Since late last April, Houston's LGBTQIA community has been celebrating #Pride40, commemorating the people, victories and milestones that have made up this city's more than 40-year LGBTQIA history. All of this will culminate with Houston Pride Day, happening Saturday, June 23. The two big events that day will be the 2018 Houston Pride Festival, starting at noon in downtown Houston, and the 2018 Houston Pride Parade, which will happen afterwards at 8 pm, also in downtown Houston.
But since this is Houston Pride Weekend, there will be a lot of events — some official, some not — that will be popping off around the city. So, here's a rundown of things you and your LGBTQIA people (and those who support them) can check out during these glorious three days Travel tip: LYFT is offering 50 percent off rides on Saturday June 23rd. Use the code PRIDE2018IAH for a special discount.
Friday, June 22
Pearl Bar Houston will have a "Pride40/Eden" party, with DJ Von Kiss spinning from 10 pm to 2 am. There’s a $10 suggested donation at the door, which will go to Pride Houston. Doors open at 5 pm.
Discovery Green will once again host the “Rainbow on the Green” party, featuring performances from Deborah Cox, Latin singer Edward Salles, and electro-pop artist The Patternist. It’ll be from 6 to 10 pm.
Brasil Café will host a screening of the Houston-based, ensemble dramedy 30, screening at 8 pm. You’ll be able to hang out with the cast and order from a curated drink menu. It’ll be from 7 to 10 pm.
Saturday, June 23
El Big Bad is just one of the many locations having a downtown parade pre-party. What makes this one so noteworthy is that they’re gonna have a “unicorn costume contest.” It starts at noon.
Aloft Houston Downtown will be the location for “Bae Watch 2: Houston Pride Pool Party.” Remember, you can dress up in casual/beachwear attire. It’ll be from 4 to 9 pm.
The Courtyard by Marriott Houston Downtown/Convention Center will have a “Pride Social Suite” hosted by the Log Cabin Republicans. It’ll be from 5 to 11:30 pm.
Guava Lamp will be open for a parade after-party, with 104.1 KRBE’s Special K in the DJ booth and performances by Angelina DM Trailz and Lindsey LaRue. It’ll be from 9 pm to 2 am.
Sunday, June 24
The Montrose Center is inviting people to “Brunch & Beatz,” which will have a wide array of music (top-40, pop, classic R & B, hip-hop) playing while people get their grub on. It’ll be from noon to 4 pm.
Rich’s Houston will present the official closing party of Houston Pride Week — called the Pride40/Tea Dance-Closing Party — featuring special-guest DJ Seth Breezy. It’ll be from 5 pm to 2 am.
Southside Expresso will have a “Pride at Southside!” get-together, where there will be low ABV cocktails, a live band, and two chefs preparing “Chick-fil-gay” sandwiches (!). It’ll be from 7 to 10 pm.