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Kinky and Cool: The Ultimate Guide to Pride in LA

By / June 5, 2018

Pride 2018 is here and it’s time to come together and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and embrace everything that makes us beautiful and unique. From wild parties where you can let your freak flag fly to quiet meditations and vibrant exhibitions, Pride really does offer something for everyone.

2018 LA Pride Parade

Santa Monica Boulevard West Hollywood (Between Fairfax and Doheny)

It's time to CELEBRATE! Join the LGBTQ+ community and their allies as they take over the streets of West Hollywood in the spirit of unity and togetherness. This event is not to be missed.


Kehlani at LA Pride 2018

West Hollywood Park

R&B sensation Kehlani headlines a loud and proud music lineup at LA Pride 2018. The event also features Icona Pop, Keri Hilson, and Kim Petras.

$30 - $250 / RSVP

Tove Lo at LA Pride 2018

West Hollywood Park

Freaky Swedish pop star Tove Lo brings her cool girl swagger to LA Pride 2018. Lineup also features Eve and Natalia Jimenez.

$30 - $250 / RSVP

LA Youth Pride Dance Party

Los Angeles LGBT Center

This glow-themed youth dance party for folks 24 and younger is a great way to kick off your Pride weekend in style (sans substances). Get your groove on with food, non-alcoholic drinks, and giveaways.

Free / RSVP

DAYBREAKER LA: Let Your Freak Flag Fly

Station 1640

Celebrate what makes you unique and beautiful at this special Pride edition of Daybreaker, an early morning party that includes coffee, yoga, dancing, non-alcoholic beverages, and breakfast treats.

$22 - $38 / RSVP

Hollywood Forever Pride Weekend Screening

Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Pride weekend is all about glitz and glamour at Cinespia, with a special screening of "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" at the Hollywood Cemetery.

$14 - $22 / RSVP

Flaunt X Submerge Pride Pool Party

W Hotel Pool Deck

DJs Harry Romero, Noir D Costas, Krusade, and Stacy Christine get wet and wild for LA Pride 2018.

$30 - $30 / RSVP

LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium

Start Pride 2018 with a home run as the Dodgers face off against the Braves for their sixth annual LGBT Night. Includes themed pregame ceremonies, special guest appearances, and post-game fireworks.

$55 - $250 / RSVP

Jeremy Novy Art Installation and LP GIOBBI Pop-Up

W Hotel Westwood

Join renowned LGBTQ street artist Jeremy Novy as he unveils his giant Koi fish-themed installation at the W Hotel. Live music and fashion pop-up by disco goddess LP Giobbi.

Free / RSVP

History and Heroes of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement Exhibition

Displayed in an empty lot at Santa Monica Blvd and Crescent Heights Boulevard, this exhibition explores the journey of the LGBTQ civil rights movement from World War II to present day.

Free / RSVP

Adelaide Drive: Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy

Monday to Thursday (11am-7pm); Friday to Saturday (10am-6pm); Sunday (12pm-4pm)

West Hollywood Library

Featuring photography by Wayne Shimabukuro and original artwork by Don Bachardy, Adelaide Drive explores the 30-year relationship between Bachardy and acclaimed novelist Christopher Isherwood.


Breathe Proud, Be Loud: Pre-Pride Breathwork Meditation

Unplug Meditation

Unplug, breathe deep, and get your chill on as you get ready to celebrate LA Pride. Teacher Amy Sandler will guide you through a breathwork meditation that is sure to empower your inner activist.

$25 / RSVP


Matthew O’Shannessy is a writer living in Los Angeles. He grew up in Tasmania, Australia and moved to LA via Melbourne where he joined an art collective and worked for the Melbourne International Film Festival. His work has been published in various magazines and he’s currently co-editing an arts anthology. He lives in Echo Park, but you can often find him scouting out the San Fernando Valley.

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