June Pride Events Roundup
Kick off Summer of Pride with nonstop Pride Month parties & more
By Sarah Marloff and Beth Sullivan,
3:35PM, Thu. May 30, 2019
Pride in Austin is a little bit different than everywhere else. Across the country, most major cities celebrate Pride – an homage to the Stonewall Riots that spanned several days in June 1969 – in June.
In 2011, President Barack Obama officially declared June Pride Month to celebrate, honor, and support America’s queer and trans communities. But in Austin, for various reasons, Pride falls in August.
At Qmmunity, we don’t mind, because it only helps extend the city’s queer celebrations. But this summer, as the world pays tribute to Stonewall’s 50th anniversary, we’ve decided to go all out. Austin, after all, is home to three Pride celebrations – two of which bring the Pride Month spirit to town every June (looking at you QueerBomb and Austin Black Pride). So grab your glitter and choice footwear, because its gonna be a wild, v. queer ride this Summer of Pride. Below, we’ve rounded up this month’s Pride events. Of course, you can track all our listings at www.austinchronicle.com/events/qmmunity and there’s our dedicated Summer of Pride page too, but if that’s overwhelming you with queerness, we’ve distilled this month’s events down to the very gayest.
Beer For All: Equality Texas & Circle Brewing Pride Can Release Party
Let's drink to the end of the 86th Texas Legislature Session cuz Circle Brewing has released its summer seasonal sporting a fancy Pride-inspired can to support and promote equality – literally. Every beer sold Saturday and a $1 from every case sold in stores after – supports EQTX, who’s celebrating their own milestone in 2019. The state advocacy group has been fighting for LGBTQ rights at the Capitol for 30 years. Plus, there’s music, food, and sno cones so what’s not to love?
Sat., June 1, 1-5pm. Circle Brewing Co., 2340 W. Braker, Ste. B. Free, $20 for a custom EQTX glass & pours.
Get ready to drop glitter bombs, babes! The 10th anniversary of Austin's DIY, anti-corporate alt-Pride will be loud, proud, and full of sparkle. Get there early to mingle before the all-ages rally with p1nkstar, ABP's Sheldon Darnell, political advocate Ash Hall, activist Njera Keith, and more (7pm)! The procession starts at 8:30pm, followed by the dance party and a just-announced mini-ball, too!
Sat., June 1, 6pm-1am. Fair Market, 1100 E. Fifth.
The Line’s One Year Anniversary
Austin's newest swanky hotel invites you to kick off Pride season by the pool with House of Kenzo, Br0nzgoddess, and DJs 40 Hands, La Morena, and Mouthfeel. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Out Youth.
Sat., June 1, 3pm. Free with RSVP. The Line Hotel Austin, 111 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin Black Pride 2019
Join this kickass crew for the fourth annual ABP. Epic events include their To Wong Foo screening (Thu., June 6 – see below), the most epic dance party aka Drip Drop (Fri., June 7 at Cheer Ups), a panel on being black and queer (Sat., June 7), and – of course – their infamous Pride Boat Party (Sun., June 9). They’re also leading a free yoga class and a Pose watch party so they’ve got lots of ways and days to celebrate Austin's Black LGBTQ communities. Allies are welcome.
Tue.-Sun., June 4-9. See here for full schedule.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
What a night to be a moviegoer! Austin Black Pride, HRC Austin, and aGLIFF are bringing y'all some classic qweeh cinema for free plus a gaggle of local queens discussing the film! Be there.
Thu., June 6, 7-10pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. Free.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Movie Party
Complete the Nineties film's drag wonderland vibes with confetti poppers, ribbon wands, and jelly rings to help you cheer on the three fab friends in their adventure into the wilds of Australia.
Thu., June 6, 10:20pm. Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz, 320 E. Sixth. $12.
Austin Bold FC LGBTQ Pride Night
Soccer-loving queers rejoice! Not only will the Women's World Cup start this weekend, but now Austin Pride has partnered with Austin's minor league soccer team to celebrate Pride Month. Catch the game and, if it suits your fancy, grab a rainbowfied Bold FC pride jersey – 25% of the proceeds go to Pride!
Sat., June 8. Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd. $15-40. www.austinboldFC.com.
Dykes You Should Know
Beth Schindler has done it again: a new traveling lesbo party to celebrate "dykes of the past, present and future." She's bringing in our queerly beloved DJ JD Samson (of Men and Le Tigre fame), along with Mouthfeel and Adzua-Gette Cole to keep the sound vibes high, as well as a whole litany of queer babes – from p1nkstar to Erica Nix – paying tribute to those dykes you should know.
