December 6, 2023
On the finish of the 2019 San Diego Satisfaction Parade, spectators collect underneath a big rainbow flag as it’s moved alongside the parade route. Photograph by Chris Stone

San Diego Satisfaction hosts a giant parade, sure, however there’s SO a lot happening within the days main as much as July 15. Name it Satisfaction Week Plus if you’ll.

Satisfaction, which celebrates the LGBTQ neighborhood, additionally has some bragging rights because the area’s largest civic occasion.

This yr, although has a little bit of a somber solid, as Satisfaction carefully follows the Supreme Courtroom determination that seems to sanction discrimination in opposition to the LGBTQ neighborhood in instances that contain the First Modification.

“Whereas we’re disheartened by this ruling, it strengthens our resolve. San Diego Satisfaction won’t retreat,” wrote Government Director Fernando Z. López. “We pledge to hold on the wrestle for full equality and liberation of our neighborhood. We face adversity with defiance and hope, decided to create a world the place love conquers discrimination and all of us can thrive.”

“Thrive” refers back to the parade theme this yr, however many occasions precede and observe the massive day, July 15, beginning this weekend. Right here’s a number of what’s occurring from this Friday on, main as much as the parade by Hillcrest and the next pageant at Balboa Park.

Most of the occasions are free, however some require tickets, together with the Satisfaction Competition.

Black Satisfaction

Consists of Friday’s Mini-Ball Vol. 4, billed as an “Ode to Ballroom” on the Rail SD, 3796 Fifth Ave., in Hillcrest and “Wealthy’s Day Occasion” at Wealthy’s, 1051 College Ave., on Saturday. Tickets value $15 for the 9 p.m. Friday social gathering and $25 for the day social gathering at 3 p.m. Saturday. The occasions characteristic the the Black Satisfaction Competitors, drag performers, distributors, hiphop, meals vehicles and extra.


Hillcrest Satisfaction Flag, 1500 College Ave., midday Saturday, contains reside music and a number of workshops together with “Mutual Assist: Organizing for Higher and Extra Resilient Queer Communities,” “Queer Entrepreneurship Resilience,” and “Decentering Cis-ness.”

Gentle Up the Cathedral

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave., 7 p.m. Wednesday, hosted by Dean Penny Bridges, joined by different religion leaders for the lighting of the church in rainbow colours.

Satisfaction Block Occasion

The 2-day fest – starting at 4 p.m. Thursday and a pair of p.m. July 14 – at Satisfaction Plaza, 3900 Regular St., contains native and worldwide performers, a cocktail bar and beer backyard, meals vehicles, drag reveals, go-go dances, a Ferris wheel, dancing and extra. Passes begin at $40.

The Jamul Indian Village of the Kumeyaay Nation participates in the parade.
The Jamul Indian Village of the Kumeyaay Nation participates within the 2018 Satisfaction parade. Photograph by Chris Stone

Satisfaction Parade

Hillcrest Satisfaction Flag, is the start line, at 10 a.m. July 15. The 1.5-mile route heads west from College and Regular Road, turning south on Sixth, then left onto Balboa Drive earlier than ending at Quince Road. Throngs are anticipated to line the route, so arrive early and be affected person – there might be visitors and detours.

The free parade contains army and bike contingents, with these in drag being honored because the Neighborhood Grand Marshals. Should you’re an early riser, the day begins with the 8 a.m. Satisfaction 5K (which occurred to lift $40,000 final yr).

For shuttles, park on the Previous Naval Hospital at Park Boulevard and President’s Approach. Shuttles run from 7 a.m. to three p.m. for the parade. Should you select to arrange on the parade kickoff, then wish to head to the pageant, there might be categorical shuttles going from Essex and Richmond streets to Sixth Avenue and Juniper Road till 4 p.m.

For individuals who want accessibility vans, the automobiles might be on name for each the parade and pageant from 8 a.m. to midnight on July 15 and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 16. Ask a volunteer on the shuttle cease for help.

Satisfaction Competition

Balboa Park, Sixth and Laurel, 11 a.m. July 15-16, pageant options cubicles, meals, artwork and greater than 100 performers on 4 levels.

Saturday’s performers embrace Etari, Drew G, Jake Zyrus the llustrious Blacks, Moore Kismet and headliner, Princess Nokia. On Sunday, the slate contains the Scarlet Opera,  David Archuleta and headliner Saucy Santana. Particular fest areas embrace a Zen Backyard, Youngsters’s Backyard, Transtopia, Black Satisfaction Useful resource Space and the Mundo Latino stage.

Admission begins at $32 for in the future, with two-day passes at $38, prematurely. For seniors, tickets are $15 on the field workplace. These of high-school age or youthful are admitted free.

For shuttles, park on the Previous Naval Hospital at Park and President’s Approach. Shuttles run to Sixth and Juniper Road from 8 a.m. to midnight July 16. The subsequent day, they run 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

Accessibility vans are additionally out there for the pageant.

To bike or take a scooter to the pageant, go away them on the bike and scooter corral on the nook of Balboa Drive and El Prado.

Unite Music Competition Sea Occasion

Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, 4 p.m. July 15, with laser DJ sales space, LED partitions, pyro options, gorgeous sea creature dancer costumes, reside sea visuals and lighting. DJs embrace headliner CALAGNA, Soiled Kurty, Sharon O’Love and Mor Avrahami. Tickets value $99.


Doubletree by Hilton in Mission Valley, 2 p.m. July 16. The lineup options some heavy hitters from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” – 2018 champ Aquaria and runner-up Kameron Michaels, together with All-Stars 1 winner Chad Michaels. Features a pre-show warm-up and two post-show pool events. Tickets begin at $39.