Got Pride? 5 Activities to Celebrate Pride Month
The month of June celebrates families from all walks of life, and no city celebrates diversity better than San Francisco. Our fair city is teeming with events and activities as varied as the colors of the rainbow for this month’s celebration of LGBTQ pride. While some events this month are just for the grown-ups, the Bay Area LGBTQ community definitely is keeping the families in mind. From creating rainbow crafts to a family garden with face painting and games, there are plenty of fun family activities where you can proudly show your kiddos what Pride is all about.
The 35th Annual Pride Concert: June 22
Fans of the musical RENT will be beside themselves at this concert that’s all about the stories of the LGBTQ equal rights movement set to music. Think of it like seeing newspaper headlines brought to life through high-energy singing and vocalizing by some of the Bay Area’s most talented musical performers. Catch special music guests the Metropolitan Community Church and Vocal Minority and the ever-popular San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus at this one-night only show. Tickets are $20-$30 (sliding scale) and the concert is held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
Rainbow Arts Pride Week: June 22-29
Habitot is celebrating Pride Week with a slew of awesome kids activities. Their Rainbow Arts Pride week, which runs from June 22-29, features art workshops where kids can make rainbow flags, banners, sculptures, and paintings. The Rainbow Pride week art workshops run in the morning from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Each workshop costs $10 per person and those one and under are free. Event details.
Bi-Bq Potluck Celebration: June 26
As if your kids needed another reason to spend the afternoon playing at Dolores Park. This annual potluck brings out dozens of members from the LGBTQ community for a few hours of food and fun at one of the city’s most beautiful parks. After your kids have eaten their fill, journey over to the playground where everything from two story slides to rope swings and a wooden sailboat await their curious little minds. Wednesday, June 26 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Dolores Park, San Francisco. Free (but bring something to share for the potluck!).
SF Pride Kids Fun Run: June 29
Your kids are likely already running circles around you anyways, so why not take them out for the SF Pride Kids Fun Run on Saturday, June 29 at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park. The event is totally free and any and all kids under 8 years old are invited to sprint their little hearts out in celebration of Pride Week. Event details.
LGBT Family Garden: June 30
The city’s annual Pride celebration can get a little overwhelming for our little ones, which is why we love the LGBT Family Garden. On Sunday, June 30 from 11:00am – 4:00pm this fun and safe place will feature face-painting, arts and crafts, games, and resources for LGBTQ families. This is an alcohol and smoke-free space and one of the most popular family events for Pride so the event organizers ask that you pre-register to avoid waiting in long lines. Event details.
How will you and your family be celebrating Pride Week? Let us know in the comment section below.photos courtesy of John Viet via SF Pride’s Facbeook page , Pink Triangle’s Facebook page, Diana Beato via VideoPhotoholic, Guillaume Paumier