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 many bars and clubs have regular events each weekday and weekend including trivia, karaoke, drag shows and games. Click for more info on events at Stonewall Hotel, Midnight Shift, ARQ, the Colombian Hotel, the Oxford Hotel, the Imperial Hotel and the Red Rattler. The Gay4Play social group also holds many events - see their website here.
Sydney Pride Festival
Marking the date of the original Stonewall riots in New York, Sydney has a Pride Festival each June, with Oxford St's Stonewall Hotel as the focal point. Various events showcase arts, debates, sports, and fundraising. Visit SydneyPride.com here to see the full event schedule.
Bats & Balls: Team Sydney Women's Drinks - Friday 7 July @ Golden Barley Hotel
Warm up your mid-winter with some multi sport socialising at Team Sydney's women's drinks, co-hosted by the Sydney Women's Baseball League & The Flying Bats FC. Exercise your elbow and get to know a bunch of sporty LGBTIQ Sydney women & friends from a whole range of clubs. Kick on afterwards to The Imperial. Check into the event on Facebook here.
Creatures of the Dark Tour: The Boulet Bros & Kimora Blac - Saturday 8 July @ ARQ
The Creatures of the Dark Tour, Featuring the Mothers of Darkness, and Hosts of Dragula, Search for the World's First Drag Supermonster, Boulet Brothers Events, and the stunning Kimora Blac! More details here.
LaChiX Monthly Lesbian Meetup - Friday 14 July @ Madame Shanghai
A light and fun mixer with a great bunch of easy going women - and the venue is something really special. Indulge yourself with a cocktail (or 2) like you've never had before at a mere $12 during Happy Hour. Turn up on time and sample a few dumplings with compliments from your host. Book here.
Heaps Gay House - Saturday 15 July @ Marrickville
This month's HEAPS GAY party features Brisbane kqween Sezzo Snot, gender bending duo Trimade marmalade, Drag King god, Jayvante Swing, Pop prince Nic Kelly, Boylesque magic by Joshwaa James, Show Us Your Teeth Queen, Amy Claire Mills going solo & more surprises. More details here.
Fruits in Suits® LGBTI Business Networking - Thursday 20 July @ The Beresford Hotel
'Fruits' is a monthly business networking event held in a relaxed social setting on the third Thursday of every month between 6pm – 9pm. 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.
Sydney Same-Sex Dancesport Competition - Saturday July 22 @ Marrickville Town Hall
The annual Sydney Samesex Dancesport Competition welcomes competitors at all levels social, competitive and Pro am. It is visual, musical, movement spectacular that we put on for the community- spectators, supporters and families love this event. Details here.
Queerstories - Friday 28 July @ 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. Hosted by Mon Schafter, featuring Refugee Advocate Tina Dixson, Scientist Kaya Wilson, Artist Guy James Whitworth, Gender Transcendent Diva Mama Alto, Comedian Tessa Waters and more to be announced. More details here.
YES! The Party - Saturday 29 July @ ARQ
Dan Murphy's YES! party is coming back to ARQ, with DJ Dom de Sousa, Johny Blue Boy and DJ Dan Murphy will be playing all of your favourite hands-in-the-air club anthems. Get tickets here.
An Evening with George Takei - Friday 11 August @ State Theatre
Set your phaser to stun! The legendary Sulu from Star Trek, social media icon and human rights activist George Takei will be heading to Australia to boldly go where few stories have gone before, in an evening hosted by Benjamin Law. Book for An Evening with George Takei here.
PUP Party - Saturday 12 August @ Oxford Arts Factory
This party has tunes by French duo Grand Jete, who cut their teeth on Paris backstreets clubs like La Defense. Driven by breakbeat, house and techno, expect a sexy, dark and sassy vibe. "They’re done with twink but not quite DILF. You gotta be a PUP before you can be a man. A PUP knows what he is. A PUP lives fashion. A PUP brings attitude." Get tickets 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.
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.
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.