Not only is Austin the state capital of the Lone Star State, it's also one of the most progressive and gay-friendly cities in the southern United States. So it's only fitting that this fast-growing city's Austin Gay Pride Festival and Parade continues to grow in attendance and popularity. The event is a combination of what used to be two different but concurrent events, the Pride of Texas Festival and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Pride Parade, which combined forces a few years ago to create one all-inclusive, popular event. The date of Austin Gay Pride is September 7, 2013, a couple of weeks earlier than last year's event, and a week ahead of (Dallas Gay Pride, which takes place September 15, and a week after the popular Labor Day Splash Weekend at Hippie Hollow.
Additionally, numerous gay bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check local gay papers and resources, such as Austin Chronicle's Gay Texas Fun Guide, This Week in Texas GLBT paper and the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for details. Also take a look at the excellent travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Austin CVB.