Queer Things to Do

Queer Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: April 13 – 16, 2023

Your weekly roundup of LGBTQ happenings.

Thursday, April 13

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Legally Blonde 
Gay or European? The jury’s out on that question, but we can rule that Theatre Under the Stars will put on a toe-tapping performance of the hit movie-turned-musical Legally Blonde at the Hobby Center. Come for tonight’s OUT@TUTS performance and enjoy drinks and complimentary light bites after the show with members of the LGBTQ community. Through April 16. 7:30 p.m.

LGBTQ Real-Estate Investor Meet Up
Queer real-estate investors are invited to connect at BUDDY’S, with the first 15 people receiving a free well drink. 6–8 p.m.

Out in Tech Houston Monthly Mixer
Come to Avant Garden for an inclusive networking event for LGBTQ people and allies working in tech. There will be drink specials available. 6:30–8 p.m.

Chris Grace at ComedySportz
Catch Superstore‘s Chris Grace doing stand-up comedy with Tim Murray. Hosted by Aaron Michaels with a fun audience Q&A afterward. 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 14

Feminist Visual Cultures
Rice University’s art history department and its Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality partner to host a conference asking, “Where are our women artists?” A wide range of time periods and cultures will be explored. The conference continues through Saturday and is open to the public.

Art Car Ball
The Orange Show’s Legendary Art Car Ball features a slate of artists (including LGBTQ musicians Boyfriend and Caleb de Casper) for a night of live music, interactive and performance art, food and drinks, and fire-breathing art cars. 6–11 p.m.

Vaqueros Houston at Sabroso
Come out to Sabroso Patio Bar for the second annual Vaqueros Houston, a weekend-long event featuring music, food, and visitors from all over the counrty and beyond. 5503 Pinemont Dr., Houston, TX 77092.

Ballet Folklórico Los Angelitos
Miller Outdoor Theatre presents an evening of dance from the diverse regions of Mexico. The Folklórico troupe will enliven the stage with music, dance, and vibrant costumes. Free tickets available online. 8 p.m.

DJs Von Kiss and Raqqcity at Pearl Bar
Pearl Bar Houston welcomes back DJ Von Kiss for the weekend, along with DJ Raqqcity. Come to dance to your favorite reggaeton, bachata, and more. $5 cover.

Saturday, April 15

Art Car Parade
The Orange Show’s Art Car Parade returns for its 36th year with Bun B as grand marshal, culminating its weeklong lineup of artsy events April 6–16. The parade will make its way through the streets of Houston, with prime viewing areas near City Hall. 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

KTRU’s Outdoor Show
The Rice campus radio station’s annual Outdoor Show is back again this year and open to the entire Houston community. Featuring student and Houston-area vendors, a mechanical bull, cowboy hat decorating, food trucks, and a lineup of Texas artists including queer musician Hyperfemme, the event will take place on Rice’s Central Quad. The event is free with paid parking. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Queer March on the Capitol
Join a march on the Capitol for LGBTQ rights, just a few hours’ drive away in Austin. Join Equality Texas, TENT, TFN, ACLU of TX, Lambda Legal, and HRC in standing against anti-LGBTQ bills currently under consideration in the Texas legislature. The march begins near the Bullock Museum. You can RSVP online in advance. 12–4 p.m.

No Saviors, No Prisons
UH Q+mmunity is hosting four panelists with experience in the sex trades who will challenge the community to rethink traditional social-work practices. Hosted by the Montrose Center. 4:30–8:30 p.m.

HRC Houston Dinner
The Human Rights Campaign’s annual Houston Dinner will be held at the downtown Marriott Marquis. Welcome reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

Clear Lake Area LGBTQ Meetup at Pearl Bar
Connect with other members of the Clear Lake LGBTQ community at Pearl Bar this weekend, hosted by “a lesbian couple looking to create LGBTQ community in Clear Lake/South Houston.” 7:00 p.m.

Big Gay Movie Night
Sir Rat Leather and Slut Monkey’s April movie night will feature Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Come out to enjoy the show and connect with other LGBTQ community members. 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 16

LGBTQ Wedding Expo
Looking to tie the knot? Come to Houston’s 10th Annual LGBTQ Wedding Expo to connect with businesses eager to help make your special day a success. Wedding planning pros will answer all of your questions while you sample desserts and drinks. 12:30–3:30 p.m.

Drunk Shakespeare
Serve up cocktails with a side of comedy, tragedy, and history as Drunk Shakespeare’s cast makes their way through some of the best of the Bard’s canon—with one cast member drunk each night. Through January 2024. 7:30 p.m. Reserve your tickets at tinyurl.com/57c3tw4t

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Morgan Gage

Morgan Gage is a staff writer for OutSmart Magazine.
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