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:
Every Saturday, 10pm-5am at backdoor of Bottom End, upstairs. A warehouse dance club from the past, today. "Devastating door policy, demanding decor, delicious house music, deluded dancers." POOF DOOF DJs: Gavin Campbell, Sunshine, Chris Wilson, Courtney Marson, China, Tamara Kiti.
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.
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.
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:
January 1, 2017, 4pm-1am, at Colonial Hotel. Hundreds in beachwear (not much). Incredible music pumping, hearts humping new beginning. DJs: Chip (SYD), Jour (SYD), Argonaut, Peter McNamara, Luke Bowditch, David Virgona, Kam Shafaati and Jason Conti. Performers: Karen From Finance Joshua Tavares, Sonya James and Dean Acuri. Sexy Go-Go Boys. Fashions. In/Outdoor Dancefloors. After Party!
January 15 - February 5, 2017 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 15th Carnival + T-Dance, food and drinks, 5-hrs free entertainment. Jan 29th Pride March on Fitzroy, St Kilda + Catani Gardens festivities.
January 15, 2017, 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.
January 19-21, 2017, 7pm. At the wild frontier of comedy, two queer cowboys decided to change history. Loving each other was the only thing greater than their love of historical reenactments, but they were terrible actors. All they wanted to do is kiss each other, and they unwittenly trespassed on the sanctity of historical events with all the glee of a horny puppy with a teddybear.
January 27, 2017, 8pm at GH. Coming down under for the Australia Day Long Weekend to Pound Your Cake. Influenced by Divine + Britney Spears, named after a marijuana strain, Alaska Thunderfuck (drag name of Justin Honard) was born and raised in Erie, PA, and joined Sharon Needles' Pittsburgh drag crew, the Haus of Haunt, then in 2012, RuPaul's Drag Race. 2015 debut album: Anus.
January 27 - March 11, 2017, Fri/ Sat nights at 7pm, the Melbourne Zoo. Fourteen local and international musicians live in concert as Zoo Twilights returns this summer in the fight against wildlife extinction. Explore the Zoo at dusk with animal exhibits open exclusively for Zoo Twilights guests 5:30-7pm with a special lions and elephants keeper presentation each concert night.
January 29, 2017, 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.
February 9 + 12, 2017, 6-7pm. THU 7:30-11pm at The Tote Hotel - Launch Party with live music by: Pearl Bay, Qwerty _, THE NIGHT BEFORE TOMORROW, Piss Factory, and Heat Wave. SUN noon-5pm - at Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston St - Zine Fair with over 200 zine stalls. Entry is free!
February 25, 2017, 9pm-3am at Sircuit. An 18+ party for men. "...taking back what's ours. Suburban lights will be conspicuously dim as daddies of all stripes convene in a darkened loft. Literal daddies, figurative daddies, daddy-long-legs, daddy-long-something-else, daddies for a night, daddies for a price. Who knew sublimating dark, Freudian desires was such a party?"
March 9-13, 2017, Queer Country Pride Labour Day Long Weekend dances at Daylesford Town Hall. Street Parade & Carnival, Vincent Street, Daylesford. Thousands of friend for a great weekend of entertainment including the famous and truly unique street parade and all-day, all-star, open-air carnival. See website for updates:
March 11-13, 2017, Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith, Golden Plains, VIC, 90km W of Melbourne, Geelong/Ballarat. Camping. With: Neil Finn, Nicholas Jaar, Dusty Millers, Princess Nokia, The Special, Kurt Vile, Margaret Glaspy, Total Giovani, Teenage Fanclub, Chain and the Gang, The Damned, Cape Cope, Orb, Olympia, Habits, Cash Savage, Ausmuteants, Jazz Party, Peep Tempel....
March 16-26, 2017. 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.