Every Friday sausage sizzle 7:30pm-1am at Kinselas, Taylor Sq, 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst. Relaxed space to catch up with mates, retro dumpling bar, regular give-aways, committee info point. Every Sunday 4-10pm at The Bank chill-out with cheap drinks for HCB members, plus bar snacks. 3rd or 4th Tuesdays 7pm at Kinselas - Sydcubz’s Press Paws games on the big screen. See more:
Ongoing serirs at Red Rattler. A loose crew dedicated to creating spaces for ideas, imaginings, discussion and action, mixing critical workshops, panels, films, installations and performance from academic, activist, artist and other perspectives. It aims to provoke meaningful, ongoing debate and reinvigorate a sense of concrete queer political community. See website for upcoming events:
Third Saturdays (usually), 10pm-5am at The Civic Underground, 388 Pitt St. Men-only gay dance party - 18+ sexy men/ even sexier music. Encouraged dress code: Jocks, Trackies, Leather, Soccer, Trainers, Rugby, Lycra, Boxing, Swimming, Wrestling, etc. Entry: $30 - 45.
Every Sunday drinks and the company of your mates - or new ones - with the Harbour City Bears, upstairs at Waywards bar, Bank Hotel, Newtown. Drink discounts, fun atmosphere, arcade games, $1 pool! Members' badge draw 6pm weekly. If no winner is found, the draw increases by $100 each week up to $500 at which point it must be won! Another $50 bar tab will be given out each week.
January 26, 2019. The world’s most beautiful harbour city will host another spectacular Australia Day, with a number of activities taking place on the water and across Sydney. Plan your day at australiaday.com.au and #ausday to join the celebration!
January 26, 2019, 12-8pm Ivy Pool Party; 9pm-4am Universal Afterparty. Sizzle your sausage or throw another Barbie Doll on the shrimp day (hmmm, right?) Long weekend get down/ dirty/ queer/ fabulous/ homolicious party. Legs wide open ivy Pool Daywash. Cabana sun, twerk-ur-ass-off al-fresco dance floor, hot boys in high-cut boardies and dick-stickers, and phat/ funky sounds by 10+ DJs.
January 26, 2019. Victoria Park. Annual festival on traditional lands of the Gadigal people. ‘Music to a beat’ in Gadigal language, free event of live music, bustling market stalls, panel discussions/ community forums on Aboriginal issues, children’s activities, traditional Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander cultural performances. A celebration of cultural survival.
January 26, 2019, 6-10:30pm at Victoria Star Cruises, Dock 14, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade. aboard the Victoria Star luxury cruise ship on Australia Day for another massive sunset boat party with hundreds of sexy sailors! Spectacular Fireworks. DJs Peter Mac + Duchess Kay on two spacious levels. Indoor/ outdoor dance floors. High production sound. Complimentary food.
January 27, 2019, 8-10:30pm, Sydney Olympic Park, Cathy Freeman Blvd. To include: A Life Together by Simon Direen. Life is a Beach by Shady Nourledien Mohamed Elarif Abdallah. On the Border by Arturo M Merelo. QUARUME – Never Go Back by Arturo Marcos Merelo. The Gaze by Ali al Derwish/April Lin/Lizette Romero. The Last Cruise by Hristina Belousova. For full 2019 program see:
January 27, 2019, 11pm-4am. January Long Weekend Sunday dance party; Main Room uplifting euphoric house; Taboo Tech underground tech house. More details:
February 4-16, 2019, Mrs MacQuaries Point. Each summer over 70,000 Sydneysiders and visitors enjoy fine food and wine on Sydney Harbour; screenings feature new release blockbusters + arthouse films on giant screen against the stunning backdrop view spanning Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and city skyline. Screenings to include Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born.
February 5 - March 9, 2019. At Guy’s London flat, friends gather to party through a summer 1985 night, their world about to change forever. Over several years, through ups-and-downs of lives and relationships, a chain of deception is set off by the promiscuous, dangerously attractive Reg. Funny, bittersweet, modern classic capturing the fragility of happiness and life itself.
February 7-11, 2019, from noon at Webbs Creek NSW. This year’s NAKEDMAN Festival Sydney is going to be our best yet! We have amazing new workshops and spaces to play in and expect some of the familier silliness of games and shows. All set in the tranquel backdrop of amazing, private bushland on our own creek. So if all you want to do is sit back and chill out, that's perfect.
