New South Wales

APN Sydney Harbour Bridge ABC NewsSydney Festival: January 2020** (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.

Queer Screen – Mardi Gras Film Festival: February 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
A celebration of the diversity of sexualities and gender identities through queer storytelling on screen, by inclusive and respectful communities full of creativity, inspiration and pride.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: February 2020 (dates to confirmed)
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: February 2020 (date to be confirmed)
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): February 2020 (dates to be confirmed)

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade: Saturday 29 February 2020
A bustling extravaganza that brings Sydney to a standstill and shines a global spotlight on LGBTQI lives, culture, communities and creativity. With spectacular floats, thousands of participants, a veritable smorgasbord of glittering colour and dynamic shape, the parade showcases the glitz and glamour of our community.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party: Saturday 29 February 2020
After the spectacular Parade, come and enjoy the night with us… and over 12,000 of our newest and closest friends! The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s biggest LGBTQI event of the year. It’s our tribe, our people… our time to let loose and dance all night.

Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras: Saturday 14 March 2020
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.

Rainbow on the Plains Festival (Hay)
March 2020 (dates to be confirmed)

Tropical Fruits Easter Party (Lismore)
Saturday 20 April 2019 (8.00pm – 2.00am)

Health in Difference Conference
April 2019 (dates to be confirmed)

Sydney Comedy Festival
22 April – 19 May 2019**

Border Pride Fair Day (Albury / Wodonga)
May 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Sydney Candlelight Memorial
Sunday 19 May 2019 (date to confirmed)

May 2019 (dates to be confirmed)

Sydney Film Festival
5 – 16 June 2019**

Sydney Pride Festival:
6 – 30 June 2019

Tropical Fruits Queen’s Birthday Party (Lismore)
Saturday 8 June 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Lismore Lantern Parade (Northern NSW)
Saturday 22 June 2019** (date to be confirmed)

Aurora Ball 2019 (Sydney)
June 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Sydney Cabaret Festival: 5 – 14 July 2019**
Welcome to Sydney Cabaret. Artists and audiences collide at Sydney’s newest international festival, which features over 40 events across 10 glorious days. The very best modern cabaret artists from Australia and around the globe come together this July.

Newcastle Pride
22 – 25 August 2019

Tropical Fruits Fruitopia Fairday (Lismore)
August / September 2019 (Date to be confirmed)

Sydney Fringe Festival
September 2019** (dates to be confirmed)

Broken Heel Festival (Broken Hill)
Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September 2019

Queer Screen Film Fest (Sydney)
September 2019 (dates to be confirmed)

Fambo (Redfern)
September 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Coastal Twist (Central Coast NSW)
Friday 4 October – Sunday 6 October 2019

Pokolbin Pride (Hunter Valley)
October 2019 (dates to be confirmed)

Parramatta Pride Picnic
October 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve Festival (Lismore)
Saturday 29 December 2018 – Wednesday 2 January 2019

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: Sydney Harbour Bridge

Note: ** festival contains significant LGBTIQ content