LGBT in B.C.: Pride 2018 events across British Columbia

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      Pride comes in many shapes and sizes. Some festivals are huge and sweeping, involving hundreds of thousands of revellers from across the country marching their way across downtown Vancouver. Others are smaller, with dozens—or maybe just a few—queer people coming together to celebrate their local scene. Wherever you are in B.C., check out the Georgia Straight’s interactive map and festival listings to find out more about your nearest Pride event. 

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      Lower Mainland

      East Side Pride
      Where: Grandview Park, Commercial Drive and Charles Street, Vancouver
      When: June 23 at 12 p.m.
      Highlights: A family-friendly, alcohol-free day at the park in the heart of the Drive. Enjoy live acts, local vendors, and sports sessions in the sunshine.
      Information: Part of Vancouver Pride; see the Facebook event page for more details

      Surrey Pride Festival
      Where: Holland Park, Old Yale Road opposite University Drive, Surrey
      When: June 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      Highlights: Live music, dancing, and drag performers provide the entertainment for Surrey. Drinking age guests can mosey over to Blackbird Hall at 7 p.m. for the Glam and Glitter Ball aftershow.
      Information: Surrey Pride website

      Fraser Valley Pride Celebration
      Where: Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford
      When: July 13 to 14
      Highlights: Fraser Valley Pride host a youth dance and drag show on Friday night, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for guests 13 to 25 years old. It’s followed by the 19-plus Dinner and Variety Show on Saturday, starting at 5.30 p.m.
      Information: Youth Dance and Drag show Facebook event page; Dinner and Variety Show Facebook event page

      Squamish Pride Celebration
      Where: Squamish (location TBC)
      When: July 28
      Highlights: The event is still in its planning phase, but Safe 'n' Sound Squamish are working on plans to host a pride celebration.
      Information: Safe 'n' Sound Squamish's Facebook page is here

      White Rock’s Annual Pride Party
      Where: Elks Hall, 1469 George Street, White Rock
      When: July 28 at 6.30 p.m.
      Highlights: MP Gordie Hogg emcees a night of music, drag, and dinner. The White Rock Pride Committee is fundraising for a rainbow crosswalk at Five Corners.
      Information: See Facebook event page

      Vancouver Alternative Pride
      Where: Vancouver
      When: August 1 to 6
      Highlights: The festival promises 20 events in 10 locations over the course of five days. A self-described grassroots, activist-led music and art festival.
      Information: Facebook event page here

      Vancouver Dyke March and Festival
      Where: McSpadden Park, Victoria Drive and 4th Avenue, Vancouver
      When: August 4 at 11 a.m.
      Highlights: The march begins from McSpadden Park at noon, heading down Commercial Drive to the end of Grandview Park for the Festival. Performances, vendors, and community space.
      Information: Vancouver Dyke March and Festival website

      Vancouver Pride 2017, via the Vancouver Pride Society Facebook page.
      Min-Kuang Lee

      Vancouver Pride Parade and Sunset Beach Festival
      Where: Vancouver (route TBA)
      When: August 5 at 12.00 p.m.
      Highlights: The 40th annual Pride Parade in the city. B.C.’s biggest Pride parade drew 650,000 people last year. In the leadup to this year's parade, there are events all through June, July and August to celebrate. Traditionally runs from Robson Street at Thurlow Street to Sunset Beach.
      Information: Parade information here; Sunset Beach Festival details here; full listing of Vancouver Pride’s events here

      New West Pride Street Party
      Where: Columbia Street, New Westminster
      When: August 18 from 3 p.m.
      Highlights: The end of New West Pride Week (August 11 to 18) means a party. Volunteer-run fun and festivities, next to New Westminster and Columbia SkyTrain stations.
      Information: See Facebook event page

      Where: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
      When: August 30 to September 2
      Highlights: Although not a Pride event per se, this annual conference for queer women over 45 years old celebrates in its own way. Performers, panels, workshops, karaoke, and more, all under one roof.
      Information: BOLDFest’s website will update as more guests are confirmed.

      Whistler Pride
      Where: Aava Whistler Hotel, 4005 Whistler Way, Whistler
      When: January 20 to 27, 2019
      Highlights: Whistler’s 27th annual Whistler Pride happens in midwinter, at the height of ski season. Events for 2019 TBA.
      Information: Whistler Pride website

      Victoria Pride 2017, via the Victoria Pride Society Facebook page.
      Peter B. Jakab

      Vancouver Island and Coastal B.C.

      Sunshine Coast Pride Month
      Where: Sunshine Coast
      When: May 30 to June 30
      Highlights: June 23 sees Roberts Creek Community Hall transformed for the best queer jamboree on the Sunshine Coast, which runs from 8 p.m. till late. The next day, celebrate Sunday in the Park with a parade from noon and an afternoon picnic in the park.
      Information: See Sunshine Coast Pride’s website.

      Nanaimo Pride Parade and Festival
      Where: Maffeo Sutton Park, Comox Road, Nanaimo
      When: June 9 from 10 a.m.
      Highlights: Parade starts at noon from Victoria Road, heading through downtown to Maffeo Sutton Park. Festival will include community acts and youth performances. Final event of Nanaimo Pride Week.
      Information: Parade and Festival Facebook event page here; all Pride week listings here.

