10+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Film Series
This June, The Alcazar Theatre is showcasing a weekend of LGBTQIA+ films all starting at 7 p.m.. Tune in on Thursday, June 9 to “Pride,” Friday, June 10 to “Whip It,” Saturday, June 11 to “Paris is Burning” and Sunday, June 12 to “Brokeback Mountain.”
Cost: $10 per ticket.

Pride Sunday Presented by Seven Bar & Kitchen and Cutler’s Artisan Spirits
On Sunday, June 12, Seven Bar & Kitchen and Cutlers Distillery will join forces in bringing Santa Barbara, where guests can enjoy the signature drink, “Elton Jon Daly,” and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pacific Pride Foundation. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy live music from Le Funk Sounds and stick around for the free drink tickets and prizes hidden throughout the bar.

Sunset at the Kimpton Canary Hotel
In collaboration with the Pacific Pride Foundation, Sunset at the Canary is back for another summer of music, dancing and drinks at dusk. Offered on June 15, July 13 and Aug. 24, 2022 this summer, boogie on up to the rooftop of the Kimpton Canary Hotel for this free event. 

Drag Yourself Out: Sober Sets at Soul Bites Restaurant
Pair a comedy and drag show with a mocktail (or two)  on June 24 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with Sam Bear of Bear Cave Comedy at Soul Bites Restaurant.
Cost: Tickets start at $25 per person.

Crush Bar & Tap
Crush Bar & Tap prides itself in its weekly events to celebrate Pride all year long. On Sundays, enjoy Sunday Sessions: An afternoon of live music and cocktails. Thursday evenings, sing your heart out at Karaoke Night starting at 7 p.m. and on Fridays, Crush Bar & Tap hosts a RuPaul All Stars Viewing Party at 8 p.m. 

Glitter Brunch at Wildcat Lounge
Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Offered year-round, what better way to kick off a Sunday in Santa Barbara with a drag, glitter brunch at Wildcat Lounge? This weekly event is hosted by Vivan Storm and Angel D’mon.
Cost: $5 at the door, plus the cost of dining. This event is sure to sell out, so reservations are recommended.

Pacific Pride Festival
Saturday, Aug. 27, attend the annual Pacific Pride Festival, where a variety of local vendors, entertainment, food and libations will benefit the Pacific Pride Foundation. This is the first year the festival will take place since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

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 LGBTQIA-friendly creative location, with both daytime and evening activities.

Pura Luna Apothecary
Owned by wife duo Ashe and Christin, this boutique has everything from hair care, teas, jewelry and perfumes. It’s the ultimate one-stop-shop for all things related to self-care and wellness and a wonderful business to support outside of just Pride Month. Be sure not to miss the colorful rainbow flower display framing their Chapala Street shop! 

PRIDE SPECIAL OFFERS

Love is Love
For the entire month of June, visit The Lark, Loquita, La Paloma Café, Lucky Penny, Pearl Social and Santa Barbara Wine Collective are serving up beverages to celebrate Pride Month. Sip on drinks like the Letters to Paris, Frosé and Bésame and $1 from each purchase will directly support the Pacific Pride Foundation.

The Legend Pride and McConnell’s x SeaVees Sprinkled with Pride Sneakers
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. Choose between The Legend Pride or the Sprinkled with Pride—in collaboration with McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams—sneakers to walk with pride all year long.

Support National Pride Month with Deckers Brands
All month long, Deckers Brands (UGG, Koolaburra by UGG, HOKA, Teva and Sanuk) will be donating 10% of its sales to the Pacific Pride Foundation.

Pride Croissants at Alessia Pâtisserie
Did somebody say rainbow croissants? For a limited time, Alessia Pâtisserie is offering the Pride-themed pastry to celebrate National Pride Month.

Rainbow Shots at The Cruisery
Toast to Pride Month with vibrant rainbow shots at The Cruisery, a State Street staple for refreshing libations.

Rainbow Cupcakes at Crushcakes & Café
Grab a colorful sweet treat from the popular Crushcakes & Café in support of Pride Month.

U-Gay Pride Doughnut at Hook & Press Donuts
Sink your teeth into this Pride-themed gourmet doughnut, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit Pacific Pride Foundation. This traditional sour cream cake doughnut is complete with an ube glaze, funfetti sprinkles, edible gold glitter and a pink, white and blue buttercream ribbon that represents the trans flag.

Rainbow Bao at Secret Bao
Bao buns—but make them every color of the rainbow.