Gay-Friendly Events

Vancouver is home to a large number of international and gay specific events year round. Some of the major annual events are listed below.

Queer Arts FestivalQueer Arts Festival
Summer 2015

QAF is Vancouver’s transdisciplinary arts festival celebrating queer art and artists through challenging art exhibitions, stimulating live performances and inspiring workshops. For more information, visit   


green_wigVancouver Pride Parade and Festival
August 2, 2015

Pride is not just a celebration for gays and lesbians. It's a celebration of diversity and anybody who shares the 'life is a cabaret' spirit will feel right at home! Parties, tea dances, cruises, a parade and a spectacular final event makes this an unforgettable celebration every summer. For more information on dates and locations, visit


vancouver_queer_film_festivalVancouver Queer Film Festival
August 2015

Far from its humble roots as a small volunteer project conceived in 1989, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is now the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. Each summer, the festival brings to Vancouver the very best in queer independent cinema from around the world. For more information, visit


winterprideWhistler Pride and Ski Festival: Jan 23 - 31, 2016

This festival has it all! Combining all the great elements of the traditional gay ski week with the "bonus" of a winter festival; a more comprehensive and exciting range of culinary, health and wellness, spa, and educational activities. For more information, visit


For a current and comprehensive listing of upcoming Gay and Lesbian events in Vancouver, please visit the "What's On" section of or pick up a copy of Xtra; available in Davie Village, among other locations.

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