Your Complete Guide to Houston Pride 2018

OutSmart’s updated calendar of Pride-related events in June. 

Compiled by Marene Gustin, John Wright and Lourdes Zavaleta 

April showers bring May flowers, and June brings beautiful rainbows! That’s right, it’s time again for Pride Month, and that means tons of summer fun. Below is a list of Pride-related events in and around Houston. If you are aware of an event that’s not listed, email

June 1

Latin Heat
Join Pride Houston for specialty cocktails and Latin beats by DJ Bagho.
10 p.m., Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon, 11410 Hempstead Rd.

Lady & The Track
House of Blues Houston will host an LGBTQ night, featuring sounds by DJ Gloss and DJ Shante, each Friday through June 22.
8 p.m., House of Blues Houston, 1204 Carolina St.  

June 2

Champagne & Yoga: Pride Party
Champagne & Yoga, a monthly Houston yoga series that benefits local charities, will host its first Pride party, with all ticket sales and donations going to Bunnies on The Bayou.
10 a.m., Wicklow Heights, 1027 West 19th St.

June 3

HATCH Youth Prom
The Montrose Center presents its annual LGBTQ youth dance, free for ages 13–20. Parents and HATCH alumni may purchase tickets.
6–11 p.m., Numbers Nightclub, 300 Westheimer Rd.

LSVA Pride Kickoff
The Lone Star Volleyball Association will celebrate the end of its season and kick off Pride month at Guava Lamp, with its players in drag.
8 p.m., Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Dr.

June 7

Pride SuperStar, Round 6
Pride SuperStar returns for a dazzling 12th year, featuring some of Houston’s best singers competing in a seven-week competition.
8 p.m., Rich’s Houston, 2401 San Jacinto

June 8

Safe Night Out
Join Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBTQ Advisory Board for a remembrance of the 49 people murdered at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in 2016.
5:30 p.m., Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave.

Galveston Pride Cruise at Galveston Yacht Basin
Join the Gulf Area Yachting Society (GAYS) for a three-day cruise to celebrate Pride on the open seas.
715 N. Holiday Dr., Galveston

June 8–10

Pride Week Galveston
Pride Galveston kicks off the weekend with Friday’s Mr. and Miss Pride Galveston Pageant at 23rd Street Station. Saturday is the Beach Bash on East Beach with free snacks and vendors.

June 9

Community Breakfast
Visit Pondicheri for community breakfast, where 50 percent of sales will benefit the Montrose Center.
8 a.m., Pondicheri, 2800 Kirby Dr.

Pride Bingo
Get your daubers ready for a night of bingo! Show your pride, have fun, and support Resurrection MCC.
6:30 p.m., Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W 11th St.

Story Hole
A special presentation of the LGBTQ storytelling showcase during Rec Room Arts’ annual Beer and Ice Cream Social.
7:30 p.m., 100 Jackson St. #130C

Bon Voyage, a Houston Pride Band Concert
Join the Houston Pride Band as it kicks off the summer with a tribute to heading out on a great journey. Musical selections highlight favorite vacation destinations, modes of travel, and adventures on land, sea, and in the stars. The concert will be conducted by tour guides Deborah Hirsch and Crawford Howell.
7 p.m., Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main St.

June 11

Houston Stonewall Young Democrats’ June Meeting
The Houston Stonewall Young Democrats will celebrate Pride month at their June meeting with special speaker Fran Watson.  The group will also plan for its participation in the Houston Pride Festival and Parade and share information about the Texas Democratic Convention.
6:30 p.m., Harris County Democratic Party, 1445 N loop W #100

June 14

Grand Marshal Reception
Join Pride Houston for a free evening of good food and company as the organization honors its 2018 grand marshals. Everyone is invited to eat, drink, and “be Mary.”
6 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 2409 Grant St.

