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Vicki Thompson

Your Guide to Pride in San Francisco

San Francisco Pride is the largest gathering of LGBTQ people and allies in the United States. This year, the theme is “Generations of Strength,” which is intended to remind us of the activists who came before us and those who will come after us. And while the big weekend is June 22-24, there are actually tons of Pride events going on all month long. Here are some of the best events, including a roller skating disco party, a Pride cruise, a Gay Pasta dinner, parades aplenty, and tons of dance parties. 

Celebrate Pride with an outdoor happy hour in a national park

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is hosting a Trail Mixer with cocktails from Deep Eddy Vodka, beer from Fort Point, vogue dance lessons, a drag queen host, small bites, and more fun activities.
Cost: $35
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Jay/Fresh Meat Festival

Go to the nation’s most celebrated trans and queer performance festival

The Fresh Meat Festival features everyone and everything from queer disabled dance stars, a transgender superhero rock opera, and world champion gay ballroom. It’s entertaining, it’s inspiring, and it’s definitely worth going to.
Cost: $15 to $55

Watch as many movies as you can at the SF International LGBTQ Film Festival

Attend the Opening Night Gala, regular screenings, or the Closing Night Party of this landmark showcase of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cinema.
Cost: $14 to $90

Unplug at a drag show

The JCC is hosting Rainbow Connection, a family-friendly drag show performance, where people can enjoy a screen-free afternoon of live music, cocktails, happy hour specials, and activities for the kids.
Cost: Free

Partake in a Pride-themed afternoon tea

The Ritz is giving its signature afternoon tea the Pride treatment with rainbow-colored pastries. The hotel will donate 50% of all proceeds from the tea to the Human Rights Campaign. Reservations can be placed by calling 415-773-6168.
Cost: $80 per person

Eat carbs for a good cause

This neighborhood spot is hosting its 4th annual Gay Pasta night with 20% of the proceeds going to Art for AIDS and The Alliance Health Project. The menu includes dishes like rainbow ravioli, GrindR fusilli, Pride pizza, and diva dumplings. For reservations go to Opentable or call the cafe directly at 415-647-7702
Cost: Varies
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Attend a happy hour to learn about how to get involved in Pride

The JCCSF is throwing a happy hour where people can drink, schmooze, and celebrate diversity while also learning about ways to get involved in the celebration.
Cost: Admission is free; drinks are not

Roller disco to show your Pride

Lace up those roller skates and put on your bell-bottoms because Skyy Vodka is hosting a 1970s-themed roller Pride disco bash with free drinks, bar bites, XO bakes cookies, and lots of giveaways, including vintage-inspired roller skates and a disco ball. Even better? 100% of ticket sales will be donated to the ACLU.
Cost: $15

Celebrate equality and self-expression at a museum after-hours

Pride Nightlife is a fun party at one of the city’s most fascinating museums where you can check out all of the exhibits while sipping on adult beverages, and also enjoy a drag show, a set by Swagger Like Us, and a ton more.
Cost: $22

Go on a High Tide Pride Cruise

#DoTheGay is throwing a Pride boat party with music from Honey Soundsystem, Le1f, and Saturn Rising, performances by Bay Area drag queens, cocktails, wine tastings, bites, and more.
Cost: $49.95 to $59.95, includes a complimentary drink and wine tasting

"Vogue & Tone" to get ready for Pride

This dance company is hosting two free classes followed by a reception to celebrate inclusion, diversity, and community. Choose between “Vogue and Tone” where you’ll learn the hands, spins, catwalk, and more, and “Roryography,” a dance/aerobic/theater class where you’ll laugh and sweat. No dance experience necessary.
Cost: Free
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Go to a happy hour in a hat shop

The Speakeasy is co-hosting an LGBTQ happy hour with Goorin Bros. in celebration of Pride. There will be live music, performance, booze, and giveaways.
Cost: Entry to the happy hour is free, but space is limited and ticket holders for The Speakeasy will be given priority.

Walk in the Trans March

This march is one of the largest trans events in the entire country and is your chance to dress up, show up, bring signs, speak out, and support each other as a community.
Cost: Free  

Get “So Stoked for Pride”

Dance all night at this all ages rave that kicks of Pride weekend.
Cost: $20-$30

Party at Club Finn

The Castro hotspot is transforming into a “classy, not trashy” Pride nightlife destination on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 1:30am. There will be special cocktails, a red carpet and step and repeat, and shot boys to keep the party going. There will also be special themed brunches on Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: Varies

Take up space at the Dyke March

This march aims to bring the dyke communities together to celebrate unity, raise consciousness, and be visible, as well as showcase the community’s artists, critical thinkers, and political activists.
Cost: Free

Celebrate Pride with the community at Civic Center

This party is the heart of the city’s Pride celebration. There will be two days of entertainment on 20 different stages, as well as artists, nonprofits, artisans, and food and beverage vendors.
Cost: They’re requesting a $1 donation at the gate
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Watch the parade, duh

The parade is the highlight and culmination of Pride, which is why over 100,000 people with gather to watch over 270 contingents show their pride for the LGBTQ community.
Cost: Free

Watch the parade... from a sexy rooftop terrace

Bluestem is hosting a party on its terrace that overlooks Market St. and is one of the best spots to see the parade. Your wristband gives you in and out access to the rooftop and two cocktails. There will also be a full bar where you can purchase additional drinks and brunch bites.
Cost: Wristbands are $45

Go to the official VIP Pride party

This Sunday afternoon gathering has a hosted bar, passed apps, and three hours of non-stop entertainment. Plus, you get to be a VIP, which always feels good. Even if you have to pay for it.
Cost: $85 (this event will sell out)

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Daisy Barringer is an SF-based writer who can’t wait to celebrate Pride. Follow her on Twitter @daisy.