Come on, springtime! Catch the spirit as activities and special events peek through the winter thaw to show you a good time. Local LGBT events make good use of your well-earned weekend.
Friday, March 18
Mr. Leather Bear Houston. Do you like your leather daddies big and hairy? This meet-and-greet prelim event is for you @ Ripcord, 9 p.m. Saturday competition too.
Bringin’ In The Green. The annual funfest for Montrose Center returns. Silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a Who’s Who of supporters @ Montrose Center, 7 p.m.
“End of the Rainbow.” The late-in-life Judy Garland play that you didn’t know you needed, but you so do, runs through April 10 @ Stages Repertory Theatre, 8 p.m.
Flex Friday. The hot guys and drag queens that you love in the show bar that loves you back @ F Bar, 8 p.m. Get there early for Belevedere Happy Hour, 5 p.m.
Pop Stars Fridays. All your favorite hits from the past 10 years @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Ripcord Rewind. The bar reloads with favorites from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s @ Ripcord, 8 p.m.
Viernes Noche Latina offers up two-steppin’ and line-dancin’ in the legendary Esquire Ballroom @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.
Latin Ladies Night with DJ Kittie. Get with Houston’s lesbian crowd (and their guy friends) up in the Heights @ Pearl Bar, 10 p.m.
Fantasy Friday. Tanya Hyde leads the drag cast @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Dance Your Booty Off and get moving on the floor @ Blur, 10 p.m.
Beats, beers and boys puts the party in your pocket and the gay in your Friday @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, all day.
Saturday, March 19
Diana Awards (middle photo). No one has done it longer, and no one does it better. The 63rd annual event that brings black-tie glamour to gay Houston for charity @ Royal Sonesta Houston, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy our preview.
Houston Hurricanes. The local gay flag football league continues its weekly roster of games @ Law Park, 6100 Vassar St., 10 a.m.
Pearl. The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” queen hits town to perform, meet and sign autographs during the dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Carnival Saturday with the Shower Boys leaving a wet spot on your weekend @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Ladies & Gents. The lesbians know what’s up for all the gay women and their male friends @ Pearl Bar, 10 p.m.
F Xperience with DJ Tad Dvorak. And drag. And go-go boys. Join the crowd @ F Bar, 9 p.m.
DJ-driven Dance Party. Get up, get out and get on down with the guys and gals who always bring you a dancey Saturday night@ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Country Dance. Before there was Gilley’s, there was the Esquire Ballroom. Now the legendary space is where your gay boots meet the beat @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.
Shake Up Saturday. This party bar brings karaoke and more to the scene. You never know what you’re gonna get @ Crocker Bar, 9 p.m.
Sound Factory Saturday. One, two, you know what to do @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.
Party time. Excellent. Slip into something that will warm your gay heart @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, all day.
DJ beats get you moving on the dance floor @ Blur, 10 p.m.
Drag divas never really end when it’s cheap drinks and Showgurlz @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Scruffy Saturday. Cruise on over with DJ beats and hot male dancers @ Mining Company, 9 p.m., and take a spin around the Fruit loop while eyeing theboys @ JR’s, all day. Both part of the Pacific Street Block Party every weekend.
Sunday, March 20
Montrose Softball League Opening Day (bottom photo). The gay pitchers and catchers take the fields @ Houston Sportsplex, 10:30 a.m.
Aztec Gods & Goddesses. Competitions for Mr. andMiss Gay Houston USofA and Mr. Gay Montrose USofA. Tons of special guests and hosts, including last year’s winners @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Eagle Sundays. Until it returns to its Hyde Park home, the Eagle and DJ JD Arnold take their Sunday Fundays down to the basement @ Ministry, 4 p.m.
Kofi and the girls. They’ve been making Sunday worth drinking about since time immemorial. Get in on this gayest of gay Houston traditions @ JR’s, 6 p.m.
Sunday Fun Day. Whether you go for the karaoke, the rowdy patrons or what some call the best Sunday Funday in town, get down @ Crocker Bar, 12:30 p.m.
Sunday Funday Crawfish parties until you absolutely have to go home and start your workweek. Crawfish and drink specials @ Bayou City Bar & Grill, 12 noon - 9 p.m.
Sunday Fun Day Drag Show with Kofi and the girls and all of Houston’s ready-to-party gay boys @ JR’s. All day bar, evening drag.
All Star Sunday. Alexis Nicole Whitney corrals the queens and closes out your weekend with a showstopper that you have to see to believe @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Hot Mess Sunday with Deejay Pollo and Ricky Lee and Houston’s hottest Spanish-English video remix set @ Blur, 10:30 p.m.
Men At Work with trash disco by DJ Danny G and drink specials @ Mining Company, all day.
Middle photo by Rob Martinez. Bottom photo by John Cox Photography.