Celebrate Houston Pride 2016 with more than a week’s worth of events, parties, celebrations and activities lasting until Sunday, June 26, 2016.
Every year, Houston’s Gay Pride celebrations get bigger, with the official week spanning the second half of June.
This year, the official party will once again be relocated from it’s spiritual home in Montrose to the big city streets of Downtown. The official Houston Pride Festival will be held at Hermann Square Park, in front of City Hall, while the evening parade follows it in Downtown.
With attendance at the main event surpassing 700,000 and expected to grow, the festival had to find bigger digs.
We’ve pulled together a list of the main events to keep you busy just about every night through the end of June.
Pride Houston 2016 Events & Festivities
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
- Pride Superstar Competition Finale at Meteor Lounge | FREE to Attend – See the final competition as talented Houstonians compete for the official title in season 10 of Pride Superstar 2016. All guests must be 18 and up to attend. 9pm to midnight.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
- Rock the Runway at Audi Central Houston | FREE with RSVP – Enjoy an open bar and tasty bites at this event that features some of Houston’s runway models walking the catwalk in this summer’s latest styles in underwear, swimwear, and everything else. 8pm to 11pm
- Triniti Restaurant Hosts Happy Hour at Sanctuari Bar -Head over to Triniti Restaurant for a happy hour of specially-themed drinks for Pride Houston at their Sanctuari Bar. In support of the LGBTQ community, 10 percent of all proceeds from this weekend’s festivities will go to victims of the June 12 Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings. 4pm to 8pm.
Friday, June 24, 2016
- Lunch at Triniti Restaurant -Executive Chef Ryan Hilderbrand will feature dishes from the new summer menu. In support of the LGBTQ community, 10 percent of all proceeds from this weekend’s festivities will go to victims of the June 12 Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings. 11am to 2:30pm.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons Concert at Warehouse Live – Make your way Downtown for a night of amazing outfits, lip-synced fun and most importantly: the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race as they deliver the performance of a lifetime. Hosted by Michelle Visage, the tour’s lineup will include show favorites such as Manila Luzon, Pandora Boxx, Sharon Needles, and Violet Chachki, amongst others. Tickets start at $37.50, not including ticket fees. 8pm.
- Eden: a Pride Girl Party at the Pearl Bar – The girls of Houston’s LGBT community are the focus of the fourth annual edition of this official Gay Pride party that welcomes everyone. Entrance is $5 at the door. All guests must be 18 and up to attend. 9pm to midnight.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
- Pre-Pride Parade Brunch at Triniti Restaurant -Triniti Restaurant hosts a Pre-Pride Parade Brunch. In support of the LGBTQ community, 10 percent of all proceeds from this weekend’s festivities will go to victims of the June 12 Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings. Admission This event is free to attend, not including food and drink purchases. Click here for more information. 11am to 2pm.
- Houston LGBT Pride Celebration | FREE – Join more than 700,000 people at the main Pride event, this year once again located in Downtown due to the event’s increasing size and popularity. Noon to 7pm.
- Houston LGBT Pride Parade in Downtown | FREE – The ever-growing festive procession takes over Downtown as LGBT Houstonians, out-of-town visitors, and their friends and family of every persuasion take in the show. This year, the parade grooves down from Lamar and Smith Street to Milam and Walker Street, continuing down Walker until Smith Street where it will make a left turn, continuing down Smith Street until Jefferson Street. 8:30pm to 11pm.
- Official Houston Pride Afterparty at South Beach | FREE to Attend – Keep the party going into the wee hours at the de facto official headquarters for Houston Pride. All guests must be 18 and up to attend. 11pm to 2am.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
- Sunday Funday Brunch at Triniti Restaurant -Triniti Restaurant hosts a Sunday Funday Pride Brunch celebration featuring their all-day brunch menu. In support of the LGBTQ community, 10 percent of all proceeds from this weekend’s festivities will go to victims of the June 12 Orlando Pulse nightclub shootings. 11am to 10pm.
- Hot-Tea Dance at Rich’s Nightclub – Live it up at Pride Houston’s official closing party. Come experience over $100,000 in upgrades as Rich’s reminds you how nightlife is supposed to be done. Come experience the lights, lasers and more. Admission is TBA. 5pm to 11pm.