Here are all the events you can check out at this year's Pride

Aug 21 2018, 6:09 pm

Calgary Pride is right around the corner, and with 10 full days of events to check out, it’s about time to figure out your next week and a half.

The festivities start on Friday, August 24 and will run until Sunday, September 2 — which is also when the highly anticipated Pride Parade will take place.

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There are plenty of things to do each and every day, so to make things a little easier for you we decided to condense all the events into just one straight-forward list.

Enjoy!

Calgary Pride Flag Raising

What: Watch as the Pride flag is raised and listen to speeches by leaders in the community.

When: Friday, August 24, 2018

Time: Noon to 3 pm

Where: Municipal Plaza — 800 MacLeod Trail SE

Admission: Free

Paddle Station’s Calgary Pride Raft on the Bow 2018

What: Take a float along the Bow River while representing the community with flags and accessories provided by Paddle Station.

When: Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26, 2018

Time: Starts at 1 am on Friday

Where: Shouldice Park — 4900 Monserrat Drive NW

Cost: $50 to 140

Gayger III

What: A party complete with live music and a drag show — all proceeds go towards the pride scholarship at Mount Royal University.

When: Friday, August 24, 2018

Time: 9:30 pm to 2:30 am

Where: Twisted Element — 1006 11th Avenue SW

Admission: $5

Pride tailgate with the Calgary Stamps

What: There’s a Pride-sponsored tailgate party before the Calgary Stampeders game on Saturday, August 25.

When: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm

Where: McMahon Stadium — 1817 Crowchild Trail NW

Admission: Free

Calgary’s Rainbow Railroad Station Launch

What: Grab some food, partake in a silent auction, and celebrate the launch of the Rainbow Railroad Station’s campaign to assist LGBTQ+ refugees.

When: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Time: 11:30 am to 3 pm

Where: End of the Rainbow Foundation — #4 1515 Centre Street S

Admission: Suggested donation

Pride Outdoor Swim

What: The Stanley Park Pool has been reserved for a Pride swim alongside the men of the Fellowship of Alberta Bears (FAB).

When: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Time: 7:15 to 9:30 pm

Where: Stanley Park Pool — 4a Street SW and Riverdale Avenue SW

Admission: $10

Pride in Vic Park: Youth and Senior Tea Social and History Walk

What: Attend an intergenerational afternoon tea and a history walk led by Kevin Allen.

When: Saturday, August 25, 2018

Time: 12:30 to 2:30 pm

Where: Calgary Public Library — The Central Library 616 MacLeod Trail SE

Admission: Free

Pride Block Party ft. Neighbour

What: Check out some live music at the ContainR site in Sunnyside.

When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Time: 6 to 10 pm

Where: ContainR Site in Sunnyside — 1010 2nd Avenue NW

Admission: Free

Queer Country Line Dancing

What: Learn how to line dance with a beginners’ workshop courtesy of expert dancers.

When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Time: 7 to 8:30 pm

Where: Dickens Pub — 1000 9th Avenue SW

Admission: Free

Pride City/Deep Roots 9

What: Check out this celebration from the SHARP Foundation at the always-enjoyable Broken City.

When: Tuesday, August 28 to Sunday, September 2, 2018

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Where: Broken City — 613 11th Avenue SW

Admission: By donation

Halsey concert

What: This concert is a can’t miss — especially because it is during Pride!

When: Saturday, August 28, 2018

Time: 8 to 11 pm

Where: MacEwan Hall — 2500 University Drive NW

Admission: $55

Free gelato from ATB and Fiasco Gelato

What: Grab yourself a scoop of free gelato on Wednesday.

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Where: ATB — 102 8th Avenue SW

Admission: Free

Pride: A Conversation

What: This event features a discussion that is open to everyone and includes a panel of seven LGBTQ+ Calgarians.

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Where: West Hillhurst Community Association — 1940 6th Avenue NW

Admission: Free

Calgary Pride Fundraiser

What: Grab 35 cent wings and $4 beer to help raise funds for the Pride events.

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Time: 6 to 9 pm

Where: Upper Deck Public House — 1104 6th Avenue SW

Reversed Racism — Pride Yourself

What: A showcase of LGBTQIA2+ BIPOC that includes a panel followed by a show.

When: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Time: Starts at 7:30 pm

Where: Dickens Pub — 1000 9th Avenue SW

Admission: $15

Sashay, Fillet

What: Mix Culinary skills with drag and you’ve got yourself this wonderful event, featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Yuhua Hamasaki.

When: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Time: 7 to 11 pm

Where: Hotel Arts — 119 12th Avenue SW

Admission: $60

Pink Flamingo Pride Pinball Party

What: Enjoy a night of Pinball and drinks at the Pin-Bar at an event put on by Pink Flamingo YYC.

