SAN DIEGO, California -- Pride is certainly in the air around town, and the community appears ready to celebrate the 40th anniversary of San Diego Pride. While the official events produced by the San Diego Pride organization begin tomorrow evening, the week has already been full of mixers, celebrations, and arts and culture events in celebration of the community’s past, present and future.
This year's theme is "Reflections of Pride."
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon Hillcrest and Balboa Park this weekend to take part in the festivities, and with so many different parties and events going on, there should be something of interest for every single one of them.
Spirit of Stonewall Rally
Friday, July 18 at 6 pm
Hillcrest Pride Flag, Normal Street at University Avenue
Pride celebrations everywhere trace their heritage to the evening of June 28, 1969 when patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City said “No more!” to police harassment. That protest has grown to annual events held in major cities throughout the world. In San Diego, the first rally was held in 1975.
San Diego Pride’s 40th Anniversary begins with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, a time to recognize and honor leaders who are working hard to preserve the gains and meet the many challenges still facing the LGBTQ community. Cheering crowds and energetic speakers lead up to the raising of the Hillcrest Pride Flag, which signals the official start of San Diego Pride Weekend.
Emmy-nominated actress Laverne Cox is the keynote speaker at this year’s rally, and she will be joined on stage by other community leaders including Toni G. Atkins, Speaker of the California Assembly; Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council president; and local activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez.
The event is free and open to the entire community. Additional information is HERE.
Pride of Hillcrest Block Party
Friday, July 18 from 7-11 pm
Normal Street at University Avenue
Open to those 21 years and older
After the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, the streets of east Hillcrest will be shut down to make way for a giant block party. The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, now in its third year, has become a favorite tradition for Pride-goers to celebrate Friday night.
The event includes entertainment, music, dancing, beverages, carnival rides, and a headline performance by Taryn Manning.
Tickets, additional information, and the entertainment lineup is HERE.
San Diego LGBT Pride Parade
Saturday, July 19 at 11 am
University Ave and Sixth Avenue
The San Diego LGBT Pride Parade is the largest civic event in the region. Over 300,000 cheering spectators are expected to line the streets of Hillcrest to watch contingents of community organizations, local businesses, elected officials and more parade through the streets.
Don’t miss the military contingent at the start of the parade, and look for the giant 300-foot rainbow flag that trails the parade - spectators are welcome to grab hold and help carry the flag to the pride festival at Balboa Park.
Additional information is HERE.
San Diego Pride Music Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 19-20
Noon to 10 pm on Saturday; 11 am to 8 pm on Sunday
$20 weekend pass
The San Diego Pride Music Festival will include over 100 entertainers throughout the weekend across 10 stages. The festival will also include community information booths, multiple beverage gardens and other fun attractions.
This year, San Diego Pride has simplified their pricing and made tickets just $20 for a two-day weekend pass. Check out the San Diego Pride website for the festival map, location, details, entertainment, line-up and more!
Parking and transportation
The streets of Hillcrest and Balboa Park become particularly congested on San Diego Pride weekend, so participants are encouraged to consider their options in advance.
ParkHillcrest.com will offer free parking and shuttle service throughout the weekend. Visit HERE for details and locations. There will also be a free bike corral at the San Diego Pride Music Festival.
There are so many events going on in San Diego’s bars, nightclubs, and other special events venues that would be hard to even do half of them. The good news is that Pride-goers have lots of choices. SDGLN Nightlife Columnist Jim Winsor’s “definitive guide to San Diego Pride” is HERE.
San Diego Pride's "Top 20 Things to Do at Pride" is HERE.
Additional information about San Diego Pride is HERE.