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San Francisco Pride is one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country.

The Guide to
San Francisco Pride

In the city that practically invented gay, we're excited to get back to the fun of celebrating San Francisco Pride.

When it comes to Pride celebrations, nobody does it quite like San Francisco—and in 2022, Pride is back and better than ever. For its 52nd year, under the banner of "Love Will Keep Us Together," this year's Pride celebration will see the return of San Francisco's legendary Pride parade, along with many other favorites. Come be yourself in our 49 square miles to experience the loud, raucous, irreverent, and true celebration of love, equality, and expression. San Francisco will be decked out in rainbow-colored hues from head to toe.

Bookmark this page, as more events are still being announced. And don't miss your chance to win a trip to experience this San Francisco tradition for yourself, courtesy of San Francisco Travel and GayCities.

All Month

Pink Triangle

In a reclamation of the symbol once used to shame the gay community, San Francisco illuminates a massive pink triangle atop Twin Peaks each year. The tradition began in 1996 and has served as a reminder of both a painful past and a hopeful future ever since. You can catch this nightly beacon of love, hope, and resilience each night through Pride. Learn more


Celebrate queer cinema with Frameline’s 46th season, June 16-26. The beloved film festival hosts documentaries, feature films, conversations with film stars, and everything in between. Best of all, you can catch streaming encores of these special selections in the comfort of your home!

Castro Theatre 100th Anniversary

The Castro Theatre, the world-renowned entertainment and LGBTQ community landmark, will celebrate its 100th anniversary on June 22. To mark the occasion, enjoy 11 days of film screenings from June 3 to 22 featuring iconic movies from each decade of the Castro’s history, including a “Happy Birthday” special event on June 22 with movies filmed in San Francisco. Learn more

25th Anniversary National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF)

This annual multidisciplinary festival is the largest queer arts festival in North America and is held throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. This year’s NQAF will feature in-person and virtual events under the theme “Our Destiny,” honoring the work of artists in the present and all the abundant possibilities for the community in the future. Learn more

Through Sunday, June 12

Encore at The New Conservatory Theatre Center

NCTC, San Francisco’s premier LGBTQ+ and Allied performing arts institution, is wrapping up its 40th-anniversary celebration with Encore, a special cabaret featuring melodious performances of iconic numbers that have lit up its stage. Hit songs from blockbuster mega-musicals like "Avenue Q", "Dirty Little Showtunes", "Head Over Heels" and hidden gems from indie darlings make this the party of the season.

Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, June 12

The AIDS Memorial Quilt: 35 Years of Love, Activism, and Legacy

Nearly 3,000 panels of the famous AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in Golden Gate Park this weekend. This event will bring the community together outdoors for a celebration of life and a reflection of hope, healing, and remembrance. Visitors will also see for the first time hundreds of new panels, many honoring Black lives lost to AIDS in recent years, a reminder that the AIDS pandemic is not over, particularly in communities of color. Learn more

Saturday, June 18

Pride Night at The Opera

In honor of San Francisco’s Pride Month, the June 18 performance of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" will include a Pride Night at the Opera after-party. All ticket holders to the performance are invited to attend this celebration of San Francisco’s diverse LGBTQ+ community on the Dress Circle level of the Opera House for drinks, dancing and jubilation. Learn more

Saturday, June 25

Civic Center Celebration

From noon to 6 p.m., the public plaza in front of City Hall will be Pride central! More than 20 community stages—including the Urban Global Village Stage, the API LGBT Stage, Homo Hip-Hop, and Soul of Pride—will offer visitors incredible live performances. Don't worry if you miss a show; most groups will be back the next day.

Sunday, June 26

San Francisco Pride Parade

With participants representing every color of the rainbow flag and tens of thousands of spectators lining the route, San Francisco's Pride Parade is like no other. From downtown, marchers will work their way west along Market Street toward City Hall, where a huge gathering of vendors and performers will encircle the plaza and welcome parade-goers to the celebration. This year's Grand Marshals include vocalist Melanie DeMore, community organizer Vinny Eng, and healthcare advocate Amber Gray. Grandstand tickets are already on sale.

Juanita MORE!'s Pride Party

It wouldn’t be Pride without Juanita MORE!’s famous party! The esteemed drag queen hosts her annual shindig benefiting The Q Foundation at 620 Jones. Advance tickets are available for $60 (cash only). Learn more

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Tyler Cohn

Tyler is the Sr. Manager of Global Content & Communications at San Francisco Travel. He has lived in San Francisco since 2015 and has been part of the San Francisco Travel team for just as long. He enjoys splashy production numbers and outdoor sporting events equally, which means you can usually find him at one of San Francisco’s many great theaters or at Oracle Park, cheering on the Giants.