Category: Mardi Gras Events

Queer Thinking

Queer Thinking
Leading thinkers and thought provocateurs, both national and international, from all walks of LGBTQI life will take to the stage for two exhilarating days of illuminating ideas, featuring queer writers, community leaders, panel discussions, talks, debate and personal stories. With a focus on social justice, Queer Thinking in 2018 will look back over the 40 years of Mardi Gras, from its early revolutionary beginnings through to its evolution to becoming one of the leading LGBTQI celebrations in the world. Queer Thinking features two days of seven panels with over thirty speakers sharing their thoughts and stories.

Koori Gras

Koori Gras
Koori Gras is a vibrant showcase of unique First Peoples culture and community, produced By Moogahlin Performing Arts In Association With Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras And Carriageworks.



Laneway returns to its ancestral glory as the Beresford joins forces with The Flinders Hotel to produce the ultimate recovery party.

Featuring the hottest DJs, surprise performances and an eclectic mix of spaces catered for every part of your journey.

A cherished tradition, Laneway has evolved from a portable stereo and a couple of milk crates on Hill Street into a spectacular street party celebration that takes over the Beresford and Flinders Hotels, and the street in between.

All good things must come to an end, but there is no ending quite like Laneway. VIP tickets also available.

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

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Pool Party

Pool Party

An elegant oasis awaits you. Every year Mardi Gras fills Sydney's sleekest poolside venue, creating a decadent event that’s the epitome of summertime glamour.

Set among gently swaying palm trees and uniting a cast of outrageous friends and beautiful strangers, Mardi Gras’ Pool Party transforms the Ivy Pool Club into a sexy and intimate playground, where you can frolic with style as handsome lifeguards survey the stunning scene.

Delicious cocktails, cabana lounges, cool local DJs… and Speedos galore. The Pool Party is the perfect way to make a splash this Mardi Gras season. Let’s get wet.

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

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You better Believe it! This year's Mardi Gras Party will be one for the history books! Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is thrilled to confirm that pop superstar, LGBTQI icon and prolific tweeter CHER will headline the Official 2018 Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 3 March, 2018.


DJ Alex Taylor
Annabelle Gasper
Ben Drayton
DJ Dan Murphy
DJ Dan Slater
DJ Du Jour
DJ Gemma
Kate Doherty
DJ Kate Monroe
DJ Kitty Glitter
Sezzo Snot
DJ Smithers
Stephen Allkins
Yo! Mafia

Before word of Cher’s headline performance began to circulate, this year’s Mardi Gras Party was already selling in record time and sold out just before the New Year hit. Mardi Gras is pleased to announce an increased capacity by adding the iconic Dome venue, additional eateries and outside areas to the Party footprint and can now release a final allocation of tickets for sale. Existing Mardi Gras members will have exclusive access to purchase an additional two full price tickets over a 48 hour period or until sold out.

A strictly limited number of newly released tickets to The Party will go on sale Monday 15 January at 10am AEDT for members only. The final release tickets for the general public are on sale 10am AEDT Wednesday 17 January. All tickets will be available from Ticketek here.

The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s biggest LGBTQI Party of the year. It’s our tribe, our people… our time for excess.

If you’ve never been… this is the year to do it. Expect big surprises, incredible DJs and entertainers, mind-boggling lighting and extraordinary theatrics… both on and off stage!

As reality becomes a faintly-remembered dream, you and 12,000 of your newest and closest friends will dance until dawn. Join revellers from the Parade and beyond bring their light and energy to Moore Park for the ultimate all-night adventure.

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

You have the right to remain fabulous! Read the Inner City Legal Centre's guide to your rights at the Party here.

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With 40 incredible years of passion, pride and protest, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade has grown to a bustling extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill, and shines a light on the issues affecting LGBTQI people around the world.

Sissy Ball

Sissy Ball

SISSY BALL is SOLD OUT! Thanks to everyone who booked! See you at Carriageworks on Saturday 24 February!


For one night only, clubbers will be transported to a dancefloor born from the living history of New York’s underground Ballroom scene.

Expressions of identity become the focal point as bodies collide in the ultimate Vogue throwdown of style, precision, and attitude in a showcase set to transfix.

