The Harrison’s Scoop on SF Pride 2021
The city is getting back on its feet just in time for the very much beloved annual celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. This year, Pride festivities include in-person, outdoor and digital events, both in the city and all around the Bay. Whether you’re planning on going out to the bars, driving-in to public movie screenings or taking your celebration up to wine country, here’s The Harrison’s local scoop on SF Pride 2021.
In the City
Pride Movie Nights, June 11-12
In lieu of a parade this year, SF Pride is provided adjusted programming, including two nights of movie screenings at Oracle Park. The outdoor cinema event will include screenings of “In the Heights” on Friday and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” on Saturday, along with live prescreening entertainment and concessions. Learn more about the event here.
Frameline 45 Festivities, June 10-27
In addition to the Oracle Park movie nights with SF Pride, Frameline is also hosting their 45th San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival with a mix of outdoor screenings and drive-in events before returning to indoor theaters later in June. The festival will also offer over 50 virtual screening programs for those who wish to celebrate from home as well. According to Frameline Director of Programming Allegra Madsen. “Representing 30 countries — from Argentina, Egypt, and India to Nigeria, Taiwan, and South Africa — this year’s slate of films will touch on themes ranging from the American Dream and gentrification to trans resilience and gender and race identity. Through these films, we believe we can cultivate a more compassionate and empathetic world.” Find out more here.
Black Liberation Event with AAACC, June 18
On the eve of Juneteenth, SF Pride is partnering with the African American Art & Culture Complex to honor the dual struggles of the fight for LGBTQ+ equality and for racial justice.
“The African American Art & Culture Complex is proud to partner with San Francisco Pride, as we create space to celebrate and honor the collective freedom of our Black LGBTQIA sisters, brothers and sibs,” says Melonie Green and Melorra Green, co-executive directors of AAACC, who were named SF Pride 2021 Community Grand Marshals. Find out more here.
Thirst Trap Thursdays
A weekly series taking place on each Thursday this month from 5 to 10 p.m., Thirst Trap Thursdays at the Dirty Habit bar at Hotel Zeloshas everything from DJ music and craft cocktails to a specialty menu and an “adult photobooth.” A portion of the proceeds will got towards the SF Queer Nightlife Fund, a nonprofit network providing relief to LGBTQ nightlife workers and entertainers impacted by the coronavirus. Learn more here.
Bluegrass Pride’s 2021 Porch Pride Queer-antine Music Festival, June 6-27
Bluegrass Pride’s annual music and advocacy event has gone virtual this year. Hosting LGBTQ+ musicians and creators in roots music, the programming will include music showcases, jam-alongs, artist conversations and advocacy events. On the final weekend of June 26-17 is “Porch Pride” — the festival’s signature event is presented this year as a two-day live-streamed music festival from 3-6 p.m. Learn more here.
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Presents: Wired, June 24
Artistic Director Timothy Seelig and Executive Director Chris Verdugo will present an official San Francisco Pride-sponsored virtual showcase celebrating Pride month. The online presentation will feature uplifting videos from chorus members, gay men’s chorus special guests and more.
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus will be hosting “Wired,” a virtual show dedicated to Pride month. The program includes a homage to RuPaul, renditions of Todrick Hall’s “Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels” and “28 Barbary Lane” from Julian Hornik’s 12-movement musical, “@QueerZ,” and more. Register here.
Around the Bay
Taste the Rainbow, June 19
Drive up to Cadet Wine Bar in Napa to enjoy a wine flight, raffles, rainbow party favors, Pride treats and live sets from DJ Rotten Robbie. And as you celebrate in wine country, a portion of the proceeds will benefit LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network. Find out more here.
Wine and Pride: An Evening With Jody Watley, June 26
Another Pride festivity in wine country, Blue Note Napa presents the Grammy-winning artist Jody Watley at Napa Valley’s oldest wine estate. A portion of sales will benefit LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network as well. Join in on the entertainment here.