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.

Some of 2021's events may need to be postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Click the links to connect with the festivals and find out more.

Tropical Fruits - Lismore New Years
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.

Gaytimes Festival - Lake Mountain Alpine Resort February
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
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 - February
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.

Port Pride - Port Kembla - February
Port Pride is a local queer non-for-profit organisation organising the South Coast Fair Day on the 21st of Fab. The day will be held at The Arthouse Cafe in Port Kembla, featuring info stalls, arts, drag queens, local musicians, and storytime for the kids. It's a family-friendly and dog-friendly queer event. Something for the whole Illawarra and dar south coast to be proud of.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – February/March
That's us! The Parade's confirmed to be happening at the Sydney Cricket Ground this year. See you there on Saturday 6 March.

Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras  Feb/Mar
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
Haaaaaaaay 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
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.

Rainbow City Festival - Orange - May
Orange’s first ever LQBTQI+ festival, a celebration bringing together the LGBTQI+ community, their friends, families and allies. Discover the full spectrum of colours and events the Orange region has to offer!

Midsumma - Melbourne
Melbourne’s annual three-week LGBTQI+ has been delayed in 2021 due to COVID restrictions. Key events include the outdoor carnival and T-Dance plus the vibrant Pride March. Midsumma's a massive festival with an array of events to enjoy.

Sydney Pride Festival – June
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. Events showcase arts, debates, sports, and fundraising.

Out n Proud Festival - Sunshine Coast - 19 June
A new live music concert to celebrate pride, people and culture on the Sunshine Coast. Kicking off in 2021 with a big line-up of local music stars. The Out n Proud Festival takes over Kings Beach, Caloundra with a big stage and community market stalls.

Newcastle Pride Festival NSW - August
Newcastle Pride's festival is an amazing program of LGBTIQ+ events including Fair day, Dance Party's, big gay Cabaret, interactive movie, Sports, Trivia, Art, food, wine and much more to come. The Newcastle Pride Festival is an exciting, glamorous and “out n’ proud” series of events aiming to showcase to locals and visitors that Newcastle is a city of diversity, culture and beauty. Newcastle Pride is an inclusive, vibrant and fun not-for-profit LGBTIQ+ community-based organisation established to make Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the wider Hunter Region a safer, happier, healthier and more culturally rich place for all the LGBTIQ+ community. A place to celebrate equality, diversity, and authenticity.

Winter Pride - Queenstown New Zealand - August/September
The most popular Winter Pride Festival in the Southern Hemisphere, renowned for fun both on and off the mountain. Boasting 10 days and over 40 events, the dates for 2021 are set for Friday 27 August to Sunday 5 September - two full weekends and a lot of fun in between.

Brisbane Pride Festival - September
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.

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

Cairns Pride – October
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.

Coastal Twist - Central Coast – Oct/Nov
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 longboarding 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.

Pride WA - Perth – November
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  November
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
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
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
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
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.

This page is regularly updated as new information comes in. For additions/inquiries contact reception@mardigras.org.au.