Your Guide To Pride Festival 2017: This Is How San Diego Celebrates Gay Pride Weekend

San Diego is a city of big love – and we celebrate and honor it in all its forms. This is why over 100,000 people continually come out for a San Diego-style celebration of Gay Pride Weekend, at our fine city’s “Pride Parade and Festival,” from Friday, July 14th to Sunday, July 16th.

Part musical festival, part parade, 5k, rally, and more, there surely is no better way to celebrate the LGBT community in San Diego.

And in the spirit of love, we want you all focusing on the stuff that matters the most – enjoying yourselves! – so we’ve compiled a breakdown of the weekend’s events. Pick one or pick them all. Either way, we’re proud of you!


Date: Friday, July 14th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Hillcrest Pride Flag, 1500 University Ave, San Diego
Cost: Free

The official kickoff to San Diego Pride Weekend, join cheering crows and energetic speakers as they honor leaders who are working hard to advance and preserve the LGBT community.

Pride 5k:

Date: Saturday, July 15th
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Race Start and Finish: University Avenue at Centre Street
Tickets: $40

One of the largest Pride Runs in the Unites States, the Annual Pride 5K race raises money for charity partners, The San Diego Center’s LGBT Youth Housing Project and Pride Community Grants. In 2016, nearly 1,000 participants enabled a donation of $12,000 to these important community organizations. Race admission features high-quality tech t-shirts, after-race snacks, and more.


Date: Saturday, July 15th
Time: 11 a.m.
Locations: Parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Ave. and Normal St., proceeds west on University Ave., turns south on 6th Ave., turns left onto Balboa Dr. and ends at Quince Dr.
Route Length: 1.1 miles
Cost: Free

With over 100,000 spectators and significant media coverage, San Diego’s Pride Parade is among the largest in the United States. Come out as a spectator or participant.

Musical Festival:

Date: Saturday, July 15th & Sunday, July 16th
Time: Saturday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Marston Point, Balboa Park (6th Ave. & Laurel St.)
Tickets: $20+

Whether you ran the 5k or joined in the rally, by this point, you’ve shown your dedication to the cause. Now is your time to let loose to the sounds of over 200 musicians as you bask in the 75 degree breeze. Enjoy the beats of En Vogue, Estelle, Hector Fonseca, LEX, DJ Lina, and more.

Other Attractions:

Speckled throughout the festival and its multiple stages of entertainment will be musicians, bands, comedians, dancers, shopping at dozens of vendor booths, an art exhibit, cultural presentations, and great food!

San Diego is a city of community and big love. So get out in the sweet sun to show your support of the LGBT community and enjoy live music, great food, community parade and more!

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