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Frameline is the official name for the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. It's the largest and longest running LGBT film festival in the world.
Each year, the festival draws more than 60,000 people from San Francisco, the Bay Area, and around the world. It's also the most attended LGBT arts program in the area.
All films focus on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community. Shows discuss a wide variety of topics including adoption, HIV/AIDS, and history. Other topics include immigration, marriage equality, and relationships.
The majority of the films show at the Castro Theater. Other venues in San Francisco include the Roxie Theater and Victoria Theater in the Mission. Some will also show at the Rialto Cinema Elmwood in Berkeley.
This year's Frameline Film Festival runs from June 18-28, 2020.
You can buy your tickets online in advance, at the Frameline Box Office at 575 Castro Street (between 18th and 19th), or when you arrive at the venue. I highly recommend you buy them in advance as many of the top films will sell out.
Most tickets can be purchased online until around 6pm the night before the show.
You can pick up your tickets at Will Call on the day of the show. It opens 30 minutes before the first film that day and you can pick it up at anytime. If you buy more than one set of tickets in advance, all are held at the theater where the film is showing and can be picked up only on the day of the show.
Frameline started in 1977 and was originalled called the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival. It changed its name in 2004.
The event always ends the last Sunday in June, which is also during the annual Pride Parade & Festival.
This non-profit organization works hard to provide a platform to empower the LBGT community and offers a variety of organizations throughout the year. This film festival is their largest event.
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Stern Grove Festival: June is when you will also find the opening weekend for this year's Stern Grove Festival. Join other music lovers at Stern Grove for free music and fun. You will find these free concerts every week between mid-June and mid-August. Click here for details on this year's performers.
Folk Festival: The Free Folk Festival is also in June. During the festival, stop by the Cyprian's Center for free music, workshops, and evening dance parties. Click here for more details.
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