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Austin Pride 2019

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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 January that this year’s celebration will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019,  and as in the past, you can expect  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.

This is an active post and is updated. It also features a curated list 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.

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

SATURDAY // AUGUST 10, 2019

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

Austin PRIDE Festival

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 140+ 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 10, 2019, 11 AM – 6 PM CDT. All ages. General admission: Adults $20-$150, children ages 7-17 $10, children 6 & under FREE.

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.

The Apple contingent in the 2015 Austin Pride Parade
The Apple contingent in the 2015 Austin Pride Parade. Photo credit: Chase Martin/therepubliq

Austin PRIDE Parade

The main event, the Austin Pride Parade is by far the largest event of Pride Week(end). Last year featured well over 100 contingents in the parade with over 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 10, 2019, 8 – 10 PM CDT. All ages. FREE; $35 for VIP seating.

Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, Host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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Super Bowl 2019

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Whether you’re watch the Big Game for the commercials or the half-time show with Maroon 5 … or maybe to actually watch the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams, check out these Super Bowl Watch parties around town. The big game kicks off SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019 at 5:30 PM.

Oilcan Harry’s

Oilcan’s hosts its annual Super Bowl watch party and this year features hot wings along with a beer bust. $2 draft Lone Star pints and $6 draft Lone Star pitchers.

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Rain on 4th

The crew from the Austin Gay Flag Football League are hosting their Super Bowl watch party at Rain on 4th. Happy hour drink specials with $1.50 mimosas and $3.25 wells along with a nacho bar sponsored by Cabo Bobs.

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The Iron Bear

Catch the Big Game down at The Iron Bear on the five big screen TVs and our two huge projector screens while enjoying hamburgers, hot dogs and other snacks. $2 draft pints of Bud Light, Lone Star and Ziegen Bock all day long.

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BT2 Austin

Want to avoid the downtown crowd, check out BT2 Austin in North Austin. Drink specials and free food during the game and plenty of free parking.

03feb5:00 PM10:00 PMSuper Bowl Watch Party5:00 PM - 10:00 PM BT2 AustinCategories:Football,NightlifeAges:21+

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Last Splash 2018

Get the most out of Last Splash with our annual Last Splash planner, your guide to the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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A quick primer for those of you new to Splash and/or Austin’s queer scene. First, there are TWO Splash weekends in Austin: First Splash during Memorial Day Weekend and Last Splash during Labor Day Weekend. First Splash is when Austin gays kick off summer, while Last Splash is the unofficial close of summer.

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Last Splash is technically just the party out on the lake at the gay section of Hippie Hollow on the Sunday of the holiday weekend. That’s when the bars come together and load up a couple of barges with booze and bartenders and deejays and head out to the cove. There are several events that pop-up around the lake event. Splash Days, for example, is a multi-day party during Last Splash Weekend. Austin Chill Weekend is a bear run organized by the Lone Star Bears that falls over Labor Day weekend. While these Splash-adjacent events tend to focus on a specific portion of the community, the actual Splash party at the lake is open to everyone … 18 and up, just because that’s the rule at Hippie Hollow.


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The weather is looking nearly perfect for the weekend, and especially Sunday, but this is Texas after all and this could change, but we’ll keep you posted on any changes that may affect events.

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Splash Days

Start Splash Days weekend off with DJ Mixer Rogers at the Oasis Texas Brewing Company for the Welcome Party. 25% off food and drink all night, plus a discount on refillable souvenir pint glass and refills for hosts and pass holders. Oasis Texas Brewing Company, 6550 Comanche Trail #301, Austin TX 78732. Friday, August 31, 6 PM – 12 MIDNIGHT. 21+. $25-$60

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The Tucked Gals are switching it up this Friday as the Highland queens switch with each others drag personas and styles. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 31, 10:30 PM – Saturday, September 1, 2018, 2 AM . 21+. FREE, no cover.

