Artful Parties, Protests, Parades, & Pride in SF

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SF Pride 2017 parade. Photo courtesy of The San Francisco Examiner

It’s a big week for outdoor festivities, the whole city is going to be lit up to celebrate PRIDE, and there are lots of wonderful and artsy things to join in on this week.


A group of Bay Area residents will create a spectacle in front of San Francisco ICE headquarters Friday, June 22nd at 4:30 PM to protest the separation from parents and continued detainment of children attempting to immigrate to the United States through a performance piece. Despite the new executive order signed on June 20th claiming to cease these separations, no plan has been made to return children to their families as they experience this ongoing trauma and indefinite detention is no solution.

WHAT: Anti-ICE protest for detained children
WHEN: Friday June 22nd at 4:30pm-5:30pm
WHERE: In front of ICE Office, 630 Sansome St, SF, CA
VISUALS: protest theater, “children” in cages, “guards”

The Gallalery Party

The Last Cat Presents: Nowhere Fast ~ Albert Reyes & Pacolli

The Gallalery is a nod to the Mission of yesteryear when artists roamed free and rent was reasonable.  If you want to see some dope art and some good peeps, check out the opening reception of the upcoming duo show featuring El Sereno’s favorite son Albert Reyes, and Brazil’s beloved daughter Pacolli, for an art show showcasing the road going Nowhere Fast.

Saturday at 6 PM – 10 PM

The Galallery

180 Capp St, San Francisco

Caili O’Doherty Quartet

How about some Jazz in the Mission?  NYC-based pianist Caili O’Doherty brings her quartet to the Red Poppy for the first time, joined by two Bay Area natives. The performance includes original jazz compositions and arrangements from O’Doherty’s debut album, Padme, as well as new material being prepared for her next record.
Saturday at 7:30 PM – 10 PM


Don’t be weird.  Stop by for the ‘electric exhibition’ by one of the world’s most famous contemporary artists Takashi Murakami. It features the artist’s signature FLOWER works and other highly collectible works of art.  Apparently, the gallery wants you to rsvp, because Martin Lawrence is fancy.

Martin Lawrence Galleries
366 Geary Street (Union Square)

artspan open studios signup

Open Studios is a magical month where SF artists open up their collectives and studios to the public each weekend, art parties abound!  If you’re an artist in SF and want to participate in OS this October and November (along with 800 emerging and established San Francisco artists) you gotta signup and get in touch.

Registration will end July 11, 2018

Open Studios Signup & Artspan Membership info here



Pink Love on Pride Weekend

Pink Mammoth and The Great Northern present the 6th annual Pink Mammoth block party, one of the West Coast’s city’s largest outdoor deep house music events. Proceeds from the event enable Pink Mammoth to fund its annual production at Burning Man and offerings throughout the year. This is a staple of SF Pride’s weekend festivities and a celebration of music, food, art, and pink love.

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
12 PM – 9 PM
The Great Northern SF

LakeFest Oakland 2018

Saturday at 11 AM – 7 PM
Lake Merritt Boating Center

Lake Merritt reflects the heart and soul of Oakland. This Lake Merritt event will showcase the people and elements of our city that Oaklanders love and that visitors want to be a part of. Music, food, art and play will be on display, highlighting the talent of our town from old school innovators to the young entrepreneurs and trend setters. This will be a positive day in the sun at The Boathouse on the Lake.



San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

The world premiere of a spectacular new musical composed by and starring Tony Award-nominee Andrew Lippa. Celebrate the courage, passion and triumph through the untold stories of the LGBTQ community over the last 120 years.

275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Friday, June 22 — 8:00 pm (Buy tickets)
Saturday, June 23 — 2:30 pm (Buy tickets)
Saturday, June 23 — 8:00 pm (Buy tickets)



Market Street, from Embarcadero to Civic Center. San Francisco Pride is one of the oldest and largest LGBTQIA parades in the world. Contingents march through the heart of the city, along Market Street, with more than 100,000 spectators. This year we welcome over 280 contingents.

Celebration and Rally
Sat, June 23, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Civic Center Plaza

Parade is Sunday, June 24th, 10:30 AM
Market Street, from Embarcadero to Civic Center.

25th Annual LaborFest SF

LaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival.  There is a month long schedule labor inspired programing.

July 1 – 31

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