Dallas Arts District Pride Block Party
June 16th, 6:00 p.m. – midnight
In celebration of national LGBTQ+ Pride Month, the Dallas Arts District will partner with its three museums; the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center to create a night filled with Dallas artists, gourmet food-fare, a community mural, family-friendly activities, and more! The museums will host programming in their spaces that will feature a variety of events, concerts, films, informational tables, and guided tours. Don’t miss this in-person opportunity to uplift and celebrate Pride, through the lens of the arts, for the entire community with our Pride Block Party!
Schedule of Events – Pride 2023
Join us for programming from the Dallas Arts District, Crow Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, and Nasher Sculpture Center! We will be updating this page weekly with more detailed information from each organization.
Dallas Arts District/Outside Activities
Crow Museum of Asian Art
Dallas Museum of Art
Nasher Sculpture Center
(Late Night at the DMA is free with an admission ticket; reserve yours now! Special exhibitions may required a paid ticket.)
*** The Dallas Museum of Art will close at 11:30 p.m. The Galleries on Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4 will close at 11:00 p.m., and special exhibition tickets will be available until 10:00 p.m.***
Dallas Arts District Community Stage
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Story Time with Cassie Nova at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Nasher Hall
6:15 p.m. | Welcome & Kick-Off
6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Jess Garland
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Ebony Lewis – Community Muralist
7:15 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Uptown Players
8:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. | Abounding Prosperity/Dallas Southern Pride: Shemar Garcon Dupree and Stasha Sanchez
9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Dezi 5 Entertainment
9:45 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. | Bandan Koro
10:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Fabulous Fashion Finale: Nayda Montana and Bleach
Crow Museum of Asian Art
On view in the Lotus Lobby | Crow Museum of Asian Art | 2010 Flora Street
An exhibition by Michael H. Dewberry, with the Pride Museum of Texas, in collaboration with The Dallas Way and Dallas Voice that commemorates half a century of Pride in Dallas. The exhibition, 50 Years of Pride Parades, will be installed in the Lotus Lobby of the Crow Museum of Asian Art.
Dallas Museum of Art
Fridays al Fresco
5:00–8:30 p.m., Eagle Family Plaza
The DMA Cafe patio will have drinks and light bites for purchase along with complimentary lawn games and music during the Pride Block Party. Sponsored by Black Tie Dinner.
DMA Member Bar
5:00–10:00 p.m., Hamon Atrium
Use your DMA Member wristband to gain access to an exclusive area just for members. Wine, domestic beer, and cocktails are available for purchase at discounted prices for DMA Members only.
Cooking Demo with Chef Sean Ray
6:00 p.m., Founders Room
Join local chef Sean Ray for a cooking demo featuring the best new dish to bring to your family cookout—Stuffed Brisket Mac and Cheese!
Sketch for Your Life Drawing
6:00–7:00 and 8:00–9:00 p.m., Level 4
Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it. Learn to figure draw, there’s nothing to it! Celebrate the human form in all its beauty and diversity in this guided figure-drawing lesson featuring LGBTQ+ models. Artist and educator Chayla Caires will be on hand to offer tips and tricks.
Special Performance with Stasha Sanchez and Shemar Garcon Dupree
Presented in partnership with Dallas Southern Pride
6:30 p.m., Hamon Atrium
Kick off the night with performances by legendary queen Stasha Sanchez and Shemar Garcon Dupree, one of Dallas’s most decorated community treasures. Read more.
Tour: Queer the Canon
6:30 p.m., Level 2
In this tour, join Curatorial Assistants Meg and Veronica as they explore themes of community, joy, aid, and family in the European Art galleries. Read more.
Arttitude Presents: Women’s Art Culture Juneteenth Edition Read more.7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium Arttitude presents a showcase of African American LGBTQ women poets, visual artists, and dancers.
Dungeons and DRAGons
7:30–8:00 p.m., Hamon Atrium
Flexible Grey Theatre Company presents a drag runway celebrating Renaissance Festival drag! Ten drag performers will strut their ye olde stuff for the chance to win the grand prize of $100 and the title of DMA Royalty. Read more.
