Vivid Sydney 2017 Lighting Of The Sails - photo by Audio Creatures APNSydney Festival:  January 2023** (dates to be confirmed)
Every January, Sydney Festival starts the new year with a bang, transforming the city with a bold cultural celebration based on critical ideas and cutting-edge art and performance – to reinvigorate the city and celebrate in the sticky, sparkling fizz of a Sydney summer.

Queer Screen – Mardi Gras Film Festival: February – March 2023 (dates to be confirmed)
A celebration of the diversity of sexualities and gender identities through queer storytelling on screen, the 29th Mardi Gras Film Festival will bring the latest and best LGBTIQ+ films to cinema screens across Sydney and on-demand Australia wide.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: 19 February – 5 March 2023
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) is one of the oldest continuously operating LGBTQI organisations in Australia. SGLMG was built on the foundations laid by early community activists who fought for LGBTQI rights in a time of wide-spread, institutionalised oppression and discrimination. From these origins, SGLMG has evolved to include a strong focus on celebration while maintaining a commitment to social justice for LGBTQI communities.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day: Sunday 19 February 2023
Mardi Gras Fair Day is the biggest and best-loved free community event of the season – more than 80,000 people come together in Victoria Park in Camperdown for a fun day filled with live entertainment, Doggywood, the Sports Village and over community & commercial 200 stalls.

Bear Essentials: (Sydney): 20 February – 6 March 2022
Harbour City Bears is the only community group in Sydney for bears, cubs and their admirers. Bear Essentials takes place in the week leading up to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade: Saturday 25 February 2023
Join over 500,000 fabulous people as they unite for a glittering Pride parade in the heart of Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ district. The Sydney Mardi Gras Parade is an event that stops the nation and reverberates around the world. Born from a single night of celebration and political protest, the true Mardi Gras spirit lives on over four decades later. The Parade joyously celebrates how far our communities have come , yet recognises the journey ahead.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party: Saturday 25 February 2023
Join international and local partygoers at the largest LGBTQIA+ party in the Southern Hemisphere. Each year the Mardi Gras Party bursts with music, light and performance across stunning fantasy worlds for you to immerse yourself. Extraordinary guest performers and DJs fill the atmosphere with pulsing techno, tantalising house and euphoric gay anthems.

Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras: Saturday 11 March 2023
Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras aims to raise the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities in the Riverina, providing an opportunity to express their creativity and celebrate their identity. Organisers invite the whole community along for the ride, including an evening of amazing floats, laughs and fun. More information coming soon…

Tropical Fruits Easter Party (Lismore): April 2023 (date to be confirmed)
Held on the Easter long weekend, Tropical Fruits’ Easter Party is the biggest little party you have ever been to! As the first party after all the excitement of New Year, Easter is a chance for the fruity family to get together for an uplifting electro-house, slightly hands-in-the-air euphoric groove-thang!

Sydney Comedy Festival: April / May 2023** (dates to be confirmed)
The Sydney Comedy Festival is Sydney’s biggest annual comedy event. Every April and May, hundreds of the world’s funniest comedians take to stages across Sydney to entertain an audience of more than 120,000 people.

Sydney Candlelight Memorial: May 2023 (date to be confirmed)
The AIDS Candlelight Memorial is a time when members of the community can come together and reflect on and remember all those who have passed away from HIV/AIDS.

Sydney Pride Festival:  1- 30 June 2022
The Sydney Pride Festival is a special time for the LGBTQI community as we remember the history and celebrate the present and look forward to a day when everyone is Equal.

Aurora Ball: Saturday 4 June 2022
The Aurora Ball: Metamorphosis is a chance to escape our COVID-19 cocoon, unfurl our rainbow wings, and raise funds for LGBTIQ+ community groups who now more than ever need our support.

Sydney Film Festival: 8 – 19 June 2022**
The world’s best new films come to Sydney this August for 12 days and nights of inspiring and entertaining premieres, talks and parties. Join us and be among the first in Australia to see the greatest, strangest and most exciting work that cinema has to offer.

Tropical Fruits Queen’s Birthday Party (Lismore): Saturday 11 June 2022
Tropical Fruits welcomes you to ‘Queens Court’ a gathering to welcome the depths of winter with fire and finery. This celebration of the garden of earthly delights is grounded in pagan roots and celebrates decadence, lust and rebirth from the hellfire of the last few months. On the decks local DJ Guy Grey and a Fruits favourite DJ Sandi Hotrod playing smoking hot tunes to keep us warm during our 34th Queens Birthday Party at Jiggi Hall.

Lismore Lantern Parade (Northern NSW): Saturday 25 June 2022**
Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community event held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice. Each year the Lantern Parade involves participants from Lismore, throughout the Northern Rivers and visitors to the region who have attended workshops in lantern, mask and costume making. 2022 sees the Lismore Lantern Parade celebrate 28 years of bringing light to the heart of our community.

