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June kicks off Pride Month, a vibrant time to celebrate LGBTQ+ communities. Cities and towns everywhere come alive with lively festivals, parades, and events galore—decked out in dazzling rainbows, of course. 

The month commemorates the community’s resilience in the face of adversity and major strides toward equality, as well as centering love, acceptance, and inclusivity. Whether you’re queer or an ally, everyone is invited: These joyous celebrations promise an unforgettable experience. 

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Here are some of the biggest Pride events in the West that we’re looking forward to: 

Los Angeles, California 

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Los Angeles boasts one of the largest gay populations, and LA Pride is no joke. 

With Pride in the Park on June 8 and the Pride Parade on June 9, there’s no shortage of celebrations. Witness performances of a lifetime, like headliner Ricky Martin, along with MUNA, Tokischa, and JoJo Siwa. Eat good food and listen to good music—there’s good vibes all around. You can even play pickleball and watch drag at the daylong LA Pride Block Party on June 9. 

At the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, guests are invited to an inaugural drag brunch for gourmet eats alongside a show by L.A. drag artist Borgia Bloom Facade and two other queens. 

Calling all baseball fans: The Dodgers will contest the Kansas City Royals on June 14’s LGBTQ+ Pride Night. And the next day, Universal Studios Hollywood presents “Pride is Universal.” Plus, Los Angeles Tourism partnered with a collection of hotel offers for visitors from June 8 to 11 with “Stay and Slay.” While you’re in town, browse Rodeo Drive’s luxury shops or take some much-needed rest and relaxation at LA’s best wellness retreats. 

San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge viewed from Kirby Cove, San Francisco, California, USA.

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Sometimes referred to as America’s gay capital, San Francisco hosts a fabulous Pride. The month begins with the LGBT Center’s Building The Block Purple Pride Party, featuring local resources and businesses, food, and live entertainers from around the Bay. San Francisco Pride is hosting a kickoff party on June 7, along with many other events leading up to the largest festivities on June 29 and 30. It’s one of the country’s biggest Pride parades, with live entertainment and an insane turnout. 

Institutions and businesses around San Francisco are gearing up for the month, so you’ll want to explore more to take advantage of your stay. The Golden Gate Park and Botanical Garden are musts. Plus, the city includes 30 Michelin-starred restaurants, perfect for fine dining experiences.

Denver, Colorado

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When more than half a million people make it to Denver PrideFest, you know it’s worth it. On June 22 and 23, Denver is celebrating its 50th annual Pride.  

Fitness fanatics and families alike can run and fundraise in the Pride5K on June 22. On the same day, PrideFest welcomes big names to perform. RuPaul’s Drag Race fans can look forward to sets by Alyssa Edwards, Shea Couleé, and Mirage. Plus, drag queen and environmentalist Pattie Gonia will also take the stage.

On Sunday, Colfax Avenue—America’s longest continuous commercial street—becomes home to The Coors Light Denver Pride Parade, stretching near and far to celebrate Pride. Many more community events throughout the month also embrace the LGBTQ+ scene.

The Mile High City is full of other attractions, from the Denver Botanic Gardens’ beautiful landscapes to the Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre for a touch of both nature and concerts. Stroll around the 16th Street Mall for some shopping or drive along the Mount Evans Scenic Byway for a bit of relaxation after a busy weekend. You’re sure to eat and drink like a queen.

Portland, Oregon 

Portland

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Portland Pride actually takes place in July, extending the celebration through the summer months. 

At the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival on July 20 and 21, see incredible performers like headliner Jinkx Monsoon, lovingly nicknamed “Queen of All Queens.” With two RuPaul’s Drag Race and a Broadway career under her belt, the Portland native will take over the stage in this dynamic drag show, captivating audiences and drawing attention to social justice issues at the same time. The Portland Pride Parade is July 21 this year, winding through streets downtown in the most colorful of processions.

Elsewhere in Portland, check out natural beauties like Forest Park or the Portland Japanese Garden. Eat at fan-favorite restaurants like Phuket Cafe, Kachka Lavka, and Pacific Standard

The city has lots to offer, so go ahead and explore! 

Seattle, Washington

Seattle skyline featuring the Space Needle and Mt. Rainier

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Seattle has one of the largest U.S. LGBTQ+ populations, with more than 1 in 10 individuals identifying as part of the community. So of course, Seattle goes all out in June with Seattle Pride Month.  

June 30 (Stonewall Sunday) marks Seattle’s 50th annual Parade, attracting crowds of about 300,000. Before the march, attend an official drag brunch buffet and viewing party with great sightlines to the parade at Frolik Kitchen.

If you can’t wait until the end of the month, don’t fret: June 1 starts the month off strong with Pride in the Park, featuring free events like dance performances, family-friendly activities, food trucks, Drag Queen Storytime, and much more. Explore a queer art exhibit in the Pioneer Square Art Walk to amplify youth voices, and head to the Strike A Pose Presents Studio 54 Ball on June 8. 

Explore Seattle’s glorious “gayborhoods,” like Capitol Hill, to celebrate the community or support some queer-owned spots. You might as well check off tourist must-sees, like the Space Needle, too. Witness it all from above at Kenmore Air’s Seattle Scenic Seaplane Tour or catch a breathtaking performance at the Pacific Northwest Ballet

Happy Pride!  

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