Friday, September 21, 2018

While many celebrate pride during Pride Month in June, Austin has hosted its Pride events later in the summer since 2011. The Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation, the organizers of Austin PRIDE, announced in April that this year’s celebration will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, along with a week of events — both official and unofficial — leading up to the Austin PRIDE festival and parade.

We’ve put together our annual Austin Pride Planner 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.

NOTE: This is an active post that is being updated as new details come in. It also features a curated listing of events. For a complete list of upcoming events, check out our community calendar.

PRIDE vs. pride. Not all the events listed in this guide are ‘official’ Austin PRIDE events. Many ‘pride’ events have no connection to the Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation. Some are stand-alone events by allied businesses showing their support for the LGBTQ+ community and many are regular weekly/monthly events with a special pride theme in honor of the week. This guide is intended as a resource to show locals and visitors alike, all that Austin has to offer. To help differentiate between official and unofficial events, any reference to ‘official’ Austin PRIDE events include the Austin PRIDE logo in their header and use ‘PRIDE’ (in all caps). For the most up-to-date listing of official events, visit the Austin PRIDE website at www.austinpride.org.

It should be noted that events for the United Court of Austin‘s Coronation XXV are also happening on Austin PRIDE weekend. These events are including on our full community calendar. You can also find the most currently listing of events of Coronation XXV events on the UCA’s website at www.unitedcourtofaustin.org.

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

SAT // 04 AUG 2018

GAY FIELD DAY

Gay Field Day 2018

Gay Kickball presents its Gay Field Day 2018, featuring tradition field day competitions: wheel barrel race, 100-yard dash, egg toss, 3-legged race, sack race, tug-of-war and many, many more. Sign up solo as a free agent or create your own team! Richard Moya Park, 10001 Burleson Rd, Austin TX 78617. Saturday, August 4, 2018, 12 – 4 PM CDT. Registration $25/person. 20+.

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BIG GAY MUSICAL: AN IMPROVISED SUPER SUPER GAY MUSICAL

Hideout Theatre presents Big Gay Musical: An Improvised Super Super Gay Musical

The Hideout Theatre presents Big Gay Musical: An Improvised Super Super Gay Musical, the biggest, bestest, queerest Broadway musical that never existed! Every Saturday at 8 PM through 25 August, a Big Gay Musical will be created before your eyes as an homage to Broadway and inspired by true stories from LGBTQIA+ identifying monologists told onstage during the show! This never-before-seen, never-to-be-seen-again Big Gay Musical will feature queer protagonists, queer love stories and a whole heap of VERY EXTRA queer anthems. The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8 – 10 PM CDT. Tickets $15. All ages (Warning: some language/topics may be unsuitable for younger audiences).

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L&B LADIES NIGHT AUSTIN PRIDE KICKOFF Austin PRIDE logo

Lesbutante and the Boss host a special edition of their monthly Ladies Night to kick off Austin PRIDE Week. Sellers Underground, 213 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 4, 9 PM – Sunday, August 5, 2018, 2 AM CDT. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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SUN // 05 AUG 2018

2018 PRIDE INTERFAITH CELEBRATION Austin PRIDE logo

Pride Interfaith Partnership presents its annual LGBTQiA+ inclusive event tradition is an official part of Austin Pride Week and features speakers from our LGBTQiA+ communities and the return of the outstanding Celebration choir and the Pride Interfaith Dance Team. This year’s featured speaker is Kat Macías, a queer Puerto Rican and Cuban-American Jew-by-choice who has actively worked as an educator and organizer around issues of racial justice and LGBTQiA+ inclusion in Boston and Washington, D.C. Shalom Austin Community Hall at JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Ln, Austin TX 78731. Sunday, August 5, 2018, 4 – 6 PM CDT. All ages. FREE, no cover.

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PRIDE NIGHT: ZILKER THEATRE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS ALL SHOOK UP

Zilker Theatre Productions presents Pride/LGBTQIA Night on The Hillside for its 60th Annual ZTP Rock ‘n’ Roll musical, ALL SHOOK UP, featuring special guest, Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas. Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Dr, Austin TX 78704. Sunday, August 5, 2018, 8:15 – 10:15 PM CDT. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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MON // 06 AUG 2018

OUT AT THE MOVIE: THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Austin PRIDE logo

OUT at the Movie: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Grab your lawn chairs and join Austin PRIDE at Zach Theatre‘s People’s Plaza for OUT at the Movie as PRIDE Week continues with a FREE screening of the camp classic: “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. Concessions will be available from Zach Theatre and food vendor trucks brought in special for this event! ZACH Theatre, 202 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78704. Monday, August 6, 2018, 8 – 10 PM CDT. FREE. All ages.

