San Francisco City Hall. (Joe Parks, via Flickr)

SF Pride: The Best Events Going Down this Weekend

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Where to celebrate San Francisco Pride this week.



46th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade

What: The largest LGBT Pride celebration in the country, this year's theme for the 46th annual parade is "For Racial and Economic Justice." Among all the feather boas and glitter, keep an eye out for the celebrity grand marshals including Chef Melissa King (you probably know her from Top Chef), Boardwalk Empire and The Wire star Michael K. Williams,
the cast of Transcendent, and a special appearance by Queer as Folk's Randy Harrison. If you can't march or stand, tickets for grandstand seating are $40 and can be purchased here.

When: Sunday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Begins at Market and Beale Streets, ends at Market and 8th Streets in downtown San Francisco


San Francisco to Honor Orlando's 49 Victims with Permanent Dedications on The Bay Lights

What: In honor of the Orlando shooting victims, 49 LED lights will be dedicated on The Bay Lights with each name of the deceased. Photos along with hashtags #LGBTQ #ShineItForward and #SFPride of the light dedication can be viewed online throughout Pride week.

When: June 20-27

Where: The Bay Bridge, baybridgeinfo.org


Trans March + Dyke March

What: The annual Trans March (June 24) and Dyke March (June 25) will both take place this weekend, beginning at Dolores Park before departing on march routes at 6 p.m. If you're looking to maintain your fitness this weekend, check out the 37th annual Pride Run in Golden Gate Park on June 25th.

When: Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25

Where: Mission Dolores Park: 19th & Dolores St. (Mission), sfrecpark.org/destination/mission-dolores-park and Golden Gate Park, goldengatepark.com


Orlando Memorial March

What: Sponsored by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and San Francisco Pride, a memorial for each of the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting will be constructed and brought to the SF Gay Pride parade in quiet tribute to the brothers, sisters, and allies that was lost on 06/12/2016 at Pulse Night Club. They are looking for marchers! Contact richbrvd1987@gmail.com if you are interested.

When: Sunday, June 26, 7 a.m.

Where: Market and Beale Streets (Where SF Pride Parade starts)


(Courtesy of San Francisco Gay Men Chorus)


San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Presents "Heartthrobs: Biggest Boy Band Ever"

What: The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus is bringing over 250 singers to Nourse theater for a must-see Pride show this weekend. The performance features top hits from pop musicians and bands such as The Beach Boys, The Beatles, the Bee Gees, Boyz II Men, Mumford & Sons, One Direction, Mark Ronson, and Bruno Mars, accompanied by Well-Strung, a singing string quartet. Tickets range in price from $20-60 and are available now or by calling City Box Office at (415) 392-4400.

When: Friday, June 24, 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 25, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Nourse Theater: 275 Hayes St. (Hayes Valley) , cityarts.net/nourse



The Pride Slide

What: A giant rainbow slip 'n' slide will be at Fort Mason Lawn during Pride weekend. Donations from the event will be split between Pulse Orland Relief and the SF LGBT Center. Invite all your friends to attend the biggest bubble bath in the Bay Area!

When: Saturday, June 25, 12-5 p.m.

Where: Fort Mason Lawn, nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/fort-mason


(Michael Macor, via The Chronicle)


The Pink Triangle Commemoration at Twin Peaks

What: The side of Twin Peaks will be transformed into a colorful memorial this weekend with the installation of the annual pink triangle, made up of dozens of pieces of pink canvas. The Pink Triangle commemorates the gay victims who were persecuted and killed in concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Installation will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday with a commemoration ceremony at 10:30 a.m. The Pink Triangle will be taken down on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

When: Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Twin Peaks: 501 Twin Peaks Blvd, sfrecpark.org/destination/twin-peaks


Queerly Beloved

What: If you're looking for a daytime dance party to end your Pride week celebrations, Queerly Beloved is upping the ante, with not one but three musical acts this year. Performers include DUBAIS, Ah mer Ah Su, Courtney Trouble, Ancient Wing and DJs Jenna Riot, IZLA, OND4 and Workalook. Tickets can be purchased for $13 in advance.

When: Sunday, June 26, 3 p.m.

Where: El Rio: 3158 Mission St. (Mission), elriosf.com



Pride-Flavored Three Twins Ice Cream

What: Three Twins is bringing back their Pride-inspired ice cream flavors this year, including Bear Bait (honey ice cream with chocolate peanut butter cups); Pride Vanilla (pink vanilla with beet powder); Maple Stonewall-Nut (maple walnut); 2 Tops Don't Make a Bottom (vanilla ice cream with muffin tops) and Transgender Pride Flag (madagascar vanilla, cherry, and blueberry). Pop into the store to try them out this weekend—it's gonna be a hot one!