Pride Superstar Competition Finale
Who will be this year’s SuperStar?
9 p.m., Rich’s Houston, 2401 San Jacinto

June 15

The Pride Collection: INTROSPECTION
LGBTQ artist and philanthropist Jumper Maybach is set to unveil a timely and important new series of works celebrating Pride 2018. A portion of sales goes to Pride Houston.
6 p.m., Jumper Maybach Fine Art, 238 W. 19th St.

Feel My Pride Too!
The T.R.U.T.H. Project hosts entertainer Sampson and nine other artists.
7 p.m., MATCH, 3400 Main St.

June 15, 16

Houston Premiere of ‘Finding Oz’

Bullying is a national epidemic that affects all of us. The Bayou City Women’s Chorus and Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston proudly invite you to the Houston premiere of Finding Oz, a thoughtful, compassionate look at the causes and effects of bullying.
7 p.m., MATCH, 3400 Main St.


June 16

Salvation/Pride Pool Party
Bring your floaties and dress to impress at the annual pool party, this year at the Clé Houston club. Sponsored by Smirnoff Vodka, Smirnoff Ice, and the Harris County Health Department, with DJ Chris Zane spinning.
2 p.m., Clé Houston, 2301 Main St. 

Pride Month Volunteer Day
Join the Lambda Ladies at Montrose Grace Place to help organize Paula’s closet, which allows homeless LGBTQ youth to shop for clothing, toiletries, and snacks. 9:30 a.m., Montrose Grace Place, 2515 Waugh Dr.

Pride Month Nondiscrimination Canvass
Talk to voters about the need for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all Houstonians!
11 a.m., University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, 3511 Cullen Blvd.

Pride Art Show
Check out the community art that celebrates Pride Month at Hardy & Nance Studios.
5 p.m., Hardy & Nance Studios, 902 Hardy St.

Straight Outta Oz – A Pride Month Viewing
Watch a screening of Todrick Hall’s 2016 movie Straight Outta Oz with members of Resurrection MCC.
6 p.m., Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W 11th St.

Pride in the Country
Boot-scootin’ Pride at the Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon.
10 p.m., Neon Boots, 11410 Hempstead Rd.

June 19

Dine with Pride
Hit up any area Chipotle Mexican Grill cashier and let them know that you are “Dining with Pride,” and Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the price of your order to Pride Houston, Inc., to help keep admission to the Houston Pride Festival free!
Chipotle Mexican Grill

Bowl For Your Pride 
At this amateur bowling tournament, Pride Houston will celebrate the culture of our local LGBT community in joint forces with Houston Roundup, which works in providing a safe, enriching spaces for those in recovery from or affected by drug and alcohol addiction.
7 p.m., Dave & Buster’s, 7620 Katy Fwy, Ste 100.

June 20

Pride at Houston Food Bank
Volunteer at the city’s largest food bank for fun activities that do good.
6 p.m., Houston Food Bank, 536 Portwall St.

Texas LGBT Law Section 20th Anniversary
The Texas LGBT Law Section will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a screening of Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, followed by a Q&A and cocktails with the San Antonio Four.
7 p.m., South Texas College of Law, 1303 San Jacinto

Rock the Runway
Hot models and cool fashion. Plus a wild after-party presented by Fear the Queer.
7 p.m., Audi Central Houston, 2120 Southwest Fwy.

June 21

Pride Month ActOut at the Alley
Take in a pre-curtain event and a performance of The Cake, a play about the controversy over antigay religious freedom.
6 p.m., The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

Pride Interfaith Celebration
This inclusive celebration, hosted at Resurrection MCC, will include participants of over a dozen faith traditions.
7 p.m., Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W 11th St.

Leather and Otters and Bears at the Eagle. Ten dollars at the door; come celebrate.
9 p.m., Eagle Houston, 611 Hyde Park

June 22

Join Neta, FLAS, BakerRipley Gulfton Sharpstown Campus, United We Dream,  and other organizations and community members for an UndocuPride: Community Panel.
5 p.m., Baker Ripley Gulfton Southwest Campus, 6500 Rookin St. Room C127

Intercollegiate Pride Mixer
Kick off Pride weekend by representing your school at the fifth annual Intercollegiate Pride Mixer!
6 p.m., Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Dr.

