It’s that time of year where Vancouverites and visitors alike are encouraged to let their flags fly, whether it’s freak flag, rainbow flag or a Canadian flag. All flags, and people, are welcomed at the fast-approaching Pride Week, which starts on July 26th and runs until August 3rd. We’ve got a round-up of events so you’re on top of what to expect during the most colourful week in Vancouver.
Where: Brockton Oval, Stanley Park
When: July 26, 9:30-11:30am
What: For 10 years, Vancouver Frontrunners have hosted the Pride Run and Walk. The group, which is one of the oldest LGBT sporting clubs in the city, aims to provide a safe and friendly running environment for the LGBT community. This is the first year Gender Variant will be category as an option to participate, along with Male and Female.
Picnic in the Park
Where: Brockton Oval, Stanley Park
When: July 26, 12pm
What: Enjoy a picnic in the park, with all the fixin’, at this dog-friendly event. There will be silly yet undeniably fun games like tug-of-war and drag races as well as a volleyball tournament. For those over 19, enjoy the beer garden, which will feature dance music from local DJs. Bonus: Top Chef Canada contestant and winner of Chopped Canada, Shelly Robinson will be cooking up veggie dishes, while international Canadian BBQ Champion Rockin’ Ronnie will be bringing his BBQ magic to the masses.
Pride Night at the White Caps
Where: BC Place
When: July 27, 2pm
What: Show your pride for your community and your city as the Vancouver Whitecaps take on the FC Dallas.
Pride Proclamation and Launch
Where: City Hall / Art Gallery, Robson St.
When: July 29, 12pm
What: Watch the official flag fly at City Hall with the Mayor and Council’s proclamation and rainbow flag rising on the north lawn.
Trans Film Night
Where: Rio Theatre
When: July 29, 6-9pm
What: An insightful way to learn about the issues facing the trans and gender variant community. In between films, Grand Marshall Gwen Haworth will host discussions on related topics.
Aging With Pride
Where: Blue Horizon Hotel
When: July 24, 7-11pm
What: You’re never to old to celebrate who you really are! This elegant evening is meant for senior in the LGBT community, and their friends.
VIXENS of Wonderland
Where: Lux Lounge
When: July 31, 8-10pm
What: Throw away what you thought you knew about Alice in Wonderland, in this burlesquified musical theatre interpretation.
Trans & Genderqueer Celebration and Liberation March
Where: Clark Park (Commercial Dr @ 14th)
When: August 1, 5:30pm
What: A chance to celebrate gender diversity while showing solidarity for ongoing issues affecting the trans, gender queer and gender variant people.
Davie Street Block Party
Where: Davie Street (Burrard St. to Jervis St.)
When: August 1, 4pm (4pm – All ages; 6pm – Licensed)
What: It’s not a real celebration until there’s dancing in the street! Be sure to bring all your best moves to Davie Street, which will be packed with dancers, vendors and community groups gearing up to kick off Pride weekend. There will also be a beer and wine garden, carnie games and DJs.
Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast
Where: Bute Street and Davie Street
When: August 2, 8-12pm
What: Come to the rainbow crosswalk for a pancake breakfast in honour of the founder and pioneers of the PRIDE movement.
Vancouver Dyke March & Festival
Where: McSpadden Park to Grandview Park
When: August 2,12pm
What: Thousands will march to celebrate queer women. Bring your marching and dancing boots – there will be live music at this family friendly festival.
Sunset Beach Festival & Market
Where: Sunset Beach
When: August 3,11am-6pm
What: Like most Pride Week outdoors events, there will be live music and a beer garden, as well as local artisans and crafters.
Where: Downtown Vancouver
When: August 3, 12-3pm
What: Expect a sea of rainbows at the biggest event of Pride week. With 130 floats and over 650,000 people expected, this is one massive party you simply can’t afford to FOMO on.