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Events & Pride 2017-08-14T10:57:46+00:00

OKANAGAN PRIDE

Join us August 12–19, 2017 for the 10th anniversary of Okanagan Pride.

It’s our diamond anniversary celebration and we’re planning a solid line-up of events. It’s sure to be bigger and better than any Pride celebration the Okanagan has seen!

2017 marks a pretty special milestone—the 10th anniversary of Pride festivities in Kelowna under the Okanagan Pride umbrella: our diamond anniversary.

As such, this year’s theme—Shine Bright— is directly inspired by the shimmering gemstone. And the metaphors are plenty.

We all know that Kelowna is the jewel of British Columbia, but that secret is getting out! Our community is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and we’re getting younger, as 25-to-34-year-olds make up the largest group of new residents. Kelowna has its shine on, and there’s no sign of that dulling.

The theme is for LGBT2Q+ allies too. Queer communities in the Okanagan are making tremendous gains in equity and inclusion thanks to the encouragement and support of our allies. Just like a diamond, we are unbreakable and stronger together when we celebrate our diversity.

But most importantly our theme is a call to action for the entire LGBT2Q+ community— both collectively and as individuals. Keep carrying on. Show your pride. Express who are. And love who you want. It’s Pride. It’s your time. Shine Bright.

—Okanagan Pride Society

THE OFFICIAL EVENT LINE-UP IS HERE!

  • Sat Aug 12: Lustre Launch Party with Fruitcake
  • Mon Aug 14: 18-Carat Golf Tournament
  • Thurs Aug 17: Trans March & Social
  • Fri Aug 18: Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition & Drag Superstar Afterparty
  • Sat Aug 19: Pride March & Festival in the Park
  • Sat Aug 19: Radiant Wrap-Up Dance Party

See full event details in the Event Calendar below.

BUY TICKETS NOW

GET INVOLVED

Wanna strut your stuff selling drink tickets? How about flexing your cleanup muscles and help us tear down after an event. We’re on the lookout to fill numerous volunteer positions during Pride week. Check out our positions on Volinspire.

Partner with Okanagan Pride—gifts in kind, sponsor an event, or sponsor the whole damn thing! Download the Sponsorship Guide.

The Festival in the Park on August 19 will include a vendor fair. Sell your goods, promote your organization or serve some eats to the crowd. Tentative schedule is:

  • 9-10:30am: Set-up
  • 10:30-4pm: Festival in full force—sell, sell, sell!
  • 4-5pm: Take down

Vendor opportunities are sold out! But support Pride by decorating your storefront or downloading and displaying a Merchant Welcome Sign (PDF) during Pride week.

  • Dress your storefront or hang a rainbow flag or artwork
  • Download and display an official Merchant Welcome Sign (PDF) during Okanagan Pride
  • Dress up and be part of Pride week events
  • Share your Pride experiences on social media and use the hashtags #okanaganpride and #shinebright

Advertising is now closed for the 2017 Pride Guide.

PRIDE GUIDE

Download the Pride Guide (PDF) now or watch for copies in and around Kelowna and at Pride events.

PRIDE SPONSORS

DIAMOND • PRESENTING

TD Bank

PLATINUM

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EZ Rock 101.5

AM1150

GOLD

Cyan Bold Design

SILVER

MC College

Davie Village Post

Telus

Orange Theory Fitness

SILVER

Gay Van

BC Federation of Labour

DailyXtra

BRONZE

Central Okanagan Teachers' Association

Health Sciences Association

FRIENDS

EVENTS

Upcoming

Freaky FruitCake: Halloween Edition

Freaky FruitCake: Halloween Edition

Oct 28, 7:00pm

The Laurel Packing House
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 1Z9 Map

FruitCake is taking over the Laurel Packing House for a freaky Halloween! A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the ongoing efforts of the Okanagan Pride Society.

Happy Horror Hour - 7pm to 9pm
DJs, Dancing & Drag Queens 9pm to late
19+ Event

DJ, Sound & Lights by Brightside DJs

Performances by:
Sparkle
Ginger Snapp official
Alexa Nerezza

Need a place to stay downtown Kelowna? Our friends at Hotel ZED #Kelowna are offering a preferred rate of $79 plus taxes. Please call the hotel directly and ask for the "Peak Pride" Preferred Rate. 250-763-7771
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Past Events

Okanagan Pride Society Annual General Meeting

Okanagan Pride Society Annual General Meeting

Oct 18, 6:30pm - Oct 18, 8:30pm

Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Ave
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 6Z1 Map

We're looking for people who have a desire to contribute to the community. There are a number of positions open on the board of directors of Okanagan Pride Society (OPS) that we're looking to have nominations for. The election will be held at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, October 18th, 2016. Elected officers will be part of the team that hosts fundraisers, social events, annual Pride Festival and helps make the LGBT community stronger. It takes dedication, effort and teamwork to be successful and it is an opportunity to grow your skills in these areas.

