5 Not-to-Miss LGBTQ Summer Events in San Francisco
San Francisco embraces its public persona as one of the most exclusive—and inclusive—destinations for celebrating LGBTQ culture year-round, but summer is when the scene really heats up. Here are five LGBTQ events you won't want to miss.
LGBTQ Night at Oracle Park (June 12)
The San Francisco Giants are proud to support the Bay Area's LGBTQ community at the annual Giants LGBT Night at Oracle Park, in partnership with Team SF, Federation of Gay Games, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, San Francisco Pride and Horizons Foundation. Everyone is invited to come show their pride and cheer for the Giants as they take on the San Diego Padres. A limited-edition wearable Giants Pride flag is available with the purchase of your ticket, and partial proceeds from the event will be donated to local LGBT non-profits. Find out more about LGBT Night at Oracle park here.
Frameline43 – The King of Queer Film Festivals (June 20-30)
Lights! Camera! Action! Frameline43 San Francisco's International LGBTQ Film Festival, features screenings of more than 150 movies, shorts and documentaries at different venues all over the city.
Fresh Meat Festival (June 20-22)
What Frameline is to LGBTQ cinema, the Fresh Meat Festival is to live art. The Transgender and Queer Performance Festival features acts that run the gamut from opera to boy bands and ballroom dancing to hula hooping. Each show is followed up by drinks, dancing and DJs. The Fresh Meat Festival makes a point to be inclusive, offering a wheelchair-accessible venue and American Sign Language interpreted performances.
San Francisco PRIDE (June 29-30)
No list of summer LGBTQ events would be complete without San Francisco's Pride festival. Carrying on the tradition that began with the first Pride in 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the infamous Stonewall Riots, the theme this year is "Generations of Resistance." The event starts in downtown's Civic Center Plaza and features more than 20 community-produced performances, from Homo Hip Hop to Gray Pride, and culminates in the 49th Annual SF LGBT Pride Parade. Discover the best areas to stay for San Francisco Pride here.
Up Your Alley Street Fair (July 28)
If you like leather, body hair, and a healthy dose of filth, then the Up Your Alley Street Fair is for you. This all-day event starts in front of the Powerhouse Bar on Dore Alley and stretches all the way to 10th St. A precursor to the more famous Folsom Street Fair, Up Your Alley is a summer festival targeted to fetish enthusiasts and fans of BDSM with more than 50 adult vendors and close to 15,000 participants every year.
San Francisco is an amazing place to honor, learn about and partake in LGBTQ culture no matter when you visit. Check out our San Francisco Summer Guide for more.