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

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


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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