Santa Barbara Pride is back with a week of festivities hosted by the Pacific Pride Foundation.
“It’s the largest LGBTQ annual gathering along the Central Coast,” said Tyson Halseth, the foundation’s director of development.
More than 20 community organizations will be part of Pride Week, which kicks off Sunday.
“Pride should be a place where all members of our community feel welcome, and we’re excited about partnerships with other community organizations that will make this year’s festival the most accessible and inclusive ever,” PPF Executive Director Kristin Flickinger said in a statement to Noozhawk.
It will be the first Santa Barbara Pride celebration since 2019.
“This is something that we do for the community. The intention is not to be a fundraiser. This always has been about keeping it accessible to as many people as possible,” Halseth said.
While larger cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco host their events in June, other communities in California celebrate Pride from May to November, according to Halseth.
“There’s a lot to talk about, a lot happening in our communities,” Halseth said. “It’s great for us all to be together and celebrate, but it’s also about coming back to our roots and recognizing our history and the progress we made, but that there is still work that needs to be done.”
On Sunday, SOhO is hosting Girly Q from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The party to benefit PPF will have performances by Jennifer Coday, Jayne Wayne, Audrey Stewart and DJ Darla Bea. It’s a 21-or-older event. Tickets are $23 to $75. Click here to purchase tickets.
On Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Kimpton Canary Hotel is hosting a sunset watch party on the rooftop. The event is free to attend and will feature musical performances by Talitha Gabrielle and DJ Darla Bea.
Also on Wednesday, Crush Bar & Tap will be hosting Pride karaoke at 8 p.m. The event is for everyone age 21 or older and is free to attend.
There will be a Pride picnic next Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Mission Rose Garden hosted by Gay Santa Barbara and Great Outdoors Santa Barbara and Ventura. The event is free, and attendees are encouraged to wear their best Pride attire.
Local and visiting drag kings and queens will perform at the Wildcat Lounge on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.
At 8 p.m. next Friday, Backstage will host a Pride Kickoff Party with a happy hour and dueling pianos. The night also will feature performances by local and visiting queer artists such as Rossi, Rquelle Starr, Viivian Storm, Angel and D’mon. The 21-or-older event is presented by Gay Santa Barbara. Click here to purchase tickets for either event.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, the Pacific Pride Festival will take place in Chase Palm Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is free for all ages and will include a local food, beer and wine garden as well as live entertainment and speakers. Following the festivities, Wildcat Lounge will host a Pride After Party at 8 p.m.
To finish off the week, Wildcat Lounge will be hosting a Glitter Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.