San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is one of the largest LGBT parades in the world, a leader in the worldwide fight for LGBT rights. A pioneer in the gay rights movement, the SF Gay Pride Parade has been around for 45 years.
San Francisco has long been a bastion of LGBT rights, and SF Pride is a reminder to the world that the fight for gay rights will continue. But it’s also a celebration of LGBT culture.
Every year, on the last weekend of June, gay pride takes to the streets of downtown San Francisco as one million spectators gather to watch over 240 contingents march to the sounds of uplifting anthems, empowering chants and cheers from onlookers.
SF Gay Pride 2018 will be a full throttle experience, and we’re here to help you navigate it.
When is SF Pride 2018?
San Francisco Pride takes place every year on the last weekend of June. This year, SF Pride will be on June 23-24, 2018.
Where Does SF Pride Take Place?
SF Pride begins on Saturday, June 23rd, with a gathering and uplifting demonstration in Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco. The celebration continues on Sunday with the Pride Parade beginning on Beale St. and Market and traveling to 8th St. and Market.
SF Pride 2018 Parade
Pride is a free event that is open to the public and welcomes all ages. The parade will run from Beale and Market to 8th and Market on Sunday. If you are interested in viewing the parade from a designated seating area, you can purchase tickets for SF Pride Grandstands.
Interested in being a part of the parade? Register to march in SF Pride 2018.
SF Pride 2018 Performers
Every year, San Francisco Pride Celebration brings a special headliner performance, international acts, and speakers to the main stage on the steps of SF City Hall in Civic Center Plaza.
This year’s performers will include Yaeji, Le1f, Natascha Bessez, The Stud, Ms. Nzuri Soul, Our Lady J, and more. SF Pride’s highlighted speakers include teen trans activist Gavin Grimm, Dr. Cynthia Gomez of Planned Parenthood, and Annie Steinberg, of the Metropolitan Community Church, to name a few.
Official SF Pride 2018 VIP Party
The Pride VIP Party takes place under SF City Hall’s Rotunda from 2-5 pm on Sunday. The party features performances, live entertainment, catered organic food and a hosted bar. Tickets, which cost between $50 and $75, sell out every year. Get your Pride VIP Party Passes now.
SF Pride 2018 Pride Pass
San Francisco Pride Pass includes everything the event has to offer in one convenient package. Passes go for $135 a piece, or $235 for two. A SF Pride Pass includes:
Grandstand Seating – reserved seating for parade viewing
Access to Pride VIP Party – exclusive party at SF City Hall to commemorate Pride 2018
Getting to SF Pride
Car – Don’t drive in SF. Just don’t.
Rideshare – Lyft is the official rideshare partner for SF Pride 2018.
Subway – BART runs along Market St. in San Francisco. Get off at Civic Center Station and walk a couple blocks to the main stage.
Where to Stay for SF Pride
While there are plenty of options to stay in San Francisco near Civic Center, the East Bay, just across the Bay Bridge from SF, offers some great, budget-friendly alternatives. With an excellent public transportation system and BART trains running every 15 minutes, it’s easy to make your way to and from San Francisco.
Where to stay in the East Bay
This private bedroom in San Leandro is $62/night or get to know Oakland’s hipster scene by staying in this Lake Merritt apartment for $98/night. Of course, there are plenty of other places to stay in the SF East Bay Area.
Where to stay in San Francisco
If you’d prefer to stay closer to SF Pride, try this rare find: a bedroom in an SF SoMa condo for just $199/night. 4-star Hotel Nikko is also located nearby and will offer a relaxing evening after a day of shouting and marching.
If you’re new to SF Pride, read these 7 useful tips from SF Pride pros.