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TUE // 07 AUG 2018

BACK PORCH BINGO Austin PRIDE logo

BACK PORCH BINGO

Austin PRIDE hosts a special PRIDE Week edition of its monthly Back Porch Bingo night, hosted by Lady Grackle and CupCake, in South Austin at Red’s Porch. FREE to play, prizes, drink specials and a raffle benefiting Austin PRIDE. Red’s Porch, 3508 S Lamar Blvd, Austin TX 78704. Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 7 – 9 PM CDT. FREE. All ages.

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WED // 08 AUG 2018

DINE WITH PRIDE Austin PRIDE logo

Austin PRIDE presents Dine with Pride

Dine at any Austin-area Chipotle location and tell the cashier that you are “Dining with Pride” when you pay for your order (if ordering online, select the “pay in-store” option) and 50% of proceeds from your order will be donated to the Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation. 21 participating Austin-area locations (see FB event page for map of participating locations). Wednesday, August 8, 2018. All ages.

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COMMUNITY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: LGBTQ FAMILY PRIDE

COMMUNITY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT: LGBTQ FAMILY PRIDE

Thinkery presents a playful evening in celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer families, as well as LGBTQ adults with children in their lives. During Community Night Spotlight evenings, Thinkery shines a light on a unique aspect of the rich diversity that makes Austin such an amazing place to live, play and learn with educational activities facilitated by staff and special community presenters. LGBTQ Family Pride Evening activities and community partners include: getting cooking with Common Threads, mini-Pride Parade, Story Time with Drag Queens, and more. Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave, Austin TX 78723. Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 4 – 8 PM CDT. All ages. $1 suggested donation.

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PORTRAITS OF PRIDE

PORTRAITS OF PRIDE

A collaboration between #bossbabesATX, Unbounded Agency and Space 24 Twenty, Portraits of Pride is an open happy hour meant to capture visual expressions and celebrate queer history and honor activist Marsha P. Johnson, a trailblazing queer trans woman of color who set into motion the gay liberation movement and also affected a generation of social change. Space 24 Twenty, 2420 Guadalupe St, Austin TX 78705. Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 7 – 9 PM CDT. 21+. FREE, with RSVP.

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THU // 09 AUG 2018

THE COMEDY RESISTANCE PRESENTS AUSTIN PRIDE COMEDY SHOW Austin PRIDE logo

The Comedy Resistance presents Austin Pride Comedy Show

The Comedy Resistance is partnering up with Austin PRIDE to bring you a very queer, very extra comedy show, hosted by Austin’s favorite funny homo, Colton Dowling. Two shows: 7:30 PM and 10 PM The North Door, 502 Brushy St, Austin TX 78702. Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7:30 – 9 PM CDT . 21+. FREE, with RSVP.

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FRI // 10 AUG 2018

YEAR OF THE WOMXN: OFFICIAL AUSTIN PRIDE 2018 WOMXN'S PARTY Austin PRIDE logo

YEAR OF THE WOMXN - Austin Pride 2018 Official Womxn's Party

To produce the party that the LGBTQIA+ WOMXN and friends deserve, Lesbutante & The Boss is thinking outside of the box. They’re renting the parking lot on the corner of 4th St. and Congress Avenue and fencing off the entire parking lot and putting a stage in the middle for entertainment. The lineup features Chulita Vinyl Club, headlining international DJ Citizen Jane, DJ GiiQ (Gina DJgiiq Laughland), professional dancers, Angel Hamilton (SUPASTUD) as the Celebrity Host, and more. 4th Street & Congress Avenue. Friday, August 10, 8 PM – Saturday, August 11, 2018, 1 AM CDT. $10-$100. 21+.

