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Rebellious Words Spoken Word Events
Queer Provocations

Ongoing series 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:
University of New South Wales
UNSW Queer Collective

Events sponsored by the collective include Potluck!, Queer Writes Workshops, Queers do Yoga, QUEER parties, Queer Cruise!, film screenings, and more, on campus, at Red Rattler Theatre, and other places in and around Sydney - see:
Friday Night Bears + Sunday Bears at The Bank + Year-Round events
Harbour City Bears - On Hold

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:
Sydney's hottest pick-up night
Malebox - On Hold

Wednesdays, 9pm. Sydney’s hottest pick-up night. On three floors, in four bars w/ DJs Shanie D Sydney, Dom De Sousa, Ryan John and Tom Pritchard. Join hostess Marilyn Mootrub + Sexy Maleman Luca plus shows starring Sydney’s hottest male dancers. For 23 years the busiest Wednesday night on the strip at Stonewall Hotel.
Hosted by Pump! The 90s Party
PUMP! The Ultimate 90s Party - On Hold

Six Saturdays a year, 9pm-3am. PUMP: 90s Pop Anthems packed to the brim with radio-friendly sing along 90s hits in a non-stop mix.
A massive Sunday party

First Sundays, monthly, 4pm-12am at various venues. Super sexy men and their LGBTIQ+ friends. Everyone is welcome. Local + International DJs. Amazing Performers. Hunky GoGo Dancers. Awesome Production. Multiple Dance Floors.
Every Sunday - FREE Entry w/ 5-7pm Drink Specials
Explore Yourself Sundays

Sundays, noon-midnight free venue-wide weekly party at The Imperial - the heart of the Inner West - uniting our diverse and dynamic people, celebrating queer culture and connecting with friends old and new. Featuring iconic Sydney DJs such as Dan Murphy, Kate Monroe, Tilda Swagton, James Daley, plus drag shows by Farren Heit, Ruby Slippers and Dammit Janet!
Every Sunday Hosted by Harbour City Bears
Bears at the Bank - On Hold

Every Sunday 4pm 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.
Hosted by The Series and Jonny Marsh
Taboo Party - On Hold

Saturday or Sunday, 10pm-4am. Every other month dance party: Main Room uplifting euphoric house; Taboo Tech underground tech house. Dresscode: Swimwear, beachwear, circuit party. Main Room - uplifting euphoric house w/ James Alexandr, Jonny Marsh, and DJ Dom de Sousa. Taboo Tech - underground tech house w/ Phill Hollins + Kate Monroe.
Extraordinary drawings from place, memory and imagination
Real Worlds: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2020

October 24, 2020 – February 7, 2021. Contemporary Australian artists Martin Bell, Matt Coyle, Nathan Hawkes, Danie Mellor, Peter Mungkuri, Becc Ország, Jack Stahel and Helen Wright create extraordinary new worlds in drawings of complexity and invention. Seeing/ making sense of the world: physical connection to place/ country + inventions from history, memory and imagination.
In practice, how do we address the tension...
QUEER PROVOCATIONS #4 - Manifesting a world without prisons

October 27, 2020, 6pm. Looking towards a future beyond prisons, the panel examines imprisonment in Australia, links to colonisation, community-based solidarity, and a queer analysis for a prison abolitionist future where no one is left behind. What is the vision and argument for abolishing prisons? What is the purpose of imprisonment? Speakers TBA!
Grim Reaper’s Goodie Bags + Devilish Drink Packages
Poof Doof Halloqween: Bloody Banquet Ft. DJ Kitty Glitter

October 31, 2020. A 3-hour jam-packed Haunt at Ivy: Food By Totti’s; Costume Extravaganza; Red Carpet Arrivals; Professional Photographer. Hosted by Marilyn Mootrub. Performances: Charlie Villas, Danni Issues, Jackrobat, Kitty Glitter, Logan Dunstan + Poof Doof Dance Demons, Ivy Leaguee, Sheba Williams, Timothy Springs, Vybe and more Surprise Horrors! A Seated Service Event + Show.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others
ANIMAL FARM Halloween Event

October 31, 2020, 9pm-3am. A male-only party for men who love wearing jockstraps - at one of our favourite venues Our Secret Spot in Darlinghurst, Sydney. BYO Alcohol. Stricted Dress Code: Jockstrap + Mask. Get ready for the hottest Halloween party in town with lots of tricks with treats throughout the night as we transform Our Secret Spot into The Haunted Haus of Savvy...
A 3-hour Costume Extravaganza
POOF DOOF Halloqween: Bloody Banquet (SYD)

