN'S PARTY Austin PRIDE logo

Oilcan Harry’s hosts Austin Pride’s annual Men’s Party featuring special guest DJ Kidd Maddonny and Fleshjack which will be on site with models and giveaways. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 26, 2016, 9 PM – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2 AM. FREE. 21+.

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AUSTIN PRIDE GIRL PRIDE PARTY Austin PRIDE logo

Lesbutante and the Boss and Austin Pride team up for Girl Pride ATX, the official women’s party for pride week featuring special guest appearances from Rose Garcia from Showtime’s REAL L WORD and DJ Athenz from Houston’s HOT 95.7 FM Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 26, 2016, 9 PM – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2 AM. FREE for General Admissions / $25-100 VIP. 21+.

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BEARRACUDA AUSTIN GAY PRIDE

Bearracuda returns to Austin and its original home with a special edition for gay pride week. Hang with the bears from all across the Lone Star State while enjoying some chunky visuals, tasty snacks and music from DJ Matt Consola (San Francisco) and DJ C-Rail (Austin). The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin TX 78702. Friday, August 26, 9 PM – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2 AM. $8 advanced online, $10 at the door.

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AUSTIN URBAN PRIDE

#TheTakeOverLGBT presents Austin Urban Pride 2016 up in North Austin at Spinners Live featuring deejays spinning hip-hop, botty music, trap and R&B all night long. Spinners Live, 14106 N I-35, Austin TX 78728. Friday, August 26, 10 PM – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2 AM. $5-$10. 21+.

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PINK FRIDAY

Celebrate the kickoff of Austin Pride with this special Pink Party. Special performances, cocktails, and YOU. Let your freak flag fly! Show your Pride! Wear PINK. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 26, 10 PM – Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2 AM. FREE. 21+.

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SATURDAY // AUGUST 27, 2016

AUSTIN PRIDE FESTIVAL Austin PRIDE logo

 The 2015 Austin Pride Festival at Fiesta Garden / photo credit: Chase Martin/therepubliq

The Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation presents the 26th annual Austin Pride Festival at Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach in Town Lake Metropolitan Park (a/k/a Fiesta Gardens) featuring entertainment, games and activities, drinks, food, family zone, and 120+ booths featuring local non-profits organizations and businesses. Fiesta Gardens (Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach in Town Lake Metropolitan Park), 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin TX 78702. Saturday, August 27, 2016. 11 AM – 6 PM. All ages. General admission: Adults $20-$125, children ages 7-17 $10, children 6 & under FREE.

Advanced general admission tickets are available online for discounted price of $17 until Pride Week when online sales close down.
Performance schedule
MAIN STAGE
11:30 AM – 12 NOON Deven Green
12 NOON – 1 PM Betty
Zane Zena
1 PM – 2 PM Lady Grackle
Ty
Cupcake
TT the Artist
Jessica Kitty Buick
Jame Perry
Vegas Van Cartier
2 PM – 3 PM Louisanna Purchase
Seth Bogart
Sabel Scities
Nadine Hughes
Rachel Mykels
3 PM – 4 PM Book of Love
Kelly Kline
Ruby Lamb
Her Sins Burlesque
4 PM – 5 PM Bob The Drag Queen
Dai Burger
Alaska Thunderfuck
Bob The Drag Queen
5 PM – 6 PM Big Freedia
EAST STAGE
11:30 AM – 1 PM Betty
Susan Arbuckle Band
1 PM – 2 PM DJ
2 PM – 3 PM Kai Lee Mykels
Boiz fo Austin
Lady Trinity
Ginger Snaps
3 PM – 4 PM Alaska Thunderfuck
Brandi Williams
Chanel Andrews
Althea Trix
Simone Riviera
Serotonin
Boiz of Austin
Kai Lee Mykels


Parking around Fiesta Gardens is ALWAYS an issue. Give yourself some extra time to find a spot and if you park in the surrounding neighborhood, don’t block someone’s driveway. If you plan to park downtown and then catch a ride over to the Festival, remember to feed your meter. Attendees are strongly encouraged to use alternatives: carpool, carshare services, bike or walk via the Hike and Bike Trail or use Capital Metro. Capital Metro’s #21/Exposition and #22/Chicon routes pick-up and drop-off at the stop at Holly & Robert R. Martinez, Jr. streets, 3 blocks from Fiesta Gardens. Both routes have stops in the Warehouse District and near the MetroRail’s Downtown Station and MetroRapid stops.

