The Complete Guide to Texas LGBTQ+ Pride Events

Texas LGBTQ Pride Guide
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LGBTQ+ Pride in Texas is about bringing together all of its many communities to celebrate love and equality. From Austin to San Antonio and everywhere in between, these celebrations are a testament to resilience, acceptance, and the diversity of the queer community. As Texans come together to pay tribute to the progress made, and the journey ahead, they create a safe space where individual identities can shine, creating a sense of unity and belonging, no matter where you’re from, who you are, and that love is love. Check out our choices for the biggest and best annual Pride events in the Lone Star State, in our Complete Guide to Texas Pride.

Amarillo Pride Events

Panhandle Pride Festival – When the Panhandle Pride Festival rolls into town, typically in June, Amarillo becomes the epicenter of LGBTQ+ pride. The atmosphere is electric with a festival fairgrounds filled with food, music, vendors, and, of course, the queer community. Whether you’re looking to dance to the music of live bands, indulge in some street food, or simply bask in the love, the Panhandle Pride Festival paints the Texas Panhandle with rainbows. 

Austin Pride Events

Austin Pride Parade & Festival – The Annual Austin PRIDE Festival & Parade takes center stage in Austin in August, attracting more than 400,000 attendees! The parade is a free event, starting at the Texas State Capitol Building and ending on the Ann Richards Bridge. The festival follows with all types of attractions, including inflatable games, carnival rides, Drag Queen Story Time, a marketplace featuring 100+ vendor booths, and plenty of food and drink. 

The OUTLaw PrideFest – Get ready for a boot-scootin’ good ole time at the OUTLaw Pride Fest, Austin’s first queer country music hoedown and possibly the biggest concert of LGBTQ+ country fans and artists in the whole U.S.A. This two-steppin’ extravaganza in February, happens on the outdoor stages at the legendary Rustic Tap, your go-to country watering hole in Austin, where all proceeds benefit OutYouth.

Bastrop Pride Events

Bastrop County Pride Festival – When the Bastrop County Pride Festival rolls into downtown Bastrop, typically on the first weekend in June, the whole community comes together to celebrate. With live music, entertainment, good eats, and great items to buy, there’s definitely something for everyone. It’s about love, acceptance, and one heck of a good time. So, call your friends and neighbors and go paint the town with pride!

Beaumont Pride Events

PFLAG Beaumont PrideFest – Southeast Texas and the surrounding areas come together for PFLAG Beaumont’s annual PrideFest. The event is a daytime family-friendly, featuring live music, dancers, drag queens and kings, information and support booths, art booths, games, activities by local businesses, food trucks, and desserts. from across the Golden Triangle. The day begins with a Pride Walk to commemorate LGBTQ+ Heroes and their contributions to the journey toward Freedom and Equality. 

Boerne Pride Events

Boerne Pride Walk – PFLAG Bourne hosts this annual event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in a peaceful walk of solidarity beginning at the Patrick Heath Public Library Amphitheater.

Bryan Pride Events

Brazos Valley Pride Weekend – Starting as just a picnic four years ago, it’s now the biggest three days of the year for those in the LGBTQ+ community in Bryan. The Brazos Valley Pride Weekend is about making a safe, fun, and happy space for everyone. Other weekend events include an afternoon party, a Pride Night, and a family-friendly Pride Picnic.

Pride Community Center Gala – As the primary fundraiser for the Pride Community Center, this evening gala honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the LGBTQ+ community, state, or country. Your gala ticket includes dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction. It’s a night to get dressed to the nines, put on your dancing shoes, support a great cause, and have a “gay old time.”

Corpus Christi Pride Events

Pride Block Party – Step into a starlit evening, where you can enjoy a night filled with flavor, unity, and pure excitement. With more than 50 vendors selling artisan crafts, pride merchandise, and every carnival food you can imagine, the Corpus Christi Pride Block Party celebrates the community with live music and drag performances along with special guests, all in an air-conditioned tent. 

Pride Corpus Christi Parade – Come on down to the annual Pride Corpus Christi Parade on Shoreline Blvd. from the Art Center of Corpus Christi to the Great Lawn at Water’s Edge Park. It’s a celebration of LGBTQ+ unity and is free to the public. Expecting upwards of 500 participants looking to join in the fun, the parade promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Pride Corpus Christi Pet Paw-rade – It’s some tail-waggin’ fun at the Pride Corpus Christi Paw-rade where your furry companions can strut their stuff in style while showing off their fabulous outfits. From dogs in tutus to cats in bowties, this event is all about celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and their four-legged companions. 

