Midsumma Festival: 21 January – 11 February 2024
Midsumma Festival is Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. With a festival program made up of diverse art forms and genres, including visual arts, live music, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, parties, sport, social events, and public forums.
Midsumma Pride March: Sunday 4 February 2024
27 years ago, Melbourne’s LGBTQIA community took to the streets in a show of solidarity and pride. In 2023, more than 7000 marches will remember that the Midsumma Pride March is about affirming that we’re fabulous, we’re loved, we’re diverse and we’re proud. We all march in solidarity for those who cannot.
Ballarat Frolic Festival: 22 – 25 February 2024
Ballarat Frolic Festival is an annual, not-for-profit, volunteer-run festival promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) regional arts and culture.
Victoria’s Pride: Sunday 11 February 2024
A landmark program of pride events and projects will return to Victoria this summer as part of a state-wide celebration of LGBTQIA+ communities. Victoria’s Pride will kick off in December with a series of regional activities, culminating in a one-day street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023 – more event details to come…
Geelong Rainbow Festival: February 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
The Geelong Rainbow Festival is an opportunity for the local and surrounding Queer (LGBTIQA+) community to come together and unite as one! Three jam-packed days full of events, music and so much more!
St Kilda Festival: 17 & 18 February 2024**
Join Australia’s biggest FREE celebration of summer, showcasing Australian artists and talent against the spectacular natural beauty of the St Kilda foreshore. Held over two days in February, the St Kilda Festival routinely attracts over 400,000 attendees.
Gaytimes Festival (Gembrook): 23 – 25 February 2024
Now in its 8th year, over two nights and three days, Gaytimes will feature an epic lineup of music, performance art, visual art, workshops and much more. Frolic in the forest you’ll never forget… Gaytimes is a boutique music, arts and camping festival for the whole lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and gender diverse community. It is a festival that welcomes all the colours of the rainbow, and their friends.
ChillOut Festival (Daylesford): 7 – 11 March 2024
From humble beginnings, ChillOut has grown to become the biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event in regional Australia. Now in its 27th year, ChillOut is recognised as a culturally important and nationally celebrated LGBTIQ pride event, supporting and representing Queer pride for all regional people.
Bendigo Pride Festival: 13 – 24 March 2024
The Bendigo PRIDE Festival is a community initiated and run event that celebrates, explores and promotes diversity and inclusion within the Loddon Mallee Region with particular focus on LGBTIQA+ communities and people. Events include exhibitions, performances, Opening Night Party, Pride in the Park, and the Giant Pride Flag.
Bendigo Queer Film Festival: March 2024 (date to be confirmed)
The Bendigo Queer Film Festival provides cultural and artistic opportunities to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTI) people living in Central Victoria. The Festival attracts people from all over Victoria and interstate. We are proud to be one of the few regional centres Australia wide, which hosts its own queer film festival.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 27 March – 21 April 2024**
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival literally takes over Australia’s comedy capital, Melbourne, each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.
Geelong Pride Film Festival: 18 – 28 April 2024
Geelong Pride Film Festival is a non-profit community-run festival screening contemporary and classic LGBTIQ+ themed films in Geelong through an annual film festival and a series of special screenings and events.
Castlemaine Pride: April / May 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
Get your picnic blankets ready! Castlemaine Pride – Picnic in the park is back. Join us for a celebration of diversity & equality for all ages at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens (near the Tea Rooms). Along with the annual Picnic in the Park, there will be a number of LGBTIQ+ events held across Castlemaine and surrounds.
South Side Festival: May 2024** (dates to be confirmed)
Discover Frankston like never before. Over nine days, the South Side Festival comes to life with fantastical experiences and will feature close to 230 artists in over 50 performances in venues across Frankston. Thought provoking performances, raucous comedy, dazzling installations, striking visual arts and fun for the whole family – that will delight, challenge and entertain!
International AIDS Candlelight Memorial: (Melbourne) – Sunday 19 May 2024 (date to be confirmed)
A day to commemorate, in unison with other memorials worldwide, and to raise HIV awareness and remember the friends and family we have lost to AIDS, along with all people who continue to live with HIV.
Better Together Conference: (Geelong) 14 – 15 June 2024
Better Together 2024 will explore the current issues facing the LGBTIQ+ movement in Australia. The 6th National LGBTIQA+ Conference will be held in Geelong. Session proposals, registration and scholarship information will be announced in late 2023. More details to come…
St Kilda Film Festival: 6 – 16 June 2024**
St Kilda Film Festival provides the most comprehensive overview of the national short film industry, screening a diverse selection of short films from around the country alongside a rich program of international showcases, special screenings and events plus Australia’s largest free Filmmaker Development Program.
