Melbourne Town Hall RainbowMidsumma Festival: 19 January –  9 February 2020
Midsumma Festival is Australia’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, connecting queer artists to audiences passionate about queer cultural experiences.

Midsumma Carnival: Sunday 19 January 2020
A highlight of the opening weekend of the three-week Festival each year, the Midsumma Carnival at Alexandra Gardens is an iconic outdoor celebration that has become one of the biggest highlights in the LGBTIQA+ annual calendar.

Gayze Festival: 31 January – 2 February 2020
The Gayze Festival is a 3 day event of blissful indulgence, taking over the St Kilda Beach precinct during Melbourne Pride Weekend, allowing all the colours of the rainbow to be celebrated and embraced

Midsumma Pride March: Sunday 2 February 2020 – 11.00am
25 years ago, Melbourne’s LGBTQIA community took to the streets in a show of solidarity and pride. In 2020, 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 can not.

Geelong Rainbow Festival: 7 – 9 February 2020
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: Sunday 9 February 2020**
Join Australia’s biggest FREE celebration of summer, showcasing Australian artists and talent against the spectacular natural beauty of the St Kilda foreshore. Held on the second Sunday in February, the St Kilda Festival routinely attracts over 400,000 attendees.

Gaytimes Festival (Location to be confirmed): 14 – 16 February 2020
Over two nights and three full days, Gaytimes will feature their most epic lineup yet across multiple stages. Gaytimes feature performers, visual arts, yoga, talks, workshops, fun and games, camping, glamping, cocktail bars, speciality coffee, food trucks and much more…

ChillOut Festival (Daylesford): 5 – 9 March 2020
From humble beginnings, ChillOut has grown to become the biggest and longest-running Country Queer Pride event in regional Australia, and the largest festival in Hepburn Shire.They are about building community, celebrating diversity, and sharing their love for this beautiful part of Australia.

ChillOut Carnival: (Daylesford): Sunday 8 March 2020
Details to come…

Melbourne Queer Film Festival: 12 – 23 March 2020 (dates to be confirmed)
For nearly 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.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival: 25 March – 19 April 2020**
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.

Bendigo Pride Festival: 29 March- 28 April 2019
The Bendigo PRIDE Festival is a community initiated and run event that celebrates, explores and promotes diversity and inclusion within the Loddon Malle Region with particular focus on LGBTIQA+ communities and people.

Geelong Pride Film Festival: 2 – 5 April 2020
The Geelong Pride Film Festival (GPFF) is a volunteer-run LGBTIQ+ film festival that screens contemporary and classic LGBTIQ+ themed films for the whole community. In addition to the annual festival, Geelong Pride Film hosts special one-off screenings throughout the year.

Bendigo Queer Film Festival: April 2020 (dates 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.

Castlemaine Pride
April 2020 (date to be confirmed)

Pride Cup (Yarra Glen)
May 2020 (date to be confirmed)

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (Melbourne)
May 2020 (date to be confirmed)

Winter Chillen’ (Daylesford)
June 2019 (dates to be confirmed)

Southern HiBearnation
June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)

Melbourne Cabaret Festival
June 2020** (dates to be confirmed)

St Kilda Film Festival
June 2020** (dates to be confirmed)

Daylesford Pride Cup
Sunday 13 July 2019

Melbourne International Film Festival
August 2020** (dates to be confirmed)

A Week of Leather
August 2020 (dates to be confirmed)

The Flapper’s Women’s Ball (Daylesford)
Saturday 8 September 2019

Melbourne Fringe
12 – 29 September 2019**

GLOBE Community Awards
Friday 11 October 2019

Midsumma Pride March Bake-Off 2019
Saturday 12 October 2019

Northside Bizarre: October 2020 (date to be confirmed)

Melbourne Queer Games Festival: October 2020 (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.

OUT in the OPEN Festival (Shepparton): 31 October – 10 November 2019
Now in it’s 8th year, there’s something for everyone in this 11 day 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): Sunday 3 November 2019
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!

Ballarat Frolic Festival: 7 – 13 November 2019
BFF is an annual, not-for-profit, volunteer-run festival promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) regional arts and culture. 2019 marks the third year of Ballarat Frolic Festival (BFF).

Trans Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil
November 2019

Beartopia Daylesford
29 November – December 2019

ChillOuts’ Country Pride Cake Bake-Off (Daylesford)
December 2019

Carols by Queerlight
December 2019 (date to be confirmed)

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: Melbourne Town Hall

Note: ** festival contains significant LGBTIQ content