- When is San Francisco Pride?
The San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade historically take place the last full weekend in June of each year. The Celebration is a 2-day event happening on Saturday and Sunday. The Parade takes place on Sunday.
Our 2018 dates are June 23-24.
In addition to the Celebration and Parade produced by the San Francisco Pride Committee, there are literally hundreds of other events that take place throughout Pride Month in San Francisco. Check our Community Calendar for details. The Community Calendar is a free listing SF Pride provides to local event producers and community groups.
- Are pets allowed?
Yes, pets are allowed at the event, including, of course, service animals assisting people with accessibility needs. We do, however, strongly recommend leaving pets at home since both the Parade and Celebration are noisy, crowded, and hot. We have found that pets can sometimes be very startled by the crowds and sounds of Pride. In busy areas, it may be difficult to navigate with pets who will be walking on the ground given the high number of stomping feet moving through the crowd.
- How did San Francisco Pride begin?
The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village in response to a routine police raid on June 27, 1969. The following year, a “Gay-In” that took place on June 27, 1970 that was the early progenitor of the current Pride Celebration. Since 1972, the event has been held every year, though under various names: “Christopher Street West” in 1972, “Gay Freedom Day” from 1973 to 1980, then “International Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day Parade” from 1981 to 1994, and finally, its present appellation, San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration.
Since its modest beginnings, San Francisco Pride has grown to be one the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize several things: the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express their sexual and gender identities, and the commitment of LGBT people to combating oppression. From this history of rebellion grew the mission of San Francisco LGBT Pride: to educate the World, celebrate our culture, commemorate our heritage, and liberate our people.
Celebration & Stages
- Do I need a ticket to get into the Celebration?
It is free of charge to attend the Celebration, and we request a donation of $1 to $5 at the entry gates. This donation helps to cover the cost to produce the event and we share the proceeds with our non-profit Community Partners. Pride has been able to award almost $3 million in proceeds to community non-profit organizations since 1997. To watch the Parade is also free of charge (except in the case of Grandstand Seating).
We offer some ticketed events as well:
- Are there restrictions on items I can bring to the Celebration?
For complete details on what to expect as an attendee of the Celebration, including security screening and restricted items, see our Celebration Page.
- Who’s performing on the Main Stage?
Check the Main Stage Page for details.
- Where can I find information on the Community Stages and Gathering Spaces?
Check the Community Stages Page for details.
- Is there an age limit for entry into the Celebration?
The Pride Celebration and Parade are open to people of all ages. On Sunday, there is a Family Garden area which is focused on providing a safe and less-crowded area for children/youth and their parents or guardians.
- Is the Celebration accessible?
For full details about accessibility, check out our accessibility page. We have a range of services for people with accessibility concerns including a dedicated viewing area for the Parade at our Grandstands.
For Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing attendees, we provide sign language interpretation at the Pride Main Stage in Civic Center all day Saturday and all day Sunday. ASL interpreters are also available to interpret at our community-run stages and venues by request. Please visit the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Tent near the Main Stage at Civic Center to request an interpreter.
Arrangements can also be made for touch interpreters for our Deaf-blind attendees prior to the event — please contact us by email prior to June 1.
Parade & March
- How can my group/organization march in the Parade?
Registration for the 2018 Parade and March has closed.
In order to participate in the Parade, you need to register your organization as a contingent. Click here to register.
- Who are the Grand Marshals for this year?
Information regarding this year’s Grand Marshals can be found here.
- What are Parade Grandstand Seats and where can I buy them?
Grandstand seats are bleacher style seating set up specifically for viewing of the Parade. Click here for more information on Grandstand Seating and how to purchase tickets.
Hotel & Travel
- Where can I stay near the event?
Visit the Hotel and Travel Partner section of our website for more information.
- Where can I find parking?
Getting Involved / Community
- How do I volunteer for SF Pride?
Visit our Volunteer Page for more info.
- In what ways can nonprofits participate in the Pride Celebration?
We have a multitude of ways for local non-profits to participate with Pride. First and foremost, we have a grant-giving program called Community Partners where eligible nonprofits can receive a grant from Pride in exchange for the number of volunteer hours that the organization provides in designated areas of the Celebration and Parade. More Info
Getting Involved / Businesses
- How can I get an exhibitor space at the Celebration?
- How can my business become a sponsor of SF Pride?
We welcome organizations who are interested in sponsoring our event and have a variety of custom sponsorship packages to fit your business’s goals. Visit our Sponsor Opportunities Page for more info.
- I have an event happening in June that I would like to promote through Pride. How can I do this?
Visit our Community Calendar Page for more info.
- How can I advertise with SF Pride?
Visit our Print Advertising Page for more info.
- I’m from out of town. What is there to do in SF at night?
Visit our Community Calendar Page for information on everything from art exhibits, to white water rafting outings, to parties and club events.
- When/Where is the Dyke March?
- When/Where is the Trans March?
- Who will be performing at Pride?
Each year we have a headlining performer on the Main Stage and some of our past performers have included Peaches, Big Freedia, Betty Who, Steve Grand, Shiny Toy Guns, Cazwell, Karmin, Jessica Sutta, Ronnie Spector, Kimberly Caldwell, Lady Gaga, The Backstreet Boys, BoA, Solange, Kat DeLuna, Meshell Ndegeocello, En Vogue, Chaka Khan, the Pointer Sisters, and Joan Baez, as well as celebrity guest hosts and appearances by Alice Walker, Alec Mapa, Margaret Cho, Alan Cumming, and Graham Norton.
Please check our Main Stage Page to find out the most up-to-date information on performers.
We also feature many community-produced stages, showcasing a wide variety of talent from the Bay Area and beyond. Check our Community Stages Page to learn more about the many ways to be entertained at Civic Center Plaza.
- How can I be considered to perform on the Main Stage at Pride?Please use our Main Stage Submission Form to be considered for 2018.