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Celebrate Pride Month With Sober Activities in the Houston Area

Houston is a city well known for its vibrant cultural, arts, entertainment, and dining scenes, and there is never a better time to experience them all together than while celebrating Pride Month this June. There are many sober activities happening in and around the Houston area during the 44th Annual Pride festival that can help you meet new friends and enjoy social experiences in recovery while celebrating and supporting those in the LGBTQ community.

The 44th Annual Pride Celebration Fair, Parade, and Events

The 44th Annual Official Houston Pride LGBTQ Celebration will take place downtown at Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby Street, on Saturday, June 25, 2022. This will be the first celebration since 2019 due to Covid restrictions and will feature live music, DJs, dozens of food and merchandise vendors, performers, and exhibit booths, and will run from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by the parade at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $5, and children ages 12 and under are free [1].

Enjoy a Wellness Spa Experience on the Fly

Celebrate Houston Pride with One Medical at Lounge One, a free wellness ‘oasis’ designed to help you to find balance within yourself while celebrating the festivities. Enjoy local entertainment, specially curated activities, an intention-setting group, local food, and a sober spritz bar all created in partnership with local LGBTQ businesses. While the event is free, space is limited to the first 150 people.

When and Where:

Thursday, June 23, 2022

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

411 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77002

Catch a Rooftop Catwalk Show at ‘Rock the Runway’

Rock the Runway, Pride Houston’s popular annual fashion show featuring LGBTQ designers, models, DJs, and more will be located at the RISE Rooftop, a state-of-the art music and event venue in Midtown that showcases striking views of the Houston skyline. The show will feature haute styles, the latest fashions in ladies’ summer and evening wear, and plenty of avant-garde designs. This event is free to the first 200 RSVPs and is open to the public, with all ages welcome to attend.

When and Where:

Thursday, June 23, 2022

6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

RISE Rooftop

2600 Travis Street, Houston, TX 77006

Benefit Others and Yourself by Participating in the Pride Run

Regular exercise can be instrumental for people while in treatment and also during recovery, and many rehab centers and sober living communities try to incorporate exercise into their programs for this reason. Exercise has been shown to release the same endorphins that produce the “high” that those in recovery once associated with their abused substance prior to treatment [2].

The annual Pride Run is a 5k/10k race and 5k walk that also features a Charity Challenge, and participants in the race are invited to choose a ‘Reason2Race’ when registering. You may select one of the race’s several partner charities or can opt to race for any charity of your choosing. An optional synchronized “Rainbow Color Throw” color dusting will take place ten minutes before the Pride Run begins. When you sign up for the Pride Run, you can participate either as an individual or start a team and invite your friends to join you.

Volunteers are also always needed and welcome, and those helping out with the Pride Run will be a part of a great opportunity to support charitable causes and meet new, like-minded people, so consider recruiting a couple of friends to volunteer with you to get the full experience of the event.

Registration for race participants is $30 in advance, and tickets include an official Pride Run shirt, race number bib, medal, Rainbow Throw dust packet, and entry to the race after-party celebration.

When and Where:

Saturday, June 25, 2022

The race begins at Hennessey Park in downtown Houston. Volunteer check-in begins at 6:00 a.m., race check-in begins at 7:00 a.m., and the Pride Run itself will begin at 8:30 a.m. [3]

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Other Sober Activities to Enjoy in and Around Houston in June

Tour One of the World’s Largest Ports

Port Houston offers free, 90-minute round-trip, educational cruises along the Houston Ship Channel that embark from the port’s Sam Houston Landing. Visitors can enjoy passing views of international cargo ships, sea life, and daily operations at the port’s Turning Basin Terminal. Each tour boat carries a maximum of 100 passengers, with air-conditioned lounge seating and additional standing room on the boat’s rear deck.

Attend a Local Sporting Event as a Sober Spectator

Houston is home to five professional major league teams: the Houston Astros (MLB), Houston Texans (NFL), Houston Rockets (NBA), Houston Dynamo FC (MLS), and Houston Dash (NWSL). Pre-game celebrations have long been a part of sports fans’ culture, and have generally been associated with drinking or partying before the game begins. However, due to the increasing popularity of the “Sober Curious” movement, many people are now considering alcohol-free activities such as tailgating while also supporting their favorite sports teams.

Try Your Hand at the Sober Recreation Committee Summer Golf Classic

Show off your skills at the golf tournament or play a friendly game of ‘closest to the hole’ with an air cannon that launches golf balls over 300 yards. Registration begins at noon, and a fajita dinner and prize raffles will follow the golf tournament.

When and Where:

Oakhurst Golf Club

20700 Mills Branch Rd

Porter, TX, 77365

Cost: $80/player or $320/team

Become Involved in Local Recovery Support Groups

There are nearly 2,500 regular Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other recovery meetings held in different locations throughout Houston and its surrounding cities for those who want to make a connection with new sober friends. Not only can these meetings help you become more open about your struggles and support you in your own recovery, but they may also introduce you to more like-minded people who can join you in some of the sober activities in Houston listed above [4].

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Eudaimonia Offers Hope in Recovery

At Eudaimonia Recovery Homes, we know the struggle of trying to achieve and maintain sobriety. With sober living homes located in Houston and Austin, Texas, and Colorado Springs, CO, Eudaimonia can provide essential recovery support services to help you or a loved one achieve lifelong sobriety. Call us today at (512) 580-3131 or contact us online for more information.

References:

  1. Celebration 2022 – Pride Houston, Inc.
  2. Using Exercise to Aid Alcohol and Drug Recovery (verywellmind.com)
  3. The Pride Run | National Pride Running Series
  4. AA Intergroup | Alcoholics Anonymous, Houston Texas, Intergroup Association, Inc. (aahouston.org)

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