Celebrate Austin Pride and more events this weekend
Austin Pride Parade & Festival. The largest event of Austin Pride Week — the parade — keeps getting bigger and better, drawing more than 120 entries, floats and special live performances. The parade kicks off at 8 p.m. from the Capitol, proceeds down Congress and then marches through the Warehouse District to Republic Square Park. Before that is the festival, which will have a variety of performances from musical artists and pop culture icons like Lady Grackle, Kady Rain, Jaimie Wilson and many more. The fest also has inflatable games, photo booths, face painting and vendor booths. Festival: 11 a.m. Aug. 26, $17-$125, Fiesta Gardens at 2101 Jesse E. Segovia St. Parade: 8 p.m. Aug. 26, free-$25, starts at Texas Capitol. austinpride.org.
Pride Party on the Rooftop. The Contemporary Austin is hosting a celebration of Pride Week. Stop by the Jones Center, the Contemporary’s Congress Avenue art museum, during the Pride Parade for creative art-making, music from DJ Mouthfeel, complimentary snacks and signature drinks, and lots of glitter, an event done in partnership with Equality Texas, Out Youth, TGQ Social and Equality Vodka. Plus, get sweaty and dance on the rooftop with a few surprise performances. 8 to 11 p.m. Aug. 26. Free. 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org.
More weekend fun
7th Annual Quesoff. The celebration of melted cheese is returning to the Mohawk with about 30 vendors and their queso. Restaurants, top chefs and home cooks will go head to head in four categories: meaty, spicy, veggie and wild card. Plus, a best in show will be given to the overall top queso dish as chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, including the Austin American-Statesman’s Matthew Odam. Bags of chips to help you find your favorite will be available for $5. Like last year, Quesoff will benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Entry is free with the donation of two canned goods or a $2 donation per person. 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 26. 912 Red River St. facebook.com/events/1457980310921497.
National Dog Day at Craftsman. Calling all dog lovers: East Cesar Chavez Street bar Craftsman is inviting you and your furry friends to this National Dog Day celebration benefiting Austin Pets Alive. Craftsman will be grilling up hot dogs for $2 from 1 to 4 p.m., with all proceeds of the dogs going toward the local nonprofit, and there will be drink specials including $5 Bloody Marys and $3 mimosas. 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 27. Free. 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. facebook.com/events/292036971270247/.
The Superhero Fun Run. Walk or run this fun-filled 5K while wearing your favorite superhero costume. A portion of proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas, and all participants get a T-shirt and finisher medal. 7 to 9 a.m. Aug. 27. Adults $30-$35; children 12 and younger $20-$25. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, 8212 Barton Club Drive. 512-306-5612, omnibartoncreek.com.
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