Pride Night at the Corpus Christi Hooks – Take me out to the ballgame! For a night of home runs, cheers, and a whole lot of pride, it’s Pride Night at the Corpus Christi Hooks game at Whataburger Field! This event is to unite baseball fans and the LGBTQ+ community under the lights, to root for the Hooks while spreading love, acceptance, and unity. There’s rainbow flags a plenty, and a special guest lined up to throw the first pitch. 

LGBTQIA+ Youth Prom – Providing support and a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth in Corpus Christi to enjoy a night of dancing and fun, the Coastal Bend Pride Center hosts its annual “themed” youth prom for middle and high school students. No need to worry about who’s wearing what, because at this prom, individuality is the name of the game and anything goes – just stick to the theme.

Dallas Pride Events

The Big Pride Glitter Ball – You can shimmer and shine at the Dallas Big Pride Glitter Ball! It’s the glitziest, most fabulous event in town, where everyone’s encouraged to unleash their inner disco diva. The dance floor sparkles brighter than a thousand disco balls, and the outfits are a explosion of sequins and glitter. You can let your hair down, be your true self, and revel in the joy of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Pride Music Festival & Parade – Pride weekend kicks off in style with the Dallas Pride Music Festival featuring a Family Pride Zone with kids’ entertainment, a dedicated Teen Pride area for the older kids, exhibits, vendors, and the sound of music echoing from three stages. The parade follows with its decorated floats, costumed groups, and bands all showing their support for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Texas Latinx Pride Fest – Known as “the fiesta with a purpose,” Texas Latinx Pride Fest  highlights the contributions of the Latin LGBTQ+ community. This annual party in the park is a family friendly, all-ages event featuring food trucks, vendors, music, drag performances, and live entertainment by local and national LGBTQ+ Latinx artists.

Denton Pride Events

A Night OUT on the Square – Get ready to rock your pride gear, grab those signs, and show some love to the businesses and organizations that stand by PRIDENTON, the town’s LGBTQ+ non-profit. The rainbow flags hang, fly, and wave proudly on The Square where you can snag some awesome giveaways and swag, plus cast your vote for the best-looking storefront and lawn. It’s free and all ages are welcome to join in the fun.

Trans Pride Fest – Amid the beats of music, a crowd gathers near the stage in front of the University Union on the campus of The University of North Texas. Wearing bright jewelry, sporting LGBTQ+ flags and patches and eye-catching makeup, festival goers exude a sense of celebration. Serving as a way to ensure visibility for the trans and queer communities on campus and throughout North Texas, the Trans Pride Fest strengthens connections between LGBTQ+ individuals and the organizations and resources dedicated to supporting them. 

Dripping Springs Pride Events

Pride of Dripping Springs Festival – The Pride of Dripping Springs Festival is a day filled with family-friendly fun. Expect hundreds of festival goers, good food and drink, live music, and entertainment including drag queen story hour. With a DJ, local vendors selling clothes, jewelry, apothecary items, and more, information booths, food trucks, fully stocked bars, and various activities for kids and teens, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Fort Worth Pride Events

Tarrant County Pride – They’re rolling out the welcome mat for you to join in on the fun at the Tarrant County Pride Parade and Festival. The Parade stretches a whopping 17 blocks along Commerce Street, with a mix of individuals, organizations, and businesses, from local to national corporations. The family-friendly Pride Festival features a vendors market, live music and entertainment, and fun activities for everyone. The weekend wraps up with the Pride Picnic, the longest-standing Pride event in Fort Worth.

Youth Pride Festival – The Youth Pride Festival is a family-friendly event where young people have the chance to connect with different LGBTQ+ resources and small businesses, all while celebrating their own identities and individuality. At Youth Pride, LGBTQ+ youth can enjoy fun activities and win one of many door prizes awarded throughout the day. 

Trinity Pride Fest – This one-day celebration is about unity, awareness, and embracing the diverse identities that make Fort Worth shine. In honor of Pride Month, experience an unforgettable evening filled with live music, food, and a ton of fun. Featuring local food trucks and an artisan vendor market, Trinity Pride Fest is the opportunity to connect with the Fort Worth Queer Community. 

Frisco Pride Events

Frisco Pride Festival – Packed with performances, vendors, and a whole lot more, The Frisco Pride Festival features games, activities, door prizes, and LGBTQIA+ resources. The festival is open to all ages, so everyone can join in and celebrate the diversity of the Frisco community. Whether you’re here for the food, entertainment, vendors, or just some good ol’ fun, it’s all here and more!

