Celebrate love, diversity and equality this Pride Month with a plethora of star-studded events, family-friendly festivals and parades galore. From Pride nights at Disneyland to weekend wine getaways, save the date for the following events to support and celebrate Pride Month in California.
June 9 to June 10: LA Pride in the Park
Famous for being one of the first cities in the United States to host a permitted gay Pride parade, LA Pride in the Park is back at LA State Historic Park. The fest will feature headliners like Megan Thee Stallion on Friday, June 9, and Mariah Carey on Saturday, June 10. In addition to the main events are various artists, including Fletcher, King Princess, Symone, Gigi Goode, Dorian Electra, G Flip, The Scarlet Opera, Violet Chachki, Gottmik, Sasha Colby and more.
Cost: Single-day tickets start at $139 per person.
June 10: Second Annual Love Wins in Windsor Pride Festival
Celebrate Pride Month in California in style June 10 at the Second Annual Love Wins in Windsor Pride Festival. The vibrant fest will feature activities for all ages, including a kid’s zone, music festival and street fair. Guests with little ones can expect their kiddos to stay busy with a plethora of fun in the children’s space, including yoga, duck races, face painting, princess story time, a unicorn color run, play structures, games and much more, while adults can roam the grounds. The street fair will buzz with local artisanal shops, artists, food truck vendors, love recommitments with Windsor Presbyterian Church, wine gardens and much more. Be sure to stay for some dancing and live music at the musical fest starting at 2 p.m. with local favorites.
For more information: lovewinsinwindsor.com.
June 11: 53rd Annual LA Pride Parade
One of the largest events to help locals celebrate Pride Month in California is the 53rd Annual LA Pride Parade. The event is the longest-running Pride parade in all of the United States and, like previous years, is free and family-friendly. The historical parade will venture down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles and feature performances, music, a street fair, food trucks, activities and much more for everyone in your group. If you can’t make this year’s parade, be sure to catch it live on ABC7 and celebrate from home.
For more information: lapride.org/la-pride-2023/.
June 13 and June 15: Disneyland After Dark: Pride Nite
For the first time, Disneyland Park will host a Pride bash as a part of its Disneyland After Dark series. The unforgettable evening will feature short wait times for rides, themed snacks, dance parties, character experiences, a Pride cavalcade with Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s friends and more Disney fun. The event will occur only on June 13 and June 15 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cost: Starting at $139.
June 24: Catalina Island Pride Celebration
Catalina Island invites the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies to the annual Catalina Island Pride Celebration this Pride Month in California on Saturday, June 24. The SoCal destination will feature live music from a variety of artists and DJs all day long, in addition to suicide-prevention speeches, special ceremonies and a Pride march. Attendees are encouraged to dress in vibrant colors and what they feel their true selves in. The historic Catalina Island Casino will also glow with rainbow colors to showcase the island’s love and support.
For more information: lovecatalina.com/pride/.
June 24 to June 25: San Francisco Pride
“Look back and move forward” at the 53rd annual San Francisco Pride extravaganza. This year’s festival will take place from June 24 to June 25 at Civic Center Plaza, with fun for everyone in the family. The event will feature live music performances, comedy acts and a Pride parade on Sunday to complete the celebration. Be sure to visit the 29th annual Pink Triangle installation on Twin Peaks to remember and pay tribute to the LGBTQIA+ victims of the Holocaust. All proceeds from the event will support the LGBTQIA+ community and its allies.
Cost: Donation based. An optional Pride Pass can be purchased for a more exclusive experience starting at $200.
For more information: sfpride.org.
June 24 to July 2: San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival is the longest-running LGBTQIA+ film festival in the Bay Area, drawing over 60,000 attendees annually. This year’s event will occur daily from June 24 to July 2, showcasing emerging voices in LGBTQIA+ cinema. In addition to catching some new films, the festival will also play early screenings of Disney’s “Elemental” for little ones on June 17, in addition to Pixar short, “Carl’s Date,” featuring the beloved character from the movie “UP.” For those who cannot make the in-person event this Pride month in California, the festival will also be streaming on Encore and Showtime.
Cost: Tickets vary depending on your choice of date and film.
For more information: frameline.org.
July 8: She Fest
Mark your calendars for She Fest in San Diego, taking place July 8 at Fabulous Hillcrest. The educational event focuses on empowering LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary people and others who find community within these identities. The fest will feature networking opportunities for small LGBTQIA+ businesses, educational recourses, volunteer opportunities and workshops. All event proceeds will be donated to support the LGBTQIA+ community in San Diego.
For more information: sdpride.org/shefest/.
July 14 to July 16: Gay Wine Weekend
Join Out in The Vineyard for a luxurious gay weekend wine retreat in Sonoma County from Friday, July 14, to Sunday, July 16. The incredible getaway will feature an array of new vineyards and restaurants to visit, in addition to a drag queen brunch, winemaker dinners, winery tours, a Twilight Dance, pool soirée, daily after parties and a stay at Vintners Resort. Ticket prices vary depending on your choice of stay and events. A portion of the proceeds from the celebration benefit Sonoma County’s HIV/AIDS prevention networks and Face to Face, an organization aiding homeless youth.
Cost: Staring at $40.
July 15: The San Diego Pride 5K
Grab your running shoes (or heels) and your most colorful attire for The San Diego Pride 5K at Hillcrest. After raising over $40,000 with last year’s event, the Pride celebration aims to raise funds to support San Diego Pride and The LGBTQ Center’s Youth Housing Project. The run will kick-off on July 15 at 8 a.m. on the Pride parade route or wherever your heart desires virtually. Awards will be given out for each division and, for those attending with little ones, a Kids’ Dash will take place with a 100-yard free dash. All kids can decorate their bib before taking off and receive a participation prize.
Cost: $49 online; $59 at the door.