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Gay Vancouver

Emergency measures in the wake of Covid-19
Venues Closed - Events Cancelled

Closed: Celebrities, Cinemateque, F212, Fountainhead, Imperial, Numbers, Steam 1, Steamworks and Toby’s; all community centres, pools, fitness centres, ice rinks, golf courses, Vancouver Public Library locations and civic theatres. Central Studios is closed but launched Backdoor Online. The Junction and Pumpjack allow a maximum of 50 people to enter. Rio has postponed many events.

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Current Productions

The Vancouver Public Library maintains a list of current and future local theatre productions, updated regularly.
Vancouver's LGBT Country Western Dance Connection
Timberline - On Hold

Most Thursdays 7- 9:30pm at St Paul's Anglican Church, Recreation Hall. 1140 Jervis St. Lesson early in the evening, then an opportunity to dance and sharpen your skills. Just show up...there's always a partner available to dance with -- easy, fun, and most of all a chance to meet great people and to help support your community at large. $10 donation
Sin City - On Hold

Second Saturday each month, 9pm-3am, at various venues. Over-the-top BDSM fetish party full of sexy surprises. - new home for regular parties to dance, play, socialize and get naughty in style and safety! DJs/performers, dancing, dungeon play, photo booths, FETISH DRESS CODE, STAGE SHOWS, BONDAGE DEMOS, MOVIE SCREEN-SIZE CUSTOM KINK VISUALS.
Looking forward to hosting you again very soon
At Celebrities Nightclub - On Hold

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Celebrities has closed for the time being out of concern for the health, safety and well-being of staff, customers and the community. See updates at:
Hosted by QueerProv - Improv Comedy
QueerProv Challenge - On Hold

Second Wednesdays, 10pm. Improv Comedy Late Night Stage battle format: Four QueerProvers go head-to-head w/ non-QueerProv (ally) team to win kooky prizes + coveted QP Tiara(s), lei the losing team and hold the Pink Microphone Trophy. 2nd WED each month. Hosts: Avalon, Cassidy, Cassie, Jamie, Jennifer, Julia, and Sarah Dawn Pledge. Guests: the cast of The Nasty Women.
Book by Harvey Fierstein - Music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Kinky Boots - Cancelled

May 21 - July 19, 2020, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. This Tony Award-winner follows Charlie, struggling to save the men’s shoe factory inherited from his father. All seems lost, but a chance encounter with fabulous drag queen Lola spurs an idea to create women’s boots for women who are men. A joyously infectious musical celebrating compassion and acceptance.
Festival of Shakespeare
Bard on the Beach - Cancelled

June 10 - September 26, 2020. Four summer productions on two Waterfront stages. This year to feature: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Paradise Lost. See their 2020 season details at:
Vancouver Gaymers presents
Geeks+Gaymers Sunday Night Discord Gaming + Overwatch

June 28, 2020, 7:30-11pm. Online online game night every SUN to keep in touch w/ Discord voice chat. Usually two sets of games going: Online board games + Overwatch. Join either! Comment/ suggest what to play! Can include online board game followed by Jackbox. Join, listen in, or meet players for different games!
75 years bringing soaring works of song & dance to Stanley Park
Theatre Under the Stars - Cancelled

July 4 - August 29, 2020, 7pm, Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. Theatre Under the Stars presents 6 weeks of movies in the park - shows on alternate evenings, bringing works of song and dance to Stanley Park for over 75 years w/ setting, scenery, concessions, and quality art - a fun and encompassing experience. See program at:
All events this year accessible online at our virtual stage by donation
Queer Arts Festival - New Dates - Online

July 16-26, 2020. Two-spirit curated festival. An annual two week artist-run multi-disciplinary summer arts festival, among best worldwide, producing/presenting/exhibiting challenging, thought-provoking works that push boundaries/initiate dialogue. Widely acclaimed curated visual art exhibition, performing arts series, workshops, artist talks, panels, media art screenings. See schedule:
The Cinematheque Films UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour
Gay USA, by Arthur J. Bressan Jr.

July 17 + 20, 2020 (FRI 8:15; MON 6pm). Filmed in one day, June 26, 1977 across the country, documenting gay pride parades of the time and offering an overview of issues facing the gay community. With openly gay men, lesbians, gay and straight families, supportive parents, and drag queens; also dissenters, religious and moral objectors. A joyous celebration of gay and lesbian culture.
Christopher Munch presents a hypothetical game of sexual chess between two men
Films at The Cinematheque: The Hours and Times

July 17-22, 2020, various. Sensitive, speculative 1991 drama; significant New Queer Cinema work. Spring 1963, just prior to the Beatlemania: working-class John Lennon (Ian Hart) and upper-class Beatles manager Brian Epstein (David Angus), spend a long weekend in Barcelona. The gay Epstein clearly has desire for Lennon, while Lennon is curious and playful in a nuanced study of friendship.
When Vancouver Shines Bright
Honda Celebration of Light