Additional details to follow.
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51 interested  ·  16 going
Radiant Wrap-Up Dance Party

Radiant Wrap-Up Dance Party

Aug 19, 10:00pm - Aug 20, 1:00am

Come out one last time to shine bright with us! We’ll be celebrating the end of Pride at Level Nightclub with Vancouver-based, gender-bending DJ Skylar Love.

Skylar found passion for the turntable at age 15 in the midst of Vancouver's underground rave scene. Skylar has been mesmerizing crowds in San Francisco, LA, Puerto Rico, Toronto and Montreal ever since with hypnotic basslines, rhythms and flows. We’re honored to have Skylar’s beats close-out Okanagan Pride.

Doors open at 10pm.
Advance tickets (dance party only): $15 +fees and tax.
Tickets at the door (if available): $25

Save money and buy a Pride Weekend Pass for Aug 18-19. You get access to the Drag Competition, Drag Afterparty, Festival in the Park Beer Garden and the Radiant Wrap-up Dance Party. Advance weekend pass: $35 +fees and tax; on-site after Aug 17: $50. okanaganpride2017.eventbrite.ca

19+ event
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Pride March & Festival in the Park

Pride March & Festival in the Park

Aug 19, 10:30am - Aug 19, 5:00pm

Stuart Park to Waterfront Park

Get your rainbow brights ready and join Okanagan Pride Society as we march together and shine our Pride along Kelowna’s waterfront...it’s the biggest celebration of the whole week.

Due to this year’s unprecedented lake levels, we have a slightly new route but an AMAZING new destination—it all still starts at Stuart Park, but we’ll head north along the boardwalk, ending in beautiful Waterfront Park, with its grassy amphitheatre, floating stage and some trees for shade (“Can I get an Amen?)!

10:30am - Marshalling begins at Stuart Park. Wear any color of the rainbow or get your friend to dress-up as a “team”. Pride flags will be available for purchase (cash only). Interested in being an official flag-bearer? Apply now: goo.gl/forms/ZLl8AavniB6juPdn2

11am - Our feet start moving and the cheering begins as we make our way to Waterfront Park.

11:30 - Festivities in Waterfront Park kick into full gear.

What’s in store at the Festival in the Park?

> Main Stage: A non-stop roster of performers. Stay tuned for details.

> 40+ vendors: Food trucks, community groups and local business owners. Buy some goods, nosh on some eats and learn about great groups in your community.

> Pooches on Parade: An annual crowd-pleaser where our canine friends show off their Okanagan Pride. (Get your pooch registered now: goo.gl/forms/zYZjhBnPZx9jEqW83).

> Beer Garden: Quench your thirst on some lager, cider or our exclusive Pride Wine on what’s historically a hot-hot Okanagan day. $5 cash entry to the beer garden.

> For kids (or nimble adults): A bouncy castle, an inflatable obstacle course and a jousting arena = a whole lotta F-U-N.

> Mass wedding (2pm): For any queer or ally couples who want to get hitched! (Advance registration before August 15 required, see: www.facebook.com/events/1741083809242124/)

This is a free, all-ages event (excluding beer garden).
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Drag Superstar Afterparty

Drag Superstar Afterparty

Aug 18, 10:00pm - Aug 19, 1:00am

Deck yourself in all that sparkles and shines and join us at the Drag Superstar Afterparty! Our newly-crowned winners from the drag show will be doing a special performance, so be sure not to miss out! The party gets started at 10pm.

Free admission for Drag Superstar ticket holders and weekend pass holders.

Couldn’t make the drag show? No problem. Entry to the Afterparty is just $10 at the door.

Make sure to be there early as there is no guaranteed entrance for drag show attendees. Capacity is limited and entry is first come first serve.