October 31, 2020, 10pm SAT - 1pm SUN. A seated service event + show at Ivy, featuring: KITTY GLITTER, with LOGAN DUNSTAN + THE POOF DOOF DANCE DEMONS; DANNI ISSUES VYBE IVY LEAGUEE IN A SPOOKY DRAG SPECTACULAR; SHEBA WILLIAMS + TIMOTHY SPRINGS live! JACKROBAT PLUS DJ CHARLIE VILLAS. Two course meal by Totti's PLUS Trick or Treat Dessert goodie bag.
Come find your TRICK or TREAT at TRADE! Code XXX presents
Halloween Meat Whores

October 31, 2020, 10pm-7am. Over 4 huge levels of spooky scary hunted house fun. Exclusive access to all 4 levels of this mega club. Pre-purchased tickets includes express entry plus free cloak check + 1 complementary drink of your choice. Full-service bar, sexy Halloween bar tenders, full décor and theming throughout the venue to get you in the mood to treat your trick at TRADE.
In The Dark Annual Halloween Event
The Sickening Ball 2020

November 6, 2020, 8:30-11:30pm, The Roundhouse, UNSW. Send the kids to bed, secure the cats and dogs, turn on all the lights in the house and prepare for a fright, The Sickening Ball 2020 is coming! Make sure your mummy is wrapped tight, because this will be a Thriller! Bigger and better in 2020 than ever before. An 18+ standing room only event.
Poof Doof is switching gears - from night into day this summer!
POOF DOOF Drag Brunch

November 7-28, 2020, Saturdays 12-4pm. Hosted by Marilyn Mootrub, starring Coco Jumbo, Sia Tequila and Danni Issues in all-afternoon shows with fabulous guest performers rotating weekly! You never know what you'll get! Guests: Nov 7 KARA DEVINE; Nov 14 FAUX FUR. Nov DJs: Sveta, Troy Beman, James Alexandr, Dom De Sousa, Charlie Villas, Dutch Kiss + Atomic Blonde, Kate Monroe and Nate!
Main space and gorgeous ROOFTOP GARDEN OPEN
1000 to 1 Projects Sunday Session at the RAT

November 8, 2020, 1-6pm. JAMIE JAMES presents 25 years of Queer - selected photographs 1995 - 2020. DJs FARMERS DAUGHTERS, SNOW WHITE, HOMO DEUS, and JON RA. Wear your sexiest, silliest, queerest facial attire.
FFight night returns for our November Edition.
FFight Night

November 20, 2020, 9pm-3am. Sydney's hottest and biggest monthly FF event - at the exclusive men's club TRADE at private discreet space on the top floor. You will also have access to the bar and to the rest of the club. The upstairs level includes douching facility, gloves, toilets, slings and public spaces. Buy tickets online - space is limited! Covid-19 safety plan in place.
More boys, bathers, booze & beach balls than you can poke your stick at!

November 28, 2020, 10pm-7am. Let inhibitions run wild over 4 huge levels. Time to meet again Sunday night until early Monday morning for an amazing 9 hour musical journey w/ huge Laser show. Strictly men only, private areas, play + theme areas, smoking room, safe and secure clothes check. Wear as much as you want or as little as you like - or nothing at all!
In The Dark Presents
Drag Race UK Tour - Sydney

November 29, 2020, 6-8pm at The Roundhouse, University of New South Wales, Anzac Parade. Rupaul Drag Race UK Royalty comes to Australia! Your favourite UK queens from the motherland with a cheeky show! You'll be right chuffed to you see the line-up. Don't faff about, grab tickets before they all toddle off. You'd be off your trolley to miss this one! VIP Meet+Greet Tickets.
Hosted by DJ Steve Hill
Masif Saturdays presents Headhunterz - Holding date

December 30, 2020, 11pm-5:30am at Shark Hotel. A holding date until safer days. The king of HARDSTYLE returns to MASIF SATURDAYS for one night only! HEADHUNTERZ will be centre stage at the HOME OF THE HARDER STYLES! See updates at:
Seeing in the New Year with you all at BARCODE

December 31, 2020, 10pm-7am.Start your New Year with a bang at BARCODE. Complimentary champagne to all guests at midnight.
Let's celebrate together. With full colour laser shows, full production, fully licensed, full-service bar, over 4 huge levels, hot throbbing studs, private areas, play areas, themed areas. Open all night, no lock-out plus free cloak check.
Welcome 2021 with a bang!
New Years Eve 2020 Soirée at the Opera House

December 31, 2020 (TBC), Yallamundi Rooms, Sydney Opera House. Ring in the New Year Sydney summertime style. Dance the night away into 2021. Wine and dine on an array of tantalising canapés, and graze from a series of live food stations. NYE Concert. DJ performance. The ultimate vantage point view  from Northern Broadwalk of the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks.
Transforming the urban landscape
SydFest 2021. Australian Made.

