Sydney comes alive with a huge variety of events during Mardi Gras season every February and March, but there's plenty happening all year round.
Take your pick! Here's your guide to special events around our city created by and for our LGBTQI communities. We update this free listing each week until our website is revamped in October to launch our 2018 Mardi Gras season. In the meantime, email your event news to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Stonewall Hotel, ARQ, the Colombian Hotel, the Oxford Hotel, the Imperial Hotel and the Red Rattler each have regular events happening each weekday and weekends, and the Gay4Play group hosts a variety of social activities.
Queerstories - Friday 28 July @ Giant Dwarf
Join some of Sydney’s best storytellers for an evening of our city’s queerstories; reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. Hosted by Mon Schafter, featuring Refugee Advocate Tina Dixson, Scientist Kaya Wilson, Artist Guy James Whitworth, Gender Transcendent Diva Mama Alto, Comedian Tessa Waters and more to be announced. More details here.
Miss.Ogyny and the Kweens - Friday 28 July @ Bondi Pavilion
Kweens it's time to grab your most outrageous outfits for a late night party at Bondi Feast! It’s improv. It’s drag. It’s the show that’s going to make your office water cooler wish it could grow legs and see it. Feel the drama. Live the scandal. Snort the glitter. Whatever you do, don’t miss out; the wigs are calling. More details here!
Camp in 4 Camp out - Saturday 29 July @ Imperial Hotel
You are invited to the inaugural CAMP IN 4 CAMP OUT, a party, cabaret and auction fundraiser. Featuring a host of local talent, generously donating their time, skills and creativity to create a multiple-stage event across all levels of the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville. Earlier in the evening, this event will feature a cabaret and auction of artworks, ceramics and crafts from local creatives, as well as performances, lucky door prizes and more, so don’t be late, but do be generous! Get details here.
YES! The Party - Saturday 29 July @ ARQ
Dan Murphy's YES! party is coming back to ARQ, with DJ Dom de Sousa, Johny Blue Boy and DJ Dan Murphy will be playing all of your favourite hands-in-the-air club anthems. Get tickets here.
Christmas in July with Mary Kiani & Friends - Sunday 30 July @ Belloccio Restaurant
Join Mary for a beautiful Christmas lunch & a glass of mulled wine. A gathering of Merry Gentlemen and sparkling girls. She'll sing you some beautiful Christmas songs. Live piano. Get tickets here.
Lemons with a Twist® | Networking for Professional Women - Friday 4 August @ Polo Lounge
Lemons with a Twist® is a monthly event for members and friends of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association. Lemons, as it's known, is the longest running lesbian event in the southern hemisphere. Lemons is held on the 1st Friday each month from February to December annually. The night is held at The Polo Lounge on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, by Taylor Square. Pre-purchase tickets on Eventbrite.
Heaven Social Dance - Saturday 5 August @ Mounties Bowling Club, Fairfield
Heaven GLBTQI Social Dance presents: PopUp Drag with Special Guest Host Deidre Kinmee. Mounties Bowling Club , Fairfield. Time : 6:30PM -12:00AM. Entry : $10. Shows 9:30pm & 10:30pm. MUSIC : DJ Shaft. Bistro 6pm-9pm. Visit the Heaven Social Dance website here.
Afternoon S/HE - Sunday 6 August @ Red Rattler
This is an afternoon of kick-arse women performing for you live (acoustic, drag, burlesque, contemporary), combined with delicious artisan food, an in house bar, and the opportunity to pimp out your wardrobe with the hottest local and international ethical androgynous apparel for women. Find all the details here.
An Evening with George Takei - Friday 11 August @ State Theatre
Set your phaser to stun! The legendary Sulu from Star Trek, social media icon and human rights activist George Takei will be heading to Australia to boldly go where few stories have gone before, in an evening hosted by Benjamin Law. Book for An Evening with George Takei here.
Trough SYD - Saturday 12 August @ Midnight Shift
Along with dishing out a night of dark & dirty beats, Trough will be serving up a visual art/laser spectacular and exhibitionist performances that will get your tongues wagging. More details here.
PUP Party - Saturday 12 August @ Oxford Arts Factory
This party has tunes by French duo Grand Jete, who cut their teeth on Paris backstreets clubs like La Defense. Driven by breakbeat, house and techno, expect a sexy, dark and sassy vibe. "They’re done with twink but not quite DILF. You gotta be a PUP before you can be a man. A PUP knows what he is. A PUP lives fashion. A PUP brings attitude." Get tickets here.
