Spring has Sprung and if you have the feels to escape the city this October long weekend for a little micro beach break that’s full of cultural punch, then look no further than the Central Coast, NSW.
Just 70 minutes north of Sydney and 70 minutes south of Newcastle the Central Coast comes alive with the region’s largest Contemporary Arts & Culture Festival – the Coastal Twist LGBTIQ Arts and Culture Festival.
Diversity takes centre stage in this festival, with over 55% of the programming tailored for all ages and 65% of events being free, showcasing and celebrating the beauty of diversity across the natural world.
Brace yourselves for an extraordinary celebration of humanity and connection as we invite everyone from near and far to the pulsating heart of the Coastal Twist Festival – the Coastie Carnie Fair Day.
Prepare for a day of unparalleled vibrancy, culture, and pure fun, all set against the breath-taking backdrop of Art, Live Music, Entertainment, Food, Beverages, Shopping, and Pets in a delightful mass outdoor free Festival on the shores of Umina Beach.
Mark your calendars for Sunday 1 October 2023 (10.00am – 5.00pm), as the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach becomes the epicentre of joy and merriment for the third annual Fair Day. This FREE event is open to all and promises a day filled with unforgettable experiences.
Last year’s Coastie Carnie Fair Day witnessed a staggering turnout of over 9,000 locals, visitors, kids, families, and furry friends, all converging to celebrate life, love and diversity. With the success of the past event, we eagerly anticipate extending the warm Coastie hospitality to everyone this year.
The Coastie Carnie Fair Day will feature a stellar line-up across Live Music, Drag, Circus, Burlesque & Sideshow ensuring entertainment throughout the day. The stage will come alive with electrifying performances by headliners such as Kira Puru, Cry Club, Hollywould Star, Jasey Fox, Jazida, Jess Love, and of course, our favourite Local Legends.
Our Rainbow Family Area, we have an exciting line-up of activities, including Circus Play with Roundabout Circus, Drag Storytime with Wonder Mama the Superhero and Glambassador of Love and Equality, a Sensory Play space and Twisties Party Games with June Richards.
It doesn’t stop at music and entertainment – the Coastie Fair Day market features local makers, businesses, delectable food, a bar, and the iconic Puparazzi Pooch Parade hosted by TV Personality Tim Dormer and local Queen June Richards, who will steal the show at this free outdoor event.
Setup for the day, bring a rug, chairs, sun protection, find your pozzy on the grass and settle in for the day or come dance your buns off!
“We want to see everyone there for a vibrant, inclusive, and fun day, shining a light on togetherness, the human spirit, and the creative power pulsating within us all,” said Festival Director, Glitta Supernova.
“Join us for an exhilarating and inclusive day, bask in the spirit of community and togetherness, and be entertained in the boundless creative power that unites us all.”
Coastal Twist Festival is an annual explosion of glitter, music, and celebration on the Central Coast. From electrifying performances to inclusive events, Coastal Twist is committed to fostering unity, respect, and love within the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond.
With a vibrant blend of local and national talent, Coastal Twist Festival promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates the diverse tapestry of our society. Embrace the magic and join the celebration!
Coastie Carnie Fair Day 2023
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach (Central Coast – NSW)
Event: Sunday 1 October 2023 (10.00am – 5.00pm)
Image: Coastie Carnie Fair Day – photo by Lisa Haymes