Pride of Hillcrest Block Party kicks off Pride and this year it's free

Get ready San Diego, the Pride of Hillcrest Block Party is back, and this year it's a free event. The celebration is presented by iHeart Media and San Diego County Credit Union and is inclusive adhering to the theme: “Find Your Home Here.” This will kick off San Diego Pride immediately following the Spirit of Stonewall Rally. 

In order to attend you need to register at PrideBlockParty.com. Generous donations from the community will cover the cost of the party. This annual event celebrates all the sights, sounds and people who make Hillcrest one of the most diverse and culturally historic LGBT neighborhoods in California. 

"Pride has a rich history in San Diego, but an even richer history in Hillcrest, where the LGBTQ community has found acceptance, freedom, and a home to express and live out their authentic lives," said Hillcrest Business Association Executive Director Benjamin Nicholls. "We invite the entire community to come out to the Pride Block Party and find your home here. “

As always Hillcrest will come alive with heart-thumping music and pop culture celebrity guests including stars from RuPaul's Drag Race like Phi Phi O’Hara, Vanessa “Miss Vanjie” Mateo, Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams, Detox, all performing to the mixing arts of Rich's resident  DJ K-Swift.  Los Angeles’ very own drag celebutant Allusia Allusia will host.

And don't forget the many food trucks, laser light shows, and sexy go-go dancers. Add in the giant Ferris Wheel and a 65-foot Pride flag and the spirit of Pride is complete. Adults can enjoy a vodka cocktail bar and Miller-Coors beer garden.

Before you head to the party at night, jump-charge your soul at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally at 6 pm to honor those in the community who have worked tirelessly within the community to bring us where we are today. 

Executive Director of San Diego Pride, Fernando Lopez reflects on the beginning of Spirit of Stonewall Rally saying it's always been a time to celebrate the progress in the community while forging ahead to make even more change. "That we are now able to hold that rally in the heart of Hillcrest and raise our community’s Pride flag in conjunction with a celebration that is free and open to all through the generosity of the Hillcrest Business Association truly shows how far we’ve come.”

Don't forget you need to register for this free event HERE

Spirit of Stonewall Rally is on Friday, July 13 at 6 pm – 7 pm at the Hillcrest Pride Flag. 

Hillcrest Block Party is on Friday, July 13, from 2 pm until 11 pm at the Pride Plaza, under the Hillcrest Pride Flag.

Hillcrest Pride Flag is located at Normal Street, between University and Harvey Milk. Both southbound lane and northbound lanes of Normal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic.