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Gay Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau

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No Homo: Queer Comedy

Monthly Fridays, 8pm. The LOLGBTs every month, with a lineup of the best queer stand-up comedy NZ has to offer. Regular hosts James Mustapic (Repressed Memories, 2x Billy T Award nominee) and James Malcolm (AotearoHA, 2x Billy T Award nominee) present a night of gay old times and hilarious queer excellence.
Celebrating workplace leadership, innovation, best practice and collaboration
NZ Rainbow Excellence Awards and Development Forum 2020

October 9, 2020, 12:45-4:30pm, The Hilton, Princes Wharf, Auckland. Afternoon of celebration, collaboration, networking, learning, and inspiration. Annual awards program brings together organisations aspiring to improve work-place experience of rainbow people; showcase best practice and celebrate outstanding progress as we strive towards more inclusive Aotearoa/ New Zealand workplaces.
The beginning of non-binary artistry

October 9, 2020, 9pm-1am. A diverse and entirely non-binary cast will showcase their incredible talent and artistry. LINEUP: MARGARITA BLADES, MISTRESS
Hosted by Daryl Wrightson and Bryony Skillington

October 15, 2020, 8:30pm. Hold on to your Granny Knickers, grab a vivid and pour yourself a Shandy!nFresh outta lockdown and ready to take New Zealand by the Bingo Balls... Bob + Bev with a fun night of frolics and bad-taste humor with a capital B...4 BINGO! Fun, Games, Prize, Silly Shenanigans, shits and giggles! (Bev might giggle and shit), Bingo, bangers, Spot prizes, special guests.
NZ’s Biggest most outrageously colourful psychedelic gathering is back
AUM Back to the Winter Solstice

October 16, 2020, 7pm. A mind-bending experience with cutting edge electronic and live music across multiple rooms. The retro time travel show theme dance off FANCY DRESS PARTY featuring: 3 music zones, stage take-over by The Joy Administration, Incredible visuals + lighting, live art + performance + music by some of the best. Also Nov 13, TWISTED-AUM Frequency Festival, in Wellington:
Fouth instalment dedicated to temptations of the further regions of experience
The Devil's Ballroom 2020 - presented by Nocturne Sanctum

October 16, 2020, 8pm-3am. All night entertainment by top NZ taboo performers: Ms Ruby Rebel, Nocturness, Pixie Twist, Ivan the Red, Vixen Temple, and Josh Hart. DJ Forge. Installations by: MistressDior, DeviantRogue, Boris Van Galvin, Cobt Zutt and Into the void. Sideshow, flesh, ritual, contortion, burlesque, aerials, art. Psychedelic art by Rene Black. MC Nat Hugill (aka Lilly Loca).
Hosted by DJ Jordan Eskra and Theta Project

October 17, 2020, 10pm-4am at Twentyone, SkyCity, Victoria St. at Federal St. Auckland's hottest gay party series, launched in 2013, has since played host to DJs and performers from all over the world. Beyond grateful for the continued support, they can't wait to celebrate on this upcoming Saturday night.
Hosted by Scott Dunning and Gabe Martyn McCobb
Faerie Stories: Spring Gathering of Radical Faeries October 2020

October 22-26, 2020, 7pm Autumn Farm, 37 Central Takaka Road, Takaka Town District. Radical Faeries welcome/ invite all gay men to the ancient Spring festival of Beltane. The Call: Faerie Stories. Share personal stories, explore the history of the Radical Faeries, tell tales of what it is to be gay in New Zealand and the wider world, and imagine our gay future.
This Halloween, Auckland best Queens are storming the Fencible Lounge
HalloQUEEN Deadly Drag Disco