SRFC Soccer Locker - Saturday August 12 @ ARQ
Join The Sydney Rangers Football Club, Australia's first and Sydney's only gay and inclusive soccer club ⚽️, for a party to remember. DJ Adam Love and DJ Dom de Sousa will be spinning danceable beats all night long! Hosts Mynx Moscato and Charlamaine Duvet perform for you solo as well as leading a huge production show with the sexy Sydney Rangers boys. Tickets here!
Fruits in Suits® LGBTI Business Networking - Thursday 17 August @ The Beresford Hotel
'Fruits' is a monthly business networking event held in a relaxed social setting on the third Thursday of every month between 6pm – 9pm. It's a great opportunity to increase your business network in a social setting or to meet friends or colleagues after work. Promote your business on the 60-second soapbox, seek or advertise services on the Bulletin board, or win a prize from the member, general, or business card draw. Find out more on the SGLBA website.
MEGAPUMP - Saturday August 19 @ ARQ
PUMP returns to ARQ Sydney on Saturday August 19th... and this time it's so big, it's MEGA! Taking over the entire club: Upstairs, Downstairs, and everything in between! PUMPing 90s club anthems upstairs and all the radio edit guilty pleasures downstairs. Tickets on sale here!
Bear Pride 2017! 22-27 August with Harbour City Bears
Bring out your best and dress to impress to find the Bearchelor of your heart, and give them a rose! The theme of Harbour City Bears' BEAR PRIDE this year is “The BEARchelor”. Will you find your perfect match, or just some fun? It’s up to you! Keep the dates free: Tuesday the 22nd of August, running until Sunday the 27th of August. More details will be added to bearpride.com.au.
Heaps Gay Masqueerade - 2 & 3 September @ Alexandria
Step into a world of mystery and disguise with your eyes wide open. Transform yourself and enter the twisted warehouse where reality is suspended and art becomes real life. That is, until the clock strikes 12... Sydney Fringe Opening Weekend Party! 2 nights only! More details here.
Swagger Sydney Bey Day Supersized Tour - Saturday 2 September @ Midnight Shift
This is Australia's BIGGEST and Baddest Beyonce's Birthday Party. Last year had well over 600 people partying. Enjoy huge Beyonce shows and Swagger DJ's all night long. More details here.
'The First Parade' talk by Julie McCrossin - Sunday 3 September @ Opera House
Forty years on from Sydney's first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the celebration's activist roots remain urgently relevant. 1978 Mardi Gras protester Julie McCrossin reflects on the cultural change that still needs to happen. BOOK HERE.
Daywash Touch 'N Tackle | October Long Weekend - Sunday 1 October @ Chinese Laundry
This October long weekend, the ball's in your court for Grand Final weekend with Daywash giving you the ultimate Disco Ball Sports final - Touch N Tackle! From Full Backs to Flankers, Rucks to Rovers, get out your tighty whiteys and pull your socks up loud and proud, because Daywash is about to bounce your balls all over the Chinese laundry. Touch N Tackle is exactly what's going to happen across all 4 dance-floors with space to play, your handball skills will be put to the test. Get all the details here.
APOLLO - Sunday 1 October @ The Metro Theatre
Apollo is ready to blast through the stratosphere and trip the light fantastic on an all-singing, all-dancing, always-gayer-than-gay party this October Long Weekend. Dress up, dress down, dress sideways and maybe even backwards and journey through the fabric of space and time with music maestros and well-trained Apollo aficionados Kate Monroe, Adam Love, Ric Dreske and Matt Bachl. Tix at apollotheparty.com.
Dykes on Bikes' Black & White Ball - Saturday 21 October @ The Red Rattler
Dykes on Bikes Sydney welcomes all members of the LGBTQI community, friends and allies to this year's Blackand White Ball for 2017! More details to come very soon, including some special guests. RSVP on Facebook here.
Halloween Whores - Saturday 28 October @ Metro Theatre
Calling all freaks, ghouls, bloodsuckers and those in between... Halloween Whores is back from their slumber, and ready to take our creatures of the night to a whole new whorrific level of mayhem at its epic new home, The Metro Theatre. More details coming here.
Parramatta Pride Picnic - Sunday 29 October @ River Foreshore Reserve
Save the date: The 11th Annual Parramatta Pride Picnic is on again and is going to be HUGE! More details coming soon here.