February 8, 2019. 7pm. The Skinny Legend will bring her brand new full length, all-ages show to Australia and New Zealand to wow audiences with music, laughter and surprises in her 75 minute spectacular. Known for country music, pink lipstick, relentlessly blonde hair and hilarious stories, she has three successful comedy tours under her wig. Here comes the fourth instalment for 2019!
February 9, 2019, 7:30pm. FREE night under the stars as we premier our 16 incredible finalist films at Parramatta Park. The atmosphere is electric and the film screening well attended by Australian and International film celebrities and thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors to our city. An amazing night of fun, film great food, good wine, and good times. See program guide:
February 9, 2019, 10pm-4am. Londoner Mark Pember (AKA Meat Katie) has had a long history in Dance music. Dopamine, a name forged in the breakbeat scene of 2005, made his seminal debut release Hold You on TCR which won Best Track at Breakspoll 2006 at Fabric, London. Local support: DJ Daniel Craig + Trench.
February 13-28, 2019. Premieres from all corners of the globe include: Sauvage, a powerful portrait of a gay hustler on the streets of France; Snapshots - 60s sexy secret love affair between two women; Freelancers Anonymous mostly female cast in a hilarious screwball comedy. From Tonga, Leitis In Waiting flight for equality; and playwright/ LGBTQI activist Terence McNally documentary.
February 15, 2019, 7-11:30pm. A celebration of butch culture and self-expression through style, performance, dance and community connection. An evening of drag kings, diesel dyke poets, all kinds of butches and butch-loving performers. Come dapper, leather-clad, macho, suited, gowned, tomboy or plain ol’ dirty, ready to have a good time and celebrate Mardi Gras with your people.
February 16, 2019, 7pm. Interactive cabaret banquet plunges belly-deep into one gorgeous queer man’s fat/ness, laying bare both the fortitude and fabulosity required of a fat person. To be fat in a fat-phobic world is to own the word, refusing scare-mongering/ hatred-inspiring obesity messages; not apologising for taking up space or trying to diet, not being quiet or changing size.
February 16 + 17, 2019, 8:30pm, York Theatre. Crème de la crème of ever-bending/ outrageous world of fabulous queer burlesque artists. Direct from the Vienna Boylesque Festival, Jacques Patriaque (Vienna), Mr Gorgeous (NYC) and Isaiah and Johnny (PDX) + a fruit cocktail of Australian bent burlesque artists, including circus superstar Jess Love + host Yana Alana, queen of queer cabaret.
February 17, 2019, 10am-8pm at Victoria Park, 1001 City Rd, Camperdown. Free family-friendly carnival of rainbow festivities, featuring a plethora of activities for all. Picnic area, dance tent, performers on Main Stage, Sports Village, food stalls and drag queens everywhere. Fur babies event: bring your fabulous dogs to strut their stuff at the world-famous Doggywood competition.
February 17 - March 2, 2019. SUN Feb 17th Fair Day. SAT March 2nd big parade (viewing at The Glamstand) + party night. Three weeks of LGBTQI events, uniquely queer slant: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Sports, Film, Community, Youth and Social events. Also screenings of the Queer Screen Film Festival, the Mardi Gras edition.
February 20, 2018, 7:30pm. A part cocktail lounge, part jungle interrogation of male power, control and group dynamics amongst men. Cis-hetero-alpha-male patterns of behaviour set against homo/ bi/ pansexual perspectives w/ live sung narration of deconstructed cabaret-esque vocals. Witnessing the naked male body as a commodity, as a gender-neutral narrator comments on toxic masculinity.
February 20 - March 1, 2019, 8:30pm. Cult cabaret hooligans/ mischief-makers; wild romp of disco dancing, circus, variety, and burlesque w/ guests from across the world of queer cabaret; pumping soundtrack of dancefloor smashes; ridiculous performances by Briefs boys + cavalcade of guest cabaret/ circus artists. Fez Faanana, Mark Winmill, Dallas Dellaforce, Thomas Worrell, Louis Biggs.
February 22 - March 2, 2019. The theme this year: a prehistoric blast into the past with Homo Bearectus! Grab your loincloth and let's take a walk on the wild side. WED 8pm Underbear at ARQ. THU 8pm Sauna Party at 357 Sauna. FRI 6pm Wet Furr at Cook & Phillip Aquatic Centre. SAT 9pm Bear Pit at The Standard Bowl. See details:
February 23, 2018, 5pm. Australia’s biggest vogue ball returns with more attitude than ever. Style and precision collide on the runway with a celebration of self-expression and identity. Inspired by NYC’s iconic vogue ballroom scene, entrants will take centre stage to battle for judges attention and Sissy Ball category titles; awarded for dance, movement, fashion, and flair.
