In a year when the Texas Legislature introduced a litany of anti-LGBTQ+ bills, Pride celebrations have taken on special importance across the country, offering a space for respite and centering the beauty of being queer. A daylong fete at Lustre Pearl South aims to fit that bill. Kicking off Austin’s Pride celebration early is the first annual ATX Queer Music Fest, a packed docket of music, drag shows, and the collision of the two. Beyond the two stages of live entertainment, there will be an art market brought to you by women- and LGBTQ+-focused Frida Fridays, lots of swag, and free body-painting for good measure.: Los Angeles-based trans musician and activist Ryan Cassata – whose song “Daughter” offered comfort to trans people navigating coming out – stands out with pop-tinged songwriting packing impact. Locally, high-octane electronic p1nkstar and hip-hop supernova Mama Duke are representing, along with sexed-up Femme Boy artist Caleb De Casper covering Lady Gaga with a special backing band including Oh Antonio’s Andrea Ballard and Chief Cleopatra’s Tre Pham. Upping the cohesion of over 10 more live bands alongside drag acts on the bill, Kara Foxx Paris takes the stage as Alanis Morisette with backing band Alaniz, while Banshee Rose brings la reina Selena with tribute troupe Las Chicas en 512. May we all get some joy.
Sat., Aug. 6
, 2pm. $5-15; kids 5 and under, free until 6pm.