The final weekend of Pride Month 2023 is here, and all of June’s biggest events, marches and parties honoring the LGBTQ+ community are going to be crammed into a three-day celebration, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
San Francisco Pride’s annual parade and two-day schedule of performances and programming are among the weekend’s marquee events, but these “official” gatherings aren’t the only fêtes in town. From a drag contest with some serious prize money and a Doggy Pride Parade to the “world’s largest Pride flag” stretching more than 4 miles down Market Street, here’s your guide to finishing Pride 2023 with a flourish.
🗓️ Friday-Sunday | After sundown
📍 From the Ferry Building down the length of Market Street
Rainbow rays will beam down Market Street once again in honor of Pride. The dazzling laser display created by arts nonprofit Illuminate and billed as the “world’s largest Pride flag” will shimmer down 4.1 miles of the thoroughfare as it did last year to much fanfare. The Grand Lighting Ceremony to flip the switch on the art installation happened Friday with U.S. House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi doing the honors.
🗓️ Saturday | 5 p.m.
📍 Dolores & 18th streets
This rally for queer women makes its way from the Mission to the Castro to claim space for women-loving-women and fight against the erasure of the lesbian community. “We’re calling all dykes. To show up. To take up your space,” wrote organizers. Allies are invited to show their support from the sidelines.
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🗓️ Saturday-Sunday | Noon-6 p.m., 11 a.m-6 p.m.
📍Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco’s signature Pride celebration is so big it can’t be contained by one day. The organization’s pride-full weekend kicks off Saturday with rapper Princess Nokia headlining a showcase of singers, DJs, drag performers and more.
Sunday morning, the SF Pride Parade begins its colorful procession down Market Street, concluding at Civic Center, where the celebration continues with more performances and expected appearances by SF’s first-ever drag laureate, D’Arcy Drollinger, and Mayor London Breed.
🗓️ Sunday | 11 a.m.
📍 Polk & Washington streets
This protest is centered on queer voices of color and is intended to draw attention to a range of civic issues, from racial injustice to trans rights. It will follow the same route as SF’s first Pride celebration and concludes with a gathering of DJs, performers and artists booths at Fern Alley.
🗓️ Sunday | 12:30 p.m.
📍 2701 Eighth St., Berkeley
🎟️ Free, but donations welcome
Berkeley’s Humane Society and Third Culture Bakery host the second annual Doggy Pride Parade to celebrate Pride and raise funds for the animal charity. Families are invited to come together with their canine companions and sashay down a block in costume. Prizes will be given for the best-dressed paraders, and the walk will include a short pit stop at the Humane Society for photo ops, treats and a disco dance party. Two drag performers will entertain attendees at 2:30 p.m. Third Culture Bakery, which bills itself as the home of the original mochi muffin, will also donate $10 for each participating dog, match all additional donations up to $1,000 and cover all adoption fees for new pet parents who bring home a pooch on Sunday.
🗓️ Thursday | 5-7 p.m.
📍 One Market Restaurant
The penultimate "Drag Me Downtown" pop-up performance features the glamorous Voodonna and Helixir Byntwell, with MGM Grande hosting. The sequin-studded event designed to encourage folks to bring their fabulous selves to the Financial District is free, but preregistered guests receive a free fan and feather boa.
🗓️ Thursday | 6-9 p.m.
📍 Emperor Norton’s BoozeLand
Queer-focused wine club Fat Cat hosts Drag King Bingo at its monthly pickup party for members. But anyone also dressed in drag can get in on the game. Fat Cat will be pouring wines from its curated lineup of vino made by queer winemakers and giving away prizes.
📍 The Mint
International floral sensation Fleurs de Villes brings together the creations of some of San Francisco’s finest florists for a showcase blossoming with pride. The elaborate display of mannequins decked in blooms and inspired by LGBTQ+ icons like Harvey Milk and late SF drag artist Heklina will celebrate the start of Pride weekend with a cocktail party in the Mint’s beautiful courtyard and drinks from the Hendrick’s Gin Bar. The exhibition continues at the Mint through July 3, with tickets ranging from $15-$35.
🗓️ Saturday | 3-10 p.m.
📍 Record Bar
Forget Tinder and get tender. Let your hair down and get low at this intimate daytime dance party as DJs spin beats for indoor and outdoor dance floors.
🗓️ Saturday | Noon-5 p.m.
📍 250 Noe St., between Market and Beaver streets
Calling all drag artists. Saturday is your chance to vie for the title of best drag performer of the year. Six celebrity drag icons, including SF’s first-ever drag laureate, D’Arcy Drollinger, will judge a lineup of 15 contestants during a series of lip-sync challenges. The winner will take home a $1,000 cash prize and bragging rights. The runner-up receives $500.
🗓️ Sunday | 9 p.m.
📍 1015 Folsom
Boundary-pushing electroclash music artist Peaches headlines an evening of music, drag performances and dancing across three floors. Your Munther, a fixture of Los Angeles’ nightlife scene, rounds out the musical programming.
🗓️ Sunday | 2-6 p.m.
📍 Sour Cherry Comics
Lesbian-owned bookstore Sour Cherry Comics hosts an artists’ pop-up featuring zines, comics, stickers, arts and crafts by queer creatives. Support LGBTQ+ local artists by showing up and buying some art as the event’s name encourages. Sour Cherry also hosts a booze-free "Sapphic Tea Party" on Saturday.
🗓️ Sunday | Various times
📍 Various locations
🎟️ $42.06 for night party
SF drag artist and activist Juanita More! puts her stamp on two Pride-themed gatherings, one at 620 Jones from noon to 7 p.m. and another at Halycon from 6 p.m. to late into the night.
🗓️ June 28-July 7 | Various times
📍 Various locations
The celebration of Pride in the Bay Area doesn’t stop this weekend. Oakland Black Pride’s 2023 festival spotlights Black queer chefs and establishments through the first week of July. A seven-course charity dinner prepared by Top Chef alum Preeti Mistry, who’s also helmed the kitchens at the de Young Museum and Google HQ in Mountain View, kicks off the celebration on June 28. Sample specialty cocktails from a suite of queer-friendly bars on June 30. "Biscuits and Belinis" take center stage for a Black Pride Brunch at Otto’s Uptown Kitchen on July 2. And a good old-fashioned cookout caps things off also on July 2. A kinky workshop for sex-postive exploration, a kickball tournament and an expo featuring queer vendors and a vinyl swap round out the festival’s activities.
If you’re not going out to the parade on Sunday, you can watch it on the platforms of our media partner ABC7 News.
ABC7 is the official live broadcast partner of the parade. Its broadcast coverage starts at 10 a.m., and you can stream the parade from the ABC7 Bay Area mobile and connected TV apps or at abc7news.com/pride/.
Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the dates of the 2023 Fresh Meat Festival.
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