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PooPoo Platter presents Last Splash ft. The Breeders

It’s Last Splash Weekend…. the 25th birthday of The Breeders’ Last Splash that is. The party isn’t out at Lake Travis. It’s downtown at Elysium! Poo Poo Platter brings you a drag tribute to one of the most iconic albums of the 90s. We will be bringing you a whole new type of show; a multi-media experience of short films, interviews, burlesque, and of course drag performances. Elysium, 705 Red River St, Austin TX 78701. Friday, August 31, 10 PM – 2 AM. 18+. $7 cover

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DJ Roland Belmares returns to Austin for the Splash Days Saturday night main event — Splash Dance. Passholders 10 drink tickets good for 20% off any drink (2 tickets for doubles) and expedited entry. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, September 1, 10 PM – Sunday, September 2, 2018, 2 AM. 21+. FREE, no cover for general public. $25-60 for Splash Days pass, including drink discounts and expedited entry.

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Join the men of Austin Gears for “Gear Night”, the group’s monthly social gathering. What is gear? What ever turns you on and makes you feel sexy…that is gear! (That being said, please remember to keep your gear street legal). Gear Night is a safe zone and welcoming of everyone in the community. The Iron Bear, 121 W 8th St, Austin TX 78701. Saturday, September 1, 10 PM – Sunday, September 2, 2018, 2 AM. 21+. FREE, no cover for general public.

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Last Splash

This is the main event. This is what Splash is all about. Now, you have to use some imagination to visualize what it’s like when we have a full lake and there isn’t a rocky beach to camp out on. Back in the day we used to find a perch on the rocks or, if you got there late, back up in the trees.

If you haven’t heard, Hippie Hollow is a clothing optional park … actually the only clothing optional park in the state. It’s optional, so you don’t have to take your clothes off … in fact most don’t although, after a few drinks and baking under the sun, there are more nude people out later in the day. Remember, nudity is okay, lewd behavior isn’t and will get you ticketed or arrested.

There is no cost to go the Splash party at the lake, BUT there is a fee to get in to the park. It’s $15 per vehicle if you drive in or $8 per person if you walk or bike in. Cash or check only, no credit/debit cards. There is no fee if you come in off the lake on a boat. Please note that Hippie Hollow Park generally reaches capacity on holiday weekends. When capacity is reached the park is closed for the remainder of the day to all incoming traffic, including pedestrians. So don’t be surprised if you’re turned away at the gate when you show up late in the afternoon.

If you intend to get free drinks from the party barges, you will need to get a wristband. Wristbands are available from one of the sponsor bars/businesses on Saturday night. You will need to bring your ID and it will be put on you at the bar. No, you can’t grab a couple for your friends. Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristbands do not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the park entry fee if you drive or walk in.

Also, it’s a long hike from the parking lot to the gay section at Hippie Hollow … take this in mind if you plan to haul in a ton of crap. If you haul it in, you haul it out. Dispose of all trash properly in the appropriate containers. If you bring your own beverages, remember, NO GLASS containers. Tobacco is prohibited in all Travis County parks. Pets are not allowed at Hippie Hollow.

After Splash is really up to you … most will go home and (hopefully) shower and freshen up or nap before heading back out for a Sunday Funday on 4th Street. Locals should note that many bars will be treating Sunday night like a second Saturday so most will not have their regularly scheduled Sunday night shows.

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If you’re planning on driving out, try to head out early. Because of limited parking, once the lot hits capacity the park temporarily closes the park to new visitors until it clears out a bit. You are encouraged to carpool or riding out on a boat if possible. If you bring your own beverages, remember, NO GLASS containers. Also, it’s a long hike from the parking lot to the gay section at Hippie Hollow … take this in mind if you plan to be hauling in a ton of crap.

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After Splash is really up to you … most will go home and (hopefully) shower and freshen up or nap before heading back out for a Sunday Funday on 4th Street. Locals should note that many bars will be treating Sunday night like a second Saturday so most will not have their regularly scheduled Sunday night shows.
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After the lake, DJ Blacklow (LA) spins for Splash Days’ Sunday night party — High Tide — at Highland Lounge. This is the final night party for Splash Days before the t-dance on Monday. Passholders get 1 complimentary well drink and $5 Skyy vodka (and all Skyy vodka flavors) all night long, as well as expedited entry. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado St, Austin TX 78701. Sunday, September 2, 10 PM – Monday, September 3, 2018, 3 AM . 21+. $5 cover for general public starting at 1 AM. $25-60 for Splash Days pass, including drink discounts and expedited entry.