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FLESHJACK PRIDE PARTY

Fleshjack celebrates pride in Austin with drag queens, pornstars, contests & giveaways! Scheduled to appear, CockyBoys exclusives: Allen King & Calvin Banks; plus performances by Zane Zena, Lady Grackle, Austin musician Jonathan Ackley (featuring songs from his new album Grow On) & RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Cynthia Lee Fontaine. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 10, 2018, 8 PM – 12 AM CDT. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD AFTER DARK: AUSTIN

PLANNED PARENTHOOD AFTER DARK: AUSTIN

Kick off pride weekend by joining Planned Parenthood for a night of dancing at Cheer Up Charlies! Proceeds from ticket purchases will go to Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, the nonpartisan policy, advocacy, and political arm of the three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas. Emceed by Beatrix Lestrange and featuring beats by GirlFriend ATX and performances by Drag Out HIV. Advanced ticket includes 2 drink tickets and raffle entry to win prizes from our sponsors. Door tickets include 1 drink ticket. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 10, 9 PM – Saturday, August 11, 2018, 2 AM CDT. 21+. $25.

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DRIP DROP 2: OFFICIAL AUSTIN PRIDE URBAN TURN UP Austin PRIDE logo

DRIP DROP 2: OFFICIAL AUSTIN PRIDE URBAN TURN UP

Pink Elephant Radio and Austin Black Pride present a hip-hop, bounce and trap party complete with signature cocktails, male & female exotic dancers, twerk contest and more. Scratchhouse, 617 E 7th St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 10, 9:30 PM – Saturday, August 11, 2018, 2 AM CDT. 18+: $20 advanced, online; $20 at the door.
21+: $5 advanced, online; $10 at the door.

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OFFICIAL AUSTIN PRIDE MEN'S PARTY Austin PRIDE logo

OFFICIAL AUSTIN PRIDE MEN'S PARTY

The Boy Party is HERE!!!! Austin Pride, with Sellers Underground (21+) and Rain on 4th (18+) present a night of glow paint, Dancers, and who knows what else. Meet us at Sellers and Rain and let’s GLOW!!!!! Paint and glow sticks provided. Be prepared to get PAINTED!!!!! Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701 + Sellers Underground, 213 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 10, 10 PM – Saturday, August 11, 2018, 2 AM CDT. Rain is 18+ with $20 cover for minors; no cover for 21+. Sellers is 21+, no cover, all night,

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PRIDE & PLAY

SPiN Austin is hooking up with Chappy, the gay dating app for Play with Pride on Pride Weekend. Anyone who makes a match at the event through the app gets a complimentary cocktail! Enjoy a pride-themed interactive ping pong show, surprise guests, and a night that celebrates inclusivity and acceptance. SPiN, 213 W 5th St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 10, 10 PM – Saturday, August 11, 2018, 10 AM CDT. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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SAT // 11 AUG 2018

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 28th 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 11, 2018, 11 AM – 6 PM CDT. All ages. General admission: Adults $20-$150, 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.


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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PRIDE PADDLE

PRIDE PADDLE

The Austin PRIDE 2018 Celebration will be held at Fiesta Gardens, so the Expedition School’s Boathouse will be open for paddling programs The Expedition School, 34 Robert T Martinez Jr St, Austin TX 78702. Saturday, August 11, 2018, 11 AM – 7 PM CDT. All ages. Rental fees starting at $15.

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EQUALITY DISCO

EQUALITY DISCO

HRC Austin is hosting a post-parade party at The Line Hotel, featuring performance by Austin musician Julie Nolen and DJ set by Troublemaker Times. Plus, Veritas Backstage Popup Shop by Veritas: Backstage Beauty & Wellness Institute will be onsite with the Veritas team providing free facials to all attendees. The LINE Hotel Austin, 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 11, 2018, 7 PM – 12 AM CDT. $10-$50

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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 125 contingents in the parade with 400,000 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 11, 2018, 8 – 10 PM CDT. All ages. FREE; $35 for VIP seating.

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LESBUTANTE & THE BOSS: POST PARADE HOOK UP

LESBUTANTE & THE BOSS: POST PARADE HOOK UP

After the pride parade, Lesbutante & The Boss are hosting a post-parade kook up party near the parade’s end at the Moonfire Lounge, at 4th and Colorado, with $5 drink specials all night. Moonfire Lounge, 310 Colorado St Ste B, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 11, 9 PM – Sunday, August 12, 2018, 2 AM CDT. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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RICHARD'S RAINWATER PRIDE AFTER PARTY

Join the Irene’s crew and the team from Richard’s Rainwater for a Pride After Party celebration! Specialty cocktails using Richard’s Rainwater, your favorite drag ladies and the ever-popular rainbow jello shots. Irene’s, 506 West Ave, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 11, 9 PM – Sunday, August 12, 2018, 2 AM CDT. All ages. FREE, no cover.

