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Gay Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau

New Zealand's hottest gay dance party returns

May 1, 2021, 10pm-4am at Twentyone, SkyCity, Victoria St. at Federal St. A massive party for our big gay family! Auckland's hottest gay party series, launched in 2013, back at our favourite venue for PROPAGANDA, the ultra-glam, twentyone.
The most crack-up, quick-witted comedy gold Kiwi comedians have to offer
2021 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo

May 4-22, 2021. Annual Aotearoa arts calendar highlight in Auckland and Wellington - a vital part of the arts scene and key revenue driver for venues; Q Theatre, Basement Theatre, Bats, Te Auaha Creative Institute of NZ, The Classic, Fringe Bar and San Fran. A diverse range of high-quality live comedy reflecting NZer’s multi-culturalism; celebrating what makes us laugh as a nation.
A special screening of Louise Lever’s feature documentary
Film: Revolt She Said + Q&A

May 6, 2021, 6pm at Raye Freedman Arts Centre. Where is the real progress in feminism? - the central question of the film. Featuring interviews with inspiring Kiwi and Australian women, trans men and women, and non-binary people. You’ll hear from Helen Clark, Alison Mau, Lizzie Marvelly, Courtney Sina Meredith, Aborginal leader Dr. Jackie Huggins, Dr. Pani Farvid, and Quinn Eades.
Welcome Home
At G.A.Y - May 2021

May 7-8, 2021, 4pm, Lilly Loca, Kiki Kisses, Vixen Temple as Leo. May 9, Vanessa’s Birthday Bash featuring The Haus of LaRoux. May 14, Luna’s Birthday Bash: Vanessa LaRoux, Luna Queen Of The Moon, Harlie Lux. May 16, Honey, Mistress Supreme + Fang. May 22, Babyfreek Night. May 29 + 30, Vanessa LaRoux, Natrasha. Coming up: June 26-27, BOWXN Birthday; July 16, PROLOGV3.
Writers hit the streets at Karangahape Road, and Pitt Street at Mercury Lane
Auckland Writers Festival - STREETSIDE: KARANGAHAPE

May 14, 2021, 6-7:45pm. Friday night Festival literary treats extravaganza. The Green Dolphin bookshop writers w/ personal daemons; Snapchat Dude/ Tom Sainsbury characters; the Haru Sameshima studio w/ a Shining Land; new poems hot off an old press in Cross Street: The Warren; odd street photos inspire short fictions in Strange Goods; Beautiful Things writers; and poems to win prizes.
Nominated BEST SHOW at the 2019 & 2020 NZ Comedy Awards
No Homo: Queer Comedy

May 14 + 15, 2021, 10:30pm. No Homo: Queer Comedy is bringing you the LOLGBTs every month, with a lineup of the best queer stand-up comedy NZ has to offer. Regular hosts James Mustapic + James Malcolm (MC) present a night of gay old times and hilarious queer excellence w/ Ray Shipley, Amanda Kennedy, Bec Sandys, China Gonzalez, Tom Sainsbury, Emma Wollum, George Fenn, and Liv McKenzie.
An LGBTQIA and Gay-friendly gaming space
Free Monthly Board Gaymers

May 15 + June 19, 2021, 10am.Created for everyone and varieties of age groups. Explore a collection of table top board games, card games and more with a group of friendly, like-minded fun individuals. Very relaxed and super chill. Meet, connect, and make new friends each third Saturday of every month in the Helen Clark Lounge.
A special screening to celebrate new and existing Asian works
Three Dots

May 16, 2021, doors at 6.30pm, w/ 7pm screening at Monster Valley, 74 Karangahape Rd. To celebrate the launch of Alyssa Medel & Proudly Asian Theatre's Three Dots short film, join us for a short film screening featuring Fresh Crop short scenes and guests!
Award-winning comedian attempts the worlds' very first Live Comedy Felting Show
Q Theatre: Chris Parker // How I Felt

May 18, 2021, at Rangatira. Possibly his nichest show to date. Watch in awe as he seamlessly delivers his iconic camp humour all while completing an entire $3 felting kit from Daiso Japan - who doesn't love a gimmick? If you followed Chris's felting journeys on Instagram during lockdown, this is the show for you. If you didn't this still is the show for you.
2021 NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo
Q Theatre: James Roque // Boy Mestizo - The Return

May 19, 2021, 7 + 9:30pm. One of Aotearoa’s sharpest comics on stage and TV, Roque brings his too real laughs to Auckland. James always thought his hang-ups about being brown came from landing on Kiwi soil. Now he realises he may accidentally have checked-in baggage from the Philippines. Join him as he unpacks it all – who knows what will come out. There will be karaoke.
Debaucherous drag take on the Bachelorette w/ Monty Montgomery + Yuri Guaii
MENGAGEMENT - Claiming Yuri's heart & the infamous golden Codys can

