4 Vancouver Summer Festivals Going Digital in July

Davie Village is at the centre of the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival (Tourism Vancouver/Michael Song).

Summer in Vancouver is usually so packed with cultural festivals and celebrations that it’s informally known as festival season. While many of our city’s usual events have understandably cancelled, to make way for a bigger and better comeback in 2021, some festivals will be keeping us entertained in a virtually re-imagined style. Here’s 4 to you can enjoy from anywhere in the world.


Queer Arts Festival | July 16 – 26

Welcome to the 2020 Queer Arts Festival, where the show that must go on-line! Event highlights include; Cinq-a-Sept Festival Opening, multiple art exhibitions, Two-Spirited – an indigenous burlesque show, storytelling, and The Darlings, Uncensored – a genre-bending drag performance.


Dancing on the Edge | July 2 – 11

In celebration of the 32nd Annual DOTE, the festival was originally scheduled to include over thirty live performances featuring international artists from India, the USA, Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, and BC.  Now, DOTE will be showcasing some specially curated digital programming and online classes for anyone who wants to dance. Mark your calendars for July 2 – 11 and watch out for additional information as programming is finalized.


Indian Summer Festival | May 16 – July 18

Now in its 10th year, Indian Summer Festival is presenting 10 mega-events, streamed on digital channels at 7:01pm PST every Saturday for 10 weeks, until July 18th.  All events are free to view, or by donation.  So far, events have included a panel discussion with the legendary Vandana Shiva and David Suzuki, and a soothing and empowering ‘sonic tributes‘ from musicians across the globe.


Vancouver Pride | July 20 – August 3

Pride is both protest and party, critical and celebratory, and an absolute core of Vancouver’s essence. For 2020, Vancouver Pride Society has reimaged Pride celebrations by going virtual! A Downtown Art Walk event line-up has been released by Vancouver Pride Society, highlighting a Virtual Pride Parade Live Stream, Public Disco, Pride Ball, Drag Story Time, and Symphonic Pride: Pride & the Vancouver Symphony.

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