Every August, Vancouver's gay and lesbian community, friends, families, and allies celebrate Pride with a week of events that culminate in the famous Vancouver Pride Parade through downtown Vancouver.
Vancouver Pride events run the gamut from adult-oriented parties to events for the whole family. Official events are organized by the Vancouver Pride Society, but there are plenty of community events, too. Use this Guide to the Top 5 Vancouver Pride Events to plan your Pride celebrations.
This year, Vancouver Pride Week runs July 24 - July 31, 2016
Pride Launch at Stanley Park: Pride Run & Walk and Picnic in the Park
Vancouver Pride week launches in Stanley Park with two all-ages, family-oriented events: The Pride Run & Walk (organized by Vancouver Frontrunners) and Picnic in the Park.
The Pride Run & Walk is a 5k/10k run/walk through Stanley Park's prettiest vistas that ends at the park's iconic Lumberman's Arch (where a disco water station awaits). Participants can then join the family fun at the Picnic in the Park at the Brockton Oval, where there will be BBQ, a beer garden, family games, and live music.
Pride Run & Walk and Picnic in the Park - July 24, 2016
Party in the West End: Davie Street Block Party
Davie Street, in Vancouver's West End, has been the historic epicentre for gay partying in Vancouver for decades; it's home to most of the Best Gay & Lesbian Nightlife in the city. So it's no surprise that the Davie Street Party kicks off the partying side of Vancouver Pride Week.
This year, the Davie Street Party won't be just an adult affair: from 4pm - 6pm, the street party with be free and all-ages. At 6pm, there will be a 19+, ticketed area for adults only.
Davie Street Party - July 29, 2016
Pride with Pancakes: Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast
One of the top events during Vancouver Pride Week is the Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast, an all-ages breakfast that memorializes Terry Wallace, one of the founders of Vancouver Pride. This intimate brunch has loads of community spirit and is truly unique to Vancouver; this isn't an event that any city's Pride has, which makes it all the more special.
Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast - July 30, 2016
Vancouver Pride Parade!
The apex of Vancouver Pride Week is, of course, the annual Vancouver Pride Parade. Beginning as a protest march through Davie Village in 1978, the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival has become a world-class Pride celebration, with over 150 float and parade entries, and over 700,000 attendees. The Parade winds its way through downtown Vancouver, starting at Robson and Bute, and culminating at Sunset Beach (and the Vancouver Pride Festival, see below).
Vancouver Pride Parade - July 31, 2016
After the Parade: Vancouver Pride Festival
Directly following the Vancouver Pride Parade--it happens on Sunset Beach, where the Pride Parade ends--the Vancouver Pride Festival continues the Pride celebrations with free live music and a Vancouver Pride Market.
Vancouver Pride Festival - July 31, 2016