The Chilliwack Pride Festival is a wonderfully gay 2SLGBTQIA+ street festival with live music, drag performances and market vendors in downtown Chilliwack.
Celebrating its third year in 2023, the event takes place on Saturday, August 19th. The festival features drag queens, live music, market vendors, food trucks and family-friendly activities. It’s a great event and admission is free.
For full details about the 2SLGBTQIA+-themed event, visit the Chilliwack Pride website.
Downtown Chilliwack Pride Festival
The Chilliwack Pride Festival is an inclusive celebration of the city’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Attracting over 20,000 people last year, the event happens in August and is free to attend. It’s organized by the Chilliwack Pride Society which works to support and advocate for the local LGBTQ+ community.
The festival is a pedestrian-only event with a variety of activities for all ages. There are dozens of vendors selling everything from art and bath products to fresh fruits and vegetables. Representatives from local organizations also have booths set up. The festival features several food trucks and multiple stages with live entertainment as well. There are also games for kids, a beer garden for adults, and some prizes up for grabs.
According to the Chilliwack Pride Society’s website, “the Chilliwack Pride Festival aims to uplift and empower people who identify as LGBTQIA+, Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, or as having a disability and create a space of belonging, inclusion, and celebration.”
When and Where
In 2023 the festival takes place on August 19th. The street celebration runs from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm in downtown Chilliwack. This is the first time the event has happened on a Saturday. In past years it has been on a Sunday.
Activities happen all over the downtown area including along Victoria Avenue, Mill Street and Wellington Avenue. The event’s Main Stage is in Central Community Park at 45951 Victoria Avenue. Much of the downtown area of Chilliwack gets shut down for the event.
There is lots of street parking in the area as well as free accessible parking at Central Elementary School which is in downtown Chilliwack at 9435 Young Road.
For the event’s official website, visit chilliwackpride.com.
There are a couple of stages with live entertainment at this year’s Chilliwack Pride Festival. In 2023 the Main Stage features performances by a number of drag queens as well as a live auction and speeches by local politicians and community members. There’s also a music stage a couple blocks away next to the beer garden.
Drag queen performers in 2023 include Hailey Adler, Aria Reddy, Anida (Queen of the Valley), Justin Abitt and Armand Hammer.
Below is the entertainment schedule for this year.
The main stage is located at Central Community Park. Here is the schedule for 2023:
- 10:00 am: Opening Ceremony
- 10:30 am: Story Time
- 12:00 pm: Speeches
- 12:10 pm: Live Auction
- 12:20 pm: Drag Queen Performances
- 1:30 pm: Drag Queen Performances
- 2:45 pm: Drag Queen Finale
- 4:00 pm: Closing Remarks
As its name suggests, this stage was located along Wellington Avenue near College Street. Performing in 2023 are the following:
- 11:45 am: Brittany Sovereign
- 12:30 pm: J Hughes
- 1:00 pm: Brittany Sovereign
- 1:45 pm: Diane Weisbrod
- 2:30 pm: Jada McKenzie-Moore
PLACES TO STAY IN CHILLIWACK
For information about hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts and campsites in the area, see the Tourism Chilliwack website. That’s where you’ll find information about places like the Chilliwack Coast Hotel which is a nice place in the heart of downtown.
For more information about the event, visit the Chilliwack Pride website.
To learn about other events and places of interest in the region, visit the Tourism Chilliwack website.
Other events happening in Chilliwack in August include the following:
- Chilliwack Fair & Rodeo
- Chilliwack Flight Fest
- Timbersports National Championships (only in 2023)
- Rotary’s Chilliwack Ribfest
- Chilliwack Corn Maze
- Chilliwack Mural Festival
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Lower Mainland Pride Events
- Vancouver Pride Festival
- Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
- August Calendar of Events
- Vancouver Festivals and Events