Guide to Pride Month in Edmonton
Edmonton is known around the world as Festival City and each year June kicks off our summer Festival Season, bringing a diverse array of fun, entertainment, food, art, culture and celebrations.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of official Pride celebrations in Edmonton and to commemorate this milestone, almost 20 organizations, groups and local businesses are producing 40 events - some for families and many for the 18+ crowd, some free and others starting as low as $10.
We’re all born naked and the rest is drag
Around the globe, one mainstay element of Pride events is drag queens... and there will be lots of them this year! A culturally diverse, eclectic band of drag artists will put on stunning outfits and over-the-top makeup to perform some of the best lip sync performances anywhere. And it all starts at Edmonton’s premiere entertainment and dance venue – Evolution Wonderlounge (10220 – 103 Street NW).
Need a bear hug?
Party Fruit Loop Style!
It's one, two, three strikes you're out
When it comes to sports, players who identify openly with the 2SLGBTQ+ community have traditionally been faced with barriers in being able to play professionally. This year, the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers held their Pride Night game in March followed by the WHL Oil Kings who had their first Pride Day game in April. Then, on Saturday, June 11 the WCL’s Edmonton Riverhawks baseball team is holding their first Pride Night Game against the Port Angeles Lefties at Re/Max field (10233 96 Avenue NW). Tickets for the game are $20 for Adults and $10 for those under 18.
Drag me out to the Ballgame
There’s more on the roster for the baseball fan! On Saturday, June 18 starting at 1:00pm - Re/Max Field (10233 96 Avenue NW) will be the site of the first Drag Queen vs Drag Queen showdown in Edmonton baseball history. Baseball has been a part of Edmonton’s Pride celebrations since the very first year when the Edmonton gays faced off against the lesbians in a tournament with teams also coming from Red Deer and Calgary.
Sing a Little Song
You can also catch Party Queens in a series of all ages free Outdoor Park Shows throughout Edmonton all summer long. For their next Park Show, check the Party Queens Facebook Page as all shows are subject cancellation or relocation due to weather.
The Best Meal of the Day
Hosted by MKT Fresh Food and Beer Market (8101 Gateway Blvd NW), the brunch will include an appearance by Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, drag performances by the fun and fierce Melinda Verga, with MC’s MLA Janis Irwin and MLA Blake Desjarlais! This is an all ages event - tickets are $69.98 or $276.84 for a table of 4. Kids are just $22.23.
But wait there’s more Brunch!
Get your last Saturday in June started right and load up on pancakes at the Pride Drag Brunch on Churchill Square, in the heart of Downtown. This event is Presented by Capital Pride Edmonton and will feature performances by Indigi-Hauz of Beaverhills – Edmonton’s Indigenous Drag performing group. Brunch tickets are just $10 but the entertainment is free to everyone. A portion of the proceeds will go to Shades Of Colour – an advocacy organization for queer and trans Black folks, Indigenous folks, and people of colour.
Over the Rainbow to Oz!
The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose is Edmonton’s longest running 2SLGBTQ+ organization whose mission is to raise funds for charitable and non-profit entities that support not only the Queer community but the greater Edmonton Community as well. Funds raised at this event will go towards the John M. Kerr Memorial Bursary Fund.
A PrideFest to Remember
Rainbows over the AGA
More Pride Celebrations
- STUD: Vol 3 – PRIDE Edition
Presented by TriGuys Entertainment at The Foundry on Whyte - 10426 82 Avenue (June 3)
- Pride Virtual Movie Party
Featuring the film Wildwood Edmonton 2 Spirit Society - virtual event (June 7)
- Pride PARTAY!
SOHO Pub - 11454 Jasper Avenue (June 10)
- NextFest Pride Nite Club
The Roxy Theatre - 10708 124 Street (June 11)