When: Friday, June 24, 2-11 p.m., Saturday, June 25, 1–11 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, 1–10 p.m.

Where: Three Twins Fillmore Scoop Shop: 254 Fillmore St. (Lower Haight), threetwinsicecream.com


Locoya's Circus: Pride Edition at Beatbox!

What: Locoya Hill Entertainment and Brian Kent are joining forces for an amazing party on Friday night. Featuring SEXSHOOTERS, the hottest DJ couple on the circuit, and SF's own powerhouse, MiSha Skye, special guests include Timmy Scott, Erik Withakay, Franko Salvatore and many more! Tickets are $15.

When: Saturday, June 25, 4 -9 a.m. (yes, you read that right)

Where: Beatbox: 314 11th St. (SoMa) ,beatboxsf.com


JUANITA MORE! pride pool party, 2011


Poolside Pride Party at The Phoenix Hotel

What: This year marks the 4th annual poolside Pride event hosted by Mighty Real. Enjoy a day of music from various artists such as Ultra Naté, Lisa Moody and David Harness. Food options include an outdoor grill menu prepared by
Chambers Eat + Drink. Tickets are now $60.

When: Sunday, June 26, 12-7 p.m.

Where: The Phoenix Hotel: 601 Eddy St. (Tenderloin) ,jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/san-francisco-hotels/phoenix-hotel


18th Annual Pride Brunch

What: Gary Virgina and Donna Sachet will be hosting a Pride Brunch as the SF Pride parade takes place. You'll enjoy rousing musical entertainment by the Dixieland Dykes +3, hosted bars by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Tito's Handmade Vodka, tempting silent auction items, and a dazzling guest list of SF LGBT movers and shakers, not to mention the best gourmet brunch buffet in town! Sale ends June 24 so purchase your ticket before its too late!

When: Saturday, June 25, 11a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: Hotel Whitcomb: 1231 Market St. (Civic Center), hotelwhitcomb.com


(Photo Courtesy of Man Haters)


Man Haters: Women. Queers. Comedy Pride Show

What: "Man Haters" is a monthly comedy show featuring the funniest women and queer comics in the Bay Area. In the spirit of Pride week, Man Haters will be hosting their June 23rd Pride-edition show. The lineup features all queer comics as well as a raffle for a $75 Good Vibrations gift card and $75 Good Vibrations goody bag, plus handmade wares from local queer artists and artisans. Tickets are $10 at the door and $7.70 if you purchase them in advance.

When: Thursday, June 23, 7-10 p.m.

Where: White Horse Inn: 6551 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), whitehorsebar.com


In the Queer Kitchen: A Conversation with John Birdsall, Preeti Mistry and Nik Sharma

What: John Birdsall is is a food writer and ex-cook from Oakland. Pretti Mistry is the chef and co-owner of Juhu Beach Club and a former contestant on Top Chef Season Six. Nik Sharma used to be a molecular biologist but now works full time as a food photographer and writer. Watch these three great minds discuss food, the Bay Area, and the perks of being a queer chef. The event is free but you must RSVP to attend.

When: Saturday, June 25, 3:30- 5:30 p.m.

Where: Williams-Sonoma: 340 Post St. (Union Square) ,williams-sonoma.com/stores/us/ca/san-francisco-post-street


Underworld Pride Friday

What: The world's largest underwear party is coming to the city on Friday. Kick-off your Pride weekend with this hot "jockstrap party." Are you ready to drop your pants and dance? Tickets are $50 and can be purchased ahead of time.

When: Friday, June 24, 10 p.m.

Where: Roccapulco: 3140 Mission St. (Mission), roccapulco.com


Conservatory of Flowers (Photo Courtesy of San Francisco Recreation & Park Department)

Free Entry to San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers

What: To kick off Pride weekend, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department will open the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers to the public free of charge on Friday. The Conservatory of Flowers will be lit up in rainbow colors for the first time ever throughout Pride week.

When: Friday, June 24

Where: Botanical Gardens: 1199 9th Ave. (Golden Gate Park), Japanese Tea Garden: 7 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park), Conservatory of Flowers: 100 John F. Kennedy Drive (Golden Gate Park)


Bougie Boozy Brunch

What: With an elevated view of the Pride parade, enjoy a brunch at the Four Seasons MKT restaurant in a buffet style. The buffet service will also have a rainbow mimosa cart in celebration of Pride. Brunch is $90 per person and $45 for kids under 12. Rainbow Mimosa for $15 by the glass, or bottle service for $75. Reservations can be made by calling 415-633-3000.

When: Sunday, June 26, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Where: MKT Restaurant: 757 Market St, (Mid-Market), mktrestaurantandbar.com

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