PRIDE Week is back in Austin from Saturday, August 20 through Saturday, August 27. The colorful week will feature a variety of parties and events that celebrate the LGBTQ community in Austin.
PRIDE Week kicks off with WERK Fashion Show at the ACL Live Moody Theatre on Saturday, August 27. The event features fashion from both local designers and designers from the hit TV show Project Runway. Designers include Daniel Esquivel, Emily Payne, Ari South, Alexander Pope, Casanova, Joshua Christensen, Christopher Straub, Rey Ortiz, Danny Nguyen Couture and Midi Soliz. Special appearances and performances throughout the night will include NSYNC’s Lance Bass, Cher impersonator and winner of TV show RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race Chad Michaels, Clinton Leupp impersonator Miss Coco Peru, Queen of Electro Luciana and bionic artist Viktoria Modesta. Doors open at 7 p.m. with show time at 8 p.m.
The closing and largest event of Austin PRIDE Week, the PRIDE Festival and Parade opens doors at 11 a.m. and features games and carnival rides, drinks, food and over 150 booths of local non-profits organizations and businesses. The Parade kicks off at 8 p.m. from the Capitol, featuring two emcee stages, one on Congress Ave. at the Paramount Theatre and one on the roof top of Rain on 4th St., with over 120 entries, floats, special live performances and more.
Additional events include OUT at the Movie on Monday, August 22 at ZACH Theatre; Greasy Ball Drag Bingo at Gourdough’s on Tuesday, August 23; parties at OCH and Highland Lounge on Friday, August 26 and more.
Proceeds from Austin PRIDE Week are donated back into the community via the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation’s Austin Pride Cares program. For tickets and more information on all Austin PRIDE Week events visit austinpride.org.