Because this June is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising — and because Pride Sunday falls on the 30th — it feels as though Pride Weekend was really two weekends. Then again, that could also be because rainbow rebranding reached an all-time high this year. But here are our choices for the main event, from marches to parties to films.
Ongoing through Sunday, June 30, various venues, frameline.org
No Pride season is complete unless you’ve organized your entire schedule around at least a film or two at the nation’s preeminent LGBTQ film festival, with well over 150 films screening. Running the gamut from the documentaries about trans athletes in high school (Changing the Game, Sunday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Castro Theatre) to delightfully frivolous Fun in Boy Shorts short-film series — and everything in between — Frameline captures the zeitgeist of queer life in America better than anything.
Mr. S Leather 40th Anniversary Party
Thursday, June 27, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Oasis, 398 11th St. Free, more info here.
Your home for gear, toys, and a sense of possibility has remained proudly independent for four decades, with its upstairs meeting space playing host to any number of community events all the while — and now it’s time for life to begin at 40. This party at Oasis is a no-cover affair with DJ Fawks at the decks, and one lucky raffle winner will walk out with a $1,500 Mr. S gift card.
Friday, June 28, Dolores Park, 11 a.m. on, march from 6-7:30 p.m. Free, transmarch.org.
Trans people have never been more visible, never been more accepted — and never been more under attack. With related programming at and around Dolores Park all afternoon and evening Friday, the 16th annual Trans March proudly puts gender diversity front and center at a time when the movement is at an inflection point. The march itself leaves Dolores Park at 6 p.m. and winds toward the Compton’s TLGB District, which already has Trans Pride flags adorning its lampposts.
Block Party at Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center
Friday, June 28, 5-10 p.m., at Lower Fort Mason. Free-$25, offthegrid.com
Every Friday evening is a party at Fort Mason, but this version has more than the usual (delicious) food trucks. For this kickoff to Pride weekend, orbit around the Smirnoff satellite bar with line-dancing lessons from Sundance Saloon, or mosey around the food offerings for some special items that won’t be available any other Friday of the season.
T4T with CarrieOnDisco
Friday, June 28, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Jolene’s, 2700 16th St., jolenessf.com, more info here.
The Trans March needs its own dedicated afterparty, and what place would be better than Jolene’s? T4T is a new-ish monthly event, but this Friday’s version is sure to be humongous, with go-go performers, plenty of food and drink, and a strong sense that the future is brighter for our trans and gender-nonconforming friends and lovers.
Ongoing through June 29, at SOMArts, 934 Brannan St. Free, somarts.org
Taking its title from a text by UC Berkeley feminist scholar and queer theorist Judith Butler, this visual exhibition at SOMArts gathers work from a broad cross-section of contemporary artists in a wide range of media as part of the 22nd annual National Queer Arts festival. Expertly curated as always, it includes pieces by Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stevens, Sean Dorsey, Shawna Virago, Jordan Reznick, Michelle Tea, and many others.
Saturday, June 29, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Dolores Park. Free, dykemarch.org
The ultimate tonic to a corporatized Pride, San Francisco’s Dyke March is a volunteer-run and explicitly anti-capitalist institution promoting visibility and safety among a community that only recently got a bar again (Jolene’s). Gathering at Dolores Park with a stage and a dykes-only zone, it’ll strengthen your resolve that we can one day dismantle the patriarchy. Note: While allies of all stripes are always welcome to cheer everyone on, organizers kindly request that only dykes and women-loving-women (however they may identify) participate in the march itself.
Pink Block Party with Poolside and Hercules & Love Affair
Saturday, June 29, noon-9 p.m., at The Great Northern, 119 Utah St., thegreatnorthern.com
Get ready for the main event at this Pink Saturday DJ extravaganza, with local DJs (Jackie House, Juanita MORE!) against visiting top-tier talent, all afternoon and evening. Staged by none other than Polyglamorous, it’s got multiple stages, tons of art installations, and probably a lot of people deploying their best lqqks for the weekend.
Holy High Tea with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Saturday, June 29, 4-7 p.m., at the Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St., $25, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/zeppelin
Confess your sins to a nun with a cocktail in your hand as you fraternize among the most philanthropic of transgressive drag performers. Forty years on, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence remain an indelible part of S.F. culture, and Union Square’s Hotel Zeppelin honors the order with this high tea party — including drinks and nibbles, a raffle, a lip-synch contest, and more. The sacred and the profane have merged!
The San Francisco Pride March and Celebration & Rally
Sunday, June 30, 10:30 a.m., along Market Street and into Civic Center. $1-$5 at the gate, sfpride.org
“Generations of Resistance” is the theme of this momentous year, and S.F. has never deserved its unofficial title of queerest city in the known universe more than now. As the floats, bands, subcultures, and more cruise down Market Street from the Embarcadero toward City Hall, we can all cheer in unison to recognize how far we’ve come, acknowledge the threats to our survival, and embrace one another as equals. With the cast of Netflix’s Tales of the City reboot joining community leaders like Donna Personna and Vince Crisostomo as Grand Marshals, it’s indeed a milestone year. Be proud, San Francisco.
Pride Parade Viewing Party and Rooftop Pride Party
Sunday, June 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-10 p.m., at the Hotel Proper 1100 Market St., $40, tickets here and hereCentrally located and ideally situated for erudite commentary, the patio outside Hotel Proper’s ground-floor eateries Villon and La Bande will throw a VIP parade-watching event early in the day with specialty cocktails by BVHospitality while rooftop bar Charmaine’s takes over later in the afternoon with deep house by DJ Miguel Migs. Tickets to each event are $40, perfect for people who like to get ensconced in the action.
Pilsner Pride Tea Dance
Sunday, June 30, 3-7 p.m., at the Pilsner Inn, 225 Church St. Free, pilsnerinn.com
If there’s one antiquated queer tradition that deserves a proper revival, it’s the mid-afternoon tea dance. The Pilsner, that Castro gay bar with a proper garden patio, takes up the mantle at this no-cover post-parade party with music by cannabis-friendly DJ Dank. Lay the foundation for a decadent evening, hmmm?
Hard French Hearts Los Homos IX
Sunday, June 30, 3-11 p.m. at Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., $25-$35, hardfrench.com
Hard French keeps its legacy alive with a few events a year, and the DJ collective’s Pride party is always a dapper riot. For what will likely be its last go-round at Mezzanine, the afternoon block party will head indoors later in the evening for synthpop/New Wave legends Book of Love.
We’re So Proud of You
Sunday, June 30, 2 p.m.-2 a.m., at the Stud, 399 Ninth St., $15 info here.
With a special performance by Drag Race Season 6 performer Gia Gunn, everyone’s favorite SoMa queer bar wants to let you know its feelings. Like the world’s coolest grandparent, the 53-year-old bar is proud of you just for being you, and on Pride Sunday there are no fewer than 10 parties in 12 hours, including Sunday Situation, Lip Service, and Fake and Gay. So have a good time already!
Disco Daddy Pride Sunday Edition
Sunday, June 30, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., at the Eagle, 299 12th St., $7-$10, info here.
You know how if you don’t commit to a decision weeks before you know for sure where you’re friends are going to be, you sometimes shell out $35 or more just to dance on Pride? DJ Bus Station John has your back. For its sixth Pride edition, the Hi-NRG and disco-filled party takes over the Eagle patio with plenty of raunchy fun to close out the weekend.