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 Festival

July/August 2017 
Queer Arts Festival is Vancouver’s transdisciplinary arts festival celebrating queer art and artists through challenging art exhibitions, stimulating live performances and inspiring workshops.

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

August 6, 2017  
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. 

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

August 10 – 20, 2017
Far from its humble roots, starting as a small volunteer project in 1989, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival is now the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. Each summer, the festival brings the very best in queer independent cinema from around the world to Vancouver. 

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

January 21 - 28, 2018
This festival has it all! Combining all the great elements of the traditional gay ski week with the bonus of a winter festival, as well as a more comprehensive and exciting range of culinary, health and wellness, spa, and educational activities. 
For a current and comprehensive listing of upcoming gay and lesbian events in Vancouver, please visit the "What's On" section of; or check out’s weekly “Out in Vancouver” guide.