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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Stonewall Hotel, ARQ, 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.
Signed Sealed Delivered: Festival for Marriage Equality - Saturday 23 September @ Prince Alfred Park
The first few days after receiving your ballot are critical. Tick YES and post it back as soon as possible, otherwise it’s gonna get put off and forgotten or lost under piles of junk mail, or eaten by your dog. Lucky for you there’s a FREE 9 stage music festival where you can vote at the same time as thousands of others. This festival for Marriage Equality meets at 1pm in Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills, with a mass vote at 2pm at the Strawberry Hills post office across the road. Bring along friends, your family and your ballot, and send all the haters a loud clear message: Love Will Win! All the details are here.
Decadence - Saturday 23 September @ Midnight Shift
Decadence - The home of NRG in Australia! The monthly NRG event is back on the 23rd September at The Shift. More details here.
HONOUR AWARDS 2017 - Wednesday 27 September @ the Ivy Ballroom
Inspiring stories, amazing achievements, unsung heroes: Celebrate our community at the 11th Honour Awards. Established in 2007, the Honour Awards celebrates outstanding service and achievements within NSW's LGBTI community. To be held on Wednesday 27 September at the Ivy Ballroom, the Honour Awards are also a gala fundraising event for LGBTI charities Aurora and ACON. Find out more here!
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.
Canned Fruit - Springfield, Wedsgay 27 Sep 2017 @ Secret Garden Bar, Enmore
Canned Fruit invites you to embrace SPRINGFIELD this Wedsgay. Inner West’s infamous ~too-zee~ will perform live routine inspired by Homer’s trip to the gay steel mill, The Anvil. Plus GIRLIRL & Canned Fruit DJs zapping from the decks. More details here.
Planetdwellers Discover India Night - Thursday 28 September @ 113-115 Oxford Street
Join the Planetdwellers team at our Oxford street store for a free Event and Discover India. Learn about some inspiring and unique ways to see and experience India and Sri Lanka. Join Alex Carpenter from Atma Journeys for his truly amazing local tour departing in January 2018. FREE - book here.
Heaps Gay Spring Fling Long WKend - Friday 29 September @ The Lady Hampshire
Heaps Gay Spring Fling Calling Postal Party! 7pm - 3am! Free big queer family love in! Long weekend! Dodgy Pub! Come and dance - all the details are here.
Polly's Club: 'Gay of our Lives' - Saturday 30 September @ Marrickville Town Hall
Being gay should be a celebration! Whether that means you're femme, masc, draggy, butch, or a lipstick lesbian. And The Pollys Club want to help you celebrate with their next dance at Marrickville Town Hall, giving you ample space to flaunt your stuff while you watch the notorious drag queens flaunt their stuff. Prizes for best dressed, BYO (plastic cups only, no glassware - cans preferable), and don't forget to bring your smile! Doors open 7pm. $25 entry. Visit the Polly's Club website for more details.
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.
In Bloom - The Art Of Becoming Art Exhibition, 4-8 October @ 107 Redfern
HEAPS GAY AND TRANS SYDNEY PRIDE PRESENTS: IN BLOOM: THE ART OF BECOMING: A celebration of trans and gender non binary artists with support from LUSH! Entry by $5 donation & all proceeds to charity. Find all the details here.
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!
GiRLTHING 9th Birthday - Saturday 14 October @ Holme Courtyard, Sydney Uni
GiRLTHING celebrates a whopping 9 years on October 14! Celebrating our 10th year of BEAUT parties (in open air, arvo fashion) at one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.... This will be GiRLTHING's biggest birthday yet! Book here.
Fruits in Suits - Thursday 19 October @ Beresford Hotel
The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association celebrates 21 years of its Fruits in Suits event. The original of now many such-named events throughout the Asia-Pacific, the event has provided a monthly forum at which LGBTI professionals, (and increasingly, as LGBTI acceptance and integration has progressed, allies), could network in a safe and social environment. October's event features a fashion parade with Daly Male, plus more entertainment and speakers. Find out more here!
Liveworks 2017 - 19-29 October @ Carriageworks
Immerse yourself in experimental art at LIVEWORKS.
Explore an awe-inspiring program of contemporary art from across Australia and the Asia Pacific as Liveworks consumes Carriageworks from the 19th to the 29th of October. Across two weeks experience extraordinary new contemporary art – fall in love, wrestle with politics, face the future, unearth distant memories, get freaky with household appliances and flock across Sydney.
Liveworks is your chance to #getexperimental and try something new. Dive into the program and discover a world of wild experiences.
Find out more and explore the full Liveworks Festival program at performancespace.com.au.
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.
Liveworks 2017 | Day for Night - Saturday 28 October @ Carriageworks
Day for Night is back! The much-loved collision of queer performance and party culture returns in 2017, bringing together a host of Australia’s finest queer artists, performers, DJs, musicians and lovers in a glorious fusion of club culture, contemporary art and new performance. Beginning as a series of entrancing performance and video works that unfold over the afternoon, Day for Night slowly but surely evolves into Sydney’s most spectacular queer art party, meshing together the performance space and the dancefloor under the musical genius of legendary Sydney DJs Stereogamous. More details 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.
TROUGH Sydney: BEAT - Saturday 18 November
SPRING into TROUGH SYD on Saturday 18 November @ The Shift for some hot sweaty BEATS! See all the details here.
George Takei - 18 & 20 November
Join Star Trek Legend, Social Media Icon and Human Rights Activist George Takei when he takes the stage for two exciting new shows at Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday November 16 and the State Theatre in Sydney on Monday November 20 in “THE GEORGE TAKEI PHENOMENON” Hosted by Benjamin Law! Get tickets here!
RIOT @ Sydney Festival: 5-28 January @Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent
With an all-star cast including famed drag queen Panti Bliss, RIOT is a dazzling blend of dance, drag, circus, comedy and powerful spoken word. This acclaimed Irish variety show melds high art and trash culture in a disorderly cocktail of partying and politics. BOOK HERE on the Sydney Festival website.