Thursday, May 10
2018 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic
Organizers say this is the the world’s biggest competition for LGBT bartenders. Taste cocktails made by top bartenders and vote for your favourites. Think you’re good enough to compete? Apply here.
8–11pm. Numbers, 1042 Davie St. No cover if you RSVP online. For more info, visit the Key West Cocktail Classic.
The Hero Show: Shock Wave
Comedy show with Tom Hill, Katie-Ellen Humphries, Chris Kelly and many more.
8:30–11pm. The China Cloud, 524 Main St. Cover $10. For more info, visit Facebook.
Friday, May 11
Shipyards Night Market
Ever wonder where all the eye candy has disappeared to on a hot Friday night? Check out the party, just a Sea Bus ride away, where there are men as far as the eye can see. Beer garden, food trucks, vendors, bands and lots of spots to hide away and have a nibble or two.
5–10pm. Shipyards, 138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver (steps from the Sea Bus terminal). For more info, visit Facebook.
A pop-up shop for LGBT makers and artists. Clothes, beard products, soap, toothpaste and more. Open Friday and Saturday.
6–10pm Friday; 12–4pm Saturday. 434 Columbia St, Vancouver. Free entrance. For more info, visit Facebook.
Late Night Snack
Food, drinks and drag. Hosted by PM and Continental Breakfast, with food by Save On Meats and drag performances by some of Vancouver’s best.
9pm. Save On Meats, 43 W Hastings St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Facebook.
Ricecake: A Queer Asian Dance Party
Ricecake is “sending out a call for a queer Asian invasion to come shake your hot rice cakes,” with music by DJs Which Nancy, Bella (of Body Party) and Armistice. Plus go-go dancing and performances by Shay Dior, Tiffany Ann Co and Bibi Souphresh.
10pm–3am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Cover $8 before 11:30pm, $10 after. For more info, visit Facebook.
Saturday, May 12
Public Disco: Art Smash
Dance to some funk, house and disco at this pop-up party in the Granville Island Chain and Forge Plaza public art space. With food trucks and craft beer, plus glitter and face paint.
1–9pm. Granville Island, 1661 Duranleau St. Free event. For more info, visit Facebook.
Karin Lee: QueerSUM Opening
This gallery show featuring works by artist and filmmaker Karin Lee is based on the theme “Queer-sum,” a “Chinglish” play on the words “queer love.” The show features two dramas and a documentary filmed by Lee. Show runs until Saturday, Aug 18.
2–4pm (gallery opening). Normal show times 12–6pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Sum Gallery, 268 Keefer St, Suite 425. For more info, visit the Queer Arts Festival.
Kinky queers are welcome to “play, socialize, craft, tie someone up, meet someone new, have sexy times in the sling or anyplace else” in Queer Swarm’s dungeon. All kinds of scenes are welcome, except fire play. Wear as much or little as you want.
5–8pm. Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph St. Cover $10. For more info, visit Facebook.
The theme for Vancouver Men in Leather’s social night this month is boots. Resident bootblack Pup Figaro will be there, and you can stick around to dance (and check out the Pumpjack’s dancers, on stage and in the shower).
8pm–late. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover $5 after 9 pm. For more info, visit Facebook.
Mr Spiked 2018
Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association players “prance like peacocks for your entertainment,” competing in five categories: swimsuit, underwear, formal and Q&A. Plus music by Stephen Scaccia, DJ Dom Top and Carlotta Gurl. Hosted by Steev Letts.
8–10pm. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Tickets $10 at Top Drawers, 809 Davie St. For more info, visit Facebook.
The Gay Agenda: Tag Team – The Last Strip Off
The final edition of the Gay Agenda promises “lots of skin, lots of glitter, all different shapes and sizes and forms of masculinity stripping on stage with a smile on their faces.” This month, amateurs help each other strip off on stage, with encouragement from Peach Cobblah and music by DJ Del Stamp. Help send the Odyssey out in style.
9pm–3am. The Odyssey, 686 W Hastings St. Cover $9. For more info, visit Facebook.
Sunday, May 13
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than at the best beer bash in the Village, in a room so full of hot men you’ll get beard burn all over? Forget brunch, grab a brew and start your search. If it’s sunny, get there early or pack sunscreen for the lineup. With rotating resident DJs, all types of hot men and the best staff in town, you know this is the place to be.
1pm to late. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover. For more info, visit Pumpjack.
Commercial Drag: Mother
This month’s Commercial Drag is dedicated to mothers – “they birth us, they punish us, they love us and they are our best friends!” Quite a group of mothers will be performing, including Dust, Shanda Leer and the biggest mother of them all, Carlotta Gurl.
8pm–12am. The Penny, 1601 Commercial Dr. Food and drink available for purchase. For more info, visit Facebook.
Brooke Of Mormon
There may not be a Mormon in sight but there will be glamour, glitter, friends and family at one of the most entertaining shows of the month. Hosted by Mimi Aumorini with guests South East, BamBam, DJ T and more.
11pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5. For more info, visit Junction.
Monday, May 14
Live, unscripted comedy from queer performers. And the fun doesn’t end there, folks. Keep your seats warm, because right after the show, the Pajama Party Pairs! QueerProv Late Show starts at 10pm. Best of all: no cover for either show.
8pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Donations welcome. For more info, visit Facebook.
Tuesday, May 15
Improv performers compete, elimination-style, for the title of Maestro. Come at 6pm for the free improv workshop, and stick around to watch or compete in the show at 8pm.
Workshop at 6pm; show at 8pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Cover $10. For more info, visit Facebook.