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Your 2019 San Diego Pride Guide

Show your support for San Diego's LGBTQ community this week by running, walking, rallying, singing, dancing—or all of the above
Photo courtesy of San Diego Pride

By Cole Zerboni

If you haven’t already, it’s time to break out that rainbow attire and celebrate—it’s LGBTQ Pride Month! There’s more reason than ever to participate in the festivities this year, as it’s the 50th anniversary of the occurrence that started it all: the Stonewall riots. Looking to celebrate by more than just binging on the newest season of Queer Eye (coming out in less than a month, but who’s counting)? Show your support and—ahem—pride right here in America’s Finest City at these local events.

She Fest

When: July 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: 4044 Idaho Street, North Park

Price: Free!

Honor the contributions of women at the North Park Community Park with activities, vendors and even a dog fashion show.

Light Up the Cathedral

When: July 10, 7-8 p.m.

Where: 2728 6th Avenue, Hillcrest

Price: Free!

Join the LGBTQ community and interfaith leaders to witness the annual rainbow lighting of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Hillcrest. The event will feature performances by the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the San Diego Women’s Chorus.

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party

When: July 12, 2 p.m.

Where: Pride Square Plaza, Hillcrest

Price: Free! (Donations encouraged)

Enjoy Happy Hour until 7 p.m., a beer garden, drag performances, and live DJs at the donation-based Pride of Hillcrest Block Party. Dance your way into Pride weekend!

Spirit of Stonewall Rally

When: July 12, 6-7 p.m.

Where: 1500 University Avenue, Hillcrest

Price: Free!

Kick off San Diego Pride Weekend with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally at the Hillcrest Pride Flag. Commemorate the Stonewall riots and pay respect to those at the forefront of the pride movement in San Diego.

Pride 5K Run and Walk

When: July 13, 8 a.m.

Where: University Avenue and Centre Street, University Heights

Price: $40

Start your weekend festivities early with The Front Runners & Walkers Pride 5K in University Heights—all for a good cause! Ticket proceeds go to The Center’s Youth Housing Project as well as the San Diego Pride Community Grants.


When: July 13, 10 a.m.

Where: 1500 University Avenue to Quince Drive, Hillcrest

Price: Free!

Join more than 250,000 celebrants at one of the largest pride parades in America. The San Diego Pride Parade is one-and-a-half miles of music, dancing, and a whole lot of rainbow!

Pride Festival

When:  July 13, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

July 14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Marston Point, Balboa Park

Price:     $20 per one-day pass purchased online

$25 per weekend pass purchased online

$30 per weekend pass purchased day of or at festival gates

Come as you are to enjoy more than 100 entertainers, like pop artist King Princess and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, and the dozens of vendors, exhibits, and food booths at the annual Pride Festival at Balboa Park.

Been to San Diego Pride before?

Note the new structure! This year’s layout is revamped to accommodate the increasing attendance, and the front entrance is now moving to the west side between Juniper Street and Laurel Street. Happy Pride!

Your 2019 San Diego Pride Guide

Photo courtesy of San Diego Pride

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