Dallas Pride made some major changes this year in an effort to become a bigger and better celebration. It’s moved from September to June to align with national pride festivities, and it’s moved from Cedar Springs to Fair Park, which provides triple the space to party. The main events are the Miller Lite Music Festival on Saturday (which, by the way, has a Family Pride Zone and a Teen Zone) and the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Sunday, but lots of local bars and restaurants are adding to the fun with their own parties spanning the weekend.
If you want to get an early start, head to The Riveter, a female-focused co-working space, tonight for a Pride Pre-Party and panel discussion featuring LGBTQ activists like LeeAnne Locken and Krystal Summers. The party is sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and tickets are free.
On Friday, Dallas’ famous gay club The Round-Up Saloon has a happy hour from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The surrounding gayborhood should be lively all weekend.
W Dallas’ 33rd floor bar Altitude also has a pride party on Friday featuring singer LEV and drag queens Bleach, May May Graves, and Friday Monet. Ronnie Heart and DJ Snacks will be playing tunes to get the crowd dancing. Tickets are $15.
If you need to cool off after going to the Pride Festival on Saturday, the Lorenzo Hotel in the Cedars is having a daytime dance party at its pool from 2-8 p.m. There’s a $10-$15 cover to attend.
The weekend culminates with the Pride Parade in Fair Park on Sunday afternoon. There’s an after party at Beauty Bar in Deep Ellum from 3:30-8 p.m. with drag queens and DJs.
For the lowdown on all things Dallas Pride, plus other events this weekend like Taste Addison and Dreamhack, see our Things To Do page.