October 31, 2020, 7-11:45pm, Fencible Lounge, 25 Uxbridge Rd, Howick Town District. All-ages party w/ Aucklands best Drag Artists and DJs out East for a Halloween Party you will NEVER forget. Prizes for best dressed. Walk the runway/ watch performances. Shows by NZ House of Drag stars Leidy Lei and Shavorn Aborealis, superstar Yuri (aka Yuri Guaii) and Natrasha. Host: Monty Montgomery.
Hosted by Conscious Pathways: Meditation and Conscious Sexuality
Sweat Lodge: Focus on Conscious Sexuality and Tantra for Gay Men in Ngaruawahia

November 6-8, 2020, 6pm. A traditional Native American purification ceremony of renewal bringing deep spiritual and physical purification, known by Lakota people as the Inipi ceremony. A sacred ceremony to bring healing and new beginnings to our lives + Tantric techniques to deepen intimate connections. Ceremonial facilitators: TeRangimarie + Rob Carter, w/ Grant Shepherd + Tony Thorn.
This will be a bit epic! Hosted by Urge Events
URGE Turns 23!

November 7, 2020, 9pm-3am at Phoenix Entertainment NZ, Level 1, 258 Karangahape Rd, Auckland. In association with Ending HIV. 1997 was a loooong time ago and a s**t load has happened since. We need to party and Covid-willing we will get the whanau back together on the dancefloor to celebrate 23 years of NZ's most manly of dance parties. DJs Donald Bennett, James Leuii and Mauri.
With a line-up of 13 local drag artists
CAMP! A Drag Showcase

November 12, 2020, 7:30-11:30pm. Performance night of shocking excess, kitschy glamour and fun, in association with Ending HIV. Stars: Margarita Blades, Miss Geena, Crystal Quartz, Ego, Monty Montgomery, Lucina Innocence, Medulla Oblongata, Clique Bayt, Aunty Cxnty, Leidy Lei, Shavorn Aborealis, Nadja Angel, Natrasha. Also audience competitions/ prizes for CAMP-est outfits + looks.
A sprinkling of Auckland Pride, and a dash of Auckland Fringe
Summer 2021 at Q

January - February, 2021 (TBC). Supports makers involved with Pride and Fringe while bridging the gap between them! Drag, flamenco dancing, feminist monologues, award-winning comedy or something else, there will be something on to keep your summer sizzling. See reopening dates and events listings at FB.
Hosted by the Bear New Zealand group + Urge Events
Bear New Zealand Week 2021

January 26 - February 1, 2021. A huge week of furry mayhem: Bear Drag Race; Urge Bear Divas; Comedy Night; Underbear Parties; Tiritiri Matangi Island Bird Sanctuary; Mr Bear New Zealand contest; Bush Walk to Kitekite Falls; Tri-Nations Dance Party; Eat It And Beat It - Closing get-together. See more at:
Aotearoa’s largest Pride Festival
Auckland Pride Festival, Parade, Party...

February 3-28, 2021. Auckland Pride produces Tāmaki Makaurau’s annual open-access arts, cultural, and community Festival of events for rainbow communities. Main Events: WED Opening Karakia; THU Gala; FRI Samesame but different; SAT March and Party; and SUN Ending HIV Big Gay Out. View all events of this past year's 2020 Digital Program, plus full 2021 listings at:
Catalyst for the most exciting, outrageous & unique events in Auckland culture
Auckland Fringe Festival 2021

February 15 - March 6, 2021, various venues. Festival with bite; experiences to satisfy the most discerning of creative palates; open access/ non-curated program with something for everyone to sink their teeth into: comedy, cabaret, theatre, circus, dance events; local and international artists. Come for one/ stay for more live art, acrobatic extravaganzas + music and dance.
The New Zealand Film Festival Trust
NZIFF - New Zealand International Film Festival

July - August, 2021 at ASB Waterfront Theatre, Academy Cinema, Civic Theatre, Event Cinemas Queen St + Westgate, Hollywood Avondale, and Rialto Cinemas Newmarket. International film festival with four weeks of feature films and shorts, including many of LGBTQ interest. See website for upcoming festival program and for events throughout the year.