Galveston Pride Events

Third Coast Pride Fest & Parade – The Third Coast Pride Festival is a celebration of LGBTQ+ pride, in the coastal city of Galveston. This annual event is dedicated to embracing and supporting the LGBTQ+ community, providing a safe and inclusive space for everyone to come together. The festival includes plenty of activities, including live entertainment, food vendors, art exhibitions, and informative resources. It’s a place where people can connect and celebrate who they are.

Houston Pride Events

Pride Houston Parade  – The downtown streets of Houston come to life for the Lone Star State’s biggest pride event, the Pride Houston Parade. With nearly 200 entries from organizations and companies, the parade showcases the creativity, and rich culture of America’s most diverse city.  Crowds line the 14-block parade route outside Houston City Hall, where colorful floats, dazzling lights, and parade walkers in costumes carry messages of hope, love, and inclusion

Loredo Pride Events

Gateway City Pride Parade & Festival – Taking over Iturbide Street (“It Street”), it’s a day filled with rainbow flags, feathers, and the irresistible beats of music, as the Gateway City Pride Parade & Festival gets underway. The festivities kick off with a mix of vendors and food trucks, setting the stage for an evening parade of floats, dancers, and bands, making it a night of color, rhythm, and a sense of unity.

Lockhart Pride Events

Lockhart Pride Festival – Capping off Pride Week that includes 12 different LGBTQ+ events happening all over the Lockhart Town Square, the Lockhart Pride Festival brings the entire community together. With its vendors, food selections, live entertainment, including drag performances, and a professional fireworks display to end the evening, the festival is a family-friendly, free event with hundreds of people in attendance. 

Longview Pride Events

Live Out Loud Family Pride – The largest and oldest LGBTQ+ Pride Event in Northeast Texas, family-friendly and free to the public, Live Out Loud Family Pride has games, food trucks, vendors, a doggie drag show, a drag queen story hour and more. Immediately following is Pride Even Louder, an “over 18 event” featuring a drag show, DJ, and dance party.

Marble Falls Pride Events

MFTX Pride Festival – Marble Falls Pride Festival is a day of celebration where all ages are welcome, and admission is free. With a beer garden, oven-roasted pizza, live entertainment, raffle prizes, kids’ crafts and fun activities, and a community market with over 30 vendors to explore, there truly is something for everyone.

McKinney Pride Events

McKinney Pride – Downtown McKinney is the place to be for McKinney Pride, benefiting City House’s Youth Homeless Shelter. This family-friendly event has activities for all ages, including a video game truck, bounce house, vendors, and more. It’s a celebration that brings the LGBTQ+ community, non-profits, and businesses together, to make new friends, build connections, and create memories.

Pflugerville Pride Events

Pflugerville Pride Festival – Featuring two outdoor stages, and two indoor venues to showcase local community artists and entertainers, a legislative panel addressing important community issues, Pflugerville Pride is a free community event. With more than half-a-dozen food trucks, 80+ vendors, an art showcase of local talent, and family-friendly activities in the Family Pfun zone, the Pflugerville Pride Festival is a day of fun for the entire family.

Plano Pride Events

Come As You Are Festival – Serving as the annual fundraiser for North Texas Pride, the Come As You Are Festival is a family-friendly celebration of diversity. It features vendor booths, food, giveaways, and activities for all ages, including live entertainment, a DJ, dancing, and more. It supports the vision of a permanent location to benefit other organizations, provide space for events, meetings, education, and a central resource center for the community.

Rio Grand Valley Pride Events

Rio Grand Valley Pride Festival Weekend – Describing it simply as a celebration of one’s true identity, the Rio Grand Valley Pride Festival Weekend’s motto is “Go Big or Go Home.” With over 3,000 attendees, food, entertainment, music, and vendors either selling merchandise or providing services, the event creates a safe space to celebrate diversity, inclusion, equality, and acceptance of the Rio Grand Valley’s LGBTQ+ community.

Round Rock Pride Events

Round Rock Pride – Joy and empowerment is the theme as the community comes together in support of the LGBTQ+ community. With food trucks, local drag performers, and over 90 vendors representing organizations, businesses, and community groups, attendees can connect, explore local resources, and show their support. This event is for all-ages and free, ensuring inclusivity for all.

San Antonio Pride Events

Pride River Parade & Celebration – Pride River Parade and Celebration showcases the city’s commitment to supporting equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. The event is an afternoon filled with live, on-stage entertainment, bands, impersonators, and dancers, along with food, artisan, commercial, and informational vendors. The Pride River Parade has two showings, featuring over 17 colorful river barges. 

