San Francisco Pride: Generations of Hope
Get a head start on reserving your hotel room for this year and check back soon for more information on the 2020 San Francisco Pride celebration.
On the last weekend of June, the whole city of San Francisco explodes into a rainbow burst of music, dancing and excitement for Pride. Hundreds of thousands of people line the streets and descend on the annual downtown parade and festival, making it the largest LGBTQ celebration in the country. The two-day bash, produced by the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee, takes place in front of City Hall at Civic Center Plaza — the same spot where Harvey Milk addressed the crowd in 1978 during "Gay Freedom Day." Be sure to check out our seven tips and many highlights to help you survive and thrive at San Francisco Pride.
50th Annual San Francisco Pride
Theme: Generations of Hope
- Sat., June 27, 2020 (Noon–6 p.m.)
- Sun., June 28, 2020 (11 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Free, but $5 donations requested which support more than 40 local nonprofits. With your donation you'll get $1 discounts on beverages.
San Francisco Pride is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQIA parades in the world, and the massive annual parade down Market Street is the main highlight of Pride. Expect more than 200 parade contingents and floats with tons of fabulous eye candy representing a huge range of causes and beliefs, including the 400-plus extremely loud (and proud) Dykes on Bikes motorcycle group. Contingents march through the heart of the city, along Market Street, with more than 100,000 spectators. The parade kicks off Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Market and Beale and ends at Eighth Street near the Civic Center area.
Limited grandstand seating on Market Street between 7th and 8th Streets is available for purchase through SF Pride's website. Click here for more information.
The Pride Celebration at Civic Center Plaza, June 27-28, features not only a main stage with music, competitions and comedy, but also 300-plus exhibitors and more than 20 community-run stages. These include the Faerie Freedom Village, with a glitter gateway of live cabaret and avant-garde artists, a Leather Alley "carnival" to get schooled on S&M, the Cheer San Francisco stage with high-flying cheerleader stunts, and a chance to get your same-sex two-steppin' in at the Country-Western Dance Corral. In addition to the parade on Sunday, the two-day weekend celebration in the heart of the city boasts almost one million attendees annually. More information is available here.
If you're looking for a slightly more intimate experience, the official SF Pride VIP Party is worth considering. Under the Rotunda in San Francisco’s magnificent City Hall, the party offers a hosted bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and three rooms of non-stop entertainment. Adjacent to all of the activities at the celebration in Civic Center Plaza, this event sells out every year, so be sure and get tickets early. More information is available here.
Best Places to Stay in San Francisco During Pride
This year's festivities are sure to be amazing. To make sure you're not missing any of the action, San Francisco Pride is partnering with the following hotels:
- Parc 55 San Francisco
- Hilton San Francisco Union Square
- Joie de Vivre hotels
- San Francisco Marriott Marquis
- Hotel Whitcomb
If you're looking to stay in the city for Pride festivities, you will want to book your room in advance as nearby hotels fill up quickly.
It takes more than 1,000 volunteers to keep Pride running smoothly. All who help out with the festival or parade not only get to make a difference but will be rewarded with perks like food, a t-shirt and an invitation to an exclusive volunteer appreciation party.
2020 Pride Month Events
Pride is much more than just the Civic Center celebration. There will also be a fun cluster of gay-friendly events bubbling up around San Francisco all month. Be sure to check back for a complete list of June events.