In 2023 the event took place on June 16th. The exact date for 2024’s event is to be confirmed.
Visit britannniaminemusem.ca for full details about the event and the museum.
Pride Night Event at Britannia Mine Museum
The Britannia Mine Museum hosts several events throughout the year. In celebration of Pride Month in June, the popular attraction presents Old Town, New Queens. The special pride-themed event celebrated its second year in 2023.
In 2023 Old Town, New Queens was on Friday, June 16th. The 2SLGBTQ+ celebration ran from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm. There were two drag performances starting at 7:15 pm and 8:15 pm. The shows were held in Mill No. 3 which is a massive copper concentrator that’s been around for 100 years.
Both before and after the drag shows, folks in attendance were welcome to explore lower site exhibits and do gold panning.
(Note: Activities like the underground tours of the mine weren’t available during the event, but were earlier in the day. Also, this was a “dry” event. Non-alcoholic beverages were available for sale. Food trucks were also on-site.)
2023 Drag Show Entertainment Lineup
Old Town, New Queens features around 10 different performers. The lineup of entertainers in 2023 is listed below. (Note: Exact performance times were to be confirmed.)
- Belladonna VonShade
- Bluee Joy
- Dust Cwain
- Dolly Hardon
- Flemme Fatale
- Homo Hardware
- Maiden Wonderland
- Pia Little
- Sativa The Diva
Admission to the 2SLGBTQ+ Pride Night Event
Tickets for Old Town, New Queens were available online. They cost about $45 per person, which was just $5 more than the cost of regular admission to the museum.
Tickets for the event in 2023 included the two drag performances and after-hours access to the other displays and activities on-site. Folks could explore the “Celebrating 100 Years of the Mill No. 3” exhibit, as well as the gold panning station and other permanent exhibits.
Click Pride Night 2033 for tickets and full details about the event.
About the Britannia Mine Museum
The Britannia Mine Museum is a National Historic Site just south of Squamish. It’s located at 150 Copper Drive along the Sea to Sky Highway at Britannia Beach. The attraction is about 45 minutes north of Vancouver by car.
The site was the largest copper mine in the British Empire at one point. Over the years it was home to 60,000 workers and their families. During its peak of operations, the mine produced up to 7,000 tons of ore on a daily basis! The mine facility has been preserved and is now a popular place to explore. Some of its original buildings are still up and full of all sorts of displays and exhibits.
The museum makes for an interesting and educational visit any time of the year. It’s especially interesting, however, where there are events (like Pride Night). There are other special events on select days in various other seasons, including for Halloween in October and Christmas in December.
Tips & Advice
The tips and suggestions below are good to know before attending Old Town, New Queens.
TIP #1: Similar to many drag shows catering to adults and mature audiences, the performances include strong language and “edgy” subject matter. However, all ages are still welcome to attend. This is an inclusive event (although parental discretion is advised).
TIP #2: Drag performers accept tips, so bring cash with you if you’re feeling generous. There aren’t any ATM machines at the museum.
TIP #3: The Britannia Mine Museum can get chilly depending on the weather. Organizers recommend bringing a light jacket or sweater just in case the buildings get cold.
TIP #4: Britannia Mine is an exceptional museum. Whether it’s during Pride Night, another event or just a regular day of the year, we recommend you check out the museum. It’s impressive!
For more information about the Pride event and the attraction, visit britannniaminemusem.ca.
To learn more about the venue in general, see our article about the Britannia Mine National Historic Site.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Metro Vancouver Pride Events
- Copper and Fire Art Event at Britannia Mine
- The Town of Squamish
- Sea to Sky Region and Highway
- Vancouver Places for History and Culture
- Rainy Day Activities in Vancouver