Level's guide to Seattle Pride: celebrate, support, and just have fun

This year marks Seattle's 50th annual Pride celebration. Seattle Pride will run for the entire month of June, beginning on the 1st at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, and concluding with a parade and festival at Westlake Park on June 30th. The Emerald City is ready to celebrate love, diversity, and inclusivity like never before. Whether you're a local or visiting from out of town, this comprehensive guide will ensure you make the most of your Seattle Pride experience. From exciting events to mouth-watering LGBTQ+-owned restaurants, we’ve got you covered.

Celebrate and Party This Pride Month in Seattle

1. Seattle Pride in The Park 2024 (June 1)

Dog with rainbow colored tutu necklace on for pride celebrations at Level Seattle - South Lake Union

Kick off the festivities at Seattle Pride In The Park, a vibrant celebration of LGBTQ+ community held on Capital Hill. Enjoy live performances, community booths, delicious food trucks and the chance to connect with fellow Pride-goers. There is also family-friendly activity like Drag Queen Storytime with Cookie Couture. Learn more.

2. Seattle Pride @ Pioneer Square Art Walk (June 6)

Come celebrate with Seattle Pride at the RailSpur venue during the Pioneer Square Art Walk! Explore the Pride in Seattle: 50th Anniversary Art Exhibit, curated by pride youth interns in partnership with Seattle Pride and Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center. Witness artwork from a youth public art activation, courtesy of Coyote Central and Seattle Pride. Let's gather at the historic site where the inaugural Pride organizers met in 1974, honoring the future of our community: our youth! All ages are invited to join.

4. Strike A Pose Presents Studio 54 Ball (June 8)

Strike A Pose and Seattle Pride are teaming up to present an unprecedented PRIDE ball. Honoring 50 years of PRIDE, Strike a Pose and Seattle Pride invite the community to commemorate lived experiences, engage with community resources, and embrace the chance to uplift the SeaTac Ballroom community. Learn more.

3. Queer/Pride Festival (June 28 - 30)

Immerse yourself in a weekend full of live, music, and art at the Queer/Pride Festival. With live performances, drag shows, interactive installations, and local vendors showcasing their talents, this festival promises an unforgettable experience. Learn more.

5. Seattle Pride Parade (June 30)

Seattle Pride Parade
(Image: Sunita Martini / Seattle Refined)

The highlight of Seattle Pride, the Pride Parade, is a must-see extravaganza. Join thousands of people as they march through the streets of Seattle, proudly displaying their colors, spreading love, and celebrating equality. Learn More.

Support LGBTQ+ owned Restaurants and Bars

1. Dough Joy

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Dough Joy is a donut shop that caters to both vegan enthusiasts and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community. With its year-round glitter-dusted Pride donut, you can enjoy a delectable treat while showing your support. During June, they also offer a special pink, blue, and white donut to celebrate Trans Pride.

2. Cupcake Royale

Indulge your sweet tooth at Cupcake Royale, where you'll find a wide array of delightful cupcakes. The Gay cupcake, adorned with sprinkles, is a must-try yearly special. Additionally, you can savor Pride "Cocobunnies" cupcakes topped with colorful tinted coconut shreds or opt for the mini rainbow-dyed "Gaybies."

3. Stoup Brewing

For beer enthusiasts, Stoup Brewing is a fantastic LGBTQ+ owned establishment to visit. Located in the heart of Ballard, they offer a diverse selection of finely crafted brews. Not only will you enjoy a great pint, but you'll also support a local business committed to inclusivity and community engagement.

4. Footprint Wine Tap

If you appreciate a good glass of wine, Footprint Wine Tap is the place to be. With a commitment to sustainability and showcasing unique, small-batch wines, this LGBTQ+ owned wine bar offers an exceptional tasting experience.

5. Queer Bar

Drag queen in Seattle celebrating Seattle Pride month

Dive into Seattle's LGBTQ+ nightlife scene at Queer Bar, a lively venue that hosts a range of events and performances. From drag shows to themed parties, Queer Bar offers a welcoming space to celebrate Pride and immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere.

6. Rhein Haus

Rhein Haus is not only a German-inspired beer hall but also an LGBTQ+ owned establishment known for its warm and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy traditional Bavarian cuisine, participate in friendly competitions like bocce ball, or simply unwind with friends.

7. Terra Plata

Terra Plata is a renowned restaurant that combines locally sourced ingredients with a commitment to inclusivity. Offering a diverse menu inspired by the seasons, this LGBTQ+ owned establishment ensures a memorable dining experience. Enjoy a fusion of flavors while supporting a business that values diversity.

For a more extensive list of LGBTQ+ owned restaurants and bars in Seattle, please refer to The Seattle Times’ article here. It offers a comprehensive guide to support these establishments during Seattle Pride and beyond.

Stay at Level Seattle - South Lake Union

Make your Seattle Pride experience truly extraordinary with a stay at Level Seattle – South Lake Union. A stay at Level offers spacious suites with summer-ready amenities -think two outdoor pools, BBQs, outdoor lounge areas and more. Choose from spacious studio, one, two or three-bedroom suites and enjoy 15% off the best direct rate. Plus, waived amenity fees and 5% of your stay rate will be donated to the Pacific Northwest Queer Arts Foundation supporting LGBTQIA+ artists with fair performance wages. Stay in style this Pride Month! Click here to book.

Pride in the Emerald City

Seattle Pride is a time to celebrate love, diversity, and inclusivity, and the city offers an incredible array of events, restaurants, and accommodations to make your experience unforgettable. From the lively festivities and captivating drag shows to the delectable dining options, Seattle has something for everyone. Book your stay with us and embrace the spirit of Pride in the Emerald City. Happy Pride Month🌈.