Pride Month celebrations around the Bay Area

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Rather than the usual large celebrations traditionally hosted on the last weekend of June, Bay Area event organizers are presenting their Pride events in 2021 in multiple installments. The result of this cautious approach seems to be a wide-ranging palette of opportunities to honor and support the region’s beautifully diverse and inclusive communities, which extends beyond the scope of San Francisco Pride.

Here’s a list of events and activities celebrating Pride in the Bay Area:

San Francisco Pride: A primer to the past, present and future

San Francisco Pride 2021: Parade is canceled, but here’s how the city plans to celebrate

East Bay

Oakland Black Pride Month: Inside/Out! Pride 2021

The stellar lineup is full of fun activities and events, including a schedule of diverse online panels and classes, a queer pub crawl, “Breaking Bread Benefit Dinner,” a “Skate for Pride” dance party and an expo in Jingletown. Enter the “Queer Kickball Tournament,” and join the “Slayers Ball” 21 and older party at the Bridge Yard on June 27.

June 1-27. For more information, go to oaklandblackpride.org

San Mateo County 2021 Virtual Pride Celebration: As Diverse as the Universe

A week of online offerings dedicated to raising LGBTQ awareness and education is set to feature live entertainment, book talks, workshops and more. The culmination of the event, scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, will be a live-streamed “Pride Grand Celebration” available on the organizer’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Sunday-Saturday, June 6-12. Free, registration requiredsmcpridecelebration.com

Friends of the Alameda Free Library Present: George Takei

The actor, author, activist and influencer will discuss his new graphic memoir, “They Called Us Enemy,” in a live-streamed event moderated by Mary Ellen Hunt.

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9. Free, registration required. 510-747-7777. alamedafriends.com

City of Newark Pride Drive-Thru Parade

The socially distanced car parade is scheduled to include music, a contest for the best decorated cars, giveaways, a photo booth and more.

4-6 p.m. Friday, June 11. $10, registration required to participate. Silliman Center, 6800 Mowry Ave., Newark. newark.org

Oakland Pride 2021

With event details still to be announced, the city of Oakland plans to hold its Pride celebration a little later in the year. It is scheduled to take place in early September.

Sept. 11-12. For updates, go to oaklandpride.org

North Bay

Sonoma County Pride 2021: Beyond the Rainbow

Sonoma County is taking a modular approach to the Pride celebration this year, with activities on the roster for all ages. They plan to present a monthlong series of COVID-19-aware “micro-events” including a drag high tea, community conversations, a sing-along dinner/screening of “The Wizard of Oz,” the OutWatch film festival, standup comedy and more in various Sonoma County venues.

June 1-30. Free, registration required for most events. sonomacountypride.org

Rainbow Action Network’s Rainbow Play Date

Join LGBTQ and ally families for rainbow crafts, inclusive story time, snacks and more. There will be a short children’s Pride parade at 11 a.m.

10 a.m. Saturday, June 12. Free, registration required. Fuller Park, 560 Jefferson St., Napa. napavalleypride.org

Lark Drive-In Movies Under the Stars: ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’

The Oscar-winning, Stephan Elliot-written and -directed film tells the story of two drag performers and a transgender woman traveling across the Australian Outback to perform a unique style of cabaret. (R. 1997. 104 min.)

9 p.m. June 17. $15-$30, advance tickets required. Village at Corte Madera, North Parking Lot, 1557 Redwood Hwy., Corte Madera. 415-924-5111. larktheater.net

Dining Out at the Q

Celebrate Pride with drinks and food specials. A portion of the evening’s proceeds goes to LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network.

4-10 p.m. June 17. Patio at the Q, 3900 Bel Aire Plaza D, Napa. 707-224-6600. theqrandb.com

Taste the Rainbow

Enjoy a wine flight, raffles, rainbow party favors, Pride treats and live sets from DJ Rotten Robbie. A portion of the proceeds will benefit LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network.

6 p.m. June 19. Cadet Wine Bar, 930 Franklin St., Napa. napavalleypride.org

Wine and Pride: An Evening With Jody Watley

Blue Note Napa presents the Grammy-winning artist at Napa Valley’s oldest wine estate. A portion of ticket sales will benefit LGBTQ Connection Napa and the Rainbow Action Network.

5:30 and 8:30 p.m. June 26. Charles Krug Estate, 2800 Main St., St. Helena. 707-880-2300. bluenotenapa.com

American Canyon Pride Pop Up

Celebrate and connect with local LGBTQ community and allies for family-friendly fun in the park, including lawn games, food vendors and a raffle.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. June 27. Community Park 1, American Canyon. napavalleypride.org

South Bay

CoastPride and Beach Break Entertainment Present: “A Star is Born” Drive-in Movie

(2018. R. 136 min.) The film remake, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and featuring 17 songs written for the production, tells the tale of a talented young performing artist and her devastating relationship with an older artist, no longer at his peak of talent, which ends with tragic results. The event takes place on International Picnic Day, and attendees are allowed to arrive early and enjoy a tailgate picnic prior to the movie. Proceeds will benefit CoastPride.

9 p.m. June 18. Doors at 8 p.m. $40 per vehicle. Our Lady of the Pillar Church, 400 Church St., Half Moon Bay. 650-575-8133. beachbreakentertainment.com

Annual Silicon Valley LGBTQ+ Pride Parade and Festival

Though the details of the event are still in the works, organizers have set the dates for a closer to traditional, in-person Pride event this year. Stay tuned to the event’s website and Facebook page for updates.

Aug. 28-29. svpride.com

Other Pride highlights

Davis Pride 2021

Davis Pride has planned a robust, in-person event for this year’s celebration. The festival will feature live music performances, a drag queen revue, craft fair and food vendors.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 13. Free, registration required for assigned seating. Davis Central Park, 401 C St., Davis. davispride.org 

Story by: Anne Schrager

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