August Pride Parades: Best Pride Parades To Visit in August

Updated: August 14, 2019

If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in squeezing in some August Pride Parades before the summer ends!

You’ve come to the right website hunny!

If excitement, hot men, sunshine and fabulous parties are on your to-do list for the month of August, get ready to buy a spontaneous flight and travel to my top gay-friendly destinations for August.

It’s time to spill the tea on the Best Pride Parades To Visit in August!

Gay Stockholm Rainbow

1. Pride Parade in Stockholm

Stockholm Pride begins: July 29

Stockholm Pride ends: August 3

How do I even begin to explain why you need to visit Stockholm…

Hot gay boys, unbelievable shopping (not just H&M and IKEA darling), fantastic Swedish nightclubs and last but not least, one of the most beautiful cities to walk around, sit down to drink a glass of rose, and admire the architecture! And also, did I mention hot Swedish men?

You can visit Stockholm any time of the year, but the best time to visit is during warmer weather and especially during Pride! In 2018, Stockholm was the host of Euro Pride which happens end of July all the way through the first week of August.

Stockholm is truly gay-friendly and a city that is “open to everyone”.

Places To Stay:

Places To Eat/Drink: 

  • Mälarpaviljongen (gay summer hotspot)
  • Green Queen (vegan)
  • Taverna Brillo (Italian)
  • Södra Teatern (Vegetarian 4-5 course meal)

Top Gay Clubs:

  • Club Backdoor
  • Trädgården
  • Club King Kong
  • Södra Teatern (sometimes hosts LGBT nights)

Top Things To Do:

    • The ABBA Museum
    • Stockholm’s Old Town
    • Royal Palace
    • Vasa Museum
    • Shop in Stockholm’s Fashion District “Bibliotekstan”
    • Fotografiska (Photography Exhibits)
  • Take ferries around the city

Gay Montreal Pride Parade

2. Pride Parade in Montreal

Montreal Pride begins: August 8

Montreal Pride ends: August 18

Montreal, Canada has a special place in my lil gay heart.

It was the first city to take my virgin gay card by allowing me to feel comfortable experiencing my first gay bar/club when I was still in the closet. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Montreal is the #1 Most Gay-friendly City in Canada, and probably #1 Most Gay-Friendly city in the world.

In August, Montreal definitely needs to be at the top of your cities to visit! From Osheaga Music Festival (first weekend of Aug) to Montreal Pride (Aug 8-18), Montreal is always my top city to visit every year in August.

The gay village in Montreal is decorated with colourful rainbow balls that run from one end of the village to the other! It’s very inspiring and welcoming to walk down the streets of the village and experience the gay village by day and night!

Montreal Pride hosts the best Drag Queens and concerts throughout Pride and their Prade is one of the best! I got to walk in the Pride Parade last year and it was a blast! Highly recommend coming to Montreal all-year round but definitely try to visit in August for Pride or Osheaga Music Festival.

Places To Stay:

  • Airbnb (Montreal has some of the cutest apartments that makes me feel like I’m back in Europe), so I highly recommend staying somewhere unique that makes you feel like a local!

Places To Eat/Drink:

    • La Banquise (best variety of poutine)
    • Fairmount Bagel or St-Viateur Bagel Shop (best bagels in the world)
    • Sammi & Soupe Dumplings (best soup dumplings)
    • Lola Rosa Cafe (Vegan)
    • Schwartz’s Deli (Traditional Smoked Meat Sandwich)
    • Restaurant Imperial (Dimsum)
  • O’Thym (Brunch)

Top Gay Clubs/Bars:

  • Complexe Sky and Club Unity (both clubs have rooftop patio)
  • Bar Renard (chill patio bar to people watch)
  • Le Date (Karaoke Bar)
  • Bar Aigle Noir / Black Eagle (Bear Bar)
  • Le Stud (Leather Bar)

Top Things To Do:

    • Osheaga Music Festival
    • La Ronde Amusement Park
    • Walking Tours
    • Hike up Mont Royal (best view of Montreal)
    • Walk around Old Town Montreal
  • Spa Day in Old Town

Stockholm and Montreal are tied for the #1 Best August Pride Parades! Wherever you live in the world, I hope you can attend at least one of them in your lifetime, because you will have the best gaycation no matter your choice!

3. Pride Parade in Ottawa

Ottawa Pride begins: August 18

Ottawa Pride ends: August 25

I’ll be visiting the Captiol city of Canada this summer for my first Ottawa Pride parade and will capture my thoughts and Pride festival for those who want to attend next year!

Other August Pride Parades include:

Vancouver Pride

Brighton & Hove Pride

Prague Pride Parade

Reykjavík Pride

Provincetown Carnival

Manchester Pride

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Ryan Thomas Woods is the voice behind Out With Ryan. He’s an LGBTQ+ Activist & Travel writer for this website and many other publications. He was recently voted 2018’s Travel Influencer of Year in Canada and dedicated the award to all LGBTQ+ travelers making the world a better & safer space for our community, as he strives to do on his website & social platforms.

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