From seaside festivals to killer DJ sets and outdoor street parties, Vancouver’s 10-day Pride celebrations are jam-packed. Knowing which places to hit up for the most colourful and inspiring experience can be overwhelming with the endless amount of festivities. That’s why we did some digging to find the best Pride events in Vancouver. If you want to continue the celebration, click here to check out the rest of our fave LGBTQ events across Canada.
When: July 27–August 5
The low-down: With over 650,000 people in attendance, Vancouver’s 40th annual Pride Parade is the highlight of the city’s Pride Week. Filled with breathtaking costumes, inspiring signs and an endless amount of floats, it is a must-see—don’t forget to bring your rainbow flags.
When: August 5 at 12 p.m.
Find it: Starts on Robson St., turns down Denman St. and ends at Beach Ave. (across from Sunset Beach Park),
Pride at the Pier
The low-down: Soak in the city’s view of the waterfront while you dance along to local LGBTQ DJs and watch spectacular drag queen performances at this all-ages, alcohol-free event. If you don’t drink or want to bring your whole family along for the fun, this event is perfect for you.
When: July 31 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Find it: Shipbuilders’ Square at The Shipyards,
Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast
The low-down: Come and celebrate one of the founders of Vancouver Pride over pancakes and other breakfast goodies.
When: August 4 at 8 a.m.
Fees: By donation
Find it: Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute St.,
Sunset Beach Festival
Party by the sea with over 150,000 people—there is no shortage of dancing, live music, cute vendors and killer ocean views.
When: August 5 at 11 a.m.
Find it: Sunset Beach Park, 1204 Beach Ave,
Hotline: Pride Sunday Afterhours
The low-down: Celebrate the end of Pride into the early hours of the morning at this super low-key event featuring a line-up of all female and LGBTQ DJs, like Kim Anh, Colby B and Kasey Riot.
When: August 5 at 11 p.m.
Fees: $25 per person
Find it: Open Studios, 252 E 1st Ave. #200,