In true Vogue style, extravagance on the runway will be met with a Ballroom soundtrack that will weave through disco, house, bounce, pop, performance and much more.

Curated by local interdisciplinary artist and club icon Bhenji Ra, this premier event at Carriageworks is sure to be a festival highlight.







Registration for competitors is now open for Sissy Ball 2018, presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Red Bull Music! Please email your name, number and the category/categories you wish to enter to Due to capacity, we have a limit on how many walkers we can allow for each category. Please register by Wednesday 21st February to avoid disappointment.


‘I’m pretty, I’m cute, I’m popular to boot!’ Schools back in, ladies! So you better bring it like the Craft! Points for those who bring it with a prop, every schoolgirl needs some books and a late pass! Don’t forget your high school sweetheart!


She’s beat for the goddess! Flawless on every angle! Catch these cheekbones! Catch this HIGHLIGHT! Don’t let my wing cut you! This face is an evening beat set to last you the entire night, so give us glam!


Bring whatever look you want, just make sure your hands stand out! The hands say everything so tell us your story and don’t you dare start cat walking!


Its time to call on the ancestors to get your 10s! Let us know where your from, what island, clan or nation is yours! Bring it with a traditional look or a hybrid twist! Whatever best describes your bloodline!  It’s a moment to show pride and strength, so head up and walk! Australian flags are an automatic chop!!


I may be bad but I’m perfectly good with it! Body-ody-ody, give us BODY! It’s time to define what sexy is for you!  Tonight it’s all about your body, your rules! So bring it in any form, flesh tone or size and let us know why you are the Sissy Ball Sex Siren! Points for those who bring it in latex look!


Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the cuntiest of them all? To win grand prize and reign supreme you need a look that’s shines and elements all so clean! Bring it with a metallic effect, gold, silver, sequin! Its time to put on a show so blind these hoes with your reflection and slay your elements to win! Lets GO!

The term “Sissy”
"The term “Sissy” is used amongst Asian and Pacific queer communities as a term of endearment and sisterhood. The reason why I chose this is because it’s definitely a term widely used amongst the younger generation of queer people of colour and there’s a global understanding of reclaiming it as a positive affirmation opposed to its slur history” Bhenji Ra

Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who booked!



For one day of the year Luna Park will be rainbow for this fun and fabulous party for kids and their LGBTQI families and friends. All the fun of the fair - featuring unlimited rides all day, and the wildest kid’s dance party ever in the stunning Crystal Palace.
Mardi Gras legend Kate Monroe and Oxford Street favourite Victoria Anthony will be spinning tracks at the kids’ disco, while drag queens Coco Jumbo and Hannah Conda will delight everyone from young to old with their fabulous lip-syncing performances.
This will be a special fun-filled treat for kids of all ages and an awesome action-packed day for the whole family.

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours

Queer Art After Hours returns after last year’s hugely successful inaugural event. Once again, the Art Gallery of New South Wales will go queer, with an explosion of queer art around every corner.
On the main stage, MCs Fancy Piece host a line-up of Sydney’s cutting-edge queer musicians, DJs and performers: Marcus Whale, Rainbow Chan, Brendan de la Hay, Sexy Galexy, DJ Yung Brujo, DJ Ayebatonye, and performance collective Gang of She.

Elsewhere in the Gallery, take a tongue-in-cheek art tour with Verushka Darling, a life drawing class with dominatrix Mistress Tokyo as your model, or have a profound coffee cup reading with artist Nicole Barakat. Watch out for The Huxleys, whose iridescent and glamourous creations might pop out from any corner!

And don’t miss the chance to see the work of one of the most important figures in queer art history in the acclaimed exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium. Emerging during the wave of gay activism and pride that also birthed the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Mapplethorpe chronicled his deep involvement in New York’s gay scene and immortalised the idols of the 1970s and 1980s, including lifelong muse Patti Smith. Whether he was photographing a figure, a fetish or a flower, Mapplethorpe’s unflinching quest for beauty has an enduring political and artistic resonance.

Check out the full info on the performers and the Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW site here.

City of Sydney's Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

City of Sydney's Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony

Happy Mardi Gras! The Rainbow Flag Raising Ceremony hosted by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore at Sydney Town Hall is the first official welcoming event of the festival each year.

The rainbow flag originated in San Francisco about 30 years ago and was designed by artist Gilbert Baker for the Californian city's Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade. Since then it has become a worldwide emblem of gay pride and gay-friendly areas. The red in the flag symbolises life, while orange signifies healing, yellow is for sunlight, green represents nature, blue stands for harmony and violet signifies spirit.

City of Sydney is proud to show its support for its many LGBTQI residents, workers and visitors. As a government partner of Sydney's Mardi Gras Festival, the City will fly the rainbow flag above Sydney Town Hall throughout the 2018 Festival from Friday 16 February until Sunday 4 March.

Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA

Trevor Ashley's MARDI GALA

The only way to kick-off the 2018 Mardi Gras season - join “Mardi Gras Royalty” Trevor Ashley on stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House Concert Hall along with a veritable fruit bowl of his famous friends.

Wear your best black-tie or outrageous outfit at the perfect replacement for the iconic “Stars Come Out” of yesteryear. This variety gala is part concert, part chat show but ALL fun! Together with a 14-piece orchestra, the season will kick off right with a night of laughs, music and fabulosity, celebrating forty years of Mardi Gras.

After his sell-out concert last year with Diamonds Are For Trevor, Trevor Ashley will be joined by the incredible showman Todd McKenney, uber-diva Paul Capsis, pop-queen & jungle-queen Casey Donovan, the crown prince of comedy Joel Creasey and the legend herself, Carlotta!

The Gala will conclude with a post-show party, featuring DJ Richard Weiss boasting the best views of Sydney Harbour. Don't miss out on this night-of-nights!

$5 from every ticket goes to support Mardi Gras’ community grant program.

Fair Day

Fair Day


Our communities shine in the sun at Fair Day, Mardi Gras’ free family-friendly carnival of rainbow festivities, featuring a plethora of activities for the young and old, the tame and the bold!

Every year, a melting pot of 70,000 smiling faces gather together in the park to celebrate not only the beginning of Mardi Gras, but also the power and beauty of diversity.

With over 250 stalls, Fair Day will spread out through the entire Park and features the Sports Village, Doggywood, the ANZ Main stage and the new Tropicana Bar featuring DJs Beth Yen and GI Jode.

Stalls that highlight the amazing diversity of the LGBTQI community include the 78ers, Queer Screen, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, Dykes on Bikes, Gender Centre, Rainbow Families, Wett Ones Swimming Club, Sydney Roller Derby, Glitoris, Harbour City Bears, the Sydney Femme Guild and the Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives.  

There is always something for everyone at Fair Day, even our fur babies are a part of the action. Bring your most fabulous dog down to Fair Day to strut their stuff at our world-famous Doggywood competition. Find all the details here!  

The ANZ Main Stage morning program will feature community performances from the NSW Police Band and the Swing Out Sydney dancers and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir to start the day off. The official ceremonies start at midday hosted by 78er and broadcaster Julie McCrossin. 

Mardi Gras legends Bob Downe and Cindy Pastel then take over proceedings as they host the start of an amazing early afternoon program of cabaret including performances by Shauna Jensen, Mama Alto, Greg Gould, Bogan Villea and Miss First Nations winner Josie Baker. Jordan Raskopolous then takes over the MC duties for a late afternoon, all women line-up of live music from Kira Puru and Asta. Two of Sydney’s iconic DJs Sveta and Kate Monroe will then get everyone up and dancing from the Main Stage from 5:30pm until close at 8pm.

See the full ANZ Main Stage line-up here!

Whoever you are, Fair Day is the must-do event of the year. See you there.

Found out about public transport to and from Fair Day here and read our Fair Day FAQ's here.



Museum of Love & Protest

Museum of Love & Protest

Friday 16 February – Sunday 4 March 2018
Sunday – Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 10pm (6pm Saturday 3 March)

Our signature event for the 40th anniversary celebrations, the Museum of Love & Protest looks back across four amazing decades and presents an immersive exhibition of original costumes, photographs, rarely-seen film and video footage, iconic posters, storytelling, music and artefacts. Presented in association with the National Art School (NAS), the Museum celebrates 40 years of love, protest, diversity, acceptance, humour, pride, family, passion and creativity.

The Museum’s theatrical design combines visual spectacle and moments of intimacy for visitors to discover the extraordinary stories, artists, communities and images of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Featuring interactive elements, the Museum invites visitors to contribute their own memories and stories of Mardi Gras for others to share.

Curated by Susan Charlton, the Museum’s theatrical design by Anna Tregloan combines visual spectacle and moments of intimacy for visitors to discover the extraordinary stories, artists, communities and images of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Participating photographers include William Yang, C.Moore Hardy, Mazz Image, Ann-Marie Calilhanna and Markham Lane. 1978 photographs include images by Sally Colechin, Geoff Friend and Branco Gaica. Commissioned Artists include Deborah Kelly, Gareth Ernst, Rene Rivas and Lewis Oswald. Plus original artworks by David McDiarmid.

Costumes by Brenton Heath-Kerr, Ron Muncaster and Pip Playford all feature in the exhibition, on loan from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, as well as costumes worn by Miss Ellaneous, Pauline Pantsdown, Bob Downe, Vanessa Wagner, Joyce Maynge, Peta Friend, AJ Brown, Ted Cook, Pisa Tufuga, and wigs by Maude Boate.

As a special treat, on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6pm, the Museum of Love & Protest really comes alive as fabulous Mardi Gras identities entertain you with their unique spin on Mardi Gras history.

Museum of Love & Protest
NAS Gallery
National Art School, cnr Forbes & Burton streets, Darlinghurst
Friday 16 February – Sunday 4 March 2018
Sunday – Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 10pm (6pm Saturday 3 March)


Mardi Gras volunteers will be on-hand helping visitors navigate the exhibition.


Mardi Gras Bar of Love & Protest at NAS
Each Friday and Saturday night: 
(16, 17, 23, 24 February and 2 March), 5:30–10pm  
Special Parade Day Bar: 
Saturday 3 March, 12–6:00pm  

Join us at the Bar for the Museum of Love & Protest to celebrate all that is Mardi Gras. Open for each Friday and Saturday night during the exhibition, the Bar is the perfect place to amplify the Museum of Love & Protest experience. Each night features a different era from Sydney’s queer dance floors, including classics such as Richard Weiss with Tudorstuart Friday 16 February, Heaps Gay Saturday 17 February and House of Mince Saturday 24 February. Save the dates now!


Family Workshops at NAS
Saturday 17 February
Kids $10/Parents $20 

In conjunction with the exhibition the National Art School have created a range of workshops where you can come together as a family to learn new skills and techniques. Enjoy experimental drawing, costume-making and ceramics for Rainbow Families of all ages!  There are three amazing workshops to choose between. Experimental drawing, costume-making and ceramics workshops for rainbow families! For families with children aged 6 and over.


Sessions: 9.30 am–12.30pm and 1.30–4.30pm
Cost per session: parents $20 each, children $10 each
Bookings: 02 9339 8751;  

Parade Sideshow - SOLD OUT

Parade Sideshow - SOLD OUT


Take your spot and enjoy an unparallelled view of the Parade in our family-friendly area. There’s a choice of either seated or standing access, each with exclusive access to bars, great food stalls, live screens, bathrooms and delightful hosts Portia Turbo and Andrew Mercardo who’ll give you an outrageous running commentary as the Parade rolls past.

Take the hassle out of Mardi Gras and join us at Sideshow… you’ll be glad you did!

SIDESHOW TICKETS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. Thank you to everyone who booked - see you there on Saturday 3 March!

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Diamond Club Parade Viewing - SOLD OUT

Diamond Club Parade Viewing - SOLD OUT


Mardi Gras' Diamond Club is now SOLD OUT - thank you to everyone who booked and we'll see you there on Saturday 3 March!

Treat yourself, you deserve it. Upgrade your Parade experience at Diamond Club, our exclusive cocktail event in the heart of Taylor Square.

New multi-tiered standing areas will ensure you are heads above the crowd and don't miss a moment, as you mingle at the private bar, gourmet food trucks, or dance to our party-starting DJs.

No bustling crowds, our Diamond Club is better than ever so you can enjoy the stunning Parade in style.

Diamond Club is an over 18s venue.

PLEASE NOTE: Only official ticket outlets and links announced and provided here on are authorised to sell tickets. Sites such as Viagogo and Ticketmaster Resale are NOT authorised to sell Mardi Gras tickets.

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