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Gay Brisbane

Brisbane's arts performance venue
Brisbane Powerhouse Arts

Ongoing visual arts, comedy, theater, and music events and festivals. See what's on this week at their website.
Drink Dance Love [Every Sunday Night] Brisbane’s biggest/ best end of week party
Fluffy at Cloudland

Sundays, 8pm-3am. Entertainment w/ Harry K Presents KINKY QUEENS: Vollie LaVont, Mandy Moobs, Luna Thicc, Skye Blue; dancers Nick + Jamie. DJs Harry K + Karma. Doors 8pm. Shows hourly from 9pm.
Tropical Fruits is please to announce

The Clubhouse has reopened to members. We are operating under COVID guidelines regarding space capacities and have hand sanitisers on hand as well as face masks should you feel you need one. So you can once more drop in for a cuppa, renew your membership or take part in the groups held here as they come back.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival wears its colours of France proudly
French Film Festival

March 17 - April 13, 2021 at Palace James St and Palace Barracks. Annual three weeks of screenings - the largest festival dedicated to French films in the world. The 2020 event was cut short due to Covid-19. The 2019 edition attracted more than 195,000 spectators.
A post festival advanced screening by Brisbane Queer Film Festival
Supernova BQFF at New Farm Cinemas

April 3, 2021, 2pm. Partners of twenty years go travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Their time together is now the most important thing they have. Along the way their individual ideas for their future begin to collide. Secrets are uncovered, private plans unravel and their love for each other is tested like never before.
Brisbane Easter Saturday

April 3, 2021, 9pm-3am. Saturday night extravaganza w/ DJs Dan Murphy + Harry K joining forces again to give you the best house music on the planet. Dan Murphy + Jonny Marsh rebooked their flights from Sydney to join Harry K on the decks no matter what this time! Vocal funky house music, classics and current, full production LED Screens, dancers, DJs, Queens + featured singer artist.
Easter Long Weekend
Rumble! - Citrine Velvetine vs Lexa Pro

April 4 2021, 7-10pm. Miss Burlesque Queensland 2020 Citrine Velvetine & local legend Lexa Pro battle it out over three rounds of performance and improvised chaos. Hosted by Tina Bikki, supported by special guests Ginger Tonic, Foxxe Faux [NSW], J'aiMime, and DJ ENN. An 18+ event.
GLAM returns to celebrate the Easter Long Weekend Mad Hatter's Tea Party
GLAM | Easter Sunday In Wonderland

April 4, 2021, 9pm. Get acquainted with your wild and strange side down the Rabbit Hole at the Empire Corner bar. Starring Vollie LaVont, Mandy Moobs, Luna Thicc, Beverly Kills, Scarlett Fever, Thicc Shake Crew Ella Ganza, Evangeline + Crimson Coco. Bebe Gunn, Lulu LeMans, Cocoray, Elle De Flower, Shaniqua T-Bone. Music by Sweaty Baby, ENN, Harry K, and Karma. Dancers Nick + Jamie.
Thursdays -Feel like a bite before Soul'Sa starts?

April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021, 8:30pm-3am. Queensland’s biggest weekly celebration of Salsa with dance lessons, live performances by your favourite bands, percussionists, vocalists and DJs – playing Salsa Bachata, Reggaeton and more!
Tropical Fruits Annual Easter Weekend
Easter Ball - Live Stream Event

April 11, 2021, 6-10pm on Facebook. Normally the biggest little party you have ever been to! The first party after all the New Year excitement, a chance for the whole fruity family to get together for an uplifting electro-house, slightly hands-in-the-air euphoric groove-thang! DJs Dolly Llama + Lady K. See FB updates.
Harry K presents FLUFFY every Sunday Night!
FLUFFY [Late Nite] Henny Spaghetti

April 11, 2021, 8pm-3am. Every Sunday Night, your Fluffy Family is ready to kick start Brisbane's Gay Nightlife with the best shows and music all night long! Harry K Presents FLUFFY starring Vollie LaVont, Mandy Moobs, Luna Thicc, Beverly Kills, Dancers Nick and Jamie + special guest HENNY SPAGHETTI. Music by Harry K + Karma.
Let's get ready to rumble! Hosted by The Sportsman Hotel
Queer Sister SmackDown 2021: Meet the Queens!

