Frequently Asked Questions

The health and safety of our community is of great importance. The Sacramento LGBT Community Center and Sacramento Pride will follow all local and state COVID-19 health and safety guidelines in place at the time of Pride events. As the pandemic continues to be a dynamic situation, we will adjust our policies and communicate any new or changing requirements and expectations to ticket holders before the events. 

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Masks are recommended, but not required, per state guidelines.
  • We will not be checking vaccination status at the gate, however we strongly recommend you receive your vaccination to ensure your safety and the safety of others. 
  • To find a vaccination site near you, please visit https://myturn.ca.gov/ or call the Sacramento LGBT Community Center at (916) 442-0185, your local county department of public health, or your health provider.
  • Free testing is available at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, visit http://saccenter.org/covid19info for more information. To find alternate testing locations in Sacramento, please visit Sacramento County’s Testing Sites.
  • Sacramento Pride is moving toward being a cashless festival. No cash will be accepted at beverage ticket booths. Payments can be made by card only.

Please note that these guidelines are subject to change without notice. If the above changes create a barrier to service due to a medical condition, community members may request accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In 2020, the Center announced its next steps to support racial justice including the Board of Directors’ approval of an internal policy to no longer allow armed, uniformed law enforcement officers at Center facilities or events (including Sacramento Pride), unless as a last resort or in a true emergency, and as otherwise required by law or permitting regulation.

In effect, this means that the Sacramento Police Department will not have a uniformed and armed contingent in the Pride March or at the Pride Festival as exhibitors. Non-uniformed LGBTQ+ and allied officers may participate in the events along with their friends, family, and community members. Uniformed and armed offices will be present at the events as required by City of Sacramento regulation for the purpose of street closures and security in the event of an emergency.

During Sacramento Pride 2019, a public debate regarding the Sacramento Police Department’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community prompted a set of commitments to action. Since then, the Center has worked to build trust, advocate for our community, and following through with our promise to hold the Sacramento Police Department accountable to their commitments. Our advocacy efforts have resulted in action on the following five commitments.

  1. An LGBTQ Community Advisory Committee was created.
  2. LGBTQ-focused community engagement training for all new officers that elevates the voices of marginalized LGBTQ community members and discusses the role of implicit bias.
  3. The Center hosted a series of Healing Circles and the Sacramento Police Department hosted two LGBTQ+ community forums.
  4. Sac PD’s LGBTQ+ liaison position was enhanced with additional information available on their website
  5. The Center launched a new Hate and Bias Incident Reporting Form on its website in 2021. This form is intended to provide a community friendly mechanism for people to report incidents of hate, bias, discrimination, or complaints of police violence. 

The Pride March is free and open to all community members starting at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2023.

Pride Festival progressive ticket pricing structure is as follows:

Children under 12 are free. Kids 13-17 are $10 any time.

Group Pricing
Nonprofit Contingent (25 marchers)$125.00
Small/Local Business Contingent (25 marchers)$250.00
Corporate Business Contingent (25 marchers)$400.00
Additional 25 marchers$50.00
Regular Vehicle Fits one parking space, two axles $75.00
Vehicle With TrailerFits two parking spaces, 3+ axles$150.00
Large Vehicle/FloatBus, truck, etc. exceeding 15′ in length, 2 axles$250.00
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In-Person Gate Cash Price
Ticket TypeAvailableFee
General Admission Single Day Ticket—Cash at the Gate 6/11-12 $20.00
General Admission Weekend Pass—Cash at the Gate 6/11-12 $35.00
VIP Weekend Passes will not be available for purchase on-site with cash NA NA

If the cost of admission is a barrier for you, tickets are available through many of our nonprofit partners. See our Equitable Ticket Distribution Policy for instructions on how to get a ticket.

The Pride March is free and open to all community members starting at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 11 2023.

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center that produces Sacramento Pride is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that depends on community contributions including revenue from Pride to provide year-round services. Due to the tremendous upfront costs associated with producing the event, no refunds will be issued for any reason.

The Sacramento LGBT Community Center is committed to producing a Pride Festival accessible to everyone in our community, where no one is turned away due to economic circumstances. To support that goal, we distribute thousands of free tickets to partner organizations, LGBTQ+ youth, people experiencing homelessness, those living with HIV, and other low-income individuals and families. To request a complimentary ticket for yourself or become a low-income community ticket distribution partner, contact lanz.nalagan@saccenter.org

Through 2019, Sacramento Pride’s $10 admission price for an individual ticket hadn’t increased in more than 30 years. Meanwhile the cost of producing the event increased more than tenfold. Between 2019 and 2022 alone, rates for staging and A/V, fencing, toilets, equipment rentals, security staffing, and other non-discretionary expenses have increased by 25-50% due to the pandemic, inflation, and other factors. Additionally, the Center’s goal is to produce COVID-safe events, create a diverse and equitable event program, offer compensation to performers, and provide free tickets to low-income individuals and families, all of which come at significant cost.

The Sacramento Pride Festival is working toward becoming a cashless event! 

To improve the guest experience, Sacramento Pride Festival is introducing a limited cash payment initiative for our 2022 festival. We aim to reduce wait times at entry gates and beverage stations by eliminating the need to process credit cards and exchange cash for tickets manually, additionally limiting the spread of germs that comes with cash handling.  

