The capital of California and a city with a growing and surprisingly visible and active gay and lesbian community, Sacramento throws its annual Gay Pride celebration in mid-June - this year the date is Saturday, June 15, 2013. It's a week after Los Angeles Gay Pride, and a couple of weeks before San Francisco Gay Pride.
Before the big weekend, there are several noteworthy events leading up to the festivities.
On the big day, Saturday, June 15, the Sacramento Gay Pride Parade starts at 11 am. It begins at 3rd and N streets. The parade then proceeds along N Street to 10th Street, ending by the Capitol building, just a few blocks from the Pride festival grounds.
The Sacramento Pride Festival starts at 1 pm on Saturday, following the parade - tickets cost $10. The festival comprises vendors and booths featuring local GLBT-friendly businesses and organizations, an Art Zone, and entertainment throughout the day - performers this year include Broadway's Frenchie Davis, Kevin Mikal, RuPaul Drag Race stars Shangela and Morgan McMichaels, and more
Additionally, plenty of gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops will be extra busy during this busy time, and catering heavily to LGBT visitors. Check local gay papers, such as Outword Magazine; and look to the Sacramento CVB's excellent Gay and Lesbian Visitor Page.