SAN DIEGO -- As San Diego LGBT Pride weekend approaches, the organization that produces the weekend parade and festival will produce a number of official Pride parties, the only such events that will generate revenue for Pride's philanthropy programs.
San Diego Pride has handed out more than $1.4 million to local LGBT community organizations and causes over the last several years, and says that these events will help it be able to continue giving back.
“For years, private, for-profit party promoters have taken advantage of the San Diego Pride name to make money off our community," said Dwayne Crenshaw, executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride.
"This year we want to make sure folks know about and attend those fun events and parties, which help non-profit causes in our community. By supporting these events, you can party with a purpose!”
Events begin next week and will be held at various venues throughout San Diego:
All in Pride Celebration: Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm to midnight at the W Hotel, 421 W B St. Pride will honor this year’s Spirit of Stonewall honorees with an awards reception, followed by the finale of our Voice of America’s Pride competition, and end with a dance party. This free event is open to the public.
Lions and Tigers and Bears! OH MY! Pub Crawl!: Saturday, June 30, 1-7 pm. Come dressed as your favorite Wizard of Oz character and join the pub crawl throughout Hillcrest. Registration starts at The Range Kitchen & Cocktails, 1263 University Ave. Discounted pre-registration is available.
Pride 321 GO!: Saturday, June 30, 10 pm to 2am at Eden, 1202 University Ave. This event is Pride's final countdown party. Show Pub Crawl registration or RSVP with Pride for free cover before 11 pm. Pride Festival ticket and goodie giveaways will be available.
Pride of Hillcrest Block Party: Friday, July 20, 6-11 pm on Normal Street and University Avenue. Celebrate the start of Pride with an open air dance floor, DJ stage, tons of entertainment and a gigantic Ferris wheel. Click HERE for advanced discount tickets.
America’s Pride Festival: Saturday, July 21, noon to 10 pm, and Sunday July 22, 11 am-8 pm at Balboa Park, near Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street. This is San Diego LGBT Pride’s premier celebration and includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 80 musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, 300 participating vendor booths, an art exhibit, cultural presentations and lots of food. Discount early bird tickets and travel are available.
Discounted ticket and registration information available HERE.