      Campbell Island Pride 2015, via the North Island Pride Society Facebook page.
      Yolanda Holderness

      Campbell River Pride
      Where: Spirit Square, Campbell River
      When: June 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      Highlights: A family-friendly celebration and market-style festival. Come out for food, entertainment, workshops, music, and more.
      Information: See Facebook event page

      Victoria Pride Parade and Festival
      Where: Victoria
      When: July 8 at 11 a.m.
      Highlights: 25th annual Victoria Pride Parade with over 100 floats and groups marching. Route starts at Pandora Avenue and Government Street and runs to MacDonald Park. Festival begins at 12.30 p.m.
      Information: See website

      Alberni Valley Pride Fest
      Where: Gyro Recreation Park, 7th Avenue and North Crescent, Port Alberni
      When: July 29 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      Highlights: A kid-friendly afternoon with free food, entertainment, and vendors.
      Information: See Facebook event page

      Powell River Pride Week
      Where: Powell River
      When: August 12 to 19
      Highlights: Powell River Pride has a Mary Poppins sing-a-long, a flag-raising, picnic, and drag shows planned for the summer. They’ll also have a booth at the city’s Blackberry Festival Street Party on August 17.
      Information: Powell River Pride Society have a Facebook page; event details forthcoming

      Texada Rock in Pride
      Where: Texada Island
      When: August 18
      Highlights: Texada Island was one of the smallest Pride events when it started in 2016. This year’s events are still being organized, but should happen on August 18.
      Information: Last year’s event page is here

      Salt Spring Island Pride
      Where: Salt Spring Island
      When: September 8
      Highlights: Plans are still being made, but Salt Spring is holding their Pride parade during the day on September 8, with a dance to follow that evening.
      Information: Salt Spring Pride's Facebook page is here

      Okanagan Pride March 2017, via the Kelowna Pride Facebook page.
      Don Erhardt

      Interior B.C.

      Cranbrook Pride
      Where: Rotary Park, Cranbrook
      When: June 9 from 12 p.m.
      Highlights: Cranbrook Pride has two nights of Pride events at Dewey’s Pub on June 8 and 9, alongside a family-friendly Lebanese barbecue on Saturday afternoon.
      Information: Facebook event pages are here

      Quesnel Pride Parade
      Where: Quesnel City Hall, 410 Kinchant Street
      When: June 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
      Highlights: Hosted by LGBTQ2S Quesnel, details are limited about this year’s parade.
      Information: Facebook event page here

      Prince George Pride
      Where: City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard, Prince George
      When: July 7 from 10 a.m.
      Highlights: The festival runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., while the parade will start at 11 a.m. and last an hour.
      Information: Facebook event page here

      South Okanagan Similkameen Pride
      Where: Penticton
      When: August 11
      Highlights: SOS Pride march as part of the Penticton Peach Festival every year. They’re planning a separate event too. Details forthcoming.
      Information: South Okanagan Similkameen Pride Facebook page is here

      Okanagan Pride March 2017, via the Kelowna Pride Facebook page.
      Don Erhardt

      Kelowna Pride
      Where: Kelowna
      When: August 11 to 18
      Highlights: Okanagan Pride rebranded as Kelowna Pride last October. They haven’t released an events schedule yet, but they’ve slated a week in August for their events.
      Information: Kelowna Pride’s website

      Kamloops Pride
      Where: Riverside Park, Lorne Street, Kamloops
      When: August 26
      Highlights: Kamloops held their first Pride parade in 2017, so the second one promises to be even bigger and better. More details should be coming soon.
      Information: Check out Kamloops Pride’s event page here

      Kootenay Pride
      Where: Nelson
      When: August 27 to September 3
      Highlights: Kootenay Pride has been around since the ‘90s. This year, they’ve expanded from a weekend to a whole week of Pride, though event details are still forthcoming.
      Information: Kootenay Pride’s Facebook page

      Smithers Pride 2018
      Taylor Bachrach

      Northern B C.

      Smithers Pride
      Where: Main Street, Smithers
      When: May 26
      Highlights: Smithers kicked off Pride a couple of weeks earlier than many other cities. The town celebrated Pride at their rainbow crosswalk with folk music, vendors, and free food.
      Information: Smithers Pride has a Twitter account

      Fort St John Love is Love Pride Walk
      Where: Centennial Park, 100 Street and 94 Avenue, Fort St John
      When: June 2
      Highlights: Around 300 people turned out to the Pride walk, followed by drag acts, local salsa dancers, and a belly dance performance in Centennial Park.
      Information: Fort St John LGBTQIA has a Facebook page here

      Dawson Creek Pride
      Where: Dawson Creek
      When: October 20
      Highlights: Dawson Creek holds their main Pride event in October, when it’s too snowy for a parade. They’re organizing a variety show and dance indoors this year. Details TBC.
      Information: Check the Dawson Creek Pride Society Facebook page for more updates

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