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 2014 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.
Sunday Industry Nights at Love Machine, 18+ dress to impress, gay/lesbian and friends dance night, international celebrities, DJs, sexy go-go dancers, special monthly theme nights include Super White Party and Pink Party.
January 1, 2020, 4pm-1am. A massive New Years Day celebration at the Colonial Melbourne with hundreds of sexy friendly people ready to explode in 2020! 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. Next: Jan 26th, 6pm Melbourne Boat Party.
January 19 - February 9, 2020 annual festival. Melbourne's Queer Celebration of arts and culture: 145+ events, 85+ different venues throughout Melbourne region; performing arts, dance parties, visual art exhibitions, community events, forums. Carnival + T-Dance, food and drinks, 5-hrs free entertainment. Pride March on Fitzroy, St Kilda + Catani Gardens festivities.
January 19, 2020, 11am-10pm Carnival + T-Dance at Alexandria Gardens, Boathouse Dr. All-day+night fun in the sun party celebrates the beginning of another fabulous Midsumma Festival. Bite-sized performances, friends in the family domain, sports precinct tackles and staying cool w/ the under 18s. Vendor stalls, food, and entertainment galore lead into a warm summer evening T Dance.
January 19 - February 9, 2020. For Midsumma Festival 2020 over 80 events are listed on their facebook page - or see their website:
January 19 - February 2, 2020. SUN 11am-5pm Alexandra Gardens Carnival Day. FRI Jan 24, 8pm-2am, HUNK Dance Party at Laird w/ DJs Jayson Leahy + David Virgona. SAT Jan 25, 5-11:30pm UNION/ Mr VicBears 2020 at Laird. SUN Jan 26, 8pm-2am Underbear w/ DJs Mikey B + Pete McNamara. TUE Jan 28, 8-11pm Bearsoup/ Wet on Wellington. SUN Feb 2, 11am Pride March + 2pm Bears-n-Brews at Topolinos.
January 19, 2020, at Alexandra Gardens. See the MRB at stall 88 at Midsummer Carnival! Learn about the band and chat to band members about Australia's permiere gender and sexually diverse concert band! Performance on the picnic stage 12:30-1pm. Also: Jan 26th Picnic at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon.
January 19, 2020, 8pm-6am at Brown Alley. All-inclusive event featuring multiple levels filled with Australia’s best queer DJs + performers and playing host fine international imports including: Housemeister (BER), Yrzck (BER), Cloudy Ku (Taipei), Simonetti, GRIMMER, KiArcher, PO PO MO CO, Prozac, Simple. The perfect place to kick on and get sticky. Everyone is going to JIZZ!
January 20 - February 7, 2020, 77 Southbank Blvd. New feral cohort will consider: how we learn (from each other) about what makes performance queer; how we talk about queer performance; how we make performance; how we might queer reviewing and funding; and, above all, how we might develop a network of queer thinkers who can talk amongst ourselves and to others about queer performance.
January 20 - February 4, 2020, 6:30--11:30pm. Every Monday and Tuesday Adam evening for their fifth Midsumma, a diverse range of guys meet to play pool, have some drinks, and listen to great music - all in the buff! Known internationally and synonymous with queer Melbourne nightlife.
January 20-25, 2020 (five dates), 7pm. Socially awkward Keith hires beautiful escort Beau for an evening of companionship one Christmas Eve. Keith has no idea what to expect. For Beau it is just another job, but he never had a client quite like Keith before. An original play that examines the ramifications of our obsession with youth and beauty.
January 21 - February 9, 2020, Mon-Sun 12-5pm. Exploring and capturing the emotional turbulence of The Coming Out period. Fragile, painful, terrifying, euphorically joyous and most of all rewarding moments; necessary emotional steps in search of self-identity that all of us have to go through. Temptation is the core ingredient, and the driving force - unstoppable by any fear.
January 22 - February 2, 2020, 6:30pm opening/ Mon-Sun 11am-5pm, at Tacit Galleries, 123a Gipps St, Collingwood. Eureka shares his queer exploration of the male portrait and of the spiritual traditions of eastern and central Europe. He developed the works drawing churches and mosques, and with life drawing and photography.
January 22-25, 2020, 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 23, 2020, 6-10pm. Hugs was an iconic underground queer club hidden down a laneway in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, famed for its craziness, creativity, fashion, debauchery and of course, music. Subjects knew it was their moment, and that they were going to play a part in the history of Melbourne’s cultural queer journey. And they didn’t disappoint. DJ Andras.
January 23-25, 2020, THU-SAT 7:30pm/ SAT 4pm. Asking real questions of our Disney heroes: Does happily ever after exist? Is it romantic to sing with a neighbour, after breaking in; or kiss someone unconscious? The oh-so-charming cabaret, featuring beloved Disney melodies and farfetched stereotypes, explores one man’s struggle to overcome what even Walt would find intense.
