These six LGBTQ events will have you cheering this August

August, you beautiful double-edged sword, you. You’re hot, you’re the last real month of summer, you’re buggy and beautiful. It almost feels like the rainbow flags and glitter of Pride month are but a distant memory. But don’t fear! There are still super queer things to do in the steamy month of August. Here are six events to put on your calendar, but hurry up, you don’t have much time to lose!

Charlotte Pride Week, Charlotte, NC (August 9-18)

Head on down to the (Yasss) Queen City for a week and then some of activities, festival and parade. Here in the South, we have to have our Prides later in the summer or fall because HOT, and there’s lots to enjoy in the charming city of Charlotte. Drag! A doggie fashion show! Comedy! Mixers! And that’s just a handful of the events listed.

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Market Days, Chicago, IL (August 9-10)

What are you doing this weekend? Well if you are in the Chicago area, heck the Midwest, then shimmy your way down to Market Days. This two day festival is full of exciting musical performances from folks like Icona Pop, Jake Shears, and tons of local LGBTQ acts and DJs. This event is huge, drawing in over 100,000 people annually.


Disney Gay Days, Orlando, FL (August 15-18)

Grab your Mickey ears because it’s time to paint the mouse house rainbow. Disney Gay Days has been happening since 1991, and still going strong. If you’ve ever wanted to explore Disney World AND do it with a 180,000 other LGBTQ folks, then you’ll want to put Gay Days on your calendar. There are special events, meetups, and of course, all the magic that comes along with a trip to Disney World.

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LezVolley, Fire Island, NY (August 17)

If you love getting down in the sand, then you won’t want to miss the annual LezVolley tournament in the Cherry Grove section of Fire Island. An easy train ride from NYC, Fire Island is a gay destination for New Yorkers during the summer. While the island tends to skew heavily gay male, ladies rule during LezVolley. Started in 2011 by queer nightlife entrepreneurs Danielle Stanziale and Kristine Bungay, the volleyball tournament is now over 500 women and allies strong.

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Brandie Carlile, various cities and dates

Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile is making a pretty good case for herself in the competition for Queen of the Lesbians. Out and proud, Brandi has been making music that matters for years now, and is finally getting the mainstream recognition she deserves. This August, she’s touring all over from Edmonton, Alberta to St. Paul, Minnesota. Grab tickets while you can and experience Brandi live!

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aGLIFF, Austin, TX (August 22-25)

The All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival works year round to bring LGBTQ+ content to Austin, but it’s their weekend long film fest that brings folks from everywhere. (I’m personally geeked to be attending aGLIFF as a guest to support the documentary Queering the Script. I’ll also be signing my Bella book, Savor the Moment, after the screening in collaboration with Book Woman Austin.) There are shorts, features like Vita and Virginia and Bit, plus tons of documentaries and even a tribute to filmmaker Rose Troche‘s groundbreaking 1994 film, Go Fish. You can buy a pass or individual tix now. Bonus: the films are playing at the Alamo Drafthouse, so you can enjoy a drink and a bite during the films!

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