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Gay Cairns

Great nights for the community since 2008
Out! Cairns

Out! Cairns, a local events group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, has a party on the 1st Saturday of most months for only $5 entry. Usual venue: Casbah Lounge, 29 Spence Street.
Free and ticketed events across the city and into the suburbs
The 56th Cairns Festival - Shine!

August 25 - September 3, 2017. Opening weekend SAT Grand Parade floats and fireworks on Cairns Esplanade, Carnival on Collins and Sunday on the Nard. Also: The Making Place, dedicated free performance and workshop space; City Lights arge scale projection artwork on Cairns City Library; Circa show in Munro Martin Parklands; concerts, performances, the Panz Panorama Championships, + more:
Who’s ready to let their hair down?
Wig Out DIVA

August 26, 2017, 8pm, Green Ant Cantina, 183 Bunda St. Annual Saturday tradition, after the Cairns Tropical Pride float/ Cairns Festival Parade. Celebrating 2 fabulous things: wigs - get one on, no matter how big or small; and divas - female version of a hustler. DJ Ess will play your favourites all night. Party each 1st SAT most months, $5 entry. Next: Oct 28; Dec 2 - Glitterball Xmas.
Celebrating LGBT+ life in Tropical North Queensland
Cairns Tropical Pride

September 18 - October 8, 2017. Cairns Library Book Display, Out! After Elton, A Very Flash Mob, Survival, COCA Dinner Show/ Matthew Mitcham, Pride Picnic, Paddle + Pooches, How Divine Movie + DragFest, Let's Do Lunch, Pride Kahoot's Trivia, Barefoot Bowls, Gaze Art Exhibition, Proud Women's Dance, Gay History Walk, Queer Spring Break, Pride Fair Day, Trans/Sister Girl.
Party on after the Elton John Concert
Out! After Elton

September 30, 2017, at Cairns Hilton, meeting room 6 - the former Ribbons Niteclub, a 1990s LGBT+ club space now freshly renovated and ready to relive those glory days. Party on with music from top local DJs + entertainment by top local drag queens. Wear your sunglasses at night, your best Elton John glasses, to WIN.
August 23, 2008: a young Australian athlete made Olympic history
Matthew Mitcham - Up Close & Personal in his first solo show

October 1, 2017, 8pm. Coming from behind on his final dive, he shocked himself and the world winning the 10m platform title with a perfect 10 point score from all judges. Out and proud as gay, Matthew was a role model in and out of the pool, but crippling self-doubt and depression forced him into premature retirement. Share the highs and lows of an incredible life through theatre + song.
Party of the year on a secluded tropical beach surrounded by rainforest
Queer Spring Break

October 7, 2017, 2-9pm at Turtle Cove Beach Resort. 7-hour dance w/ top local DJs, free form pool, bar/restaurant, private/secluded, clothing-optional beach. 5pm Sausage Sizzle; 7pm The Merqueens in Sync or Swim (unSynchronised Swimming); 8pm Beach Bonfire. A 44 minutes drive from Cairns. Coach transfers for $20pp return: depart from the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino at 1:30pm.
Cairns Tropical Pride
Pride Fair Day

October 8, 2017, 10:30am-5:15pm on the Promenade: Food Court, Wedding Expo, WAD Sausage Sizzle, YETI LOVE Cafe, Fair Day Stalls, Tropical Gaze Art Exhibition, forums, awards; 11:30am Cairns Queer Film Festival - Jenny's Wedding; 1pm Karaoke; 2:30pm Drag Race w/ Claudia + Delvene; 4pm Wild Barra; 4:40pm Fierce MegaDrag; 5pm Pop-Up Dance Party.
Out’s 9th Birthday Party
Hallo-Queen – Nine Lives

October 28, 2017 at Green Ant Cantina! 183 Bunda St. Hallo-Queen – Nine Lives Out’s 9th Bday - Out! Cairns, a local events group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, has a party on the 1st Saturday of most months for only $5 entry. Check out upcoming party dates:
November in Cairns
Travelling Film Festival: Sydney Film Festival on tour

November 10-14, 2017. TFF, Australia's longest running travelling film festival, showcases Australian + international features, documentaries and short films in regional Australia; 19 locations annually, screening in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. See October 4th Cairns venue announcement and screenings tickets sales - in association with Screen Queensland.