Save money and buy a Pride Weekend Pass for Aug 18-19. You get access to the Drag Competition, Drag Afterparty, Festival in the Park Beer Garden and the Radiant Wrap-up Dance Party. Advance weekend pass: $35 +fees and tax; on-site after Aug 17: $50. okanaganpride2017.eventbrite.ca

19+ event
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Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition

Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar Competition

Aug 18, 6:00pm - Aug 18, 11:00pm

Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Ave
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 6Z1 Map

It’s the night everyone has been waiting for—join us as we crown Kelowna’s Next Drag Superstar! We’ve decided to switch up our drag competition this year, making it a little less binary. Instead of crowning a King and Queen, we’ll be declaring two winners: 1st place = Kelowna’s next Drag Superstar. And the runner-up = Drag Princet (gender-neutral for Prince/ss).

Do you have the chops to win and can you command a stage? Then apply now to perform: goo.gl/forms/x33lSooYn3hofvrU2

Cocktails will begin flowing at 6pm to prep you for the main event at 8pm. Seating is first come first serve and there is limited capacity so be sure to get your tickets today!

Advance tickets (drag competition only): $20 +fees and tax.
Tickets at the door (if available): $30

Save money and buy a Pride Weekend Pass for Aug 18-19. You get access to the Drag Competition, Drag Afterparty, Festival in the Park Beer Garden and the Radiant Wrap-up Dance Party. Advance weekend pass: $35 +fees and tax; on-site after Aug 17: $50. okanaganpride2017.eventbrite.ca
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Trans March & Social

Trans March & Social

Aug 17, 6:00pm - Aug 17, 9:00pm

The Laurel Packing House
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 1Z9 Map

It’s year three for our Trans March and Social, a perfect event for all of Kelowna to show support for our strong Trans community.

Marshalling starts at the Sails sculpture on Bernard Avenue and Abbott Street at 5:45pm (look for the pink, blue and white Trans flags). We’ll then march in solidarity at 6:15pm, walking north along the lakeshore path to the boat launch, over to Water Street and Cawston Avenue, and then follow Cawston Avenue to the Laurel Packinghouse.

At the Laurel, you can expect an evening of speakers, discussion and complimentary snacks and light refreshments. Yum!

Want to show your Pride and be a Trans flag-bearer at the march? Apply now: goo.gl/forms/ZLl8AavniB6juPdn2

This is a free, all-ages event.
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18-Carat Golf Tournament

18-Carat Golf Tournament

Aug 14, 5:00pm - Aug 14, 10:00pm

Orchard Greens Golf Club
2777 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, BC  V1W 4A5 Map

Get into the swing of Pride at Orchard Greens Golf Course for our annual, ever-popular Pride Golf Tournament. Shotgun start for the 9-hole tourney is at 5:30pm but we ask that all players arrive around 5pm—you need to warm up, right? Prizes will be awarded to best on the green. A steak sandwich dinner follows around 7:30pm.

Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance:
$60 +fees and tax, includes green fees and steak sandwich dinner in the clubhouse
$22 +fees and tax, steak sandwich dinner only

Need a golf cart? Please reserve directly with Orchard Greens. Carts are in limited supply.

19+ event
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Lustre Launch Party with Fruitcake

Lustre Launch Party with Fruitcake

Aug 12, 7:00pm - Aug 13, 1:00am

Kelowna Forum
1317 Ethel Street
Kelowna, BC  V1Y2X1 Map

Are you ready to kick off Pride with a little fruity flair? Okanagan Pride has partnered with our friends at Fruitcake for a dance party to kick-off your week of Pride shenanigans. Come shake a leg, your booty or any other body part that makes you feel good. Don’t worry. No one is watching. We promise. #sorrynotsorry

Looking for more of a chill evening? No problem. We'll be opening up our lounge at 7 pm. Bring your buddies and enjoy a couple cocktails before the party starts at 10 pm. DJ Colton RumHam Wheeler will be creating some fab mixes from the stage for us.

Advance Tickets: $15 +fees and tax.
Tickets at the door too, but you’ll pay more.

19+ event
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Okanagan Pride Week - Shine Bright

Okanagan Pride Week - Shine Bright

Aug 12, 6:00pm - Aug 19, 11:59pm

Okanagan Pride
Kelowna, BC   Map

Tickets are now on sale for Okanagan Pride 2017, the biggest and brightest Pride celebration the Valley has ever seen!

Buy an advance weekend pass for Aug 18-19 and get access to the Drag Superstar Competition, Drag Superstar Afterparty, Festival Beer Garden and the Radiant Wrap-Up Dance Party.

For full event details, check the event calendar on Facebook or check out the Okanagan Pride website. You'll also find great ways you can get involved with Pride.