January 23-24, 2020, 8pm at Hamer Hall. Leading queer artists, electro-pop icon Paul Mac and playwright Lachlan Philpott, teamed with director Kate Champion to tell the story of Saint George through the eyes of our community. Collaborators from across Paul’s career alongside a giant community choir, merging song, text and electronica in a show of community, solidarity and freedom.
January 22, 2020, 12-3pm. The Substation, Newport. Don’t be late for this date! Are you 12-25 living in Victoria? Want to meet other gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual (LGBTIQA+) young people? Friends and allies welcome! Join us for a mad hatter tea party event! No cost. High tea, live music and give-aways! Prizes for best costume.
January 23-26, 2020, 8:30pm. Kings, kweens, everyone in-betweens, born again, gagging for more. Circus/ burlesque/ sideshow/ cabaret to leave you dripping in sin. Live choir. Queerest, dearest circus creeps + fabulous freaks: MC Six Inches Uncut, Bettie Bombshell, Anna Lumb, Ruby Slippers, Dazza + Keif, Alex De Porteous, Emily Gare, Miss Jane Doe, Lola La Roux, Archie Arsenic, Becky Lou.
January 24 - February 8, 2020, 10pm. Another diverse lineup of excellent burlesque, cabaret, comedy and drag artists; each bringing to the table their own personal style and exquisite talents. A damn entertaining, highly arousing celebration of performance art. With a rotating cast, every night with something completely new! Award winners, awe-inspirers, weird, wonderful and beautiful.
January 25, 2020, 2-4pm. The team behind The Coming Back Out Ball and LGBTI+ Elders Dance Club present the very first Rainbow Family Dance Club. Rainbow Families bring your children and friends along as we dance up a storm to kids classics from Baby Shark to the Hokey Pokey.
January 25, 2020, 9pm-3am, Fabuland, 103-105 Smith St, Fitzroy. Dress up + GLOW Sircuit UV wonderland. Special midnight show w/ 90s pop icon Joanne, performing Jackie and dance hits. Drag shows: 10:30pm + 1:30am w/ Amena-Jay, Penny Cillin, Sasha Starr, Jemima Handful + 4 very sexy boys. DJs Fragile Future + Dom De Sousa play 90s/00s/now. Free glowsticks + UV face paint station.
January 26, 2020, 1-5pm, Prahran Aquatic Centre, 41 Essex St. The BIGGEST, most INCLUSIVE Queer pool party in Melbourne… FREE! Get wet and wild/ celebrate the queerest time of year with sunshine, eye candy, and recovery sesh. Bring besties, lovers, significant others - all genders/ ages/ sexualities welcome. Melbourne Surge LGBT water polo club water activities fun for all.
January 26, 2020, 6-10:30pm at Victoria Star Cruises, 30 Victoria Harbour Prom, Docklands. Party celebration with hundreds of sexy sailors! Spectacular Fireworks. High-Profile DJs. Complimentary Food. Two Spacious Levels. Indoor + Outdoor Dance Floors/ Awesome Sound + Lighting A big family of super sexy men and their LGBTIQ+ friends. Everyone is welcome in our home!
January 26, 2020, 8pm-2am. Strip down to your bear essentials at the Laird. A huge event, sure to be full o' bears partying the long weekend away with sets from Mikey B (Brisbane) and Pete McNamara (Melbourne). Get your furry butts to the dance floor!
January 28, 2020, 9pm. Tim is a country cub. Mike an outer-suburbs otter. Chris a bear from the bush. Oscar, a wolf from the wealthy inner-east. Over the years, these four gay men, beginning as a couple and two friends, criss-cross lives, between Melbourne, New York, London and Singapore; in saunas, at drag shows, beats and doofs. What are they looking for? Why is the sex so important?
January 29 - February 6, 2020, MON-SUN 1-7pm. Closing drinks Feb 6th, 6:30pm-9.30pm, downstairs in the DUNGEON. CoM20 will once again tantalise, arouse, shock, delight, challenge and entertain. Featuring queer male artists from around the globe. Celebrating masculine queer art - with Thorne Harbour Health forums, kink classes by Eagle Leather, and a Gay Life Drawing life drawing class.
January 29 - February 1, 2020, WED/THU 7:30pm. FRI/SAT 9:30pm. Dan dreams of dead ducks and cartoon skeletons. He’s dying. Terminal brain cancer forces him to decide how he wants the end of his life to look. Despite his supportive partner, well-intentioned sister and a nurse who comforts by-the-book - no one can give him what he needs. It’s time for Dan to choose how he goes.
