16 FREE Pride events to check out around Calgary

Aug 22 2018, 5:12 pm

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Calgary Pride is starting this week, and there are a whole bunch of cool things to check out.

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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While it would be fun to attend every event that is being put on, there are those of us who don’t really have the financial capital to front the cash for all those tickets — luckily enough, plenty of the events this week are completely free to attend!

Here’s our list of all the free events to check out at this year’s Pride.

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

Pride tailgate with the Calgary Stampeders

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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