February 23, 2019, 9pm-3am (usually) at Metro Theatre. For the past decade, bending the bar to give the scene much-needed love, sweat and beards. Dishing out a night of dark + dirty beats; serving up a visual art/laser spectacular and exhibitionist performances that will get your tongues wagging. Usually with After Party (TBA) from 3am at Sydney Sauna, 38/42 Oxford St Darlinghurst.
February 24, 2019, 6:30-10pm Pool Comp every Sunday. Feb 27th, every Wednesday 10-11pm SLAY 4 PAY hosted by Carmen Geddit + Charisma Belle w/ DJ Victoria Anthony. Feb 28th 9pm-5am Rezerection featuring all-male performances + 9-11pm THE PHOENIX TWINS. Mar 1st, 9pm-4am FAB: MARDI GRAS EDITION + BEAR PIT - DANCE UNDER THE AURORA. Mar 2nd, 9-10pm MARDI GRAS - COSMIC + 10pm-10am MARDI GRAS.
February 25, 2019, 6pm. Monthly night at the movies! Movie is selected approx one week before the event. Meet at the Bank Hotel from 6pm or at the Dendy Newtown by the session start time. Tickets $12 for members or $16 for non-members.
February 25, 2019, 2-11pm. Water you're waitin' for? We fill Sydney's most decadent poolside venue, uniting friends with beautiful strangers from around the globe for the unforgettable Mardi Gras holiday Pool Party epitome of Sydney summertime glamour. Frolic in style/ lap up the atmosphere. Take a dip, get wet+wild, check out the talent… Whatever floats your boat!
February 26, 2019, 6:30-11pm, Kinselas Hotel. Even a Cavebear needs time to relax, and get competitive in the den. Stone age rivalries run deep, and so do rivalries in the smash crew! Brush up those bashing skills and show us what you’ve got. Special prizes up for grabs + extra food for those playing, arriving earlier, so don’t be late! All proceeds to be donated to Twenty10.
February 26, 2018, 8:30pm. The Stonewall Hotel Cocktail bar on level 1 will transform into a Sexy Strip Club, for one night only. Starring Rhys Bobridge and the hottest strip boys and dancers who will entertain you. Hostess Maxi Shield will keep you entertained through the evening with a host of gorgeous men. Get your dancers' dollars and enjoy the night.
February 27, 2019, 8pm-3am. Thee end of the world as we know it! The biggest Cavebear event of the season, get down to your smallest bits, and party as if it’s the last night of your life. Special themed levels at ARQ! Downstairs, in the Vortex, it will be hot hot hot, with sweat pouring down as DJs Rob Davis, George Roussos and Puppy play wild and epic dance/ trance tracks.
February 27, 2019, 9pm. Heating up for Mardi Gras. On three floors, in four bars, a night not to be missed w/ DJs Shanie D Sydney, Dom De Sousa, Mickey, Ryan John and Tom Pritchard plus shows featuring Sydney's hottest male dancers from Boys Bar Up. Join hostess Marilyn Mootrub + Sexy Maleman Jeanluca. For 20 years at Stonewall Hotel the busiest Wednesday night on the strip.
February 28 + March 1, 2019, 8pm. Telling tales of world travels and an outrageous life as circus; the most ambitious solo drag/ comedy show tour in history. Irreverent, fierce, guaranteed to keep audiences in stitches with comical ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ views on politics, travel, family and social media. See The Queen of Mean in this uncompromisingly funny brand new show.
March 1, 2019, 3pm-9am. Kick off your 2019 Mardi Gras Weekend as we celebrate the tunes from the coolest music decade ever! With a dedicated floor for proper hands-in-the-air 90s club hits (by 90s club DJs), and another floor dedicated to crowd pleasing, sing-along 90s pop hits that we know and love.
March 1, 2019, 9pm-3:30am. DJs to include Corey Craig (NYC), plus locals James Alexandr + Sveta w/ underground and house vibes + mystery UK DJ, An intimate, fun social gathering of international/ interstate guests lookng to have a great night out before the big weekend. Last year's party was a roadblock - get your advance ticket early to guarantee entry.
March 1, 2019, 10pm. Starring The Age Of Aquaria Show (Winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race S10), with DJs Chip, ACraig, Justin Scott and more TBA. Huge dance party at Home on the harbour, Australia’s biggest superclub. Mind-blowing production/ sea of thousands of the hottest gays + gals, feature length AQUARIA show with her dancers from the US, hosted by Karen From Finance.
