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Gay Melbourne

Melbourne's premier cultural center
Arts Centre Melbourne

Ongoing events in complex of theatres and concert halls includes circus, theater, classical and pop music concerts, roller and ice skating, cinema and dance. See the Melbourne Festival 2014 in October, for 17 days of cultural events spanning continents, cultures and every kind of creative endeavour. See their website for details:
Sexy, playful, stylish, and fashionable
Gossip Sundays

Sunday Industry Nights at Love Machine, 18+ dress to impress, gay/lesbian and friends dance night, international celebrities, DJs, sexy go-go dancers, special monthly theme nights include Super White Party and Pink Party.
At The Australian Centre for the Moving image
The Melbourne Cinémathèque

Daily film screenings, making accessible a diverse range of international cinematic landmarks + rarities, including cult, experimental, documentary, silent and short films. See their monthly program online. Admission is by monthly or annual membership.
T-Dance Party
Trough X

Periodic events, most recently (XXIV Party) at Club 80, 10 Peel Street, Collingwood. Sexiest men-only fetish-oriented gay dance party in town. Men all over the dance-floor and DJs getting nasty. See details at website:
In Time for April Fool's Days
Melbourne International Comedy Festival

March 29 - April 23, 2017, various clubs & venues around town; comedy acts, theater, cabaret & stand-up artists of all kinds, including queer talents. One of the three largest comedy festivals in the world. Also: Deadly Funny, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedy program for Australia’s traditional owners. See program to be released in early 2017, at website:
A gastronomic playground
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

March 31 - April 9, 2017 Food/ wine lovers come out to play (taste, cook, eat, learn, drink, discover) each year with artisan producers, trail-blazing chefs and inspiring winemakers. Events in every location imaginable - among wine barrels at cellar doors, in early autumn countryside sunshine, lights-down-low basement bars, hidden city lanes + award-winning restaurants.
Good Friday Easter Weekend at The Bottom End

April 14, 2017, 4pm-1am at The Bottom End. Another massive party celebration, with a huge lineup of high-profile DJs / performers and hundreds of hunky men! It's a GOOD FRIDAY to be a BAD BUNNY! With: Kate Monroe (SYD), Richard Bolt (SYD), Argonaut, Arlen de Silva, Jason Conti, Kam Shafaati, Luke Bowditch, Mx Sprinkleheart, Peter McNamara, Starscream + AFTER PARTY.
Gay RnB & Hip Hop Party
Swagger Melbourne - April Edition

April 21, 2017, 11pm-3:30am at Bottom End. Australia’s first Gay & Lesbian RnB & Hip Hop Party, it’s the gaylord of the gay, gay-friendly and friendly gay scene.Pay homage to your RnB queens and your hip hop heartthrobs as our residents serve them to you in their pure, unadulterated glory. Music from Pia Mia to Nicki and everyone in between. Tickets $20-25.
Inspired! Every Saturday...
Poof Doof - Snap Crackle Pop

April 22, 11pm-3am at Chasers Nightclub, 386 Chapel St, South Yarra. Resident DJsLuke Agius + Jason Conti. Performances by THE DOOFETTES Sunshine, Argonaut, Lucca Tan and Mitch Bain.
The 26th edition fetish-oriented gay dance party - Dress Code Black
TROUGH X Melbourne - NOIR

May 6, 2017, 5pm-2:30am at Club 80. The periodic sexy fetish dance party for men returns, powered by Eagle Leather - with DJs TBA. Dress in leather, rubber or latex but cotton, denim, velvet, corduroy, flannel, lace, felt, plastic... ANYTHING OK really, if BLACK! See the facebook, and website pages:
Poof Doof x House of Mince

May 13, 2017, 10:30pm-7am at Chasers Nightclub, 386 Chapel St, South Yarra. THE HOUSE OF MINCE 6TH Birthday Party. Featuring: MAIN ROOM: Boris (BER) Volvox (NY), Kiti, Brooke Powers. LABORATORY: TFG (BARBA), Kam Shafaati, SNAP CRACKLE POP: Luke Agius + Tom Fisher. All 3 rooms DARK AND DIRTY TIL DAWN - THIS WILL BE A VERY BIG DOOF!
A Rock City & Poof Doof Mid-Winter party to remember!
Denim & Diamonds - Massive Queen's Birthday party

June 11, 2017, 10pm - 7am at The Bottom End. Major name headliners with local and interstate teams to give you the best music from around the world. Add some of the most eye catching entertainment over all levels of the club for one hell of a night! Dress Code: Denim & Diamonds. See full lineup, TBA:
Celebrate the Australia Day long weekend
Melbourne Cabaret Festival

June 20 - July 2, 2017, at Stonnington Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran, and The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. Second largest cabaret festival in the world, a major winter arts events. See website for the 2016 line-up.
An all ages 15+ event with under-18 non-alcohol-licensed area
Melbourne Dragfest 2017 - ELEGANZA TOUR

