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Play & Pleasure: throughout the year
Play & Pleasure is a multi session skills and relationship building workshop for men who have sex with men. Inspired by the philosophy of sex positivity, our Peer Support Team have developed the program to help men build the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary to have the sex they want.

National Day of Women Living with HIV Morning Tea: 12 March 2019
Coming the day after International Women’s Day, this awareness-raising day was created by Femfatales, a network of women living with HIV of the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA).

Encampment is a program run by and for LGBTIQ and questioning young people from Canberra and the surrounding region. Packed full of workshops, games, talks and campfires, the Leadership Team provide a safe, fun and non-judgemental learning environment for young people to express themselves and connect with other young people and organisations that can support their health and wellbeing.

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (Canberra): Sunday 19 May 2019
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
A Regional LGBTIQ Conference in the Australian Capital Territory – details to come…

Fair Day (Canberra): Saturday 2 November 2019 (date to be confirmed)
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.

SpringOUT Festival: November 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
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.

SpringOUT Pride Parade: November 2019 (date to be confirmed)
Celebrate your fabulous self and Canberra’s Rainbow Community at the Annual SpringOUT Pride Parade. Meet at ACT Legislative Assembly .

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.

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)