San Francisco Pride: Generations of Resistance
Get a head start on reserving your hotel room for this year and check back soon for more information on the 2019 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.
49th Annual San Francisco Pride
Theme: Generations of Resistance
- Saturday, June 29, 2019 (Noon–6 p.m.)
- Sunday, June 30, 2019 (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 30, 2019 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 29 -30, 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.
2019 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.
- Queer California: Untold Stories
Apr. 13–Aug. 11 at Oakland Museum of California
Experience powerful examples of social activism through contemporary artwork and historical materials and view rarely-seen artifacts, archival documents, photographs, costumes, and ephemera such as zines, stickers, and flyers. This exhibition aligns important milestones in LGBTQ+ culture with lesser-known stories, focusing on a diversity of queer identities, civil rights, and resistance to oppression.
- OUT of Site: SOMA
June 8-9 and June 15-16 at Howard Langton Community Garden
OUT of Site: SOMA is a performance-driven walking tour, placing audiences in the physical spaces of LGBTQ2+ ancestors. For centuries, the SOMA district has been a catalyst for radical change and a stronghold for queer and activist organizing. Come walk with us through the hidden histories of SOMA: from Native American Two-Spirit culture to the Folsom Street Fair, Lesbian auto-mechanics to labor activists, dock workers to drag queens. Rediscover the neighborhood once known as Happy Valley, and come OUT in the streets with us. With Kai Brothers, Maria David, Brian Freeman, Marga Gomez, Ryan Hayes, and Landa Lakes.
- Queer Women of Color Film Festival
June 14-16 at Brava Theater Center
The annual San Francisco International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, screens films by independent filmmakers from around the world. It’s unlike any other film screening you’ve been to. It’s a theatre full of friends and family who are gathering to not only watch a film together, but to experience something new, to think differently, build community, and to participate in deep, lasting social change.
- BROADWAY BARES / SAN FRANCISCO STRIPS IV
June 16 at DNA Lounge
Watch your favorite comic book characters strip or get stripped in a tongue-in-cheek series of sexy dances while battling their foes and celebrating all things burlesque. Broadway Bares is a good old fashioned strip show in the Vaudeville tradition with a modern twist featuring dozens of hot dancers stripping to raise money for HIV and AIDS services.
- StartOut Pride Party
June 19 at Yelp
StartOut San Francisco invites you to celebrate Pride month by joining us for an evening of fun and high-quality networking, courtesy of our friends at Yelp in San Francisco. Take some time out to celebrate PRIDE, enjoy light food and drink, and mingle with all kinds of interesting, talented, and well-connected LGBTQ professionals and friends. No agenda…no panel…just pure networking awaits!
- Frameline 43
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.
- San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus presents "Queens"
June 21-22 at the Nourse Theater
Hear a rousing premiere work commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and we’ll celebrate San Francisco’s biggest androgynous star: Sylvester. You will leave feeling Mighty Real!
- Heat Pride Friday 2019
June 28 at 119 Utah St
Heat returns for Pride Friday 2019. Party with international DJ's Tony Moran and Dani Toro at the Infamous Great Northern. Experience amazing acrobats, Hot GoGo, visuals and lasers during the night.
- Bearracuda San Francisco Gay Pride - Underwear Night!
June 28 at Folsom Street Foundry
Our Annual PRIDE party is BACK, this time at the amazing Folsom Foundry! Strip down with 600 guys at the AMAZING Folsom Foundry, right in the middle of the action on Folsom Street and 10th.
- Gayer Things: The Stranger Things Pride Party
June 29 at Rickshaw Stop
San Francisco’s own gay homage to Stranger Things is back!! Join us at Rickshaw Stop to get your Pride on and get down to the best new wave, synth wave, 80’s pop, and punk this side of Hawkins, Indiana. While this isn't Halloween, it is Pride, so dress up and be your fiercest self —Eleven wigs, Barb glasses, Demogorgon tentacles, options are limitless queen! And come ready to dance like it 1983, cause it only gets stranger…
- Gary Virginia and Donna Sachet's 21st Annual Pride Brunch
June 29 at Westin St. Francis
Rated by many as their favorite event during San Francisco Pride weekend, Gary Virginia & Donna Sachet's 21st Annual Pride Brunch honors the Grand Marshals of the SF LGBT Pride Parade and affords guests a rare opportunity to meet and hear them speak. It starts with rousing musical entertainment by the Dixieland Dykes +3, hosted bars by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Tito's Handmade Vodka, and the Grand Ballroom festooned with rainbow bunting, colorful balloons, and gorgeous florals. Take a chance on exciting raffle prizes or bid on dozens of tempting silent auction items while enjoying the unlimited gourmet brunch buffet. Every year, this sold-out special event attracts dozens of City officials, LGBT movers and shakers, and a colorful crowd of revelers. All net proceeds support San Francisco-based health and human services agency PRC.
- Juanita MORE! Pride 2019
June 30 at Jones
Juanita MORE!'s Sunday Pride Party is considered the most anticipated event during Pride month in San Francisco. This year marks the 16th of these non-profit events this year benefiting the GLBT Historical Society.
- Mighty Real Pride Poolside Party
June 30 at The Great Northern
Join us for the first annual Mighty Real poolside Pride AFTER PARTY with David Harness and very special guests.
- Imagina: Pride Closing Night
June 30 at Public Works
Ky Martinez Events presents IMAGINA- Pride closing at the world class venue PUBLIC WORKS featuring one of the best sound systems in the country.
- Hot Tea 3rd annual Gay Pride T dance
June 30 at 715 Harrison St
We are back for the third annual HOT TEA at CITY NIGHTS. Party with international DJs: Dan Slater, Erik Vilar and Eli Seda on two dance floors. This is San Francsco's Largest T- Dance.