Out in Vancouver
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Out in Vancouver for Pride: July 27–Aug 8, 2018

Choice events in the city over Pride

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Friday, July 27

Spirit Pride 2018

Get in touch with your spiritual side during this Pride season. Spirit Pride is a three-day spirituality conference for the LGBT community, dedicated to identity and spiritual growth.

Runs until July 29, 2018. For more details, visit Spirit Pride.

Pride Premiere

It’s a seven-hour extravaganza when Pride officially kicks off in the Vancouver Art Gallery. Enjoy interactive art pieces, a beer garden and plenty of entertainment to get you hyped.

5pm–12am. Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St. No cover. For more info, visit Facebook.

Lady In Red Pride Ball

Raise funds for the Dr Peter AIDS Foundation at the inaugural Lady in Red Pride Ball. Hosted by local drag legend Kendall Gendr, and special guests The Brat Pack and Ballet BC.

7–10pm. The Fairmont Hotel, 900 Georgia St W. Tickets $99 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Diva’s Kickoff To Pride

Join host Sienna Blaze and a bevy of special guests as they ring in the Pride season, with none other than DJ Del Stamp behind the decks.

9:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $7. For more info, visit Facebook.

Saturday, July 28

Jazz Up With Pride With Martina Griffiths

Catch a live performance of classic jazz standards, and enjoy popular Pride anthems being given the jazz treatment.

7:30pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $20 online. For more info and tickets, visit Jazz Up.

Absolut’ly Dragulous: Christmas In July

What better way to celebrate Pride than with a little Christmas action? Join Carlotta Gurl for her annual halfway-to-Christmas show with DJ Mike Bermudez.

9pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $7. For more info, visit Facebook.

Rawk Prom: A Benefit For Girls Rock Camp

Three bands come together to deliver a face-melting, LGBT-inclusive prom night with proceeds going toward Girls Rock Camp. Dressing up is not mandatory but enthusiastically encouraged.

9pm–1am. The Fairview Pub, 898 Broadway St W. Tickets $15 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Honda Celebration Of Light

Gather under the night sky for a fireworks show that puts the “wow” in “wow, that’s a lot of fireworks.” Reserve spots ahead of time and get yourself a good view.

10pm. English Bay. For additional showtimes and more info, visit Celebration of Light.

Sunday, July 29

Queers and Beers Pride Edition

Celebrate four years of day drinking! Queers and Beers invites you to the Pride edition of its laidback party, featuring games, food trucks and (natch) beers.

5–10pm. Eastside Studios Warehouse, 550 Malkin Ave. Tickets $15. For more info, visit Facebook.

Drag Me To Hell first Anniversary

Hard to believe it’s been a full year since this party dragged revelers into the fiery pits of Hades. Celebrate the milestone with Miss Understood and DJ T.

11pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.

Monday, July 30

Pride Proclamation

Join Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Vancouver Pride Society as they officially announce the beginning of Pride in Vancouver.

11am. North Steps, Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby St. Free event. For more info, visit Vancouver Pride.

Pride Quizzin’ With Carin

Trivia at The Junction gets a revamp with a new host and a Pride themed trivia night, with hosts Carin and Robert.

7:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. No cover. For more info, visit Facebook.

Theatre Under The Stars: Pride Night

Catch a special Pride edition of Theatre Under The Stars with a viewing of 42nd Street. Go out there a youngster and come back a star.

8pm. Malkin Bowl, 610 Pipeline Rd, Stanley Park. Tickets $30–$49 online. For more info and tickets, visit Vancouver Pride.

Dick Safari: Double Penetration

Bare it all for a chance to win a cash prize or a Steamworks giveaway. Or sit in the crowd and watch strangers strip. Hosted by Alma Bitches and DJ Del Stamp.

10pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5 after 11pm. For more info, visit The Junction.

Tuesday, July 31

This is Pride: Celebrities

Celebrities hosts a full line-up of queer talent, from comedian Joel Kim Booster to rapper Brooke Candy, and plenty of parties for you to shake your butt.

Runs until Aug 5. For a full schedule of shows and events, visit This is Pride.

Pride At The Pier

This all-ages, alcohol-free dance party is back for its second year. Party along the water with DJs on the decks and even more drag talent.