January, 2021. Kickstarting 2021: recovering, reconnecting communities, and reinvigorating Australian arts with bold and memorable experiences that ignite, unite, and excite Sydney. Building on a proud 44-year history of commissioning and presenting inspiring and ground-breaking new Australian art in a program of the best work from Australia's finest artists and companies.
Film screenings at Fleet Steps Open-air Cinema, Royal Botanic Garden
Westpac OpenAir Cinema 2021

January - February, 2021, Mrs MacQuaries Point. Each summer over 70,000 Sydneysiders and visitors enjoy fine food and wine on Sydney Harbour; 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 Bombshell, The Gentleman, and Little Women.
The 36th Annual
Illawarra Folk Festival

January 14-17, 2021 at Bulli Showground, Wollongong NSW, an hour south of Sydney. Typically with international, national and local acts in over 300 concerts, dances, workshops and sessions in 11 onsite venues; traditional, World, Celtic, dance, Gypsy Roots, Bluegrass, Spoken Word, Comedy acts. Camping on-site. Full program due in December.
Do you follow the empire, or are you part of the resistance?
Alaska Strikes Back Tour - Sydney

June 13, 2021, 5-8pm at Upstairs Beresford, 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills. Alaska brings her brand new tour in Australia: The Alaska Show 2: The Fempire Strikes Back! Guests are encouraged to dress up as if heading out for a night at the Mos Eisley Cantina! An 18+ event with VIP Meet & Greet + Show.
In The Dark Presents an all singing, all dancing celebration of Haus Party!
Todrick Hall - Haus Party Tour Sydney

January 15, 2021, 8-11:30pm. Featuring Todrick and his dancers. You’ve seen him on Youtube, and RuPaul’s Drag Race, now see the live on stage, 75 minute production. Get your nails, hair, hips and heels in order as Todrick turns Australian clubs into his runway. Learn the choreography! Beat the face, cinch the waist, turn up the bass, glue that lace and make em faint!
Australia Day in Sydney
Australia Day 2021

January 26, 2021. 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 and #ausday to join the celebration!
Celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia
Yabun Festival

January 26, 2021 (TBC). 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.
Hosted by NM Events
Nakedman Camp Sydney 2021

February, 2021. Not yet confirmed. Camping near St Albans. Relaxed/ friendly long weekend open to all men; trans, cis, queer, gay, bi and same sex attracted. Action-packed events/ activities; fun and silly to erotic and life changing. Discarding clothes, we become equal, free of judgement, enjoy a new sense of freedom. Come with friends, or alone; everyone will be made to feel welcome.
An intimate gathering where women together release the shame that binds us
Shameless! Fully Naked Dinner for WOMEN ONLY

February 6, 2021, 5:45-10pm at TBA. Reclaim and celebrate all we are! Women, generally speaking, are plagued with negative body-image at some stage in their lives. But really, we are all beautiful...we are all every way! Being naked, we allow ourselves to be fully all ways: physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally... leaving ourselves little to hide behind.
43rd Anniversary LGBTQI Celebrations
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival

February 19 - March 7, 2021. SUN Feb 21st Fair Day, 10am-9pm at Victoria Park. SAT Mar 6th big parade (viewing at The Glamstand) + 11pm-8am party night at Hordern Pavilion. 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.
Where our communities shine in the sun
Fair Day

February 21, 2021, 10am-9pm 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.
Saturday night of the October Labour Day long weekend
LOCKER ROOM - The Sports Party where the boys play

February 28, 2021, 10pm-5am. Where masculinity is the name of the game. Open all night, fully licensed bar, full production, full colour laser show, free cloak check and hot sporty guys. Dress code - Sports gear, jockstraps, wrestling suits, footy or swim shorts, underwear, Lycra running shorts, anything sporty goes - what happens in the Locker Room stays in the LOCKER ROOM.
ChillOut Daylesford is the LGBTI capital of Regional Australia
ChillOut Festival

March 4-8, 2021 (TBC), 11am at Dogs Roam Free Park (TBC), Victoria Park Daylesford. Held annually, Australia's largest and most popular regional gay and lesbian event. See more info TBA.
From the outrageously adorned, to the sassy, satirical and serious
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