Music in the Courtyard: Zalefsky Read more.7:30–10:00 p.m., Fleischner Courtyard Drop into a melodic house daydream with Zalefsky, who will create a warm atmosphere filled with rolling basslines and seductive rhythms.
Tour: Charles Demuth and American Modernism
7:30 p.m., Level 4
Join Lane Banks as he talks about gay artist Charles Demuth and his work within the context of American modernism. Read more.
Square Dancing with Pegasus Squares
8:00–10:00 p.m., Founders Room
Do-si-do and around you’ll go with Pegasus Squares in this high-energy community square dance. Read more.
Bridges: Roll for Initiative
8:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., Level 2
Flexible Grey Theatre Company presents excerpts from the next installment in their annual Bridges series, focusing on the people who are able to create magical worlds and imagine beyond the limits of reality. Read more.
Queer Comedy (Half-) Hour
8:30–9:00 p.m., Hamon Atrium
Laugh out loud with comedians Kails Broussard, Charlotte Parker, and Kim Wadsworth from Dallas Comedy Club’s Queer Factor, an inclusive variety show performed by an amazing cast of LGBTQ+ identifying performers. Three acts, thirty minutes, tons of fun.
Out of the Closet and Into the Archive: Selections from the UNT Texas Fashion Collection9:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium Presented by The Dallas Way
LGBTQ+ designers have always shaped the world of high fashion, and tonight The Dallas Way celebrates their creativity! Join dress historians Annette Becker and Kendel Bolton in exploring the careers of Dallas-based dressmaker Lilli Wolff, kings of camp Patrick Kelly and Todd Oldham, and Dallas-based drag artist Richard Curtin.
Kiki Ball Presented by United Black Ellument Read more.9:30–11:00 p.m., Hamon Atrium Watch a unique and amazing display of dancing that features vogue and other elements from the mainstream ballroom scene.
Films: Chicas Fritas and Rosa’s Esperanza
10:30 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
Join local Tejana filmmaker Amanda Reyes for a screening of her two film shorts, Chicas Fritas and Rosa’s Esperanza. Read more.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Testing Unit All night, Outside the Hamon Entrance Stop by and get free HIV testing with staff from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Register to Vote
All night, Concourse
Stop by the Human Rights Campaign table in the Concourse to register to vote or to confirm that you are currently registered.
All night, Level 2
Experience artworks from brand new perspectives with audio tours narrated by LGBTQ+ voices. To listen in the galleries, please bring your mobile device and headphones.
All night, Pick up at the Guest Services Desk
Learn about five LGBTQ+ artists in the DMA’s collection with this self-guide.
Nasher Sculpture Center
Til Midnight at the Nasher: 6:00 p.m. – midnight
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | DJ Zach Witness
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Zach Witness Full Band Live
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Pride after Dark Dance Party with Bleach
9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | DJ NaturalHiiigh
10:00 p.m. | Movie: The Greatest Showman
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Family-Friendly Art Activities
Photobooth and Tours
Food & Beverage:
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. | Nasher Cafe Open
6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. | Bars Serving Beer, Wine, and Cocktails
Kick off the Dallas Arts District Pride Block Party with HRC (Human Right Campaign) by attending their June Pride HRC Social at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum from 6-8pm. More info and FREE tickets are available here. This will be the last weekend to tour the current special exhibit: Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement. Rise Up highlights the events that led to the Stonewall Inn riots, over 50 years ago, and how they energized the fight for LGBTQ rights. This exhibit is a MUST see.
Visit The Green Family Art Foundation and view Full and Pure: Body, Materiality, Gender exhibition which presents a survey of contemporary art reflecting on the malleability of selfhood, gendered corporeality, and aesthetic forms. This intergenerational group of artists explores the mutability of the somatic, gender, and matter, reconsidering the possibilities of the self as an inquiry into what the future can hold for us. The exhibition is located at 2111 Flora Street, Suite 110, Dallas, TX 75201. The exhibition will be open during the Block Party from 11 a.m.–10 p.m Admission is free.