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"Queer icon" King Princess to headline SD Pride Festival on Saturday

San Diego Pride is rallying up the A-listers of musical entertainment in what is looking to be one of the best Pride Festivals they have ever produced. It was announced in March that the legendary Melissa Etheridge will be performing at the Festival on Sunday. and word comes today that "Queer icon" King Princess is headlining on Saturday, July 13.

King is a LGBTQ advocate, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and activist. She will be celebrating San Diego Pride and its theme "Stonewall 50: A Legacy of Liberation.” 

“Playing San Diego Pride is a true honor. Pride celebrations are a pillar of liberation and representation in our community and a reminder of our ability to bring happiness to one and another through inclusion,” said King Princess. “It’s about giving each other a home in which we can share our truest expression of self without judgment. Our founding mother Marsha fought to give us our space to express ourselves freely and to celebrate our love. I’m honored to be a part of this loving community. Come rock with me and Melissa!”

In February 2018, King Princess released her debut single “1950” with the title song being a tribute to both the 1952 novel “The Price of Salt” by Patricia Highsmith and the LGBTQ community of that time who faced barriers in expressing their queerness openly due to McCarthyism and the Lavender Scare.

“The ability for compelling LGBTQ artists like King Princess to come right out the gate fully embracing their identity in their music, medium, and public persona embodies how far we’ve come since the Stonewall Riots,” said San Diego Pride Executive Director Fernando López. “It’s an honor to have a queer rising star like King Princess headline at San Diego Pride’s Festival along with Melissa Etheridge and all the other iconic LGBTQ artists we’re eager to announce, all of whom approach their craft and our community with social justice in their hearts.”

Previous San Diego Pride performers include Ke$ha, TLC, Kathy Griffin, JoJo, Kim Petras, Margaret Cho, En Vogue, Estelle, Ruby Rose and Big Freedia. The annual two-day festival draws in over 45,000 visitors and offers vendor booths, educational and art exhibits, cultural presentations, delicious food booths and more. The Pride Parade is the largest single-day civic event in the San Diego region and is the sixth largest Pride celebration in the United States, attracting over 250,000 people.

San Diego Pride was formed in 1974 as a sponsored program of The Center for Social Services which produced the first Lesbian and Gay Parade in San Diego in 1975 to celebrate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York’s Christopher Street. San Diego Pride was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1994.Tickets for the San Diego Pride Festival are currently on sale at www.sdpride.org. A limited number of King Princess meet-and-greet tickets are available. The San Diego Pride Parade takes place Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 a.m. and is free and open to the public. All proceeds from the festival and parade support San Diego Pride’s LGBTQ-centered philanthropy and year-round education and advocacy programs. Invite your friends on Facebook at www.bit.ly/sdpf19.

Events, Details and Tickets:

#MeToo LGBTQ: April 27, 2019

She Fest: July 6, 2019

Light Up The Cathedral: July 10, 2019

San Diego Pride 2019:

Spirit of Stonewall Rally: July 12, 2019

San Diego Pride Parade: July 13, 2019

San Diego Pride Festival: July 13 – 14, 2019

Festival & parade tickets can be purchased HERE.

To find out how to volunteer with San Diego Pride click HERE

For a full list of events, visit our website HERE.



Weekend VIP - Advance (21+): $175

Weekend General Admission - Advance: $25

One-Day General Admission - Advanced: $20

Get tickets HERE


Saturday, July 13, 2019: Noon - 10 pm

Sunday, July 14, 2019: 11 am - 9 pm

Ticket Subsidies:

High-school aged youth and younger: Free at box office

Seniors (65+): Discounted tickets at box office

All proceeds from the festival support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropic efforts and year-round education and advocacy programs.

San Diego Pride is on Saturday, Jul 13, 2019 - Sunday, Jul 14, 2019

San Diego Pride at Marston Point, Balboa Park