In play for the LGBTQ community since 1994, the Laguna Beach Pride folks have diligently worked for years to secure historic footholds in our community. It wasn’t until 2017 that they, with city and City Council support, were able to establish the Laguna Beach LGTBQ Heritage & Culture Committee to ensure that the gay committee is honored and celebrated in Laguna Beach.
The Laguna Beach Pride Festival returns this year with flags proudly waving and all sorts of activity (even a Drag Queen Bingo Brunch). It coincides with the giant Pro Men’s Volleyball Open at Main Beach, so we’re in for a very busy weekend!
Pride Festival events are as follows:
Club Nirvana Rooftop Deck
303 Broadway, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – No Cover
DJ Arrow & VIP Pride Festival Ticket Raffle
Main Street Bar & Cabaret Dance
1401 S. Coast Highway, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. – No Cover
Laguna Canyon Nature Hike
For those able to straggle out of bed after a night at Main Street, there’s an 8-10 a.m. hike beginning at the Willow Staging Area, 18751 Laguna Canyon Road. (Look for the rainbow flag)
Aloha Drag Bingo Brunch
Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill, 331 N. Coast Highway, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (+ Happy Hour begins at 4:00 p.m.)
Free admission, Free first mimosa. Bingo cards are 3 for $5 – please bring cash for the cards. All Bingo proceeds go to Laguna Beach Pride.
Of COURSE, the Grand Dame, Drag Queen Endora, has found her way to Laguna’s Grand Dame of them all – the Royal Hawaiian Fire Grill – for another year’s rousing round of Aloha Bingo Brunch. Endora can call the number as no one else can with her own raucous commentary, all in good taste, as always! Great prizes to be awarded to the winners – the competition will be fierce! Bingo cards are 3 for $5 – PLEASE BRING CASH for the cards. All Bingo proceeds go to Laguna Beach Pride.
Enjoy the newly enthused Royal Hawaiian after her “Spa Day” renovation, personable hosts and bingo card distributors that will certainly add to the entertainment value! All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. RoHi’s brunch menu is a la carte.
Laguna Beach Pride Festival
Seven7Seven, Laguna Canyon, 3 p.m. – midnight
$12 in advance, $15 at the door. VIP Admission is $45 in advance, $55 at the door.
Enjoy a day of entertainment with specialty vendors, GoGos, Queens, Guest DJs, and Special Guest Performances from Jennifer Corday and Joey Suarez
West St Beach Pride Celebration
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Free.
Officially known as Camel Point Beach on the NORTH side of West Street Beach. Stair access at Camel Point (through gates) or at the West Street light. Please pick up your trash on leaving! Thank you kindly!
Pride Closing Party T-Dance
Mozambique 1740 S Coast Hwy, 5 p.m. – midnight
$8 in advance, $10 at the door.
For a detailed schedule or tickets, go to www.lagunabeachpride.org/festival-2019.