Pride Guide

Santa Cruz, CA Gay Pride – The Hit List

By: Brodie

Sponsored by the progressive cities Diversity Center, this sleepy art and college town comes together—and alive!—Sunday, June 6th for their 36th annual Pride Parade and Festival. Sure to be packed with the artistic communities finest minds, fantastic local wine and beer and all the happy, hippie granola guys you could ever want, this seaside Pride celebration might be one of the most beautiful in the country. This year’s theme is One Community/Una Comunidad and this laid back California little jewel is coming together for a big blow out. Even their after parties have after parties! Get more info and official times at

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Santa_cruz_gay_parade_june_112 SATURDAY

11 AM
Starts at Pacific Avenue and Cathcart in downtown Santa Cruz.
Led by Dykes on Bikes, with Cheer San Francisco setting the pace, followed by this years’ Grand Marshals.
Click here for the Parade route.

12-5 PM
San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Street, between Water Street and Soquel Avenue. 
Food booths, local artists, entertainment and me oh my, a fabulous Cantina, featuring local Santa Cruz Beers and Wines—a favorite last year. Come by and check it out! 

The Official Pride After Party
1209 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 429-8070

What once was Dakota’s is still the only place to dance in downtown SC.
Door donations support Pride Santa Cruz.

Mad House
529 Seabright Avenue,
Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3451
(831) 425-2900
The locals after party.
Door donations support Pride Santa Cruz.


Blue Lagoon Cocktail Lounge
923 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-7117
$3 drink specials every day at this dance club that’s known as the meatiest of meat markets out there. Sounds delish.

Mad House
529 Seabright Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 425-2900

Parish Publick House
841 Almar Ave

Santa Cruz, CA 95067
(831) 421-0507
A beer drinker’s delight, there’s a draft to compliment every dish on the menu. Try their salmon fish and chips, made with beer batter.

99 Bottles of Beer On The Wall
110 Walnut Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 459-9999
YES! Someone finally named a bar after that song. While the food is so-so, the beer gets bonus points for sheer variety, Chocolate stout? They got it. Pomegranate beer? That too.


Chaminade Hotel and Spa
One Chaminahe Lane
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

The Adobe on Green Street Bed and Breakfast
The quiet B&B for grown up getaways, located in downtown SC.
103 Green Street
Santa Cruz, California, 95060

Coastview Inn
301 Beach Street,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Admission to Santa Cruz Pride is totally free.

It’s a Tobacco free environment, so leave your smokes at home.

Be sure to bring you I.D. to get into the alcohol available designated areas.

No proud puppies this year; service animals only.


Take advantage of free valet bike parking (fancy!) provided by People Power.

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