Pride Week in Kamloops takes place from Aug 19-25 at various venues throughout Kamloops. From comedy shows to drag shows to a Pride Parade, here are 5 events not to miss.
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Showcase - Aug 22
Gather some friends and get ready to laugh. Vancouver-based comedian Steev Letts will be returning this year as the headliner. Letts won the Vancouver’s Funniest Amateur Comic contest in 2016, the 2018 Vancouver Yuk Off, and was named the Breakout Artist of the Year at the 2019 Vancouver Comedy Awards. Kelby DeLaet will open the show, hosted in the heart of downtown Kamloops at the Commodore Grand Café and Lounge. Bring your sense of humour, an open mind, and get ready to laugh out loud. 19+, tickets are limited.
Glitter on the Runway Drag Extravaganza - Aug 23
A collection of the province’s top drag performers will take the stage as part of the Glitter on the Runway Drag Extravaganza at the Colombo Lodge. Drag icon and makeup maven, Raye Sunshine, will hit the stage with Vancouver-based performers Karmella Barr and Dank Sinatra. One of Pride Week’s most popular events, this annual showcase of all things fabulous will bring out the king or queen in everyone.
Bubble Pop Fizz Drag Brunch - Aug 24
What’s better than a delicious brunch? How about brunch and drag queens. New to this year’s Pride Week lineup, the Bubble Pop Fizz Drag Brunch will feature bearded drag darling Alma B*tches. Add some glitter to your granola and make this a meal you’ll never forget. Hosted at Match Eatery and Public House, attendees will be able to pick from a themed brunch menu.
Heartbeats Pride Dance - Aug 24
Celebrate the spirit of Pride with a dance-til-you-drop party at the Colombo Lodge featuring Vancouver-based DJ Krista. This Pride Week staple features a packed dance floor and banging beats from classics like Cher and Madonna to the newest LGBTQ2S+ artists making waves in the music industry. Bring your friends, plan a safe ride home and dance the night away.
3rd Annual Downtown Kamloops Pride Parade - Aug 25
This celebration of diversity and inclusion has become a must-do for tourists and locals alike. With a new location this year (Stuart Wood School and St. Paul Street), the Pride Parade and Festival brings community members and organizations together in a show of solidarity. The Parade kicks off at 11am, winds through the downtown core (the 200-400 blocks of Victoria Street are best for viewing), and celebrations continue post-parade in Stuart Wood Park, with mainstage entertainment, food trucks, and community booths until 3pm. Don’t forget the Official Pride Afterparty at The Noble Pig from 3-6pm.