Vancouver Art and Leisure is presenting Alternative Pride once again this year with xix events at three locations, over one weekend, July 29-31st, 2022.

This year’s Alternative Pride theme is “Mystical Forest”, based on the incredible theme artwork that will be transforming some of Vancouver’s most iconic landmarks and greasiest after-hours into an adventure through your most imaginative and devious fantasies – with wall-to-wall decor, art installations, and projections, bringing you to the most enchanted and gayest land of your dreams. The theme and title imagery is created by Vancouver-based queer artist and painter, Stevie Broome. Check out and support his artwork here.

According to Artistic Director Matt Troy, Vancouver Art and Leisure is, “ a radical artist run organization that makes events in unexpected places and ways. We are a non profit org that does not take funds from corporations or the state and strive to make spaces unmediated by censorship. We have operated since 2015.” He also suggests signing up for their mailing list  as the best way to get updates on all events, some of which may not be shared online elsewhere.

Now in it’s 8th year, as we celebrate making innovative spaces that never compromise personal freedom, sexual expression, and gay liberation. Lighting up some of Vancouver’s most iconic landmarks and locations we bring to you a series of 6 main events, after-hours, and protests that promise to continue creating spaces made just for you. As always, Alternative Pride never accepts corporate or state sponsorship and censorship. We strive to create an unparalleled arena of personal expression that provides you with the liberty to be your truest and most illustrious self all year long.


HustlaBall Vancouver Pride (Main Event) – FRIDAY JULY 29
9PM-Late, 50 E Pender St, Vancouver BC.

Drip PlayParty, Gay Smut Visuals – – FRIDAY JULY 29
11:55PM-5AM, Secret Location. *Festival pass holder only*

Vancouver Pride Street Party (Main Event) – SATURDAY JULY 30
4PM-10PM, 295 E 1st Ave, Vancouver BC.

Suck It! Anonymous Video Play Party – – SATURDAY JULY 30
11:55PM-5AM, Secret Location. *Festival pass holder only*

Backdoor Pride Edition (Main Event) -SUNDAY JULY 31
9PM-Late, 50 E Pender St, Vancouver BC.

MeowMixxx, A Party for Good Kitties – -SUNDAY JULY 31
11:55PM-5AM, Secret Location. *Festival pass holder only*

Festival Passes are available now. Festival Passes are your guaranteed entry to all 6 events including Backdoor and all the afterhours. Festival Pass holders never wait in line and have express entry. Festival Pass holders make Alternative Pride possible by supporting the mission to make Vancouver a more engaging and sexually liberated city. Early Bird Festival Passes are only $150 but have access to over $300 of events and help make Alternative Pride 2022 the best year ever! Please make these spaces possible by becoming an Early Bird Pass Holder!

*Pass-holders receive express entry to all events
*Pass-holders have exclusive access to the afterhour play-parties only available to passholders
*Pass-holders receive free coatcheck / clothes check at the two warehouse parties (BACKDOOR and HustlaBall)

Get ready to play! July 29-31 is Alternative Pride! More info and tickets here and Instagram


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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.