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Pride guide 2023: Where to celebrate Bay Area queer culture this weekend

The receding fog reveals the giant pink triangle installed on Twin Peaks to kick off Pride weekend festivities in San Francisco in 2019. | Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

The Bay Area’s celebration of Pride month continues with the installation of Twin Peaks’ Pink Triangle, an inclusive sail around the bay and a night of queer opulence and joy at the SF LGBT Center.  

1. Frameline47 Across the Bay

🗓️ Through June 24 | Various times
📍 Various locations
🎟️ $17.50+

Rom-com "Cora Bora" follows the story of a struggling musician wrestling with love and fidelity. | Courtesy Frameline

Slated to be Northern California’s largest film festival in 2023, Frameline returns to movie houses across the Bay, presenting films with a focus on queer stories and filmmakers. Hacks breakout star Megan Stalter leads Hannah Pearl Utt’s rom-com Cora Bora, and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Alaska plays an in-therapy drag queen in God Save the Queens. Alaska will join an onstage Q&A during a screening and perform at the film’s official post-screening after-party. Visit Frameline’s website for the full movie lineup.       

2. Queer Prom in Lower Haight  

🗓️ Friday | 6-10 p.m. 
📍 SF LGBT Center
🎟️ Free, a $5-$20 donation is encouraged. 

This celebratory night is specially dedicated to LGBTQ+ young adults ages 16-24. The evening will feature drag performances, a photo booth, dancing, food, mocktails and plenty of opportunities to celebrate queer joy.

3. LGBTQ+ Pride Sail in Sausalito   

🗓️ Saturday | 2-5 p.m.
📍 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito  
🎟️ $0-$125

Hop aboard the Matthew Turner, a 132-foot wooden brigantine, for this inclusive pleasure cruise and learn how the vessel promotes marine science, natural history and seamanship. Be sure to dress in layers, bring a windbreaker and wear comfy shoes. Kids get a discount or a free ride. 

4. Pink Triangle Installation at Twin Peaks

🗓️ Saturday | 11 a.m.
📍 1 Christmas Tree Point Road, SF
🎟️ Free

Pink Triangle
After several years when it was lit up all month, the Pink Triangle will return to its original canvas form in 2023. | Steve Jennings/Getty Images

The hills of Twin Peaks turn a bright rosy hue with the annual installation of the Pink Triangle, a reclaimed symbol of LGBTQ+ pride. Mayor London Breed and SF’s first drag laureate D’Arcy Drollinger will open the celebration, followed by speeches by LGBTQ+ activists and historians. Stick around for a performance by the San Francisco/Lesbian Gay Freedom Band. The illuminated version seen all month the last few years will return to its original, canvas form.   

5. Pride Comedy Night at Thrive City

🗓️ June 22 | 5:30-9 p.m.
📍 1 Warriors Way, SF 
🎟️ Free
Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence anchors a lineup of edgy comics and LGBTQ+ entertainers for a night of laughs geared toward a mature audience. Performers from SF’s ‘hottest’ trans nightclub, AsiaSF, will also light up the showcase. Getting hungry with all that laughing? Pick up a bite from Dumpling Time or Cupcakin’ Bake Shop.

This story has been updated to reflect that the Pink Triangle on Twin Peaks will not be illuminated as it was the past few years, but will return to its original, canvas form.