Sure, Pride Houston is postponed this year, but that’s not stopping Houstonians from celebrating Pride Month all June long. Around the Bayou City this June, expect a number of events to attend, including pool parties, markets, performances and so much more.
Montrose Makers Pride Market
Support LGBTQ+ vendors by stopping by the Montrose Makers Pride Market. As you wander the South Beach Houston parking lot-turned-market, expect to see a variety of Pride-themed crafts, painting, wall art, and locally made fashion accessories that you just cannot live without. H-Town-area artists include Lovely Lilah’s Soap, CTK Creations, Leona’s Bakeshop, and many more. Also, make sure to purchase a Pride T-shirt, the proceeds of which will benefit Pride Pantry.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 12. Free. 810 Pacific St. 713-628-0780. More info at facebook.com.
Young, Proud, and Free
We all like a makeover from time to time. This Juneteenth, a local organization called Say Her Name has partnered with Pride Houston to host a makeover event for queer youth of color on June 19. Say Her Name is committed to addressing the oppression faced by Black LGBTQ+ community members. Youth will be given a makeover and a safe space for conversation.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 12. Free. Montrose Grace Place, 2515 Waugh Dr. More info at sayhernametexas.org.
Night Out at the Movies: A Reel Pride Pop-Up
For the cinephiles: The Montrose Center is hosting a movie night of must-see films that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. A highlight of this evening includes the local premiere of Ailey. First shown at the Sundance film Festival, Ailey is about dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey, whose work in dance focused on spreading awareness of the Black experience in America. Other can’t-miss films include All Boys Aren’t Blue and I’m With Harrison.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 12. From $10. The Montrose Center, 401 Branard St. More info at eventbrite.com.
Pride Art Show at Hardy & Nance Studios
If you have a passion for art and equality, visit Hardy & Nance Studios on June 19 for its Pride Art Show, which will celebrate the talent of the local artistic community. Artists across Houston were invited to submit work that celebrate positive social change. Note: Masks are required.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 19. Hardy & Nance Studios, 902 Hardy St. More info at hardyandnancestudios.com/event/pride.
If you love the theatrical and the circus, this Numbers Nightclub and Kinky Collective event—which supports circus performers and local vendors—will make a fun night out on June 19. Get ready for awesome aerial work and incredible costumes.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m. June 19. From $20. Numbers Nightclub, 300 Westheimer Rd. More info and tickets at eventbrite.com.
Pride in Business Celebration
Hosted by the Greater Houston Chamber of Commerce, this event celebrates local LGBTQ+ businesses and recognizes the impact and importance of these businesses on the local economy. Don’t miss keynote speaker Louis Vega, Dow’s North American president and vice president of Government Affairs and Advocacy.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 24. Free. The Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, 5340 Weslayan St. More info at houstonlgbtchamber.com.
Pride, Love Wins
It's summer, so you'd better believe there's a pool party going on. Head to Pride, Love Wins, a very all-day event, to mingle, get some food, maybe win some prizes, and dance (there'll be DJs). There should also be some vendors selling wares, and–in what's sure to be the highlight—an Envy Pride King and an Envy Pride Queen will be crowned. Start preparing your stump speech now.
11 a.m. to 1 a.m. June 26. Free. Holiday Inn N.W. Houston Beltway 8, 3539 Sam Houston Pkwy. More information and tickets at eventbrite.com.