This article was published on June 30th, 2021
Vancouver Pride Society has announced an ambitious slate of more than 60 events taking place from July 3 – August 3, 2021. The free event series presents ten time slots dedicated to the local 2SLGBTQAI+ community. Organizers are bringing a series of COVID-safe Pride Lounges to Vancouver Downtown. Attendees will be able to book up to six people within their bubble and enjoy drinks under the summer sky with lounge-style entertainment.
Due to COVID-19 public health orders, Vancouver Pride will be hosting a digital Decentralized Pride Parade Broadcast on August 1, 2021, and will include pre-recorded videos from community partners and live reporters in multiple locations. HomoCulture provides a comprehensive overview of what to expect over the upcoming weeks.
Pride Summer Series: Online July 16 + 23, 2021
The Pride Summer Series are online concerts including performances by Romeo Ryu Reyes, Parlour Panther, Old Soul Rebel, Strange Breed, The Pack A.D., and Matthew Presidente.
Pride Art Walk: Various Locations, July 19–August 3, 2021
Curated by Vancouver Mural Fest, Vancouver Pride has commissioned multiple art installations and murals across downtown Vancouver and the West End.
VanPride Classroom: Online, July 19–28, 2021
As part of Vancouver Pride Society’s continued programming, the team has researched and hired experts to deliver five different topics during the month of July.
Drag Story Time: Online, starting July 20
Drag artists Mina Mercury and Justin Abit, serve up two distinct segments as they share fabulous picture books that center queer families. Two Miss Persona episodes will be available during Pride Week only.
Pride Lounges: Various Locations, July 23–25, and July 30–August 1, 2021
Three pop-up style COVID-friendly Pride Lounges will come to Vancouver.
Drag Deliveries: Online July 26–30, 2021
Drag Deliveries returns for a week of drag mayhem on the streets of Vancouver.
LGBTQAI2S+ International Human Rights Panel: Online, July 27th
The second online LGBTQAI2S+ International Human Rights Panel. This partnership is scheduled to feature panelists speaking about queer and trans global human rights.
Queer History Panel: Online, July 29, 2021
The second iteration of Queer History Panel, featuring local activists Chrissy Taylor, Al / Chad / Shelley, DJ T, Fatima Jaffer, and Travis Angus AKA Desree Niis Miou. To be moderated by VPS Co-Chair and Executive Director for Options for Sexual Health, and Michelle Fortin.
VanPrideFest: Jonathan Rogers Park, July 30–August 1, 2021
VanPrideFest is a series of free open-air programming with community partners. The ten time slots are dedicated to the local LGBTQAI2S+ community.
Symphonic Pride: Online, July 30, 2021
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra digital edition celebrates diverse queer stories told through live and filmed spoken word and performance, featuring a diverse lineup of queer contributors. Together, we will share the stories of pioneering queer classical composers of the past and today, with a focus on symphonic music written by exclusively queer composers, featuring the full VSO as well as solo performances.
Posh Ball 2021 – Online Kiki Ball: Online July 31, 2021
The POSH BALL – Online Kiki Ball will include international judges, major effects, and cash prizes. 50% of all donations will be donated to QCHAT.
Decentralized Pride Parade: Online August 1, 2021 starting at 12 PM PST
Tune in from wherever you are or choose to celebrate Pride from for this year’s Decentralized Pride Parade. Rally your circle of friends to snap a Pride-worthy pic or video and upload it to social media channels using #VanPride for your chance to be featured live in the parade broadcast.
To learn more about this year’s Pride 2021 celebrations, or check out the Vancouver Pride merchandise store, download the Vancouver Pride App available on iOS and Android or visit the Vancouver Pride website.
With British Columbia now entering Phase 3 of the restart plan, watch for event updates from Vancouver Pride. Keep up-to-date by signing up for their newsletter.