It is Pride Weekend in Tyler, thanks to Tyler Area Gays, and the fun gets started Saturday. Oct. 9, with the annual Luau Ball at 6 p.m. in the Constellation Ballroom at Holiday Inn Tyler Conference Center, 5701 S. Broadway Ave. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. Sunday features Pride in the Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Lindsey Park, 12557 Tx-64 Spur W. Admission is free. The Poochi-Licious Fashion show starts at 12:30 p.m. ($5 donation requested to enter your canine fashion model). And at 1:30 p.m. there will be a drag show in the park. Then it all winds up with the Pride After Party, for those 21 and up, at the South Tyler Speakeasy, 16884 FM 2493 (aka the Old Jacksonville Highway). The party runs from 8 p.m.-midnight, with entertainment by DJ LL and specials including $10 pizzas, $3 Fireball shots and $3 longnecks.


See Melissa Etheridge live here
Lesbian icon Melissa Etheridge performs live Friday night, Oct. 8, at Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the Billy Bob’s house band begins playing at 8 p.m. on the Honky Tonk Stage. Melissa performs on the Main Stage, beginning at 10 p.m. General admission tickets are $25, and reserved tickets start at $60. VIP packages are also available, starting at $350. Get more info at

Laugh here
Comedian and former U.S. senator Al Franken, “the only former senator currently on tour,” performs tonight (Friday, Oct. 8) at The Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm St. You may remember Franken for resigning from the Senate in January 2018 after conservative radio host Leeann Tweeden and several other women accused him of sexual misconduct (groping and unwanted kisses), but Franken first made a name for himself as a comedian in the 1970s and ’80s on Saturday Night Live. Last month — September — he launched his current 15-city live tour, his first tour since semi-retiring from comedy when he was elected to the Senate.


Get your craft supplies here
CraftCycle Dallas, a new pop-up shop inspired by the Creative Reuse movement, holds an outdoor sale of donated yarns, beads, paints, arts-and-crafts kits and other arts and crafts materials and tools from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd. Proceeds from the event will go to UUCOC.

Get your gay on at the State Fair
After being forced to take a year off in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, the State Fair of Texas has returned, and this is the weekend to be out and proud at the fair! It all starts Saturday, Oct. 9, with Log Cabin Republicans-Dallas Day at the fair, and then Sunday, Oct. 10, is DIFFA Young Professionals Day AND Gay Day at the State Fair. Organizers for Gay Day at the Fair encourage everyone to wear rainbows or purple to support LGBTQ History Month, the Anti-Bullying Campaign and National Coming Out Day, all of which happen in October. National Coming Out Day, in fact, is Monday, Oct. 11. The 2021 Texas State Fair continues through Oct. 17. For all the details, visit