Don your rainbow garb: Austin Pride Week is back. The city is going all out with a variety of events from Aug. 3-12 that will celebrate LGBTQ pride. Here are some of the festivities you won’t want to miss, including the all-day Austin Pride Festival and Parade on Aug. 11.
Friday, Aug. 3
"The Mahogany Project Volume VI" at the Dougherty Arts Center. This theatrical performance, running two days only, celebrates black queer experiences in Central Texas. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Saturday, Aug. 4
Gay Field Day. Get your exercise and meet new people all in one go — as long as you don’t mind reliving an indelible childhood tradition with Gay Field Day’s series of activities. They include an egg toss, wheel barrel race, 100-yard dash, sack race, tug-of-war and more. It’s $25 per player; space is limited.
Monday, Aug. 6
Out at the Movie. Lounge in the courtyard of Zach Theatre while watching "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." (Quoting along is a must if you know the lines.) Food trucks will be on hand to provide dinner.
Night Out Sunset Bat Cruise. Austin Tour Company is hosting a Pride Week cruise on Lady Bird Lake that will, of course, pause near the bridge around sunset as the bats come flooding out from the Congress Avenue bridge. There will be food, music and cocktails at the $35 boat ride.
Thursday, Aug. 9
The Official Austin Pride Comedy Showcase. Local gay comedian Colton Dowling is bringing together all the queer comedians he can fit under North Door’s roof. It’s a free event, but you should RSVP on the Eventbrite page to claim your seat.
Friday, Aug. 10
Wish You Were Queer Beer Release at Black Star Co-op. The brewpub teamed up with Out Youth to make this collaborative beer featuring a pilsner malt base and 300 lbs. of Texas peaches and passion fruit puree. One dollar from every pint sold throughout the weekend will be donated to Out Youth.
Pride & Play at Spin Austin. Austin’s new ping pong hangout is hosting a late-night event with dating app Chappy. Get a complimentary themed cocktail — such as the Match-a-Do-about-Vodka featuring Deep Eddy Cranberry — if you download the app and find a match. Plus, emcee and drag queen Mandy Quinn will present a pride-themed interactive ping pong show.RELATED: Spin offers hip new take on ping pong in Antone’s old space
Way Gay Video Dance Party. Head to the Alamo Ritz for a night of music videos from the last four decades by artists including George Michael, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Ru Paul and Cher. Expect to be swimming in props, glowsticks and confetti by the end of it.
Saturday, Aug. 11
Austin Pride Festival and Parade. The big kahuna of Pride Week is a day-long bash at Fiesta Gardens followed by a two-hour parade at night starting along Congress Avenue downtown. More than 400,000 people attended last year, and the organizers expect an even bigger crowd this year. The fest will have live performances, games, activities and more than 150 vendors. Tickets are on sale at the Austin Pride website.
Sunday, Aug. 12
Taste the Rainbow Brunch at Trace at the W. A portion of the proceeds from all Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails will benefit the Human Rights Campaign. Reservations are recommended. After the brunch, the W’s Wet Deck is hosting a special Pride edition of its popular summer Soundwave pool party.
Our Black Brunch. Anyone is welcome at this brunch at Gloria’s West Sixth Street location. Hosted by Austin Black Pride, the brunch offers the chance to make new friends in a relaxed atmosphere.
Drag Brunch at Hotel Van Zandt. Benefiting the Trevor Project, the $50 all-inclusive brunch closing out the week features Ginger Minj as your drag queen host, as well as colorful brunch items including pancake skewers, popsicle mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar and more.
For additional Austin Pride Week events, visit austinpride.org/pride-week.RELATED: Texas has more LGBT pride (via hashtags) than 47 states