Pride Month Events in Corpus Christi - The Bend Magazine

Pride Month Events in Corpus Christi

From pet parades and movie nights to award shows and live performances, here's how Corpus Christi is celebrating Pride Month 2023.

Corpus Christi Pride 2023

Photo by Brynn Osborn

Pride Month exists to celebrate and commemorate the LGBTQIA+ community and its many achievements, advancements and contributions to our history.  Pride is celebrated internationally every year in the month of June, emerging from the Stonewall Riots that took place in June 1969.

Although the annual Corpus Christi PRIDE Parade has been moved to the month of October, there are still tons of family-friendly, interactive and exciting ways to celebrate Pride Month in the Coastal Bend. Here’s a roundup of PRIDE Corpus Christi affiliated events happening in the area all month long. Outside of this list, there are other events curated by members of the community and represent the best of what our diverse and creative City has to offer. Find the full schedule on the PRIDE Corpus Christi website.

Embracing Love & Unity: Open and Affirming Sermon | June 4

St. Paul United Church of Christ in Corpus Christi, TX, will kick off Pride month celebrations a with a special open and affirming sermon, “Embracing Love and Unity.” This inspiring event will take place on June 4 at 10 AM,  members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies are invited to attend. Reverend Worsham will deliver a powerful message of love, acceptance and the importance of embracing diversity within our spiritual community. Following the sermon, the congregation will host a joyful potluck to celebrate the shared commitment to inclusivity and acceptance.

Pride Week Kick Off | June 4

Come celebrate the start of Pride Month with Pride Corpus Christi at the Hidden Door, the city’s oldest and only gay bar! Complete with food, drink, unique entertainment and vendors selling local goods, there’s something for everyone. Drop by any time from 3 pm – 12 am to kick off a month full of celebration.

Pride Movie Night: Kinky Boots | June 5

This special screening of Kinky Boots at Alamo Drafthouse is designed to bring the community together and embrace the spirit of acceptance and friendship that defines Pride Month. Kinky Boots tells the story of a struggling shoe factory owner who forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen to create a unique line of footwear for the drag community. Filled with laughter, love, and life lessons, this critically acclaimed film is a must-see for everyone. Tickets are $25 and include a live performance by Robyn Valentine and a gift bag filled with branded Pride items to help you show support! Show starts at 7 p.m.

Comedy Night | June 6

Get ready for a night filled with laughter and pride! Head to Mesquite St. Southside onJune 6th at 7PM for the Pride Corpus Christi Comedy Night. For just $25 a person, you’ll experience an unforgettable evening of hilarious stand-up comedy. The night kicks off with the fabulous Eric Williams, a Los Angeles-based comedian and headliner  Poppy Champlin,who has been inducted into the Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame this year.

Poetry Night and Art Exhibition | June 8

Celebrate the creativity and diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community at the Pride Corpus Christi Poetry Night & Art Exhibition on June 8th at the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation. This free event, open to the public, brings together poets, artists, and art enthusiasts to share their unique perspectives through the power of poetry and visual art. The Poetry Night will feature inspiring readings from Switchgrass Review poets, showcasing their talents and providing a platform for LGBTQIA+ voices to be heard. In addition to the  poetry readings, the event will include a ‘Bring Your Own Art’ exhibition. This open platform invites local artists to share their work with the community, allowing for a unique showcase of diverse artistic talent. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting, everyone encouraged to bring your creations and join in celebrating the rich tapestry of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Pride Pub Crawl | June 9

Get ready for a night of revelry and community with the annual Pride Pub Crawl, hosted by the fabulous Gemini B. York. Our Mistress of Ceremonies will guide you through an evening of fun, friendship, and pride in the heart of downtown Corpus Christi. The schedule is as follows:

The Goldfish Bar (5:30-7:00 PM) – Start the evening at The Goldfish Bar with a warm welcome and a photo op presented by Lavish Events to remember the occasion. Indulge in our signature drink, the Pride Sangria, as you mingle and soak in the Pride vibes.

Rockit’s Whiskey Bar & Saloon (7:00-8:30 PM) – Next, we’ll head to Rockit’s Whiskey Bar & Saloon. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy our signature Skittles Shot and fill up on $1 pizza slices while celebrating with fellow Pride attendees.

House of Rock (8:30-10:00 PM) – At the House of Rock, get ready to groove with DJ Johnny Hotcakes in the mix. At 9:00 PM, prepare to be dazzled by a special Drag Show featuring our host, Gemini B. York, and her friends. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Buy One, Get One offer on pizza slices!

Cassidy’s Irish Pub (10:00 PM-TBD) – The night isn’t over yet! Cassidy’s Irish Pub is the final stop, where you can enjoy live music from TomCat. Sip on the Out & Proud Cocktail served in a commemorative cup, available while supplies last.

3rd Annual Pet Paw-rade | June 10

Come on out to the 3rd Annual Pet Paw-rade at St. Paul United Church of Christ on June 10th, from 10 AM to noon for a family-friendly event celebrating LGBTQIA+ inclusivity in our community. The event will consist of a pet costume contest, bouncy house for kids, refreshments, a pet parade and a SPCA pet adoption drive.

Pride Night at the Corpus Christi Hooks | June 21

Head to Whataburger Field at 6 p.m. for an unforgettable evening of sports, community, and pride as we celebrate Pride Night at the Corpus Christi Hooks game. This special event will bring together baseball fans and the LGBTQIA+ community to cheer on the Hooks and promote unity, love, and acceptance in our city. Get your tickets now!

‘Fun Home’ Musical | June 30 – July 2

Head to the Harbor Playhouse for the Pride Corpus Christi production of the poignant and Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home at Harbor Playhouse from June 30th to July 2nd. Directed by Bethany Goldson and featuring talented members of the community, this unforgettable show is the perfect way to celebrate Pride Month. Based on the graphic memoir by lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Fun Home takes the audience on a powerful journey of self-discovery, identity, and family. The story follows Alison at three different stages of her life, from childhood to her college years, and finally as an adult reflecting on her past. As Alison uncovers the truth about her father’s hidden life and comes to terms with her own sexuality, she learns to embrace her identity and the complexity of family dynamics. Tickets for this captivating and heartwarming production are available for $25 per person and will be sold on the PRIDE Corpus Christi website soon. Don’t miss your chance to experience this incredible musical that has touched the hearts of audiences around the world!