Pride is one of the most fun, educational and entertaining things you will ever experience in Toronto. With hundreds of stage shows, parties, performances, and events, however, it can be a bit overwhelming to those looking to attend for the first time. So, we've put together a little Pride 2016 guide so you can organize your week accordingly.
Essentially Pride Weekend events need to be divided to be conquered. All in all, there are a number of festivals and fairs within Pride, of which you should try to at least attend one of each in order to get the most out of your pride weekend.
1. Go to a Green Space Event
Since its inception in 2008, The Green Space Festival has become a thriving, internationally recognized cultural festival in Toronto. Comprised of a series of signature events throughout pride – including Starry Night, One World, Lipstick Jungle, Disco Disco and TreeHouse Party – the Green Space Festival offers high caliber productions that feature national and international artists providing amazing outdoor shows in gorgeous tree-lined venues packed over four days.
Starry Night // June 30th
One World // July 1st
Lipstick Jungle // July 2nd
Disco Disco // July 3rd
Tree House Party // July 3rd
2. Go to a Prism Event
Prism Festival is North America’s largest gay circuit music festival, spanning five events with over 15,000 attendees. Featuring world class DJ's at the best venues in Toronto, these are some of the biggest parties during Pride Week.
Bootcamp // June 30th
Main-event // July 1st
Resist // July 2nd
Aqua // July 2nd
Revival // July 3rd
3. Go To a Random Pride Party
Tonnes of parties pop up all around Toronto during pride that celebrate the LGBTQ community and its allies. Whether it's at Cabana Pool Bar, Sneaky Dees or Steamwhistle Brewing you'll find a party on every corner this week.
Fit Primpin // July 1st
Katya 2.0 // July 1st
Yes Yes Y'all // July 2nd
Cabana Pool Bar // June 29th
4. Attend a Stage Show
The pride weekend street fair is full of stages at every corner from Yonge and Dundas to Church and Wellesley with world famous DJ's and drag queens to keep you dancing and laughing all weekend long.
Mariposa: From Latin America With Love // July 1st
Alternaqueer // July 1st
Two Spirit Rainbow Pow Wow // July 1st
Made in Canada // July 1st
Yalla Bara // July 2nd
Bear Garden // July 2nd
Drag On! // July 2nd
Village Medley // July 2nd
Lez Get it On! // July 2nd
Fist // July 3rd
Dirty Disco // July 3rd
Village Drive // July 3rd
The Final Play // July 3rd
Black Is Black // July 3rd
6. Go to the Parade
Because, there's nothing quite like it.
7.Walk Through The Village
During the street fair on the weekend, Church Street is completely shut down and there are literally thousands of people everywhere, there is no shortage of fun to be had.
8. Have Brunch at O'Gradys on Church
Hungover but don't want to miss any of the action? Hit up O'Grady's on Church for some brunch and maybe a cocktail or two if the hair of the dog should fancy you.
9. Get Sangria's at The Church St. Garage
With a gorgeous patio and open air concept, chilling with some friends in the sun and people watching during pride is a favourite pride pastime.
10. Attend a Pride Art Fair
Witness the expressive efforts of youth from a number of schools and artistic programs and groups, showcasing their work related to identities, legal rights, experiences of mental health and wellness, and other social justice initiatives.
11. Go to a Human Rights Panel
Educate yourself and get involved in the political and humanitarian conversation surrounding Queer politics.
12. Watch local Drag Queens at Crews and Tangos or Woody's
Whether it's Sofonda Cox, Georgie Girl, or Jada Hudson, you're bound to be entertained.
13. Go Thrifting for a Pride Outfit
Pride is the one time a year other than Halloween that you can literally wear whatever the hell you want. So why not hit up one of these shops and find an awesome outfit to strut down the streets in.
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