Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Arts & Culture
Published on May 20, 2020
San Francisco Pride announces online events for 50th anniversary celebrationPhoto via San Francisco Pride

Despite the blanket cancellation of the annual San Francisco Pride celebration announced last month, organizers today announced a schedule of virtual programming that will give some would-be celebrants a chance to mark the event's 50th anniversary.

Originally scheduled for June 27 and 28, San Francisco Pride was initially expected to draw more than a million people from around the world to San Francisco.

The virtual programming will be "a weekend-long tribute to LGBTQ+ luminaries and queer solidarity," according to Pride's board of directors, including film screenings, performances, live interviews, and more. Here's a look at the schedule, including links, ticket info and more. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

London Breed posing with LGBTQ City Commissioners, Department Heads, and staff. | Photo: London Breed/Medium

San Francisco Pride 2020 kickoff

Instead of a public flag-raising ceremony, San Francisco Mayor London Breed will host a kickoff celebration online, at a time to be determined.

When: Friday, June 5

How: TBD

Frameline's screenings will be available to view from home, in cooperation with the Castro Theatre, which remains closed. | Photo via Wikipedia

Frameline44 Pride Showcase

Tickets to Frameline's Pride showcase go on sale June 4, with the full lineup announced Wednesday, June 3. Viewings will be presented in coordination with the Castro Theater. The showcase will include a series of short films, a preview screening of Ahead of the Curve, and more.

When: June 25-28

How: Online (platform TBD), plus one showing at the West Wind Solano Drive-In Theater (1611 Solano Way, Concord, CA)

Price: TBD

Lavender Talks

Pride and the Commonwealth Club will present another of its Lavender Talks series of panel discussions, hosted by Michelle Meow and including panelists Gabby Rivera, Mike Wong and Cleve Jones.

When: Thursday, June 25, 12-1 p.m.

How: Via Commonwealth Club's website

Price: Free, donations welcome

Openhouse LGBTQ Senior Prom

Normally held at War Memorial Opera House, this "inter-generational dance event," which according to organizers "re-imagines high school prom for seniors whose memories of high school are less than nostalgic," will be held online and streamed to Facebook. The event will include performances and special appearances.

When: Thursday, June 25, 4-6 p.m.

How: Via Facebook Live, link TBD

Trans March

The Trans March will be hosted entirely online this year. Schedule and viewing details to come.

When: Friday, June 26, time TBD

How: TBD, details available via Facebook

Pride Brunch

This year, Gary Virginia and Donna Sachet's annual Pride Brunch will include brunch delivered to your door. Tickets for Pride Brunch, which benefit the Positive Resource Centergo on sale next Tuesday.

When: Saturday, June 27, 12-1:30 p.m.

How: TBD.

Price: TBD. Ticket information available at the event website on May 21.

Illuminate the Pink Triangle

This year's Pink Triangle installation will feature an array 2,700 pink LEDs, requiring only a handful of volunteers compared to the hundreds needed to install it normally. Designed and executed by the team behind the Bay Lights project, the triangle lighting will stream live at sunset. The triangle will stay lit for three weeks.

When: Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m.

How: Via Illuminate the Pink Triangle's website.

Global Pride

San Francisco Pride will also include access to Global Pride, the 24-hour celebration kicking off worldwide on Pink Saturday.

When: Saturday, June 27

How: TBD, RSVP via Facebook

This year's official programming will include footage from parades past. | Photo: Geri Koeppel/Hoodline

50 Years of SF Pride (official SF Pride celebration)

Streamed online via San Francisco Pride, the city's official celebrations will include recorded music performances, retrospectives, and more.

When: Saturday, June 27, 1-9 p.m. and Sunday, June 28 2-7 p.m.

How: Via San Francisco Pride's website