The Vancouver Pride Festival is one of the most well-known and celebrated around the world. The build up during the week officially kicks off Monday, July 28 and includes hot club events, breakfasts, picnics, runs and film celebrating the diversity and strength of the LGBTQ community. It all comes to a climax on Sunday, August 2 at the 37th Annual Pride Parade which attracts crowds upwards of half a million people. Vancouver’s Pride Week is an integral part of the city’s summer events and festivities. Here’s a guide of the must-attend events happening in Vancouver over the coming week!
Pre-Pride Week Events
When: Tuesday, July 28 to Sunday, August 2
Location: Celebrities Nightclub (1022 Davie Street, Vancouver)
Cost: Get tickets here.
Every year, Celebrities produces the most outrageous unforgettable Pride parties. This year marks their their third year of hosting legendary events in their recently renovated space that includes state of the art Funktion One sound. They will be going hard all week long from their busiest weekly party TUESDAYS to a LIVE Spice Gurls drag reunion show, to their legendary 13-hour party HISTORY SUNDAY, with international talent DJ Chris Cox in between. Also they will have a bangin’ stage during the Davie Street Pride Block Party.
Thursday, July 30: Reopening of The Odyssey
Image: The Odyssey Bar
When: Thursday, July 30 at 9 p.m.
Location: The Odyssey Bar (686 West Hastings, Vancouver)
Cost: Get tickets here.
A Vancouver LGBTQ institution is reborn on Thursday, July 30. Nearly five years after its closure, the Odyssey will open its new location in Vancouver’s Central Business District. The former space of Pop Opera has been completely gutted into a new exciting space for the region’s queer community. A number of opening weekend events coinciding with Vancouver Pride Weekend are planned for the nightclub, beginning with the Thursday night opener featuring XXX Superstar Brent Everett. Shower power will also be making a much-anticipated return.
Thursday, July 30: Underwear Party
Image: Pumpjack Pub Vancouver
When: Thursday, July 30 at 9 p.m. until 4 a.m.
Where: The Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie Street
Davie Street’s famous Pumpjack Pub will be hosting an Underwear Party to kick off its Pride Weekend festivities. Come to the party in your undies and party late until 4 a.m.
Friday, July 31: Davie Street Pride Block Party
Image: GayVan / Flickr
When: Friday, July 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight
Where: Davie Street from Burrard to Jervis streets
Cost: $5.00 for a wristband
Start your Pride Weekend on the right note with the annual Davie Street Block Party where a host of DJs will have you dancing all night. Attendees can also expect carnival games, food and booths with giveaways. Thanks to liquor law reforms, this year’s beer garden will occupy the entire festival site on a three city block stretch of Davie Street from Burrard to Jervis streets. The underage event has been merged with the main event, but outdoor bar service will only be available to 19+ attendees. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight.
Sunday, August 2: Pride Festival and Market
Image: Devin Manky
When: Sunday, August 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Sunset Beach, Downtown Vancouver (at the end of the Pride Parade route)
The Pride Festival and Market offers a beautiful waterfront gathering place for all Pride Partiers to enjoy all that Pride Week has to offer. Local artisans, entertainment on the main stage, DJs, a beer garden, plenty of street food and cool beverages to enjoy before, during and after the parade.
Sunday, August 2: Vancouver Pride Parade 2015
Image: Yonathan Wezeli Photography
When: Sunday, August 2 from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Along Robson Street, Denman Street and Beach Avenue in downtown Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood
The parade begins at Robson Street and Thurlow Street, heads west to Denman Street, follows Denman to Pacific Street and Beach Avenue and finishes at the Sunset Beach Festival site. Altogether, the parade route runs along 20 blocks of downtown Vancouver’s streets. It’s the crown jewel of Pride Week and one of the biggest, most renowned pride events in the world. Bringing in crowds of over 650,000, this flagship Vancouver event gained civic status in 2013 due to its immense popularity and success.
Click on the map for an enlarged version. Image: Vancouver Pride Society
This story originally appeared on Vancity Buzz, a proud media partner of the 2015 Vancouver Pride Festival.