Your gay weekend starts now. Local LGBT events include special guests, one-time events and a few welcome surprises to go with your regularly scheduled performances and parties.
Friday, Oct. 23
Stripper Circus. The weekly theme night hits hard with hot men, performers and surprises @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Ripcord Rewind. Bears, Cubs, Daddy, Chaser, Twink, Leather, Levis and Masculine Men. Do it up to the mix-tape music of the 1980s @ Ripcord, 9 p.m.
Flex Friday. The hot guys and drag you love @ F Bar, 8 p.m. Get there early for Belevedere Happy Hour, 5 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.
Viernes Noche Latina offers up two-steppin’ and line-dancin’ in the legendary Esquire Ballroom @ Neon Boots, 9 p.m.
Bright Lights Friday Nights. DJ beats and shower boys get you all wet to kick off your weekend @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Fantasy Friday. Tanya Hyde leads the drag cast @ TC’s Showbar, 11 p.m.
Fetish Friday. If it turns your crank, they’re doing it @ Eagle Houston, 4 p.m. – 2 a.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, Oct. 24
Darienne Lake (middle photo). The full figure you know and love from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6 lands in Houston to woo you @ 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. The party bar to end all party bars is on the scene with karaoke and more. You never know what you’re gonna get @ Crocker Bar, 9 p.m.
Levi-Leather Beats. The music and the guys are pumping @ Ripcord, 9 p.m.
Carnival Saturday. The Shower Boys leave a wet spot on your weekend with a circus theme and DJ beats to move your feets @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
F Xperience with DJ Tad Dvorak. And drag. And go-go boys. Join the crowd @ F Bar, 9 p.m.
Sound Factory Saturday. One, two, you know what to do @ Guava Lamp, 9 p.m.
Dangerous Disco. Thumping beats and men men men. Don’t stop ‘til you get enough @ Eagle Houston, 12 noon – 2 a.m.
Ladies & Gents. The lesbians know what’s up for all the gay women and their male friends @ Pearl Bar, 10 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.
Fruit loop. No weekend is complete without a stop in for a few laps around the loop and a drink or five while eyeing the go-go boys @ JR’s, all day.
Sunday, Oct. 25
Aria Crawford Birthday Celebration (bottom photo). The one. The only. The F Latin Divas crank up the glam with the Crawford Nation, Morena Roas and Queen Bee Ho to celebrate another year of Aria @ F Bar, 9 p.m. And you know beforehand there’s always room for Retox Sunday, 6 p.m. We give Aria our highest recommendation.
Darienne Lake Patio Party. Not content to rest on her laurels from her South Beach Saturday night show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6 alum Darienne puts Sunday Funday on spin @ JR’s, 12 noon – 12 midnight.
Sunday Showtunes puts a rough-and-ready, leather-Levis spin on your usual gay musicals fascination @ Ripcord, 3 p.m.
Legends does fierce, fabulous fun with Dina Jacobs, Billie Jean, Tasha Kohl, Lawanda Jackson, and Tisch DeWilliams @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Sunday Showtunes puts a rough-and-ready, leather-Levis spin on your usual gay musical fascination @ Ripcord, 3 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 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.