Pride at the Pier is a free event celebrating the LGBTQ community and featuring DJ music, drag performances and other activities at North Vancouver’s Shipyards.
Pride at the Pier
Pride at the Pier is a free event that’s part of Vancouver Pride Week and all are welcome.
In 2019 it was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 30th, from 5:00 until 9:00 pm at Shipbuilders’ Square in North Vancouver. The event was unable to take place in 2020 due to COVID-19. Details for 2021 are to be determined.
The venue for the event is located at 115 Victory Ship Way which is just a 5-minute walk from Lonsdale Quay. If arriving via the North Shore’s SeaBus terminal, head east from Lonsdale Quay and you’ll find the festivities on the other side of the Tap and Barrel restaurant.
In 2019 Pride at the Pier celebrated its third annual event (although in its inaugural year it was called Prance at the Pier). The event was planned in part by an LGBTQIA2S+ youth advisory committee and the theme was drag!
PRIDE WEEK WALKING TOURS
Forbidden Vancouver is a family-run tour company that offers walking tours of downtown Vancouver. During the Vancouver Pride Festival in 2019 they offered their Really Gay History Tours in Vancouver’s West End every day of the week. They hope to do the same in 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, exact details are to be confirmed.
What to Expect
At Pride at the Pier you can expect to see a small number of participants dressed in colourful drag costumes (i.e., clothing of members of the opposite gender). More than that though, you can expect to see gay, straight and LGBTQ-friendly and supporting folk dancing and having a great time. There are kids with their families, and people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations.
Pride at the Pier is an all-ages dance party that’s open to everybody. There are DJ tunes, half a dozen food trucks and kid-friendly things to do including crafts, games and photo opportunities. There are also usually over a dozen multi-coloured stalls featuring market vendors and community group information.
Pride at the Pier is one of Vancouver Pride Week’s newest events. Being new, and on a weekday, it is a relatively small event, but gets slightly bigger each year.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at Pride at the Pier.
TIP #1: Take public transit if you can. The SeaBus is just a short walk away!
TIP #2: There are some great restaurants in the area. The Tap and Barrel, Pier 7 and Pinnacle Hotel‘s The Lobby Restaurant are all right there by Shipbuilders’ Square. There are other fabulous places to eat just across the street at the bottom of Lonsdale Avenue too. Click North Vancouver Restaurants for a list of establishments.
TIP #3: You don’t have to be gay, lesbian, queer, transgendered, two-spirited or queer to have fun at Pride at the Pier, just like you don’t have to be from the LGBTQ community to enjoy Vancouver’s much larger Pride Parade & Festival on the following weekend. It’s an inclusive event that’s open to everyone.
TIP #4: While in the area, explore Lonsdale Quay and check out its public market. It closes at around 7:00 pm though, so go earlier than later.
TIP #5: Pride at the Pier usually runs from 5:00 until 9:00 pm. It’s not usually a big event, however. Expect things to be fairly quiet, especially for the first hour or two.
TIP #6: Lower Lonsdale and the Shipyard District are interesting places to visit, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer. Friday is when the massive Shipyards Night Market usually takes place with its artisan vendors, food trucks, beer garden and evening concerts. On Saturdays from 5:00 until 10:00 pm there is more live music with North Vancouver’s Summer Sessions Concert Series. Hopefully these events will be happening in 2021, although details are to be confirmed.
For more information about this North Vancouver LGBTQ event, click Pride at the Pier.
For details about other similar (and larger) Pride Week-related events, see our article about the Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival.
For information about the surrounding area, check out any of the following: