Community festivals

Mardi Gras takes over Sydney in February and March, while other Pride events happen all around Australia and New Zealand at various times annually. Below is a guide to the other national LGBTQI community festivals in our Aussie centres and across the ditch.

Alice Springs Pride Carnivale

Alice Springs Pride Carnivale is a celebration of sexuality and gender diversity across cultures in Central Australian regional and remote communities, incorporating an art exhibition, film festival, family-friendly Fair Day and party. Find out more here.

Auckland Pride Festival

A celebration of Rainbow Community culture and identity, Auckland Pride Festival features events including local and international theatre and cabaret, visual art exhibitions, live music, film and new media, literature, drag and burlesque, historic walks, youth events and workshops, sports, recreation, pets, pageants and parties – plus a big Parade along Ponsonby Road. Visit their website.

Bear Essentials

This annual festival of events brings together the best of local bear culture - proudly brought to you by the Harbour City Bears. Visit the Harbour City Bears website here.

Brisbane Pride Festival

Brisbane Pride Festival started in 1990 to organise and promote public events and activities that contribute to Brissie's queer culture. The first event was held as a Rally and March through the streets of Brisbane, ending with a small gathering at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane. Brisbane Pride is now month-long celebration of all things LGBTIQA+, playing host to dozens of events across September each year. There's also the elaborate annual Queen's Ball Awards to honour local heroes. Visit the Brisbane Pride Festival website here.

Broken Heel Festival

The outback is never a drag! Hosted at the colourful Palace Hotel, Silverton Hotel and the shining Silver City of Broken Hill, this festival happens in September and offers all of the authentic favourite haunts from the iconic film Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Visit the Broken Heel Festival website here.

Cairns Tropical Pride

Once a year, Cairns Tropical Pride invites visitors from around Australia and the world to join them for ten days of play in the gorgeous environment that is Tropical North Queensland. Visit the Cairns Tropical Pride website here.

Canberra SpringOUT Festival

The Australian Capital Territory's LGBTQI festival happens during November with events sponsored and coordinated by the local community in and around Canberra. Major events include the annual SpringOUTPride Parade, Family Day and the Bush Dance. Visit the SpringOUT Festival website here.

ChillOut Festival

Queer country pride! ChillOut Festival transforms Daylesford in regional Victoria's Hepburn Shire into the LGBTQI capital on the weekend after Mardi Gras in March. Well worth the trip, it's the ultimate friendly and fun post-Mardi Gras wind down. Visit the ChillOut Festival website here.

Feast Festival

Adelaide's celebration of LGBTIQ pride has been promoting diversity and inclusion since 1997. Feast is a major event attracting performers from all over the world to South Australia. Visit their website here.


Glitter is the Gold Coast City’s inaugural Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, A-sexual, Pansexual +everyone else festival being held on the magnificent Gold Coast. Visit their website.

Hamilton Pride

Each year we hold a Pride Festival to TOGETHER celebrate and support the diversity of Waikato’s Rainbow community. The Festival helps build positive collective identities and self-esteem in our communities, promote pride, celebrate our diversity and bring public attention to social, legal and health issues that LGBTTIQ people still face in Aotearoa New Zealand. Visit their website.

Heaven Social Dance

Where do you go to kick your heels up and dance the evening away if you live out in Sydney's West? Heaven Social Dance in Northmead of course! Visit their website.

MELT Arts & Culture Festival Brisbane

MELT is Brisbane’s chance to embrace hot and sunny February as Queer Month and celebrate Brisbane’s vibrant LGBTIQ community. The MELT festival has been tagged as a celebration of queer arts and culture to complete an “east coast trilogy” of LGBTI festivals in Australia and is presented by the Brisbane Powerhouse. Visit their website.

Midsumma Festival

The Midsumma Festival is Melbourne's annual Queer Celebration - a federation of arts and cultural events spread throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Midsumma has been held annually since 1988 and is a significant attraction on the Melbourne festival calendar, featuring a Pride March, a massive Carnival picnic day in the park, plus parties, culture, talks and more. Visit Midsumma's website here.

Pride WA

Pride WA has been an integral part of the Western Australian community since 1989.  Pride WA is committed to providing a platform by which the Pride Community can showcase their talents and continue to champion their rights and freedoms. Visit their website.

Sydney Leather Pride Association

Sydney Leather Pride came into being at the start of 1990. Its founding members were six individuals whose aims were to educate and demystify the leather / BDSM lifestyle to the general community through education and workshops, while also having lots of fun. SLPA currently runs Leather Pride week and the Inquisition Dance Party. Visit their website.

Sydney Pride Festival

On the anniversary of New York's Stonewall riot and the original Mardi Gras protest, the Sydney Pride Festival is a special time for our community as we remember the history and celebrate the present and look forward to a day when everyone is equal. Happening in June each year and involving several cultural events, gatherings and parties, Sydney Pride Festival is a not-for-profit initiative which supports a wide range of GLBTQI charities, organisations and businesses. Visit their website.

Tropical Fruits

Held every year since 1988, this elaborate New Years Eve festival runs over four days around Lismore in northern New South Wales, providing creative, welcoming and fun opportunities to celebrate in the beautiful Rainbow Region. Visit their website.