5–10pm. Shipbuilder’s Square, Wallace Mews, Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver. No cover. For more info, visit Facebook.

Comedy Night: Benefiting Qmunity

LGBT comedians hit the stage for a night of stand-up comedy. Proceeds from the show go toward Qmunity.

7pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. PWYC. For more info, visit Facebook.

Sh*t Show

Billing asks: “How far would you go or what would you do to win an amazing prize?” Discover at your own risk.

8pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.

Fresh Air Cinema Pride Night: Spice World

Fresh Air Cinema’s Pride Night presents Spice World. Costume, including platform sneakers, is encouraged.

8:30pm. 8501 Stanley Park Dr, Stanley Park. Free event, reserved seating $20 online. For more info and tickets, visit Vancouver Pride.

Tuesday Pride

Get rowdy on a Tuesday night. Expect extra shenanigans and good times while Pride season is in the air.

9pm–3am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Wednesday, Aug 1

Vancouver Alternative Pride Festival 2018

Vancouver Art and Leisure presents the Alternative Pride festival. Spanning over 5 days and including over 100 artists, there is sure to be something for everyone. Mostly.

Runs until Aug 5. For more info, visit Facebook.

Numbers Karaoke

Numbers invites you to their third floor karaoke room. Warble out your faves until 3am! With DJ Dennis Kindel spinning on the dance floor.

8pm–3am. Numbers, 1042 Davie St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Black Light Dance Party: Extreme Neon

Strap on your best neon gear, because it’s time to show it off under the black light. Featuring DJ Nick Bertossi and, billing says, “sexy go-go men.”

9pm–4am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.

Thursday, Aug 2

A Night Of Storytelling

Five queer authors come together to read from their celebrated works, with lively discussion to follow.

6:30–8:30pm. Vancouver Public Library, 350 Georgia St W. Free event. For more info, visit Facebook.

The Big Gay Sing

The Vancouver Men’s Chorus invites you to watch, participate and sing along to a medley of classic gay anthems. The venue is licensed.

8pm. Red Gate Revue Stage, Granville Island. Tickets $25–$50 online. For more info and tickets, visit Big Gay Sing.

Puppyteeth’s Drag Carnival

All the ghoulish queens come out to play. Featuring Pop Puppyteeth and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 contestant Laila McQueen.

8pm–1am. Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E Hastings St. Tickets $20–$40 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

3rd Ring Best Chest, Butt and Package Contest

Think you’ve got one of those, or the whole trifecta? Pick your best and go for it, with cash prizes in each category. Luckily, DJ Daniel Stilla is trapped in the DJ booth all night, or else the money would be his!.

9pm–4am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.

Tuck It: Finale

A winner will be crowned tonight at Tuck It, an amateur drag queen competition. Hosted by Symone Says and featuring an extra special guest judge, RPDR alumna Ginger Minj. .

9pm–2am. Are You MIA, 350 Water St. Tickets $32 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

A Bawdy Body Party

Celebrate that body-ody-ody! Revelers are required to be either shirtless or pantsless. DJ Del Stamp spins.

10pm–2am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $10 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Brooke Candy Pride

“Opulence” rapper Brooke Candy brings her unique style and sound to Celebrities for a live performance.

10pm–3am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $20 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Friday, Aug 3

CruiseyT Kick Off Cruise

The street party may be gone but CruiseyT has the perfect replacement for you. Get on a great night cruise with DJs Nick Bertossi and Ronny Boyce, and be entertained by Ray Sunshine and Gia Metric. The most fun you can have on the high seas.

5:30pm. Harbour Cruise Dock, 501 Denman St. Tickets $70 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

2018 Trans, Two Spirit, Genderqueer, Intersex March

March participants will walk from Clark Park to Victoria Park, followed by performances from local trans artists.

6–7:45pm. Clark Park, 1500 E 14th Ave. For more info, visit Facebook.

Chicas Ahoy: Pride Boat Cruise

Flygirl invites you to a boat. Not just any boat: the Magic Spirit boasts three floors, a top-deck bar and a walkway around the entire yacht. All aboard.

