pride 2019

10 fabulously fierce events to show your pride in Houston

10 fabulously fierce events to show your pride in Houston

Houston Pride Parade 2016 float
Plenty of parties on Pride Festival weekend.  Photo by F. Carter Smith

June is Pride Month, which means the folks at Pride Houston will, as always, salute its local, LGBTQ+ brethren with the Houston Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday (aka Pride Day). And while Pride Houston will have plenty of official parties and events going on this Saturday and Sunday, there are several places that will also have very Pride-ful events.

Here is a rundown of Pride-related happenings that will be popping off in the next three days.

Friday

Discovery Green will once again have Rainbow on the Green, a free, city-wide LGBT celebration featuring performances from RuPaul's Drag Race alum Chad Michaels, The Voice duo OneUp, and some of Houston’s best drag performers, including Roxanne Collins, Linda Crawford, and others. 7 pm.

Eagle Houston has an annual festival of its own every time Pride comes around. Known as Eagle's Pride Street Festival, this three-day fest has food trucks, games, a performance by Darius Vallier during the downtown parade, and a series of DJs providing the tunes for the official, Pride Houston closing party on Sunday. Noon.

Insomnia Gallery will have a Pride Art Show, celebrating and showcasing local LGBTQ+ artists. Eureka Heights Brewing Company will donate beer, and a portion of the $5 cover charge will benefit a local nonprofit that serves the city's LGBTQ+ community. 7 pm.

Pinot's Palette will salute Pride by having a weekend when people can come in and paint. Each day is a different theme: Friday is Psychedelic Starry Night, Saturday will have Poppy Prism and Date Night, and Sunday will be Family Day Unicorn, where folks and their kids can paint unicorns. 7 pm (3 and 7 pm Saturday; 2 pm Sunday).

Landmark River Oaks will host a midnight-movie screening of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, that other drag-queen road trip movie from the '90s, starring Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, and the late Patrick Swayze as a trio of dames en route to a beauty pageant. 11:59 pm.

Saturday

El Big Bad is hosting a curated program called Pride is the New Black. This event (which kicks off the new Houston is the New Black event series) will be full of Houston-based art, music, and fashion, along with food and drink specials. A portion of the proceeds will go to Pride Houston. Noon.

Pearl Bar, which is known as "Houston's Lesbian Bar," will have a day party complete with six female DJs from all over the country (Von Kiss, Angie Vee, and Houston's own Drea Stevens, among them), as well as a bounce house, free swag, and other special entertainment. 3 pm.

The Dive will have a Lay-Tex Pride Party, where a steady stream of DJs — Jen B, Joe Dismal, Bobby Bliss, Amanda Robinson, and Alfred Ramirez — will play hot, house music all night long. If you want to show up in something latex-ish, that's completely up to you. 8 pm.

Sunday

Hotel ICON, Autograph Collection will merge a drag show with Sunday brunch (which are popular at Hamburger Mary's). Angelina DM Trailz, Chloe C Ross, Reign, and Roxanne will provide the entertainment, and people will be able to nosh on assorted brunch items and bottomless mimosas. Noon.

Cozy Corner will have an over-the-top evening of Drag Queen Disco Bingo, hosted by the fantabulous Dulce Strutts. You can drink, dance, play bingo, and win prizes to help homeless animals. (The event is also a benefit for Westbury CARE, a nonprofit, neighborhood-based, animal rescue effort). 6 pm.