Grab Your Rainbow Flags! Pride Week is Almost Here!

San Diego has something for everyone during Pride Week 2024! Join over 250,000 supporters for one of the country's largest Pride Festivals & get ready to celebrate!
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All Are Welcome at San Diego’s Pride Festival!

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It’s finally here! The little details have been finalized for the 50th anniversary celebration and, as promised, we have the final info for Pride for you.

With the full entertainment lineup all set, the 2024 San Diego Pride Festival is ready to kick off for a spectacular 50th year.

Expect this year’s event to deliver more of what makes San Diego Pride’s unique: diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

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When & Where is SD Pride Week Taking Place? And Tickets? And Where to Stay?

Pride officially begins on Saturday, July 13th at 12 PM with She Fest, a celebration that highlights both LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people.

She Fest will take place at the Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1500 University Ave, San Diego.

On Wednesday, July 17th at 7 PM, St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral will hold Light Up the Cathedral. Join hundreds in a celebration of faith, resilience, and support as the Cathedral is lit in the iconic rainbow colors.

The Spirit of Stonewall Rally kicks off the weekend festivities on Friday, July 19th at 6 PM. You won’t want to miss this memorable event that recognizes the community, leaders nominated for the Spirit in Stonewall awards, the raising of the Pride flag, and the historic moment - and cry - that sparked change.

The Rally will take place at the Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1500 University Ave, San Diego.

Rainbow Flag at Chocolat in Hillcrest
Rainbow Flag at Chocolat in Hillcrest

The Big Party Starts Saturday, July 20th

Saturday is all about the iconic Parade and San Diego’s largest summer party, the Pride Festival.

The Parade

The San Diego Pride Parade, what I see as the main event of the Pride Festivities, returns and it’s promising more floats, more bands, more participants, and more spectacular moments for this monumental anniversary.

This year’s theme is “Making History Now” and it fits perfectly with Pride’s ongoing themes of acceptance, unity, and, of course, remembrance.

From the first march in 1974 to the incorporation of Pride in 1994 to community champions and hard won advancements of today, this year’s parade is sure to celebrate it all.

The parade begins at 10 AM at Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and Normal St.

It will continue west on University Ave and turn south on 6th Ave. It will then turn left onto Balboa Dr before ending at Quince Dr.

The Festival

Raise your hands Balboa Party - the party is about to begin!

As Entertainment Director, Gardenia Partridge, said: LGBTQIA+ artists have always been invaluable torchbearers for the community’s civil rights movements.

This year over 120 LGBTQIA+ artists will feature in the festival’s entertainment zones for thousands of spectators.

Partridge promises that the stages will “serve as a vital platform to elevate artists in the exploration of their craft.”

Get Your Tickets

Regular tickets are still available for the Pride Festival.

  • $38 for the Weekend Pass
  • $219 for VIP Access

Last Minute Box Office Tickets will be available during Pride Weekend.

  • $42 for the Weekend Pass
  • $239 for VIP Access

Youth Tickets (High School and Younger) are free at the box office. Reminder, you must go to the Box Office to collect your free ticket before entering the event.

Senior Tickets (65+) are $15 at the Box Office.

Volunteers entrance is free as well - after a completed 5-hour shift. Volunteer spots are still available on the Festival website.

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The Beautiful Lafayette Hotel in University Heights

Where to Stay: The Lafayette Hotel and Club

Shout out to one of my favorite area hotels!

Like I said in my previous article - after a long day at Pride - you won’t want to rest your head anywhere else!

Poolside rooms? Balcony rooms? Patio and penthouse suites? They’ve got them!

And if you get in late, Beginner’s Diner is open 24 hours, while The Gutter offers cocktails until 2 AM.

Of course, is there anything better than a day at the pool after a long, fast paced weekend?

The Lafayette Hotel’s pool is the perfect place to lounge as you reminisce over the weekend. And know that the property is very LGBTQA+ friendly and accommodating.

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Who Are the 2024 Headliners?

Not only is this year celebrating the 50th milestone, it’s also putting a focus on BIPOC, women, and the transgender artists in the community.

With that in mind, 2024 promises “queer talent on blissful display” and with three iconic headliners on the main stage.

The 50th Anniversary Headliners Are:

  • Broadway star, producer, performer, and LGBTQ+ advocate, Todrick Hall
  • Singer and multi-platinum rapper, Rico Nasty
  • And Grammy nominated drummer, the Queen of Percussion, Sheila E.

What are This Year’s Entertainment Zones?

Pride 2024 will have 7 distinct entertainment zones - so there’s something for everyone!

  • The Stonewall Stage - The main stage and heart of the festival. Watch the headliners, and newcomers, take the stage.
  • Mundo Latino - Spend time with some of the best Spanish and multi-cultural entertainers from the Latine community. From DJs to Drag to live music - they’ll have it all.
  • The Movement Stage - A celebration of Black LGBTQ culture, music, and art. Join dance crews, DJs, up-and-coming talent, plus live Hip Hop and Urban Contemporary all weekend long.
  • Athlete Alley - SD’s LGBTQ athletic organizations host a dedicated area where guests can play lawn games, hang out, and have a chance to connect with members and join teams.
  • Athlete Alley also gives festival attendees a chance to see what the community is doing on behalf of LGBTQ+ athletes to combat discrimination.
  • Euphoria Dance Garden - Dance and Electronic music fans rejoice! From local talent to some of the hottest names on the scene - this is the place to experience a variety of genres and groundbreaking talent.
  • Pan Asian Night Market - Celebrate Pacific Islander and Pan Asian culture and Pride with live performances from DJs, dance crews, and more.
  • Prism: Art, Literacy, and Recovery - Unwind, cool down, view local art, and connect with local culture - does anything sound more relaxing when surrounded by the craziness of a festival?

Tips For Attending Pride Week in 2024

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Bus About to Cross Train Tracks

Just a little reminder here from my last article covering all the ins and outs of Pride Week:

  • Arrive Early
  • Take Advantage of Public Transportation and the Free Shuttle Service
  • Arrive to the Event Via Ride Share, Bike, or Scooter (Free bike and scooter storage will be provided)

The San Diego Pride Festival will be located on the west side of Balboa Park. Off of Sixth Avenue from Laurel Street going south into Marston Point.


Family Friendly Activities During Pride

Pride is all about coming together in celebration and remembrance, for everyone in the community, friends, family, and allies of all ages.

  • The Children’s Garden is perfect for families with kids 13 and under. From activities to snacks to games and prizes, there’s plenty for you to do with your little ones.
  • The Lit Cafe offers library resources, Drag Queen Story Hour, a chance to meet local LGBTQ authors, and a fun, special edition Pride Library card.
  • The Youth Zone is perfect for older kids (middle & high school) looking for a place to celebrate pride and just be themselves.

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Flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

Things to Do to Round Out Your Pride Week

I often get asked about what I’d recommend a family, friends or a couple do if they have a little extra time or if they’d like to see a bit of San Diego when they come in for an event.

The easy answers would be to visit one of the more than 75 beautiful beaches in San Diego’s incredible weather or to visit the San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park. Both of these are great options!

If you’re looking for something fast paced and thrilling - hello Patriot Jet Boat Thrill Ride - or if you’re thinking about something more laid back - I’m looking at you Balboa Park GPS Talking Car Tour and the San Diego Harbor Cruise.

Happy Pride!

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