Guide to the Summer of Pride
2023 will see the largest number of Pride events the Edmonton has ever seen for the Summer of Pride! Over 36 organizations have put together more than 75 events in three dozen different venues around the city. For a full listing of events and all the details, plus suggestions for where you can pick up your Pride Supplies, visit https://PrideEdmonton.ca.
The Spark Lights the Rainbow
Pride Month kicks off with a preview during Downtown Spark, where you can catch Fruit Loop and Party Queens doing pop-up Drag Shows at Alex Decoteau Park on May 25 and again on June 1! Then, catch lunchtime encore performances on June 9 and June 16 at Michael Phair Park.
Walk & Learn Queer History
Edmonton Queer History Project partners with the Downtown Business Association, MacEwan Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the City of Edmonton to bring the EQHP Walking Tour Series! Explore the people, places, and moments that have helped to shape Edmonton's 2SLGBTQ+ history. The tours offer a variety of themes which take place in different parts of downtown and each starts at unique locations. The tours are free, just make sure to reserve your spot through the ticket links on Eventbrite.
- Creating a Welcoming City – June 1
- Edmonton’s Queer Nightlife – June 10
- Politics and Protests – June 15
- Edmonton’s Lesbian History – July 1
- Baths and Bars – July 8
- Edmonton’s Queer Nightlife – August 9
- Edmonton’s Queens, Kings, and Queer Nightlife – August 19
- Creating a Welcoming City – August 24
Fruit Loop Street Takeover
Fruit Loop will celebrate their 10th year of popup parties with their weekend PRIDE Block Party presented by TD! Enjoy a series of outdoor live performances, drag shows, workshops, food trucks, beer gardens, and late-night dance parties to kick off Pride Month! Head to the Grindstone Theatre on June 2 to catch Rally Cry, then laugh along with Victoria Banner in a stand-up comedy show, followed by a dance party! On June 3, catch performances on the Outdoor Stage and on the Block Party grounds. TriGuys Entertainment takes over the Grindstone for STUD Vol. 10 where you can bump and grind to the beats of DJ Thomas Culture (18+). On June 4, Fruit Loop is hosting a block party with diverse workshops on topics like makeup tips, dancing, strutting in heels, and GoGo dancing! Join the ultimate fun at the Pride Dance Party presented by TD on June 10 at the Starlite Room, with dazzling drag, aerial acts, and burlesque performances!
Adaption, Progression, Enhancement, Evolution
At the centre of all things Pride is Evolution Wonderlounge: Edmonton’s queer nightclub and entertainment venue. Known for its outstanding lineup of Drag Race stars bringing the best in drag entertainment, burlesque style shows and a hopping dance floor, it's the place to be during Pride Month. Full list of events: https://yourgaybar.com/events/
- Pride Kickoff Weekend – June 2 & June 3
- Eleganza Xtravaganza 4 – June 4
- Canada’s Drag Race LEMON ft. DJ Reid Bourgeois – June 9
- 2023 Pride Revue – June 11
- Gemma's Doll Haus of Mary – June 16
- GLOW with Pride – June 17
- Call Me Daddy (A Pride 2023 Event) – June 18
- HOMO-NOMICON - Book of the Gay – June 24
- Pride Month Finale Party – June 25
Dance, Drink, Drag, and a River
Edmonton is a Festival City and a River City, so let's combine them! Join us on the Edmonton Riverboat for dancing, drinks, drag, and an evening cruise down the North Saskatchewan River! DJ Showboy will be spinning tunes, plus you can expect performances from Pepper, Jizz Elle, Karly Klimax, Circules, and more! Riverboat cruise includes admission to Evolution Wonderlounge afterwards for Pride Finale Bash Part One! Tickets are on sale now: https://www.showpass.com/pride-riverboat-party/.
Strike a Pin, Strike Out Hate, and Ball Hockey
If sports are your jam, Strike-A-Pin, Strike-A-Pose with the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose with a Drag Bowling Extravaganza at the Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes! For baseball fans, catch the Edmonton Riverhawks play the Nanaimo Nightowls in their Second Annual Strike Out Hate Night on June 17. On June 24, Servus Credit Union and the Edmonton Riverhawks team up to present the Second Annual Drag Me Out to the Ball Game! Jasmine Kennedie, star of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 14 throws the game's first pitch and will perform at the afterparty. This is an all-ages charity baseball game featuring some of your favourite YEG drag performers. On August 27, The Edmonton Oilers, Pride Tape, and other community partners bring the Pride Cup ball hockey tournament to ICE District Plaza!