April 15, 2021, 9pm-12:30am. Get ready to rumble! Gloves are off time to crown the 2021 Queer Sister SmackDown Champion! Meet The Queens: 19 fabulous contestants will strut their stuff/ best runway looks for the chance to grab a golden ticket to the head to head to head rounds! Hosted by Mandy Moobs, Henny Spaghetti and Shanny T-Bone. Shows: 9, 10, 11pm. Come early for a bite to eat.
April shows at the Warehouse & May shows at Cloudland
Hey Felicia! A Drag and Dine Musical

April 16 + 30 and May 14, 2021, 6:30pm. Fabulous Fluffy glitz + glamour inspired by the greatest Broadway shows: Cloudland Brunch With Bite Brisbane Drag+Dine. FIVE iconic Drag Queens; songs from the greatest musicals + iconic gay anthems. Starring Vollie LaVont, Mandy Moobs, BeBe Gunn, ShuShu Funtanna and Scarlett Fever. Music by Harry K!
Hosted by The Sportsman Hotel and Brisbears
Mr Bear Qld presents - Leather Bear

April 17, 2021, 9pm - 2am at Bunker Bar, downstairs at The Sportsman Hotel. Featuring DJ Marty. Come meet the bears, every 3rd Saturday.
STARLET 2021 was the ultimate showdown
Starlet 2021 Winners Dance Party

April 18, 2021, 8pm-3am. Proud to present our WINNERS PARTY. Experience the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent live on the FLUFFY stage from winner CRIMSON COCO and runner-up BEBE GUNN + Fluffy All Stars Vollie LaVont, Mandy Moobs, Luna Thicc, Beverly Kills + Dancers Nick and Ashley. DANCING IS BACK! Anthems By Harry K + Karma.
Hold onto your balls….every day through April & May
Balls Out Bingo

April 20 - May 27, 2021, 8pm. Join award winning drag performer Gayleen Tuckwood and her sexy ball for 10 games of Balls OUT Bingo. Cash and prizes to give away, dancing, singing and a ball boy to get naked. (Covid restrictions apply).
Every Sunday through April 18, 2021
Brunch With Bite - Brisbane

April 25 - August 29, 2021, every Sunday 11am-2pm. Riotous personalities and shows! Tired of vanilla Sundays? Spice it up at this weekly brunch series: deliciously naughty, and delightfully nice. Slip into something comfortable, wrap arms around your guy and gal pals, and get on down to sink your teeth into something off-the-wall different, and something with a little bit of bite.
Ages 15+ | Free | Motorcycles on Screen’ Curator’s Pick
Touki Bouki - A 2K digital restoration

April 25, 2021, 2:30pm. On his motorcycle mounted with a bullhorn skull, cowherder Mora roams the roads of Senegal with his lover Anta. Together they dream of a new life in Paris and conspire to get the money needed for their voyage. Djibril Diop Mambéty’s striking masterpiece of African cinema won the International Critics Award at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.
Funny and Camp With lots of Cheekiness and Sass
Magnificent May

May 1, 2021, 6pm at 250 South Station Rd, Raceview. Dancing With The Queen’s and Casa Mia Ipswich. Hosted by our Dynamic Duo
Medea Monroe & Tyranny. Performances by New DITC Hostess Veritee + special Guest performer Sasha Tragic-Mole. Fee includes entry, drink on arrival and a fully serviced buffet of hot dishes and sides followed by sweets.
Brisbane's biggest rainbow festival is back!
Big Gay Day 2021

May 2, 2021. Brisbane’s biggest and best rainbow festival, featuring musical acts, drag extravaganzas and so much more. The iconic festival has been running for over 20 years, raising thousands of dollars for local LGBTQIA+ charities.
Hosted by UQ Veg Society
Veg Ball 2021 - The Enchanted Forest

May 7, 2021, 7-11pm at Blackbird Bar/ Restaurant. A beautiful night of fun, friends, food and drinks with sweeping views of the river, the story bridge and Kangaroo point cliffs. Unlimited vegan drinks + canapé style vegan food + DJ + photographer. An event for everyone…not just UQ Students! Dress in your best formal wear with a magical or woodland spin.
Hosted by Cloudland & DJ Harry K
DRAG BRUNCH - Mother's Day

May 8 + 9, 2021, 11am-2pm. Spoil your mum this Mother's Day with something deliciously naughty but delightfully nice as DRAG BRUNCH presents the ultimate Mother's Day series. Hosts Bebe Gunn, LuLu Lemans, Cocoray and special guests;  wild performances, interactive games, great prizes, delicious Italian inspired brunch, cocktails.
Hosted by Balls OUT Bingo Brisbane
Project Pink Fundraiser

May 8, 2021, 7pm at Springwood Hotel. Balls OUT Bingo is proud to be helping Project Pink to raise funds for Cancer Research. THIS IS NOT YOUR NANNA'S BINGO! Hosted by the fabulous Candy Surprise - a night of great entertainment as Candy sings live for you. A sexy ball, great prizes to give away and lots of fun!
The annual contest hosted by The Sportsman Hotel
Mr Sportsman Hotel 2021

May 8, 2021, 10pm. Cash prizes up for grabs for winners. Hosted by the award winning Gayleen Tuckwood with a special performances from the current Miss Sportsman Hotel, Justine Deeva. Restaurant open from 5.30pm for amazing meals. Come cheer your favourite on! Expressions of interest to enter the competition.
Hosted by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and Queerstories

May 15, 2021, 7pm. special Queerstories edition in conjunction with ‘William Yang: Seeing and Being Seen’ - stories about the power of being seen for who you are, unexpected tales of pride, discovery and resilience shared by incredible local storytellers. Hosted by author/ theatre-maker Claire Christian, w/ filmmaker Mary Duong, artist Dilsah de Rham, and poet Rebecca Jessen.
Jeremy Goldstein’s Truth to Power Café
MELT: Truth to Power Cafe

May 20, 2021, 7:30-8:30pm. A profound theatrical reflection on loss, hope and resistance. The internationally acclaimed performance event is told through memoir, image, poetry, music and live testimony from community participants with stories to tell in response to the question: ‘Who has power over you and what do you want to say to them?'
The festival is an 18+ event
Big Pineapple Music Festival

May 22, 2021. Held annually at the Big Pineapple Landmark, in Woombye, Queensland. See new Line-Up in mid February. Friday night Camp Grounds bar, food stalls, entertainment and festival merchandise available.
MELT: Queer Lit

May 23, 2021, 2pm. Australian queer writers in conversation discuss their recent works and more as part of Writers+Ideas. Planting seeds of inspiration/ sharing personal stories, joyously devious, honest and raw - a highlight of MELT 2021. Host Claire Christian w/ musician/author Holly Throsby, Holden Sheppard discussing Invisible Boys + poet/ local Mununjali author Ellen van Neervan.
Be drawn into the fairytale world of good versus evil
Queensland Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

June 4-19, 2021. Experience the power of a kiss under the spell of Tchaikovsky’s dramatic musical score, performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Cursed by an evil fairy, Princess Aurora allows love to call her from slumber while the kingdom that has slept for 100 years dances itself back to life. Cats creep, fairies flit and bluebirds herald the triumph of good.
Neon Trance Party
HAVEN 2021

June 12, 202, 4pm-12am at Miss Demeanour, Rowes Lane, CBD, Brisbane. Theme: The Ruby Team, with DJs Bigsey, Jay Bee, Ruby, and Stephen Simpson. Lasers + Lighting by Lx'ie Diode.
Brisbears Events
Brisbears Den Night

June 19, 2021, 9pm-2am downstairs in the Bunker Bar of the Sportsman -  a pretty chilled affair. No dress code, just come as you are. The best DJs in town will be spinning the deck all night long for a great night. Come join your fellow bears, cubs and admirers on the dance floor or just chat at the bar. Next dates: Jul 17; Aug 21; Sep 18; Nov 20.
More than 70 of the most hilarious national and international comedians
Brisbane Comedy Festival

July 16 - August 8, 2021 at Brisbane Powerhouse, Fortitude Music Hall, and The Tivoli. Comic musings, side-splitting stories, tear-inducing tales​ and more​. Australia’s fastest growing comedy festival has grown into a multi-venue extravaganza, bursting at the seams with a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country.
Jam-packed with dazzling feathers, wigs, head-pieces, costumes and performance
Prada’s Priscillas – An All-Male Revue Australian Tour

August 7, 2021, 8pm, Brisbane Convention/ Exhibition Centre. 90-minute all-male revue features some of the greatest Priscilla Queen of the Desert hits: I Love the Night Life, Go West, Shake Your Groove Thing, Finally, I Will Survive, plus hits of icons/ divas inspiring drag performances around the world! W/ Prada Clutch - one of Australia's most in demand live-singing drag queens.
Hosted by Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art
Conversation: William Yang & Benjamin Law

August 21, 2021, 10:30am. Benjamin Law (writer and broadcaster) is joined by his friend and mentor artist William Yang, for a conversation about their lives – reflecting on what it’s like to tell stories for a living and their shared experiences of growing up Chinese-Australian and gay.
Theater, dance, music
Brisbane Festival 2021

August 30 - September 18, 2021. Three weeks of music, theater, dance, circus, comedy, opera, cabaret, visual arts/photography, film, discussions, and a radiant garden display of colored, multicultural lanterns at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt. See previous years' program online:
Hosted by inthedark
An Evening with Jinkx Monsoon & BenDelaCreme

