San Francisco Pride: Generations of Strength
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 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.
48th Annual San Francisco Pride
Theme: Generations of Strength
- Saturday, June 23, 2018 (Noon–6 p.m.)
- Sunday, June 24, 2018 (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.
Pride 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.
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. The parade kicks off Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Market and Beale and ends at Eighth Street near the Civic Center area.
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.
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.
- The Haus of Aja
June 2 at The Cafe
Aja, MoMo Shade, Kandy Muse & Dahlia Sin are known as The Haus of Aja, New York's fiercest Drag Collective. These young and talented queens are led by Aja herself, drag mother of all three girls. A Brooklyn native, Aja has been doing drag for the better part of a decade and represents the very essence of New York drag. She is an aesthetic chameleon, using a variety of references to inform her aesthetic, which is ever-evolving.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, co-produced by and benefiting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The event raises awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic and funds services such as HIV testing, prevention, care and much more.
- Patti LuPone: An Intimate Conversation
June 13 at Curran
One of the most celebrated performers of our time, Patti LuPone returns to the Curran stage. LuPone will reveal the mindset and process of the actor as only she can, while discussing highlights from her legendary career on the stage and answering audience questions.
- Frameline 42
San Francisco's LGBTQ film festival happens in San Francisco mid-month during Pride. Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival is the longest running, largest, and most widely recognized queer film exhibitions in the world. Venues for the festival include Castro, Roxie, and Victoria Theaters.
- Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off World Tour
June 15 at The Masonic
There's no topic that Kathy Griffin won't tackle in her no-holds-barred stand-up routine. See her this June at The Masonic.
- Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips III
June 17 at DNA Lounge
What is SF Strips? The show is an Burlesque-style strip show with a modern twist. The best talent from the Bay Area donates their time to perform for a great cause! This "annual striptease spectacular" began in New York City as a way to raise money for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. Why? All proceeds benefit The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation - REAF and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
- Daddy Ray's Annual Father's Day
June 17 at SF Eagle
This year's annual Father's Day beer/soda bust will benefit Team SF and the SF Eagle softball team as they represent in Paris for the Gay Games in August. The newest members of the "class of 2018" and others will also be inducted into the SF Band of Brothers.
- The Gay Husbands of San Francisco Pride Party!
June 22 at Oasis
Kick off Pride weekend with The Gay Husbands of San Francisco - and benefit The LGBT Asylum Project! Join attendees for the red carpet, get signed photographs with the cast, watch Season One in its uncut glory, and bid in our international bachelor auction!
- Nocturnal- Friday Pride kick off
June 22 at 119 Utah St
Get ready!!! Because of the massive amount of tickets already sold the first Nocturnal will be held at The Great Northern.
- San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus presents "Unbreakable"
June 22-23 at the Nourse Theater
The Gay Men's Chorus concludes its 40th Anniversary Season with Unbreakable, a groundbreaking world premiere work by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa ("I Am Harvey Milk," "The Addams Family," "Big Fish," "The Wild Party"). This new musical presents a historical arc to the experiences of LGBTQ people over the last 12 decades, illuminated by four characters drawn from real-life stories from throughout LGBTQ history. These stories include: Jane Adams, the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 and an open lesbian activist; Lem Billings, JFK's best friend, a closeted gay man seated at the side of the most powerful man on Earth; Sylvia Rivera and the transgender community she nurtured; and AIDS and its impact on a generation.
- Colossus | SF Pride Weekend Work-Out
June 22-25 at 1015 Folsom St
Massive Gym-Bound San Francisco Pride weekend circuit party festival!
- Bearracuda SF Gay Pride 2018: Upgraded w/GROWLr!
June 22 at Folsom Street Foundry
The 10th Annual Bearracuda SF Gay Pride! Underwear Night with DJ Wayne G (UK)
- XOXO Pride San Francisco presents Forever Tel Aviv Candyland
June 23 at The Midway SF
XOXO Pride in San Francisco Saturday night main event featuring international sensational party Forever Tel Aviv from Tel Aviv Israel featuring Super Star Sagi Kariv for the second time on the West Coast, debut of Italian DJ Enrico Meloni by popular demand and XOXO resident DJ and San Francisco's very own MiSha Skye.
- Pride Weekend Picnic 2018
June 23 at Dolores Park
Celebrate Pride at the annual pride weekend picnic.
- NSA @ OMG Underwear Party: Pink Saturday: Color me Rainbow
June 23 at OMG
Strip down to your underwear, enjoy some cheap drinks and get cruisy. Body positive space where all ages, races, body types, colors welcome. Trans men and non binary folks welcome.
- 2018 SF Pride Parade
June 24 on Market Street, from Beale to Eighth
San Francisco Pride is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQIA parades in the world. Contingents march through the heart of the city, along Market Street, with more than 100,000 spectators. Over 270 contingents participated in the 2017 parade, making it one of the largest in the history of the event.
- The Official SF Pride VIP Party
June 24 at City Hall
Under the Rotunda in San Francisco’s magnificent City Hall discover the ultimate Pride Sunday gathering! Featuring 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.
- 2018 SF LGBT Pride Celebration
June 23-24 at Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco Pride is one of the largest gatherings of the LGBTQ Community and its allies in the nation. In addition to the parade on Sunday, the two-day weekend celebration in the heart of the city boasts almost one million attendees annually. This festival and rally features a main stage at the steps of City Hall, as well as more than 20 community-produced stages and venues featuring all genres of music, entertainment and public speakers. The celebration also showcases more than 200 exhibitors, food vendors, and refreshments.
- Honey Soundsystem Pride Sunday 2018
June 24 at August Hall
August Hall & Honey Soundsystem present: Honey Soundsystem Pride Sunday 2018. Special Guests include: Jason Kendig, Bézier, Jackie House and more.
- Mighty Real PRIDE Poolside Party w/ Crystal Waters LIVE
June 24 at August Hall
Mighty Real's annual PRIDE Poolside Party is back at The Phoenix Hotel. Featuring extended sets from Mighty Real Resident David Harness and welcoming back New York's own, Tedd Patterson, plus a very special live performance from Crystal Waters.
- Out at the Fair
July 2 at Marin County Fair
Save the date San Rafael, California Out at the Fair is coming July 2, 2018 to the Marin County Fair! This LGBTQ+ festival started in San Diego as a simple gathering of friends in 2011. Our first time to Marin County Fair will be the same, a simple gathering and group photo. We just ask you to come out & show us your PRIDE San Rafael! #OATF18 #OutattheFair
- People Like Us: A Benefit for Dimensions Clinic for Queer Youth
July 8 at Neck of the Woods
A Drag & Variety Show Benefit for Dimensions Clinic for Queer Youth, Serving Ages 12-25.
- San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, Free Concert
July 19 at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Founded by Jon Reed Sims in 1978 in response to Anita Bryant's anti-gay campaign in the late 1970s, the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps was the first openly-gay musical group in the world. Sims went on to create the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, and numerous other ensembles, while the Marching Band and Twirling Corps evolved into the celebratory San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. Marking the ensemble's 40th anniversary, this concert features almost a century of American music. Highlighting the ensemble's musical versatility, the program includes jazz and swing standards, contemporary pop songs, and tunes from modern musicals.