This article was published on July 25th, 2019
There are two major annual events that are held over Vancouver Pride weekend that cannot be missed: The Vancouver Pride Parade and the Sunset Beach Festival. Both are held on the Sunday of the BC Day long weekend, the first Sunday of each August. The Sunset Beach Festival starts at 11:00am, and the Vancouver Pride Parade will run concurrently from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, and following the parade, the festival continues until 6:00pm. The Sunset Beach Festival is a fabulous way to take in all things Vancouver Pride; it is the place for LGBT people and allies to gather at the end of the parade route and enjoy free entertainment.
With over 170 vendors, multiple areas with food trucks, the giant TD Main Stage adjacent to the beach so you can dance in the sun while overlooking one of the most stunning locations in Vancouver, English Bay. There are two additional stages located in the park, and multiple zones to relax, hang out, and gather with friends. It’s also the perfect spot to meet up with friends after the parade.
The Sunset Beach Festival will have three stages – the TD Main Stage and the Hollyburn Community Stage—which are both free/open air/un-gated/all-ages—and the Stoli Vodka Stage, located in the 19+ zone, which is a large licensed area with a dance floor. All three will be playing dance music all day, and a *new in 2019* feature will be an expanded lounge area to hang out off of the Stoli Vodka Stage. The 19+ zone is free and outdoors but it is gated (we recommend to get there early because there will be a line-up to get in after the parade ends).
The Sunset Beach Festival is the most popular event of Vancouver Pride weekend and will feature A-list talent:
TD Main Stage at Beach level – Sunset Beach will feature headliners: internationally renowned drag personas Eureka O’Hara and Shuga Cain. One surprise musical headliner, to be announced soon, will also be joining us on the Sunset Beach TD Main Stage. Coal Davie and the Rockabillionaires, “high-rise hillbillies, jukebox juggernauts, retro-activated rockabilly hellions forging the future of rock and roll rebellion”, Fake Mustache, DJ Adia (queer Vancouver DJ specializing in House and Hip Hop), Biawanna, the German/ Fijian R&B/ pop artist and producer,chameleon of pop Denique, Carlotta Gurl, and DJ Ingrid Hakanson will also be performing. Sister Festivus from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be performing a live marriage ceremony on stage.
The 19+ Stoli Vodka Stagewill feature DJ Marty Funkhauser, Macsauve, Vancouver Pride 2019 Grand Marshall DJ O Show, queer artist DEVOURS, DJ Karsten Sollors, DJ ensemble group Sex Traffic Panda, featuring DJ Juicy Fruit, DJ Funky Bunny, and DJ Swirl and DJ Jontin.
The Hollyburn Community Stage in the Family Fun Zone at Street Level (located at Beach and Jervis), will have local performers. The Family Fun Zone features free and by-donation entertainment for people of all ages. The Cirque du Soleil Luzia Mariachi Band,Tuck Entertainment Performers(TBA), and touring band Hanne Kahwill be the featured acts.
The Sunset Beach Festival is Vancouver Pride’s highlight event of the weekend that you won’t want to miss. Catch it August 4, 2019 from 11am-6pm at SunsetBeach.