7–11pm. Magic Spirit, Plaza Of Nations Marina Dock A, 750 Pacific Blvd. Tickets $55 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Vancouver Pride Undie Run

Party4Health invites you to a sober evening of taking a run in your skivvies, followed by a party in a fountain to cool down.

7–10pm. Burrard St and Davie St. Free event. For more info, visit Undie Run.

Swallow Your Pride

Kinksters of all stripes, and even the curious newbies, are invited to this fourth annual BDSM party.

8pm–1am. Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St. Tickets $25 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Queer As Funk

Party band Queer as Funk returns for their annual Vancouver Pride kick-off party and celebrates 5 years of jamming out together.

8pm. The Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St. Tickets $36 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Grease : The Drag Show Remix

Love local drag queens and Grease? Picture Alma Bitches as Sandy, Rose Butch as Danny, Merry Cherry as Rizzo. You get the idea.

8–10pm. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Cover $10. For more info, visit Facebook.

Felix da Housecat Pride

Celebrities is proud to bring the legendary DJ Felix Da Housecat behind the decks for an unforgettable evening.

8pm–4am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $15 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Late Night Snack

It’s a feast for all of your senses: great food, plenty of libations and a roster of drag talent hitting the stage.

9pm. Save On Meats, 43 W Hastings St. Tickets $20 online. For more info, visit Facebook.

Wet and Wild Pride

Go-go men hop into the showers and the “entertainment cube” and get wet and wild. With DJs Del Stamp and Nick Bertossi spinning all night long.

9pm–4am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $10. For more info, visit Facebook.

Rapture: Playboy Hip-Hop R&B Pride

It’s exclusively hip-hop and R&B tracks for this dance heavy party. DJ Domtop spins, with plenty of guest appearances on deck.

9pm–4am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $20–$30 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Man Up Pride: Let Love Shine

Eastside Studios becomes the home for Man Up. Party hard, then come back for a week of art shows, movie screenings and more.

9pm–2am. Warehouse at Eastside Studios, 550 Malkin Ave. Tickets $22 at door, $20 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Pride At Parq

Celebrate Pride on a gorgeous rooftop patio. Hosted by RPDR alumna Kim Chi.

9pm–3am. Parq, 39 Smithe St. Tickets $60–$85 online. For more info and tickets, visit Parq Vancouver.

Ruff Pride

A stable of RUFF men come out to play, including Mr RUFF 2018 Stephen, and newcomer Sean Sikorski.

9pm–3am. The Pint, 455 Abbott St. Tickets $35–$40 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Downtown With Whitney Day

This Pride kick-off party is hosted by Skylar Love and DJ Krista, featuring special guest Whitney Day and DJ O Show.

10pm–3am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $15 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Saturday, Aug 4

Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast

Come together for a pancake breakfast in Jim Deva Plaza to commemorate community pillar Terry Wallace.

8am–12pm. Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute St. PWYC. For more info, visit Facebook.

15th Annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival

Parade participants will make their way down Commercial Drive, ending at Grandview Park for a festival featuring queer artists, local vendors and a friendly community space.

11am–5pm. Grandview Park, 1657 Charles St. Free event. For more info, visit Facebook.

Powell Street Festival

Celebrate Japanese-Canadian culture with this two-day festival. Enjoy fine cuisine, traditional Japanese art and special performances.

Runs until Aug 5. 11:30am–7pm. Oppenheimer Park, 400 Powell St. Free event. For more info, visit Facebook.

Plaza Pride

With DJ Rafael Calvente, hostesses Venus and South, and the amazing bar staff of XY. Also, there may be a pool.

2–8pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. No cover. For more info, visit Facebook.

Bears In Space Street Party

An inclusive street party for everyone, produced in collaboration with LA’s infamous outdoor Bears in Space gatherings.

3pm. Red Truck Brewery, Outdoor Stage, 295 1st Ave E. Cover $20. For more info, visit Alternative Pride.

Sparkle 2018

Help raise funds for McLaren Housing, which provides housing and support for people living with HIV, at a glitzy and fabulous gala.

7:30pm. TD Tower Penthouse, 700 Georgia St W. Tickets $130 online. For more info and tickets, visit Sparkle 2018.

