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On Tap

San Francisco Pride Weekend: A Celebration of Diversity

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The first weekend of summer and the last weekend of June will draw an estimated one million people into the city for the world-famous Pride celebration. While Pride weekend will take center stage in the city this weekend, don’t forget that the San Francisco Giants will begin a six game home stand on Friday. Muni service will be increased and get you out to AT&T Park for those games against the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies. Now, here's what you can expect during this weekend's Pride events.

Muni Contingent in 2016 SF Pride Parade
The SFMTA contingent during the 2016 Pride Parade. SFMTA Photo Archive

Pride Weekend

Friday through Sunday
Castro and Civic Center

"A Celebration of Diversity” is the theme of this year’s San Francisco Pride festivities which will begin Friday night with the Trans March procession from Dolores Park to the Tenderloin. Saturday will feature the Dyke March as it makes its way from Dolores Park to the Castro. Also on Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people will make their way to the Civic Center Plaza for the Pride Celebration, which will feature music and dance performances on several stages plus appearances by nationally and internationally recognized LGBT stars.

Attendees should expect delays entering the celebration in Civic Center Plaza as there will be metal detectors, a combination of walk-through machines and hand-held wands, at all entry points into the plaza on both days. All bags will be searched. Bags larger than 18 inches by 18 inches will not be permitted. For more details on Pride Celebration security, please visit the event website.

For alerts from the city's emergency services, sign up for the city’s emergency text notifications by texting (415) 888-7777 with the message “alertsf.”

How to Get There on Muni: Metro service will be increased to accommodate additional riders. Due to street closures and service reroutes, we recommend that participants and attendees use the Muni Metro subway to either Castro, Church, Van Ness, or Civic Center stations to attend all the festivities. For complete details on all service adjustments that will take place this weekend, please visit our Pride service alert page.

Muni service note: Service on routes in and around the Castro (F Market, J Church, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 33 Ashbury/18th, 35 Eureka, 37 Corbett, and 55 16th Street) and near the Civic Center (5 Fulton, 19 Polk, and 21 Hayes) will have reroutes. Due to heavy ridership, delays will be possible on all Muni Metro lines. Please allow extra travel time.

Pride Parade

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Market Street

An estimated one million people, possibly more, are expected to line both sides of Market Street for the showcase event of the weekend, the world renown Pride Parade. Described as the “largest gathering of LGBT people in the nation,” this annual spectacle will feature over one-hundred contingents, vibrantly festooned floats and thousands of enthusiastic participants. Beginning at Market and Beale streets the parade will travel westward to Market and 8th streets where the parade will terminate.

How to Get There on Muni: Metro service will be increased to accommodate additional riders. Due to street closures and an influx of pedestrian traffic, public transportation will be your best option. Utilize the Muni Metro subway to any of the downtown stations for parade viewing. 

Muni service note: All Muni service that either operates on or crosses Market Street between Beale and Eight streets will have reroutes or switchbacks. F Market streetcars will operate along The Embarcadero only. Mission Street will be transit only between The Embarcadero and South Van Ness Avenue.

Reminder: J Church Stop Changes at Balboa Park

Due to construction for the Balboa Park Station Area and Plaza Improvement Project, the J Church Line will continue to serve alternate stops on San Jose Avenue until the fall.

For details, please visit our Green Light Rail Center Track Replacement Project page.

Van Ness Construction Reminder

All left turn lanes on Van Ness Avenue have been removed with the exceptions of those at Broadway (southbound), Lombard Street (northbound) and temporarily at Hayes Street (northbound).

Van Ness traffic lanes have been reduced from three to two on these segments:

  • Northbound from Post to Filbert Street
  • Southbound from Filbert to Washington Street

For complete details on these changes, please visit our Van Ness Improvement Project page.

“On Tap” gives you a heads up about the big events in town and what Muni routes and lines will get you to the party. Look for this feature to be posted usually on Wednesdays for a look ahead to the weekend. Check out our Weekend Traffic & Transit Advisory for more details.