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Four Austin suburbs celebrate Pride Month for the first time with LBGTQ events

Four Austin-area cities are celebrating Pride Month for the first time with Pride festivals of their own. (Austin Pride/Facebook)

Four Austin-area cities—Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville and Lockhart—are bringing out the rainbow flags for their first-ever Pride Month events to celebrate their LGBTQ residents.

Here's a look at the four cities celebrating Pride for the first time:

  • Thanks to a group called Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity for All Leander (IDEAL), the city of Leander named May 14 Leander Pride Day. The official declaration was celebrated with "A Rainbow to Remember," which featured vendors, food trucks, and an art show and drag show at Wilco WorkSpaces + Events on May 14.
  • Round Rock is set to host its first-ever Pride Festival from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Plaza downtown. The inaugural event will come with appearances from Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan, the city's Pride Founder, Richard Parson, and emceeing from KVUE reporter Tony Plohetski. Other acts include a "Drag Queen Story Time" and a performance from Mini Kween Kee Kee and a performance from the Austin Gay Men's Corus.
  • Downtown Pflugerville will also get decked out in rainbow this month as the city's Pride organization hosts its "Pride Pfestival" from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 18. Acts include an appearance from "RuPaul's Drag Race" queen Tammie Brown, music from Tish and The Mizzbehavin' Band, an LGBTQ panel from State Reps. Celia Israel and Sheryl Cole, and comedy from Ky Krebs and Ava Smartt.
  • Lockhart will host the longest-running festivities of all, with the week of June 12-19 set aside for Lockhart Pride. After nights of community events from movie nights to drag, the week will end with a Pride Fest from 4-10 p.m. at Luna Gardens on June 19.
Meanwhile, Austin's Pride will wait a few months until the annual Pride parade and festival, which will be held on August 20 this year.


Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation

🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway