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Events & Pride 2017-05-08T19:34:44+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

EVENT LINE-UP

  • Sat Aug 12: Official Launch Party
  • Sun Aug 13–Tues Aug 15: nothing planned—yet!
  • Wed Aug 16: Golf Tournament
  • Thurs Aug 17: Trans March & Event
  • Fri Aug 18: Kings & Queens of the Okanagan–6th Annual Drag Competition
  • Sat Aug 19: Pride March, Festival in the Park, and Pride Wrap-up Party

Got an event in mind? Host an affiliate event.

(Event schedule is subject to change)

GET INVOLVED

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

We’re putting together a full guide for this year’s festival. Get your brand in front of the 7,000+ people who take in Pride Events. Check out the Pride Guide advertising rates.

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

Apply to be a vendor.

We’re looking for affiliate events—activities that are connected to Pride Week, but not directly hosted by the Okanagan Pride Society.

Fees for Affiliate Events: 

  • Non-profit Organization: Free
  • For-profit Business/Organization: $40.

What you get: Listing in the official Pride Guide and a listing on the okanaganpride.com website. Note: Affiliate event submissions must be received by June 8, 2017 in order to appear in the Pride Guide.

Want a professionally-designed, Okanagan Pride-branded poster? Available for $100 (printing is not included = DIY printing).

Apply to host an affiliate event.

We’re still planning our events. Check back or subscribe to our email list to hear about opportunities.
  • Dress your storefront or hang a rainbow flag or artwork
  • Download an official Merchant Welcome Sign for Okanagan Pride (coming soon)
  • Dress up and be part of Pride week events
  • Share your Pride experiences on social media and use the hashtags #okanaganpride and #shinebright

PRIDE SPONSORS

DIAMOND • PRESENTING

TD Bank

PLATINUM

PLATINUM

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EZ Rock 101.5

AM1150

SILVER

MC College

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EVENTS

Upcoming

Prick! - Kelowna/Rutland

Prick! - Kelowna/Rutland

May 25, 6:00pm - May 25, 9:00pm

Rutland Aurora Health Centre
Kelowna, BC   Map

PRICK! is a private and confidential on-the-spot STI testing event for all ‘guys who like guys.’

Our definition of ‘guy’ includes: bi, cis, curious, gay, male, non-binary, queer, questioning, straight, trans, two-spirit, and all other guys who like guys.

Tests included are for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis (A,B &C), HIV and syphilis. Nurses can also provide education, resources and referals for other sexual health concerns (ie. herpes, HPV/genital warts, sores/rashes, etc,)

You can use your given name, fake name or initials – the main focus is to get guys tested.

This is a public clinic, there will be other people sharing the waiting room with you.

We also welcome you to bring a friend along for support.

For more information visit
menshealthinbc.com

Options for Sexual Health Clinic
#102 - 285 Aurora Crescent
@ Hollywood
Kelowna/Rutland
Just NORTH of HWY #33 & Hollywood

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
1-800-739-7367
or...
DROP IN AND GET PRICKED!

Brought to you by: Men's Health Initiative, Options for Sexual Health and Interior Health Outreach Nurses.

Sponsored by: Fruitcake, Okanagan College Student Union, Okanagan Pride, Peak Pride, Pride Resource Centre UBCO, and Senior Gay Men In Kelowna.
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FruitCake

FruitCake

May 26, 10:00pm - May 27, 2:00am

Sapphire
238 Leon Ave
Kelowna, BC  V1W 4A6 Map

CALLING ALL FRUITCAKES!!!!!

We are keeping it simple for May! Theme is about keeping it sexy - dress in whatever makes you feel sexy!

In an effort to make ticketing more cost effective we have switched to a new system that is rather basic. You will receive a confirmation via email but it will not include a barcode to scan. When you get to the event we will have a list of everyone who purchased in advance. This means advance tickets are $15.00 all in. No ticketing fees and no tax on top of that!

Fruit·cake
ˈfro͞otkāk/
noun
1. a cake containing dried fruit and nuts.
o informal

An eccentric or insane person.

Let’s face it. If it’s not you, then it’s someone you know. And either way, you’re both welcome here.

Fruitcake is Kelowna’s monthly event for people who like to party. With rotating hosts, performers and DJs, Fruitcake is a celebration of art, culture and living life outside the lines. You can wear what you want, be who you are and dance on a table like Paris Hilton in 2003*—cuz ‘That’s hot’.

Like to get freaky with the same gender? Great!
Curious about a different gender? Perfect!
Living in a non binary world? No problem!
None of the above? It’s ok, we have lots of booze.
All of the above? Call me!!!!


