Gay Place

If you're craving a big party, our sister city San Antonio is celebrating 13 years of Pride

These are hot days and steamy nights, but with this heat comes that childlike feeling of lake-water hair, dirt-stained feet, and an endless craving for Popsicles. Today in adulting land, long weekends tease with that sweet taste of summer vacation. So for the next few days, make the most of it. If you're craving a big party, our sister to the south(west) is celebrating 13 years of Pride (see Saturday), while a more intimate evening can be found at Je Ne Sais Queer (also Saturday) – an art market of the queerest kind with poets, bands, and astrology readings. Sunday night, keep it in the family with an old-fashioned "gay" folk night at Cheer Ups. Whatever you get yerself into though, make sure you take time to bask in the lovely glow of summertime queers.


Guerrilla Queer Bar: Queer as F$ck GQB returns to claim some goddamn much-needed queer space. Rock some rainbow in honor of Orlando and lose yerself in a sea of sexy, lovely queers. Thu., June 30, 6-10pm. The Crow Bar, 3116 S. Congress, 512/465-2982. Free.

Class Transitions A strength training-meets-boot camp-style class developed for Austin's trans community. Thursdays, 7:10pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, 512/923-5859. $15.

Sha'Nyia Baltimore and the Cast of the Supernovas! Supernovas getting wild this week, every week at BTII. Thu., 11pm. Bout Time II, 6607 N. I-35, 512/419-9192.

The Aqua Show Is it wet in here or is it just the aquatic-inspired burlesque and sideshow acts? Who can say, but Texas performers Layna D' Luna, Aliska Wolfbane, Nick T'Vegan, Frankie Blackheart, and more are gonna get their magic on. Fri., July 1, 9pm. Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, 866/620-6667. $10.

Hail Yasss: Manson Family Values (a Marilyn vs. Shirley drag tribute) If yer 18 and up and lookin' for a freaky good time, look no further. The Platter Queens are serving up Nineties/Aughts goth tonight with a drag showdown/ode to Shirley and Marilyn Manson (no relation). Usual suspects found onstage. Fri., July 1, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. $5.

San Antonio Pride We know, we know, San Antonio is not Austin, but who doesn't love a good Pride celebration? 'Tis the season; see how many you can hit up (or hit on). Sat., July 2, 11am-11pm. Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave., San Antonio. $10 donation.

Je Ne Sais Queer Artist's Market A queertastic evening with "bizarre art, poignant poetry, and magnificent musical performance" (by Pillow Princess and Brand New Key). Help raise dough for Allgo, and up the ante on yer current art collection, plus you can get yer astrology read and rock out to Bitter Heart Society and the Artemis Glow. Sat., July 2, 4-9pm. Pink Palace, 702 W. 32nd.

Drag at the Drive-In Presents: The Birdcage It's never a bad day to watch The Birdcage. Robin Williams and Nathan Lane might not be the dream couple, but damn do they make you laugh. Local queens open. Sat., July 2, 6:30pm. Blue Starlite Drive-In II, 1001 E. Sixth. $7-25.

BPM Saturday DJ BigFace and the Boys of ATX sure make that Highland dance floor slick. Go ahead, break a sweat, cuz Grindr is in the house this week. Wrap it, boyz. Saturdays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free before 2am.

HIGHLAND SUNDAY FUNDAY It's an afternoon filled with Absolute Brunch and ADA Hold 'Em. Stick around for a karaoke-filled evening with John of Diamond Karaoke. Sundays. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. Free.

Score@OCH First Sundays Let's see those jerseys out in force. (They earn you some discounts at the bar.) Come get social with other sports-minded jock-o-philes. First Sundays of the month, 3pm. Oilcan Harry's, 211 W. Fourth, 512/320-8823.

Big Ol' Gay Folk Night Keep it mellow with Goodnight Ghost, Dr. Kropps, and the Manifest Electric. Sun., July 3, 9pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free.

AGLCC Luncheon The AGLCC wants to meet you and connect you and get to know you. Share some queer skills and biz cards while snacking on Tuesday's lunch. Tue., July 5, 11am-1pm. See website for location. $15-25.

W I T C H W a V E Must be the season of the witch, cuz these ladiez are descending on Red River with a dance party (and midnight market) fit for queers, gays, homos, genderbenders, gender nonconformers, and of course witches. Wed., July 6, 10pm. Elysium, 705 Red River, 512/478-8385. Free.

Poetry Night Cherry Kiss Entertainment is getting poetic with T.J. Wolfe signing autographs and selling her book Unwanted Heart. DJ Kimmy K keeps the beat and WAL gets the proceeds. BYOB it. Thu., July 7, 7-11pm. Lone Star Hookahs, 104 E. 31st. $10.


Austin Pride 2016 Pride is coming. Werk Fashion Show: Sat., Aug. 20. Festival and parade: Sat., Aug. 27. $17-125.

Plezzure Island That's right ladiez (and gents mayhaps) – it's the first (and only) all-grrrl resort takeover to hit the Texas coast. Get yer swimsuits packed for pool party adventures and sleepover daydreams. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Hilton Galveston Island Resort. $200.

Queer Youth Media Project ASoF and aGLIFF once again host the Queer Youth Media Project. Together they're teaching baby queers how to make and market movies, how to enter festivals, and also an intro to theatre, acting, and casting calls. Classes will be taught by Janet Jensen. Queer youth, ages 12-20, should apply. The session runs July 25-29, 10am-4:30pm. And all films will be screened at this year's aGLIFF. Register now for July 25-29. Austin School of Film, 1634 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/236-8877. Free registration; sign up online.,

The Queer Queens Of Qomedy Poppy Champlin returns with her motley crew of queer qomedy queens, including Sandra Valls and Mimi Gonzalez. Brace yer face for laughing. Tue., July 12. Highland Lounge, 404 Colorado, 512/649-1212. $25; $40 VIP.

The Gay Place loves you; keep those cards and letters comin’.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Austin LGBTQ
Qmmunity: Queer Texan Pride Rides Again
Qmmunity: Queer Texan Pride Rides Again
Qmmunity rustles up queer events all over Central Texas

James Scott, June 3, 2022

Qmmunity: Cher-ing Is Caring
Qmmunity: Cher-ing Is Caring
The Goddess of Pop’s birthday begets cool queer ATX parties

James Scott, May 20, 2022

More Gay Place
Gay Place
Gay Place
The end of summer, in name only

Sarah Marloff, Aug. 31, 2018

Gay Place
Gay Place
The Flash Collective calls on the queer community to help create public art

Sarah Marloff, Aug. 24, 2018


Austin LGBTQ, Pride, Je Ne Sais Queer, Cheer Up Charlies

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle