Tropical Fruits presents: Haus of Fruits – Category is Family

A New Years Festival that will be close to all our hearts, Tropical Fruits presents: Haus of Fruits – Category is Family.

This year Tropical Fruits are focusing on family – whether it be one you are born into or one you have created. The fun, safe & inclusive motto could not have a more perfect theme this year. Heading into 2020 with clear vision beyond these times, we come together to celebrate our families and what they mean to us.

The Tropical Fruits New Year’s Eve Festival is a four-day LGBTIQ celebration held at the Lismore Showgrounds in sub-tropical Northern New South Wales, the welcoming heart of the Rainbow Region on the land of the Bundjalung people.

On Sunday 29 December, kick off the Festival and show your pride with the Street Parade through the Lismore CBD – ending at Lismore City Hall with the Opening Soiree – an entree to festival events including three amazing main parties: New Year’s Eve Party, New Year’s Day Pool Party and New Year’s Day Recovery Party.

New Year’s Eve (NYE) will include four featured dance floors where you can show off without shame. Featuring headliners Kitty Glitter and DJ Blacklow (both direct from the USA), Queen of Hearts (Berlin) and DJ Joelby (fresh from the UK). They will keep your swagger up until the wee hours, plus many more of the best DJs Australia has to offer including Sandi Hotrod, Colin Gaff, DJ Ruby in the Dome and many, many more…

The main NYE Party will also feature stylish performances from the Cabaret and displayed works of LGBTIQ artists in the art exhibition. This is a NYE about a culture and community that has risen from the hardships cemented in the Stonewall riots 50 years ago to become one of love, inclusion, tolerance and support of each other and our differences.

In the tradition of Paris Is Burning (the movie), Pose (the TV show) and of course Rupaul’s Drag Race, Tropical Fruits invite you all to gather your family together, form a Haus and decide which category you want to show off for the Fruity world. This is perfect opportunity to strut your stuff or walk the runway catwalk and sashay for your life!

Every year, the NYE Festival is created by a fruity army of over 300 volunteers. Whether you like creating colour schemes or working up a sweat with power tools, the Fruits have the job for you! With great deals on party tickets (and more) in exchange for volunteer shifts, volunteering is one of the best ways to enjoy a Tropical Fruits NYE. Volunteer registrations open 1 September 2019.

Remember to book accommodation early or better yet take in the whole experience with our on-site camping facilities, camping must be pre-booked as spaces are limited! For more information about Tropical Fruits and New Year’s Eve, visit: for details.

Image: Haus of Fruits Mother Maude Pearl Boate – photo by Niche Pictures / artwork by Michael Rogowski

Tropical Fruits NYE Festival 2019 / 2020 key dates and events:

Tickets on sale: Sunday 1 September

Volunteer registrations open: Sunday 1 September

Parade & Opening Soiree: Sunday 29 December (5:00pm – 8:00pm)

New Year’s Eve Party: Tuesday 31 December (8:00pm – 6:00am)

Pool Party: Wednesday 1 January (10:00am – 4:00pm)

Recovery Party: Wednesday 1 January (4:00pm – 1:30am)

Festival Camping: Friday 27 December 2109 – Friday 3 January 2020

Festival Volunteers Required: Friday 27 December 2109 – Friday 3 January 2020

Note: *See the website for a full list of more than 20 DJs across all Festival events.