Headed to Austin for PRIDE week? This year, we're kicking off the fun early and there's no shortage of festivities planned this August. You're in for a week of creativity, solidarity, diversity and community. Whether you're here for a day or here for the week, the Insider Blog has you covered with the hottest official and unofficial events around town:

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8/20/16 WERK Fashion Show ACL Live at the Moody Theatre This year, Austin PRIDE is kicking off the week of festivities in a big way - with a fashion show in collaboration with Project Runway and Lance Bass. Seriously. This event pretty much speaks for itself, and needless to say this is one you don't want to miss. Local designers and former Project Runway competitors will take over one of Austin's most iconic venues with their inventive designs.

8/21/16 Big Gay PRIDE Brunch The Rattle Inn PRIDE takes West Sixth with the annual Big Gay Brunch. This is brunch, Austin-style with Tex-Mex, mimosas, live music and a few of Austin's favorite queens.

8/22/16 OUT at the Movie ZACH Theatre This official PRIDE movie night brings together a few of Austin's favorite things: food trucks, film and fashion (oh, and it's free!). Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket for this outdoor screening of The Devil Wears Prada at the ZACH Theatre.

8/24/16 Them//They Wednesday The Volstead This iconic East Austin venue holds their queer dance party on a weekly basis, but this Pride edition is sure to set the bar. 

8/24/16 Austin PRIDE Queer Art Show The Q Austin Head to The Q to support Austin's local queer artists at this free show. Come for the art, stay for the community and help support one of Austin's most valuable LGBTQIA resources. 

8/26/16 Pink Friday: Austin's Pride Kick-Off Party Cheer Up Charlies Head to Red River for Cheer Up's pride kick-off - a tribute to San Francisco's famed Pink Party. Two of Austin's hottest DJs will keep the beats going all night at this vegan, queer-friendly bar.

8/27/16 Austin PRIDE Festival Fiesta Gardens This is the biggest LGBTQ advocacy event of the year, bringing together local and national organizations, live music and entertainers, family-friendly fun and more. 

8/27/1 Austin PRIDE Parade Congress Avenue Join Austinites as they take to the streets to celebrate PRIDE and equality. The parade begins at the Texas State Capitol, runs down Congress Avenue and concludes in the Warehouse District. Austinites, students, local organizations, visitors, allies, live performers, celebrities, floats and more will create a spectacle unmatched by any other local event. This is the best way to conclude a week of celebrations so head downtown early to get a prime spot for viewing!

The events above are only a selection of those going on around town - see our Event Calendar for more happenings and check out our LGBTQ Itinerary for more ways to experience the best of Austin!