Pride is being celebrated through the month of June in San Francisco, but this weekend offers a wide variety of events — virtual and in-person — including several that honor Juneteenth.
Starting tomorrow, Friday, June 18, SF Pride is partnering with the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) to host an event that will highlight the connections between the fights for racial justice and LGBTQ+ equality. The event builds off the Marsha P. Johnson Black Trans Lives Matter Rally AAACC hosted last June in its open-air gallery. This year’s celebration kicks off at 3 p.m. at 762 Fulton St. (near McAllister), and continues until 9 p.m. with opportunities for rollerskating, food and art vendors, and musical performances by Kippy Marks, Micahtron, and more.
The Tenderloin’s first Pride Festival is happening on Saturday, June 19, on Larkin Street between Eddy and O’Farrell. The street will be closed to vehicle traffic from noon to 6 p.m. to make space for drag shows, live music, food booths, and vendors selling art, clothing, and other local wares. Proceeds and donations to the festival will benefit organizations that provide services and mutual aid to LGBTQIA+ and unhoused people in San Francisco. The event is being hosted by the Tenderloin Merchants Association with support from the San Francisco Community Health Center and other neighborhood organizations and businesses.
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The Bayview Opera House will host its first outdoor live event since March 2020 on June 19, in celebration of Juneteenth, followed on Sunday, June 20 by the second annual District 10 Pride Ride. Riders — on bikes, motorcycles, and scooters — are invited to start convening at the Chase Center at 9:30 a.m. The ride, which will start at 10:30 a.m., will head through the center of the Dogpatch and the Bayview, to Gilman Playground where the Bayview’s Juneteenth celebration will be held. If you RSVP and arrive to the Chase Center early, you may receive a Pride T-shirt courtesy of the Golden State Warriors.
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EyeZen Presents is offering another version of its OUT of Site performance-based queer history tour, this year focusing on the Haight-Ashbury district. Recent productions focused on North Beach and South of Market, but the events available this weekend will spotlight the lesser-known queer history of the hippie counterculture that emerged in the neighborhood. Actor Tina D’Elia will perform in two characters and lead attendees through the Haight into Buena Vista Park and end at the former site of the Haight Theater, which has its own notorious history. Performances start at the Doolan-Larson Building at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury Streets at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, June 18 and Sunday, June 20, and are also offered other dates in June and July.
DNA Lounge is triumphantly celebrating making it through the pandemic and lifting up LGBTQ+ and Black artists in its first in-real-life Bootie mashup party since the Mayor’s shelter-in-place order shut venues down in March 2020. The dance party and live performances start at 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, and will include a special burlesque show from Hubba Hubba Review.
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The Sunset's art gallery and design studio, Hunt & Gather, will host the opening of an art show celebrating the solstice, Pride Month, and diversity, on Sunday, June 20, from noon to 4 p.m. The show will be located in Hunt & Gather, at 1108 Irving Street, and available for the public to view until September 12.
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If you’re hesitant to join a large gathering, or need a break from the crowds, Fresh Meat Productions is virtually hosting its 20th Anniversary Festival of Trans and Queer Performance starting tomorrow, June 18. The production company was founded in 2002 to help break down barriers that trans and gender-non-conforming artists face. This year’s festival includes world premiere performances by Fresh Meat commissioned artists, as well as recent and new work from people who have previously contributed to the organization’s events.
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This weekend’s Fresh Meat events, held at 5 p.m. each day on June 18-20, will feature world-premiers of performances by Fresh Meat commissioned artists. Next week, June 21-27, Fresh Meat will offer daily programs that highlight artists that have previously performed at the festival and revisit its last live festival in 2019. The virtual performances will be hosted on YouTube, and available to watch on-demand after the event.
What other Pride events are you planning to attend this weekend — from home or out on the town? Let us know in the comments!