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Splash Days returns to Rain on 4th for their closing t-dance with DJ Roland Belmares. Passholders get 10 drink tickets good for 20% off any drink (2 tickets for doubles) and expedited entry. Rain on 4th, 217 W 4th St, Austin TX 78701. Monday, September 3, 2017, 1 – 4 PM . 21+. FREE, no cover for general public. $25-60 for Splash Days pass, including drink discounts and expedited entry.

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There is no cost to go the Splash party at the lake, BUT there is a fee to get in to the park. It’s $15 per vehicle if you drive in or $8 per person if you walk or bike in. Cash or check only, no credit/debit cards. There is no fee if you come in off the lake on a boat.

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Wristbands are available from one of the sponsor bars/businesses on the Saturday night before Splash Sunday, typically starting at 10 PM. You will need to bring your ID and it will be put on you at the bar. No, you can’t grab a couple for your friends. Your wristbands to not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the fee if you drive or walk in. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge.

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No. Wristbands are put on at the bar once your age has been verified. Your friends must be present to receive their wristbands.

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Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristbands do not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the park entry fee if you drive or walk in.

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The barges are typically at Hippie Hollow from 10 AM to 4 PM. Times can vary each year, depending on lake levels.

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No. Pets are not allowed in Hippie Hollow Park.

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Nowhere. Tobacco products are prohibited in all Travis County properties, including parks.

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Hippie Hollow Park is located on the shores of Lake Travis in western Travis County, approximately 20 miles from downtown Austin. It is usually a 30-minute drive, depending on traffic. If you’re driving, use the address 7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732 on your navigation app.

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The parking lot fills up quickly, especially on holiday weekends. When capacity is reached the park is closed for the remainder of the day to all incoming traffic, including pedestrians. So don’t be surprised if you’re turned away at the gate when you show up late in the afternoon.

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There is no shuttle to the Splash party and Capital Metro, Austin’s public transportation provider, does not have service that reaches Hippie Hollow Park.

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First Splash 2019

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Last Splash 2017 at Hippie Hollow Park in Austin, Texas.
Last Splash 2017 at Hippie Hollow Park in Austin, Texas. Photo courtesy Chase Martin/therepubliq

A quick primer for those of you new to Splash and/or Austin’s queer scene. First, there are TWO Splash weekends in Austin: First Splash is when Austin gays kick off summer over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and Last Splash is the unofficial close of summer during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

This is an active post and is updated. It also features a curated list of events. For a complete list of upcoming events, check out our community calendar.

What is Splash?

First and Last Splash are technically just the party out on the lake at the gay section of Hippie Hollow on the Sunday of the holiday weekend. The gay section is located at the very end of the park. Just keep on the paved walkway until it runs out … and you’re at the gay section. Each year, for both Sundays on Splash weekends, several of the bars come together and load up a couple of barges with booze, bartenders and deejays and head out to the cove. If you want to grab drinks from the party barge, you’ll need to grab a wristband from one of the sponsor bars (see below for further details) and be sure to bring your photo ID.

The Austin Police Department‘s ‘No Refusal’ DWI initiative is in place every Friday through Sunday from 9 PM and 5 AM all summer long. If you are pulled over and suspected of driving while impaired, officers will be able to apply for a search warrant to obtain blood from operators who refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.

Beyond Splash

There are several events that pop-up around the lake event. While these Splash-adjacent events tend to focus on a specific portion of the community, the actual Splash party at the lake is open to everyone … 18 and up, just because that’s the rule at Hippie Hollow.

This is an active post and is updated. It also features a curated list of events. For a complete list of upcoming events, check out our community calendar.

SUNDAY // MAY 26, 2019

FIRST SPLASH AT HIPPIE HOLLOW

Last Splash 2017 at Hippie Hollow Park in Austin, Texas.
Last Splash 2017 at Hippie Hollow Park in Austin, Texas. Photo courtesy Chase Martin/therepubliq

This is the main event. This is what Splash is all about.

