Every year, Moncton’s River of Pride celebrations continue to grow. With more parties and more people, the list of must-attend events grows as well. From Pride-themed Zumba to gourmet dinners and the famous parade, there is something for everyone. If you want to check out the festivities happening in the city, whether you’re a seasoned pro or first-timer, we’ve got you covered with our round-up of the best Pride events in Moncton. If you want to celebrate Pride all summer long in another major city, click here to check out the Pride events across Canada.
When: August 18–25
The low-down: Deck yourself head-to-toe in your best rainbow attire for the region’s most diverse and glowing day. End Moncton Pride Week on a colourful note by marching through downtown in this accessible and family-friendly event!
When: August 25 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Find it: The parade will kick off Downtown Moncton Centre-ville, @monctonsriverofpride
River of Pride Boat Cruise
The low-down: If outdoor adventures are your thing, hop on a boat cruise along Shediac Bay. With beats from DJ Impulse and scenic views along the water, you’re guaranteed to have a good time!
When: August 18 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fees: $28 for cruise only, $35 for the cruise and shuttle service
Find it: Pointe-du-Chêne Wharf, with shuttle pick up at Aberdeen Cultural Centre, 140 Botsford St. @monctonsriverofpride
Dinner with Pride
The low-down: Indulge in a gourmet dinner that is made with fresh, local ingredients—the menu includes an assortment of sushi, seafood, and a complementary glass of sparkling wine.
When: August 19 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Find it: Dolma Food, 251 St George St. (2nd Floor), @monctonsriverofpride
Drag Bingo Extravaganza
The low-down: This year’s Bingo extravaganza is hosted by none other than Miz Cracker from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10. Wear your brightest neon accessories and be sure to brush up on your skills for an audience lip sync battle. Plus, keep your Bingo bracelets on for free admission to Triangles Night Club to continue the festivities after the show!
When: August 24 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., meet and greet starts at 6:30 p.m.
Fees: $30 for general admission, $50 for VIP meet and greet with Miz Cracker
Find it: Moncton Lions Club, 55 Mark Avenue, @monctonsriverofpride
The low-down: After a non-stop week, have one last hurrah on the dance floor under the neon lights with a bevvie in hand. Enjoy an outdoor show showcasing queer talent with the rest of the local LGBTQ community because Pride never truly stops. Stick around after the concert for a drag show and after party!
When: August 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Find it: Riverfront Park, then head to the Triangles Night Club for the after party, @monctonsriverofpride