As spring starts to poke its head up and see what’s happening, local LGBT events answer the call with options that say so long to winter and hello to gaying up your downtime.
Friday, March 4
Out at the Rodeo Launch Party. Put the gay in Go Texan Day by adding your hats and boots (top photo) to an otherwise already hot Flex Friday @ F Bar, 10 p.m.
Pop Stars Fridays. DJ Chris Zane plays your favorites 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.
Stripper Circus brings its hot men, performers and surprises @ South Beach, 9 p.m. It’s all part of the Pacific Street Block Party every weekend.
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.
Boys and Men. You know you love it @ JR’s and Mining Company’s Cockfight. Both part of the Pacific Street Block Party every weekend.
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 4
Sharon Needles (middle photo). The Season 3 winner who brings all the spooky fierceness and spills it all over the stage is part of your regularly scheduled dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Miss LSVA 2016. The gay jocks of Lone Star Volleyball Association don their dresses, heels and wigs for a “Totally 90s” fundraising show you won’t want to miss @ South Beach, 7:15 p.m.
Houston Hurricanes. The local gay flag football league gets started with its weekly roster of games @ Law Park, 6100 Vassar St., 10 a.m.
Out at the Rodeo. LGBT Day all day at the rodeo includes stops at the Wine Garden and Pig Races before the big concert finale @ NRG Park, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Carnival Saturday (middle photo) 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 [email protected] South Beach, 9 p.m.
Levi-Leather Beats are always pumping, this week with Misfits Houston in the house @ Ripord, 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 5
AIDS Walk Houston (bottom photo). Hundreds step off against the disease and in support of the people affected by it @ Sam Houston Park, 11 a.m. Hopefully it will be drier than last year.
“Picture It!” with Houston Pride Band. The group presents its third concert of the season celebrating movies and all things cinematic @ MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston), 7 p.m.
Aztec Gods & Goddesses puts the Miss Gay USofA smack in your face @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Kickback Sunday. Country beats and patio heat @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.
Retox Sunday knows what you need, and you’re going to get it @ F Bar, 6 p.m. And you know later if it’s Sunday, it’s F Latin Divas, 10 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 Lounge. Kick back and do the Sunday do: As little as possible and look good doing it @ Guava Lamp, 10 p.m. Lounge doors for day drinking at 4 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.