September 11, 2021, 7-10:30pm. One is terminal delightful, the other a snappy ginger. One is a season winner, the other chose to bow out after sweeping the competition: the silly sisters from Seattle Jinkx Monsoon and BenDelaCreme - teaming up to bring you a comedy cabaret show like no other! This Australian exclusive will be one kooky, kitschy, campy, comedy cabaret show!
Every step a courageous story
Queensland Ballet: Peter and the Wolf

September 14-21, 2021. The reimagined telling of a favourite tale. Young dancers in colourful costumes tell of a courageous boy, a lovable grandpa, a rascally wolf, an unlucky duck and a graceful bird. In Greg Horsman's contemporary twist, Peter, a scout, goes with his grandfather to the zoo. An extended version of the Sergei Prokofiev score, each instrument represents a character.
Preeminent annual Australian destination for the best new Italian cinema
The 22nd St. ALi Italian Film Festival

October, 2021. Palace Cinemas (Barracks + James St) present the best new films from Italy each year. Screening 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.
Hosted by Brisbears Events
Northern Exposure 2021

October, 2021. Event cancelled last year, was to mark the 25th anniversary since Brisbears' official incorporation into a legal entity - the oldest official bear club in Australia. Don't yet know what form 2021 events will take - check the FB page for this milestone in Australian Bear culture. Also: Bear Socials each 1st SUN at Stones Corner + 3rd SAT at Sportsman's Hotel.
At QAGOMA - the new home of the city’s flagship film festival
BIFF 2021

Early October, 2021. 100+ new feature, documentary + short films from around the world. Eleven days of screenings, live music, conversations, panel discussions, events at GOMA, Event Cinemas  Brisbane City Myer Centre, Five Star Cinemas, Reading Cinemas/ Newmarket, Brisbane Convention/ Exhibition Centre, Brisbane Powerhouse, State Library of Queensland. See 2020 films + updates at:
Thought-provoking dance that breaks through visual barriers
Bespoke - A dynamic, high-powered dance experience

October 8-23, 2021 at Powerhouse Theatre. Feast your senses on this collaborative season with three new contemporary works by choreographers Natalie Weir, Remi Wortmeyer and Petros Treklis. Bespoke takes a fresh look at ballet dancers in contemporary space, considering interactions with technology, design, lighting and music to showcase Queensland Ballet in new ways.
Hosted by inthedark and Fluffy
Drag Race UK Tour - Brisbane

October 10, 2021, 8-11pm. Starring winner: The Vivienne, Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Divina De Campo and Cheryl Hole. Also The FROCK DESTROYERS. Your favourite UK queens, over from the motherland to put on a cheeky show! Get right chuffed to see this lineup. It’ll be Ace! Don’t faff about, grab tickets before they all toddle off. You’d be off your trolley to miss it!
True Colours - since 1990
Brisbane Pride Festival 2021

November, 2021 (TBC). Queensland’s largest LGBTIQA+ event attracts 10,000+ festival-goers over 4-week period each year. Launch Party. SAT Rally + March (in past years Brunswick St/ Anne-Brunswick/ Empire Hotel to New Farm);  Park PrideFair Day; entertainment stages w/ bands, singers, DJs and drag, Mr + Ms Pride competitions, Pet Parade, Community Bar, food, marketplace.
Hosted by inthedark
The Sickening Ball Brisbane

November 7, 2021, 7:30-10:30pm. Send the kids to bed, secure your cats and dogs, turn on all the lights in the house and prepare yourself for a fright. Starring: ADORE DELANO, BROOKE LYNN HYTES, JAIDA ESSENCE HALL (S12), SASHA VELOUR, SHARON NEEDLES and VANESSA VANJIE MATEO. Hosted By Karen From Finance. An event for 18+ only.
Haus of Fruits - Category is Family
TROPICAL FRUITS - New Year's Festival

December 29, 2021 - January 1, 2022 (TBC). Annual 18+ NYE party at Lismore Showgrounds. Street Parade to Lismore City Hall/ Opening Soiree. NYE party, New Year’s Day Pool Party and New Year’s Day Recovery Party. Past Headliners Kitty Glitter, DJs Blacklow, Queen of Hearts and Joelby; Sandi Hotrod, Colin Gaff, Ruby, NYE Cabaret Performances + LGBTIQ art exhibition.
The 23rd year - with features, shorts sessions, documentaries
Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2022

March 10-20, 2022 9tbc0. Brisbane’s premiere film venue: festivals, independent, cult, arthouse to blockbusters. Eleven days of the best/most diverse films from Australia + the world - the full gamut of queer cinema; LGBT, gender diverse, multigenerational titles, special picks for niches + allies.