Useful Directions for Individuals with Sight Impairments

Please note that these directions are meant to be useful, but in no way can be considered 100 percent accurate as Festival layout may change at the last minute.  Use your common sense.  You may also request a companion guide at either entrance gate, the 211 Information Booth in the Rainbow Zone or the Information Booth within the Music Festival.

Rainbow Zone

This year, for the first time, there will be two areas composing the Festival, the Rainbow Zone, which is free and the Music Festival, which requires a ticket.

The Rainbow Zone is located in the southeast quadrant of the Laurel Street 6th Avenue intersection.  It is encompassed by sidewalks on three sides and is roughly a rectangular shape, with the booths facing toward the center of the space.  The first sidewalk runs along the edge of 6th Avenue, the second along the edge of Laurel Street and the third runs southward paralleling Balboa Drive, but significantly west of that road.  The bottom or south border of this area is made up of the Bike Corral.  The center of this rectangle is composed of clusters of tables and chairs along with open ground for sitting.

Within this area, you will find booths for community organizations, a performance space for live music, the Art of Pride exhibit, a picnic area for families, a Youth Zone, the Lesbian Health and Wellness tent, The T Spot, a sober area for coffee and fellowship, a Senior Cool Zone, a faith-based booth and much more.

Specifics about Accessing Services

The 211 Information Booth is bringing their powerful resource-finding tools directly to the community, 2-1-1 San Diego is taking a leadership role in helping San Diego Pride provide Accessibility Services to people with disabilities who enter the Rainbow Zone.  We are grateful to them for helping to make our events enjoyable by the entire community.

The 211 Information Booth is located on the south side of Laurel Street and is the eastern-most part of the Rainbow Zone.  It is nestled into the corner formed by an east-west and north-south running sidewalk.  We willl have Accessibility Team members wearing blue shirts scattered around the Rainbow Zone, who you may approach to ask for assistance.  Please go to the 2-1-1 Information Booth or ask one of our volunteers about:

*Requesting American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters and Deaf-Blind interpreters.

*Exploring a tactile map of the Rainbow Zone.

*Requesting a human guide or companion.

*Free wheelchairs for loan. Note: You must return a loaned wheelchair to the place where you originally borrowed it.

*People knowledgeable about accessibility ready to help!

How will Accessibility in the Rainbow Zone differ from the Music Festival?

*Service Dog handlers should know that dogs in this area will not be screened in any way.  Therefore, you should keep in mind that pets may be present and could interfere with your dog’s ability to do their job.

*Wheelchair users should note that this area contains a substantial amount of dirt and grass.  Be alert for cones that are used to mark holes and other topical features that might negatively impact your movement.  Please ask at the 2-1-1 Information Booth if you need someone to push you.

*ASL Interpreters will not be present at fixed locations in this area.  If you need an interpreter, please ask for one at the 2-1-1 Information Booth.  

*A wheelchair borrowed from within the Music Festival will need to be returned to the same place.  A wheelchair obtained within the Rainbow Zone needs to be returned to an Accessibility Team member in the Rainbow Zone.

*Our volunteers, recognizable by their blue shirts, will move freely between the Music Festival and Rainbow Zone, so there should be no need for you to change assistants when moving from one space to the other.  

*If your motorized mobility device runs out of juice, please ask an Accessibility team member for assistance.  We will attempt, though cannot promise, to find a place for you to plug in.

Location of Rainbow Zone Booths

Along the sidewalk that runs north to south, paralleling Balboa Drive but significantly west of it, from north to south, the booths are as follows:

  • Art of Pride – A large space with booths on three sides, west side open, surrounding a seating area
  • Senior Cool Zone – A collection of tents
  • Lambda Archives
  • T Spot – Three booths in a row parallel to the sidewalk
  • Faith Tent - Southern-most booth

To the west of the Faith tent, there are two additional booths.  Immediately west of the Faith Tent is the Black Coalition Booth.  The tent to The west at the end of this short row is that of South Bay Pride.

The booths running from north to south, paralleling the sidewalk that is immediately adjacent to 6th Avenue are:

  • Lesbian Health and Wellness Tent – A row of tents
  • Youth Zone – A larger space with a variety of attractions
  • Stage - Southern-most area

From west to east, paralleling the sidewalk immediately adjacent to Laurel Street, you will find: Lesbian Health and Wellness Tent - western-most end

  • Feel Good Support Booth - Middle
  • 211 Information Booth - East-most tent

Please note that the 211 Information Booth has a sidewalk immediately to its west that is a curve connecting the east-west sidewalk to the north-south sidewalk that parallels Balboa Drive.  This curve creates a quarter piece of pie where the 211 Information Booth is located.

