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Boldly Proud, Uniquely Burnaby: Embracing Diversity at the Burnaby Pride Festival

Now in its sixth year, Burnaby Pride has become a symbol of unity and acceptance, bringing together people from all walks of life. Prepare for an unforgettable experience as local breweries lend their support, a delightful picnic invites connection, a captivating youth movie night sparks inspiration, and, finally, the grand culmination on July 22nd unfolds with the main celebrations taking center stage. Read on as we delve into the remarkable celebrations that make Burnaby shine with pride.

July 8 – Pride Community BBQ

Kicking off the Pride season in Burnaby is the Burnaby Pride Community BBQ, an event exclusively designed for 2SLGBTQIA+ families and individuals. Join Burnaby Pride on Saturday, July 8 from noon to 3 p.m. at Keswick Park.

The Burnaby Firefighters will be on hand, cooking up a delicious array of hot dogs (with meat, veggie and Halal options), they’ll also have chips and pop on offer too.

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, cozy picnic blankets, and stay hydrated with water, as we celebrate under the open skies. Mark this joyful occasion on your calendar, knowing that this extraordinary event comes with no cost, making it accessible to all. The Pride Community BBQ promises to create meaningful connections and foster a deep sense of unity within our vibrant community – Read More.

July 11 – Steamworks Pride

Get ready for an unforgettable night of fun, entertainment, and celebration at Steamworks Brewery & Taproom in Burnaby. On July 11, Steamworks is hosting a pride-themed trivia night in collaboration with IQ 2000 Trivia, Vancouver’s premier trivia night organizer. This exciting event promises an evening filled with friendly competition, a dazzling drag performance by DeeDee LaCraze. Known for her charisma, impeccable style, and captivating stage presence, DeeDee LaCraze is sure to deliver an unforgettable show.

Steamworks Brewery & Taproom encourages attendees to express their vibrant, bold, and authentic selves by embracing the “loudest pride look” competition. Show off your creativity and individuality by dressing up in your most eye-catching and prideful ensemble. Whether it’s a dazzling rainbow-inspired outfit, glamorous makeup, or extravagant accessories, let your true colors shine. At the end of the night, the winners will be rewarded with an abundance of prizes, adding an extra layer of excitement and friendly competition to the event.

In the spirit of Pride Month and fostering a more inclusive society, Steamworks Brewery & Taproom will be donating $1 from every 16oz or 20oz beer sold from July 10 to 16 to PFLAG. This contribution helps support PFLAG’s essential work in providing resources, education, and advocacy for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and their families.

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July 15 – Studio Brewing

Get ready for an action-packed afternoon filled with delicious craft beers, vibrant entertainment, and a joyous atmosphere on Saturday, July 15th, from 3-9pm. Satisfy your cravings with the delectable delights of Nonna’s Cucina Food Truck. Owned and helmed by Chef Joe, they specialize in mouthwatering wood-fired oven panini. Indulge in a menu curated with love, featuring an array of meat and veggie panini—Italian street food made Nonna’s way.

Every bite reflects the passion of scratch-made ingredients and local produce sourced from our community. Get ready to be entertained by live music and captivating performances, showcasing the incredible talent of the LGTBQIA2S+ community. Expect an extraordinary showcase of artistry, pride, and celebration.

Mark your calendars and join Studio for an afternoon filled with joy, inclusivity, and unforgettable moments. So come one down and raise your glasses, share laughter, and honour the spirit of unity. Don’t miss out! Save the date: Saturday, July 15th, from 3-9pm, at Studio Brewing.

July 17 – Flag Raising @ Burnaby City Hall

Celebrate diversity and inclusion with us on July 17 at Burnaby City Hall! Join us at 1 p.m. for a vibrant Pride flag raising ceremony, marking the beginning of Burnaby Pride Week. Come together with the community as we honor and embrace the LGTBQIA2S+ community. Let’s stand united, spreading love, acceptance, and equality throughout our city.

July 22 – Burnaby Pride Festival

Be prepared for a dazzling display of talent, inclusivity, and celebration as Burnaby gears up for its highly anticipated Pride Festival on July 22 at Civic Square. The event will feature a diverse lineup of live music, comedy, drag performers, interactive booths, activities and more. It promises to be a spectacular showcase of 2SLGBTQIA+ pride, featuring performances by renowned drag artists, including the iconic Batty BanksBeardney Spears, and King Fisher. With its picturesque setting and a lineup of incredible acts, the Burnaby Pride Festival at Civic Square is set to be an unforgettable day of joy, acceptance, and unity.

Beyond the remarkable drag performances, the Burnaby Pride Festival at Civic Square is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the rich diversity that makes Burnaby so special.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to connect with local 2SLGBTQIA+ organizations, community groups, and allies who are passionate about advocating for sexual health, equality, and promoting acceptance. Engage in meaningful conversations, learn about resources available, and build lasting connections within a supportive and inclusive environment.

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July 28 – Youth Pride Movie Night

Catering specifically to the younger LGBTQ+ community, the Youth Pride Movie Night offers a safe and inclusive space for ages 13-18. This event screens the movie “Love Simon,” a heartwarming coming-of-age story that explores identity, friendship, and love. The movie night aims to create a supportive environment where young individuals can connect, gain inspiration, and feel empowered. It serves as a reminder that everyone’s journey is unique and beautiful. Pre-registration not required but welcomed; Call Alphabet Soup at 604-294-7606 or DM @alphabet_soup_bby.