Back for a second year, HAPPYLAND Festival, a fully-inclusive Pride celebration featuring drag, musical acts and carnival rides, takes over the PNE Amphitheatre and Playland on August 6th. The now expanded all-ages event provides a safe and inclusive space for attendees to let loose and be themselves while enjoying music, performances, and community spirit.
Hosted by local drag personality Venus, with special guests from the non-binary supergroup ENBY6, this year’s HAPPYLAND is headlined by the renowned drag artist Trixie Mattel and Grammy-nominated drag queen and singer Pabllo Vittar. The star-studded line up also includes: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (Season 2) winner Alaska, American pop singer and songwriter Slayyyter, and Canada’s Drag Race (Season 1) champ Priyanka. Feature acts include Rogue, Kara Juku, MX Bukuru & Amy Grindhouse with sounds by Softieshan and Mygayhusband.
HAPPYLAND is a one-of-a-kind experience for festival-goers, with exclusive access to the concert venue and Playland’s thrill rides, plus unique amusement park vendors and fun food offerings.
Ticket holders can enjoy additional festival attractions including a 19+ VIP section, a new food truck area, an alcohol-free zone, a merch area, and more.
The Good Night Out Street Team will be onsite to help curb incidents of gendered harassment, assist vulnerable patrons, and support the safety of all festival-goers.
“We started HAPPYLAND to give people of all ages a space to experience childlike wonder while safely expressing themselves in all of their Queer uniqueness and joy,” says Venus, HAPPYLAND host and co-founder. “HAPPYLAND was actually the original name for PLAYLAND. Now, it’s a Queer PNE takeover!”
Co-presenters Timbre Concerts and Sunrise Series will be donating a portion of each ticket sold to Vancouver Pride Society and QMUNITY, who help support and facilitate funding for LGBTQAI2S+ community members, events and organizations.