If you haven’t heard, Hippie Hollow is a clothing optional park … actually the only clothing optional park in the state. It’s optional, so you don’t have to take your clothes off … in fact most don’t although, after a few drinks and baking under the sun, there are more nude people out later in the day. Remember, nudity is okay, lewd behavior isn’t and will get you ticketed or arrested.

How much is it?

There is no cost to go the Splash party at the lake, BUT there is a fee to get in to the park. It’s $15 per vehicle if you drive in or $8 per person if you walk or bike in. Cash or check only, no credit/debit cards. There is no fee if you come in off the lake on a boat. Please note that Hippie Hollow Park generally reaches capacity on holiday weekends. The county closes the park for the remainder of the day to all incoming traffic, including pedestrians when capacity is reached. So don’t be surprised if you’re turned away at the gate when you show up late in the afternoon.

The party barge at Last Splash 2017 at Hippie Hollow Park in Austin, Texas.
The party barge at Last Splash 2017 at Hippie Hollow Park in Austin, Texas. Photo courtesy Chase Martin/therepubliq

Wristbands

If you intend to get free drinks from the party barges, you will need to get a wristband. Wristbands are available from one of the sponsor bars/businesses on Saturday night. You will need to bring your ID and it will be put on you at the bar. No, you can’t grab a couple for your friends. Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristbands do not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the park entry fee if you drive or walk in.

What can I take?

Also, it’s a long hike from the parking lot to the gay section at Hippie Hollow … take this in mind if you plan to haul in a ton of crap. If you haul it in, you haul it out. Dispose of all trash properly in the appropriate containers. If you bring your own beverages, remember, NO GLASS containers. The county prohibits all tobacco products in its parks and pets are not allowed at Hippie Hollow.

After the Lake

After Splash is really up to you. Most will go home and (hopefully) shower and freshen up or nap before heading back out for a Sunday Funday on 4th Street. Many bars treat Sunday night over a holiday weekend like a second Saturday so many will not have their regularly scheduled Sunday night shows.

FAQs

How much does it cost to attend?

There is no cost to go the Splash party at the lake, BUT there is a fee to get in to the park. It’s $15 per vehicle if you drive in or $8 per person if you walk or bike in. Cash or check only, no credit/debit cards. There is no fee if you come in off the lake on a boat.

Where/when do I get my wristband?

Wristbands are available from one of the sponsor bars/businesses on the Saturday night before Splash Sunday, typically starting at 10 PM. You will need to bring your ID and it will be put on you at the bar. No, you can’t grab a couple for your friends. Your wristbands to not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the fee if you drive or walk in. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge.

Can I get extra wristbands for my friends?

No. Wristbands are put on at the bar once your age has been verified. Your friends must be present to receive their wristbands.

What does my wristband get me?

Your wristband only gets you free drinks from the sponsored party barge. You do not need a wristband to go to the Splash party at the lake. Your wristbands do not get you in to the park for free. You still need to play the park entry fee if you drive or walk in.

How long are the sponsored party barges at Hippie Hollow?

The barges are typically at Hippie Hollow from 11 AM to 4 PM. Times can vary each year, depending on lake levels.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Pets are not allowed in Hippie Hollow Park.

Where can I smoke in the park?

Nowhere. Tobacco products are prohibited in all Travis County properties, including parks.

Where is Hippie Hollow?

Hippie Hollow Park is located on the shores of Lake Travis in western Travis County, approximately 20 miles from downtown Austin. It is usually a 30-minute drive, depending on traffic. If you’re driving, use the address 7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732 on your navigation app.

Is there parking at Hippie Hollow Park?

The parking lot fills up quickly, especially on holiday weekends. When capacity is reached the park is closed for the remainder of the day to all incoming traffic, including pedestrians. So don’t be surprised if you’re turned away at the gate when you show up late in the afternoon.

Is there a shuttle or bus to get out to Hippie Hollow?

There is no shuttle to the Splash party and Capital Metro, Austin’s public transportation provider, does not have service that reaches Hippie Hollow Park.

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