WELCOME to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2017
Our bumper program of comedy, exhibitions, music, theatre, parties and community events is an all-inclusive, all-singing, all-dancing celebration of Australia's LGBTQI culture.
A busy calendar packed with over 80 events kicks off Friday 17 February and takes over Sydney for two weeks until Sunday 5 March.
Browse our featured festival events below, and search keywords to discover many more.
This summer, MARDI GRAS FAIR DAY will be BIGGER and more BEAUTIFUL than ever!
Koori Gras is a vibrant showcase of unique Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and community.
Presented in 2017 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in association with the exhibition Adman: Warhol before pop, Mardi Gras' QUEER THINKING series provides new perspectives of identity and equality.
A queer afternoon tea party brewing with ideas as the 2017 theme of equality gets pored through the tea strainer of discussion.
We take over one of Sydney’s most luxurious poolside venues every year for an event that makes a splash!
Join us for an extraordinary celebration of Mardi Gras and Andy Warhol as the Art Gallery of NSW in partnership with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras goes queer.
Immerse yourself in the Mardi Gras Parade experience. Taylor Square is where the magic happens.
Are you out for a good time? Roll up, roll up, the most fabulous show on Earth is about to begin. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is rolling into town!
The 39th annual Parade promises to continue to show the world all the beautiful colours of our rainbow community and be a fabulous opportunity for unbridled self-expression and love.
The big one! Here's the LGBTQI party of the year, with more than 12,000 partygoers from all over the globe. Together we join as one, celebrate our stories and share magical moments.
Farewell Mardi Gras in true style at LANEWAY.
The ‘Kit Kat Klub’ is returning in a new Australian revival of CABARET at Hayes Theatre Co from 9 January.
MADONNA MARATHON - 2 Madonna Movies One Madonna Party! Digitally Enhanced for the extra large screen exclusive to Mardi Gras 2017.
From Bathsheba Doran, writer of HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Showtime's Masters of Sex comes a tender and funny story about love in all its forms, and that blurry space between friendship, romance and erotic desire.
We are living in a complicated era. As technological advances reshape our world, sex and dating have already been irreversibly transformed by dating apps and social media, but where exactly are we heading?
In the spring of 1895, Oscar Wilde was larger than life. His Masterpiece The Importance of Being Ernest was a hit in the West End; he was the toast of London. Yet by summer he was serving two years in prison for gross indecency.
Harry Crawford and his wife Annie seem ordinary enough; together they lead quiet, unexceptional lives in the suburbs of 1920s Sydney, working and raising a child. But then a teenage girl arrives at the door...
Colours of Our Community by photographer Markham Lane is a ten-year retrospective celebrating the diversity and equality of the LGBTQI community in Sydney, from 2006-2016.
Ross Watson brings his distinctive artwork to Sydney for the first time in two years, presenting an exhibition of original paintings, photography and limited edition prints. Celebrating the male form and painted in his distinctive, highly detailed, realistic style, see for yourself why Ross Watson has earned a global fan base including Elton John, Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry.
The Aurora Group’s exciting new fundraiser brings together the thinkers, trendsetters and style icons of our queer community for a stunning Mardi Gras fashion event. Enjoy canapés and cocktails in the VIP Lounge, sit front-row for the Runway Show presenting thought-provoking pieces worn by unique models, then join the Fashion Talks panel of industry pros and community identities to explore gender fluid style.
Celebrating Oxford St & Surrounds’ unique subcultures. There’ll be free events within venues, a window dressing competition and street stalls. Featuring local bands, colourful drag performances and localised art happenings the event will be by broadcast in Oxford and Taylor Square by our media partners GAY RADIO and BBR. All proceeds will be donated to the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.
Welcome to Breastiville! is a community event & party that will transform Marrickville Town Hall into a village green & dance hall for one amazing day-to-night festival celebrating LBQ women.
I Remember House is Sydney’s biggest house party for the gay community and their friends.
PlanetDwellers' marquee experience for the season is the fabulous The Mardi Gras Sunset Cruise!
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Frontier Comedy are proud to announce the Mardi Gras Comedy Festival, bringing comedians from all over the world for a week of laughs this February and March.
Join Greg Louganis, multiple Olympic gold medallist, and elite Australian GLBT sporting heroes in a fully catered and interactive evening as they discuss key aspects of their careers and personal lives.
From 2nd to 4th March, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present the dance theatre production, In Difference, a deeply personal and physical investigation into sexuality, identity and inequality.
Celebrating Shirley Bassey’s 80th birthday, the irrepressible Trevor Ashley will bring back his acclaimed two-act show for one Gala evening in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall on Thursday, March 2.
Sydney's Biggest MEN Only Underwhere? party returns to ARQ Sydney and celebrating 10 years.
After forging a dazzling country music career that has won her 6 Golden Guitars, and stunning audiences on Dancing with the Stars, Australian singer/songwriter, Melinda Schneider steps back in time to pay homage to one of her musical heroes, Doris Day for one special show.
YES! The Party is all about pop remixes, club anthems and circuit favourites.
It’s time to get your gay on as we finish the fabulous weekend by putting the F back into fun at Apollo The Party. Put your jetpacks on, pack your dancing shoes and get ready to trip the light fantastic as we rocket through an electric, super-charged day of silliness and fun. It’s a world-class event like no other!
International super-brand MATINEE is thrilled to return for Mardi Gras. After our spectacular debut last year at mega-club Home, things will be bigger and better than ever.
Papa Party returns to Sydney for the Mardi Gras Festival 2017 after there sold out world tours. Only this time it's moving to a bigger and better venue - ARQ Sydney.
Extra Dirty is Sydney’s infamous underground event with an international reputation that grows bigger every year.