Fierce Queen

Drag queens congregate and read each other to filth, live. Wigs will be snatched and shade will be thrown. With special guest, RPDR alumna Aja.

8pm–1am. Rickshaw Theatre, 254 E Hastings St. Tickets $32–$62 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Numbers Patio

Come on in for an afternoon of cool drinks on a hot patio. With DJs Dennis Kindel and Mike Cross spinning.

2pm. Numbers, 1042 Davie St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Rapture Clutch

A regular party gets a Pride upgrade, with plenty of DJs and go-go boys from across the world ready to join the fun.

8pm–4am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $25–$35 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Pure Pride

Plenty of talent comes out to present, as billing says, “the best of the best” for this electric party, with extra special guest, RPDR alumna Willam.

9pm–4am. Harbour Event Centre, 750 Pacific Blvd. Tickets $40 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Queer Pride Lick Club

Lick, as billing describes, is “more than a queer dance party, it’s a social gathering where people can connect, socialize, play pool, have a drink and build community.”

9pm–3am. Red Gate Arts Society, 1965 Main St. Tickets $18 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

3rd Ring Pride

Pumpjack is in full swing, with DJ Quest on the decks and plenty of go-go men dancing for your entertainment.

9pm–4am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $10. For more info, visit Facebook.

Bearracuda

Bears and their admirers are sure to enjoy the furry go-go boys and world-class DJs that are on the agenda for this party.

9pm–3am. The Red Room, 398 Richards St. Tickets $30–$40 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Dicky Doo Pride

DJ Dickey Doo makes a splash for this Pride party, with guest DJs Todd Omotani and Marlon J English.

10pm–3am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $15 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Kandy Pride

Artists, DJs and everything in between come together for this epic party. Featuring NYC artist KANDY.

10pm–4am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St, Tickets $15 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Spank

Partying and kink come together for Spank. Enjoy multi-area fetish rooms, curated fetish zones, DJs from around the world and more leather than you’ll know what to do with.

10pm. The Waldorf, 757 Robson St.. Tickets $30 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Love And Freedom Dirty Party

The beats: dirty. The men: dirty. The party: dirty! Get down and dirty with filthy beats by DJ Isaac Escalante, an opening set by local favourite Del Stamp and provocative performances by Austin Wolf.

10pm–3am. Imperial Vancouver, 319 Main St. Tickets $60 online. For more info, visit Facebook.

Sunday, Aug 5

Sunset Beach Festival

Party and hang during the day by Sunset Beach. Catch performances on the main stage or grab a bite and a beer; it’s your Sunday.

11am–6pm. Sunset Beach, 1204 Beach Ave. Free event. For more info, visit Facebook.

March With PFLAG

PFLAG members are regular fixtures in the Pride parade, and they want you to join them. Are you the proud parent of a queer kid? Do you like marching? Sign up!

11:30am–2:30pm. Begins at Robson St and Thurlow St. For more info, visit Facebook.

Vancouver 40th Pride Parade

The 40th annual Pride parade starts at Robson St and Jervis St, continues along Denman St and along Beach Ave, ending in a giant party.

12–3pm. For parade route and viewing options, visit Vancouver Pride.

Pride T-Dance

It wouldn’t be Pride without a few tea dances. Party under the sun and hear every gay anthem ever made . . . with a few cocktails in hand, of course. .

12pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.

XY Pride Sunday Funday

XYYVR has three parties lined up for an entire day of DJs, Vegas-revue shows and “Bye Felicia The Shequel.” Come for one or all three.

1pm.. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Tickets $12–$30. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Numbers Patio Party

The patio party is back for Pride. Catch DJ Dennis Kindel in the afternoon, while DJ Shelly covers the night.

1pm–4am. Numbers, 1042 Davie St. For more info, visit Facebook.

History Sunday

Celebrities opens its doors for an epic 14 hours. With host Alma Bitches and plenty of DJs on the decks.

2pm–4am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Love and Freedom Tea Dance

Enjoy a cocktail at this post-parade tea dance, featuring DJ Alyson Calagna.