We've Got Artsy Stuff Too
That Sounds Gay! is a deliciously queer concert featuring singer-songwriter Evan Westfal. Westfal will highlight the music of queer icons, pairing witty repartee and cabaret music at the Grindstone Theatre on June 9. Edmonton Vocal Minority marks its 30th anniversary with Dancing Through Life at the Westbury Theatre on June 10. RuPaul star Thorgy Thor returns to Edmonton and joins the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for another spectacular evening of outrageous fashion sense, razor-sharp wit, virtuoso chops on violin, viola, and cello at THORGY AND THE THORCHESTRA II: THE REGAL SEQUEL on June 14. With over 16 hilarious impersonations combined with hilarious stories and a new perspective on life, fall in love with the comedy award winning Shayla Shenanigans on June 15!
A Festival of Drag
With eight international performers and almost 25 local performers, the Edmonton Drag Festival is the biggest display of drag talent all on one stage, and it all happens festival style at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park on June 17! Making its premiere in Edmonton’s Festival community, this festival is about celebrating the art of drag performance and providing a platform for drag artists to showcase their talents. Check out their website at http://www.edmontondragfestival.ca/ for a complete listing of the performers plus ticket links for an amazing array of meet and greet opportunities.
Brunch with the Mayor
Back for its 18th year on Saturday, June 10 at the Edmonton Convention Centre, the Annual Mayor's Pride Brunch (presented by the Fyrefly Institute for Gender and Sexual Diversity) is a favourite event that brings great food, an extravagant drag performance by CHEW Project YEG’s youth performers, and some great music! Get your tickets now as they sell fast.
K-Days Shows its Pride
Pride Day at K-Days is back, bigger, and better! Start off with a Drag Queen Storytime, then enjoy the rides until the afternoon’s drag showcases begin, including The Dancing Kings, Haus of Art, Legends of Drag, a FrancoQueer Drag showcase, an IndigiHauz drag showcase, and more! Local queer DJs will be playing in both the Beer Garden and the Indoor Speakeasy, and enjoy free concerts on the South Stage in the evening, but the day doesn’t end after they’re done, because the House of Hymen has a special late night adults only show in the Cristal Palace Spiegeltent! Tickets: https://www.showpass.com/late-night-special-drag-show/
Catch a History Making Event
They called it Canada’s Studio 54. The infamous Flashback nightclub was established by owner John Reid as a celebratory haven for ‘gay people and their friends’ in the late 70’s and tumultuous 80s. After it closed in 1991, the club’s iconic neon sign was lost from the public view, until now. Join us at Relight The Neon on June 17 as the restored sign is turned on for the first time, joining the many historic signs at the Neon Sign Museum!
Markets for All
Pride is a time for local 2SLGBTQ+ artists and vendors to display their wares, and popup markets are the best place to do it! Check out these markets during Pride Month:
- The GAY AF MARKET – June 11
- Love Out Loud Night Market – June 16
Edmonton Pride Festival Returns to the Square
Expanding on last year’s massively successful event, Edmonton PrideFest Association announces the new week-long Edmonton Pride Festival from August 18-26! This year’s week-long festival will feature headline performances at signature events including the Beaver Hills 2-Spirit PowWow, Y2K @ Churchill Square, and Pride @ Churchill Square. Featuring Stereos • Ria Mae • Jamie Fine • Felicia Bonée • Pep Per • Hyphen Hyphen • Neha Batra • Ronald Morrera • Lucas Silveira and many more!
...And So Much More!
- Pride Church Service
McDougall United Church 10086 MacDonald Dr – June 4
- 35th Annual Gay Edmonton Pageant
Presented by the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose at the Matrix Hotel – June 30
- Fireside Stories - All Ages Drag Show
Presented by Dragging Youth Shows at Unitarian Church of Edmonton – July 29
- Edmonton Pride River Float
Terwillegar Park to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Park – August 12
- Pride Day at the AGA
Presented by the Art Gallery of Alberta – August 12
- Pride All Ages Drag Show
Presented by Dragging Youth Shows at Unitarian Church of Edmonton – August 19
NEIGHBOURING PRIDE CELEBRATIONS
- Leduc Pride Flag Raising and Celebration
Presented by the City Of Leduc FCSS – June 1
- Fort Saskatchewan Pride Week Proclamation and Flag Raising
Presented by the City Of Fort Saskatchewan – June 9
- Fort Saskatchewan Pride Week Closing Ceremonies & Drag Show
Presented by the City Of Fort Saskatchewan – June 15
- St. Albert Pride
Presented by Outloud St. Albert – June 17