5 Cool Pride Month Events Happening in Houston

June is Pride Month, which means more rainbow cakes and rainbow cocktails — all rainbows, by the way — than you can count.

Many Houston restaurants and bars are hosting specials this month, with some donating to LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations such as the Montrose Center and the Project Trevor. Local gay bars like Eagle, Ripcord and lesbian spot Pearl Bar host Pride nights with DJ sets. And of course, the Houston Pride Parade will be happening downtown on June 25th.

There are more Pride events in Houston than days in June, which is a big deal to have. Here we’ve highlighted five events around town that we think you should know about.

Chih Lin (left) and Mike Dorsey left their corporate engineering roles to launch Dumpling Dudez in 2019.

Dudez Dumpling

Dumpling Dudez Rainbow Store

Chih Lin and Mike Dorsey quit their jobs three years ago to start Dumpling Dudez, offering packaged dumplings and dumpling-making classes in Houston. The couple have done something special for Pride every year since they started the business. This year they launched a “rainbow store” with various dumpling making and beer pairing experiences, as well as colorful DD swag. Hatch Youth, a Montrose Center initiative to support LGBTQ+ teens, will benefit from 50% of Rainbow Store’s proceeds.

Picos' signature shakerita is a feature of the Mexican restaurant's margarita menu.

Picos’ signature shakerita is a feature of the Mexican restaurant’s margarita menu.

Nick de la Torre

Picos Pride Tables

Picos makes it easy to donate while you dine. Bustling Mexican restaurant Upper Kirby is accepting reservations throughout the month for Pride donation tables benefiting Montrose Grace Place. Guests can guarantee reservations for up to 6 people via Resy by clicking on the “Pride Table” slots the whole month of June. Picos will donate 20% of the total table check (before tax and tip) to the charity, which provides an inclusive space for homeless youth of all sexualities and genders.

If you’re just drinking, you can always support the restaurant’s Pride Month specialty cocktails, like Serving You Palm Springs Circa 1970 or Mojito Me Baby; $1 from every purchase will be donated to the Montrose Center.

Pride Bike Ride Houston hosts a special annual Pride event each June.

Pride Bike Ride Houston hosts a special annual Pride event each June.

Houston Pride Bike Ride

Pride Bike Ride Houston Bike Parade

Pride Bike Ride Houston hosts weekly bike meetups throughout the year, but pulls out all the stops during Pride Month. On June 18, the group will host its annual Pride Bike Ride Parade at Eagle Houston from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the bar, expect a drag performance, DJ set, vendors, bike raffle and other contests with prizes.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the group will set off on a 10-mile ride “at a social pace,” says organizer David Loredo, starting and ending at Eagle. They will stop halfway at the Community Bar and stay there for about an hour. All non-motorized vehicles are welcome: bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, etc.

The roof terrace of La Grange.

The roof terrace of La Grange.

Victoria Christiansen for The Barn

Pride Recovery Brunch at La Grange

The Montrose Center will host its 4th Annual Pride Recovery Brunch at La Grangethe day after the parade, Sunday, June 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Funday Sunday festivities will be hosted by local drag artist Deaven Lee and will include live music by DJ Chad Guidry.

Tickets are $45 per guest and include one meal and two drink tickets, plus all taxes, fees and gratuities. While 50% of ticket sales will benefit the Montrose Center, 100% of donations made that day will go to the center in honor of Mike Ralph, the uncle of La Grange brunch host Robert Wallace, who died in 1991 during the AIDS epidemic. Guests are encouraged to dress in “Pride Sunday Funday Realness”.

Star Sailor’s 51 Mile Pride Ride Challenge

Heights Star Sailor Craft Beer Bar invites patrons to participate in open skate parties every Friday during Pride Month as part of the 51-Mile Pride Ride Challenge to benefit the Trevor Project. Participants can help reach the 51-mile goal by in-line skating, skating, or skateboarding onsite at Star Sailor, or simply by submitting their rolling mileage via this form. Everyone is encouraged to show up and support, even if it’s just to cheer on participating skaters.

Additionally, proceeds from month-long food and beverage specials, including a Pride Cake Deal from baker Lene Sue Baggett, will benefit Montrose Center, Tony’s Place and Equality Texas.

Maria R. Newman