Out in Vancouver Aug 1 - 10 with Tom Coleman

Pride at the Art Gallery Friday August 2-  PHOTO: Pride Premiere (Vancouver Pride Society)

Pride at the Art Gallery Friday August 2- PHOTO: Pride Premiere (Vancouver Pride Society)

Be sure to check out all the great events in the What’s On Queer BC Guide to Vancouver Pride Events and find Pride Essentials here

Thursday, Aug 1

Sports Ball - A Kiki Vogue Ball

Tag Team Vogue performance. Come see your favourites in Face, Virgin Vogue, Chanting, Hands, Runway and more as they compete to be the best. Funds raised will support Out On Screen to benefit Out In Schools and Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

7pm—12am. The Warehouse, 550 Malkin Ave. $30 at door. Kiki Vogue Ball


BRATPACK Pride Concert

Vancouver’s Hottest Drag group featuring Jane Smoker, Kendall Gender, Gia Metric and Thanks Jem with DJ Del Stamp are going to show you how to party it up for Pride and get you ready for a long weekend of festivities, you have to start somewhere so it may as well be with the best.

9:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $10. The Junction


Friday, Aug 2

Harmony Arts Festival

Join for world-class musical performances, inspiring art exhibitions and demonstrations, mouth-watering culinary events and enjoy the natural beauty of the setting. With over 150 free events set on a stunning backdrop of the iconic Stanley Park, there is something for everyone at the Harmony Arts Festival. The festival runs until Sunday, Aug 11.

Argyle Ave between 14th & 17th St, West Vancouver. Harmony Arts Festival

Davie Village Promenade

Davie Village will come alive with large-scale interactive art pieces by local artists and roving busking-style performances. Picnic tables and lounging areas throughout the street provide a place to picnic, take in a performance, and have a conversation. Grab a Pride Guide and Queer Vancouver Map, learn about the Vancouver Pride Society, buy merch, play games and win prizes or just relax at the Pride Patio - 19+ area at Davie/Bute where you can enjoy a cold beverage.

Friday 6—11pm. Saturday 12—10pm. Sunday 12—11pm.

Davie St. Davie Village Promenade

Pride at the Gallery

In partnership with Vancouver Pride Society, the Gallery will host two themed, licensed bars: one offering an opportunity to take part in painting a collective mural, and one hosting the popular drag event Me Love BINGO! by queer artist Kyle Loven. As part of this evening, Queer Living Library will take over the gallery with pop storytelling and conversations to celebrate the persistence and lived experience of queer art and artists. Guests will also be welcome to discover Vancouver Art Gallery’s summer exhibitions aligned with explorations of gender and sexuality as presented in Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty, Robert Rauschenberg 1965–1980, Moving Still: Performative Photography in India and Views of the Collection: The Street. 

5—8:30pm – paint & drink. Annex Workshop.

6, 7 & 8pm – performances of Me Love BINGO

6—8:30pm – Queer Living library.

Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St. Admission $24. Pride At The Gallery

Frisky Pride!

Come join your host Sienna Blaze with some amazing special guests performing spotlight numbers of your favourite hits to keep your body moving all night long! Music by DJ DomTop. 

 9pm—4am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $15. The Junction


Jacked For Pride

What would a Pride be without 12, yes 12, naked men in showers washing their bits, yes my American friends, in Canada we can be naked! PJ always has the best in naked entertainment to be Jacked for you so check out tonight’s Pride version of Jacked, im sure the soap is Pride colours.

9pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. Jacked

Saturday, Aug 3

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

Enjoy a buffet by-donation pancake breakfast in Jim Deva Plaza to commemorate one of our society's founders, Terry Wallace. Terry Wallace, manager of the Castle Pub, raised money through the pub's 50/50 and pull-tab machines to fund the Pride Parade through years of financial uncertainty. Terry Wallace died in 2004 and is remembered fondly.

8am—12pm. Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute St. By donation. Terry Wallace Breakfast

16th Vancouver Dyke March & Festival

It's our sweet 16! Come join us for an afternoon of marching the streets & celebrating one another-- Let's fill the drive with dyke-y love, trans empowerment, non-binary possibilities, and fabulosity for the whole family. We'll begin in McSpadden Park at 11 AM with some pre-March festivities and a community art project to create the new Vancouver Dyke March banner for this year. Then, the March will leave McSpadden Park at 12 PM (noon) and we'll make our way down Commercial Drive to end at Grandview Park for the Festival. The Festival will take place from 1 to 5 PM, and have performances from various artists, feature queer-friendly vendors, and create a space to gather with friends, family, and the community. We can't wait to see you there!

11am—5pm. Grandview Park, 1657 Charles St. Vancouver Dyke March & Festival


SummerFest 2019: Pride at the Market

A family friendly Drag Performance for Pride Weekend. Come celebrates Pride with your entire family at the Market. Conni Smudge, Drag Storytelling and more.