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20GAYTEEN: PRIDE ROOFTOP PARTY

20gayteen: Pride Rooftoop Party

The Q Austin presents 20GAYTEEN, an all-inclusive, 18+ event that celebrates diversity, individuality, and self-expression in a safe and affirming space in the heart of the Warehouse District at The Vaughn, a rooftop venue with open views of the Austin skyline following the annual Austin PRIDE 2018 Celebration. The Vaughn, 310 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 11, 10 PM – Sunday, August 12, 2018, 2 AM CDT. 18+. FREE, no cover with RSVP. NOTE: RSVPing does not guarantee entry. Once capacity is reached, we will move to a one-in-one-out system.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE PARTY: PRIDE EDITION!

Middle School Dance Party returns to Cheer Up Charlies! In honor of Pride, they’re serving up impromptu 90s and 2000s pop drag performances throughout the night plus GirlFriend ATX will be featuring the best (and worst) of the 90s and Y2Ks! Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 11, 10 PM – Sunday, August 12, 2018, 2 AM CDT. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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TOYBOX: TRUE PRIDE COLORS

Join Papi and Chique plus all their Action Figures as they show their True Colors at the new Hive MIND Hair Co. So after getting your Pride on, check out what in the BOX this month Hive MIND Hair Co., 3011 N. IH 35, Austin TX 78722. Saturday, August 11, 10:30 PM – Sunday, August 12, 2018, 1:30 AM CDT. $6 cover. BYOB.

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SUN // 12 AUG 2018

PRIDE BUNCH: TASTE THE RAINBOW

W Austin presents PRIDE BUNCH: TASTE THE RAINBOW

W Austin has teamed up with Bumble and Human Rights Campaign for a special pride brunch. DJ Kurupt serving up the beats, with special appearance by Mandy Quinn. A portion of proceeds of all Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails sold during the event will benefit HRC. Trace @ W Austin, 200 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 12, 2018, 10:30 AM – 3 PM CDT. 21+. FREE, no cover.

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DON'T BE A DRAG, JUST BE A QUEEN: DRAG BRUNCH

DON'T BE A DRAG, JUST BE A QUEEN: DRAG BRUNCH

Kimpton Off The Record and Hotel Van Zandt present Don’t Be a Drag, Just Be a Queen! A brunch to benefit The Trevor Project featuring host Ginger Minj and DJ Jen DM of HI FASHION Geraldine’s @ Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt, 605 Davis St, Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 12, 2018, 12 – 3 PM CDT. 21+. $50-$1000.

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SOUNDWAVE PRIDE

W Austin presents Soundwave Pride 2018 Edition

W Austin has teamed up with Bumble and Human Rights Campaign for a special pride edition of its weekly summertime pool party — SOUNDWAVE. DJ C-Rail and Bird Peterson serving up the beats; plus, show your Bumble app and get a complimentary beverage and swag. A portion of proceeds of all Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails sold during the event will benefit HRC. WET Desk @ W Austin, 200 Lavaca St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 12, 2018, 12 – 9 PM CDT. 21+. $20.

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AUSTIN BLACK PRIDE PRESENTS OUR BLACK BRUNCH

Austin’s black LGBTQ+ community hosts its quarterly gathering and celebrates the end of Austin PRIDE Week with brunch at Gloria’s before hitting the town for Sunday Funday. Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, 300 W 6th St Ste 100, Austin, TX 78701. Sunday, August 12, 2018, 1 – 3 PM CDT. All ages. FREE, no cover. RSVP requested.

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LESBUTANTE & THE BOSS: LET'S GET WET POOL PARTY

LESBUTANTE & THE BOSS: LET'S GET WET POOL PARTY

Lesbutante & The Boss and The Westin Downtown present Let’s Get Wet Pool Party at the Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge to close down L&B’s Year of the Womxn Austin Pride Celebration with beats by DJ GiiQ. Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge, 310 E 5th St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 12, 2018, 1 – 6 PM CDT. All ages. $25-$800.

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NOTE: This is an active post that is being updated as new details come in. It also features a curated listing of events. For a complete list of upcoming events, check out our community calendar.

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