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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Pride Edition

A float carrying participants in the San Diego Pride Parade waits its turn on...

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Above: A float carrying participants in the San Diego Pride Parade waits its turn on Normal Street, July 13, 2013.

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San Diego Pride is underway and the weekend is filled with celebrations, art exhibitions, theater and a historic look at San Diego's LGBTQ+ community.

San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

Music, Visual Arts

San Diego Pride brings parties, shows and events all weekend, but the biggest draw is the Pride Parade and Festival. You’ll see a variety of groups marching down University Avenue, from members of the LGBTQ+ community to representatives from local businesses and politicians.

The parade heads to Balboa Park, where there’s a two-day festival that features a performance by '90s R&B group TLC and pop star JoJo. You’ll also find informational booths, shopping, food and lots more.

Details: 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Balboa Park. Free to $200; find tickets to San Diego Pride.

LGBTQ+San Diego: Stories of Struggles and Triumphs


The San Diego History Center and Lambda Archives of San Diego present the first exhibition about San Diego's LGBTQ+ community.

Through photos, documents and videos, the exhibition focuses on various community themes including identity, persecution, pioneers, families and the future of the LGBTQ+ community in San Diego.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m .daily. San Diego History Center, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. $5; find tickets to the exhibition.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Jumper Maybach official site

A promotional photo of artist Jumper Maybach.

Jumper Maybach

Visual Arts

Texas abstract artist Jumper Maybach created a series of paintings called The Pride Collection: Introspection as a way to honor and support the LGBTQ+ community.

His pieces will be on exhibit throughout July, and during Pride, the artist will make an appearance to discuss his work and his history.

Jumper Maybach is the persona of Ben Workman, a man who adopted a clown persona after dealing with traumatic experiences at work and with his community after coming out.

Details: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Meyer Fine Art, 2400 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. Free; additional show information.



Diversionary Theatre's new Teen-Versionary program brings together young people from a variety of backgrounds to produce a new LGBTQ-themed show.

The inaugural production, "queerSpawn," is about the inner life of a teenager who has two mothers, and focuses on bullying and the stigma around the LGBTQ identity.

Details: 3 and 7 p.m. Friday, July 20. Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. $10; find tickets to "queerSpawn."


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