Aurora Ball (Sydney): June 2023
Aurora’s Annual Ball is one of the most iconic occasions on the Sydney social calendar. By attending the Aurora Ball, you are giving a helping hand to terrific LGBTIQ community organisations and projects – from youth outreach, to counselling, inclusion, education, and creative projects.

Sydney Fringe Festival: 1 – 30 September 2022**
Each September culture creators from all over the city join forces with Sydney Fringe to demonstrate the type of city they want to live in all year round. As an open access festival, it is the largest Independent arts gathering in NSW, annually hosting over 400 events across 21 postcodes during the 30 day festival.

Fruitopia Fairday (Lismore): September 2022 (date to be confirmed)
Tropical Fruits’ annual family fun day sees the Northern Rivers LGBTIQ community gather their families, friends, pooches and picnic rugs for an outdoor extravaganza. With a dog show, kids games, great food, stalls galore, live music and a cake bake-off, Fruitopia welcomes spring with gay abandon.

Queer Arts Festival: Queer & Visible (Wollongong): September 2022 (dates to be confirmed)
Aims to provide LGBTIQ+ creatives in the Illawarra and South Coast an opportunity to participate in various events and activities over the 2 week festival. This includes exhibiting visual art (all mediums including digital/multimedia, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture); performance art (drama, drag, poetry/spoken word, singing, dance, music); and/or volunteering.

Broken Heel Festival: (Broken Hill): 8 – 12 September 2022
The Broken Heel Festival is a fabulous three day festival which celebrates the theatrical anniversary of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at her spiritual home; The Palace Hotel and the township of Broken Hill, New South Wales.

Queer Screen Film Fest: (Sydney): September 2022 (dates to be confirmed)
Since 2013, the Queer Screen Film Fest has become a major event that delivers the latest LGBTIQ movies to you. The 9th Queer Screen Film Fest will be beaming out Australia-wide this September, with over 40 LGBTIQ+ films for you to stream from the comfort of home. Full program announced 26 August 2021.

Fambo Slo-Mo: online program for 2022
Fambo: A Queer Festival for All Kinds of Families is a Biennial performance and visual arts festival for children and families that celebrates queer contemporary arts and culture. The festival program provides intergenerational, participatory experiences developed by local LGBTIQA+ artists in collaboration with community.

Coastal Twist Festival: (Central Coast NSW): 27 September – 3 October 2022
Central Coast NSW’s good vibes, all out LGBTIQ A+ inclusion festival. Burst into spring with a bumper weekend of Queer happenings. This dynamic festival embodies authentic inclusion of all peoples. 75mins from Sydney, 90mins from Newcastle. Coastal Twist is the ultimate Queer Spring getaway.

Newcastle Pride Festival: – Friday 7 October – Saturday 5 November 2022
We are thrilled to be BACK with our annual LGBTIQA+ Festival with an amazing month long program of out ’n’ proud, glamorous events. Our 2022 Festival kicks off on September 23 with what is believed to be Newcastle’s FIRST EVER Pride Golf Tournament followed by another first the raising of the Pride Progress Flag at our official launch on Friday 7 October. Followed by three (3) Fair days, a Twisted Cabaret, a Queer Youth Formal, Dance Party, AFL Pride Cup, Art, food, wine and much more to come. Our vision is to make the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Region a happier, healthier, safer and more culturally rich place for all of the LGBTIQA+ community.

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art: October 2022** (dates to be confirmed)
Each year, Performance Space brings together the most groundbreaking artists of our time to push artistic boundaries and create unexpected experiences. Internationally known as a creative platform for captivating new work, Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art invites audiences to connect with bold and innovative performances, installations, parties, workshops and conversations.

Rainbow on the Plains Festival (Hay): 25 – 27 November 2022
Rainbow on the Plains is a festival of fun, support, inclusion and celebration of our local and visiting lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex communities, their friends and families. We celebrate with a street parade and party, alongside various community events.

Parramatta Pride Picnic: November 2022 (date to be confirmed)
It’s a rainbow coloured day of fun and pride for the whole family by the river in Parramatta. The day will feature stalls, entertainment, drag, food trucks, rainbow kids activation, the Team Sydney sports village, charity BBQ, face painting, yoga, sports exhibitions, DJs and a fully licenced bar.

Tropical Fruits New Year’s Festival 2022 (Lismore): December 2022 – January 2023
Surrender to your senses, step away from your worldly worries, and let Tropical Fruits bring you to a more grounded, connected and earthly place this New Year’s Eve. Details to come…

Sapphire Coast Pride:
Sapphire Coast Pride was launched as a social group on 26 February 2022 to make it easier for our LGBTQIA+ people to communicate and connect with each other in the Bega Valley, NSW. Members can use this as a platform to share their events along the Sapphire Coast. We are an inclusive group who welcome friends, family and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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: Lighting Of The Sails, Vivid Sydney – photo by Audio Creatures

Note: ** festival contains significant LGBTIQ content