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National Folk Festival: 9 – 13 April 2020**
The National Folk Festival is a celebration of all things folk, featuring music, dance, circus and spoken word. From high-end entertainment to grassroots activities, from traditional and contemporary grooves to the quirky and unusual, the festival program is designed to inspire, enliven and entertain.

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (Canberra): May 2020 (date to be confirmed)
Candlelight Memorial events are held globally to honour the memory of all people who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS and to reignite community activism in the response to HIV.

Canberra Together Conference: 23 – 24 September 2019
Celebrating respect and difference, Canberra Together will bring LGBTIQ+ people and their allies together to shine a spotlight on what is already happening in our community and discuss the issues that matter through a series of participatory workshops and presentations.

SpringOUT Festival: 2 – 24 November 2019
The SpringOUT Festival is Canberra’s queer cultural festival which affirms the pride, joy, dignity and identity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) communities through events of celebration.

Fair Day (Canberra): Saturday 2 November 2019
One of Canberra’s major grassroots community events, Fair Day has been held annually since the first SpringOUT Pride Festival in 1999. Come for a fun filled day of markets, fabulous food and entertainment celebrating the diversity of Canberra’s LGBTIQ communities.

Canberra Bushdance: Saturday 23 November 2019
Held for over 30 years, the Canberra Bushdance is a fun night of dancing with people of all flavours. Dust off your hat, polish your boots and get ready to kick up some dust, as the live band leads you through those dances you may remember from primary school – like Strip the Willow, The Waves of Bondi, as well as some crazy polkas and some more genteel promenades.

SpringOUT BIG Community Picnic: Sunday 24 November 2019
SpringOUT will mark the end of this year’s Festival with the Big Community Picnic. It was a blast last year with a fabulous day of fun with our LGBTIQA+ community!

World AIDS Day: Sunday 1 December 2019
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about HIV and AIDS. It is a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS related conditions or other conditions associated with HIV.

If your festival or event is not listed above, and you would like to submit for consideration, please send an email to: Your festival or event must be not-for-profit and primarily coordinated by those who identify as LGBTIQ. (Events organised by individuals or commercial entities will not be considered)

Image: Parliament House, Canberra – photo by Richard Tuffin (courtesy of Visit Canberra)

Note: ** festival contains significant LGBTIQ content