Pride month in Seattle is packed with activities that celebrate this year’s theme, “Indivisible.” The theme and all of the associated events honor how the LGBTQ+ community has stood together and alongside other marginalized groups to demand equality and celebrate diversity. From parades and marches to parties and street festivals, there are enough Pride activities to keep you busy all month long. Mark your calendars and get ready to celebrate with Seattle.
Where to participate in Seattle Pride this 2017
Three Dollar Bill Cinema is dedicated to presenting films by, for, and about LGBTQ people, and they’re making the best of last year’s films available for free during the Pride Film Festival. The screenings, 4 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, will be at the Northwest Film Forum. In addition to the free films, $10 and $40 tickets will be available for Milk, which will be shown at the Egyptian Theater. Special guest activist Cleve Jones will be available for a meet and greet before the movie and a Q&A afterward.
When: June 17, 8am – June 18, 5pm
Where: 1515 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
2. Trans Pride
For the fifth year in a row, the Gender Justice League is putting on a march and celebration to honor and champion the trans and gender non-conforming community of Seattle. The march will begin on Capitol Hill and end with a rally in Cal Anderson Park, which will include a resource fair, activist speakers, performers, and plenty of food trucks. The activities in the park will wrap up around 10pm, and the location of the afterparty will be announced from the stage.
When: June 23, 5pm
Where: Capitol Hill Light Rail Station, 140 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
3. Pride Parade
With over 200 participants, this year’s Pride Parade is sure to be a spectacular celebration of intersectionality and inclusion. The parade will once again be led by Dykes on Bikes, the chartered lesbian motorcycle club that has become a symbol of the defiance and empowerment that characterizes Pride celebrations. You’ll want to get there early for a prime sidewalk viewing of the dancers, drag performers, and bands that will be marching through the streets. Alternatively, you can beat the crowds and buy tickets for bleacher seating near one of the stages. The parade will take about 2.5 hours to cover the downtown route.
When: June 25, 11am
Where: 4th and Union to Second Avenue and Denny Way, Seattle, WA 98109
This street festival is focused on family pride and queer youth pride, and it promises to be fun for all ages. The afternoon starts with Drag Queen Storytime and will also include a water balloon toss and a doggy drag show. There will be arts and crafts activities for the kids and a beer garden to ensure the adults have some fun too. The entertainment will go all day with 2 stages featuring performers like David Banjela and Cakes Da Killa.
When: June 24, 12pm – 8pm
Where: Cal Anderson Park, 1425 Broadway, Seattle, Washington 98122
The largest free Pride festival in the country, PrideFest is also one of downtown Seattle’s busiest days of the year. With tons of food, music, and activism on display, PrideFest is a fitting culmination to a month of celebration. 3 stages will feature over 100 artists including Mary Lambert, Joey Arias, and Deven Green. New this year is a Queer Geeks and Gamers area, which will showcase console, computer, and board games and the people who create them. While the whole event is free, VIP tickets that grant backstage access are available.
When: June 25, 12pm – 8pm
Where: 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Seattle is proud of its diversity, and that is particularly evident in the LGBTQ+ community. The month of June is a celebration of that diversity. Whether you are a member of the community or an ally, Pride month in Seattle offers plenty of opportunities to celebrate, to learn, and to push for continued progress toward the goal of full equality for all.