Guests will be able to purchase event tickets (hyperlink ticket page) in advance through our website at sacramentopride.org to reduce congestion and speed up lines. We will no longer require guests to exchange cash for tickets to purchase beverages. Beverage stations will primarily offer credit/debit tap to pay options, powered by Square, with limited cash payment options.  

For those guests who do not have a credit/debit card, event tickets are available for cash purchase at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center located at 1015 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811, until Friday, June 10, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. A limited number of premium-priced tickets will be available for cash purchase at an on-site box office near the festival entrance. A limited number of cash purchase beverage stations will be available at the Pride Festival. 

To ensure the safety of all guests and the festival’s security, all attendees are subject to security screening upon entry to the festival grounds, including a bag check. Security personnel will not touch, handle or hold any belongings or persons entering the festival. Guests are encouraged not to bring bags and valuables into the festival to speed up security lines.  

Please have tickets, ID, and Covid-19 vaccination or negative-test credentials ready before joining the security screen queue.  

Prohibited Items: 

  • Firearms, ammunition, knives, and weapons of any kind. 
  • Self-defense or restraining devices (e.g., pepper spray, mace. 
  • Marijuana (including marijuana-enriched products) or any illegal substance. Please note that it is illegal to use marijuana in public places. 
  • Objects or toys that appear to be firearms or weapons. 
  • Fireworks or other similarly explosive and flammable objects, smoke machines, or fog machines. 
  • Outside alcoholic beverages of any kind. 
  • Glass containers (excluding small containers such as baby food jars). 
  • Horns, whistles, giant megaphones, or artificial noisemakers.  
  • Recreational devices such as drones, remote-control toys, skateboards, and scooters. Bike parking is available during festival hours. 
  • Suitcases, bags, or backpacks, with or without wheels, larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high.  
  • Coolers and outside food, and loose or dry ice. Exception for unopened disposable water bottles. All reusable water bottles, canteens, and hydration packs must be empty. Guests will not be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages through the exit gates. 
  • Flyers, Samples, Giveaways, or Promotional Items that have not been preapproved for distribution at a paid exhibitor booth 
  • Pets or Other Animals – Except Service Animals. Pets should be left at home for their comfort and safety; the pavement is scalding and will burn their little feet. 
  • Other items as determined by facility management 

For the comfort and protection of our guests, Sac Pride’s hired private unarmed security guards participated in LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility Trainings before the event dates. 

Alcoholic Beverage Policy as determined by Sacramento Police Department and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverages. All guests who wish to enjoy alcoholic beverages must be 21 years of age or older and visibly wearing an official Sacramento Pride 21+ wristband. Wristbands must be worn at all times to purchase and consume an alcoholic beverage. Guests will NOT be served or allowed to consume alcohol unless their 21+ wristband is easily visible. Guests that do not comply with these rules will be ejected from the event with no-refund or re-entry. Very simply: No valid ID = No wristband; No wristband = No alcoholic beverages. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. No 21+ individual may be served more than 2 alcoholic beverages at a time.

21+ Wristbands can be obtained at the main gate on 7th street.  Guests attending the Festival both days of the festival will be required to get a new wristband on their second day of attendance. 

All guests must show bona fide (legally acceptable) I.D. to obtain a 21+ wristband. An I.D. is legally acceptable if it:

  • Is issued by a governmental agency (such as a federal state, country, or city)
  • Contains the name of the person
  • Contains the date of birth of the person
  • Is currently valid (in other words, not expired)
  • Contains a photograph of the person
  • Contains a description of the person

Examples of legally acceptable I.D.’s are:

  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued I.D. card
  • Valid passport issue by the United States or a foreign government
  • Military I.D.

Examples of NOT acceptable I.D.’s are:

  • Temporary driver’s licenses
  • Matricula Consular Cards
  • Employment Authorization Cards
  • Birth Certificates
  • Non-photo driver’s licenses
  • School or Work ID cards

This year we are expanding the accessibility plan to help make the Sacramento Pride Festival even more accommodating. 

  • Reserved seating* at all stages as well as near grand stands along the March route. (Seating is on a first, first serve basis. The area is reserved for the following: Senior Citizens, Guests with disabilities and their companions, Guests who need sign language interpreters, Sign language interpreters).
  • All entrance gates will have ADA accessible lines to avoid waiting. Please make your way to the front gate and let our team know that you wish to purchase a ticket or Pre-purchase your ticket online.

If you have accessibility needs, please contact collin.lourenco@saccenter.org   

Air – SacPride Festival is less than 15 minutes away from the Sacramento International Airport, with quick and easy flights arriving daily from across the country. 

Train – Sacramento’s downtown Amtrak station is only blocks away from the SacPride Festival, so why not climb aboard? 

Sacramento Regional Transit –SacRT has convenient stops near all of the marquee event locations, making it an ideal option to get to and from the Festival. The Capitol light rail stop is just across the street from the main Festival gate. 

Parking – If you are driving in, be sure to plan ahead. You can use the City of Sacramento’s SacPark system to pre-reserve your parking space in city garages near the events.

Bike – Free bike parking is available on Saturday and Sunday for those pedaling to the Street Festival. 

Ride Share Services – We encourage setting ride share drop-off and pick-up locations to L and N streets near 7th street.