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LGBTQI Festivals

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras paints our city with rainbow colours and glitter every February and March. Many other cities and tourist destinations around Australia and New Zealand host their own vibrant LGBTQI festivals too. Each of them give you great ways to get in touch with your local LGBTQI community, or opportunities to visit and sample the best the cities have to offer.

Mark your calendars! Australia's Pride Festivals are listed below, in order of dates for the rest of 2018 and early 2019. Many of this year’s events are still in the planning stages, so click the links to connect and find out more.

Parramatta Pride Picnic - 28 October 2018
A massive day of community and pride in western Sydney, packed with community stalls, a rainbow kids activation area, dog shows, food trucks, Q&A panels, drag queens, Bollywood dancers, buskers, choirs, a fully licenced area for purchasing craft beers and wine, a charity sausage sizzle, activities from Team Sydney, ambient music, performers, exhibitions and a chill zone.

Cairns Tropical Pride – 12-14 October 2018
Once a year, Cairns Tropical Pride invites visitors from around Australia and the world to join them to play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland.

Pride WA - Perth – November 2018
Pride WA has been an integral part of the Western Australian community since 1989, and is committed to providing a platform by which the Pride Community can showcase their talents and continue to champion their rights and freedoms. Perth’s vibrant festival includes an evening Parade, parties and many other events.

Out in the Open - Shepparton – 1-4 November 2018
OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton VIC’s festival, involving a CARNIVAL DAY at the Queens Gardens, a health/wellbeing forum at Goulburn Valley Hotel function rooms, and several other events during the weekend across the city.

SpringOut Festival - Canberra – 3-15 November 2018
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.

FEAST Festival - Adelaide – 10-25 November 2018
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.

Tropical Fruits - Lismore - New Years 2018-9
Held every year since 1988, this elaborate New Years Eve festival runs over four days around Lismore in northern New South Wales, providing creative, welcoming and fun opportunities to celebrate in the beautiful Rainbow Region.

Midsumma Carnival - Melbourne - January 2019
Melbourne’s annual three week festival celebrates and supports queer arts and culture. Key events include the outdoor carnival and T-Dance plus the vibrant Pride March in January. Midsumma’s massive with a wide range of cultural events to sample.

Gaytimes Festival - Lake Mountain Alpine Resort - February 2019
Gaytimes is Australia's queer camping music festival, held in a picturesque campground in Lake Mountain Alpine Resort in Victoria. With an eclectic lineup of music, performers, visual arts, food trucks, yoga and more, Gaytimes is a weekend of music, art, community, sexuality and self-expression.

Auckland Pride Festival - February 2019
A celebration of Rainbow Community culture and identity, Auckland Pride Festival includes 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 – plus a big Parade along Ponsonby Road.

Geelong Rainbow Festival - 8th – 10th February 2019
Geelong Rainbow Festival will be back for its second year in 2019. It will be bigger, brighter and better. Start planning your accommodation if needed, favourite outfits, painting your placards and inviting your friends, family and ally's.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – Feb/Mar 2019
That's us! Fair Day 2019 is scheduled for Sunday 17 February, and the Parade and Party date is confirmed for Saturday 2 March. Subscribe to our updates here so you can stay informed as we plan 2019's Mardi Gras festival!

ChillOut Festival - Daylesford - 8-13 March 2019
Queer country pride! ChillOut Festival transforms Daylesford in regional Victoria's Hepburn Shire into the LGBTQI capital on the weekend after Mardi Gras in March. Well worth the trip, it's the ultimate friendly and fun post-Mardi Gras wind down.

Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras - Saturday 9 March 2019
Wagga Wagga's's first Mardi Gras Parade and Party is coming up in 2019, aiming to raise the visibility of the LGBTQI communities in the Riverina. The whole community will be invited along for the ride, including an evening of amazing floats, laughs and fun.

Rainbow on the Plains Festival - 29-31 March 2019
Haaaaaay Mardi Gras is celebrated in Hay NSW, on the edge of the Outback. Join them for the street parade, Fair Day, Heaven on Earth Dance Party and Rainbow Sunday.

OUTCOAST - Central Coast - 4-6 October 2019
Central Coast NSW's 1st Annual arts based weekend festival. Burst into spring with a bumper weekend of Queer happenings from cabaret night and dance party to Fair Day & our "Puparazzi" Pooch Parade. 75mins from Sydney, 90mins from Newcastle.  OUTCOAST as the ultimate Queer Spring into Spring weekend getaway.

This page is regularly updated as new information comes in. For additions, and inquiries, contact matt.akersten@mardigrasarts.org.au.