June is LGBT Pride Month, and plenty of Pride celebrations will be in full-swing across the country all month long. If you happen to be on the west coast, Pride is the perfect excuse to plan a summer road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, or Portland to Seattle. Whether you decide to take a two-week drive along the coast or do a one-day straight shot, you’ll need a Pride-hopping playlist to blast with the windows down—so enjoy the music on our custom playlist below while you get the scoop on these upcoming events, and start planning your road trip! For more song ideas, check out our moonguides Spotify channel.
- Born this Way – Lady Gaga
- Latch (Feat. Sam Smith) – Disclosure
- Vogue – Madonna
- Thinkin Bout You – Frank Ocean
- Faith – George Michael
- Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls
- Boys Wanna Be Her – Peaches
- Bennie and the Jets – Elton John
- Closer – Tegan and Sarah
- Wut – L1ef
Los Angeles to San Francisco
Because LA Pride and SF Pride are separated by two weeks, road trippers should consider the Best of the West 14-Day Road Trip, recommended by Moon California Road Trip author Stuart Thornton. If time is of the essence, drivers can try a five- to seven-day itinerary, or use tips for navigating Route 1 from Road Trip USA Pacific Coast Highway.
This year, Los Angeles Pride is scheduled for June 12–14.
Festival: Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th 12pm-110:00pm at West Hollywood Park (along the west side of San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Ave). $20/day.
Parade: Sunday, June 14th. Starts at 11am at Santa Monica and Crescent Heights.
LA Pride is the largest gathering of the LGTBQ community of Southern California. The festival and parade feature live entertainment, exhibitors, community activists and organizations, food and drink vendors, and plenty of dancing. This year, look out for performances by Tamar Braxton (Friday), Ke$ha (Saturday), and Fifth Harmony (Sunday). Bring sunscreen, and consider taking public transportation or walking to the main events.
San Francisco Pride happens two weeks later, on June 27–28th.
Festival: Saturday, June 27th from 12pm to 6pm and Sunday, June 28th from 11am to 6:30pm in San Francisco’s Civic Center.
Parade: Sunday, June 28th. Starts at 10:30am at Market and Beale.
SF Pride’s theme this year is “Equality Without Exception.” Because it’s the largest LGBTQ gathering in the country, the event options are countless. The community calendar of events is a great resource; be sure to check it often for updates. Watch for fabulous costumes in the annual parade, and check out some of the twenty-three community-run stages and venues.
Portland to Seattle
If you plan on celebrating Pride in the Pacific Northwest, consider a road trip from Portland to Seattle. Again, the respective festivities are two weeks apart, making the 14-Day Best of the Pacific Northwest Road Trip Loop entirely possible. If you don’t have time, take a shorter route, and see if you can fit in some of the highlights on your way. For more ideas on how to see the best of Portland and Seattle (plus Vancouver, Victoria, the Olympic Peninsula, and the Oregon Coast, and Mount Rainier), check out Moon Pacific Northwest Road Trip.
Portland Pride is ten days long, from June 12–22.
Festival: Saturday, June 20th at Deering Oaks Park, from 1pm-5pm.
Parade: Saturday, June 20th. Starts at 12pm at Monument Square.
Although the parade and festival are both on Saturday, June 20th, the city of Portland is celebrating pride for ten days. Keep an eye on their website for additional events and schedule updates. This year’s festival features local bands and performers, a beer garden (open from 1pm–4pm), a family center, a food court with local food trucks and restaurants, and a vendor marketplace with over 50 LGBTQ friendly business and organizations.
Pride Festival: Sunday, June 28 at the Seattle Center.
Trans* Pride Festival: Friday, June 26th, in and around Cal Anderson Park at 5pm.
Parade: Sunday, June 28. Starts at 11am at 4th Avenue and Union Street.
Trans* Pride Parade: Friday, June 26th. Starts on Broadway at 6pm.
Following the success of the last two years, the third annual Trans* Pride celebration will include a fantastic array of speakers and performers on stage from 7pm to 10pm on Friday after the march. Before Sunday’s Pride parade, Parlor Live Seattle is hosting its annual brunch party. You’ll need to buy tickets in advance, but Brunch comes with a buffet of waffles, eggs, salad, bacon and more—plus a complimentary mimosa, coffee, or tea. Bring an appetite!
Have fun Pride-hopping, and enjoy this Moon Guides Pride Playlist during your travels!