Pride Shabbat Dinner
Keshet Houston hosts their annual LGBTQ event just prior to marching in the downtown parade.
6 p.m., Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut St.

Rainbow on the Green
Free Pride celebration downtown at Discovery Green park.
7 p.m., Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

“30” Pilot Screening
Watch the first full length screening of the 30 pilot with queer friends and allies. After the Houston based TV show’s debut, meet its cast, brought to you by TFF MAG and 30.
7 p.m., Brasil Houston, 2604 Dunlavy St.

Dash Pride Night
Our women’s soccer team celebrates Pride at the downtown soccer stadium.
7:30 p.m., Dynamo Stadium, 2200 Texas St.

Head out to Pearl Bar to celebrate the fierce fems of LGBTQ Houston (men also welcome!) with a burlesque show, fun zone, and silent auction.
9 p.m., Pearl Bar, 4216 Washington Ave.

The Legendary White Party
Krave Houston brings celebrities to the city to host its annual Pride party where all guests will be dressed in white.
10 p.m., location: TBA.

June 23

Houston Pride Festival
Free and open to all (tickets are only required for VIP seating), this party is where it’s at. More than 700,000 people normally attend this all-day event that culminates in the fantastic nighttime parade downtown.
Noon, Hermann Square, 901 Bagby St.

Bae Watch 2: H-Town Pool Party for Pride
Too hot to stay at the festival all day? Get advance tickets to this pool party at Aloft’s downtown hotel (it sold out last year).
4 p.m., Aloft Houston Downtown, 820 Fannin

Houston Pride Parade
It’s the largest LGBTQ event in the Southwest!
8:30–11:30 p.m., downtown Houston

Official After Party
Keep the party going and dance the night away at Rich’s for a $10 cover charge.
10 p.m., Rich’s Houston, 2401 San Jacinto

Dance the night away at Krave Houston’s Pride after party.
10 p.m., Privilege Houston, 6015 Hillcroft St.

June 24

Brunch & Beatz
Sober up (or not) at the Montrose Center with brunch and tunes. There will be dancing—and more cocktails! Sponsored by Lesbians of Color.
Noon, The Montrose Center, 401 Branard St.

Tea Dance
The official closing party for Pride Houston. Be prepared for amazing music, good drinks, great service, and dancing all night on two levels at Rich’s.
Start time is 5 p.m.
Rich’s Houston, 2401 San Jacinto

Operation PRIDE

Wear camouflage at Krave Houston’s military themed Pride after party.
5 p.m., Uptown Lounge, 5706 Richmond St.

June 26

Harris County Democratic Party Town Talk
Join the Harris County Democratic Party for a Town Talk on “Being a Transgender & Nonbinary Ally,” featuring Equality Texas’ Lou Weaver.
6 p.m., Hamburger Mary’s, 2409 Grant #A

June 28

Beyond the Margins: An LGBT Refugee Experience
Join the city of Houston’s Office of New Americas and other groups fro a symposium on the challenges faced by LGBTQ refugees and asylum-seekers.
6 p.m., Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W. 11th St.

June 30

6th Annual Pay It Forward Casino Party
Head to Neon Boots for gambling and both live and silent auctions of some cool stuff. It all benefits Texas United Charities, which raises money for the LGBTQ community in fun ways.
5–10 p.m., Neon Boots, 11410 Hempstead Rd.

Pride Bigger than Texas
The official San Antonio Pride celebration. The festival runs 11 a.m.–7 p.m., and the parade begins at 9 p.m.
Crockett Park, 1300 N.Main Ave., San Antonio

This article appears in the June 2018 edition of OutSmart magazine. 

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