Out in Vancouver July 18-27 with Tom Coleman

Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 19 - 21

Vancouver Folk Music Festival July 19 - 21

Remember to check out all the great events in the What’s On Queer BC Guide to Vancouver Pride Events HERE


Thursday, July 18

Jesse Brown for Vancouver Centre: Launch Party

Join Jesse Brown as he launches his campaign to be Vancouver Centre's next Member of Parliament! Don't miss out on Vancouver's best venue, music by DJ Landon James, and a special performance by the one and only Carlotta Gurl, hmm wonder if she will be dressing in green! Get inspired and join the movement. It's time!

7—10pm. 1181, 1181 Davie St. Jesse Brown


Friday, July 19

42nd Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival 

Over the years, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival has played a key role in the development of artists and audiences on a regional, national, and international level. The society continues to honour the same traditions with an emphasis on emerging and diverse artists.  Join friends and fellow community members to experience the music and culture of more than 40 international, national, and local acts. New this year is CircusWest. Bring the whole family and step up kids, try your skill at juggling, tightwire and hand stilts and learn from Vancouver’s top circus coaches. CircusWest will also perform circus shows featuring BC’s top young circus talents in a showcase of aerials, acrobatics, object manipulation, and balance. Festival runs until Sunday.

Jericho Beach Park. For tickets $40--$175 and info at Vancouver Folk Music

Liquid Courage: Lipstick Jungle

Hey party people get cozy at the cutest bar in the Davie village. Join for Happy Hour from 7-9pm and take advantage of some yummy happy hour specials. Then stay and dance till midnight with DJ Lola Phyne. She will have you inspired to make some moves on the dance floor.

7pm—12am. 1181, 1181 Davie St, No cover. Lipstick Jungle


Crown Jules: Pride Show

Crown Jules is a monthly charity drag show benefiting the DMS Vancouver. This show is hosted every month by the Upper House of the 48th Reign: The House of Immaculate Filth. As we move forward we honour the original monthly fundraiser 'Faux Girls' and its creator, DJ Jules, who has created a legacy that we want to carry on through with the evolving world of drag that Vancouver enjoys. Hosted by Reigning Emprex 48 Alma Bitches and Emperor 48 Del Stamp!!

9pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $7. The Junction


Hotline with Overland, Kasey Riot and more

Shhh it’s a secret, well at least until the day of the show. Join Overland, Kasey Riot, Innezz and Ra/Sol at the best kept secret in town. On the day of the event call the hotline and find out where the secret warehouse is where you can party your butt off.

11pm—5am. Call 604-367-1794 day of. Tickets $10 and info at Hotline


Saturday, July 20

Create/iv at the West End Summer Market

Come join the fun of the summer market with Create/iv. Choose from original paintings, posters, photography and much more all on sale.  Also, you will get to purchase an exclusive tea, collaboration with CuriosiTea Vancouver : BAMBI IS CURIOUS. The cover art is taken from the project "Goodbye To Innocence". Proceeds from this tea will go to the Foundation of Hope.

11am. Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute St. West End Summer Market

Spencer's Pride BBQ

Kick off your Pride celebrations with Spencer Chandra Herbert! You'll enjoy a burger, a beverage and great local LGBTQ+ entertainment! It's a party with a purpose, the BC Liberals want to force an election at the first chance they can get, and we all need to be prepared. All ticket sales go to their election readiness fund.

3—6pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Tickets, $100 and info at Spencer's Pride BBQ

Fraser Valley Pride Celebration 2019: Festival & Walk

LIVE OUT LOUD at the 7th Annual Fraser Valley Pride Celebration Festival & Walk.  Celebrate PRIDE in the park!  Free family fun including vendor booths, live entertainment, and more. ALL the proceeds from FV Pride support the Fraser Valley Youth Society? Have fun and support the youth! Proudly hosted by Fraser Valley Youth Society.

