Whether you’re a veteran or a newcomer, there is something quite magical about Pride. It’s a safe space to express yourself freely and take part in an unapologetic celebration of the LGBTQ community. Pride Month is jam-packed with dances, parades, marches and more, and it can be overwhelming to decide what events to check out. That’s why we made a list of the best Pride events in Toronto, and if you’re looking to get in on the rainbow-filled festivities all across the country, click here.
When: June 1–24 (month), June 22–24 (official Pride weekend)
The low-down: Toronto’s Pride Parade is one of the largest in North America with over 150 people participating. There will be floats, performers and, of course, colourful, festive fashion.
When: June 25 at 2 p.m.
Find it: Starts at Bloor St. E. and Church St., goes down Yonge St. and ends at Gerrard St. E. and Church St., pridetoronto.com
Viva Cabaret – Tribute to the Greatest Divas
The low-down: Female impersonator Yury Ruzhyev will be performing a one-man show paying tribute to the most iconic divas in entertainment history. From Lady Gaga to Liza Minnelli and Whitney Houston, you will be mesmerized by his 40 costume changes and spot-on impressions of over 30 divas, all while dancing and lip-syncing to your fave anthems.
When: June 7 and June 29 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Fees: $20 per peson
Find it: Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W, eventbrite.com
Get Real’s Pride Week Boat Cruise
The low-down: Set sail on the waterfront for good eats, tons of dancing, plus a drag show and silent auction—all the proceeds of the event are going towards the Get Real programs, which support LGBTQ youth.
When: June 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Fees: Starting at $60 per person
Find it: 539 Queens Quay W, thegetrealmovement.com
The low-down: This solidarity march is dedicated to celebrating and spreading awareness about the diverse and intersectional trans community—family, friends and allies are welcome, too.
When: June 22 at 7 p.m. (rally) and 8 p.m. (march)
Find it: Kicking off at Church and Hayden St., pridetoronto.com
Business Woman’s Special: Pride Edition
The low-down: Coined by the organization as a queer dance party, this Business Woman’s Special celebration is Pride-themed with performances from the city’s most famous drag queens.
When: June 23 at 10 p.m.
Fees: $15 per person at the door
Find it: Round Venue, 152a Augusta Ave., Toronto, roundvenue.com
Pride and Remembrance Run
The low-down: Walk 3 km or run 5 km at this colourful race in support of Toronto’s LGBTQ organizations—don’t forget to break out your brightest athletic wear.
When: June 23 at 10 a.m.
Fees: $45 to $50 per person to register
Find it: Church St. and Wellesley St., priderun.org