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Time: 8 pm to 2 am

Where: Pin-Bar — 501 17th Avenue SW

Admission: $10

Naked Girls Reading Presents: Pride

What: Join Naked Girls Reading for a Pride-themed evening of LGBTQ+ authors, themes, and readers.

When: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Time: 10 pm

Where: Twisted Element — 1006 11th Avenue SW

Admission: $15

Girls on Deck: Up All Night Pride Party

What: Go-go dancers, stripteases, and some awesome DJs are expected at this Twisted Element event.

When: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Time: 9 pm to 2:30 am

Where: Twisted Element — 1006 11th Avenue SW

Admission: $7

Otahpiaaki Closing Weekend

What: Head over to East Village Junction to check out the closing weekend of Otahpiaaki.

When: Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2, 2018

Time: 5 pm

Where: East Village Junction — 439 8th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

Unity in Uniform 2018

What: Say thank you to the service people who keep the community safe.

When: Friday, August 31, 2018

Time: 6 to 10 pm

Where: The Bank and Baron Pub — 125 8th Avenue SW

Pride Shabbat Dinner and Services 

What: Head over to the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs for a community Shabbat dinner to celebrate Pride Week.

When: Friday, August 31, 2018

Time: 6:30 to 10 pm

Where: Temple B’nai Tikvah — 900 47th Avenue SW

Admission: $10 to $18

CMC Sing-Along: “The Greatest Showman”

What: Join the Calgary Men’s Chorus for a singalong of this musical movie.

When: Friday, August 31, 2018

Time: 7 to 9 pm

Where: Globe Cinema — 617 8th Avenue SW

Admission: By donation

Outliers: Calgary’s Queer History Screening (Director’s Cut)

What: Watch a free showing of a documentary showing the history of Calgary Pride and how it became the event that it is today.

When: Friday, August 31, 2018

Time: 7 to 10 pm

Where: Venue — 1221 2nd Street SW

Admission: Free

All-Star Pride Weekend — LUST

What: A night of dancing, music, and drag stars!

When: Friday, August 31, 2018

Time: 8 pm to 3 am

Where: Twisted Element — 1006 11th Avenue SW

Admission: $15

Calgary: FAB Bear Pride

What: The Fellowship of Alberta Bears is having a Pride party and the Palomino Smokehouse for a Pride BEEF Bash.

When: Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1, 2018

Time: 9 pm

Where: The Palomino Steakhouse and Social Club — 109 7th Avenue SW

Admission: $15

Pride Friday Divas at Backlot

What: Take your talents to the stage at The Backlot for a drag show that is open to performers.

When: Friday, August 31, 2018

Time: 10 pm to 3 am

Where: The Backlot — 209 10th Avenue SW

Admission: Free

Aquaria and Asia: Pride 2018

What: Check out the Palace Theatre on Friday to see two of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 stars.

When: Friday, August 31, 2018

Time: 9 pm to 2 am

Where: The Palace Theatre — 219 8th Avenue SW

Admission: $40 to $65

HY DRA TION vol. 8: Dyke and Trans MARSH

What: This all-ages afterparty will be lighting it up at TRUCK Contemporary Art on Saturday.

When: Saturday, September 1, 2018

Time: 9:30 pm to 2:30 am

Where: TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary — 2009 10th Avenue SW

Admission: $5

Pure Pride Calgary starring: Kameron Michaels – Mz Cracker-Eureka

What: This Pride Party will feature three of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 contestants alongside international DJs and local performers.

When: Saturday, September 1, 2018

Time: 9 pm to 2 am

Where: The Palace Theatre — 219 8th Avenue SW

Admission: $40

All-Star Pride Weekend — WRATH

What: A night of dancing, music, and drag stars!

When: Saturday, September 1, 2018

Time: 8 pm to 3 am

Where: Twisted Element — 1006 11th Avenue SW

Admission: $15

Pride in the Park

What: One of Calgary’s largest free outdoor celebrations is back at Prince’s Island Park right after the Pride Parade. Expect music, dancing, drinks, and food.

When: Sunday, September 2, 2028

Time: 11 am to 6 pm

Where: Prince’s Island Park

Admission: Free

Calgary Pride Parade 2018

What: The biggest event of the entire week, the Calgary Pride Parade is expected to see upwards of 75,000 spectators and over 190 entries.

When: Sunday, September 2, 2018

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Where: Starts at 350 6th Avenue SE

Admission: Free

FUSE

What: This 18+ event will feature Nic Nemesis, Kloves, Knows, and BLKFT.

When: Sunday, September 2, 2018

Time: 9 am to 2 pm

Where: Habitat Living SOund — 1217 1st Street SW

Admission: TBD

Hot Mess Pride 2018

What: Two dance floors will be running at the Commonwealth Bar all night for this event, which will feature AJA in her Calgary debut.

When: Sunday, September 2, 2018

Time: 9 pm to 2 am

Where: Commonwealth Bar and Stage — 731 10th Avenue SW

Admission: $36 +

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