January 30 - February 1, 2020, 8pm at Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St. Comedic, moving, brutal; combining drag, dance and performance to investigate sexuality, class, gender and race in the white Australian psyche. Olympia Bukkakis uses comedy, movement, and storytelling to investigate how different narrative styles in Australian history create the conditions in which we live today.
January 31 - February 2, 2020. Pool/ beach/ club/ rooftop/ garden/ lifestyle/ dining/ accommodation. FRI Welcome Party/ Performance Party. SAT Yoga Class/ Breakfast/ Brunch/ Pool Party/ Sunset Cocktails/
Main Dance Party. SUN Breakfast/ Yoga Class/ Brunch/ 11am Pride March Parade on Fitzroy St/ 1pm Pride Celebrations at Catani Gardens/ 2pm Pride Closing Party.
January 31, 2020, 6pm, at Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-In, 155 Newlands Rd, Coburg North. Bringing MQFF to the Drive-In. No better way to enjoy Midsumma than a night of film, fun + flair! This special presentation of the cult classic will support the 30th Melbourne Queer Film Festival, March 2020.
January 31, 2020, 7pm-1am. First time in Melbourne! Glam up for an anything-goes extravaganza/ best music, art, fashion, and entertainment. With makeover booth, Bowie-inspired art pieces, other-worldly photos, prize for best dressed. Dance the night away to the full Bowie catalogue performed live by talented Melbourne bands, singers, and provocateurs. Let fly your inner lightning bolt!
February 1, 2020, noon-11pm. Hosted by the stunning Uff and accompanied by a selection of gorgeous special guest performers, the Pride weekend pool party at Australia's finest men's sauna is one of the most anticipated events on the Midsumma calendar. Line-up TBA. “Simply the most fun I’ve ever had by the pool!” – BP Taylor.
February 1, 2020, 8pm, Hamer Hall. Something for everyone - laughs, music, cabaret, and of course, drag! Hosted by TV star Bob Downe + comedian Kirsty Webeck, joined by Pangina Heals “The RuPaul of Thailand”, Tom Ballard, Dolly Diamond and the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Weekly Best Comedy Award winner Nath Valvo. Red carpet arrivals + post show DJ to keep the party going late.
February 1, 2020, 8pm-3am. Celebrate a sporty summer on the dance floor with a touchdown, a takedown, a rim shot, and all-bases loaded locker room shenanigans! Team player or searching for someone to spot you? Time to shine! DJs David Virgona, Fragile Future, Mike Kelly. Friski cheersquad on the sidelines. Shimmy in short shorts, boogie in budgie smugglers, get into gear... get Friski!
February 2, 2020, 11am-4pm. Parade, pride and party once a year in Melbourne's iconic march celebrating solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity. Tie up your bootlaces or throw on your heels to join the Midsumma Pride March. Whether you join the fanfare by foot or by wheel, with friends or with lovers, as ally or as queer, Midsumma Pride March is for you.
February 2, 2020, 1-9:30pm. St Kilda Bowls Club Midsumma Festival super gay day: free lawn bowls, gourmet BBQ and pride vibes! Meat raffles, dancing, snags, and soundtrack of summer from DJs John Course, Jawbreakers, Argonaut, and Duchess Kay. Performance by Cheyenne. Pride Shows by DRAG SUPERSTARS AYSHA BUFFETT, MAX THE DRAG QUEEN and TheSAXXXY BITCHES Matilda Finish + Jimi The Kween.
February 2, 2020, 8pm-3am, Inflation, 60 King St. Pride after party featuring drag icon/ model/ DJ Pearl (RPDR S7): grand looks, camp/ seductive performances, wild DJ sets. Also: DJ Adam Love, Alex Xand, EEEMUS, Ruby Slippers, Sam Thompson, Simona Castricum, Stone Motherless Cold, DJ Sveta and Uff. 18+ go hard or just chill!
February 4-8, 2020, 8pm (also 4pm SAT). If you are born in a country where being yourself can get you killed, then exile is your only choice. Adam is the remarkable true story of a young trans man having to make that choice and begin his journey. It charts Adam’s progress from Egypt to Scotland, across borders and genders, in his search for a place to call home.
February 4-9, 2020, (six dates), 8pm. Looking to live the sweet life, yet sugar hits of nostalgia and fantasy are short-lived. One of the most electric new figures in Australian dance, Joel probes one of paradoxes of our age: with so much on offer, why are we left so hungry? Hilarious, provocative and heartfelt, tickling nerve endings of desire/ prodding cavities left by colonisation.
February 7, 2020, 7:30-9pm at The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood. Serving a candid, informative and hilarious take on modern life as gay men, the boys will perform a live version of their award-nominated podcast for Midsumma 2020.
