Every June, communities across Canada recognize Pride Month. It is a celebration of people coming together in love, diversity and inclusivity to show how far LGBTQQIA2S+ rights have come while acknowledging their history and the hardships they have endured, and the impact that this important segment of our community has had on society at all levels.
More information about the different events happening around the city is below, and visit the official Surrey Pride website for events happening around throughout the month such as bowling, youth dances, concerts, Drag Queen bingo and much more. And watch for the lights at Civic Plaza to display the colours of the pride flag from June 18 to 27, 2023.
Show and Tell Pride Exhibit at Museum of Surrey
June 1 | Museum of Surrey
Hosted by the museum, this display showcases items from members of the LGBTQQIA2S+ community with descriptions of how those objects shaped or reflected a key moment in their lives. With these artefacts and photos lent to the museum until September 3, those who visit this exhibit will gather a sense of what it means to be a part of the rainbow community and what experiences led those in it to discover that they belong. This is a free exhibit with the Museum of Surrey operating hours from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, feel free to visit the museum’s website.
Family Friendly Drag Show
June 6 | Royal Oak Restaurant (15336 Fraser Highway)
In partnership with Surrey Pride, the Pivot Theatre is excited to host its second annual all-ages drag show! The best in local drag entertainment will be there, hosted by Aria Treble and performances by 6 different queens (including Weebee, the winner of the newest season of Call Me Mother!). The event is located at the Royal Oak Restaurant on Fraser Highway and tickets are priced at $45, the 2-hour show will begin at 6:00 pm and those who show up earlier can enjoy happy hour from 4:00 -5:00 pm!. Come out and cheer on our local drag queens! Tickets can be bought here.
Pride in Surrey Shines Through
June 10 | Surrey City Hall
Surrey Civic Theatre and Surrey Archives are proud to present Pride in Surrey Shines Through! This event is all day long from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm at City Hall for the low price of $20. It kicks off with a digital exhibition detailing the history of Sher Vancouver which is then followed by the viewing and discussion of Emergence: Out of the Shadows, a documentary by Vinay Giridhar showing true stories of coming out in the South Asian community. It ends with the Rainbow Flame Pride Storytelling event, where narrators from the LGBTQQIA2S+ community from all backgrounds share their lives with some original music sprinkled in. Please be aware of the event’s content warnings, as the shows are rated 15+ and 16+ respectively. More information and how to purchase can be found here.
Drag Queen High Tea & Bingo (SOLD OUT)
June 12 | Alex House (2916 McBride Avenue)
A lovely afternoon of socializing, drag performance and bingo calling while you enjoy an exquisite High Tea by Sattea Teas at the lovely Alexandria House in Crescent Beach. Hosted by Bingo Queen, Myria Le Noir, each bingo card is only a toonie, and 100% of the take goes to the winner of each game! Only 40 tickets are available for this inaugural 55+ event. (SOLD OUT)
DragQueen Cash Prize Bingo
June 16 | Royal Oak Restaurant (15336 Fraser Highway)
Located at the Royal Oak Restaurant, this month’s bingo is Pride edition! Surrey Pride encourages guests to wear their best rainbow outfit and compete for the different cash prizes every game, with 50% going to the winner and the other half benefitting Surrey Pride. This month, bingo is hosted by local drag queen Myria Le Noir and the games begin at 8:30 pm. Bingo cards are only $5 for 2 (of course you could increase your odds by purchasing more than 2!), so come out and bingo the night away! Tickets available here.
Surrey Pride Festival
June 24 | Surrey Civic Plaza
The first Pride festival in Surrey kicked off in 1999, and the tradition continues this year with the theme of “Stronger Together”. Running from 3:30 pm to 9:30 pm, the festival hosts a number of events including vendor booths, a beer garden, live music, drag, lip syncs, and performance art all located at Civic Plaza. There is even an ABBA tribute band to close out the festival! Come out and show some love to the LGBTQQIA2S+ community! For more information about the event please see Surrey Pride’s website: Surrey Pride – Pride 2023