Your regularly scheduled gay weekend gets supersized with all the trimmings. For an escape or for an alternative to traditional plans, make a holi-gay date with these local LGBT events.
Thanksgiving, Nov. 26
Stuffed. Complimentary brunch for customers with all your gays @ Bayou City Bar, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Big Gay Thanksgiving. The bars of Charles Armstrong Investments come together to host this annual tradition. Dinner served free @ JR’s, 1:30 – 4:30. Or stop by for free coffee and dessert, 4:30 – 6:30.
Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Join your “other family” for turkey and all the trimmings. All the basics are free, drink specials behind the bar, and you can bring a dish to pass @ Neon Boots, 6 p.m.
Bronze Party. The shiny holi-gay continues with this dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Pearlsgiving. The Heights bar for women works the holiday into the night with DJ Ben Phoenix @ Pearl, 10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 27
Flex Friday (second photo). The hot guys and drag queens that you love in the show bar you love even more @ F Bar, 8 p.m. Get there early for Belevedere Happy Hour, 5 p.m.
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.
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, Nov. 28
Carnival Saturday with Pablo Hernandez (third photo). The Shower Boys leave a wet spot on your weekend with a circus theme and DJ beats to move your feets, this week with the Andrew Christian model grinding away @ Meteor, 9 p.m.
Roxxxy Andrews. The diva finalist from Season 5 hits town for a show and signing amid the dance party @ South Beach, 9 p.m.
Houston Hurricanes. The teams of the gay flag football league face off in their weekly fall ball season @ Houston Sportsplex, 9 a.m.
FXperience 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.
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.
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, Nov. 29
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 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.