Seattle Pride Month 2024: 50 Years of Pride in Seattle

Half a century of activism 🏳️‍🌈

📸: Seattle Pride

📆 All of June

If Seattle is one thing, it’s proud.

As one of the gayest cities in America, the LGBTQ+ community in Seattle is strong and shows out in support of one another. That’s what makes Pride such a special time in the city—everyone is always poised to clackity-clack their fans and down to revel. Pride is all month long in June, but Seattle traditionally celebrates being queer on the last week of the month. This year, June 29th to 30th is Seattle’s 50th Pride. Like every year, Seattle PrideFest will host a big two-day party.

🏳‍🌈 PrideFest Capitol Hill
📆 Saturday, June 29th

⏰ 12 pm – 8 pm
🎟 Free to attend
📍 Broadway, Roy to John + Barbara Bailey Way/AIDS Memorial Pathway, and Cal Anderson Park

ℹ️ Full schedule coming by Memorial Day

On Saturday, the festival takes over Capitol Hill, closing Broadway Ave between E John and E Roy for vendors, food trucks, and performances. I’ve always loved Bait Shop Pride, where some of my favorite drag entertainers lip-sync in the blazing sun on a stage just outside the bar. (The perfect moment for Jello shots.)

🏳‍🌈 PrideFest Seattle Center
📆 Sunday, June 30th

⏰ 12 pm – 8 pm
🎟 Free to attend
📍 Seattle Center

ℹ️ Full schedule coming by Memorial Day

Then, on Sunday, loads of hungover gay people lounge around the PrideFest Seattle Center ground, watching more musical and dance performances or cooling off in the big fountain. It also serves as a landing place for the Seattle Pride Paradewhich takes place earlier that morning with hundreds of groups marching downtown and usually around 300,000 paradegoers cheering on the past, present, and future of the LGBT community.

Though not officially apart of the Seattle Pride organization, Queer/BarRhein HausThe Cuff, and Wildrose all host big festivals and parties, typically just outside their respective bars on Pride weekend. You should also keep an eye on queer-focused clubs like Kremwerk and new-to-the-scene Massive for all your late-night dance music needs. And, of course, there will be tons of one-off Pride events hosted by clubs, bars, and restaurants across the city, not just on Pride weekend but throughout June. Clear your schedule!

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Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.