This weekend, June 23-24, Pridefest and related events draws huge crowds for two days of celebrating Seattle’s LGBTQ community at one of the city’s biggest summer festivals.
On Saturday, June 23, the Capitol Hill Pride March and Rally celebrates diversity and LGBTQ pride and commemorates Stonewall and local history with a march, music, speakers, entertainment and activities including the popular annual Capitol Hill Pride Doggie Drag Costume Contest. PrideFest Capitol Hill hosts Family Pride activities and entertainment from 1 to 4 p.m. and Queer Youth Pride programming from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cal Anderson Park, plus events along Broadway. From noon to 9 p.m., DJs and performers will take the Main Stage at Harrison Street. Also on Capitol Hill: the Seattle Dyke March, beginning with a rally featuring speakers and performers, and followed by a parade through the neighborhood.
On Sunday, the main event arrives: the 44th annual Seattle Pride Parade. This year’s theme is “Pride Beyond Borders,” a celebration of diversity within the LGBTQ community and a reminder of the work that must be done to resist discrimination and violence.
Announcer stages with nearby beer gardens can be found at Westlake Park and two other locations along the route. KIRO 7 News will livestream the parade in its entirety and broadcast a one-hour highlight show at 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
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As with all big events, allow plenty of time to get to the parade, and expect crowds and street closures. Public transportation, biking and walking are good options to get to the event.
Sunday’s festivities continue at PrideFest Seattle Center, a celebration of LGBTQ arts and culture and the largest free Pride festival in the country. The fest features entertainment on the Main Stage, Fountain Stage and Mural Stage, plus vendors and community organizations.
Trans Pride Seattle
Time: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 22
Location: Seattle Central College Plaza, Broadway East and East Pine Street, Seattle
More info: seattlepride.org/event/trans-pride-seattle
Capitol Hill Pride March and Rally
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23; Capitol Hill Pride March, 10 a.m.; concert, 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 23
Place: Seattle Central College, 1701 Broadway, Seattle
More info: capitolhillpridefestival.info
PrideFest Capitol Hill
Time: noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 23
Location: Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., and along Broadway, Seattle
More info: seattlepridefest.org/schedule
Seattle Dyke March and Rally
Time: Rally, 5 p.m., march, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23
Location: Seattle Central College, 1701 Broadway, Seattle
More info: seattledykemarch.com
Seattle Pride Parade
Time: 11 a.m. Sunday, June 24
Location: Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Denny Way; announcer stages with nearby beer gardens, Westlake Park, Fourth Avenue and Pine Street; Fourth Avenue and Bell Street; and Fourth Avenue and Denny Way, Seattle
More info: seattlepride.org
Time: Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 24
Location: Seattle Center, Seattle