July 25, 29 + August 1, 2020, three nights at 10pm over English Bay. This year their 30th anniversary. Vancouver's biggest event, the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world, attracting up to 400,000 spectators each evening. Operated by the Not For Profit Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society.
Hosted by Art and Leisure
Alternative Pride Vancouver 2020 - Postponed until 2021

July 25 - August 2, 2020. Ten events over four days to make Vancouver Alternative Pride 2020. Four celestial main events in planetary landmarks across the city, three cosmic club nights, and three angelic afterhours. The theme is Queer Future, you are invited.
A night of Afro/Tribal and techy vibes
Foreign Influence presents: MANA - New Date

July 25, 2020, 9pm-3am at Central Studios in Downtown Vancouver - let yourself go to that instinctual rhythm and groove. As always with a spicy lineup of Djs for the night, so you can rattle and shake like a rattle snake and release your MANA. Lineup: Jason Brauer, Chippy, Dezyman, and Henry C.
Educate, Liberate & Celebrate
Vancouver Pride Week 2020 - Virtual Events

July 27 - August 2, 2020. FRI: Symphoni Pride: Pride and the Vancouver Symphony, What’s in My Box? Drag performers unpack a box full of Pride surprises, Drag Story Time. SAT: Absolutely Fabulous Drag Show, Public Disco Pride Edition, Headliner. SUN: Virtual Pride Parade Live Stream, “Sunset Beach Main Stage” Show, 40+ Years of Vancouver Pride History. See more at:
An afternoon of marching the streets & celebrating one another
Vancouver Dyke March & Festival

August 1, 2020, No in-person March and Festival this year, but working to bring some of classic VDM magic to you this summer. See 2020 updates:
Queer movies from around the world
Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2020 - Online Screenings

August 13-23, 2020, the 31st annual film festival events; 11 days of the best in queer independent cinema from around the world. Check out the website for more information on films, screening venues, schedules & year-round events. Venues to include: the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, and the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas.
This year celebrating the 35th Fringe Festival!
The Vancouver Fringe Festival

September 10-20, 2020, various venues. Annual celebration of theatre for everyone. For 11 days over 90 theatre companies share their creativity on stage. An “everyone is welcome” selection technique— with Mainstage shows literally drawn out of a hat, giving all artists a chance to participate. Unique site-specific theatre in nooks and crannies of Granville Island.
Hosted by Chrome Gatherings - Explore // Electronic // Dance // Music // Culture
Transmit - In House Sessions - Online

September 11, 2020, 5:30-10pm on Twitch. Intimate, private setting showcase for Vancouver’s top techno, house, and progressive DJ team. Casual gathering place for electronic music lovers to dance, chill and hang out w/ progressive, techno, and house music. LINE UP: GOA PETE, DARK ARPS, and TASHI. Respect and care for each other. Let's have fun!
Mad Hatter Tea Party - Fall down the Rabbit Hole - New Date

September 18, 2020, 9pm-3am. A theme adventure not to be forgotten - magic mushrooms not included. Themed cocktails, rose garden, chess piece bushes, wrong clocks + playing cards house (whack Humpty Dumpty). Come in character or as you are, all welcome! Theme characters: March Hare, Queen of Hearts and The Hatter! DJs: Daniel Trump, K-Tel, and Pandemonium. Burlesque performances.
In its 39th year
The Vancouver International Film Festival

September 24 - October 9, 2020, The Rio, The Centre, International Village 8-10, SFU Goldcorp, Vancouver Playhouse, The Cinematheque. 16 days of multi-experiential streams include some of the best cinema from around the world fused with related talks and events in a unique Film+ model - expanding the frame, giving audiences and creators a chance to discover, discuss and connect.
Canada’s largest public participation campaign for the arts!
BC Culture Days

September 25-27, 2020. Celebrate community arts, culture + heritage at free interactive annual events, the last Friday of September and the subsequent Saturday and Sunday. Past year included: Open Rehearsal with Ballet BC; Creative Wellness Challenge - A Poem a Day Keeps The Doctor Away; Long Time No Sea; Into the Dance: Ballet, Chinese, and Korean-pop!; Sing along great opera choruses.
Vancouver artists forging relationships & opportunities with Canadians & beyond
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

January 20 - February 7, 2021. PuSh International Performing Arts Festival will celebrate its 17th anniversary with a mesmerizing line-up of contemporary performance, startling theatre, films, innovative dance, and genre-defying music. See past year's three weeks of program listings.
SKI Magazine names Whistler Blackcomb #1 in North America, three years running!
Whistler Pride & Ski Festival 2021

January 24-31, 2021. Welcoming gay men and women from 26 nations, making this one of the planet's biggest and best Winter Pride festival - with 8,176 acres (3308 hectares) of pure skiing and riding bliss - a Vail Mountain Resort. Check their website for full details:
The longest-running gay rubber weekend in North America
RUBBOUT Vancouver 2021

Early April, 2021. Past year included FRI: Orientation + Welcome Party; 9pm Social/Dance. SAT: Workshops; Gear Swap; 2pm Puppy Bowl; 8pm Cocktail Party; 10pm-2am Men's Play Party; 2am After Play. SUN: 11am Brunch; 3pm Halo-Church. Details at: