About The Pride Festival
Thank you to everyone who celebrated Pride with us on July 11, 2015! From donors to sponsors to volunteers, none of it would be possible without you! If you are interested in becoming involved with 2016's Pacific Pride Festival, please contact , our Events Coordinator, at 805 963.3636 x 111.
The Santa Barbara Pacific Pride Festival is held in July in Santa Barbara, CA. For 2015's Pride, the decision was made to move the festival to the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, in De la Guerra Plaza. It paid off with great energy, celebration, and lots of foot traffic from State Street. Stay tuned for information on next year's Pacific Pride Festival!
The mission of Pacific Pride Festival is to build community, foster visibility, and celebrate sexual & gender diversity while raising funds for LGBTQ programs and services in Santa Barbara County. The Pacific Pride Festival is directed by a committee that works closely with Pacific Pride Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to produce Santa Barbara's largest LGBTQ Pride Celebration.
The Pacific Pride Festival Committee works hard year round with sponsors, donors, community leaders, and Pacific Pride Foundation, but we can only produce the festival and the many fundraisers it takes to put it on with the help of our wonderful volunteers and supporters. Local Pride events are even more relevant today given the increased focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered communities in recent years, and we need your help more than ever to make sure that Santa Barbara's Pride event flourishes.
Visit us on Facebook for regular updates about next year's Pride Week festivities as the season approaches!
PRIDE WEEK 2015 was a great success!
See below for a list of this year's events, from July 8 - 12th. Join us next year for another amazing week of PRIDE and celebration.
- Pride Sunset at the Canary, 6:00pm, Canary Hotel
- Pride Girl Party, 8:00pm, Wildcat Lounge
- Pride at Pinkberry
- Pacific Pride Festival, 12:00pm-7:00pm, De la Guerra Plaza
Pride After Party, 9:00pm, Tonic Nightclub
- Interfaith Service, Love. Period, 2:00pm, Sunken Gardens
- Pride Closing Party, 9:00pm, Wildcat Lounge
Be sure to like and follow the Pacific Pride Festival Facebook Page for the latest updates!
All proceeds from ticket sales and cover charges from Pride Week events directly benefit Pacific Pride Foundation and Pacific Pride Festival.
Volunteers are critical to our success. Without your help the Festival would not be so fantastic year after year. Consider donating some of your time or talents to make a positive difference for Santa Barbarans, gay or straight alike.
Volunteer opportunities for Pride include:
- Staffing various areas of the festival grounds, such as:
- Beer Garden
- Games & Activities
- Crossing Guards
- Info Booths
- VIP Assistance
- Regional promotion of Pacific Pride Festival (posters, tabling, etc) leading up to the event
- Decorating the festival grounds
- Serving refreshments to festivalgoers
- Vendor Assistance
- Booth Set up/Clean up
- General inquiries/direction
In addition to individual volunteer opportunities, if your organization or business provides community volunteer days, consider bringing a group to help at Pacific Pride Festival! It takes over 100 volunteers to make Pacific Pride Festival happen - we love to see the community come together!
Please or call 805 963-3636 for more information.
Pacific Pride Festival vendor spaces offer a great opportunity to connect with a well sought after community! Vendors are required to fill out a one-day municipal vendor's license, and complete a Pacific Pride Festival Vendor Application (see below for more information). Vendor applications are currently closed. If you are interested in being a vendor for 2016's Pacific Pride Festival, please check back in Spring 2016 for details. Past vendors are not guaranteed space.
Pacific Pride Festival enjoys a long-reaching history with the Santa Barbara community, and recent festivals have attracted thousands of revelers. We strongly encourage your organization to consider the business and networking opportunities afforded by our venue and attendees.
The following documents are required:
The Pacific Pride Festival draws 4,000-5,000 attendees annually, and is the largest LGBTQ Pride celebration on the Central Coast. Featuring a week of social events, as well as live entertainment, vendors, and activities on the day of, the Pacific Pride Festival is an excellent opportunity to reach an enthusiastic and supportive crowd.
The LGBTQ market is the third largest minority market in the United States. The median household income for gays & lesbians is $80,000, almost double the national medium of $43,000. Additionally, 88 percent of gay men and 91 percent of lesbians report that their purchasing decisions are favorably influenced by corporate sponsorships of LGBTQ events and participation in LGBTQ charities. The Associated Press called it "advertising's most elusive yet lucrative target market." Pacific Pride Foundation is offering your company an opportunity to tap in to this amazing niche market.
Consider becoming a sponsor of the upcoming 2015 Pacific Pride Festival! Please contact for more information.
THANK YOU to our 2015 PACIFIC PRIDE FESTIVAL SPONSORS
- Deborah Dodge & Tracy Bray
- Marilyn Makepeace
- Justine Roddick & Tina Schlieske
- Surf Media
- Classic Party Rentals
- Tom & Nancy Crawford
- Marc Gelinas
- Howard Hawkes & Kevin Kemper
- Promise Wine
- Sanford Wine
- Santa Barbara Bowl
- Santa Barbara County Arts Commission
- Wilford "Bud" Baumes
- Peter & Pieter Crawford-van Meeuwen
- Patricia Forrest
- Hotel Indigo
- Kate Silsbury
- Who's Walking Who Pet Sitting & Dog Walking
- Linda Seltzer Yawitz
- Dan & Darcy Keep
- David Selberg
- Enjoy Cupcakes
- Foley Family Wines
- Haggen Food & Pharmacy
- Ray Stokes
Pride Season and the Pacific Pride Festival are an investment in the visibility, unity, and well-being of the LGBT community of the Central Coast. The Pacific Pride Festival and Pride Season events also represent a large financial commitment, and Pacific Pride Foundation relies on the generosity of our community to ensure that we are able to keep the Festival admission-free and our events remain low-cost and accessible to the public. Every dollar is truly a gift to our community.
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to Pacific Pride Festival. Your support will directly enable the Festival committee to unite and invigorate our community, after a year that has brought dramatic political and social challenges to LGBT Californians.
Please make checks payable to:
Pacific Pride Foundation
126 E. Haley St. Suite A-11
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Or, click the button below to visit our secure donation page.
For general information about Pacific Pride Festival, please call Pacific Pride Foundation at 805 963-3636.