*Note: Our legal counsel does not recommend dancing on tables...that means you Peter Breeze!
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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

Drag Bingo - A Fundraiser for Etcetera Youth Group

Drag Bingo - A Fundraiser for Etcetera Youth Group

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 donated to the Etcetera Youth Group - Kelowna's peer support group for LGBT2Q+ youth. Learn more about Etcetera: www.okanaganpride.com/community/

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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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2017 OYP Sugarplum Ball

2017 OYP Sugarplum Ball

Jul 29, 6:00pm - Jul 29, 11:59pm

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

An Evening for Everyone

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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Okanagan Pride Week - Shine Bright

Okanagan Pride Week - Shine Bright

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

Okanagan Pride
Kelowna, BC   Map

Mark your calendars for Okanagan Pride 2017, the biggest and brightest Pride celebration the Valley has ever seen!

For event details, watch our 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

26 interested  ·  18 going
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Past Events

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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76 interested  ·  40 going
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.

Spring Fling

Spring Fling

Apr 29, 6:00pm - Apr 30, 12:00pm

Bufflehead Tapas Room - Penticton Lakeside Resort
21 Lakeshore Dr. West
Penticton, BC  V2A 7M5 Map

South Okanagan Similkameen PRIDE - SOS Pride presents their annual Spring Fling! Happening April 29 at Bufflehead in the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Your ticket includes a delicious dinner, amazing guest speakers, a drag show, and music from DJ Shakes, along with great door prizes and lots of fun for everyone. Get your tickets at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and join in the celebration!
SOS PRIDE..bringing communities together all across the LGBTQI+ gender spectrum to provide support, education and social events for our communitues.
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MHI GUYthering

MHI GUYthering

Apr 28, 6:00pm - Apr 30, 1:00pm

Kelowna, BC, Canada
Kelowna, BC   Map

The Men's Health Initiative GUYthering is an opportunity for guys-who-like-guys throughout the interior of BC to access workshops, presentations & networking opportunities that address their health care needs & concerns.

REGISTER BY MARCH 24th
Spots fill up fast!
goo.gl/forms/HGJet1cg0KB91tYj1

Limited travel & accommodations subsidies will be made available for those visiting from outside of the Central Okanagan (Peachland north to Lake Country).

Priority will be given to :
1) Guys who did NOT attend last years 2016 MHI Gaythering
2) Guys who can share travel/accommodations with another participant from their area
3) Guys presenting workshops for the GUYthering.

We will have guest speakers and presenters with the help of many local and regional organizations - full schedule and list of workshops/presenters will follow shortly - please keep informed with up to date changes on our facebook page facebook.com/menshealthinbc.

MHI will confirm your attendance by Tuesday March 28th 2017

Please note: While we are helping promote an event happening the day after the GUYthering - Monday May 1st - Kelowna LGBTQI Community Town Hall 7-9pm (hosted by SGMIK) with special guest Robert Beringer - any out of town guests wanting to stay for that event will have to do so at their own expense.

Presented by: Men's Health Initiative & Living Positive Resource Centre

Sponsored by: Fruitcake, Okanagan Pride, Peak Pride, Pride Resource Centre UBCO, REL8 and Senior Gay Men In Kelowna.
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Drag Bingo - A Fundraiser for Etcetera Youth Group

Drag Bingo - A Fundraiser for Etcetera Youth Group

Apr 18, 7:00pm - Apr 18, 9:30pm

Kelowna Forum
1317 Ethel Street
Kelowna, BC  V1Y2X1 Map

Dust off your good luck charms, trolls and trinkets—it’s time to get your dauber on at Okanagan Pride’s first-ever (we think) Drag Bingo night!

Hosted by the one and only Sparkle, it will a be fun-filled night of catty bingo calling, adult beverages, and the chance to win some great prizes.

Minimum buy-in is $10 (5 games at $2 per bingo card), but you can purchase as many cards as your hot little fingers can handle.

CASH ONLY!! 19+ (no minors)

And it's for an AMAZING cause. Proceeds will be donated to the Etcetera Youth group, Kelowna's peer support group for LGBT2Q+ youth. Learn more about Etcetera: www.okanaganpride.com/community

See you all there. Sparkle can't wait to play!

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Hosted by the Okanagan Pride Society, 20132 RPO Town Center, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2. BC Gaming Event Licence #94159

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

PRICK

Apr 10, 6:00pm - Apr 10, 9:00pm

285 Aurora Cres, Kelowna, BC V1X 7N6, Canada

PRICK! is a private and confidential on-the-spot STI testing event for all ‘guys who like guys.’

Our definition of ‘guy’ includes: bi, cis-gender, curious, gay, queer, questioning, straight, trans, two-spirit, and all other guys who like guys.

