Igniting Strong Voices

Enjoy the Festival

For the fourth year in a row, the 2018 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.

 2018 Pride Parade route and Festival location.

2018 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.


2018 festival Map

 2018 Map of the Pride Festival Grounds between Cathcart Street, Cedar Street, and Lincoln Street.   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.

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 include:

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

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

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