March 6, 2021, 7-10pm, from Oxford at Flinders, Darlinghurst. The biggest night of the year extravaganza brings Sydney to a standstill, shining a global spotlight on LGBTQI lives, culture, communities and creativity. Spectacular floats, thousands of participants, a smorgasbord of glittering colour, showcasing the glitz and glamour of our community. Following NSW Health COVID guidelines.
The ultimate party to finish your Sydney Mardi Gras weekend
Apollo: Mardi Gras 2021

March 7, 2021, 2-10pm. Unleashing the big one. The brightest, shiniest rainbow you've ever seen; tripping the light fantastic and inviting the inner-child inside us all to come out to play once more. Guest DJs (TBA) will keep your hands sky high as we rocket into our rainbow universe full of friends old and new, and anthems past and present.
Daywash: finest beats, flyest tunes, heart-pounding DJs - electric performances
Candyland Mardi Gras Day Party 2021 + Mardi Gras Weekend

March 7, 2021, SUN 2-10pm at IVY. The BIGGEST, MOST AUTHENTIC CIRCUIT DAY + NIGHT PARTY OF THE WEEKEND. We take our music as seriously as you do! With INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR MUSIC PRODUCERS TBA - exclusive, worldclass circuit royalty, flying in to Sydney for the biggest and boldest Daywash ever - the only way to sign off an absolutely epic weekend.
Daywash Presents
Candyland Night Party 2021 - Mardi Gras Weekend

March 7, 2021, 10pm-4am. Whoever said ‘all good things must end’ has obviously never been to a Daywash party. The VIP weekend pass gets you into all 3 events: Candyland Day, Candyland Night, and the KiKi ivy pool party. Candyland Night is dress-to-impress to leave you hankering for more. The complete stellar line up TBA at:
It’s KIKI season Daywash style! Miss it and weep!
KiKi Pool Party Mardi Gras Weekender

March 8, 2021, noon-8pm. After all the Mardi Gras shenanigans of the parade, the main party, Candyland Day and Candyland Night, we will all have an appetite for a long and hard Kiki session - especially when there are Speedos involved! The very popular annual Kiki party at the ivy pool! All roads lead to KiKi.
The 25th annual
Blue Mountains Music Festival

March 12-14, 2021 in Katoomba. Blues, Folk, Roots and New Music styles - a huge range of music, eclectic, brilliant group of performers, magical place in the mountains. For performers see:
Catch SFF screenings at seven cinemas across Sydney
Sydney Film Festival

June 9-20, 2021 at State Theatre, Event Cinemas George, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Ritz Cinema Randwick and more. Australia’s premier international film festival w/ 12 days and nights of the world’s best new films. In past years presenting more than 250 of the greatest, strangest and most exciting works that cinema has to offer.
ITD Events' biggest show of the year
Dragfest 2021 SYDNEY

August 5, 2021, 7-10pm at Roundhouse, UNSW, Kensington, NSW. Dragfest The Realness Tour! The best Drag Show of your LIFE! Starring the world's best queens. A stellar line-up, hosted by Karen From Finance heads to Sydney w/ the show of the decade! Drag Race favourites: Alaska, Ariel Versace, Katya, Jasmine, Tatianna, Trixie.
No festival this year but with some terrific productions
Sydney Fringe Festival

September 1-30, 2021, Annual month-long open access arts festival; works of independent artists, all creative genres- normally at over 70 different venues. Digital + global collaboration with Stockholm Fringe, Nordic Fringe Network, Brighton Fringe, NZ Fringe, San Diego and Hollywood Fringe - streaming International Fringe work, along with new local Made in Sydney works.
In partnership with the Sydney Fringe Festival
Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival 2021

September, 2021 (TBC). A month-long celebration of the best new comedy. Over 100 acts from Australia and beyond perform all new material in venues throughout The Factory in Marrickville - eats, drinks, and your pick of events happening in five venues.
In The Dark Presents a night out with Jinkx & BenDeLaCreme!
An Evening with BenDeLaCreme & Jinkx Monsoon - Sydney

September 12, 2021, 7pm, Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington. One is terminal delightful, the other a snappy ginger. One's a season winner, the other bowed out after sweeping the competition. The silly sisters from Seattle, Jinkx Monsoon and BenDelaCreme, team up for a comedy cabaret show like no other: a kooky, kitschy, campy, comedy cabaret show with songs, laughs and stories.