The Gay Guide: Happy Hours, Events, Panels, and Workshops You Need To Attend During Pride
A month full of love, light, and undying support for one another—that's what Pride in the Bay Area is all about.
Living in the most LGBTQ-friendly city, our editors outlined a list of events, panels, and performances that center your want need to be in the community. We opt'ed to remove just bar parties and kept certain parties that are donating profit to local non-profits that focus on LGBTQ youth, housing, and career development. Go out and have a gay ole' time!
Pride Speaker Series & Networking
StartOut San Francisco, Uber and Fenwick & West are hosting a Pride networking event on Tuesday, June 12th from 5 to 8 PM PST. Register today for a speaker series centered around diversity and intersectionality, followed by networking with our fabulous entrepreneur community. StartOut is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering and developing entrepreneurship in the LGBT community. With over 60 annual events and a network of 15,000 strong nationwide, StartOut connects the entrepreneurial ecosystem, educates entrepreneurs on issues surrounding the business lifecycle and inspires the LGBT community by profiling out and successful founders. // Tue, June 12, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM; tickets here.
ProudToBe—Pride at The Academy
The Academy PROUD-ly opens their doors to the community on Saturday, June 23 to celebrate #SFPride and show that they are PROUD TO BE in this amazing neighborhood and city! Enter through the secret Speakeasy doors, grab a cocktail, then come vibe with the DJ in the newly designed outdoor lounge, and meet some amazing new people. // Sat, June 23, 2018, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM; tickets here.
Rooftop Pride Party by Bluestem Brasserie
Join Bluestem on Sunday, June 24 beginning at 10AM for a Rooftop Pride Party overlooking Market Street. For $45, you will receive a wristband that includes access to the rooftop and two cocktails. The wristband allows you to come and go as you please—enjoy a cocktail, stroll Market Street, then return for another! After you've enjoyed your beverages, Bluestem will have a full bar on the rooftop for you to purchase additional drinks, as well as festive brunch bites. As is tradition, the team will also be offering their annual Pride cocktail, "The Green Lantern"—pisco, basil, cracked black pepper, with a salt & sugar rim—named in honor of the gay DC Comics superhero. // Sun, June 24, 2018, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM; tickets here.
Cliterary Salon: PRIDE!
Cliterary Salon is a show of ribald and rowdy stories about the clitoris, bringing a spirit of fun sexuality to a literary scene. Don your best rainbow attire as Cliterary Salon gets even gayer than it normally does. Enjoy an evening of readings by Bay Area Cliterary Types in a secret Speakeasy in SoMa (location and passwords will be emailed out a week prior to the event! Doors open at 6:30pm). The venue seats 50, so be sure to buy your tickets early. Cliterary Salon is also offering a group rate for those who want to bring friends. If you buy 4 tickets, you get a 5th for free! So bring your polycule, your coworkers, or your awkward 5th wheel. // Fri, June 8, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM; tickets here.
Love & Pride the Musical
LOVE & PRIDE is an innovative new musical about identity and dialogue. It features six characters who identify at different points along the spectrums of gender, sex and sexuality, and the conflicts that arise within themselves and with their relationships, due to those identities. This play is full of drama, heartfelt stories, and hilarious comedy. The music and dance numbers span the genres of pop, rock, jazz, reggaeton and more. There will be a panel discussion of the play and its topics following the show on June 21 & June 22. All attendees are welcome to participate in the discussion. // Wed, June 20, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM; tickets here.
A Femme-Centric Celebration is at it again for a very special Pride Edition! Join the WhipLash gang for a BDSM play party open to folks of all genders and sexual orientations. This party is proudly hosted again by Allison Boots and Ms. Cat. Performers and bootblacks to be announced soon! // Fri, Jun 22, 2018, 8:00 PM, Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 2:00 AM; tickets here.
Wild Things Queer Pride Party
Oakland native and Grammy-nominated artist Kehlani joins the Wild Things Queer Party to headline the biggest Pride party in San Francisco, Wild Things. Fresh off her 2018 Asia Tour, she’s ready to bring SweetSextSavage back to the Bay Area. A portion of this years proceeds will be donated to the The LGBT Asylum Project, a San Francisco based nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to providing pro-bono legal representation for LGBT immigrants who are fleeing persecution and seeking asylum in the United States. // Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 7:00 PM, Sun, Jun 24, 2018, 3:00 AM; tickets here.
SF Agency Pride Happy Hour
MUH-TAY-ZIK | HOF-FER invites you, yes you, fun advertising professional, to an SF Agency Pride Happy Hour. The group will be gathering at Miller’s Rest, Thursday, June 21st from 6-9pm to celebrate love, inclusion, and equality and toast a drink or two. We’re also launching an Inter-Agency LGBTQIA group (still workshopping the name) to bring together Bay Area agencies to gather throughout the year. M/H will provide light appetizers, drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. // Thu, June 21, 2018, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; RSVP here.
March with the SF LGBT Center at Pride 2018!
It’s been quite a challenging year. And, that is why this year's Pride March is so important. It’s time to show our strength as a community; to be visible, proud, connected and unified! Join the SF LGBT Center contigent on Sunday, June 24, 2018, as they proudly march in the San Francisco Pride Parade; celebrating diversity, community, and resilience. The first 100 people who register to march with them will receive a FREE t-shirt featuring the SF LGBT Center's new logo. // Sun, June 24, 2018, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM; RSVP here.
Preppin' for Pride
Tailored Salon is excited for SF Pride Week this year, and to celebrate the salon is hosting a charity event in support of the LGBTQ community. Come get prepped for SF Pride with Tailored Salon—do good and look good! The team is offering donation-based services, with all proceeds going to Lyric, a San Francisco youth-focused LGBTQ organization. Services include Pops of Color, Colorful Toner (for bleached hair), Undercut Cleanup, Dry Cut Reshape, and Styling & Blowout. Our event is open to everyone, but if you'd like a donation-based service, please select a time slot. // Thu, June 21, 2018, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM; tickets here.
// Feature photo via Wikimedia Commons, SF Pride March 2017.