RISING Melbourne: June 2024** (dates to be confirmed)
RISING is music, food, art and culture, under moonlight, in the heart of Naarm (Melbourne). Across 12 nights, Melbourne will come alive with an array of free and family focussed events; transformative public art installations; large-scale performances; intimate works of theatre; dance that redefines the form; and a music program that traverses the globe.
Southern HiBearnation: June 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
For more than 20 years bears from all over Australia, New Zealand and beyond have gathered in Melbourne for the biggest celebration of bear pride – Southern HiBearnation. Each year, Vic Bears put together a schedule of events for bears and their admirers to enjoy – from the big dance parties, to free films in the afternoon, hearty lunches, educational workshops and more.
Emerging Writers’ Festival: June 2024** (dates to be confirmed)
The Emerging Writers’ Festival (EWF) is one of Australia’s most established and well-respected literary festivals. EWF exists to develop, nurture and promote Australia’s new writing talent, creating platforms for connecting writing communities and their audiences.
Melbourne Cabaret Festival: July 2024** (dates to be confirmed)
The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is one of Melbourne’s major winter arts events. For more than a decade, the Festival has evolved into one which provides a perfect launching pad for new cabaret shows. Cabaret is a diverse, welcoming art form and our program reflects that each year.
Melbourne International Film Festival: August 2024** (dates to be confirmed)
Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike.
Frolic Dark Rainbow: (Ballarat) June 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
Bold. Dark. Queer. Come Frolic with us under a Dark Rainbow – a more intimate, edgier festival to push boundaries and revel in the dark and the queer.
Melbourne Fringe: 1 – 20 October 2024**
Melbourne Fringe transforms our city into a platform for every kind of artform imaginable, supporting over 3,000 artists to present 450+ works in 170+ venues to more than 360,000 people. Fringe celebrates freedom of artistic expression, taking voices from the margins and amplify them across the city – embracing risk through an un-curated festival which supports anyone to participate.
OUT in the OPEN Festival (Shepparton): November 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
In its 13th year, there’s something for everyone in this celebration of the LGBTIQA+ community including performances, dining experiences, education opportunities, tours and sharing all wrapped up in a fun festival experience
OUT in the OPEN Carnival Day (Shepparton): November 2024 (date to be confirmed)
Celebrating LGBTI+ pride and community diversity, Carnival Day in Shepparton’s Queen’s Gardens is OUT in the OPEN’s big event. Wander through the stalls and markets; savour the smells and tastes of fresh local produce and home-made treats. There’s music, entertainment and information galore!
Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 2024 (date to be confirmed)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.
Melbourne Queer Film Festival: November 2024 (dates to be confirmed)
For more than 30 years, Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) has engaged the community to showcase the finest, contemporary queer cinema from Australia and beyond in the largest queer film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. The program encompasses Australian and International features, documentaries and shorts, including World Premieres, Australian Premieres, and Melbourne Premieres.
Drag’d Out Beechworth: 21 – 24 November 2024
Drag’d Out is a Queer, inclusive Festival of the Arts in the North East of Victoria. It celebrates all people within the LGBTQI+ community and their allies. The festival’s diversity will bring together people from all walks of life as a positive platform and safe space, enabling these cultures to explore themselves, educate audiences, and spread the love with entertainment.
Melbourne Queer Games Festival: December 2023 (date to be confirmed)
Melbourne Queer Games Festival aims to inform, entertain and challenge LGBTIQ players by reflecting their lives in games. while bringing the best of world queer culture to Melbourne and enhance the reputation of Australian game developers.
Carols by Queerlight: December 2023 (date to be confirmed)
Back by popular demand, Carols by Queerlight makes its triumphant return to St Kilda Town Hall. Join the Melbourne Rainbow Band and special guests as they kick off the silly season in style. Also returning are the CbQ Singers – our seasonal choir will be returning to give voice to those Christmas hits.
Pride Cup has grown into a national movement for change that transcends sport. Events are held throughout the year. Check the Pride Cup website for more details.
A Week of Leather: (dates to confirmed)
Over 7 days A Week of Leather (AWOL) celebrates the diversity of leather and fetish with the men who love it, live it and are it.
GLOBE Community Awards:
Since 2014, the GLOBE Community Awards has become an integral part of Victoria’s LGBTI community – celebrating achievement in Victoria’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities, highlighting the work of a diverse range of organisations and individuals that benefit and unite the Victorian LGBTI community.
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: Midsumma Pride March 2019 – photo by Suzanne Balding
Note: ** festival contains significant LGBTIQ content