3–7pm. Waterview Event Space, 1661 Granville St. Tickets $20 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Chicas In The Afternoon

Flygirl presents a chilled out and sexy afternoon. Feel the good vibes with two dancefloors, five DJs and a world-class mixologist.

4–9pm. Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard St. Tickets $47.50 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Pride GoGo Cruise

The MV Britannia is transformed into a house and nu-disco dance party on the water, with performances by some of Vancouver’s best drag queens.

5pm. Harbour Cruises Dock, 501 Denman St. Tickets $75 online. For more info and tickets, visit CruiseyT.

Pride Party Cruise

The MV Princess plays host to a crowd-favourite party on the water. With DJs Sprlvr and Charles on the decks.

6pm. Harbour Cruises Dock, 501 Denman St. Tickets $75 online. For more info and tickets, visit CruiseyT.

Untoxicated 2018

A clean and sober event presented by Last Door Recovery Society. Featuring performances by RPDR vets Trixie Mattel and Sasha Velour.

6–10pm. Davie St and Bute St, 1200 Bute St. Tickets $25 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Pride Junction Dance Party

DJs Mike Bermudez and Dennis Kindle spin all night long, with special performances by local drag faves Carlotta Gurl, Joan-E and Gaysha Starr.

8pm–4am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $15. For more info, visit Facebook.

Hustla: Emerald Pride

Hustla makes a return for Pride season in a new home. Billing promises a night that will be “keeping you sweating and swaying to the best homo hip hip you can imagine.”

8pm–2am. Emerald Supper Club, 555 Gore Ave. Tickets $20 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Pride Kegger

Pumpjack Pub is famous for the Sunday Afternoon Kegger. The ultimate place to be on Pride Sunday — even better than watching the parade. Come play with DJs Del Stamp and Quest, and the hottest go-go men in town.

1pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.

Honey Dip

Hip hop and the ball scene come together for a sweet, sticky and all-natural kind of night with “the tastiest dancefloor treats!”

9pm–2am. Eastside Studios Warehouse, 550 Malkin Ave. Tickets $17–$20 online, $25 at door. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

RUFF Pride Black

The men of RUFF return for more fun on a Sunday night. With DJs King of Pants and Seth Breezy. .

9pm–4am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $20–$30 online. For more info and tickets, visit Ruff Party.

Pride Hershe Bar

Flygirl closes out the night with one mega party. Two clubs, over 10 DJs and plenty of talent are on hand to help you party the night away.

9pm–2am. Red Room Ultra Bar, 398 Richards St. Tickets $20–$25 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Furoshious

Say goodbye to this year’s Pride at Pumpjack’s with one final, giant bash that goes on into the wee hours of the night. With DJ Nik Bertossi and plenty of go-go boys.

9pm–4am. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $10. For more info, visit Facebook.

Love And Freedom: Glitter

DJ Landon James and Toronto’s drag legend Sofonda Cox are headlining this Pride closing bash.

10pm–3am. Imperial Vancouver, 319 Main St. Tickets $80 online. For more info, visit Facebook.

Hotline After Hours

It’s queer underground jams all night long (and into a very early hour in the morning). Featuring Kim Anh, Colby B and Casey Riot.

11pm–5am. Open Studios, 252 1st Ave E. Tickets $25 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Monday, Aug 6

Love And Freedom: United Afterhours Party

Cabana Lounge becomes the ultimate Pride afterparty. Dance until the morning, literally. Featuring superstar DJ Eddie Martinez.

3am–8am. Cabana Lounge, 1159 Granville St. Tickets $80 online. For more info and tickets, visit Facebook.

Pride Recovery Cruise

Typically this is the last big event of the season, favoured by the hospitality people who worked during all the other events. And if anyone knows how to turn the MV Britannia into a party boat, it’s these folks.

4pm. Harbour Cruises Dock, 501 Denman St. Tickets $75 online. For more info and tickets, visit CruiseyT.

Dick Safari: Double Penetration Part 2

Why only have one amateur stripping night? Come back for this second night of stripping for cash and prizes!

10pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.

Wednesday, Aug 8

The Barron Gurl Show

Isolde N Barron and Carlotta Gurl pull it together after Pride for their regular Wednesday night drag cabaret show. True professionals!

10pm–3am. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.