March 2, 2019, 7-10:30pm, from Oxford at Flinders, Darlinghurst. The biggest night of the year bustling extravaganza brings Sydney to a standstill and shines a global spotlight on LGBTQI lives, culture, communities and creativity. Spectacular floats, thousands of participants, a veritable smorgasbord of glittering colour, dynamic shape, showcasing the glitz and glamour of our community.
March 2, 2019, 10pm-8am, at Royal Hall Of Industries, Hordern Pavilion/ Max Watts. Spend the night with over 12,000 of our newest and closest friends! Our tribe, our people… our time to let loose and dance until dawn. Themed fantasy worlds to include The Neon Playground, Black Palace and The Powder Puff. See 20+ DJ lineup plus more international guests TBA:
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019, noon-midnight, DNA Magazine presents a venue-wide weekly event, opening arms and doors to the community and embracing the spectacular spectrum of queer culture. A platform for self-expression, and place to unite our diverse and dynamic people, where you can celebrate, connect and EXPLORE the endless possibilities life. Next dates: April 7, 14, 21, 28....
March 3, 2019, 2-10pm. Another E P I C experience! Rounding up all the delicious men and women from near and far, lick lick candy stick! The sweetest closing party of Mardi Gras weekend finale. The biggest, baddest, boldest Daywash ever, and the only way to sign off an absolutely epic weekend. DJs Dani Toro (ES), Guy Scheiman (TLV), GRIND (USA), Toy Armada (Philippines).
March 3, 2019, 2-11pm. Ultimate recovery event to close Mardi Gras final weekend, featuring the hottest DJs, surprise live performances, and an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor party spaces to dance, strut or take the edge off the night before. VIP tickets available for Upstairs Bar, with exclusive dance floor, bar and amenities. Party throughout the Beresford and surroundig streets.
March 3, 2019, 2-10pm. Sydney’s most over-the-top dance party full of colour, sound, smiles and hands in the air. A day of delight, surprises, rainbows and magic set inside an extraordinary multi-level playground of other-worldly Apollo touches. Launch Pad vocal, uplifting house. Fabulous, confetti-drenched climax! DJs Adam Love, Adam Cox, Ruby and Matt Bachl.
March 3, 2019, 3pm-12am. La Leche in it's milky goodness! Mardi Gras 2019... closing party in true Matinée style. All welcome, everyone united as we're all about having fun, amazing music and out of this world production! DJs Nacho Chapado + Oscar Valazquez. State of the art lighting/visuals, performers from around the globe, aerialists, hot sexy dancers.
March 3, 2019, 4pm-12am at Burdekin Hotel, 2 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. Massive Sunday party; high-profile local and international DJs / performers; hundreds of sexy friendly men from around the world! Amazing Performers/ Hunky GoGo Dancers/ Dark Chillout Space. High-Profile DJs TBA.
March 3, 2019, 10pm. For thirsty gays with a sweet tooth for more. Daywash has become an international name and is the only party over the Mardi Gras weekend with a truly international circuit party feel. The DJ lineup for Coco Loco is dressed to impress and will leave you gagging for more - the ultimate Mardi Gras weekend sign off that’s got plenty of bulge and bite.
March 3, 2019, 10pm-4am. Queen Sunday special night of pumping underground and big room house across two rooms with shows, lasers, international DJs and more. MAIN ROOM uplifting vocal housebDJs Wayne G (UK), Neil Singleton, B2B, Jonny Marsh, Fabricio SAN. ROOM 2 tech house DJs Corey Craig (USA), James Alexandr, Troy Beman. XXXtra hot gogo shows.
March 4, 2019, noon. ...gonna keep you begging for it through to the day with Kiki GAY DAY POOL PLAY at the ivy pool. Your dancefloor mojo will be on overdrive. Fabulous fleshfest of fly guys at this incredible rooftop venue. Grab a cabana and chillax with a cock(tail) in your hand while Ibiza-inspired tunes, smooth sunset and pumpin’ pool send the crowd into flirt mode.
March 10, 2019, 11am-7pm at Dogs Roam Free Park, Victoria Park Daylesford. Main Stage highlights: Beccy Cole + The Sisters of Twang; The Potbelleez DJs; Killer Queen Experience; The Hussy Hicks; Leather Lungs; Rhiannon; Women’s Circus; Yana Alana; Mr Dandy. Plus: Bucking broncho; Country games; Youth stage; Workshops; and Stalls.
