Vancouver Pride 2018 Offers Over 20 Official and Community Events in July/August

Vancouver Pride 2018

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Time to fly your rainbow flag high because Pride 2018 is kicking off on July 27 with a week (and a few extra days) of inclusive, celebratory events for LGBTQAI2S+ communities.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Pride in Vancouver, which has historically offered the most diverse festivals and parade in the city. More than 20 community events will take place throughout the end of July and into August, culminating with the epic Pride Parade on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

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Vancouver Pride 2018 Offers Over 20 Official and Community Events in July/August

What to Do in Vancouver on Your Way To or From Peak Pride in Kelowna

By Kendell  Yan

Peak Pride offers something for everyone under the rainbow banners at Big White in Kelowna from April 6-8, including a mountain parade, Aprés Ski beer gardens, and performances from performances of all kinds at the big pride bash, WipeOUT. Extend the weekend in either direction here in Vancouver before or after making your way up for one big gay ski weekend.

Here are some events to check out in Vancouver on the peripherals of Peak Pride:

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What to Do in Vancouver on Your Way To or From Peak Pride in Kelowna

Then and Now – Vancouver Pride from 1973 to Today

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By Angus Praught

Pride season is upon us, and what is now a full-city of rainbow-coloured events and celebrations, began as a much smaller event over four decades ago. Many agree it all began in 1973, with a picnic and art exhibit in Ceperley Park, near second beach in Stanley Park, as a part of the first national celebrations of Pride Week taking place across Canada in major centres at the time.

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Then and Now – Vancouver Pride from 1973 to Today

Vancouver Pride Festival’s Exciting Line-Up Dazzles

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Celebrating the city’s diverse LGBTQ2+ community is a given each summer during Pride Festival, and this year is better than ever. Here’s a few new highlights. Continue reading:
Vancouver Pride Festival’s Exciting Line-Up Dazzles

8 Days, 65 Parties: Whistler Pride and Ski Week Returns, Jan 24

Photo sourced from Tourism Whistler

Photo sourced from Tourism Whistler

One of the top Pride and ski fests on the planet is coming to Whistler.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is set to turn the Whistler Blackcomb resort into a non-stop party zone, Jan. 24-Jan. 31.  Now in its 23rd year, the annual festival celebrates diversity on and off the slopes, packing more than 65 events into eight days.

Over the course of the week, guests split their time between carving up Whistler’s 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and celebrating with apres ski parties, club nights and special events down in the village. Each day during the festival, ski guides are on hand to escort groups on free guided tours of the mountain, showing off all the best runs and local secrets.

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8 Days, 65 Parties: Whistler Pride and Ski Week Returns, Jan 24

Sandman Suites on Davie St. Paints 55-foot Rainbow on Roof of Hotel

Photo: Sandman Hotel Group

Photo: Sandman Hotel Group

Sandman Suites Vancouver – Davie Street was given a bold makeover last week when a vibrant 55-foot wide rainbow was painted on the roof of the hotel.

The hotel is not only located in the West End neighbourhood in Vancouver, but in the heart of the diverse Davie Street community. The hotel stands proud amongst a milieu of vibrant people, thriving shops and restaurants, and the colourful Davie Village.

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Sandman Suites on Davie St. Paints 55-foot Rainbow on Roof of Hotel

5 Can’t-Miss Free Summer Festivals in Vancouver

Photo credit: jonrawlinson | Flickr

Photo credit: jonrawlinson | Flickr

Let’s be honest.  For nine months of the year or so, the weather in Vancouver can be a bit . . . cloudy.   Umbrellas are required accessories and you get used to not seeing your shadow for weeks at a time.

But summer changes everything.  For three months, Vancouver is possibly the most perfect spot on the planet.  Long, sunny days.  Warm beach weather.  And – last but not least – a bumper crop of free outdoor festivals.

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5 Can’t-Miss Free Summer Festivals in Vancouver