With snow-dusted mountains, turquoise rivers, and rich fall colours, is there a more perfect backdrop for a Pride celebration than Banff National Park in the fall? Banff's annual Pride celebrations are happening October 3 – 11, 2021, throughout the park, with venues and events of all types. Check out all the ways you can show off your Pride in Banff this year.
Rainbow Walk and Flag Raising
Bring your tie-dye, rainbows, and Pride swag for a beautiful start to Banff's Pride celebrations. Gather for a rainbow walk through the Banff townsite to a flag raising at Banff Community High School. Meet at the rainbow crosswalk next to the pedestrian bridge at 11:30 am for the start of the walk. You'll walk over to the high school for the annual, official Flag Raising by the Rainbow Alliance at 11:45 am.
Date: Monday, October 4
Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
This event is open to all ages.
Pride Kick-Off Party with Brooke Lynn Hytes
Get your dancing shoes on and kick off Banff Pride Week with music and dancing at the historic Rundle Bar at the Fairmont Banff Springs. Canada's Drag Race host and star of season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Brooke Lynn Hytes, will be your host for the evening as you kick off Banff Pride in style. The DJ will keep the dance floor full all night long, and there will be performances by Alberta Queens Gogo Fetch, Jesse Hannibal, Chelsea Horrendous and Transgender Comedian Cindy Rivers.
Tickets and more information about the event can be found on the Banff Pride website.
Date & Time: Saturday, October 2, 9:00 pm to Sunday, October 3, 2:00 am
Location: Rundle Bar (405 Spray Ave)
This event is 18+
Chalk-ful of Pride
Show off your artistic side and decorate one of Banff's busiest sidewalks with your Pride. Make sure to bring the kids, as this is Pride-fun for the whole family. Chalk will be there, ready for your artistic whims. And, you can pick up a free Show Us Your Pride kids activity kit (while supplies last) for some at-home crafts!
Date & Time: Sunday, October 3 9:30 am 11:30 am
Location: Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (111 Bear Street)
This event is family-friendly
Bad Altitude Improv Pride Edition
Banff's local improv troupe, Bad Altitude, is taking to the stage at the Radiant, where they will perform an unscripted night of comedy. Between their theatrical flair and high energy, Bad Altitude will get you laughing out of your seat.
Date & Time: Tuesday, October 5, 9:00 pm to Wednesday, October 6, 12:00 am
Location: The Radiant (111 Banff Ave)
Mountain Top Drag Show
With Banff below and mountain tops around you, get ready for one of the most beautiful drag shows you will ever witness. At the top of the Banff Gondola, watch local drag performers put on a show you're likely never to forget. On Saturday, Hire Heels YYC will have a 3-performer show featuring local performers. On Sunday, Cabaret Calgary will have a performance featuring local Indigiqueer and 2-spirit performers, games, and giveaways! Seating is first-come, first-serve, and standing room will also be available.
Date & Time: October 9 & 10 6:00 to 8:30 pm
Location: Top of the Banff Gondola
Taste the Rainbow
Banff restaurants are teaming up with Banff Pride to offer themed cocktails and desserts throughout the entire week-long celebration, with proceeds going to LGBTQ2+ organizations. Get cocktails like Passion for Pride from Park Distillery, Endless Summer from the Bison Restaurant, Priders of the Storm from Block Kitchen + Bar, or Show Pony from Chuck's Steakhouse, to name just a few. You can also get pride-themed desserts, including Unicorn Cookies from STOCK Food and Drink, Love is all You Need from The Radiant, Oh Hey! Panna Cotta from Farm & Fire, and Rainbow Cookies from Evelyn's Coffee Bar. Head to the Banff Pride website for the complete list and photos of all the food and drink.
This is just a tiny sample of everything happening during Banff Pride. Visit Banff Pride for all the fabulous events and offerings going on during Banff Pride.