Sacramento’s Gay Pride Festival–dubbed California’s Capital Pride–kicks off the state’s Pride festival season on Saturday, June 2 this year. Though the official parade will end around 5 p.m., the celebration is sure to continue well into the night and throughout the weekend. If you are looking to join in on the festivities after the parade, look no further. This list hosts the best pride after-parties in the city. You will be sure to have a blast dancing the night away and commemorating equality for all.

Photo Credit: Faces NightClub via Facebook

Faces Nightclub
2000 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 448-0706

Faces is the most popular gay nightclub in Sacramento, so it’s sure to be even busier than usual after this year’s Pride Fest. The 21 and up venue boasts three large dancing rooms, 15 bar stations, a balcony and (as if that wasn’t enough to sell you) a swimming pool. There is also a VIP lounge that can be reserved and a second floor circular balcony that offers amazing views of the city. If you’re looking to dance the night away after the festival, Faces is your spot. On any other given evening, the nightclub boasts rotating themes for each day of the week. Saturdays often host country nights and line dancing, or come around on Sundays for hot body contests and Tuesdays on Latin night. Just make sure to check the website before you go in case specific attire is needed to avoid paying the cover.

Related: Best Dance Clubs in the Sacramento Area

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Head Hunters Video Lounge
1930 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 492-2922

Head Hunters is a restaurant and lounge that will be open for dinner and drinks after the festival. If you are looking for a mellower place to celebrate and dine, Head Hunters is the perfect spot to go after the parade. Conveniently located across from Faces, you can easily go dancing after you grab some food at this popular lounge. The restaurant has a patio area where you can enjoy the refreshing summer air while partaking in some lively people watching. The bartenders here are known to serve delicious drinks, so don’t hesitate to order from the menu or ask them to surprise you. Come back in on any Tuesday to join in on some lively karaoke.

Photo Credit: Badlands Sacramento via Facebook

2003 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 448-8790

Badlands is another popular dance club, but with one dance floor that brings everyone together. The music here is always upbeat and the club goers are full of energy. Apart from the dance floor, there is an upper level and a patio where you can go to relax, sip on some cocktails and cool off. The typical cover for the venue is about $10, but the experience is well worth the price. Note that Badlands only accepts cash, so come prepared. There’s a theme night on the second Saturday of every month (think 80s Parties, Studio 54 and Pink Parties), and if you’re looking for something to do on the Friday before the parade, you can likely catch a drag show or take advantage of buy one get one drink specials. You’re sure to have a great time partying with a lively crowd at Badlands.

Related: Sacramento’s Best Gay and Lesbian Bars

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The Depot
2001 K St.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 441-6823

Connected to Badlands is where you’ll find The Depot, a bar that’s a little bit more low key, but just as much fun as its neighbor. The Depot has a pool table where you can play a few games with friends, a TV and a DJ that plays music videos you can dance to. The Depot is the perfect place to end your night and wind down before going home. Open until the wee hours of the morning, The Depot is a cool hangout spot to hit up after you get tired of dancing. Even after the Pride Festival, come check out the bar’s Friday happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., when you can get two drinks for the price of one. All in all, The Depot and Badlands make a winning combination as a dual hotspot in one location.

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Lounge on 20
1050 20th Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 443-6620

Lounge on 20 is a classy restaurant that offers gourmet dishes and drinks. The location has a DJ and dancing opportunities, though most people attend for the delicious food and cocktails that are prepared and served with detail and care. The food is very reasonably priced; you can order a full dinner or just split happy hour appetizers with friends and then hit up the nightclubs afterward. Lounge on 20 does offer valet parking for convenience. The restaurant is open to all, but turns into a 21+ club after 10 p.m.

Related: Best Clubs With Valet Parking In Sacramento

Check out CBS Local’s Guide to Sacramento Pride

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