Sun., June 9, 2-8pm. Cheer Up Charlies.
9th Annual Stonewall Celebration
Join Austin Pride for their annual rally to honor the Stonewall Riots. 2019 has been a rough year, so pay tribute to the folks who started our revolution with some of the folks who keep it going.
Wed., June 12, 7-9pm. Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress.
Half Baked: Pride Edition
Oodles of Noodles invites you to party for Pride with some of the best-dressed qweens and innovative artists in town. Ahem, that would be: Ruby Knight, Tatiana Cholula, Mandy Quinn, Rhonda Jewels, and Cherry Haze.
Wed., June 12, 10pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.
Pride Night at ZACH: Immortal Longings
Four-time Tony Award winner Terrence McNally (Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman) explores the rich history of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev’s itinerant Russian ballet company, in his newest play Immortal Longings. Surrounded by great talents of art, design, and music, the tempestuous relationship between Diaghilev and dancer Vaslav Nijinsky revolutionizes dance forever. Catch anytime, but we highly recommend the queer night!
Pride Night: Thursday, June 13, 20
Frida Friday Presents Puro Pride Pachanga
Join our fave womxn marketplace for an epic Pride celebration with music provided by Chorizo Funk and performances from Kelly Kline and Papi Churro. Hungry? Grab a bite at Cool Beans Eatery. Plus tons of local vendors making this the most vibrant mercado in town.
Fri., June 14, 6-10pm. Symphony Square, 1101 Red River, 512/476-6064. Free. email@example.com.
Rainbow on the Creek
In honor of Pride Month and Stonewall’s 50th anniversary – the Waller Creek Conservancy is hosting an epic qmmunity party with music, activities, and electrifying drag performances from the likes of RuPaul's Drag Race's Coco Montrese.
Sat., June 15, 2-9pm. Waller Creek Conservancy, 1111 Red River.
Newly restored to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Before Stonewall charts LGBTQ Americans' experiences prior to the landmark 1969 uprising, featuring interviews with Audre Lorde, Allen Ginsberg, and many more queer icons. Austin’s queer film fest aGLIFF hosts!
Wed., June 19, 7:30pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 S Lamar. $12.
House Beer Release & Benefit: Wish You Were Queer
Whaddya know, Black Star Co-op is once again joining forces with Out Youth to brew a beer that raises cash for queer kids every time you buy it! So grab a pint of Wish You Were Queer, cuz $1 each goes to our baby gays. At this kickoff event, expect Pride-themed food too (we have no idea what that is either!)!
Fri., June 21, 4-11pm. Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100
MJ’s Puro Pinche Pride Party
Help raise cash for Out Youth at this MaryJae pride bash with music, mayhem, and more!
Sat., June 22. MaryJae, 2110 S. Lamar, Ste. E.
Greetings From Queer Mountain Ep. 74: Stand Up, Fight Back!
Celebrate Stonewall – and honor those who fought for our rights (and, ya know, us for still fighting) with your fave queer story weavers. Stand up, fight back; host Ralphie Hardesty reminds us all: "This space is for you, my queer children."
Wed., June 26, 9-10:30pm. Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River.
Sober Stonewall: 50th Anniversary Sober Celebration
Looking to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, but don't wanna do it near booze? Puttin' a whole new spin on dry bar, this space has you covered for Pride parties without the hangover. Sponsored by Austin International Drag Foundation.
Fri., June 28, 5pm. Sans Bar, 1818 East 12th.
Fat Bottom Cabaret & The Midnight Menagerie: YAAASS! A Pride Celebration
It's not Pride without a little shimmy shimmy. Nikki DaVaughn emcees the night with Aurora Hart, Chola Magnolia, Jasper St James, Lady Lola LeStrange, Maxxy Radd, and Zaftigg von BonBon on stage giving you everything that Pride month gave 'em. And a healthy dose of queerlesque and unapologetic curvrageousness.
Sat., June 29, 8:30pm. The North Door, 502 Brushy. $10-20.
Package Menswear Pride Pool Party
A scantily clad pool party from the boyz of Package with drag, cocktails, and water sports, of course.
Sun., June 30, 2-6pm. Package Menswear, 1114 W. Fifth #202.
In celebration of Pride Month, AFS presents queer French writer-director Christophe Honoré's intergenerational love story set against the backdrop of Paris' AIDS epidemic in the early Nineties.
Sun., June 30, 2:00; Mon., July 1, 7:00. AFS Cinema, 6406 N. I-35 #3100.