From outrageous parties to drag brunches to an exclusive W event with artist Baron Von Fancy, Insider Donna Savage, has you covered on the best places in Austin to celebrate PRIDE weekend.
THursDAY, August 25
Turn It Up For Change Event
W Austin, 6:30pm
Join us alongside Cupcake and Sabel Scities as we unveil the artwork by Baron Von Fancy (check out his first stop at NYC’s Pride) in support of LGBT equality and Austin Pride with the Human Rights Campaign. Dance all evening for the best cause and be sure to check out his custom Snapchat filters while you’re there. RSVP here!
After the party is the after party, and Austin is full of them. I recommend checking out the Pleasers, Jean, Teenage Cavegirl, and Two Lips show at Cheer Up Charlies. Cheer Up’s is one of my favorite places in town. It is a gay & vegan dive bar in the heart of the Red River district and they always have great live music or a DJ, and the Alro’s Vegan food truck is a local favorite. At Cheer Up’s try the Kale Ginger-Lime Margarita!
Friday, August 26
Party all night!
Girl Pride ATX : Austin Pride Week official women’s party
- Highland, 8pm
- X-posed: Austin Pride Week official men’s party
- Oil Can Harry’s (OCH), 9pm
- Pink Friday: Austin’s Pride kickoff party
- Cheer Up Charlie’s, 10pm (wear pink!)
Video dance party (80’s)
The Highball, 10:30pm
Saturday, August 27
Breakfast bake sale
Check out Bake Sale featuring sweet treats from Barley Swine/Odd Duck pastry chef, Susana Querejazu. Make a breakfast out of her delicious croissants and a cup of coffee before hitting the festival. (Her pop-up bake sales always sell out fast so get there early.)
Austin Pride Festival & Parade
- Fiesta Gardens, 11am
The PRIDE Festival is the LARGEST annual LGBTQ advocacy and fundraising event in Central Texas. The theme this year is “Cirque”. Keep an eye out for our W float!
Midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show (punk edition)
Alamo Drafthouse Village, 11:55pm
Let’s do the Time Warp, punk style!
Sunday, August 28
- Drag Brunch Sunday: Fierce & Fabulous
- The Parish, 11am
Not your average brunch.
Kawaii Cumbia: Latin & Asian PRIDE party
Cheer Up Charlie’s, 4pm
Imagine Selena & K-pop…
For more Austin city secrets check out our Insider Guide. Have a fun, festive and proud Pride!