February 8, 2020, 6pm. Drinks + queer cinema trivia w/ screening of Andrew Haigh’s acclaimed 2011 film, Weekend. Russell, after randomly picking up artist Glen at a nightclub on Friday night, unexpectedly spends most of the next 48 hours with him in bedrooms and bars, telling stories, having sex, and developing a connection that will resonate throughout their lives.
February 8, 2020, 7pm-1am. From the creators of 'Miss First Nation', the return to Melbourne of ALL SORTS drag, cabaret and dancing - featuring some of the most sickeningly sweet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performances this side of the lolly jar. Hosted by the delicious Miss Zodiac, cherishing Rainbow Mob and their fans.
February 8, 2020, 7:30pm. Some of Melbourne’s sexiest bears step into the spotlight and shake away stigma, with plus sized performances that'll leave you screaming for more. "A fabulous night for thicc people and those that love them." Celebrate body positivity and expressions of all types in the ultimate art of tease.
February 8, 2020, 8:30-11:30pm. Dig out those sweat bands, lacy gloves, shoulder pads and join the fun! The ultimate drag extravaganza 80s Style! Hosted by the stunning Rhubarb Rouge w/ DJ David Virgona to get you INTO THE GROOVE. Back to the 80s with Melbourne’s most amazing Drag Queens and Countdown bangers.
February 9, 2020, 5-8pm. Carlton Baths opens to Melbourne’s Queer community for a night of live music by the pool to conclude Midsumma Festival. Live music from LGBTQIA+ artists Memphis LK + Shulah the Sheilah. LGBTQIA+ sport clubs/ support services stalls. 25m Outdoor Swimming Pool. Bushrangers Basketball Victoria basketball match. Health/ Fitness consultation. Fitness Classes.
February 14-16, 2020. The camping festival of your big gay dreams returns for 2020. Australia’s queer camping music festival returns for the 5th time, this year to a campground at the Yarra Valley foothills of the Dandenongs - a boutique festival with a strictly limited capacity of 1000 patrons + an eclectic lineup of music, performers, visual arts, food trucks, yoga, workshops...
February 14, 2020, 10pm-5am at Angel Music Bar, 12 Bourke St. A mess of Queer attachments featuring two long-distance crushes sandwiched between messy throuples. DJs UMAMI B3B LEFAG, ketia (Lisbon), Bapari (NY/LA), Vapor Nein autoerotic B3B. $10-$15 door, no pre-sales.
March 5-9, 2020. ChillOut Festival is held annually in Daylesford, Victoria and is Australia's largest and most popular regional gay and lesbian event. See details TBA:
March 7, 2020, 9am-6pm at Daylesford Swimming Pool, Central Springs Rd. Held annually in Daylesford, Victoria, ChillOut Festival is Australia's largest and most popular regional gay and lesbian event. Free entry, with entertainment and activities all day.
March 7-9, 2020, 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. See who's playing in 2020:
March 7, 2020, 8pm-12am. Foot-stomping, knee slapping w/ the Devil Goat Family String Band + DJ Hot Wheels do-si-do, square dancing fun. The five piece band plays high-energy bluegrass and fiddle tunes like they never went out of style. Contemporary arrangements, traditional tunes, Kate Conner and Sophia Dunn fiddles, Gus Macmillan banjo, Luke Byrnes guitar, and Fran Evans double bass.
March 8, 2020 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!
March 8, 2020, 9pm-2am. Spiral down the rabbit hole; Poof Doof returns w/ the official Chillout 2020 after party, Mad Hatters Ball. All-star cast: Australia’s favourite queer DJs Hayley Maree, Argonaut, DJ du Jour and Fragile Future; performance artists Karen from Finance, Polly Filla, Lady Diamond, Fembot Ex and Matilda Finish. Tea Party Dance Hall + Red Queen’s Cabaret.
March 12-23, 2020. 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.
March 19-29, 2020 at Queen Victoria Market. Food/ wine lovers come out to play (taste, cook, eat, learn, drink, discover) each year w/ artisan producers, trail-blazing chefs and inspiring winemakers. Events in every location imaginable - among wine barrels at cellar doors, in early autumn countryside sunshine, lights-down-low basement bars, hidden city lanes + award-winning restaurants.
March 19-21, 2020, THU+SAT 7pm, FRI 5:30pm. A black comedy. The optimistic (albeit unstable) aspiring starlet moves to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming a big, big star. But things reach a boiling point after a disastrous audition and consequential rejection from a casting agent.
March 25 - April 19, 2020, 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 2020 program available from Feb 11th, 2020.
June 17-28, 2020, (past year) at The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. Second largest cabaret festival in the world, a major winter arts events. See website for the 2020 venue confirmation and line-up.
October - November, 2020 (TBC) 11 days of fun, food, film, friends and fabulousness, celebrating LGBTIQA+ Pride and Diversity.
Mid-December, 2020 (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.