Turning the Tide

Enjoy the Festival

For the fifth year in a row, the 2019 Festival will again be at the Pride Festival grounds located between Cathcart, Cedar, and Lincoln. (Where the Wednesday Farmers Market meets.) The parade will travel from Pacific & Church, down Pacific Avenue towards the ocean.

Pride Parade route and Festival location.

Pride Parade route and Festival location.

The Pride Festival Grounds will be set up with on stage Entertainment, room to Dance, Vendors, Food Trucks, Kid's space, and places to sit in the shade.

Santa Cruz Pride celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community in Santa Cruz County.

What to Expect?

The Pride Festival will features a stage with LGBTQ musicians, spoken word artists, and other performers. All ages are welcome and the Parade and Festival is a family friendly atmosphere, with an youth area in the festival grounds. A bounce house will be available for children.


2019 festival Map

The 2019 map is not available yet. It will be similar to last years map shown here. Please check back closer to the event for this years map.

2018 Map of the Pride Festival Grounds between Cathcart Street, Cedar Street, and Lincoln Street.  (Check back for this years map and vendor list.)    Click here for List of Vendors and their location on map.

2018 Map of the Pride Festival Grounds between Cathcart Street, Cedar Street, and Lincoln Street. (Check back for this years map and vendor list.)

Click here for List of Vendors and their location on map.

Entertainment at the Festival

What kind of entertainment will you find the festival? The stage will feature a variety of entertainers. Entertainment for 2018 included:

In between acts, Rob Watson of Out in Santa Cruz (on KSCO AM 1080) will interview a collection of fascinating guests with his lively and insightful questions


2018 Show Schedule

(2019 Schedule to be published closer to the event.)

12:00-12:25  STELLARIA AERIAL ENTERTAINMENT

12:30-12:35 INTRODUCING THE GRAND MARSHALLS

12:40-12:55  FROOTIE FLAVORS

1:00-1:30  MOMMA’S BOYZ

1:35-1:45  ROB & GUEST

1:50-2:00  CHEER SF & UCSC CHEER

2:05-2:25  DARK ROSE CABARET            

2:30-2:40  ROB & GUEST

2:45-3:30  THROWN-OUT BONES

3:35-3:45  ROB & GUEST

3:50-4:45  BEARCOON


2018 Food Options

(2019 Food Options Coming Soon)

Food trucks, the Choke Coach, Saucey'z, El Buen Taco, Drunk Monkey's, and Auntie LaLi’s Ice Cream Truck will be parked at the festival grounds throughout the day. Or, visit Hula’s Island Grill for a classic Hawaiian Shave Ice.


THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SANTA CRUZ PRIDe Festival  

  • All ages are welcome at the festival!

  • Admission to the festival is free, but there is a suggested donation of $5.00 to help offset the cost of putting on the Parade and Festival.

  • This is an alcohol and tobacco-free event. (Alcohol is available from businesses near the festival grounds.)

  • Service animals only please.

  • Any political statements, actions or endorsements made by participants in the Santa Cruz County Pride Parade and Festival are not necessarily the opinions expressed by the Santa Cruz Pride Committee.

Where to Park?

Parking lots near parade and festival