AUSTIN PRIDE PARADE & FESTIVAL 2023
If you're planning to visit Austin for the annual Austin Pride month, during August 2023, there's no shortage of festivities planned. Whether you're here for a day or here for a long weekend, we have you covered with the best Pride events around town, from the parade down Congress Avenue to the best after parties all weekend long.
Blanton Museum of Art. Credit Gabi Meit and Shanna Sciara.
Official Pride Events
More official events to be announced as the event date approaches—check back for more soon!
Pride Week Drag Bingo
Lefty's Brick Bar
Play free bingo with fun prizes awarded each round. This event is part of Lefty's monthly series hosted by Louisianna Purchase and features a mini market hosted by Eastside Pop Up. The event is free, but RSVPs are encouraged.
Vinyl @ Vixen's Pride Edition
DJ Mahealani spins vinyl and killer beats. You won't want to miss her music from 8 PM - 12 AM. Vixen's will serve dinner until 10 PM with an extended cocktail hour and dancing until midnight.
Austin PRIDE Parade
Join Austinites as they take to the streets to celebrate pride and equality. The annual parade usually begins at the Texas State Capitol, runs down Congress Avenue, through the Warehouse District, and concludes on the Congress Avenue bridge. 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!
Bi Bi Bi: Y2K Queer Dance Party
Lefty's Brick Bar
Don your best early 2000's fit and dancing shoes to celebrate Pride! TJ the DJ will be playing the hits with Pride-themed food and drink specials benefitting Equality Texas.
PRIDE Parade Watch Party
Stephen F. Austin Royal Sonesta
Celebrate Austin's official PRIDE Parade with the best seat in the house at Stephen F. Austin Royal Sonesta Bar & Terrace overlooking Congress Avenue. Sip on specialty pride-themed cocktails and enjoy the lively spectacle of floats, performers and more as the parade passes by.
Pride Drag Brunch
Recover after a night of festivities with brunch at Vixen's Wedding. Breakfast is served from 10 AM - 2 PM with drag performances starting at 12:30.
If you're visiting Austin during Pride weekend, plan your stay and experience the best that this welcoming city has to offer. Check out our guide to LGBTQ+-owned businesses in Austin and find activities, events, restaurants, nightlife spots and more that are waiting to be discovered.
Get to know the parade route in advance so you can plan to get the best view. The parade usually kicks off at the Texas State Capitol, marching down Congress Avenue, past Fourth Street/Bettie Naylor Street (names for longtime Austin LGBTQ+ advocate and lobbyist), to the Congress Avenue bridge. After the parade, stick around for after parties at nearby bars on Fourth Street and throughout the city. Parking may be limited, so plan an alternate route with CapMetro or discover more transportation options during Pride week with Get There ATX.
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