June 23, 2017, 7-11pm at Chasers, South Yarra. Back bigger and better with a tighter, more exciting show, Meet & Greets, more VIP benefits, and longer running times. Featuring international sensations from RuPaul's Drag Race, The DRAGFEST ELEGANZA TOUR, now in its 2nd consecutive year, returns to Australia with contestants getting their claws and the glamour out, live on stage.
Time to get Sick’ning at Town Square Pavilion, Melbourne Showgrounds
Queer Expo

July 15-16, 2017. The first full scale Australian LGBTI/ Queer Friendly Pop Culture Expo. Celebrate diversity in all forms; VIP celebrity guests and ticket holders celebrate hope, love, and equally, without discrimination w/ Philma Bochs, Kimora Blac, Little Nell, James Reese, Alyssa Edwards, Charlie HIdes, The Boulet Bros, Anthony Grillo, Art Simone, Laganja Estranja, Latrice Royale...
A women only event
The Flapper's Ball

September 2, 2017, 8pm-2am at Daylesford Town Hall 74 Vincent St, Daylesford. Women! Shake out your finest this spring and celebrate music and dance from the 20s through to the mad 80s with DJ Fiona Scott-Norman and the Party Girls 80s band ... Frock up, suit up or come as you are girls, it will be a night to remember! Drinks available at bar prices.
Find Your Best Fit in 2016
Fitness & Health Expo

October 13-15, 2017, 10am-5pm at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Bored with your training schedule? Want to start a new fitness kick or need valuable training or diet advice? Head to the ultimate workout for fitness, wellness and health, to find the best solution for you. Also: April 28-30 in Sydney; August 5-6 in Perth; September 16-17 in Brisbane.
"Music, nature, humanity at its most wonderful, wild times, excursions..."
Meredith Music Festival 27

December 8-10, 2017 (TBC), at Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith/ Golden Plains, VIC, 90km W of Melbourne. 3-day, 2-night, 4-dimensional odyssey; haven, retreat, rare treat incursion through inner and outer space. Among world's best indie music festivals. With no commercial sponsors/signage/market stalls/timetable clashes, no telling you where to camp, no curfew, etc.
Pride March will celebrate it's 22nd Anniversary
Melbourne’s Midsumma 2018

January 14 - February 4, 2018 annual festival. Melbourne's Queer Celebration of arts and culture: 145+ events, 85+ different venues throughout Melbourne region; performing arts, dance parties, visual art exhibitions, community events, forums. Jan 14th Carnival + T-Dance, food and drinks, 5-hrs free entertainment. Jan 28th Pride March on Fitzroy, St Kilda + Catani Gardens festivities.
The 31st Midsumma Festival opens with an all-day-and-night party-in-the-park
Midsumma Carnival & T Dance

January 14, 2018, 11am Carnival + 6pm T-Dance at Alexandria Gardens, Boathouse Dr. Live music, DJs + sneak-peek acts from the Festival to come. Cheap eats from Melbourne's best food trucks + fresh brews and bevs by Ladies of Lager. Family-fun activities, community stalls and the best in queer sports presented by Team Melbourne. A dog show too. Sundown Midsumma + JOY FM T Dance.
Celebrating 23 years
Pride March Victoria 2018

January 28, 2018, Pride March Victoria. Parade departs 2pm from the park at the corner of Lakeside Drive & Fitzroy Street, along Fitzroy Street, to Catani Gardens on the St Kilda foreshore, where the energy and pride will continue for a family-friendly, dynamic picnic in the park. Local traders will be selling devilishly good picnic baskets.
"Five days of everything colourful & queer"
Chill Out Festival + Bush Dance 2018

March 8-12, 2018, Queer Country Pride Labour Day Long Weekend dances at Daylesford Town Hall. Sunday Street Parade & Carnival, Vincent Street, Daylesford. Thousands arrive for a weekend of entertainment - including the famous and truly unique street parade and all-day, all-star, open-air carnival. See website for updates:
Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors
Full Moon Party

Mid-March, 2018, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith, Golden Plains, VIC, 90km W of Melbourne, Geelong/Ballarat. Music Festival + Camping. Past year: Neil Finn, Nicholas Jaar, Dusty Millers, Princess Nokia, The Special, Kurt Vile, Margaret Glaspy, Total Giovani, Teenage Fanclub, Chain + Gang, The Damned, Cape Cope, Orb, Olympia, Habits, Cash Savage, Ausmuteants, Jazz Party....
Maribyrnong City Council & Melbourne Queer Film Festival present
Melbourne Queer Film Festival

March 15-25, 2018 (TBC). Each year screening over 120 features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films from Australia and around the world over 12 days; Australia's largest, oldest, most successful queer film festival, at 3 Melbourne venues including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The MQFF also tours highlights of its program to various parts of Australia.