Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Festival: 19 – 22 February 2021
Come and party with us for the Port Douglas Hot & Steamy Festival in Queensland, Australia! Whether travelling from overseas or locally, the event has been developed by a group of gay Port Douglas business owners and friends who want to showcase our stunning town and region to our broader community.
Sunshine Coast Mardi Gras: Saturday 20 February 2021
The inaugural Sunshine Coast Mardi Gras showcases the sunny LGBTIQ+ community and celebrates diversity in a family-friendly event. So get ready to party into the night at the famous Aussie World and hosted by some of the regions top personalities, with a range of performances lined up from drag queens and singers to the Police Marching Band. And local market stalls and a full range of activities for the kids.
Noosa Rainbow River Festival: 5 – 7 March 2021
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 2021 (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.
MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture (Brisbane Powerhouse): 19 – 30 May 2021
MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture raises the curtain on another program of spectacular events, dazzling performances and provocative discussions at Brisbane Powerhouse. Now in its sixth year, this sizzling festival is designed to celebrate LGBTIQ+ arts and culture to promote visibility and inclusivity among the queer community. For 12 days, MELT will inject both sparkle and substance into Brisbane Powerhouse, with a mix of theatre, cabaret, music, visual arts, storytelling, forums, panels and conversations.
Cairns Queer Film Festival: May – June 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
The Cairns Queer Film Festival (CQFF) is a celebration of queer films for lesbian, gay, transgender and all queer people in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland. It is a social event for the community, by the community that enables the inclusion of all LGBT+ people. Connecting through films and endeavouring to educate while supporting the health and well-being of all.
The Annual Queen’s Ball Awards Gala (Brisbane): June 2021
Celebrating Brisbane’s community, the Queen’s Ball is the longest running LGBTIQ event in the world.
Brisbane Festival: September 2021** (dates to be confirmed)
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.
Queensland Cabaret Festival: October – November 2021** (dates to be confirmed)
Captivating, emotive and hilarious, the Queensland Cabaret Festival showcases a wide variety of talent with featured acts from across Australian, as well as local and international guests.
Cairns Pride Festival: October – November 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
Details to come…
Cairns Pride Festival Fair Day: October 2021 (date to be confirmed)
LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities come together at the Tanks Arts Centre for a fun and fabulous day celebrating diversity, PRIDE & resilience all in an inclusive, safe environment. Featuring an exciting line-up of entertainers, interactive stalls, food vans & lots more!
Northern Exposure (Brisbane): October 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
Hosted by Brisbears – In October gay bears from around the globe will be descending upon Brisbane. This year, the event will celebrate the diversity of our Bear family. It doesn’t matter what body shape you are, how much hair you can grow or what mix of chromosomes you have, if you are a gay male bear or male admirer please come party with us and celebrate everything that makes the bear community so special to us all.
Brisbane Pride Festival: September 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
Now in its 29th 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 each year.
Brisbane Pride Fair Day: September 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
Last year Fair Day hosted some 5,000+ festival goers, who transformed New Farm Park into an energetic and fun-filled loud and proud playground. Complete with live performances, exciting and enticing market stalls, delicious street food and community participation activities, Fair Day delivers on atmosphere and engagement.
Woodford Folk Festival: 27 December 2021 – 1 January 2022
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: 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: Geoff Marshman and Melony Brests at the Noosa Rainbow River Festival (supplied)
Note: ** festival contains significant LGBTIQ content