This article was published on July 25th, 2018
British Columbia’s largest city is about to paint the town rainbow again for another celebration of life, love, friendship, parties, and everything LGBT. Grab your rainbow flags, gear up in your best gay ensembles, and get ready for Vancouver to celebrate another year of queer inclusivity! Vancouver is about to celebrate a spectacular weekend of queer fabulousness, August 5-7, 2018.
Kicking off the big, gay weekend is Cruisey-T. Here’s the Tea on Cruisey-T: it is a series of all-LGBT cruises during Vancouver’s rainbow weekend, running Friday night, Sunday evening, and Monday afternoon. Cruisey-T has a long history or philanthropy in the Vancouver area as proceeds totally more than $650,000 have gone to different local Vancouver charities in its 27 years of fabulous cruises. For the first time, Cruisey-T is offering a Friday night weekend kick off cruise as a way to really start off the big gay weekend with a bang! Meanwhile, the Sunday cruises are always packed, fun, and a great way to wrap up your weekend of pride…that is, if you don’t end your weekend on the Monday Cruisey-T cruise! Join performers Kendell Gendr and Jaylene Tyme with DJ sets by DJ Del Stomp and DJ duo DomTop on one or all of these fabulous 4 cruises. Get your Cruisey-T tickets today. You do not want to miss out on these amazing cruises.
Now in its lucky #13 anniversary celebration, Pure Pride Vancouver is back presenting the ‘Best of the Best’, starring international drag performer/actor/superstar, recording artist, and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s most infamous contestant, Willam, will be headlining Pure Pride. Willam will host a VIP photo meet and greet following a performance of his biggest hits. Pure Pride, Saturday August 4, will featuring extra extra-ordinary performances by drag star Raye Sunshine, former Cirque du Soleil aerialist Tyler Ayres, the Bratpack, Jo Durée, Mimi Anmormi, the Pure Pride Boys, and many more! Local drag legend Joan-e will be hosting the night that is sure to be filled with amazing energy, special effects, and a whole lot of fierceness! Vancouver’s own Nick Bertossi along with DJ Matt Effect from Sydney, Australia, will keep you dancing all night long. Get your Pure Pride ticketstoday.
Another twin series of events is the annual Ruff Party August 3 and August 5. These are two great events, from leather bears and daddies, to muscle jocks and circuit kweens. Come wearing leather, rubber, sports gear, harnesses, spandex, shirtless, or whatever gear of your choosing. DJs Shane Stiel, Zarfan, Nathan Mots, and Karston Sollors will spin the music and there will be performances by Stephen Mr. Ruff 2018 and the Men of Ruff. Ruff Pride ticketson sale now.
Vancouver Arts & Leisure is an assortment of events throughout the weekend. VAL is where Vancouver’s creative artists and the community come together, breaking down stereotypes in all-inclusive environments and spaces featuring performances, art, installations, and creative spaces. They have an entire line-up throughout their festival weekend in unique spaces throughout Vancouver featuring many of their popular events, like Backdoor. Grab your VAL festival tickets today.
If you haven’t gotten your total dose of GAY after all the events listed above, check out these bars for some fabulous times during this big, fabulous, gay weekend Vancouver:
- Junction Pubwill host three parties: Frisky Pride, Absolutely Drag-Ulous, and a Sunday T Dance.
- Numbers Cabaretwill have three DJed parties throughout the weekend.
- Score on Daviewill have ample drink specials and fun music for the weekend.
- Pumpjack Pubwill host 4 events for the weekend: Wet & Wild Fridays, 3rdRing on Saturday, a Keggor/Blackout Patio Party, and the Furocious party, both on Sunday.
- 1181 Lounge, in the heart of Davie Street, will be welcoming everyone celebrating being proud.
- Club XY, Vancouver’s newest gay bar, will be open and ready to serve the masses.
These are just some of the many highlights of what you can expect on this fabulous, big gay weekend in Vancouver. Of course there will be plenty of other events and festivities happening throughout the weekend.
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Go gay or go home in Vancouver the first weekend of August in its largest LGBT celebration!