Ways to Celebrate Pride in Santa Barbara

While June is officially National Pride Month, the Santa Barbara South Coast is proud to observe it all year long. From special events and offerings to limited edition wares, The American Riviera® sure knows how to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. No matter how you participate in this year’s festivities, there’s an event for you on this list. 

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Pride Events and Activities

Though many Pride events are celebrated during June in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara’s official Pride Week takes place every August and features a variety of events, including comedy, dancing, an annual festival and more. This year’s pride week will be held Aug. 19-25, with the signature Pride Festival on Aug. 24.

Pacific Pride Festival, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join the community for an unforgettable celebration of love, diversity, and inclusivity at Pacific Pride Festival in Santa Barbara! This free, all-day event will feature a variety of local vendors, entertainment, food and libations benefiting Pacific Pride Foundation. Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or an ally, Pride at the Beach in Santa Barbara is an opportunity to stand together and celebrate the community’s shared commitment to love, respect and celebration. This event is a part of Santa Barbara Pride Week.

Sunset at the Kimpton Canary Hotel, May 9-Sept. 18 from 6-8 p.m.
In collaboration with the Pacific Pride Foundation, Sunset at the Canary is back for another summer of music, dancing and drinks at dusk. Boogie up to the Kimpton Canary Hotel rooftop for this free event.  This event is a part of Santa Barbara Pride Week.

Glitter Brunch at Wildcat Lounge, Every Sunday at 11 a.m.
Offered year-round, what better way to kick off a Sunday in Santa Barbara with a drag, glitter brunch at Wildcat Lounge? The weekly event is hosted by Vivian Storm and Angel D’mon at 11 a.m. This event is a part of Santa Barbara Pride week.
Cost: $10 at the door, plus the cost of dining. Reservations are recommended.

The Crafter’s Library
A dedicated co-working space for all types of crafts, The Crafter’s Library opened in 2021 with the motto, “anyone can craft,” in mind. The space is dedicated to the idea that no matter who you are or your perceived skill level, you can create something extraordinary by purchasing a day or annual pass. Owner Andrew Rawls, who identifies as a gay man, says the goal was to create a bright and cheery community space, citing the need for a safe, BIPOC and LGBTQ-friendly creative location, with both daytime and evening activities.


SeaVees x Pacific Pride Foundation
These locally designed sneakers by SeaVees were created with pride in mind in partnership with the Pacific Pride Foundation, where $5 of each purchase will directly benefit the organization for sales year-round. The Pride edition of the classic Monterey Sneaker is donned with vibrant design notes inspired by the Progress Pride Flag.

Deckers Brands x Pacific Pride Foundation
In honor of National Pride Month, Deckers Brand Showcase in Goleta will be donating a portion of its sales back to the Pacific Pride Foundation. Need a new pair of walking or running shoes? Shop Hoka. Need some slippers? Shop UGG. Need some hiking boots? Shop Teva. Need some Pacific Pride Foundation-branded yoga slings or slip ons? Shop Sanuk for pride community-inspired artwork on modern versions of classic Sanuk Styles, in addition to two new styles (and gender inclusive sizing!).