The groups of tourists that come to San Francisco for Pride sure are cute. Often decked out in matching T-shirts, popping Champagne, and reveling in the excitement of their first out-and-proud Pride experience, these LGBT folks from the landlocked states warm our hearts and remind us of our own first time at Pride. But just because they're adorable doesn't mean we want to party with them. Point them to the parade, then sneak off to one of these 415-exclusive events.
Swagger Like us
Kick off Pride at the start of a true local's weekend: Thursday night. Swagger Like Us is the queer hip-hop dance party that will get you ready to celebrate all weekend long. Hosted by Kelly Lovemonster, the evening features resident DJs davO (of Double Duchess) and Boyfriend, as well as guest DJ Essex. Just don't wear yourself out before Pride has even begun.
Swagger Like Us starts Thursday, June 26, at 9 p.m. at Slate, 2925 16th St., S.F. Admission is $5; visit slate-sf.com.
After the Trans March, dance the night a way at Bustin' Out, a benefit for Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice, an organization that supports imprisoned transgender people. OMEDJ provides the soundtrack, and a raffle offers fun prizes from The Crash Pad Series, PM Press, Monster Maddix, and more. Bustin' Out transitions into Takeoff!, the official party of trans magazine Original Plumbing, at 10 p.m.
Bustin' Out starts Friday, June 27, at 8 p.m. at El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F. Admission is $5-$25; visit thijp.org. Takeoff! starts at 10 p.m. at El Rio; admission is $12.
The House of Babes
Immediately following the Dyke March, The House of Babes hosts its annual Pride party at one of our favorite dance venues, Public Works. With food trucks, four bars, and two dancefloors (not to mention the go-go dancers), you'll be endlessly entertained. The evening features live performances from Cakes Da Killa and Junglepussy, as well as a strong lineup of local Djs.
The House of Babes presents the Dyke March After Party on Saturday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F. Admission is $20; visit thehouseofbabes.com/EVENT.
Wind down your weekend at what the Mission neighborhood's dyke bar The Lexington Club is billing as your “last chance to hook up, make out, and get down.” Find a sweetie on the dancefloor and make some memories to the tunes of DJs Jenna Riot and Andre before Pride comes to a close.
Candy Crush starts Sunday, June 29, at 9 p.m. at The Lexington Club, 3464 19th St., S.F. Free; visit lexingtonclub.com.