 

Music Festival

This year, for the first time, there will be two areas composing the Festival, the Rainbow Zone, which is free and the Music Festival, which requires a ticket.  

The Music Festival has two major roads leading into the grounds – Balboa Drive running approximately north/south and Juniper Street running west to east.  Within the festival grounds, Balboa Drive and Juniper Street intersect at what is known as the crossroads.  After the crossroads, Balboa Drive continues on its north-south orientation.  Once Juniper Street crosses Balboa Drive and continues east, it begins to curve southward and becomes 8th Drive.  8th Drive parallels Balboa Drive, running north-south.  Eventually, Balboa Drive and 8th Drive curve toward each other to form a continuous loop.  Essentially, the one street seamlessly joins with the other.  In other words, if you head south on Balboa Drive, you will eventually curve north to be on 8th Drive.  Similarly, if you follow 8th Drive as it turns southward, you will eventually be walking north on Balboa Drive.

Ticketing Booths

There is a ticketing Booth located outside of Main Gate, which is on Balboa Drive, south of Laurel Street and north of the actual gate.  It extends from the edge of the street westward into a grassy area.  The accessible booth for ticket purchase should be the one closest to the street.  You can find this ticketing area by walking in the street southward along the west side of Balboa Drive, past the booths composing the Rainbow Zone  and will reach it prior to reaching the Festival Main Gate.

Baggage Search

Before you enter the Music Festival, you must have your bag searched to assure you are not bringing prohibited items into the festival.  Each is positioned in the road before you reach the gate.  

Gates

There are two gates, the Main Gate on Balboa Drive  south of Laurel Street and a secondary gate on Juniper Street, east of 6th Avenue.

Metal Detectors

Because of recent safety concerns, San Diego Pride has acquired the services of a company that will operate metal detectors at both gates.  Please be prepared to be screened.  First, your bag will be checked, then you will proceed through the metal detectors.

There is a ticketing Booth located outside of Main Gate, which is on Balboa Drive, south of Laurel Street and north of the actual gate.  It extends from the edge of the street westward into a grassy area.  The accessible booth for ticket purchase should be the one closest to the street.  You can find this ticketing area by walking in the street southward along the west side of Balboa Drive, past the booths composing the Rainbow Zone  and will reach it prior to reaching the Festival Main Gate.

Musical Festival Key Booths

This booth is located at the Crossroads, where Balboa Drive intersects Juniper Street.  It is up on the curb in the northwest quadrant.

Medical Tent

This booth is within the Music Festival, on the west side of Balboa Drive, approximately half-way between the crossroads (intersection of Juniper Street and Balboa Drive) and the loop.  It is across the street from the Senior Cool Zone.  

When walking south on Balboa Drive, once you pass the Juniper-Balboa intersection, you will hear The Movement Hip-Hop Stage first and will be approaching the next musical area (Euphoria Beverage Garden) when you reach the Medical Tent on your right (west) side.  If you go past the Euphoria Beverage Garden, you have gone too far.

Euphoria Beverage Garden

This musical delight can be found inside the grassy area between Balboa Drive and 8th Drive.  It is south of The Movement Hip-Hop Stage and north of the Mundo Latino Stage.

Leather Realm

This Sex-Positive area can be found on the west side of Balboa Drive tucked into a parking lot.  If you consider the distance between the crossroads (intersection of Juniper Street and Balboa Drive) and the bottom of the loop, it is one fifth of the way north of the loop and four fifths of the way south of the crossroads.  

Mundo Latino

This musical area is located in the grassy expanse that is nestled in the northern curve of the loop formed when 8th Drive and Balboa Drive merge.  

Stonewall Main Stage

This premier musical destination is located in the northeast quadrant of the crossroads (intersection of Juniper Street and Balboa Drive).  

The Movement Hip-Hop Stage

This jumping venue is located in the grassy area between 8th Drive and Balboa Drive.  It is the first musical space south of the Crossroads (intersection of Juniper Street and Balboa Drive).

Volunteer Village

Volunteer Village is located in the grassy area north of Juniper Street and east of 6th Avenue.  It is south of the Rainbow Zone and Bike Corral.

Free Shuttle Stop

San Diego Pride provides free shuttles to and from the free parking lot at the Old Naval Hospital (Park Blvd and President's Way) as well as to and from the parade route.  The festival stop is located on the east side of 6th Avenue between Juniper and Laurel Street, slightly closer to Laurel Street.

Pedicabs

There is a pedicab stop on 6th Avenue’s east side, just north of the Laurel Street 6th Avenue intersection.

Uber and Taxi Stop

The stop can be found on the southeast corner of the intersection of 6th Avenue and Laurel Street, on 6th Avenue.   

Further Inquiries

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