Tests included are for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis (A,B &C), HIV and syphilis. Nurses can also provide education, resources and referals for other sexual health concerns (ie. herpes, HPV/geniral warts, sores/rashes, etc,)

You can use your given name, fake name or initials – the main focus is to get guys tested.

This is a public clinic, there will be other people sharing the waiting room with you.

We also welcome you to bring a friend along for support.

For more information visit
menshealthinbc.com/sexual-health/prick/

Options for Sexual Health Clinic
#102 - 285 Aurora Crescent
@ Hollywood
Kelowna/Rutland
Just NORTH of HWY #33 & Hollywood

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
1-800-739-7367
or...
DROP IN AND GET PRICKED!

Brought to you by: Men's Health Initiative, Options for Sexual Health and Interior Health Outreach Nurses.

Sponsored by: Fruitcake, Okanagan College Student Union, Okanagan Pride, Peak Pride, Pride Resource Centre UBCO, and Senior Gay Men In Kelowna.
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6 interested  ·  1 going
First Annual Peak Pride Festival

First Annual Peak Pride Festival

Apr 7, 6:00pm - Apr 9, 9:00pm

Big White Ski Resort
5315 Big White Road
Kelowna, BC  V1P1P3 Map

Peak Pride is Canada’s newest winter pride destination and has something for everyone! From family friendly day events to high voltage nightlife with top tier talent Peak Pride brings our community together like never before.

More info coming soon...

264 interested  ·  125 going
Okanagan Pride Society Board Meeting

Okanagan Pride Society Board Meeting

Apr 5, 6:30pm - Apr 5, 8:30pm

Okanagan Pride
Kelowna, BC   Map

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.

FruitCake: Short Shorts

FruitCake: Short Shorts

Mar 24, 10:00pm - Mar 25, 2:00am

Sapphire
238 Leon Ave
Kelowna, BC  V1W 4A6 Map

CALLING ALL FRUITCAKES!!!!!

Its time to cut your favourite pair of jeans into daisy dukes or find the perfect pair of 80's workout booties cuz its all about dem legs honey as we take over the main room of Sapphire!

Join us as we celebrate the OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY OF PEAK PRIDE!!!

Starring Vancouver drag superstars:
Alma B Itches & Ilona Verley

Kelowna's crown jewel YUMI!

Resident DJ ShAdo

and for the very first time femme fatal DJ JGIRL! from Footwerk Events!!

And what short shorts party would be complete with out a SEXY SHORTS CONTEST! We're taking over the MAIN ROOM of Sapphire! Its biggest & baddest FruitCake yet!

Fruit·cake
ˈfro͞otkāk/
noun
1. a cake containing dried fruit and nuts.
o informal

An eccentric or insane person.

who wears short shorts?!
WE WEAR SHORT SHORTS!

Let’s face it. If it’s not you, then it’s someone you know. And either way, you’re both welcome here.

Fruitcake is Kelowna’s brand new event for people who like to party. With rotating hosts, performers and DJs, Fruitcake is a celebration of art, culture and living life outside the lines. You can wear what you want, be who you are and dance on a table like Paris Hilton in 2003*—cuz ‘That’s hot’.

Like to get freaky with the same gender? Great!
Curious about a different gender? Perfect!
Living in a non binary world? No problem!
None of the above? It’s ok, we have cheap booze.
All of the above? Call me!!!!



*Note: Our legal counsel does not recommend dancing on tables...that means you Peter Breeze!
... See MoreSee Less

104 interested  ·  93 going
PRICK

PRICK

Mar 16, 6:00pm - Mar 16, 9:00pm

285 Aurora Cres, Kelowna, BC V1X 7N6, Canada

PRICK! is a private and confidential on-the-spot STI and HIV testing event for all ‘guys who like guys.’

Our definition of ‘guy’ includes: bi, cis-gender, curious, gay, queer, questioning, straight, trans, two-spirit, and all other guys who like guys.

Tests included are for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis (A,B &C), HIV and syphilis.

You can use your given name, fake name or initials – the main focus is to get guys tested.

This is a public clinic, there will be other people sharing the waiting room with you.

We also welcome you to bring a friend along for support.

For more information visit
menshealthinbc.com/sexual-health/prick/

Options for Sexual Health Clinic
#102 - 285 Aurora Crescent
@ Hollywood
Kelowna/Rutland
Just NORTH of HWY #33 & Hollywood

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
1-800-739-7367
or...
DROP IN AND GET PRICKED!

Brought to you by: Men's Health Initiative, Options for Sexual Health and Interior Health Outreach Nurses.

Sponsored by: Fruitcake, Okanagan College Student Union, Okanagan Pride, Peak Pride, Pride Resource Centre UBCO, and Senior Gay Men In Kelowna.
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