If you haven’t already, it’s time to break out that rainbow attire and celebrate—it’s LGBTQ Pride Month! There’s more reason than ever to participate in the festivities this year, as it’s the 50th anniversary of the occurrence that started it all: the Stonewall riots. Looking to celebrate by more than just binging on the newest season of Queer Eye (coming out in less than a month, but who’s counting)? Show your support and—ahem—pride right here in America’s Finest City at these local events.
When: July 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 4044 Idaho Street, North Park
Honor the contributions of women at the North Park Community Park with activities, vendors and even a dog fashion show.
When: July 10, 7-8 p.m.
Where: 2728 6th Avenue, Hillcrest
Join the LGBTQ community and interfaith leaders to witness the annual rainbow lighting of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Hillcrest. The event will feature performances by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the San Diego Women’s Chorus.
When: July 12, 2 p.m.
Where: Pride Square Plaza, Hillcrest
Price: Free! (Donations encouraged)
Enjoy Happy Hour until 7 p.m., a beer garden, drag performances, and live DJs at the donation-based Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. Dance your way into Pride weekend!
When: July 12, 6-7 p.m.
Where: 1500 University Avenue, Hillcrest
Kick off San Diego Pride Weekend with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally at the Hillcrest Pride Flag. Commemorate the Stonewall riots and pay respect to those at the forefront of the pride movement in San Diego.
When: July 13, 8 a.m.
Where: University Avenue and Centre Street, University Heights
Start your weekend festivities early with The Front Runners & Walkers Pride 5K in University Heights—all for a good cause! Ticket proceeds go to The Center’s Youth Housing Project as well as the San Diego Pride Community Grants.
When: July 13, 10 a.m.
Where: 1500 University Avenue to Quince Drive, Hillcrest
Join more than 250,000 celebrants at one of the largest pride parades in America. The San Diego Pride Parade is one-and-a-half miles of music, dancing, and a whole lot of rainbow!
When: July 13, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
July 14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Marston Point, Balboa Park
Price: $20 per one-day pass purchased online
$25 per weekend pass purchased online
$30 per weekend pass purchased day of or at festival gates
Come as you are to enjoy more than 100 entertainers, like pop artist King Princess and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, and the dozens of vendors, exhibits, and food booths at the annual Pride Festival at Balboa Park.
Been to San Diego Pride before?
Note the new structure! This year’s layout is revamped to accommodate the increasing attendance, and the front entrance is now moving to the west side between Juniper Street and Laurel Street. Happy Pride!