Visit: www.okanaganpride.com/events-and-pride
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2017 OYP Sugarplum Ball

2017 OYP Sugarplum Ball

Jul 29, 7:00pm - Jul 29, 11:59pm

Rotary Centre for the Arts
421 Cawston Ave
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 6Z1 Map

An Evening for Everyone

500 of Kelowna's most influential and diverse people * Live entertainment * Aerial performances * Kelowna's top drag performers * Celebrity transformations * Unique themed party rooms

How it Got Started
In 2015, the Mayor of Kelowna received the title 'Mayor Sugarplum' after approving the painting of a rainbow crosswalk to represent our city's inclusive and diverse community. From this the idea for the Sugarplum Ball was born; an event to celebrate and embrace LGBT2Q+, minorities and other marginalized groups in our community.

2016 marked the inaugural Sugarplum Ball, an event that was planned as a one-time celebration. After its success in selling out to 400 young (and young at heart) guests its future as an annual event was solidified. Last year's event was the first of its kind in the Okanagan - multiple parties, a drag runway featuring the Mayor and local celebrities, and most importantly an atmosphere of inclusivity.

One Community
The OYP is dedicated to creating a vibrant and flourishing environment for young professionals to call home. The Sugarplum Ball is about highlighting the Okanagan as an inclusive and welcoming place to all, regardless of sexual orientation, race, religion or gender. This is a community that celebrates our diversity.

Making Headlines
In 2016 the Sugarplum Ball made international headlines and over three million web impressions as a progressive and inclusive event. As a room sponsor (only three available) you will receive the opportunity to align your brand with the Sugarplum Ball, be recognized in all our marketing promotions (print, web and social media) along with your logo and branding on all photos taken in the photo booth of that room.

Keep your eyes open for the announcements on tickets, we will announce through the OYP newsletter with our VIP early bird tickets.
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Drag Bingo - A Fundraiser for Okanagan Pride

Drag Bingo - A Fundraiser for Okanagan Pride

Jun 21, 7:00pm - Jun 21, 9:30pm

Kelowna Forum
1317 Ethel Street
Kelowna, BC  V1Y2X1 Map

Back by POPULAR demand - Drag Bingo is B-A-C-K!

Grab your daubers and your lucky charms and join Sparkle for an evening full of laughs, yummy adult beverages and awesome prizes!

Minimum buy-in is $10 (5 games at $2 per bingo card) but you can buy as many as you can handle 😉

Remember, this is a CASH ONLY, 19+ event (no minors).

Proceeds from the event are being used to support events during Okanagan Pride, August 12 - 19, 2017.

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Hosted by the Okanagan Pride Society, 20132 RPO Town Center, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2. BC Gaming Event Licence #95921

Problem Gambling Help Line 1-888-795-6111.
www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca
Know your limit, play within it. 19+
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Etcetera Youth Group

Etcetera Youth Group

Jun 1, 4:30pm - Jun 1, 7:00pm

630 Cadder Ave, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5N4, Canada

A weekly drop-in program for LGBT2Q+ youth and their allies. Come by to hang out and have a good time!

4:30-5:30pm - 14 and under age group AND parent group
5:30-6:00pm - Groups mingle
6:00-7:00pm - 14-18 age group

Hot Cycle White Party

Hot Cycle White Party

May 13, 9:00pm - May 14, 1:00am

Kelowna Forum
1317 Ethel Street
Kelowna, BC  V1Y2X1 Map

Fire up that washing machine, grab the bleach and crank up the H2O to H-O-T because it's time to get your whites sparkling for Okanagan Pride's 8th annual White Party—Hot Cycle edition.

Bootyshorts, your boy/girlfriend's t-shirt or a toga...wear whatever you like, as long as it's white.

Come out for a night of boozy drinks and hot beats as the Valley's LGBT2Q+ community and allies kick off summer in Kelowna.

Venue capacity is limited so don't delay. Buy your advance tickets online now.

Entry:
$15 Advance Entry ($20 at the door)

Drinks:
$20 Advance Bundle (5 tickets for the price of 4)
$5 each on location

Buy online at: squareup.com/store/okanagan-pride-society

This event is 19+. This venue is not wheelchair accessible.
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Okanagan Pride Society Board Meeting

Okanagan Pride Society Board Meeting

May 10, 6:30pm - May 10, 8:00pm

Regular monthly meeting of the Okanagan Pride Society (OPS) Board of Directors. Members of OPS are welcome. If you'd like to attend, contact info@okanaganpride.com for location and details.

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