March 10, 2019, 8pm-3am at Palais-Hepburn, 111 main Rd, Hepburn Springs. Hundreds of sexy friendly men - featuring local and international DJs, Amazing Performers, Hunky GoGo Dancers, Awesome Production. FREE shuttle bus every 15 minutes from Daylesford to Hepburn during the party. Home to a big family of super sexy men and their LGBTIQ+ friends - everyone is welcome!
March 15-17, 2019 in Katoomba. New music styles, huge range of music, eclectic, brilliant group of performers, magical place in the mountains. For performers this past year see:
May 1, 2019, 8pm. Her hilarious new stand up show, Help Me I'm Dying is coming to Australia + NZ! Known for her incredibly funny personas and characters, including everybody's favourite dumpster living hairdresser, Trish, Katya's show promises to be one hilarious night.
May 25, 2018, 8-11:30pm. A 60 minute feature length show with one of the favourites from RP Season 10. Hosted by Karen From Finance. Suitable for ages 18+ this show is standing only.
June 2019 - January 2020. Mapping moments in time, key dynastic changes, stylistic evolutions and geographic wanderings, a journey through 2000 years of figurative sculpture from the Gallery’s collection of Asian art. Follow a path through Asia, from Afghanistan to Indonesia, from the 1st to the 21st centuries, meeting key deities and historical figures along the way.
June 5-16, 2019 - past year opening at State Theatre, with screenings at Event Cinemas George, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Ritz Cinema Randwick and more. Over 215 feature films and documentaries, plus shorts, an animation showcase and special events and workshops over the 12-day period. See 2019 updates:
June, 2019. An annual lavish themed costume party wonderland in which to revel in finery, dancing and spectacular entertainment - make glamour + sophistication your watchwords. 2017 was Mad Hatter's Tea Party. 2018 was The Emerald City. See updates for 2019:
Late August through September, 2019. A one-month celebration of the best new comedy. Over 100 acts from Australia and beyond will perform all new material in venues throughout The Factory in Marrickville - eats, drinks, and your pick of events happening in five venues. The full program will be announced and tickets will be available from mid-July 2019.
June 27, 2019, 7-11:50pm at Roundhouse, UNSW, Kensington, NSW. Dragfest The Realness Tour! The best Drag Show of your LIFE! Starring the world's best queens. Hosted by your fave corporate kitty girl, Karen From Finance, bringing you 8 of the best queens from RuPaul's Drag Race.
September, 2019, annual month-long open access arts festival; works of independent artists, all creative genres. At over 70 different venues, including: the Factory Theatre, the Fusebox, the Lybrary, Metro Theatre, Newtown Hotel, the Oxford Hotel, Seymour Centre, and Venue 505.
September, 2019. Two weeks each September. Past year: A Streetcar Named Hot Tin Menagerie - one-act plays, Tennessee Williams style. The Elements of an Offence - law and order comedy. Next Lesson - Chris Woodley’s semi-autobiographical play. Premium Seman - attempting to steal and sell the cum of the sexiest rock star. UZ: The Town - a wickedly satirical romp.
Mid-September, 2019. LGBTIQ stories across narrative features, documentaries and shorts. The 6-day 2018 edition was the largest festival to date: 29 films from 12 countries, including 15 Australian premieres and a massive 55% of films directed or co-directed by women. Australian LGBTIQ filmmakers battled it out in Queer Screen Pitch Off for $10,000 in short film production funding.
Mid-November, 2019, Sydney Opera House. Seven days. World class comedians. Just For Laughs Sydney is taking over Sydney with some of the worlds top comedians. Come down to the Opera House to see your favourite acts and enjoy the pop-up Just For Laughs Bar with friends before and after your show.
December 31, 2019 at the Sydney Opera House. Ring in the New Year Sydney summertime style at the ultimate vantage point for Sydney's harbour, the Harbour Bridge and spectacular fireworks.
January, 2020. Two-week-plus annual arts and cultural fest; performing and visual arts, emerging and avant-garde artists: music, theater, dance, installations. See the official program at website:
Mid-January, 2020 (TBC) at Bulli Showground, Wollongong NSW, an hour south of Sydney. Past year with 13 international acts, 87 national and 70 local acts in 500 concerts, dances, workshops and sessions in 14 venues; traditional, World, Celtic, dance, Gypsy Roots, Bluegrass, Spoken Word, Comedy acts. Camping on-site. Full program due out in late November.