While most people celebrate pride during Pride Month in June, Austin has hosted its Pride events in September since 2011. This year it will be a little earlier as 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 29, 2015 and Pride Week running from August 22-30, 2015. This puts Pride weekend one week ahead of Last Splash and the Labor Day Holiday weekend.
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 listings. If you don’t see an event listed, email details and/or links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You’ve Missed
WERK Fashion Show
This year the WERK Fashion Show will be emceed by RuPaul’s Drag Race Winner Bianca Del Rio and feature a special performance from comedian Margaret Cho along with special musical guests, Ultra Nate and Jill Jones. This year’s designers from ‘Project Runway’ include Daniel Esquivel, Anthony Ryan, Kini Zamora, Samantha Black, Joshua McKinley, Samantha Plasencia, Richard Hallmarq, Peach Carr, Matthew Arthur, Rey Ortiz, plus a special runway from Austin designer Midi Soliz.
On the day of the show. there will be a ‘Pop-Up Boutique’ on the Front Porch of ACL from 1-4 PM. Come meet the designers and have the opportunity to purchase fabulous clothes and order custom pieces! Don’t miss the silent auction featuring items from your favorite Austin businesses!
ACL Live, 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 22, 2015. Pop-up boutique 1-4 PM, cocktails 6 PM, doors 7 PM, show 8 PM. Tickets $30-$125. All ages (Warning: some graphic language may be unsuitable for younger audiences).RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets Visit website
C-Rail’s Beargasm presents GYM JOX ft. Macky Ray
Austin’s own muscly Cajun DJ Macky Ray headlines this year’s Beargasm: GYM JOX party at The Iron Bear hosted by DJ C-Rail. Gym attire is encouraged. Drink specials, no cover, plenty of parking nearby. The Iron Bear, 121 W. 8th St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 22, 2015. 9 PM – 12 MID. FREE. 21+.RSVP on Facebook
Big Gay PRIDE Brunch
abcde events presents the official Pride Brunch during the opening weekend of Austin Pride Week. It should also be noted that this is the FIRST Big Gay Brunch held on a SUNDAY. This year will feature performances by Cupcake & Sabel Scities as well as a special performance by Miss Austin Pride Emeritus Kai Lee Mykels. The event will be the first Big Gay Brunch in the newly remodeled and rebranded venue — Slate Restaurant. Slate Restaurant, 612 W. 6th St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 23, 2015. 11 AM – 3 PM. FREE.RSVP on Facebook
Q Austin & Renaissance Cats Who Can’t Even present: Another Night of Queer Art
The Q Austin AND Renaissance Cats Who Can’t Even proudly present another night of Queer art at Gallery Q featuring music, food, drinks, conversation and ART! ART! ART! The show features a collection of talented artists from Austin’s queer community showcasing various voices, styles and mediums. The Q Austin, 2906 Medical Arts St., Austin TX 78705. Monday, August 24, 2015. 6-10 PM. FREE.RSVP on Facebook
Drag Queen Backdoor Bingo
Austin Pride presents a special Pride Edition of it’s monthly drag queen bingo night in the Warehouse District. Hosted by Cupcake and Lady Grackle Birdbreath along with sounds by DJ Filthy Rich, Drag Queen Backdoor Bingo features prizes from local businesses and a raffle benefiting Austin Pride. Speakeasy, 412 Congress Ave., Austin TX 78701. Tuesday, August 25, 2015. 7 PM. FREE.RSVP on Facebook
Shitty Kitty Big Ball Bingo
Rebecca Havemeyer is back from her whirlwind summer tour of the globe and just in time to bring you another edition of her often imitated, but never duplicated, monthly fundraiser on 4th Street — SHITTY KITTY BIG BALL BINGO. Six games; always free to play. Lots of fun prizes. Free Texas chili pie. 50/50 raffle. And one bag of cat shit. Games start promptly at 10 PM, but get there early if you want to grab a seat in the Big Room. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Wednesday, August 26, 2015. 10 PM. FREE.RSVP on Facebook
Pride Interfaith Celebration
This year’s speaker include Rev. Dr. Jayme Mathias, Rev. Carmarion Anderson, and Adama Brown, along with special guests Sarah Goodfriend & Suzanne Bryant. This year will see the return of the ATX Pride Choir, led by Rodney Chapman, and those looking to join the choir should email him directly at email@example.com for more information about upcoming practices. Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin TX 78750. Thursday, August 27, 2015. 7 PM. FREE.RSVP on Facebook Visit website
Patrice Pike ATX PRIDE Show
Austin musician Patrice Pike and her band will be performing during Austin PRIDE Week at the iconic Saxon Pub down on South Lamar. The Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78704. Thursday, August 27, 2015. 8 PM. 21+. $10 door.RSVP on Facebook
Girl Pride ATX – Official Women’s Party
