July. 20. 2023|Event Inspiration

Freehouse Collective is celebrating BC Day with a long weekend full of parties

Highlights include a star-studded drag brunch, frozen summer cocktails, and late night dancing

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Summer in Vancouver always reaches its peak on the BC Day long weekend when warm days and Pride make for a city-wide party like no other. This year Freehouse Collective is filling the weekend with late night dancing, live music, a star-studded drag brunch, and frozen cocktails for a cause.

Free to Be

Pride 2023

Pride celebrations kicked off early this year with the launch of Free to Be, a fundraising campaign through the end of August raising money for the international efforts of Rainbow Railroad by selling frozen “Bright Lights” cocktails wrapped in custom artwork from Toronto illustrator and artist Tim Singleton

Rainbow Brick Road Afterparty at The Lamplighter

Thursday, August 3rd

Pride Weekend gets off to a head start on Thursday, August 3rd when the Lamplighter hosts the official afterparty for the Gastown BIA’s Rainbow Brick Road celebration in Maple Tree Square with live music from 8pm-10pm followed by a DJ spinning until 2am.

BC Day Celebration at the Lamplighter and Cinema

Saturday, August 5th

The BC Day weekend party continues with special pricing on all BC draft all weekend long at the Lamplighter and a live band from 8pm-10pm on Saturday blasting out some local favourites—think Bryan Adams and more. The city has also approved a license extension to 4am for both Cinema Public House (Granville) and Lamplighter Public House (Gastown) on Saturday to keep the celebration rockin.

Pride Parade Watch Party at Three Brits

Sunday, August 6th

Sunday is always the peak of Pride Weekend and Freehouse Collective is hosting parties at the start and finish with a parade watching party hosted at Three Brits by Nathan Fadear and Ilona Verley (Canada's Drag Race Season 1) who will deliver commentary on the floats as the room vibes with tunes from the DJ. This event will be ticketed, but fish and chip cones and frozen Bright Lights cocktails will be available for takeout from the service window facing Denman Street for anyone too slow to get a ticket. Tickets will also be available at the door subject to capacity.  

Revenge Party at the Lamplighter

Sunday, August 6th

During the parade, Lamplighter will host the most star-studded edition of Revenge Party Drag Brunch yet with three star performers highlighting the event. Synthia Kiss from Canada’s Drag Race Season 2, Molly Poppinz from RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 2, and JuiceBoxx Canada’s Drag Race Season 1 will headline an amazing drag lineup, as always hosted by Vancouver’s very own Xannax. This event is guaranteed to sell out, so get your tickets soon.

Whatever you’re planning for the weekend, we hope it's a long weekend to remember.

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