Events happening in Austin to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride this month

AUSTIN (KXAN) — June has been celebrated as LGBTQ+ Pride month since the 1970 Stonewall Riots in New York. Though the City of Austin doesn’t host its official Pride celebration until August, there are several community events and celebrations honoring the LGBTQ+ community throughout the month of June.

Why is Austin’s pride parade celebrated in August?

On Wednesday, the City of Austin recognized Pride month with an official proclamation. The city said in solidarity with Austin’s LGBTQ+ community, it will recognize June 2024 as Pride Month in Austin. The proclamation will be presented by the Austin City Council, “reaffirming the City’s commitment to inclusivity, equity, and allyship.”

The city makes this proclamation each year in June.

  • Brigitte Bandit speaks at the City of Austin’s Pride proclamation 2024 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
    Brigitte Bandit speaks at the City of Austin’s Pride proclamation 2024 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • City of Austin Pride proclamation 2024 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
    City of Austin Pride proclamation 2024 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • City of Austin Pride proclamation 2024 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
    City of Austin Pride proclamation 2024 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

Pride events and celebrations

Pride events and celebrations kicked off June 1 with Queerbomb, which is known for being a radical, alternative and free Pride festival that’s happened every year since 2010, according to its website.

Queerbomb 2024 rally/march (KXAN Photo/Abigail Jones)
Queerbomb 2024 rally/march (KXAN Photo/Abigail Jones)
Bobby Pudrido speaks at Queerbomb 2024 (KXAN Photo/Abigail Jones)
Bobby Pudrido speaks at Queerbomb 2024 (KXAN Photo/Abigail Jones)

If you missed Queerbomb, there are still plenty of other upcoming events throughout the rest of the month.

June 5

DAC Nights “Verse Unveiled” 7-9 p.m. at Dougherty Arts Center

June 8

Queer Speed Dating 6-9 p.m. at Cheer Up Charlies

June 8

Neon Rainbows Queer Country Night starting at 9 p.m. at Cheer Up Charlies

June 12

DAC Nights “Behind the Zines” 7-9 p.m. at Dougherty Arts Center

June 24

Rainbow Skate Pride Month edition 7-10 p.m. at Playland Skate Center

June 26

DAC Nights “Mend Mania” 7-9 p.m. at Dougherty Arts Center

June 28

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Paramount and Stateside Theatres at 9 p.m.

Aug. 10

City of Austin’s official pride celebration. Festival begins at 11 a.m. and parade at 8 p.m.

DAC Nights

The Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) is hosting DAC Nights geared toward themes and topics relating to LGBTQ+ culture. They’ll be held June 5, June 12, and June 26 from 7-9 p.m.

According to the Austin Parks and Rec Department, DAC Nights is a free, all ages, event series that usually takes place monthly to provide the public with an opportunity to engage in the arts while building community.

June 5: DAC Nights “Verse Unveiled”: Texas poet Ariana Brown will perform her poetry, “delving into queerness, black personhood, and liberated futures,” PARD said in a release. This event is for participants 15 and up. Those interested are asked to register in advance, as seating is limited.

June 12: DAC Nights “Behind the Zines”: this session will teach the making and crafting of zines, an art form deeply rooted in Queer history and self-expression, according to PARD. Teaching artists will be on hand to help people create their own zine. Those interested have the option to register in advance.

June 26: DAC Nights “Mend Mania”: this installment will delve into “craftivism” and sustainability with DAC staff and guest instructor Cidnye Stott.

Cheer Up Charlies events

One of Austin’s queer bars Cheer Up Charlies, which refers to itself as an “everybody space,” hosts events and drag shows regularly, but it will have some special Pride month events throughout June.

June 8: Queer Speed Dating: This event is open to all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase on Eventbrite. This is a 21+ event.

Check in starts at 6 p.m. and the event is from 6:30-9 p.m. Guests are guaranteed at least 10 speed dates. Cheer Ups said guests should bring their charged phone, as they’ll use a web-based app to facilitate the speed dating rounds.

Immediately afterward, check out Cheer Ups’ Neon Rainbows event (details below).

June 8: Neon Rainbows: Queer Country Night starts at 9 p.m. This is a 21+ event and is free to attend. There will be two-stepping and a country music dance party featuring DJ Boi Orbison. Starting at 11 p.m., beloved local drag queen Brigitte Bandit will host the Gay Ole Opry Drag Show.

Misc.

June 24: Rainbow Skate Pride Month edition: Austin Pride is taking over the Playland Skate Center on Monday June 24 from 7-10 p.m., for the Pride Month edition of Rainbow Skate. Admission is $14, which covers the cost of skate rentals too. The event will feature DJ Chorizo Funk and surprise guests, according to Austin Pride’s website.

June 28: The 50th Annual Paramount Summer Classic Film Series Presented By Capital Metro: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Paramount and Stateside Theatres. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.

Until Aug. 11, the LBJ Presidential Library will have its exhibition “Music America: Iconic Objects from America’s Music History,” on display. The exhibition opened back in February and it features instruments, handwritten original lyrics, books, photographs, costumes, and other objects from major artists performing in all walks of American music in different decades, including queer artists.

The City of Austin’s official Pride celebration will be held Aug. 10 all day long. The festival begins at 11 a.m. and the parade starts at 8 p.m.

Do512 has a page on their website dedicated to queer and queer-allied events, spaces, guides, resources and celebrations called GayDo512. Find more events on their website.

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