Pride weekend is coming up in Burnaby!
It’s the fifth year of Burnaby Pride and its first year back in-person after going online during the pandemic.
Hang out on Friday at Studio Brewing for a pre-Pride gathering, then celebrate on Saturday with a variety of festivities. Saturday’s event will showcase group Van Vogue Jam – a Vancouver-based non-profit building the local vogue and ballroom scene. Burnaby Art Gallery’s BAG on a Bike will also be joining in the fun at Civic Square.
Get pumped for Saturday’s main event at Pre-Pride celebrations on Friday evening. Grab a beer at Studio Brewing and enjoy live music and food from Top Rope Birria Food Truck.
When: Friday, July 22, 7 – 10 p.m.
Where: Studio Brewing (5792 Beresford St.)
Burnaby’s main Pride celebrations this year will feature incredible local performers – the event organizers have worked to prioritize artists with disabilities and non-binary, trans and BIPOC artists. The event will also feature a slate of alternative drag artists anchored in the historical roots of drag. If you’re only familiar with RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’ll get to see a whole new side of drag art. Performers include artists like AHSIA, Persephone Estradiol and Edzi'u. The mainstage will have ASL interpretation.
When: Saturday, July 23, 12 – 6 p.m.
Where: Civic Square (6100 Willingdon Ave.)
Vancouver Bubble Tea Festival
This two-day festival is all things bubble tea – with 20 street food and bubble tea booths and three food trucks to delight in. Bubble tea vendors including Truedan, Yi Fang Fruit Tea, Chatime and Sago Togo will be present. On Friday, rock on with a live DJ show at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, guests can marvel at a supercar show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
When: Friday, July 22 (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and Saturday, July 23 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Where: Swangard Stadium (3883 Imperial St.)
Cost: $10, tickets available online (children eight-years-old and under are free)
Edmonds City Fair and Classic Car Show
Check out the Edmonds City Fair and Classic Car Show on Saturday, with tons of family-friendly activities and entertainment – and of course, all the classic cars behind the Edmonds Community Centre on Humphries Avenue. Enjoy band Rainshadow’s classic rock tunes, and make sure to visit the petting zoo and food vendors.
When: Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Edmonds Park (7433 Edmonds St.) and Humphries Avenue
Enjoy fresh and locally grown produce with an emphasis on Japanese and Japanese-inspired food and goods. This Sunday, the Nikkei Garden Farmers Market also hosts a tech lounge for seniors aged 65 and up to ask questions related to technology (bring your own device). With a kids’ booth with face painting and bubble-blowing among other activities, and games for all ages (play Shogi, a game similar to chess, or I-go, an abstract strategy board game), there’s something for everyone.
When: Sunday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre (6688 Southoaks Cres.)