If the admission fee is too much for your budget, consider signing up to be a volunteer. Austin Pride needs about 200+ volunteers to help the festival and parade run smoothly and volunteers receive free admission to the festival. Sign up on the SignUp.com website.

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AUSTIN PRIDE PARADE Austin PRIDE logo

The Apple contingent in the 2014 Austin Pride Parade / photo credit: Chase Martin/therepubliq

The main event, the Austin Pride Parade is by far the largest event of Pride Week(end). Last year featured 145 contingents in the parade with 125,000 attendees downtown for the event. If your organization would like to be part the of the Austin Pride Parade, you can register online. Downtown Austin. Saturday, August 27, 2016. 8-11 PM. All ages. FREE.

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QUEER MF

Empire is hosting an interactive diverse music festival for pride weekend featuring rock bands, DJs, throwdowns on the dance floor, even a karaoke contest. Featured performances include a “Fallen Queeroes” Prince & Bowie dance party tribute by DJ Supafly and therepubliqfest alumni Please Please Me and Jenuine Cello. Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 E 7th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 27, 2016. 8 PM – 2 AM. 18+. $8 (+service charges) advanced online, +$5 surcharge for minors under 21 at the door

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C-RAIL'S PRIDE BEARGASM: UNDER THE BIG TOP

DJ C-Rail hosts the pride edition of his Beargasm parties — UNDER THE BIG TOP — featuring international DJ Bret Law from Seattle as your ringmaster. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 27, 2016. 9 PM – 2 AM. FREE. 21+.

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ATX WOMEN'S PRIDE PARTY

Susan Arbuckle Band rocks the One-2-One Bar in South Austin with the 4th Annual ATX Women’s PRIDE Party kicking off right after teh pride parade. One-2-One Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd., Ste. 600, Austin TX 78704. Saturday, August 27, 2016, 9 PM – 12 MIDNIGHT. $12 advance, $15 at the door. All ages.

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QUEER UP CHARLIE'S PRIDE AFTERPARTY

Cheer Up Charlie’s hosts a post-pride edition of Queer Up Charlie’s featuring a very special performance from Alexis Blair Penney, a drag sorceress and synth pop priestess, who will be working the decks with Dylan Reece and Mouthfeel outside while House of Kenzo takes over and bring the concept of cunt into the New Age inside. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 27, 10 PM – Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2 AM. $5 cover. 21+.

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SUNDAY // AUGUST 28, 2016

DRAG BRUNCH SUNDAY: FIERCE & FABULOUS

Join The Parish for another monthly drag brunch! Our show director, the “Wonder Woman of Drag” and Miss Texas All-American Goddess, KELLY KLINE, will be performing with a cast of fun and high-energy entertainers including Goldie Haynes, Zane Zena, Amber Nicole Davenport and Jade D’Shay Kline. Parish, 214 E 6th St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 11 AM – 12:30 PM. 18+. $29.95 brunch + $10 Bottomless Mimosas (plus service charges when purchased online).

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SOUNDWAVE: PRIDE EDITION

The W Hotel hosts a special pride edition of their weekly Sunday Funday pool party up on the the hotel’s Wet Deck with beats by Bird Peterson + special guests. WET Deck @ W Austin, 200 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 28, 2016. 12 NOON – 8 PM. All ages. $20.

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KAWAII CUMBIA: AUSTIN LATINX & ASIAN PRIDE

Cheer Up Charlie’s hosts an Asian/Latin infused kiki featuring DJ Boyfriends and Jackie Sue closing out Pride Weekend. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 28, 2016, 4 – 8 PM. FREE. 21+.

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