From the outside, it might be hard to see the Big D as a welcoming and progressive destination. However, for someone who has been here for several years now, it’s easy to see the growth both in infrastructure as well as in forward-thinking.
For example, Dallas Pride has gone from just the parade on September 16th to a full-on weekend of celebrations to honor the city’s LGBTQ community.
From a mindful and clothes-free yoga class and social mixer to a steamy pool blowout, to a tasty Sunday brunch, I made a list of the best events happening in Dallas during this year’s Pride.
1. Naked Yoga Dallas Pride Kick-Off Mixer
On Thursday, September 13th, kick-off Dallas Pride celebrations with an evening of yoga, community support and socializing. This unique fundraising event supports LifeWalk through Team Metro and starts at 7:30 PM at Naked Yoga Dallas, located at 3112 Swiss Ave. Dallas, TX 75204. The suggested donation is $30 and space is limited. (men only) Reserve your spot now!
2. DFW Pride Happy Hour
“DFW Happy Hour” is organized and maintained as a community service by the TI Pride Network, Texas Instruments’ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight ally (LGBTA) employee diversity group. These events are open to all, and everyone is invited. Their free monthly happy hours and other activities are intended to increase professional and social contacts between our groups and individuals and to foster a greater sense of community. Friday, September 14th. 5:30pm to 7:30 p.m. Terilli’s. 2815 Greenville Avenue. Dallas, TX 75206
3. He Said Magazine Pride Brunch
On Saturday, September 15th share your love for mimosas with He Said Magazine. They are hosting the brunch at Perle on Maple because of its proximity to Reverchon Park, the venue for that Saturday’s Miller Lite Music Festival in the Park celebrations. Make reservations to join them at some point between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for brunch favorites from Exec Chef Wade Burch and a “Bubbles from Around the World” champagne bar.
4. Purple Does Dallas Pride – SHINE Pool Party
After brunch, cool down at Dallas Purple SHINE pool party from 1 pm – 7 pm, at SISU Uptown. SISU is a favorite fixture with its gorgeous saltwater pool and deluxe cabanas. DJ Brandon Moses (Dallas) will keep you popping your fan to his unique style of vocal-infused dance music. Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, DJ Ben Baker (NYC) will take over the decks and close the party down with his fresh take on house and classic vocals.
5. BEAT: Dallas Pride Weekend
BEAT is Saturday night main event for Dallas PRIDE 2018! Impulse Group welcomes legendary DJ PAULO to Stereo Live Dallas. His unique and distinctive tribal sound has planted him firmly amongst the ranks of top DJs, headlining at some of the world’s largest and most prestigious clubs, circuit events and festivals. He played at this year’s Pines Party one night and let me tell you, this is an event you don’t want to miss. September 15th. 9:00pm till 2:00 am. Stereo Live Dallas, 2711 Storey Lane. Dallas, TX 75220 – TICKETS HERE
6. WeWork Dallas Pride Party
On Sunday, September 16th, start before the Pride Parade start pre-gaming with WeWork! Bring your friends and get ready for the biggest and brightest Sunday Funday of the year! There will be drinks, bites and plenty of rainbow swag. Following the pre-parade shenanigans, they will take a party shuttle to the parade as a group! What a great way to come together and support the Dallas LGBTQ community! 11:30 am – 1:30pm. WeWork Uptown. 1920 McKinney Avenue, 7th Floor. Dallas, TX 75201. RSVP HERE
7. Brüt Dallas Pride Closing Party
New York favorite underground DJ’s Dan Darlington and Peter Napoli are back in town and ready to close out another bangin’ weekend at this year’s Dallas Pride 2018!! Let them fulfill your fantasies in their smokey, underground lair as they transform Marty’s Live once again. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw how cool the party was last year. So put on your leather, fetish or your birthday suit, or dressed in whatever makes you feel sexy as it will get hot and naughty under their lasers! September 16th, 9:00pm-2:00am. Marty’s LIVE. 4207 Maple Ave, Dallas, Texas 75219 – TICKETS HERE
Now get out there and show your Pride!
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