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Your Guide To San Francisco Pride 2021

San Francisco has been considered the gayest city in the US, and it’s living up to that reputation this Pride Month even without its annual parade. From ballparks to dance floors, here are some places where you can participate in SF Pride this year.

Twin Peaks

Last year, artist Patrick Carney’s canvas triangle installation lit up with about 3,000 pink LED lights. Though Carney has installed the triangle on Twin Peaks for over 20 years to mark the beginning of Pride, the illumination represented LGBTQ+ resilience during the challenging year. In 2020, the installation was lit for two weeks. This year, the acre-long Pink Triangle will stay on from the Pink Torch Procession on June 1 until the end of Pride Month.

El Rio

Queer space El Rio is hosting tons of events over Pride Month. Starting at 4 p.m. on June 5, records from SF’s oldest queer bar, Stud, will play on the patio. On the 10th, the show will go on for film festival WorkMORE!, showcasing some of the Bay Area’s best drag artists. On the 19th, queer artist group Swagger Like Us will host a Juneteenth gathering. And on the 25th, you can dance the night away at T4T while raising funds for the Transgender Gender-Variant and Intersex Justice Project.

Oracle Park

Oracle Park, a sustainable ballpark and home of the San Francisco Giants, will double as a movie theater this Pride month. “In the Heights,” a musical set in Washington Heights, will play June 11 at 8 p.m., with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” will play the following evening and follows a teenager dreaming of becoming a drag queen. Pride Movie Nights is a collaboration between SF Pride, Frameline, and the Giants and will be socially distant and ticketed.

African American Art & Culture Complex

Inspired by a 2020 Marsha P. Johnson Rally, the African American Art & Culture Complex will work together with SF Pride for a Black Liberation Event. The event will take place June 18, the day before Juneteenth, in an effort to highlight the overlap between LGBTQ+ equality and racial justice. SF Pride has also named AAACC co-founders Melonie and Melorra Green 2021 Community Grand Marshals.

Mission Bay Field

The OUT Foundation wants you to sweat for a cause this Pride Month. OUTAthletics, a branch of the nonprofit committed to helping the LGBTQ+ community improve their health and wellness, is hosting its first ever Pride Fit Fest June 20. Starting at 9 a.m., Mission Bay Field will be open for those of all fitness levels. From CrossFit to yoga, OUTAthletics will provide something for everyone. The best part? This event will raise funds for scholarships that go toward fitness for young LGBTQ+ adults.

InterContinental San Francisco

The InterContinental is taking baecationing to a whole new level this Pride Month. Organized by Soul2Soul, a weekend retreat for LGBTQ+ couples will take place at this high-rise starting June 25. Love Wins! aims to provide the luxury resort experience while offering coaching geared toward LGBTQ+ couples. San Francisco’s city and bay will be the perfect backdrop as you learn about love languages, practice tools for managing stress, and revitalize your relationship.

The Chapel

Mortuary-turned-music-venue The Chapel first hosted the Electroluxx Pride Party in 2014. After COVID put the event on hold last year, the party will resume at full force on June 25. You can celebrate Pride with music, art, and other performances starting at 8 p.m, or pop over to The Chapel’s sister restaurant, Curio, for a bite to eat or curated drinks until close at 12:30 a.m. Electroluxx promises to create a safe space for queer people and feature diverse talent all night long.

Curio

Curio, The Chapel’s restaurant known for its worldly flavors, will host two separate Pride events on June 26. Four drag brunches will take place at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Tickets are required for entry with food and drinks at an additional cost. As the sun goes down, the venue will transform into a dance party featuring DJs and live performers in the event Get Her Wet Again from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

DNA Lounge

Longstanding San Francisco nightclub DNA Lounge will welcome back its annual Pride party June 26. Starting at 10 p.m., LGBooTie Pride will feature mashups of new and old pop music, mixed by all-queer DJs. Drag collective The Monster Show will also take the floor in a return of some of the best drag performers in San Francisco. Arrive an hour early and catch “Fake and Gay” DJ Adam Kraft playing a Pride show upstairs.

The Midway

XOXO Entertainment presents the 50th anniversary Pride Luna Park on June 26. Not only will the event feature five entertainers, but the show will use over 100 moving lights and high-powered lasers. There will also be a gods and monsters room, pink carpet arrivals, and a VIP room and lounge. Though this vaccination-only night is currently sold out, stay tuned as they add more tickets in June.

620 Jones

For those who want to party from a social distance, 620 Jones has the event for you. Cecil Russell presents Mr. QUEEN, a daytime open-air party starting at 11 a.m. on June 26. The event will feature entertainment from go-go gods and goddesses, music from DJ Joe Gauthreaux, and a special food menu. Keep the party going the following day with Juanita MORE!’s Pride Party, which starts at noon and will benefit The San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund and The Imperial Council of San Francisco

Audio

Seventies-inspired nightclub Audio will set the stage for DJs Ben Bakson and Dan Slater during Cecil Russell’s 4th annual Pride T-Dance. Starting at 5 p.m. on June 27, Hot Tea will flow through the dance floor, and you’re invited. But that’s not all — connected to Audio is Bergerac, a bar where you can find even more of the party. DJs Andrew Gibbons, Budgie, and Pumpkin Spice will be playing until midnight. Just don’t forget your vaccine card; you’ll need to show it to get into the building.