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Pride in Paradise: San Diego Pride 2018

Celebrate LGBTQ pride at one of San Diego’s largest, liveliest events! Here’s our guide for San Diego Pride 2018.

Our Hopper bus will be shuttling guests from the Old Naval Hospital in Balboa Park to the Pride Festival. Come visit our Hopper booth at the Festival to win some prizes!

Pride Festival

The Festival is the epicenter of San Diego Pride. It’s a two-day extravaganza hosted at Balboa Park’s Marston Point. The shady lawn will be adorned by live music and entertainment, food trucks, merchandise vendors, beverage gardens, art displays, cultural exhibitions, activities, and community resources. The Festival also hosts youth and senior zones!
When: Saturday, July 14, Noon–10 PM
           Sunday, July 15, 11 AM–9 PM
Where: Marston Point, Balboa Park
Price: $20 1 Day, $25 Weekend Pass (Online only)
          $30 Weekend Pass (Pay at entrance)

Pride Parade

The Parade is one of San Diego’s largest civic events, attracting about 200,000 people annually! This year’s theme is Persist with Pride. A colorful cavalcade of floats and paraders will roll through the Hillcrest neighborhood. Cheer them on and help carry the rainbow flag down to the Festival!
When: Saturday, July 14, 11:00 AM
Where: Begins at Hillcrest Pride Flag (University Ave. and Normal St.), proceeds west down     University Ave., turns south on Sixth Ave., turns left at Balboa Dr. and ends at Quince St.
Price: Free

Spirit of Stonewall Rally

Launching Pride Weekend is the Spirit of Stonewall rally. It honors the Stonewall Riots of 1969, an uprising by the LGBTQ community and its allies against police brutality – generally considered the beginning of the Pride Movement. The rally serves as a remembrance of this event, and it also celebrates the community’s continued fight against intolerance.
When: Friday, July 13, 6 PM–7 PM
Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag (University Ave. and Normal St.)
Price: Free

Pride Block Party

Get your groove on at Pride’s electrifying block party! The block party features live music and entertainers and a huge variety of food and drink vendors. The event is free to the public, but VIP tickets include special amenities and complimentary services.
When: July 13, 2 PM–11 PM
Where: Hillcrest Pride Flag (University Ave. and Normal St.)
Price: Free, VIP tickets available for purchase

Pride 5K

The annual Pride 5K races along the parade route. It’s hosted by Front Runners and Walkers, San Diego’s LGBT running club.
When: Saturday, July 14, 9:30 AM
Where: The race begins and ends at University Ave. and Centre St.
Price: Participant registration is $40. Spectatorship is free.

Pride World Forum

LGBTQI activists lead a panel discussion about their human rights efforts around the world. Following the panel, there will be free guided tours of the San Diego History Center’s new exhibition, LGBTQ+ San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs.
When: Sunday, July 15, 10:30 AM–12:00 PM
Where: San Diego History Center, Balboa Park
Price: Free

Light Up the Cathedral

An interfaith Pride celebration that brings together LGBTQ-supporting organizations and churches. St. Paul Cathedral will be lit up in dazzling rainbow colors.
When: Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 PM
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (2728 Sixth Ave.)
Price: Free

Drag Me to the Del

The hottest drag show of the year will be held at the historic Hotel del Coronado! Proceeds benefit the San Diego LGBT Community Center and San Diego Pride. Coronado Ferry tickets free with our Hopper Plus package!
When: July 12, 7 PM–11 PM
Where: Hotel Del Coronado
Price: $75 general admission


Free shuttles depart to numerous Pride events from the Old Naval Hospital parking lot in Balboa Park – our Hopper bus, included! Ask your Hopper Tour Concierge for more details.

For more information on San Diego Pride, visit

Photos courtesy of Matthew T. Saadeh (@mathhues on Instagram)