Mardi Gras takes over Sydney in February and March, while other Pride events happen all around Australia and New Zealand at various times annually. Below is a guide to the other national LGBTQI community festivals in Australian cities and across the ditch.
Auckland Pride Festival
A celebration of Rainbow Community culture and identity, Auckland Pride Festival will features around 70 individual events – including local and international theatre and cabaret, visual art exhibitions, live music, film and new media, literature, drag and burlesque, historic walks, youth events and workshops, sports, recreation, pets, pageants and parties!
The annual Bear Essentials festival of events brings together the best of local bear culture. Proudly brought to you by the Harbour City Bears.
Brisbane Pride Festival
Brisbane Pride Festival started in 1990 as a means of organising and promoting public events and activities that contribute to queer culture. The first event was held as a Rally and March through the streets of Brisbane, ending with a small gathering at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane. This day has now grown to encompass a Parade through the city streets and a huge Fair Day.
Canberra SpringOUT Festival
The Australian Capital Territory's LGBTQI festival is run during the month of November with events sponsored and coordinated by the local community in and around Canberra. Major events include the annual SpringOUTPride Parade, Family Day and the Bush Dance.
Visit the SpringOUT Festival website here.
Adelaide's celebration of LGBTIQ pride has been promoting diversity and inclusion since 1997. Feast is a major event attracting performers from all over the world to South Australia.
Glitter is the Gold Coast City’s inaugural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, A-sexual, Pansexual +everyone else festival being held on the magnificent Gold Coast.
Each year we hold a Pride Festival to TOGETHER celebrate and support the diversity of Waikato’s Rainbow community. The Festival helps build positive collective identities and self-esteem in our communities, promote pride, celebrate our diversity and bring public attention to social, legal and health issues that LGBTTIQ people still face in Aotearoa New Zealand.
MELT Arts & Culture Festival Brisbane
MELT is Brisbane’s chance to embrace hot and sunny February as Queer Month and celebrate Brisbane’s vibrant LGBTIQ community. The MELT festival has been tagged as a celebration of queer arts and culture to complete an “east coast trilogy” of LGBTI festivals in Australia and is presented by the Brisbane Powerhouse.
The Midsumma Festival is Melbourne's annual Queer Celebration - a federation of arts and cultural events spread throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Midsumma has been held annually since 1988 and is a significant attraction on the Melbourne festival calendar, featuring a Pride March, a massive Carnival picnic day in the park, plus parties, culture, talks and more.
Pride WA has been an integral part of the Western Australian community since 1989. Pride WA is committed to providing a platform by which the Pride Community can showcase their talents and continue to champion their rights and freedoms.
Sydney Leather Pride Association
Sydney Leather Pride came into being at the start of 1990. Its founding members were six individuals whose aims were to educate and demystify the leather / BDSM lifestyle to the general community through education and workshops, while also having lots of fun. SLPA currently runs Leather Pride week and the Inquisition Dance Party
Sydney Pride Festival
On the anniversary of New York's Stonewall riot and the original Mardi Gras protest, he Sydney Pride Festival is a special time for our community as we remember the history and celebrate the present and look forward to a day when everyone is equal. Happening in June each year and involving several cultural events, gatherings and parties, Sydney Pride Festival is a not-for-profit initiative which supports a wide range of GLBTQI charities, organisations and businesses.
Held every year since 1988, this elaborate new years eve festival runs over four days around Lismore in northern New South Wales. Tropical Fruits is the premier GLBTIQ community group in the Northern Rivers and holds events throughout the year.
Tropical Mardi Gras
Once a year, Cairns Tropical Pride invites visitors from around Australia and the world to join us for ten days of play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland.