Sydney comes alive with a huge variety of events during Mardi Gras season every February and March, but there's plenty happening all year round.

Take your pick! Here's your guide to special events around our city created by and for our LGBTQI communities. We update this free listing each week until our website is revamped in October to launch our 2018 Mardi Gras season. In the meantime, email your event news to matt.akersten@mardigrasarts.org.au.

Please note: Stonewall HotelARQ, the Colombian Hotel, the Oxford Hotel, the Imperial Hotel and the Red Rattler each have regular events happening each weekday and weekends, and the Gay4Play group hosts a variety of social activities.

 

EQUALITY WEEKENDER!

Almost 14% of young people are not enrolled to vote - that's more than 800,000 people! How do we change that? By holding one big citywide enrolment drive for equality.

This weekend is one HUGE recruitment drive! Venues all over Sydney are uniting to show their support for marriage equality, urging their patrons to Enrol to Vote. Look out for posters, iPad sign-ups, enrolment booths and more.

Read about the Equality Weekender here and get involved!


Frosty Fruits Ski Trip: Gay Ski Week Australia - 17-22 August @ Hotham Alpine Resort

Are you looking for the premiere gay ski event in Australia? Are you keen to carve up some fresh powder in Australia’s best natural snow playground? Would you like to mix and mingle with a group of fun and friendly like-minded people and stay right on snow? Join in the legendary fun at Australia's premiere Gay Ski Week, the annual Frosty Fruits Ski Trip. All the details are here.


Decadence - Saturday 19 August @ Midnight Shift

Decadence, our monthly home of NRG is back once again with an all star line-up featuring ALEX K, KCB, OURSOURCE, DAVE AUSTIN, RATA, CHARLIE BROWN, STEVE S, ANDEE and LATELY. Get tickets here.


MEGAPUMP - Saturday August 19 @ ARQ

PUMP returns to ARQ Sydney on Saturday August 19th... and this time it's so big, it's MEGA! Taking over the entire club: Upstairs, Downstairs, and everything in between! PUMPing 90s club anthems upstairs and all the radio edit guilty pleasures downstairs. Tickets on sale here!


Bear Pride 2017! 22-27 August with Harbour City Bears

Bring out your best and dress to impress to find the Bearchelor of your heart, and give them a rose! The theme of Harbour City Bears' BEAR PRIDE this year is “The BEARchelor”. Will you find your perfect match, or just some fun? It’s up to you! Keep the dates free: Tuesday the 22nd of August, running until Sunday the 27th of August. More details will be added to bearpride.com.au.


Queerstories - Friday 25 August @ Giant Dwarf

Join some of Sydney’s best storytellers for an evening of our city’s queerstories; reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. Listen to an unexpected tale or two from a diverse line up of stars and strangers, programmed by Maeve Marsden and hosted by campaigner and all round excellent person, Sally Rugg (while Maeve is in Edinburgh). More details here.


Gone Gaga Extravaganza - Friday 25 August @ The Oxford Hotel, Bathurst

Hosted by Miss LSD at the Oxford Bathurst, this is a Massive night show spirit and talent in Costumes and Design. Choreographed Performances. Fabulous Atmosphere cheap drinks! Venom Pride Nights are a massive influence for the LGBTQ Community to let everyone know where's out and Proud!! Everyone's welcome. More details here!


Poof Doof x Beresford Sundays - Sunday 27 August @ Beresford Hotel

The 2nd of POOF DOOF's monthly parties at Sydney's iconic gay Sunday session - Beresford Sundays. Hosted by the one and only Hannah Conda and welcoming the infamous Peter, Paul and Tristan's trivia and gaymes night into the fold. Come and play along from 5pm - it's free! More details here.


Rainbow Roundtable - Tuesday 29 August @ Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

Inner West Council is hosting an evening for the LGBTIQ community to share stories, celebrate diversity and plan for the future. Feedback from a recent survey highlighted four major issues that were cause for concern. #RainbowRoundtable aims to address these, encouraging group discussions within dedicated workshops for key topics. More information here.


BOYTHiNG: Sling into Spring - Saturday 2 September @ Oxford Arts Factory

BOYTHiNG is an unashamed affair for the fancy-free, the fabulously femme-positive, the feint-at-heart, a chance clique to let your oddities come out… and they’ve got spring fever. Let the springsweat shine. Slip on a scrappy heel, snap on that strap and take your new spring summer ’17 selection of crop tops for a spin. Allow yourselves to share just a little or a lot of skin cause this party is for everybody, everybody at OXFORD ART FACTORY. More info here.


Heaps Gay Masqueerade - 2 & 3 September @ Alexandria

Step into a world of mystery and disguise with your eyes wide open. Transform yourself and enter the twisted warehouse where reality is suspended and art becomes real life. That is, until the clock strikes 12... Sydney Fringe Opening Weekend Party! 2 nights only! More details here.


Swagger Sydney Bey Day Supersized Tour - Saturday 2 September @ Midnight Shift

This is Australia's BIGGEST and Baddest Beyonce's Birthday Party. Last year had well over 600 people partying. Enjoy huge Beyonce shows and Swagger DJ's all night long. More details here.


'The First Parade' talk by Julie McCrossin - Sunday 3 September @ Opera House

Forty years on from Sydney's first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the celebration's activist roots remain urgently relevant. 1978 Mardi Gras  protester Julie McCrossin reflects on the cultural change that still needs to happen. BOOK HERE.


The Real Wrestlers of Sydney: Trivia 2017 - Thursday 7 September @ Midnight Shift

Join host Sylvia Bacrakensak and her wrestlers for the Sydney Silverbacks fundraising trivia night: The Real Wrestlers of Sydney. A fun night of trivia and antics, with great games and prizes to be won! Get tickets here.


Fruits in Suits® LGBTI Business Networking - Thursday 15 September @ Beresford Hotel

Fruits is a monthly business networking event held in a relaxed social setting on the third Thursday of every month. It's a great opportunity to increase your business network in a social setting or to meet friends or colleagues after work. Promote your business on the 60-second soapbox, seek or advertise services on the Bulletin board, or win a prize from the member, general, or business card draw.  Find out more on the SGLBA website.


The Babadook fundraising screening, Wednesday 27 September @ Dendy Cinema Newtown

Join aspecial fundraising screening of The Babadook - a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Twenty10. Get ready to be Babashook. Costume aren't essential but are encouraged! More details here.


Daywash Touch 'N Tackle | October Long Weekend - Sunday 1 October @ Chinese Laundry

This October long weekend, the ball's in your court for Grand Final weekend with Daywash giving you the ultimate Disco Ball Sports final - Touch N Tackle! From Full Backs to Flankers, Rucks to Rovers, get out your tighty whiteys and pull your socks up loud and proud, because Daywash is about to bounce your balls all over the Chinese laundry. Touch N Tackle is exactly what's going to happen across all 4 dance-floors with space to play, your handball skills will be put to the test. Get all the details here.
 


APOLLO - Sunday 1 October @ The Metro Theatre

Apollo is ready to blast through the stratosphere and trip the light fantastic on an all-singing, all-dancing, always-gayer-than-gay party this October Long Weekend. Dress up, dress down, dress sideways and maybe even backwards and journey through the fabric of space and time with music maestros and well-trained Apollo aficionados Kate Monroe, Adam Love, Ric Dreske and Matt Bachl. Tix at apollotheparty.com.


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2017 OutStanding LGBTIQ Short Story Awards - Sunday 8 October @ The Newsagency, Annandale

Come along to hear all the winning LGBTIQ stories. Join in the excitement of finding out who won - $1000 for first, $500 youth prize, a Queerstories prize and much more. MC'd by the lovely Nicky Bryson. Full disability access and Auslan signers. This is a FREE event. More details here!


Dykes on Bikes' Black & White Ball - Saturday 21 October @ The Red Rattler

Dykes on Bikes Sydney welcomes all members of the LGBTQI community, friends and allies to this year's Blackand White Ball for 2017! More details to come very soon, including some special guests. RSVP on Facebook here.


Halloween Whores - Saturday 28 October @ Metro Theatre

Calling all freaks, ghouls, bloodsuckers and those in between... Halloween Whores is back from their slumber, and ready to take our creatures of the night to a whole new whorrific level of mayhem at its epic new home, The Metro Theatre. More details coming here.


Parramatta Pride Picnic - Sunday 29 October @ River Foreshore Reserve

Save the date: The 11th Annual Parramatta Pride Picnic is on again and is going to be HUGE! More details coming soon here.