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2019–2020 West Coast Gay Pride Calendar – Pride Festivals in LA, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and more

2019–2020 West Coast Gay Pride Calendar – Pride Festivals in LA, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, and more

California and the West Coast are home to some of the world’s largest and most inspiring Gay Pride festivals. The first of these were begun as efforts to express support and solidarity for LGBTQ rights following New York City’s infamous Stonewall Riots of 1969, and over the years they’ve spread into even relatively small cities around the world.

Some communities hold Pride-related events—including art and history exhibits, concerts, film screenings, workshops, and myriad parties—over a full week or more leading up to the main day or weekend, when there’s typically a Pride parade and festival.  And most of the larger Pride festivals feature community marketplaces or expos at which local organizations and businesses looking to reach out to the LGBTQ community appear.

California’s largest cities—Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Long Beach—all have particularly spirited Pride celebrations that draw participants and spectators from all over the world. As do cities farther up the coast, such as Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. Smaller Pride events take place up and down the West Coast, from Orange County Gay Pride in Santa Ana to Southern Oregon Gay Pride in Ashland.

Headed to the Lone Star State? Check out my 2019–2020 Texas Gay Pride calendar, which also includes festivals in neighboring states, such as New Orleans, Albuquerque, and Oklahoma City Pride. And if you’re looking for the dates of Pride on the East Coast, visit my 2019–2020 New England and Northeast Gay Pride calendar or the 2019–2020 calendar of The South and Florida Gay Pride festivals.

And if you’re looking for a fun way to visit a few cities in California on the same vacation, have a look at my California Wine Country Road Trip story for inspiration and tips.

Here’s a 2019–2020 calendar of West Coast Gay Pride festivals, with links to events throughout western North America, including California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Alaska, along with British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, and Pacific Mexico. The events below are listed in chronological order.

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San Diego Gay Guide – 2019 San Diego Gay Pride

San Diego Gay Guide – 2019 San Diego Gay Pride

2019–2020 Texas Gay Pride Calendar – Pride Festivals in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and more

2019–2020 Texas Gay Pride Calendar – Pride Festivals in Houston, Dallas, Austin, and more