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Gay Brisbane

Brisbane's arts performance venue
Brisbane Powerhouse Arts

Ongoing visual arts, comedy, theater, and music events and festivals. See what's on this week at their website.
Drink Dance Love [Every Sunday Night] Brisbane’s biggest/ best end of week party
Fluffy at Family - On Hold

Sundays, 8pm-3am. Entertainment w/ Harry K Presents KINKY QUEENS: Vollie LaVont, Mandy Moobs, Luna Thicc, Skye Blue; dancers Nick + Jamie. DJs Harry K + Karma. Doors 8pm. Shows hourly from 9pm.
Roll up, roll up! A brand new 'FREAKY' circus cabaret show is in town
Freak Circus | Halloween At The Asylum Matinee

October 31, 2020, 4 + 8pm. Human curiosities, sideshow, burlesque and drag performers! Debut show: Halloween at the Asylum with tour of this seriously disturbing facility. Witness mind-boggling acts as tpatients treated for various afflictions are rid of their demons. Cast: Kryptonite; Mal Français; Charlie Love; Twisted Sisters; De la Vinx Burlesque; Beverly Kills; Thom Worrell.
Gold Coast Rainbow Communities
Club Night at DUKES

October 31, 2020, 6pm at DUKES Island Resort, 8 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise. Shows at 6:30pm feature Carmen Tuckett. GCRC, the LGBTIQ arm of NFP Community Concepts presents quality LGBTIQ community events that include Sport, Day trips, BBQs and Parties. EVERYONE is welcome to join the community.
Hosted by The Stand, Wilhelmina Westwood and Flair Entertainment
Werq it! Halloween at The Stand

October 31, 2020, 6-11pm, Haunted house Halloween spooky decor, fortune teller + special menu. Entertainment: five shows to feature 14 performers! Pre-show hosted by Wilhelmina Westwood ft Asphyxia. Werq it! Hosted by Chocolate Boxx, Judges Solar Flair + Gayleen Tuckwood. Later Show Stand residents; Vonbeef, Dahlia Dyer and Beverly Kills. Performers Chocolate Boxx + Gayleen Tuckwood.
In Person and Online Events
Brisbane Pride Festival November 2020

November 1-28, 2020. Nov 1, 4pm Festival launch, The Wickham. Nov 7 Art + Music by the Ocean/ Decker Park + Community Panel. Nov 8 QC Cabaret + Online Dinner Party. Nov 11 Pride Cup. Nov 14 Cooking Competition. Nov 15 Jumping Jellybeans + Queerinternational + Trans Community Awards + Evensong Circle. Nov 17 Wellness/Resilience. Nov 19-29 Smily. Nov 28 Pride Ride + Fair Day/New Farm Park.
A very special Birdcage Event at the Warehouse
The Melbourne Cup at The Warehouse

November 3, 2020, 12:30-3:30pm at the new Loft/ Warehouse top level. You'll be in-a-flutter amongst the excitement and glamour of the race that stops the nation while indulging in a five-star feast of food, drink and live entertainment to make you feel like a winner! Fashions on the field, amazing prizes for best dressed Duke and Duchess, best race day hat, race day sweeps and more.
Hosted by inthedark
The Sickening Ball Brisbane

November 5, 2020, 7:30-10:30pm. Send the kids to bed, secure your cats and dogs, turn on all the lights in the house and prepare yourself for a fright. Starring: ADORE DELANO, BROOKE LYNN HYTES, JAIDA ESSENCE HALL (S12), SASHA VELOUR, SHARON NEEDLES and VANESSA VANJIE MATEO. Hosted By Karen From Finance. An event for 18+ only.
With Rhi Down, Sandeep Totlani, Taylor Edwards & more!
The Outpost Comedy

November 12, 2020, 7pm. Back for another hilarious night out. A FREE event with some of Queensland’s best comedians giving you big laughs and a well deserved COVID-Safe night out. Hosted by Shad Wicka, featuring Rhi Down, Sandeep Totlani, Taylor Edwards, Craig Steven, Steven Hollamby, Jemma Bayley, Thomas Bleach, Zak Hadfield, Sarah Kate and Vanessa Conlin.
Let's get ready to rumble! Hosted by The Sportsman Hotel
Queer Sister SmackDown: GRAND FINAL

November 12, 2020, 9pm-12:30am. Four finalists wow with own numbers, then fight lip sync battles to determine the Champion! LULU LEMANS vs MINNY LAVEAU vs JUSTINE DEEVA vs ELLE DE FLOWER. Hosts: HENNY SPAGHETTI + SHANIQUA T-BONE. Performers: Henny Spaghetti (2019 Champion), Mandy Moobs, Vollie LaVont, Shaniqua T-Bone. Judges: Vollie LaVont, Dame Liz Taylor, Mama Arsenic, and Mandy Moobs.
LIVESTREAMING a featured DJ each month
Live: Fruits in November

November 15, 2020, 3-6pm. Sexy Sunday sessions in your living room - this month with local DJ Jim-E. Live events this year have been cancelled due to public health restrictions.
Hosted by Brisbears Events and The Sportsman Hotel
Den Night - We're Back

