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San Francisco Pride: Generations of Strength

May 16, 2018 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

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. Donations bring $1 discounts on beverages.

Entertainment
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 Parade
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.

Volunteering
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
Sat., 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
Sun.-Sat., June 3-9
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”
Wed., June 13 at Curran
One of the most celebrated performers of our time, Patti LuPone returns to the Curran stage. She 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.

“Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off World Tour”
Fri., June 15at The Masonic
After a year of national scandal and following a sold-out run of stand-up shows and rave reviews around the globe, Kathy Griffin is returning with the much-anticipated North American continuation of her “Laugh Your Head Off” World Tour.”

Broadway Bares/San Francisco Strips III
Sun., June 17 at DNA Lounge
SF Strips is a burlesque-style strip show with a modern twist. 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. All proceeds benefit The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation – REAF and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Daddy Ray’s Annual Father’s Day
Sun., 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. We will also be inducting the newest members (The Class of 2018) and others into the SF Band of Brothers.

The Gay Husbands of San Francisco Pride Party
Fri., June 22 at Oasis
Kick off Pride weekend with The Gay Husbands of San Francisco – and benefit The LGBT Asylum Project. Join the red carpet, get signed photographs with the cast, watch Season One in its uncut glory, and bid in the international bachelor auction.

NOCTURNAL- Friday Pride Kick Off
Fri., June 22 at 119 Utah St
Friday Pride in San Francisco just got massive. Now at The Great Northern.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Unbreakable”
Fri.-Sat., 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 Workout
Fri.-Mon., June 22-25 at 1015 Folsom St
A massive gym-bound San Francisco Pride Weekend Circuit Party Festival.

Bearracuda SF Gay Pride 2018: Upgraded w/GROWLr!
Fri., June 22 at Folsom Street Foundry
The 10TH Aannual Bearracuda SF Gay Pride featuring Underwear NIght with DJ Wayne G from the U.K.

XOXO Pride San Francisco presents Forever Tel Aviv Candyland
Sat., 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 in west coast of USA, 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
Sat., June 23 at Dolores Park
Celebrate Pride at the annual pride weekend picnic.

2018 SF Pride Parade
Sun., June 24 on Market Street, from Beale to Eighth St.
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 our 2017 parade, making it one of the largest in the history of our event.

The Official SF Pride VIP Party
Sun., June 24 at City Hall
Under the Rotunda in San Francisco’s magnificent City Hall. 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 Cent…

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