Celebrate LGBT Pride Weekend at these San Diego events:
Annual LGBT Pride Parade:
Formed in 1974, as a sponsored program of The Center for Social Services, the first Lesbian and Gay Parade in San Diego celebrated the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York’s Christopher Street. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1994 and today San Diego Pride continues to bring together the skills, talents and vision of a diverse community to produce the annual LGBT Pride Celebration, which attracts 250,000 participants to Hillcrest for America’s Finest Pride Parade and Festival. The annual San Diego Pride Parade is among the largest in the United States. Come be a part of this year’s historic celebration. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and Normal St., proceeds west on University Ave., turns south on 6th Ave., turns left onto Balboa Dr. and ends at Laurel St. – where you’ll find the entrance to the Pride Music Festival. July 16.
Annual LGBT Pride Music Festival:
San Diego’s biggest summer dance party is calling your name! Celebrate diversity under San Diego’s amazing sky at five phenomenal stages over two days at the annualPride Music Festival, featuring over 100 entertainers and thousands of your closest friends. Highlights include nine entertainment zones, beverage gardens, a cool zone for those 55+, Leather Realm, Art of Pride (LGBT local artists), a youth zone, a children’s garden, HIV testing, lesbian health tent, and much more, with over 300 exhibitors. July 16 and 17.
Pride of Hillcrest Block Party:
On the evening of Friday, July 15, fabulous Hillcrest will be hosting its fifth annual premier event, the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. This signature party kicks off Pride weekend with urban style and flare. The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party is from 6-11 p.m. and is a 21+ event. Don’t miss the Block Party Hosted Hour from 6-7 p.m. You’ll enjoy complimentary craft cocktails and early evening festivities to kick-off SD Pride weekend. Limited to the first 300 guests. Must be +21 and present valid photo I.D. July 15.
The 5K race will start and finish at University Avenue and Centre Street. (Next to the San Diego LGBT Center.) The race features gear check, after-race snacks, high-quality tech t-shirts to all participants, ChronoTrack disposable UHF RFID tags to record your true time, a fast, flat course along the parade route, and a USAT&F Sanctioned and certified 5k course. Free parking lots on Saturday at the Old Naval Hospital at Park Blvd. & Presidents Way and San Diego City College. There will be a free shuttle from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from free parking lots to Pride Parade Start. The shuttle drops off next to race staging area. July 16.
Unite! Music Festival:
Inspired by the unifying vibe at EDC and Coachella, the producers (Artificial People and DJ Tristan Jaxx Productions) felt that the LGBT community could use a festival of its own to celebrate diversity and break down barriers within its own community while also welcoming anyone who supports unity and the LGBT community. For the Unite! Music Festival, twelve DJs have been booked to play a series of events over four days, hosted at premium, unique venues, several of which are hosting gay events for the first time. This summer series will boast more broad and diverse sounds than one might be used to at an LGBT nightlife event. Indie, deep house, tech house, techno, progressive, house, EDM, and tribal are genres that play well into this eclectic mix of people, and UNITE! intends to deliver across this spectrum. July 15-18.