3—8pm. Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Road, Abbotsford. Fraser Valley Pride

Non-Stop Disco Party

Join for an evening of vintage dance music as they put four to the floor in tribute to disco glamour from the 70s until 90s. Featuring all the retro glitz and drag whimsy one might have seen in all the discotheques from the dawn of mainstream queer culture and late-night hedonism. With DJ Phil David + guests!

10:30pm—2am. The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St. $13 at door. Disco Party


Sunday, July 21

Picnic in the Park 2019

Originally called the "Teddy Bear Picnic," this event has a notable history stretching back decades. Unusual for the time, the Teddy Bear Picnic allowed LGBTQ2+ community members to gather in an outdoor, public space. We are excited to continue the legacy of this event and welcome you and your family to come. Join for family friendly activities after the Pride Run & Walk 2019. Games, fun and lots of sunshine make this the best day ever.

11am—5pm. Second Beach, Stanley Park. Picnic In The Park

Resurrection! Takin' ya to Church

YOHO Cruises and The Unstoppable Conni Smudge present a heavenly edition of their Big Boozy Boaty Brunch. For the heavenly side you have the immaculate virgin herself, Conni Smudge and joining her is the exact opposite with the devilish nymph Carlotta Gurl. Not only will the brunch be the only thing that offers all you can eat! Watch your men and stay off the poop deck. Featuring a Sinfully Delicious Drag Show, Holy Water Shooters and the ANONYMOUS CONFESSION BOX, no that is not another Drag Queen. Share your sin for a chance to win! Best sin wins a pair of tickets to the next Big Boozy Boaty Brunch. The only catch… you’ll need to reveal your identity in front of everyone to claim your prize!

11am—2pm. 1676 Duranleau St, Granville Island. Tickets $60 and info at Resurrection


Monday, July 22

Condom Packing Party: Pride Edition

Health Initiative for Men (HIM) are super excited about their annual Condom Packing Party: SPECIAL PRIDE EDITION! Extra special guests from Microsoft Vancouver and the #TECHLOVESPRIDE  Collective will be in attendance. We will also have folks coming out from Canada’s NDP / Le NPD du Canada and the camp of David C. Jones! At this special Pride Edition they  will be inviting back ALL past participants and Co-Hosts, special guests and past volunteers from over the last two years to do a big Condom Packaging push to maximize their stock before Pride Weekend, so come join  and get to know more about them and assist in readying our supplies!

6—8pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Condom Packing Party

Dearly Deported: Roast + Drag Show

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to say goodbye to the dearly (nearly) deported Molly Poppinz, and what better way than to have a roast? The library is officially open, because reading is what? Fundamental!  So let’s get this roast a cooking. Come down for the farewell show you won’t want to miss, before Molly has to evacuate the country in a couple of weeks. Hosted by Molly Poppinz along with Del Stamp and featuring Thanks Jem, Alma Bitches, Adam Zapple and many more.

11pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $6. Dearly Deported

Tuesday, July 23

Launch! An Accessible Open Mic for Queer Youth, Seniors, and Allies

Wanna try something new that is a great alternative to the bar-scene is and all-ages? This is a safe, inclusive, accessible space for people of any genre and experience level to come perform. Or come check it out as an audience member! LGBTQ+ and allies welcome.

7:30—9pm. Roundhouse Community Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews. Launch!


Wednesday, July 24

Bingo For Life

Pretty well your last chance at a shot a Bingo before Pride Fever and the tourists all hit the village. A pillar of our community for decades, Bingo For life is a weekly drag bingo fundraiser which benefits Vancouver Friends for Life Society programming and services. Your favourite party gurl who never tires will be on hand as your perpetual host, Carlotta Gurl. Fantastic prizes, awesome drinks and entertainment you can’t just find anywhere…well ok maybe Shanghai.

7—9:30pm. Mary`s On Davie, 1202 Davie St. Entry by donation - minimum suggested donation $10. Bingo For Life


Thursday, July 25

Lady in Red Pride Ball

Kick-off Pride with Fairmont Hotel Vancouver at the second annual Lady In Red Ball, benefiting Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Vancouver's Next Drag Superstar winner and Fairmont Pride Ambassador, Kendall Gender, takes the stage in the stunning Pacific Ballroom to emcee the evening's events, including a show-stopping performance with The Brat Pack. Also featuring a live musical performance by singer/songwriter Stephen Scaccia, DJ-ing by Man About Town Entertainment, silent auction, cocktails and canapés.

