Pride Month in Houston: From pool parties to painting sessions, see where Houstonians can celebrate

LGBT Pride Month (June) began as a way to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the U.S. This year, major cities celebrated with parades, protests, music and more.

HOUSTON – Happy Pride Month, Houston!

In-person events have been given the green light this year, so that means Pride Month in Houston will be celebrated in a big way. However, some events will still adopt COVID-19 protocols to keep attendees safe.

Pride Month is typically celebrated in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots that took place at a gay bar in New York, starting off as a protest. Members of the LGBTQ community fought back against restrictions from employment discrimination to serving LGBTQ customers at retail stores, which launched a resistance that turned into celebration later on, Entertainment Tonight reported.

From pop-up markets to pool parties, here are some of the events happening this summer in honor of Pride Month around the area.

Pride Market

Where: Karbach Brewing Co., 2032 Karbach, Houston

When: Sunday June 13, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

This year’s Pride Market will feature local vendors and live music inside the Biergarten at Karbach. For more info, click here.

El Segundo Pool Party

Where: El Segundo Swim Club, 5180 Avenue L, Houston

When: Saturday, June 26, 2-8 p.m.

Need to unwind and chill? El Segundo Swim Club has all the amenities for a perfect pool party! Ticket sales will benefit the Baewatch X Salvation Pool Party coming in August. Please note that entry is strictly for those 21 years and older.

Pride Houston Kick-Off + Theme Reveal Party

Where: Pearl Bar, 4216 Washington, Houston

When: Sunday July 25, 4-7 p.m.

Originally scheduled for June, this year’s Pride Houston Kick-Off Party will take place in July, with the Grand Marshal reveal happening on the same day. The event will be live in-person and livestream on Pearl Bar’s Facebook page.

The Pride Run

Where: MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun, Houston

When: Saturday, June 12 7:30 a.m.

Sign up individually or form a team to participate at this year’s Pride Run. Run with your friends, dress up if you want and have fun! For more information, click here.

Paint & Sip Pride Brunch

Where: Prime Art Gallery, 11002 Westheimer, Houston

When: Sunday, June 6 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Relax and unwind with a painting session with an ocean theme at Houston’s Prime Art Gallery. Admission includes painting session and brunch. Click here to purchase tickets.

Know of other Pride Month events happening in the Houston area? Share with us in the comments below and we’ll add to the list.

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