Join Heklina for a Hella Gay Dance Party at Cal Academy's Pride NightLife, June 27. (Courtesy of @heklina)

Big Gay To-Do: 50 Ways to Celebrate San Francisco Pride

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

Don't worry if the parade's not your jam—you can still join the festivities. Check out a thoughtful museum exhibit covering the history of queer culture; join an LGBT book club; take a tour of the Castro's street art; see a film at Frameline; or just eat some rainbow cake.

So go on, gay it up (even more than usual) with our list of queer and colorful merriment to keep you entertained, enthralled, and inebriated until July finally comes to your rescue.



  • Shake your ass at Pink Block. // Noon to 9pm, June 29 at Great Northern, 119 Utah St. (Mission), juanitamore.com
  • March with your trans brothers and sisters. // Noon to 8pm, June 28 at Dolores Park (Mission), transmarch.org
  • Celebrate dyke culture. // 5pm, June 29 at Dolores Park (Mission), thedykemarch.org
  • Read with the LGBT Book Club. // 7pm, every second Wednesday at Dog-Eared Books, 489 Castro St. (Castro), dogearedbooks.com
  • Take a self-guided tour of queer street art. // Castro; see our guide here.
  • Have a drink at the nation's oldest gay bar. // White Horse Inn, 6551 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), whitehorsebar.com
  • Help set up the pink triangle. // 7am to 10:30am, June 29, at Christmas Tree Point Rd. (Twin Peaks), thepinktriangle.com
  • Go nude. // Marshall Beach (Presidio), presidio.gov
  • Dress your pup in Pride gear. // Best in Show, 545 Castro St. (Castro), bestinshowsf.com
  • Take in some high-quality drag. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa), sfoasis.com
  • Stay sober. // Castro Country Club, 4058 18th St. (Castro), castrocountryclub.org
  • See Queer California: Untold Stories. // Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. (Oakland), museumca.org
  • Step out of the closet...to make room for more clothes. // Out of the Closet (multiple locations), outofthecloset.org
  • Meditate. // Hartford Street Zen Center (former site of the 1990s Maitri AIDS Hospice), 57 Hartford St. (Castro), hszc.org
  • Spike your drink with CBD. // Flore, 2298 Market St. (Castro), flore415.com
  • Get your hair did. // Glama-rama!, 304 Valencia St. (Mission), glamarama.com
  • Wander the Leather District. // SoMa, leatheralliance.org/sfleatherdistrict
  • See a film. // Frameline 23, June 20-30, frameline.org
  • Light up your night with rainbows. // June 24th–27 at City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl. (Civic Center), sfgov.org
  • Test your knowledge on Tuesday trivia nights. // Hi Tops, 2247 Market St. (Upper Market), hitopssf.com
  • Learn some fabulous history. // GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St. (Castro), glbthistory.org
  • Embrace your inner RhiRhi and Madonna. // Monday karaoke nights at the Eagle, 398 12th St. (Mission), sf-eagle.com
  • Remember The Lex. // Virgil's Sea Room, 3152 Mission St. (Bernal Heights), virgilssf.com
  • Eat a (cookie) dick. // Hot Cookie, 407 Castro St. (Castro), hotcookiebakery.com
  • Tend to your bear beard. // Louie's Barber Shop (422 Castro St., Castro), louiesbarbershop.com; Daddy's Barbershop (4102 19th St., Castro), daddysbarbershop.com
  • Cruise with your furry friend. // Duboce Park, sfrecpark.org
  • Have a scoop ofJuanita MORE!–inspired ice cream. // Humphry Slocombe (multiple locations), humphryslocombe.com
  • Volunteer. // Glide, 330 Ellis St. (Tenderloin), glide.org
  • Giddy-up! // Sundance Saloon, 550 Barneveld Ave. (Bayview), sundancesaloon.org
  • Throw one back. // Twin Peaks Tavern, 401 Castro St. (Castro), twinpeakstavern.com
  • It's like Cheers, but gay AF. // The Cinch, 1723 Polk St. (Nob Hill), facebook.com
  • Get stoned, courtesy of a lesbian-owned cannabis delivery service. // Sava, getsava.com
  • Take a walk. // AIDS Memorial Grove (Golden Gate Park), aidsmemorial.org
  • Crowd around the main stage. // SF Pride, June 29-30 at Civic Center, sfpride.org
  • Smell nice. // ZGO Perfumery, 600 Castro St. (Castro), zgoperfumery.com
  • Revisit Harvey Milk Plaza. // Castro and Market Streets (Castro), neighborland.com/harveymilk
  • Buy a rainbow of macarons. // One65, 165 O'Farrell St. (Union Square), one65sf.com
  • Sip the Last Unicorn. // Jones, 620 Jones St. (TenderNob), 620-jones.com
  • Grab some HRC merch. // Human Rights Campaign shop, 575 Castro St. (Castro), shop.hrc.org
  • Have an HIIT kiki. // Barry's Bootcamp, 2280 Market St. (Castro), barrysbootcamp.com
  • Cheers to SF's first-ever nightclub co-op. // The Stud, 399 9th St. (SoMa), studsf.com
  • Find home and hash browns at a 40-year Castro landmark. // Orphan Andy's, 3991 17th St. (Castro), facebook.com
  • Scope out the Fresh Meat Festival. // June 20-22 at Z Space, 450 Florida St., freshmeatproductions.org
  • Speaking of meat. // Bi-BQ, 4-7pm, June 26 at Dolores Park (Mission), facebook.com
  • Join Heklina for a Hella Gay Dance Party. // Pride NightLife, 6pm, June 27 at Cal Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org
  • Work up a sweat. // Pride Run to benefit Alliance Health Project, June 29 at Golden Gate Park, sffr.org
  • Get hot, heavy, and tested. // Steamworks Baths, 2107 Fourth St. (Berkeley), steamworksbaths.com
  • Join. // The Academy, 2166 Market St. (Duboce Triangle), academy-sf.com
  • Have your rainbow cake, and eat it too. // Noe Valley Bakery, (multiple locations and ordering online) noevalleybakery.com
  • Get involved. // SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St. (Duboce Triangle), sfcenter.org
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