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Post-Pride Week parties aplenty

By Sarah Marloff, September 2, 2016, Columns

Perhaps you thought that the glitter would settle with Pride's end. Let me tell you now – you were wrong. With a three-day weekend riding in on the heels of Pride's rainbow flags, there's parties aplenty. To many outside of Texas, September marks the return of fall, and the queers have decided to embrace Labor Day's Bon Voyage to the season with the reoccurring theme, End of Summer – or was that Endless Summer? We can't tell with these temps. From Circus Ships, to Splash Days, and one epic party at Craftsman, Austin queers are embracing summer in all its hot-and-sweaty glory one last time even if no one's packin' up those short shorts anytime soon. But who cares? Get out there and kiss summer so long (kinda).


Help End the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog in Austin 911 call, queers! City Council is talking timely testing of rape kits by APD. Today they're hearing public comments for this upcoming budget. Get loud. Demand the city prioritize the needs of survivors of sexual assault. Thu., Sept. 1, 4pm-12mid. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, 512/974-2220.

Open Meeting for QueerBomb 2017 It may just be days after the Pride glitter has fallen, but the time has come to recruit and appoint some pretty new thangs for QueerBomb 2017! Share the invite, get excited, help it live, help it grow! All are welcome! Thu., Sept. 1, 7-9pm. The Off Center, 2211-A Hidalgo, 512/476-7833.

Violet Crown Follies It's a revue for you! Expect shimmy, shaking, and shine. Mr. Lewis & the Funeral 5 join the Jigglewatts Burlesque with special guests Coco Lectric, Bethany Summersizzle, and Zenyth Gale. Thu., Sept. 1, 9pm-12mid. Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562. $15-125.

Splash Days Dance parties, pool parties, and So. Many. Shirtless. Dudes. Get yer Labor Day weekend splash on, tickets available by day or in packages based on how you want it. Plus, 100% – yes, all of it – goes to helping local nonprofits like APAP and Care Communities. Fri.-Mon., Sept. 2-5. Multiple locations; see website. Prices vary.

Big Gay Brunch: White Party Help OutYouth by brunching with Bobby Cook and Chris Topher's Big Gay Brunch Party. Put yer whitest whites on, cuz you can't after this weekend. Sat., Sept. 3, 11am-4pm. Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces, 512/373-8306. $22.

Endlessly GAY (end of summer dance party) Summer comes and she goes, but queers are forever. So throw on the bikinis, booty shorts, and cut-off Ts for one last summer blowout! Water slides, DJ GirlFriend, and Bree Rose keep it real. Sat., Sept. 3, 2-7pm. Craftsman, 2000 E. Cesar Chavez. $4.

Splash Weekend Stoplight Party Red light. Green light. Come and get it, boys, with DJ Alpha and Jello shots! Plus, these bears are giving away red, yellow, or green dog tags at the door. Sat., Sept. 3, 9pm. The Iron Bear, 121 W. Eighth, 512/482-8993.

Beyoncé vs. Rihanna Drink some lemonade, channel your inner lightning bolt. Get into formation so you can werk werk werk werk. Expect some midnight birthday celebrations for Queen Bey. Sat., Sept. 3, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133. Free.

Circus Ship It's not Easter, but Matthew from Easter Circus isn't letting that rain on his Labor Day parade. Join the circus crew for a boat party with DJ Tony Castro, live entertainment, and open bar! Oh my. Sun., Sept. 4, 1-5pm. Lake Travis. $50-60.

The Nothing Song Fill up on ambient sounds. Domokos/Future Blondes DJs in between Cosmic Moon and Zusammenbruch, HIQC, Dope Dungeon, Spider Sabich, and Gram Negative. Sun., Sept. 4, 8pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133.

Splash Days Adult Swim Pool Party & T-Dance Yer Labor Day just got wetter and wilder. Splash Days brings back J Benson Wilder to wrap up the party-long weekend. Mon., Sept. 5, 1-4pm. Hotel Van Zandt. Prices vary.

Workout! with Erica Nix Make exercise fun again. Dance and strength training workouts inspired by Eighties and Nineties aerobics (think Richard Simmons, Jane Fonda, and a side of Big Freedia). Mondays, 6pm; Wednesdays, 6:30pm; Fridays, 6pm. Transform, 1909 Wheless, 512/923-5859. $15.

Tomboy Tuesday Presents: Drag on the Fly Keep yer eyes on the prize. It's a night of gender-swapping, lip-synching, DJ Nixx-ing mayhem. Tue., Sept. 6, 8-11pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133.

Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival Austin's queer film fest returns for its 29th year and a fab lineup of LGBTQIAxyz themed films. Expect anticipated docs like Free Cece! and Check It, classics like Hedwig, and some queertastic-sounding narrative features. Thu.-Sun., Sept. 8-11. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S. Lamar, 512/861-7040. $50-300.

Summer Breeze: Yacht Rock Dance Party Channel tropical breezes, boat shoes, and piña coladas with this summery yacht rock party. DJs Daddie Dearest and Shane Black will be your co-captains. Thu., Sept. 8, 10pm. Badlands, 1203 Chicon, 512/999-1917. Free.

PFLAG Monthly Meeting South Group Need a place to be? PFLAG's monthly meetings invite everyone from teens to senior citizens to join the discussion, or just listen and snack. As always, they like to keep things confidential. Second Thursdays. Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf, 512/444-1314. Free.


AIDS Walk Austin Grab your walking shoes and get ready to strut your stuff. Austin's AIDS Walk celebrates and supports people living with HIV/AIDS in our dear community. Sun., Oct. 16. Palm Park, 601 E. Third, 512/477-1566.

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.

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