San Diego

With San Diego’s nightlife, arts, culture and vibrant LGBT community, it’s absolutely no wonder why the city is considered a top travel destination for gay and lesbian tourists. Hillcrest, home to the city’s LGBT hub, is an exciting historical district that celebrates diversity year-round with a vast array of locally owned restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and shops.

Although our beautiful destination hosts several LGBT community-focused activities throughout the year, here are three upcoming events that are perfect for planning your San Diego getaway in 2015.

1. Saturday, May 2: Out at the Park

San Diego LGBT Pride’s annual “Out at the Park” is going to be more fun than ever! Join hundreds of other members of the LGBT community and enjoy America’s favorite pastime as the San Diego Padres take on the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. Tailgate begins at 2:15 PM and the game begins at 5:40 PM. Purchase tickets here.

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Courtesy of Petco Park

2. Friday–Sunday, July 17–19: San Diego Pride Weekend

San Diego’s annual Pride festivities are among the largest in the country, attracting over 250,000 people each year.

Courtesy of San Diego Pride

Courtesy of San Diego Pride

July 17: Pride of Hillcrest Block Party
7–11 PM

According to Eddie Reynoso, board member of the Hillcrest Business Association, “The Pride of Hillcrest Block Party is the big ‘can’t miss’ of Pride weekend. It’s a very special event. There are very few places in the nation where people can take over the streets and congregate around the Pride flag.”

July 18: Pride 5K
9:30–11 AM

The 2015 Pride 5K Run and Walk starts and finishes at University Avenue and Centre Street. Purchase tickets here.

July 18: Pride Parade
11 AM–2 PM

The San Diego Pride Parade is among the largest in the country, attracting over 100,000 cheering spectators each year. The parade begins at the Hillcrest Pride Flag at University Avenue and Normal Street, proceeds west on University Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, turns left onto Balboa Drive and ends at Laurel Street. For more information, click here.

July 18 & 19: Pride Festival
12–8 PM

The annual San Diego Pride Music Festival in Balboa Park includes multiple stages of entertainment, more than 200 musicians, bands, comedians, and dancers, marvelous shopping at more than 300 participating vendor booths, an art exhibit, cultural presentations, and great food. For more information, click here.

3. August (TBD): CityFest Street Fair

CityFest takes places annually in the heart of Hillcrest and attracts over 150,000 people each year with live entertainment, street vendors, arts, crafts, food and a beer garden.

Courtesy of Kristina Lee Photography

Courtesy of Kristina Lee Photography

Be sure to leave time to decompress afterwards at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, where you’ll find plenty of additional activities at your fingertips… or, you can choose to do nothing at all. Either way, our fabulous team members look forward to welcoming you!

 

Melissa