1—3pm. Lonsdale Quay Market, 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver. Summerfest 2019


BRÔN Party 

Pride just got raunchier, darker, dirtier, deeper and more techno. BRÔN black light Harness party is the new party you need for Vancouver’s Pride weekend. Headlining this event is Fort Lauderdale’s sexiest daddy export, Dj Doug Jackson playing his sexy sophisticated mix of progressive, techno and tribal grooves with big room vocals and deep bass rhythms from around the world. Opening is local, but still highlighting his signature Retrotech style of tech, house, progressive and retro for an uplifting but dark experience. Harnesses, fetish, glow and light up gear is recommended, however we will be providing materials so you can glow up yourself or your gear with paints and tapes, depending what you like.

9pm—3am. Celebrities Underground, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $20 and more info at Bron Party


ABSOLUT’LY Dragulous Pride Party

Join Carlotta and her special Pride guests for a spectacular show filled with drag, live numbers, contests and much more, all hosted by one of Vancouver’s top drag personas, Carlotta Gurl along with DJ Miss M.

9pm—4am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $15. The Junction

LIP Vancouver Queer Pride

LIP is a queer party series that began in Tio’Tia: Ke (Montreal) in 2014 organized by Frankie Teardrop. Frankie will be coming back for Vancity Pride to host along with DJs Dance Authority, Softieshan and XO. Don’t miss an amazing performance by Kendall Gendr.

10pm—4am. Red Gate Arts Society, 1965 Main St.  $15 at door. LIP Vancouver

Sunday, Aug 4

RUFF Pride Parade Water Gun Party

A Pride Parade tradition that began 16 years ago and brought to you this year by Michel Nadeau Events. Bring your sunscreen, your own Water Gun and a little plastic bag to keep your lube and other valuables dry as there will be a water truck with 1000 gallons of water to soak everyone you please but only if you follow the rules.  Enjoy!

DO NOT Spray the Draq Queens
DO NOT Spray Electronic Equipment
DO NOT pour buckets of water on anyone
DO NOT submerge anyone in the water tubs
DO NOT spray anyone who hasn't consented or participating in the water gun party.

11am. West of Denman St at Comox St. Water Gun Party

Pride Kegger

Done with the parade, fed up with the crowds, looking for an ice cold beverage surrounded by hot, handsome men? PJ Kegger is the answer to your afternoon delight or just to peek at the GoGo men.

12pm—4am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. $5 cover. Pumpjack Pub

1181 Pride Party Tea Dance

It is a whole day of awesome music and dancing as Dj Gingerbear spinning until 6pm, after that the night belongs to DJ Diego Valente until the night turns into Church where DJ G-Luve will keep you going until 4am.

3pm—4am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. Cover $5. 1181 Pride


Junction Pride Dance Party 

Come dance, celebrate PRIDE! Music by DJ Mike Bermudez and DJ Dennis Kindle with Spotlight performances by Vancouver Drag Legends Joan E, Carlotta Gurl and Jaylene Tyme! 

8pm—4am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $15. Junction


Furocious: Pumpjack Pride Closing Party

Time for a last bit of fun after the parade. Kick back on the patio or join all the hot hairy men inside and rock to the beats of DJ Nick Bertossi. Take the time for that last chance at a vacation romance.

9pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. $10 cover. Pumpjack PubGER

Monday, Aug 5


After Pride Sunday this is just what I need, a bar open at 9am for breakfast Caesars. In partnership with Re: United Gorgomish Afterhours, we keep the party going in one of the first parties of it’s kind to hit Vancouver, from 9AM to NOON. 1181 is fully licensed and the bar will be serving as usual. Resident DJ's Diego Valente, Rafael Calvente, and Nick Andrew spin back-to-back as we shut pride down for what’s sure to be one of the most memorable parties we've ever hosted.

9am—12pm. 1181, 1181 Davie St. Cover $10. 1181 Pride


Wreck Beach Recovery Day

Come join at this cherished annual tradition, sweat and swim out the excesses of Pride Weekend, and see all your friends, and I mean ALL your friends!

12—8pm. Wreck Beach, Location      More info at Wreck Beach Recovery Day

Queer Slam ft. Jenifer Williams

We are having a Queer Slam! This event is to hold space for queer folks, to lift their voices in this season of riot and celebration. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riot, and we're still here- fighting. Bring your voices and poems to share in community with us.

8pm. Café Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Dr. Cover $6-$10 sliding scale (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds!) Queer Slam

Wednesday, Aug 7

Razzle Dazzle Divas! The Women of Movie Musicals 

A gay man’s night in heaven. Film scholar Michael Van Den Bos spotlights the wonder women of classic movie song and dance in a clip show featuring sensational performances by Julie Andrews, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Lena Horne, Ann Miller, Barbra Streisand and more! Michael also pays tribute to the dazzling Doris Day and the musical muses of choreographer/director Bob Fosse.

