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Vancouver Pride Festival

Sunset Beach Pride Festival

Formerly called the Sunset Beach Festival, the main Pride Festival event features a market, beer garden, live music and more at Concord Community Park.


Vancouver Pride Festival (previously called the Sunset Beach Festival)

The Vancouver Pride Festival is a large celebration of the LGBTQIA2+ community in the summer. One of its biggest events is the main outdoor festival. The event ran from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm at Sunset Beach on July 31st.

In 2023 the main Pride Festival event takes place at a new location and for two days instead of one. This year the celebration is held on the Saturday and Sunday of August 5th and 6th of the BC Day Long Weekend. It takes place at Concord Community Park, located at 50 Pacific Boulevard. Additional details about the 2023 event are to be confirmed.

The festival is completely free to attend and it usually has a lot to offer. There is typically more than one stage with live music and entertainment throughout the day. There is also a large artisan market with plenty of vendors, as well as a beer garden for adults most years.

Expect to see lots of people in colourful costumes at the festival (like the pair in the photo below who we saw at the event a few years ago). In addition, lemonade, mini donuts and other food and drinks are usually available for purchase.


Old Town New Queens at Britannia Mine


2022 Live Entertainment

There were three different stages with live entertainment at the Sunset Beach Festival in 2022. For an idea of what to expect at Concord Community Park in 2023, performers from last year are listed below.


The Main Stage

The Main Stage in 2022 was curated by Hotlatch: Indigenous Futurisms and Hotlatch Legends. It featured the following performers:

  • Tommy Genesis
  • Abb ‘Original
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Cheryl Trade
  • Edzi’u
  • DJ Paisley Eva
  • Ilona Verley
  • Jaylene Tyme
  • King Fisher
  • DJ Kota
  • DJ Parallel Parc
  • Persephone Estradiol
  • Sha Sha
  • DJ O Show
  • Vixen Von Flex
  • Weird Alice


Pride Festival at Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach During the Festival


Pride Community Stage

The Community Stage featured performers of Asian descent in 2022. Entertainers from last year are listed below.

  • Stephanie Prince
  • Carrie Oki Doki
  • Diamonté
  • Dongganisa
  • Empress Fancy Pants
  • Flaming Wok
  • Jas Minh
  • Jolene Queen Sloan
  • Ploy Pailin
  • Shay Dior
  • Skim
  • Bella Sie
  • Teayana


Pride Night with the Vancouver Canadians


Normi Corp x Stoli Stage (19+)

The Normi Corp x Stoli Stage was in the Beer Garden at the 2022 event. Admission to this part of the festival was by donation. The full lineup of entertainers from 2022 is listed below.

  • Red
  • Gushy
  • Jolene
  • Mx. Bukuru
  • Zuleyyma
  • Softieshan
  • River Moon
  • Diamonté
  • Batty Banks
  • Janessa St. Pierre
  • MiuMiu
  • fagofcolour


Really Gay History Tour



Another great LGBTQ-themed activity to do during Pride Week is going on a walking tour around Vancouver’s West End with Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours. They are an exceptional way to learn about the history of queer culture in Vancouver and highly recommended.


Tips and Advice

TIP #1: Considering how busy the area around Concord Community Park will get on the day of the festival, take public transit if at all possible.

TIP #2: The festival doesn’t usually get busy until later in the afternoon on the Sunday. This is because many people watch the Vancouver Pride Parade at noon first, and only check out the festival afterwards.


Colourful Pride Parade Participants


Other Information

To learn more about the festival, visit the Vancouver Pride Festival‘s website.

For information about other Pride Week events, see our article about the Vancouver Pride Festival.

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