Lesbutante and the Boss present the official Women’s Party of Austin PRIDE featuring DJ Citizen Jane (Miami) and hosted by comedian Sandra Valls. VIP package, hosted by Girls with Flair, includes a meet & greet with Sandra Valls and features private bartender access and bathrooms. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Thursday, August 27, 2015. 9 PM. General admission FREE, VIP $20.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets
Stripper Circus ft. Yara Sofia
Oilcan Harry’s presents a special Pride edition of it’s weekly Thursday night showcase — Stripper Circus. The boys of Go Go ATX and the duel DJs — DJ Kavika and DJ Eriq Stylez — are joined by Yara Sofia, from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 and RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, for a special Pride show at 1 AM. Come out early to see the boys dancing on the bar and to try out the carnival games and your chance to with some OCH swag. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Thursday, August 27, 2015. 10 PM. FREE. 21+RSVP on Facebook
The New Now
Girls With Flair! Proudly presents “The New Now,” a celebration of equality, love, and PRIDE! From cultural breakthroughs to marriage equality our world is moving forward and bridging the gaps with love one day at a time. GWF! invites you to join forces and make this PRIDE one to remember. Community icons Kate Moennig and Camila Grey will headline our all female entertainment showcase. They will pack the dance floor with their sweet sexy beats leaving you hypnotized! Local Aerialist Alex Andersin will deliver a sexy set alongside Pole Superstar, Lindsey Dement. Face Melting Burlesque from local troupe, Starlust Burlesque. Doors open at 7:00 and live performances start at 7:30 with local musician, Hannah Cottrell. Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 28, 2015. 7 PM – 2 AM. $30-$120.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets
Drag At The Drive-In: Hairspray
Blue Starlite Urban Drive-in and Austin International Drag Foundation Inc. present Drag At The Drive-In featuring a screening of the classic John Water’s film, “Hairspray” starring Divine and Ricki Lake. The evening starts off with a show by some of Austin’s best Drag artists performing songs from the musical version of Hairspray! Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, 1901 E. 51st St., Austin TX 78723. Friday, August 28, 2015. 7:30 PM. Starting at $5 per person. All ages.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets
FleshJack is in town for Austin Pride Week and they’re hosting a meet and greet with their new boys — Trenton Ducati, Sean Zevran and Jake Orion on the Friday before the Pride Festival at OCH from 8-11 PM. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 28, 2015. 8 PM. FREE. 21+RSVP on Facebook
Disco Fever – Official Men’s Party
Austin Pride celebrates 25 years with a disco-theme party for the boys, featuring gogo boys from the Boys of ATX. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 28, 2015. 9 PM. No cover, 21+.RSVP on Facebook
District 512 presents an “official, unofficial Austin non-Pride event” — SWITCH. This showcase of Austin talent, hosted by Miss Austin Pride 2014 Lady Grackle Birdbreath, features DJ Mary Coronado and DJs Fine & Dandy along with a special performance by Jenuine Cello. V Nightclub, 409 Colorado St., Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 28, 2015. 9 PM – 2 AM. No cover.RSVP on Facebook Visit website
A special PRIDE EDITION of Sucia, in collaboration with Grindhouse Productions, hosted by Ursula, Jose Padilla and Bobby Bearz and featuring DJ Boyfriends, Ben Aqua, CJ Milli, Supraman, Claudia De Chalon, the House of Kenzo and more TBA. New York New York (above Recess Arcade Bar), 222 E. 6th St., Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 28, 2015. 9 PM – 2 AM, afterhours til 5 AM. 18+. Advanced tickets: $7 for either the party (9 PM-2 AM) OR after party (2:30-5 AM), or $10 for both.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets
Love is Love
Rain kicks off Pride weekend with our Love is Love party. No cover. Come gay come straight, come woman come man. Come black, white, brown, yellow, pink, come all! Let’s celebrate equality, unity, diversity, & pride. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 28, 2015. 10 PM. FREE.RSVP on Facebook
Austin Pride Festival
The Austin Gay & Lesbian Pride Foundation presents the 25th 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. Last year’s event brought in 7,500 festival attendees.
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|Susan Arbuckle Band
Grackle and Cupcake
Sabra JohnSin Burlesque
Tencha La Jefa
Tasha Kohl 2
Sabra JohnSin Burlesque
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|Kai Lee Mykels
Austin Babtist Women
Sawyer Snatch Kline
|Casey Lee Kline
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 (Uber, Lyft), 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 Austin Pride website.
