Your ultimate guide to Pride weekend events in Calgary

Aug 23 2017, 2:36 am

Written by Mr. Fab

This year Calgary’s PRIDE Week will be bigger and better than ever before; with an array of activities throughout the week.

Calgary 27th Pride Festival kicks off August 25 and runs until September 4.

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Saturday, September 2 Sunday, September 3 however, will see the biggest and most colourful events.

Here’s a variety of things to do for all interests.

Saturday September 2

Annual Premier’s Pride Brunch

Join Camp fYrefly for their second annual brunch, which will help raise funds for the annual youth camp that Calgary Sexual Health hosts in Southern Alberta.

Where: Hotel Arts – 119 12 Avenue SW
When: 10am to 1pm
Cost: $60

Pride Potluck

Queer on Campus is inviting you to bring your family and friends to their first ever Pride Potluck. Bring a dish to share and they’ll provide all the plates, utensils and cups!

Where: Riley Park – 800 12 Street NW
When: 12 to 3pm
Cost: Free

Alberta Liberal Pride Party

Celebrate Pride with members of the Alberta Liberal Party including the first openly gay leader of a major political party, David Khan. The afternoon will also see a performance from Country Music star Patrick Masse.

Where: The Backlot Bar – 209 10 Avenue SW
Time: 1 to 5pm
Cost: Free (a suggested $20 donation)

Pure Pride

Two of the top queens from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Shea Couleé and Sasha Velour, will take the stage proving to us that they deserved the crown! There will also be a “jaw dropping” performance by adult film star Brent Everett.

Where: The Palace Theatre – 219 8 Avenue SW
Time: 9pm to 4am
Cost: $40-$60 (VIP and Meet & Greet opportunities available)

Glitter Gods and Kings Pride Party

Party the night away with sexy burlesque dancers and the hot boys of Fake Mustache. DJ Hotpants will also be spinning the night away!

Where: Dickens Pub – 1000 9 Avenue SW
When: 7pm to 2am
Cost: $15

The Movement

It will be Girls on Deck on 2 floors during Calgary’s original ‘Girl Party’.

Where: Night Owl – 213 10 Avenue SW
When: 9pm-2am
Cost: $25 (in advance)

Satur-GAY Heat

Upstairs, Drag lovers will be treated to a very special Twisted Follies show, while downstairs Showboy will be burning up the beats on the dance floor.

Where: Twisted Element – 1006 11 Avenue SW
When: 9pm-4am
Cost: $5

Sunday September 3

Pride Parade

This year the parade expects to draw crowds of 60,000 people who will be cheering on the 150 entries as they colorfully roll down 6th Avenue.

Where: Downtown Calgary – Along 6th Avenue & 6th Street
Time: 12 to 1:30pm
Cost: Free

Pride Park

Grab the family and celebrate Pride at Calgary’s biggest post-parade party at its new location Prince’s Island Park. There will be food trucks, beer gardens, live music and an outdoor dance party.

Where: Prince’s Island Park – 698 Eau Claire Avenue SW
Time: 12 to 6pm
Cost: Free

Deep Roots 8

This will be the 8th annual fundraiser for the Sharp Foundation. There will be DJ’s, a drag show, and late night Karaoke. All funds raised will go directly to the Beswick House 24/7 care facility.

Where: Broken City –  613 11 Avenue SW
When: 2 to 10pm
Cost: Free

Official Pride After Party

Trinity Taylor, the self-proclaimed ‘body’ finalist from season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race will take the stage at 10pm. DJ Kidd Madonny from Miami will be whipping the crowd into a frenzy on the main floor as Vancouver’s DJ Del Stamp heats things up downstairs.

Where: Twisted Element – 1006 11 Avenue SW
Time: 5pm- Late
Cost: $15

Hot Mess

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 ‘early exit’ queen – Eureka – who will be returning next season, will be making her Calgary Pride debut. 2 floors of DJ’s and there will even be an interactive photo booth.

Where: Commonwealth Bar & Stage – 731 10 Avenue SW
Time: 9pm to 2am
Cost: $28-$55 (VIP and Meet & Greet opportunities available)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival and its partners have teamed up once again to offer this wild interactive film night. Including a live pre-show featuring performances from Fake Mustache, participants are encouraged to dress up and get ready to “do the time warp again!”

Where: The Globe Cinema – 617 8 Avenue SW
When: 10:30pm to 2am
Cost: $15

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