2—4pm. Vancouver International film Festival, 1181 Seymour St. Tickets $13 and info at  Razzle Dazzle Divas


Thursday, Aug 8

Aging With Pride 

An event for LGBTQ2S+ older adults 55+, an afternoon of celebration and mingling with peers. Light snacks will be provided in addition to special performance and a discussion of the history of the local pride movement. In collaboration with Vancouver Pride Society, 411 Seniors Centre, Haro Park Centre, West End Seniors' Network.

1—4pm. Haro Park Centre Society, 1170 Bute St. To RSVP please email Michael at seniors@qmunity.ca or Call 604.684.5307 ext. 110. Aging With Pride

Mina Mercury and her Chica's Drag Bingo

Mina Mercury and a special guest drag queen each week will host Drag Show Bingo. There will be two sets of two games of bingo with lots of entertainment and numbers before and between bingo sets. There will be lots of prizes, outfits, numbers, fun, drinks and food specials! Each set of bingo is $10 and proceeds go towards Foundation of Hope Charity; a LGBTQ charity that funds not-for profit LGBTQ refugee organizations. So come out for a good cause, a lot of fun, and of course the most amazing outfits!

8:30—10:30pm. Chicha Restaurant, 136 East Broadway St. Chica's Drag Bingo

Friday, Aug 9

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival 

This 3-day free festival includes 150+ exhibiting and performing artists as well as organizational partners, free public workshops, and hundreds of artworks on display and for sale, alongside aerial silk acrobatics, Cantonese opera, intergenerational dance, wild live performances, and a range of musical stylings throughout the weekend. All events are free and 100% of sales go to the artists. Festival runs until Sunday, Aug 11.

11am—4:30pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Outsider Arts Festival

Burnaby Pride

Burnaby's first Pride event has come together through the hard work of many community organizations. The Burnaby Pride Planning Committee has set out to create an opportunity to showcase, recognize, and celebrate LGBTQ2S+ identities in Burnaby. They're showcasing the best local LGBTQ2S+ talent from Burnaby and the surrounding communities!  Whether you like dance, poetry, live music, or drag (just to name a few!), they have something for everyone to enjoy!

Check online for events, times and venues for this two day event. Burnaby Pride

Pride Rainbow Garden Party

Pacific Blue Cross and CUPE 1816 are proud to present the first-ever Burnaby Pride Rainbow Garden Party! An 18+ evening of drag, music, art, food & drink, the Rainbow Garden Party is the official launch of Burnaby Pride Weekend 2019. Hosted by Alma Bitches along with performances by Dee Twentee, Raye Sunshine, Kendall Gendr, Dee Blew and more.

5—9pm. Burnaby Civic Square, 6100 Willingdon Ave. Rainbow Garden Party

Saturday, Aug 10

New Westminster Pride Festival

I have had much fun in past year’s at this event but this year I have to pass as I will be cruising the Montreal Pride events, but I am sure most of you will take over the partying for me. Join for the 10th annual New West Pride and help celebrate Pride and the LGBTQ+ community in New Westminster. They are proud to have an entire week, Aug 10—17, of community events that culminate with the street festival the community has come to love. Come check out the free fun and festivities, it's always the party of the year! New West Pride is just steps from New Westminster and Columbia Skytrain Stations. Today is the final day of the events but it is the biggest and most fun of all the days. A huge street festival with patios, drag queens, vendors and fun. Check online for the full schedule. New Westminster Pride


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In Advance

Sometimes there are gay events that are so popular they sell out weeks before you may even hear about them. If there is an event like that which gives back to a good cause, then I will be posting one of them here, so you have a chance to get your tickets before they are gone.

Thursday Aug 15 to Sunday, Aug 25

The 31st Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival 

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) is a vibrant space for queer arts, culture, and community. It showcases dynamic and thought-provoking films from British Columbian filmmakers as well as other Canadian and international directors and storytellers. From our Opening Gala showing of Song Lang, to our projecting brilliance: two spirit showcase, this year’s VQFF is more enthralling and entertaining than ever. Old favourites include Troublemakers, now in its fourth year, and The Coast is Queer, a local shorts program that highlights the work of homegrown queer filmmakers.  To check out the films, times, venues and tickets please check online at Queer Film Festival


Where’s the Pride?

What’s On Queer has a great listing of 2019 BC Pride Celebrations, on their Resources page. As well, we’ve gathered all the events on our calendar click here —>

PHOTO CREDIT - Thumbnail - Photo by Marta Branco from Pexels

Get Out!Tom Coleman