November 21, 2020, 9pm-midnight. On Saturday the bears are back out to play. Not quite back to normal yet with no dancing and limited numbers but this will be be one of the most welcome events in the club's history. Catch up after such a long time apart. We missed you all so much. With a places limited, capacity event, please secure your place by booking tickets ahead.
In the tradition of Les Girls - Hosted by Fluffy, Cloudland and Hey Felicia
Hey Felicia! A Drag and Dine Musical

November 27, 2020, 7:30-11:30pm. Fabulous Fluffy glitz + glamour inspired by the greatest Broadway shows: Cloudland Brunch With Bite Brisbane Drag+Dine. FIVE iconic Drag Queens; songs from the greatest musicals + iconic gay anthems. Show/ alternate-drop main course/ 2-hour drinks package. Featuring Vollie LaVont, Mandy Moobs, BeBe Gunn, ShuShu Funtanna, Scarlett Fever, and DJ Harry K!
Hosted by inthedark and Fluffy
Drag Race UK Tour - Brisbane

November 28, 2020, 8-11pm. Starring winner: The Vivienne, Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Divina De Campo and Cheryl Hole. Also The FROCK DESTROYERS. Your favourite UK queens, over from the motherland to put on a cheeky show! Get right chuffed to see this lineup. It’ll be Ace! Don’t faff about, grab tickets before they all toddle off. You’d be off your trolley to miss it!
An "Up Close at the Outpost" Event

November 29, 2020, 6-10pm at The Outpost Bar, 8 Warner St. Get ready to RUMBLE in November as Maxine Taxi and Minion Laveau battle it out over three rounds of performance and improvised chaos. Hosted by Tina Bikki, supported by Malika, Madeline Glasseater, Citrine Velvetin, and DJ ENN.
Welcoming all queer people in the lgbtq+ family and their allies
Gayme Night + Xmas Gaymes

November 29, 2020, 6pm at New Farm Library, 135 Sydney St. Come and play some games with the Brisbane Board Gaymers, an inclusive group of like-minded geeks and nerds who get together regularly to play board games. Next: Dec 20, 2pm, Netherword, 186 Brunswick - play games + celebrate Xmas.
Hosted by Drag Brunch Club & Fluffy

December 5, 12, 19, 2020, 12-3pm. Ho Ho Ho!! Merry Christmas... ConDRAGulations, you’re invited to Brisbane’s Drag Brunch Club featuring a highly interactive show fuelled by amazing hosts, a delicious brunch menu + premium drinks. A hilarious fun time with host BEBE GUNN, LULU LEMANS + Friends; wild performances, interactive games and great prizes; music by DJ HARRY K.
Your musically-gifted girls are back to spread some Christmas cheer
Hey Felicia! A Drag and Dine Musical, Christmas Edition

December 13, 2020, 7:30-12am. Fabulous Fluffy glitz + glamour inspired by the greatest Broadway shows: Brunch With Bite Brisbane Drag+Dine. FIVE iconic Drag Queens; songs from the greatest musicals + iconic gay anthems. Show/ alternate-drop main course/ 2-hour drinks package. Featuring Vollie LaVont, Mandy Moobs, BeBe Gunn, ShuShu Funtanna, Scarlett Fever, and Harry K! Next date: Jan 8.
Haus of Fruits - Category is Family
TROPICAL FRUITS - New Year's Festival

December 29, 2020 - January 1, 2021 (TBC). Annual 18+ NYE party at Lismore Showgrounds. Street Parade to Lismore City Hall/ Opening Soiree. NYE party, New Year’s Day Pool Party and New Year’s Day Recovery Party. Past Headliners Kitty Glitter, DJs Blacklow, Queen of Hearts and Joelby; Sandi Hotrod, Colin Gaff, Ruby, NYE Cabaret Performances + LGBTIQ art exhibition.
Ignite your start to 2021 with a sizzlingly decadent night-long party
New Year's Eve Ball 2020-21 at Cloudland

December 31, 2020, 8pm-5am. Super-lavish multi-level soirée of maxed-out glamour! Three-level production like nothing else in Brisbane. Premium food and drink packages, spectacular live entertainment, immersive visual displays, pop-up performances, special guests! Beers, wine, French Sparkling, pizza bar, canapés; crystal chandeliers, vertical gardens, waterfall cascade.
Party time at Sporties. Drink service right through til 5am
New Years Eve Party

December 31, 2020 (TBC), 8pm-5am. Fabulous shows in Nellies Showroom and Lounge Bar - past year with Gayleen Tuckwood, Mandy Moobs, Chocolate Boxx, Tim & Connor. Downstairs in the Sporties Bunker Bar, MEN 2019 NYE Men-Only New Years Eve Party from 9pm. The New Year at Sporties - for 30 years The Gay And Lesbian Meeting Place in Brisbane!
Consistently the most memorable NYE party on Brisbane's best dance floor
Black Bear Lodge NYE Party