Pride Bigger Than Texas Festival & Parade – Considered “the one, the only official San Antonio Pride Celebration,” the Pride Bigger than Texas Festival & Parade is a festival by day and parade by night. The festival brings together entertainers, performers, small businesses, and vendors, along with plenty of food choices in a day of mutual support. The parade, on the other hand, is known as “a party with a purpose” as it travels down N Main Avenue with its themed floats and marching bands. 

San Marcos Pride Events

SMTX Pride Festival & Parade – This weekend-long event is all about the LGBTQ+ community, its family, friends, and allies. Starting off with the Pride march, live music, and more, and followed by the Loud & Proud Pride Fest, DJs rock several venues around town with LGBTQ+ bands, and drag artists. The Colors Of The Rivers Pride parade highlights the following day, and runs along the San Marcos River, followed by some fun activities including drag bingo. It’s a weekend where love, diversity, and community take center stage.

Sherman Pride Events

Grayson County Pride Festival – Grayson County Pride Festival is a free, family-friendly festival organized by Grayson County Pride to celebrate and provide resources for the LGBTQ+ community. The event features local vendors, small businesses, live entertainment, bands, food trucks, a water slide, and a Grayson County Pride merchandise pop-up shop. 

Taylor Pride Events

Taylor Pride Music & Arts Festival – The Taylor Pride Music and Arts Festival is a family-friendly event that takes place in Downtown Taylor. Serving as a valuable resource for the local LGBTQ+ community and neighboring cities, this festival features music from more than a dozen bands, a comedy show, art exhibits, crafts, vendors, and various entertainers, creating a safe space where all are welcome. 

Taylor Pride Street Festival – It’s a jam-packed day of entertainment, shopping, food, and drink, at this family-friendly, open to all ages event, where you can groove to the music and strut your stuff in downtown Taylor. There’s also a KID’s PRIDE area filled with youth-specific fun and entertainment along with drag queen story hour. 

The OUTlaw Pride Fest – The OUTLaw Pride Fest is Austin’s first LGBTQ+ country festival, and is now headed to Taylor as the highlight of Taylor Pride’s pride schedule. The event is a showcase of the incredible talent within the LGBTQ+ country music scene, celebrating the “outlaws” of queer country artists from Texas and beyond. It’s a unique and unforgettable experience.

Temple Pride Events

Temple Pride Block Party – In a city with the motto, “Y’all means all,” the Temple Pride Block Party certainly lives up to that with this inclusive event. It’s a community gathering, drawing crowds from across the state, to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride month, featuring food trucks, activities, vendors, live music, and a “kid zone” with free activities for “kids” of all ages, with bubbles and chalk for the little ones.

Waco Pride Events

Out on the Brazos – Out on the Brazos encourages you to embrace your true self and be unapologetically you! Featuring live musicians, drag performers, a dance contest, a costume contest, and a dog parade, you are assured a day filled with entertainment and self-expression. There’s also a vendor market of more than 40 vendors and food trucks on-site. It’s a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community and a day of fun for all.

Wimberley Pride Events

Wimberley Pride March – The Wimberley Pride March serves as a tribute to those who blazed the LGBTQ+ trail. It’s a reminder that progress is irreversible, and a rallying point for the community to stand with those who still endure marginalization, oppression, and discrimination due to their gender or sexuality. With hundreds of residents, allies, and friends marching, music filling the air, and speakers gracing the stage, the march celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. 

Woodlands Pride Events

The Woodlands Pride Festival – With over 15,000 attendees, 100+ exhibitors and vendors, food trucks, entertainers, and sponsor swag, The Woodlands Pride Festival serves as a welcoming space for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies to unite. Fostering a sense of community built on acceptance and love, the event has a VIP section and a Kid’s Zone with a bouncy house, face painting, and other fun activities.

Texas Pride Events: LGBTQ+ Visibility to the Lone Star State

Texas Pride events shine a light on the LGBTQ+ community, bringing visibility to the Lone Star State in a warm and welcoming way. They are celebrations that unite people, making them feel seen and embraced, while capturing the spirit of Texas – big, bold, and full of heart – showing all that love knows no boundaries. As the sun sets on the Texas horizon, and Pride lights up, it reminds everyone that in the largest state in the country, there’s always room for love, laughter, and acceptance. Texas Pride is more than festivals and parades, it’s a feeling, a celebration of life, love, and the beauty of being your true self.

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Also, while we do our best to highlight LGBTQ-friendly destinations and businesses, info provided is based solely on personal experience and recommendations by community partners. We hope that nobody experiences discrimination or homophobia while visiting Florida and beyond, but we make no guarantees. Please inform us if you experience discrimination or homophobia while visiting any destination so we can make updates to our recommendations.

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