Celebrating Love: Your Victoria Pride Guide

Victoria Pride Parade goer holds up a sign that says love is love.
Photo: Peter Jakab


Victoria Pride Festival returns to in-person celebrations with a week-long spotlight on our local 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. After two years in isolation, the Victoria Pride Society says they’re thrilled to bring everyone together to “let our rainbow flags fly!”

StatsCanada’s 2021 census revealed Greater Victoria is the non-binary capital of Canada, living up to the tagline Pride in You!

This year’s Victoria Pride will feature more multigenerational experiences than ever before. Victoria Pride Society is also partnering with the Victoria Disability Resource Centre to ensure accessibility for all. (Visit VPS’s website to register for resources.)

Victoria Pride Society hosts a plethora of activities for Pride Victoria 2022
Photo: Peter Jakab

Here’s what to expect:

Youth Pride Kick-Off: Queer Prom

June 23

What better way to kick off pride than for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth to come together for a night of art, dancing, music, and performance!

Big Gay Dog Walk

June 24 @ 6:30 to 8:00pm

Mix and mingle with fellow canine lovers and furry friends, plus win great prizes for best tricks and costumes.

Victoria Pride Parade

June 26 @ 11:00am

Following a scenic new route across the Johnson Street Bridge, ending at the downtown Inner Harbour, this is one event not to be missed! Can’t make it in person? The parade will be broadcast live nationally via CHEK News and streamed on the VPS website.

Pride Festival in the Park

June 26 @ 10:00am-8:00pm

Expect a day filled with laughter, music, dancing and drag with a family-friendly festival in MacDonald Park. This fully fenced-in and licensed event will feature musical guests, Queer As Funk and Ange Hehr.

Show your support so volunteer-run events like this may continue. Get your tickets for a fabulous fundraiser and premium Pride experience at the Vicious Poodle Pride Lounge.

LOUD and Proud

June 27 @ 7:00pm–1:00am

Celebrate with an exciting night featuring local drag superstars, Vivian Vanderpuss and Eddilicious, as well as the House of Dubét. Afterwards, hit the dance floor with DJ Vixen Von Flex.

Queer Activism Night

June 30 @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Hosted by the Victoria Pride Society Youth Council, this educational event will feature talks on subjects ranging from social justice to self-empowerment.

Festival goers celebrate Victoria Pride Week
Photo: Peter Jakab

Memorial Drag Ball Game

July 1 @ 12:00pm

Always a blast, the drag ball game and community picnic is Canada’s only Pride event held in remembrance of those who passed away during the AIDS pandemic.

Pride in the Word

July 2 @ 7:00pm-9:30pm

Featuring six critically acclaimed writers from the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, this is the largest Pride literary event in Canada.

For more details about the events listed above, visit victoriapridesociety.org.