May 20, 2021, 7:30-10:30pm. Auckland's most eligible bachelorette, Yuri Guaii is sick of being single. After 7 years of sticky gay bar floors, wreaked fish nets and nights throwing piss out the Family bar green room window, shes swapping pleasers for kitten heels to settle down with the man of her dreams. But who among 10 impressive Aotearoa heartthrobs w/ a hard-on on their sleeves?
Fresh as warm gagh, bold as the Vezhof, and as ambitious as finding Valimar
Q Theatre: Emma Wollum // Klingalong - The Sci Fi & Fantasy Singalong

May 21 + 22, 2021, 10:30pm at Loft. It may be the first-ever singalong event in fictional languages - certainly the first to be accompanied only by an accordion. Sing pop classics by Split Enz, Queen, Dolly Parton, Ginuwine, the Pixies, Lauryn Hill, and more, translated into Klingon, Quenya, and Dothraki,  by your host/ singer/ accordionist/ Linguistics Master, Emma Wollum.
Hosted by Whammy Bar and PWB - Princess Worm Baby
Lipgloss² at Whammy Backroom

May 22, 2021, 9:30pm-2am at Whammy Bar, 183 Karangahape Rd. Ur fave queer club night is back for round 2! Hosted by Princess Worm Baby and featuring some of Tāmaki Makaurau's hottest DJs (TBA soon!)
Across live performance, exhibition, and film screening
Exhibition opening: CROSS MODAL

May 27 - June 26, 2021, 12-4pm. A variety of projects which draw connections between sound and moving image. Cross Modal is a project motivated by an understanding that what is heard and what is seen are related. Works presented here occupy a space of interference, fermentation and inter-influence, with each avenue of perception feeding into the other. With works by (see list):
Auckland’s newest late night party experience for the LGBTQI+ community + allies
Misbehaviour II

June 18, 2021, 10pm-3am. Returning on the Friday, to Everybody’s Dwntwn, 7 Fort Lane, Auckland, taking the flavour of the Melbourne, Brooklyn and East London LGBT scene, to deliver a diverse night of music, party stopping moments and an outrageous spectacle that is exclusive, yet inclusive. Line-up: House Of Iman, SIN, and Chelsea.
Hosted by Urge Events
Locker Room Sports Kit

July 24, 2021, 9pm. Urge Events, Ending HIV and NZ Falcons present: Let's 'scrum' together for the annual fundraiser for the NZ Falcons rugby team. New Zealand's biggest sports kit party. Details TBA at:
Gatherings are where Radical Faeries get together!
The Aotearoa-NZ Radical Faeries Celebrate Spring-Beltane

October 22-25, 2021 at Autumn Farm, Queer Accomodation in the heart of Golden Bay at the far north-west of New Zealand's South Island. Join the Aotearoa-NZ Radical Faeries Celebrating Spring-Beltane at Autumn Farm. Radical Faeries are a loose association of (mostly) gay/queer men who are fun, creative, passionate, honest, and genuine.
The festival will return to its usual July/August timing in 2022
NZIFF - New Zealand International Film Festival

October 28 - November 14, 2021 at Academy Cinemas, Event Cinemas Queen Street, Hollywood Avondale, Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, SkyCity Theatre, The Bridgeway Cinema, The Capitol Cinema, The Civic, and The Vic Devonport. Feature films and shorts, including many of LGBTQ interest. See website for upcoming festival program and for events throughout the year.
All male nude fun for eight days
Naked Week 2022

January 22-30, 2022. Men from every continent strip off, kick back and relax in secluded gardens. Enjoy wine under the stars in the famous ‘bush bath’. Forget your clothes + be yourself. Happy Hours, games, competitions and excursions (naked beach walks + hikes) - for men who enjoy their bodies as nature intended. Fantasy Auction + Dance Parties. Self-cater or purchase meals.
Hosted by the Bear New Zealand group + Urge Events
Bear New Zealand Week 2022

January 25-31, 2022 (TBC). A huge week of furry mayhem: Bear Drag Race; Urge Bear Divas; Comedy Night; Underbear Parties; Tiritiri Matangi Island Bird Sanctuary; Mr Bear New Zealand contest; Bush Walk to Kitekite Falls; Tri-Nations Dance Party; Eat It And Beat It - Closing get-together. See more at:
Aotearoa’s largest Pride Festival
Auckland Pride Festival

February 1-27, 2022. Auckland Pride Month is here to stay - confirmed for 2022. Month-long celebrations enable significant visibility of diverse communities, with the largest festival programme and audience to date this past year, Pride will once again paint New Zealand's largest city rainbow in February 2022.
Catalyst for the most exciting, outrageous & unique events in Auckland culture
Auckland Fringe Festival 2022

February - March, 2022 (TBC), various venues. Festival with bite; experiences to satisfy the most discerning of creative palates; open access/ non-curated program with something for everyone to sink their teeth into: comedy, cabaret, theatre, circus, dance events; local and international artists. Come for one/ stay for more live art, acrobatic extravaganzas + music and dance.