An up-to-date LGBTQI events guide to Melbourne and beyond.
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 in October, for 17 days of cultural events spanning continents, cultures and every kind of creative endeavour. See their website for details:
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.
At Fabuland, 103-105 Smith St, Fitzroy. "We can't wait to be back with you all!" With an all star cast hosted by Leasa Mann and featuring Pashion, Missy La'Minx, Jemima Handful, Art Simone and Amena Jay, it's going to be one of our most epic Friday nights yet. Music will be provided by Fabuland residents David Virgona and Fragile Future.
Really looking forward to bringing back the funny! All our love to our audience, fans, supporters and The Butterfly Club during this time. The Big HOO-HAA!
"Improvised comedy at its absolute funniest." - Time Out.
Sunday nights, various venues, with hundreds of sexy friendly people ready to explode! Local + International DJs/ Stunning Laser + Light Show/ Epic Visuals & Special Effects/ Amazing Performers/ Hunky GoGo Dancers/ Indoor + Outdoor/ Dance Floors/ Dark Play Room for Horny Men. See next dates at:
October 22 - November 1, 2020. Twelve days of fun, food, film, friends and fabulousness, celebrating LGBTIQA+ Pride and Diversity.
November 2 + 9, 2020, 8-11pm. Every Monday live on Zoom. In the front room enjoy the musical musings of DJ Big Daddy. In the Not So Dark Room, the inimitable Goat Spokesperson with his superb deep house and techno offerings. Support your local DJs! ADAM - the sans clothes pub for guys in Melbourne goes virtual. Queer / straight-friendly / sans clothes / great beats.
November 25 - December 9, 2020, at Palace Cinema Como, Balwyn, and Westgarth. The best new films from Italy screen 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.
November 26, 2020, 9pm. Melbourne vs Monash vs La Trobe vs Deakin vs RMIT vs Swinburne vs Vic vs ACT (under ONE roof). Brought to life by the team behind some of Melbourne’s most reputable nightclub brands - a fresh, exclusive party designed specifically for University students looking to network, meet new friends and have fun. DJ Teddy Cream spins RnB, Party, Minimal, Tech/House.
January 1, 2021, 8pm-2am. Placeholder date until it's safe to meet once again in large groups. Original LINEUP: Randy Roy (your host!), Ira Luxuria, Femboyant, Donnie Piccolo, Plastic Messiah, Clint Oris, Alf Alpha, nd everyone's fave DJing drag king, DJ Gay Dad pumpin the tunes! The Gaso is gonna get LIT!
January 22-25, 2021, 7:30pm. Casus Circus Midsumma Melbourne exclusive of their most daring and intimate work of skill - celebrating identity and the loving relationship between two men using high level acrobatics, magical trapeze and dance. The unashamedly authentic journey reveals a fresh narrative where gay stories are not consumed by tragedy but filled with conviction and acceptance.
January 29-31, 2021, 6pm-12am. Pool/ beach/ club/ rooftop/ garden/ lifestyle/ dining/ accommodation. Three day event of blissful indulgence, taking over St Kilda Beach during Melbourne Pride Weekend; Wondrous new playgrounds of solidarity, sexuality and diversity in a majestic urban paradise. See the DJ and entertainment line-up at:
February 20, 2021, A unique clubbing experience with a strict dress code, ensuring youa’re partying with 300 sweaty and happy leather men. Strict dress standards ensure we maintain a party that remains true to like-minded men in the leather scene. Anyone not in acceptable or appropriate fetish gear will be denied entry.
February 27 - March 8, 2021. Australia’s longest running and largest regional pride festival ChillOut Festival is held annually in Daylesford, Victoria. "As with everything, it will look and feel a bit different, but it will be an amazing ChillOut." See details TBA:
March 6-8, 2021 (TBC), Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith, Golden Plains, VIC, 90km W of Melbourne, Geelong/Ballarat. Music Festival/Camping. One of the best places on Earth for a Long Weekend w/ friends and lovers – and yourself – exploring inner and outer space. Manifold highlights days and nights – some directed, most unexpected.
March 6, 2021 at Shepparton Showgrounds. A destination music festival bringing some of Australia's biggest and best artists to Shepparton, VIC for a day of live music and good times, with music, rides, food trucks, art installations - a short two hour drive north of Melbourne.
March 7, 2021 (TBC) at 10am-11pm at Vincent Street Daylesford, featuring everything we have grown to love about Queer Country Pride is taking over the town for one magical hour. As usual the parade will follow a short route up and down Vincent St in Daylesford. Arrive early to grab a great position! No confirmation yet for 2021 event.
March 11-22, 2021 (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 Village Jam Factory, Cinema Nova, and The Capitol Theatre. The MQFF also tours highlights of its program to various parts of Australia. No event confirmation.
March 24 - April 18, 2021, 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. Full 2021 program available in Feb, 2021.
April 19 - May 5, 2021. In uncertain and unpredictable times, the normally iconic outdoor celebration - one of the biggest highlights in the LGBTIQA+ annual calendar - will produce virtual augmentation for festival events, including selected live streaming, to ensure that Midsumma Festival 2021 is as accessible as possible for audiences. The full program will launch in mid-March.
May, 2021 (date TBA), 11am-4pm. Parade, pride and party each year in Melbourne's iconic march celebrating solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity. Tie up your bootlaces/ throw on your heels to join the March. Both participants and crowd sizes may need to be restricted this year due to COVID-19. See updates at:
June 16-27, 2021 (TBC), past year at The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. Second largest cabaret festival in the world, a major winter arts events. See website for the 2021 event confirmation and line-up.
Mid-December, 2021 (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.