OCEANSIDE, California -- The last Pride celebration of the year for San Diego County - North County Pride by the Beach - is tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 11 from 11 am to 6 pm.
This year’s event is particularly notable because not only is it happening on National Coming Out Day, but the event has been moved to the streets of Downtown Oceanside, a departure from its longtime location in a beachfront parking lot. This has prompted the events name to be slightly tweaked from “North County Pride at the Beach” to “North County Pride by the Beach.”
Also new this year is that the festival will be free of charge to all participants. Organizers have dropped the admission fee in an effort to create more exposure and visibility of the LGBTQ community to residents in North County. Organizers are expecting over 4,000 participants at this year’s 7th annual event.
Produced by the North County LGBTQ Resource Center, proceeds from the event benefit the annual GSA Awards, which support local Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in North County middle and high schools.
The daylong event will include entertainment, food, beverages, vendor and information booths and more.
Event and entertainment schedule
The day includes a number of presentations, performances, and dancing with emcee Laura Jane Wilcock.
11 am: Gates open
Noon: Opening ceremony, including remarks by Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood
1 pm: Crazed Imaginations “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
2 pm: Candye Kane
3 pm: Drag hour hosted by Miranda Wrights
4 pm: Mike Munich, headline performer
5 pm: Dancing
6 pm: Event close
Location and directions
North County Pride by the Beach will take place on the streets outside the Oceanside Museum of Art, located at 704 Pier View Way.
From central San Diego, take I-5 North and exit Mission Ave. toward Downtown Oceanside.
Proceed West to Pacific Coast Hwy., turn right, then make the first right onto Pier View Way.
More information about North County Pride by the Beach is HERE.
The Facebook event page is HERE.
Emcee Laura Jane Wilcock
Headline performer Mike Munich
Drag hour host Miranda Wrights