Pride Weekend 2012 has almost arrived and we all know what that means - it's time for some seriously hard partying. From day to night, San Francisco's throwing down with block parties, parades, outdoor stages, and plenty of after parties. Whether you want to hitch a ride on a party bus, hit up an open bar, or dance till late - there's plenty to pick from.
Read on below for some of the best events happening all weekend long.
Cal Academy takes on Pride for their next edition of NightLife with Hard French DJs Carnita, Brown Amy, Juanita MORE, DJ Pink Lightning and DJ Rapid Fire. Stick around for a drag performance and "Transpecies" costume contest, plus Ben & Jerry's ice cream tastings and Pride cocktails.
Date: Thursday, June 21 (6pm - 10pm)
Venue: Cal Academy of Sciences
Launch: A Pride Kick-Off Party with Open Bar
Kick off Pride weekend with an open bar, DJ Von Kiss, and SF Bay Guardian "Best DJ" Natalie Nuxx. Free vodka drinks will be flowing from 9:30 till 10pm. Save time in line by ordering a pre-sale ticket to avoid the general admission line.
Date: Thursday, June 21 (9pm - 2am)
Website: Eventbrite Page
Drag Yourself to Pride: Disney Prom
Rickshaw Stop is getting wild with a Disney-themed prom for every prince, princess, and villain. Dress to impress and compete for prom King or Queen - or just come and watch. The walk off competition kicks off at 11:15pm. All proceeds will fund the Burning Man Disney Prom on the Playa.
Date: Friday, June 22 (9:30pm - Close)
Venue: Rickshaw Stop
1015 celebrates Pride the San Francisco way on Friday by combining two parties - Les Beaux and .flourish - into one massive blowout. They'll be taking over the main room with two levels of partying, plus a bonus room offering mellow tunes and seating. DJs include Natalie Nuxx, DJ Von Kiss, and Richie Panic.
Date: Friday, June 22 (9pm - 3am)
Venue: 1015 Folsom
The Rainbow Skate
The Black Rock Roller Disco teams up for a Pride-inspired roller party with Balloon Magic of San Francisco (those guys in the parade with the multicolored balloon tubes attached to them). D. Miles will be spinning retro funk and disco hits all night long. $10 to enter. $5 for a skate rental.
Date: Friday, June 22 (8pm - 1am)
SF Dyke March
The Dyke March is on once again in Dolores Park for Pink Saturday with a full day of DJs pumping jams from noon till 5pm. Join in the rally at 5pm for speakers and entertainment, then be sure to stick around for the Dyke March at 6pm for plenty of costumes, motorcycles, and girl power.
Date: Saturday, June 23 (12pm - 6:30pm)
Venue: Dolores Park
Pink Saturday Block Party
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are bringing Pride back to the streets with a massive evening block party. Get down with multiple sound stages blasting music for this nighttime street party, fill your belly with a batch of food trucks at Castro and 17th, and celebrate Pride the way the Castro only knows how. $5 accepted donation.
Date: Saturday, June 23 (5pm - 11pm)
Venue: Castro Neighborhood (Castro Street from 16th to 19th)
Public Works keeps the party going into the night with live dance performances by Vogue and Tone and Strangers with Kandy plus plenty of fierce DJs all night from Stay Gold, Party Hole and Ships in the Night. Rocky;s Fry Bread and Angry Man Eats will be on hand for late night grub.
Date: Saturday, June 23 (9pm - 3am)
Venue: Public Works
After Dyke March with Free BBQ
Without fail, El Rio takes the reigns of a Dyke March after party complete with free BBQ. DJs will be spinning hip hop, dance and Latin grooves all night for a dance party spreading inside and out. Stick around for performances, goodies, and cheap mango margaritas. $10 pre-sale tix.
Date: Saturday, June 23 (8pm - 2am)
Venue: El Rio
Website: Facebook Event
SF Pride Celebration feat. Karmin
As always, Civic Center's throwing down with a two-day Pride blowout. Saturday kicks things off with a main stage packed full of local music talent and cultural performances. Sunday steps it up with hot talent including headlining duo, Karmin. There will also be vendor booths plus 23 more community-run stages to keep you dancing all weekend.
Date: Saturday, June 23 (12pm - 5:20pm) & Sunday, June 24 (11am - 6pm)
SF Pride Parade feat. Sarah Silverman
One of the biggest events of the weekend, be sure not to miss this year's Pride parade. This year's theme is Global Equality, where art meets politics through floats, vehicles, and marches down Market Street. Sarah Silverman, Dot Jones (of Glee) and Carmen Carrera are this year's Celebrity Grand Marshals.
Date: Sunday, June 24 (10am)
Venue: Starts at Market & Beale and ends at Market & 8th Street
Hard French Hearts Los Homos
Hard French finishes off the weekend with a seven hour dance party transforming SOMArts for Pride Sunday. The warehouse space will be hosting two stages of entertainment both indoors and outdoors with live performances, DJs, a photobooth, and food provided by Emmy's Spaghetti Shack and the Grilled Cheez Guy, and featured DJ sets.
Date: Sunday, June 24 (4pm - 11pm)
Website: Eventbrite Page
8th Annual Juanita More! Pride Party
The Tenderloin's going bold this year with a double-decker Pride party taking over two venues for twelve straight hours of hard dancing. Offering both indoors and outdoor settings at each venue, the party is stocked with a lineup of DJs and performers including Stay Gold, Honey Sound System, and more. Every 10 minutes, grab a ride on the party bus for transport between the venues from 3pm till 7pm.
Date: Sunday, June 24 (12:30pm - Midnight)
Venue: Chambers & The Phoenix Hotel, Jones - plus a Party Bus
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