What is FOB?
Festival of the Babes is a women's soccer tournament for lesbians, and those willing to be mistaken for one.
FOB was founded by a women’s soccer team that was compelled to create a tournament like this after attending the Gay Games in Vancouver, B.C., and the Seattle Sports Festival.
Now we’re in our 27th year of costume-clad soccer mayhem and may we just say that we look damn good for our age!
Each year, veterans and new teams alike join in the fun, (re)learning what it is to be FOB-ly, making friends (and making out) — occasionally all at the same time.
The festival registers up to 24 teams that bring approximately 300 players, and draws host-city community and fans galore. Games are small-sided (7 v 7) with full-sized goals (for extra scoring) and referees who oversee every game. Parties are held nightly to bring us all just a little bit closer. Trust us, it’s worth a visit.
Although primarily lesbian players make up the teams, the tournament is open not only to lesbians, but to anyone who does not mind being mistaken for one.
What is FOB Like?
We get this question a lot, and honestly, it's hard to explain because FOB is unlike anything you've ever experienced. It's...
Soccer by Day
24 teams, 3 divisions of play with varying degrees of loose rules (players), and costumes.
Party by Night
Parties are hosted nightly to bring us all just a little bit…closer.
One thing unites us all, and that’s a welcoming and joyful spirit. All are welcome to be how and who you want to be!
Early Bird Registration
After June 30th tickets are $55 USD.
Check back here for occasional updates
Because it wouldn’t be FOB without the night time parties! Here is an update on the 2017 Festival of the Babes party locations. Friday Night Opening Ceremonies (7pm-10pm): Numbers Cabaret We are excited to bring FOB to Vancouver’s longest running gay club, located at 1042 Davie Street. With a dance floor, pool tables, darts, karaoke and[…]
Gaybour Day Weekend is always a busy one so we suggest booking your hotel sooner than later. We’ve reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn & Suites, Downtown Vancouver. Book yours before they’re gone! If that’s not your fancy, we have a couple of other suggestions as well. See below for details.[…]
Come for the maple syrup and stay for the beavers Babes! Come north to beautiful Vancouver for your favourite festival of the year! Eh! When: Labour Gay weekend in September, Sept 1-4, 2017. Party Locations: To Be Announced. Friday, Saturday and Sunday mayhem will all take place within stumbling distance of downtown Vancouver. Host Hotels: We[…]
The moment you all have been waiting for has arrived! We are releasing the 2016 Festival of the Babes party locations. Those of you who have been waiting to make strategic hotel reservations can stop waiting! Friday Night Opening Ceremonies (7pm-10pm): Cowgirls Inc. It’s always a party at this Pioneer Square saloon, where a collection[…]
Seattle-ites don’t see a lot of sun throughout the year, so when it shines we know how to make the most of it. September 2-5, 2016 (Gaybor Day Weekend) Seattle is hosting many events not just FOB. We suggest making hotel reservations ASAP. Our recommendations come in a few flavors, see below for details. […]
Need more money for alcohol? Save some dough when you sign up for early bird registration! The tournament is 7v7 with full-size goals for extra scoring Rosters are a minimum of 7 players and a max of 12 players | 24 team max. Register as a Team Captain or Free Agent We have 3 divisions[…]
Fields, Parties & Lodging
As always your friendly FOB Squad is hard at work putting together a weekend full of fun, sun (fingers-crossed), frolicking, dubious decision making. And maybe some soccer. Check out the info below to learn more and feel free to contact us with any and all questions, comments and concerns! We're here for you - open hands ready to embrace your questions and whatever else you feel like offering up...
2017 PARTY LOCATIONS
Friday: Numbers – 1042 Davie St.
Saturday: to be announced.
Sunday: Fortune Sound Club – 147 E. Pender St.
2017 HOST HOTELS
Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown 1110 Howe Street
2017 Field Location
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex East of the Rugby Club
3760 Sperling Ave, Burnaby,
BC V5B 4Z6, Canada