Taste the rainbow cake at Castro Fountain. (Courtesy of @hungryhungryheejin)

The Big Gay To-Do: 50 Ways to Let Your Rainbow Flag Fly

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It's the most wonderful time of the year—Pride month in San Francisco!

Gay it up (even more than usual) with our annual Big Gay To-Do, brimming with queer and colorful merriment that promises to keep you entertained, enthralled, and inebriated until July finally comes to your rescue.


  1. Get down with Kehlani. // Wild Things Queer Pride Party, 7pm June 23rd, at SF Public Works, eventbrite.com
  2. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the rainbow flag. // A Legacy of Pride, at SFO International Terminal, flysfo.com
  3. Shake your ass. // Juanita MORE!'s first-ever Saturday night party; June 23rd from 10pm to 4am, at SVN West, 1595 Market St., juanitamore.com
  4. March with our trans brothers and sisters. // Dolores Park, June 23rd, noon to 8pm, transmarch.org
  5. Get sweaty and sultry at Nob Hill Theatre. // 729 Bush St., thenobhilltheatre.com
  6. Have a rainbow grilled cheese. // The Melt, 25 Market St. (SoMa) and 1 Embarcadero Center (Embarcadero), themelt.com
  7. Celebrate dyke culture. //Dolores Park, June 23rd, march begins at 5pm, thedykemarch.org
  8. Read with the LGBT Book Club. // 7pm, every second Wednesday at Dog-Eared Books, 489 Castro St., dogearedbooks.com
  9. Visit the sites of bars and bathhouses past: 330 Ritch, Jack's Baths, and more. // DIY guided tour
  10. Eat some ice cream. // Humphry Slocombe, 2790 Harrison St. A, humphryslocombe.com
  11. Cross the Bay for the nation's oldest gay bar. // White Horse Inn, 6551 Telegraph Ave., whitehorsebar.com
  12. Help set up the pink triangle. // On Saturday June 23rd, Christmas Tree Point Rd., Twin Peaks, 7am to 10:30am, thepinktriangle.com
  13. Go nude. // Marshall Beach, presidio.gov
  14. Grab lunch. // Heyday, 180 Spear St., heydaysf.com
  15. Take in some drag. // Aunt Charlie's Lounge,133 Turk St., auntcharlieslounge.com
  16. Stay sober. // Castro Country Club, 4058 18th St., castrocountryclub.org
  17. Peruse the gallery. // CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., counterpulse.org
  18. Feel the breeze. // Naked Yoga, nakedyogasf.com
  19. Meditate. // Hartford Street Zen Center (former site of the 1990s Maitri AIDS Hospice), 57 Hartford St., hszc.org
  20. Spike your drink with CBD. // Flore, 2298 Market St., flore415.com
  21. Get your hair did. // Glama-rama!, 304 Valencia St., glamarama.com
  22. Wander the new Leather District. // SoMa, leatheralliance.org/sfleatherdistrict
  23. See a film. // Frameline, June 14-24 at various venues, frameline.org
  24. Light up your night with rainbows. // City Hall, June 19-25, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl., sfgov.org
  25. Remember we're all Only Human. // Julie Dater at de Young Museum (through Sept. 16, 2018), 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., Golden Gate Park, deyoung.famsf.org
  26. Be your best butch queen. // Hi Tops, 2247 Market St., hitopssf.com
  27. Learn some fabulous history. // GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., glbthistory.org
  28. Embrace your inner RhiRhi. // Monday karaoke nights at the Eagle, 398 12th St., sf-eagle.com
  29. Take the Castro Art Walk. // Thursdays in June (6-8pm), castroartwalk.com
  30. Remember The Lex. // Virgil's Sea Room, 3152 Mission St., virgilssf.com
  31. Order the Lumberjack Cake. // Frances, 3870 17th St., frances-sf.com
  32. Tend to your bear beard. // Louie's Barbershop (422 Castro St.), louiesbarbershop.com; or Daddy's Barbershop (4102 19th St.), daddysbarbershop.com
  33. Cruise with your furry friend. // Duboce Park, Duboce & Scott St., sfrecpark.org
  34. Brunch with the queens. // Sunday's a Drag Brunch (Sundays starting June 18) at Starlight Room, 450 Powell St., starlightroomsf.com
  35. Volunteer. // Glide, 330 Ellis St., glide.org
  36. Giddy-up! // Sundance Saloon, 550 Barneveld Ave., sundancesaloon.org
  37. Throw one back. // Twin Peaks Tavern, 401 Castro St., twinpeakstavern.com
  38. Practice your grand jeté. // Beginner adult classes ($250/eight-week course) at Academy of Ballet, 2121 Market St., sfacademyofballet.com
  39. Get stoned. // SPARC, 1256 Mission St., sparcsf.org
  40. Take a walk. // AIDS Memorial Grove, Nancy Pelosi Dr & Bowling Green Dr., Golden Gate Park, aidsmemorial.org
  41. Crowd around the main stage. // SF Pride, June 23-24, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl., sfpride.org
  42. Smell nice. // ZGO Perfumery, 600 Castro St., zgoperfumery.com
  43. Check out the new Harvey Milk Plaza. // neighborland.com/harveymilk
  44. Embrace your meat of choice. // Bi-BQ, 4-7pm June 20, facebook.com
  45. Join Heklina for a Hella Gay Dance Party. // Pride NightLife, June 21 at 6pm, at California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr., Golden Gate Park, calacademy.org
  46. Work up a sweat. // Pride Run to benefit Alliance Health Project, June 23, Golden Gate Park, sffr.org
  47. Get hot, heavy, and tested. // Steamworks Baths, 2107 Fourth St. (Berkeley), steamworksbaths.com
  48. Join. // The Academy social club, 2166 Market St., academy-sf.com
  49. Taste the rainbow (cake). // Castro Fountain, 554 Castro St., thecastrofountain.com
  50. Get involved. // SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St. (Hayes Valley), sfcenter.org
*This annual feature has been updated for 2018.

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