Queensland

2016 Noosa Rainbow River Festival - Geoff Marshman and Melony Brests

Noosa Rainbow River Festival: March 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
Noosa will once again be bringing the Queens back to Queensland with the Noosa Rainbow River Festival. The highlight of the weekend is The River Parade – hire a boat, bring your own boat or join the official Rainbow Party Boat on a 2 hour fun-filled adventure up and down the scenic Noosa River and canals.


Brisbane Queer Film Festival: March 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
Brisbane Queer Film Festival is a highlight of the Queensland queer community calendar, since its first outing in the year 2000. The festival aims to present, indulge and empower LGBT, intersex, queer and gender diverse film, filmmakers and screen content.


Sunshine Coast Pride Festival Fair Day: May 2020 (date to be confirmed)
The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival Fair Day is an annual event organised by a dedicated Committee of volunteers and is about providing a safe and fun environment for LGBTIQ people, their family and friends, to come together and celebrate our diversity on the Coast.


Cairns Queer Film Festival: May – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
Cairns Queer Film Festival (CQFF) runs social events connected by films to support the health and well-being of all LGBTIQ people in Far North Queensland.


The Annual Queen’s Ball Awards Gala (Brisbane):  June 2020 (date to be confirmed)
Celebrating Brisbane’s community, the Queen’s Ball is the longest running LGBTIQ event in the world.


MELT Festival (Brisbane Powerhouse):  27 June – 7 July 2019
Brisbane’s LGBTI+ voice is loud and clear, bursting with pride, humour, humanity and rebellion. The community is bounding towards equality in many vital aspects of life and MELT is a vehicle for these leaps.


Brisbane Pride Festival: September 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
Now in its 28th year, Brisbane Pride Festival is Queensland’s largest and Australia’s third largest LGBTIQA+ event, attracting more than 10,000 festival-goers over a four week period in the month of September each year.


Brisbane Festival: 6 – 28 September 2019**
Each September, the Brisbane Festival explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire.


Brisbane Pride Fairday: Saturday 21 September 2019
Each year the festival attracts thousands of visitors both for our Pride March and for Fair Day itself as visitors enjoy a fantastic day in the sun featuring over 100 community stalls, food vendors, our famous Queer Beer tent, two stages of fantastic live entertainment and our informative and fun adults only pavilion. This an all ages family friendly event, including entertainment and family stalls and information for the whole community.


Northern Exposure (Brisbane): 16 – 20 October 2019
Northern Exposure is hosted by the Brisbears – more info to come…


Woodford Folk Festival: 27 December 2019 – 1 January 2020
The Woodford Folk Festival is held annually over six days and six nights in late December. More than 2,000 local, national and international, artists, musicians and presenters put on over 438 acts to an audience of an estimated 132,000 people. The festival experience is deep, rich and colourful. It is based on a vision of inclusive and creative community, culture and tradition passed through generations, expressed through story and ceremony.


If your festival or event is not listed above, and you would like to submit for consideration, please send an email to: reception@australianpridenetwork.com.au 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: Geoff Marshman and Melony Brests at the Noosa Rainbow River Festival (supplied)

Note: ** festival contains significant LGBTIQ content