December 31, 2020, (TBC) 9pm-3am. Disco/ soulful house/ funk/ boogie! Dress up. Get down. No rules. Your favourite Black Bear DJs. Dancing is no crime. Kick Ons encouraged. FREE ENTRY 18+ In the zone, dancing with the fairies. Time means nothing. Drinks come/go, sharing/ caring, caring/ loving, fall in love swimming in a sea of stars, hot air baloon; hum of neons + blue static.
Thought-provoking dance that breaks through visual barriers

Rescheduled to 2021, dates TBA at Powerhouse Theatre. Feast your senses on this collaborative season with three new contemporary works by choreographers Natalie Weir, Remi Wortmeyer and Petros Treklis. Bespoke takes a fresh look at ballet dancers in contemporary space, considering interactions with technology, design, lighting and music to showcase Queensland Ballet in new ways.
Jam-packed with dazzling feathers, wigs, head-pieces, costumes and performance
Prada’s Priscillas – An All-Male Revue Australian Tour

January 22, 2021, 8pm, Brisbane Convention/ Exhibition Centre. 90-minute all-male revue features some of the greatest Priscilla Queen of the Desert hits: I Love the Night Life, Go West, Shake Your Groove Thing, Finally, I Will Survive, plus hits of icons/ divas inspiring drag performances around the world! W/ Prada Clutch - one of Australia's most in demand live-singing drag queens.
More than 70 of the most hilarious national and international comedians
Brisbane Comedy Festival

February - March, 2021 (TBC) at Brisbane Powerhouse, Fortitude Music Hall, The Tivoli, Brisbane City Hall, and Newstead Brewing, Milton. Comic musings, side-splitting stories, tear-inducing tales​ and more​. Australia’s fastest growing comedy festival has grown into a multi-venue extravaganza, bursting at the seams with a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country.
The 22nd year - with features, shorts sessions, documentaries
Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2021

Early March, 2021. Brisbane’s premiere film venue: festivals, independent, cult, arthouse to blockbusters. Eleven days of the best/most diverse films from Australia + the world - the full gamut of queer cinema; LGBT, gender diverse, multigenerational titles, special picks for niches + allies. See FB.
Brisbane's biggest rainbow festival is back!
Big Gay Day 2021

March 7, 2021, (TBC). Brisbane’s biggest and best rainbow festival, featuring musical acts, drag extravaganzas and so much more. The iconic festival has been running for over 20 years, raising thousands of dollars for local LGBTQIA+ charities.
Sparrow & Finch bring you their Ultimate Market Wonderland
The Ultimate Girls Day Out: Market Wonderland

March 20, 2021, 12-5pm. Bubbly on arrival, delicious food, pop-up boutiques, flowing cocktails + Blow Brow Bar! Not your average market girls day out. At Brisbane’s favourite outdoor playground. Shop up a storm!
Tropical Fruits Annual Easter Weekend
Easter Ball

April 3, 2021, 8pm-2am (TBC). On the Easter long weekend - normally the biggest little party you have ever been to! The first party after all the New Year excitement, a chance for the whole fruity family to get together for an uplifting electro-house, slightly hands-in-the-air euphoric groove-thang! See FB updates.
Theater, dance, music
Brisbane Festival 2021

September 3-25, 2021 (TBC). Three weeks of music, theater, dance, circus, comedy, opera, cabaret, visual arts/photography, film, discussions, and a radiant garden display of colored, multicultural lanterns at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt. See previous years' program online:
Hosted by inthedark
An Evening with Jinkx Monsoon & BenDelaCreme

September 11, 2021, 7-10:30pm. One is terminal delightful, the other a snappy ginger. One is a season winner, the other chose to bow out after sweeping the competition: the silly sisters from Seattle Jinkx Monsoon and BenDelaCreme - teaming up to bring you a comedy cabaret show like no other! This Australian exclusive will be one kooky, kitschy, campy, comedy cabaret show!
At QAGOMA - the new home of the city’s flagship film festival
BIFF 2021

Early October, 2021. 100+ new feature, documentary + short films from around the world. Eleven days of screenings, live music, conversations, panel discussions, events at GOMA, Event Cinemas  Brisbane City Myer Centre, Five Star Cinemas, Reading Cinemas/ Newmarket, Brisbane Convention/ Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, State Library of Queensland. See 2020 films + updates at:
Preeminent annual Australian destination for the best new Italian cinema
The 22nd St. ALi Italian Film Festival

October, 2021. Palace Cinemas (Barracks + James St) present the best new films from Italy each year. Screening in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Byron Bay (in socially-distanced settings) and in Melbourne (as conditions permit). With Australian premieres, heartfelt dramas and hilarious comedies, cinemagoers will be transported  to Rome, Naples, Palermo, and beyond.
Hosted by Brisbears Events
Northern Exposure 2021

October, 2021. Event cancelled last year, was to mark the 25th anniversary since Brisbears' official incorporation into a legal entity - the oldest official bear club in Australia. Don't yet know what form 2021 events will take - check the FB page for this milestone in Australian Bear culture. Also: Bear Socials each 1st SUN at Stones Corner + 3rd SAT at Sportsman's Hotel.