Fiesta Gardens (Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach in Town Lake Metropolitan Park), 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St., Austin TX 78702. Saturday, August 29, 2015. 11 AM – 6 PM. All ages. General admission: Adults $20-$125, children ages 7-17 $10, children 6 & under FREE.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets Sign up to volunteer
Austin Pride Parade
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. Fees range from $200 to $1,500 depending on the type organization or business.
Downtown Austin. Saturday, August 29, 2015. 8-11 PM. All ages. FREE.RSVP on Facebook Sign up to volunteer
Motherz Presents: Pride³ at Fadó
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The Austin production duo Motherz, made up of DJs Nymble Digitz & Divorcée, present a showcase of underground music on 4th Street on the patio at Fado featuring Jason Jenkins, Marcus Lefty Shaw, Mary Magdalena, Nymble Digitz, Dj Divorcée, RiCHARD.GEAR and more. Listen to your deejays drop music that you will not hear in the other gay clubs or on top 40 radio shows — disco, retro, house, tech-house, techno and your favorite underground club jams — all night long.Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant, 214 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 29, 2015. 9 PM – 2 AM. 21+. FREE.
C-Rail’s Beargasm presents PRIDE
He’s taken a break from spinning for a bit, but DJ C-Rail is back and he’s ready to celebrate 25 years of pride in Austin right after the Austin PRIDE parade. Located just a block away from the parade route on Congress Avenue, the Iron Bear is an alternative for those who want to play downtown, but don’t want to deal with the 4th Street crowds. The Iron Bear, 121 W. 8th St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 29, 2015. 9 PM – 2 AM. FREE. 21+.RSVP on Facebook
3rd Annual ATX Women’s Pride Party
After the parade, Susan Arbuckle is hosting the 3rd annual ATX Women’s Pride Party (unofficial) in South Austin at the One-2-One Bar. There’s plenty of free parking, a full bar, room to dance and door prizes. So if you’re looking for some post-parade non-4th Street festivities or just looking to avoid downtown altogether, here’s an alternative. One-2-One Bar, 1509 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste 600, Austin TX 78704. Saturday, August 27, 2015. 9:30 PM. 21+. $10 door.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets
Queer Up Charlie’s featuring VIVA RUIZ
New York City performer Viva Ruiz returns to Austin for an unofficial afterparty for Austin Pride featuring House of Kenzo, Mouthfeel, Dylan Reece, Girlfriend and Cap’n Tits. Cheer Up Charlie’s, 900 Red River St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 29, 2015. 10 PM – 2 AM. FREE. 21+.RSVP on Facebook
El Sol y La Luna hosts a Latino night after the Austin Pride parade, hosted by Cynthia Lee Fontaine and featuring special guests Erika L Mykels, Kara Foxx Paris and go-go dancers. El Sol y La Luna, 600 E 6th St., Austin TX 78701. Saturday, August 29, 2015. 9:30 PM. Advanced tickets: $5. Door: $10.RSVP on Facebook Get Tickets
Show Your Horns
The Texas Exes LGBT Alumni Network wrap up Pride Week as they presents one final monthly social in Austin before they start mixing things up with different kinds of events. Revisit with old classmates, expand your network, learn about your community, and, most importantly, come to have a good time. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 30, 2015. 2 PM.RSVP on Facebook
The Austin Babtist Women 29th Anniversary Show Spectacular
The Austin Babtist Women celebrate 29 years of fundraising with a special benefit show for the Texas Gay Rodeo Association and their charity beneficiaries. Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 30, 2015. 7 PM.RSVP on Facebook
MTV’s VMA Watch Party
After the weekend’s whirlwind of festivities, take a break and head down to 4th Street for some Sunday Funday and catch the MTV Video Music Awards at Rain. If you want to try your luck, grab a ballot from the Bobby or Robert in The Lounge and fill it out with who you think will walk away with a Moonman. Then turn it in before 6:42 PM and sit back and watch the awards with us. At the end of the night, the person who got the most award winners right (who is still present) will take home a $100 Visa gift card. Red carpet coverage starts at 5 PM, award show and performances start at 7 PM. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 30, 2015. 7 PM. FREE.RSVP on Facebook
Super Sunday Diva Show ft. Raven
RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Raven joins the cast of a very special Super Sunday Diva Show hosted by Kelly Kline at OCH, with performances at 10:30 PM and again at MIDNIGHT. The cast will pay tribute to the show’s co-host, Mr. Jenny McCall who passed away unexpectedly early this week.Oilcan Harry’s, 211 W. 4th St., Austin TX 78701. Sunday, August 30, 2015. 10:30 PM & MIDNIGHT.21+RSVP on Facebook