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LGBTQI Festivals

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras sparkles with rainbow colours every February and March. Many other cities and tourist destinations around Australia and New Zealand also host their own vibrant LGBTQI festivals. 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 throughout 2019 and going into 2020. Many events for later in the year are still in the planning stages, so click the links to connect and find out more.

Cairns Pride – October 2019
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 – 2-30 November 2019
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.

Parramatta Pride Picnic  10 November 2019
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.

Out in the Open - Shepparton – November 2019
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 – November 2019
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 – November 2019
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 2019-20
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 2020
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 a massive festival 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 2020
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.

Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Gay Festival - 14-17 February 2020
Come party in Queensland! February in the tropics is hot, humid and steamy. This festival has been developed by a group of gay locals who want to showcase our stunning town and region to the broader community. Events include a Long Lunch, Great Barrier Reef Cruise, Sunset T-Dance, Recovery Pool Party and more.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – Feb/Mar 2020
That's us! Fair Day 2020 is scheduled for Sunday 16 February, and the Parade and Party date is confirmed for Saturday 29 February 2020. Stay tuned to this website for festival event info!

Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras  Feb/Mar 2020
Wagga Wagga's Mardi Gras aims 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 Feb/Mar 2020
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.

ChillOut Festival - Daylesford  March 2020
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.

Sydney Pride Festival – June 2020
Marking the date of the original Stonewall riots in New York, Sydney has a Pride Festival each June, with Oxford Street’s Stonewall Hotel as the focal point. Various events showcase arts, debates, sports, and fundraising.

Newcastle Pride Festival NSW – August 2020
Newcastle’s 2nd annual LGBTIQ Festival showcases to locals and visitors that Newcastle is a city of diversity, culture and beauty.  We aim to grow the Festival, bringing the LGBTIQ community and allies together in strength and unity. The 2019 program includes Serving in Silence exhibition, a Queer art exhibition,  Twisted Cabaret launch event,  Pride Fair Day including Doggywood Pooch Parade at Newcastle’s Foreshore Park , 2 dance parties Heaven & Hell Rave Party and Return to Pipers '80s Dance (LGBTIQ venue in the 1980s), Short ‘n Curlies Matinée and High Tea and to end Timberlina Drag Off.

Brisbane Pride Festival - September 2020
Brissie's Pride is now the state's largest and the country's third largest LGBTQI festival, attracting more than 50,000 attendees over a four week period. There's a wonderful Fair Day, Pride March, parties and activities galore.

Darwin Pride Festival – September 2020
A three day tropical festival incorporating a Launch, Rainbow Cabaret, Rainbow Day, Pride Parade, Tea Dance, Parties, Love Boat and Pool Party. The Darwin Pride Festival celebrates the rich, diverse LGBTQIA+ community in the glorious tropical sunshine.

Coastal Twist - Central Coast – 2-4 October 2020
Central Coast NSW's  good vibes, all out lgbtiq A+ inclusion festival Burst into spring with a bumper weekend of Queer happenings from cabaret, dance party & exhibition to The 'Coastie-Carnie' day with the 3 signature events 'Hour of Drag Power', 'Puparazzi Pooch Parade' and the world's first LGBTQI longhoarding event. This dynamic festival embodies authentic inclusion of all peoples. 75mins from Sydney, 90mins from Newcastle.  Coastal Twist is the ultimate Queer Spring into Spring weekend getaway. 

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