Sydney 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)
Sydney Comedy Festival: April – May 2020** (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 2020 (date to confirmed)
May 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
Sydney Film Festival: June 2020** (dates to be confirmed)
The world’s best new films come to Sydney every June 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
Sydney Pride Festival:
Tropical Fruits Queen’s Birthday Party (Lismore): Saturday 8 June 2020 (date to be confirmed)
Held on the Saturday night of the long weekend in June – it is Tropical Fruits’ winter wonderland party. An intimate and friendly party, it has a special significance to local members as it is the party that marks the birthday of Tropical Fruits – the very first party was held back in 1988.
Lismore Lantern Parade (Northern NSW): June 2020**
Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community event held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice. In 2019 the event will celebrate its 25th anniversary to the event theme ‘Rivers of Light’ representing all the community events that the Lantern Parade has travelled to over the years. These communities will be invited back to the heart to celebrate this grand occasion.
Aurora Ball 2019 (Sydney): June 2020
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 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.
22 – 25 August 2019
Tropical Fruits Fruitopia Fairday (Lismore)
August / September 2019 (Date to be confirmed)
Sydney Fringe Festival: 1 – 30 September 2019**
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.
Queer Arts Festival: Queer & Visible (Wollongong): 2 – 15 September 2019
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): Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September 2019
Queer Screen Film Fest (Sydney): September 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
Fambo (Redfern): September 2020 (date to be confirmed)
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 (Central Coast NSW): Friday 4 October – Sunday 6 October 2019
Parramatta Pride Picnic: Sunday 10 November 2019
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, facepainting, yoga, sports exhibitions, DJs and a fully licenced bar.
Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve Festival (Lismore): Saturday 29 December 2018 – Wednesday 2 January 2019
Come the end of the year, the LGBTIQ family comes together from across the globe for Tropical Fruits annual NYE Festival. The festival includes an opening street parade and soiree, New Years Eve Party and fireworks, Art Exhibition, Café, Pool Party, Recovery Party, Camping and more! Tickets on sale 1 September 2019.
If your festival or event is not listed above, and you would like to submit for consideration, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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