7—10pm. Fairmont Hotel, 900 West Georgia St. Tickets $89 and info at Lady In Red Pride Ball

Friday, July 26

Public Disco at Pride Premiere

A 7-hour, 360° party circling the Vancouver Art Gallery. Yes please! Public Disco is back to host Public Disco at Pride Premiere. Finding innovative ways to present music and bring people together is of utmost importance in a city with limited space, widespread unaffordability and an often lonely population. Public Disco combats these challenges by creating free pop-up events that connect people through music and dancing in reimagined urban spaces. Two channels of music - one immersive dancing environment. Grab a pair of headphones and pick the channel that moves you. From pop and hip hop to house and techno, anything goes in the Silent Disco. Five hours of feel good dance music from 5-10pm.

5pm—12am. Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, 750 Hornby St. Pride Premiere

Keep Dancing - Pride Kickoff Party / Pride Premiere Afterparty

After Public Disco at Pride Premiere, let's KEEP DANCING to celebrate the beginning of Pride week with a GIANT warehouse PARTY at Eastside Studios. Queer House music all night long, hosted by Alma Bitches along with DJs G-Luve, easy bake coven, regularfantasy and Orographic.

10pm—3am. Warehouse at Eastside Studios, 550 Malkin Ave. Tickets $10--$12 online or $15 at door. Keep Dancing

Saturday, July 27

Kids N' Queens 2019

Join for the 2019 edition of Kids N' Queens: Drag Queen story time with Mina Mercury! Mina Mercury is back once again just before Vancouver Pride for performances, stories and songs catered to all children and to children at heart! This year's event will include a photo booth to take pictures with your family, craft stations and play areas.

1:30—2:30pm. Gordon Neighbourhood House, 10119 Broughton St. Kids n`Queens

Hot Fruit: Big Sweat

Feeling a little hot? Want to get a little wet? MangoSweet is ripe’n’ready to splash you with a pride edition of Hot Fruit - Big Sweat! This is the latest of the duo’s events that centre & celebrate QTBIPOC. Hot Fruit - Big Sweat is a free dance party that centres queer & trans, black, indigenous, people of colour performers and talent. Dress in your brightest colours, busiest patterns, and shine the way you want to shine. The event will include opportunities for people of all genders and levels of shyness to have a good time- you can make friends or keep to yourself in our arts & crafts and gaming corner. Quieter music and a laid-back atmosphere will give the party a soft start with some of our favourite audio-duvet-covers and tunes selected by Asami Is Made In Japan. During this time, you will be able to have a tarot reading by Temple Alchemy by donation.

7pm—2am. Imperial, 319 Main St. Tickets and info at Hot Fruit

Man Up: Rookies of the Year

The new wave of big drag energy just keeps getting bigger, wetter, and better. The current explosion of boundary-breaking, patriarchy-smashing local drag starlets is sensational, and frankly, relentless!! To showcase this exciting new generation, they've put together an all-star cast of emerging newbies from the past year of Man Up: Amateur Hour shows and beyond! Come down and VOTE for your fave performance! Audience's choice gets a paid booking at Man Up Pride: By Your Side, a $75 warehouse bar tab, and the love and adoration of all.

9pm—2am. The Clubhouse, 238 East 1st Ave. $15 at door. Rookies of The Year

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 1

Twisted Sister’s Pride Edition

Twisted Sisters is a one of a kind show where comics do stand-up AND drag. This special pride edition features Vancouver's best from both the stand-up and drag community! Hosted by Emily Bilton (JFL Northwest, JFL42, YYC Comedy Festival) and featuring Dust, Tin Lorica, Yumi Nagashima and out of town guest Anne Xiety!

8—10pm. Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr. Tickets $15 and info at Twisted Sisters

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 —>

Get Out!Tom Coleman