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 over 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
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. Find a hotel.
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.