How to Celebrate Pride in Houston in 2022: Festivals, Parties and More
Pride month is here, y’all! A time to celebrate, honor and defend our queer community and its impact in America. In June, cities across the country will host a series of events, including the Magnum Opus, an annual Pride Parade, honoring the 1969 Stonewall Riots that sparked the modern social movement for LGBTQIA+ rights in America. And we are pleased to announce that after the cancellations, postponements and downsizing of the past two years, the Houston Pride Festival and Parade is officially back in 2022.
Fittingly, this year’s theme is “The Beat Goes On”, a tribute to the trailblazers who inspired change and to the community today who won’t let a pandemic stop them from celebrating and fighting for equality. Houston’s 44th Annual LGBT+ Pride Celebration will take place at Houston City Hall on Saturday, June 25, but there’s plenty to celebrate before and after, too – from a pub crawl and party to the pool at the official after-party hosted by one of Houston’s most. legendary gay bars. Consider this your guide to all things Houston Pride 2022.
The official Pride Market will pop up at hometown favorite Karbach Brewing on Sunday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can expect a Biergarten party and market with over 25 local vendors, DJs and drag queens, food trucks, live music, games, contests and giveaways, and lots of Pride. The event is free to the public with RSVP.
Throughout the month, the super cool outdoor theater experience Rooftop Cinema Club will screen blockbuster LGBTQIA+ movies, including The bird cage (June 1), at Wong Foo, thank you for everything! Julie Newmar (June 8), But I’m a cheerleader (June 15), The Wizard of Oz (June 22) and Disable it (June 22).
Houston’s newest Pride event brings together specialty drinks fortified with NYAK Cognac, mimosas and shots, DJs and hookah, great food, free swag and hot bodies. Good times pass at Belle Station in Midtown from noon to 7 p.m. and admission is free.
A kaleidoscope of sexy bodies will rock Pride’s hottest event, the soaking pool party at popular nightclub Clé. You can expect a range of DJ sets and headlining entertainment, dancers to skyrocket the party levels, fun games and prizes, food and drink specials, hookahs and good vibes all around. Tickets start at $15 for early risers with poolside VIP daybeds available for $450 and cabanas for $550 to $650.
Spend your day browsing the bars of Houston’s gay district on Saturday, June 18 as the Pride Bar Crawl hits the streets. Check-in is at Buddy’s from 4-6pm, and the after-party is at ReBar from 10-midnight. In between, you’ll find drink specials and parties at some of the hottest bars and clubs in the area. Tickets are $15 ($10 for groups) and include two free drink vouchers and drink specials and no cover at participating bars. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project to support its suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQIA+ and questioning youth.
LGBTQIA+ designers and models will showcase the latest high-quality styles and cutting-edge creations at Rise Rooftop, alongside DJ beats and booze at the Pride Fashion Show on Thursday, June 23. The event is $5 in advance (prices increase at the door) or $65 for VIP floor seating. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for general admission and 5:45 p.m. for VIPs.
Show your pride along the official parade route
The big event is of course the Pride Parade, which will parade through the streets of the city center around the town hall from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bring water (and maybe a small amount of spikes too) and display along the parade route for what is sure to be a loud and proud affair. Stay tuned for more details on the official route by following Pride 365 on Facebook.
The official Eden Girls Party is back, celebrating the strong woman of Houston’s LGBTQIA+ community at Rise Rooftop on Friday, June 24. As always, male friends are also welcome at the party. Music, dancing and crazy moments take place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Kicking off the pre-parade party, the official Pride Festival runs from 1-6:30 p.m. around Houston City Hall, with doors opening at noon. Score tickets to enter the festival grounds and you’ll find outdoor concerts, DJs and live entertainment, vendor booths and concessions, and everything in the colors of the rainbow. The GA starts at $4 (kids 12 and under free), with main stage tickets $35 and VIP experiences $225, including open bar and prepared food, access in place of the main stage, viewing the parade from the grandstand, refreshing VIP toilets, a bag of goodies, and more.
Longtime gay bar Rich’s will host the official Rich’s at Rise Pride Houston After-Party at the super-cool Rise Rooftop dance club and music venue (yes, that’s the one with the retractable roof), where two DJs will keep the party going. energy until the wee hours of the morning. Pre-sale tickets start at $20 and the entertainment runs from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Pride 365, the group behind everything you just read, is a 100% volunteer-run organization. Sign up to help make a positive impact on the LGBTQIA+ community, whether by setting up and removing activations, managing product and ticket sales, managing VIP bars, creating graphic designs, by joining a committee, or more.
The Pride Parade is completely free and all donations are welcome to ensure the community-building event stays that way for years to come. Your support helps Pride 365’s mission to elevate the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community, celebrate their legacy, raise critical funds for youth scholarships, provide lifelong health and well-being and to continue to fight for equality.