Did you know there at least six major events on the Calendar of gay and lesbian-centric events in Melbourne and Victoria?
Midsumma Festival – January/February
Melbourne’s annual gay and lesbian arts and cultural celebration, with a pride march, carnival day and dance parties over three weeks in January/February.
Website – www.midsumma.org.au
ChillOut Festival – March
Held in Daylesford and Hepburn on a long weekend in March, ChillOut is the largest celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender pride in rural and regional Australia.
Wesbite – www.chilloutfestival.com.au
Melbourne Queer Film Festival – March
The largest queer film festival in Australia –with over 140 local and international features, documentaries and short films, screening over 12 days and nights in March.
Website – www.mqff.com.au
Bendigo Queer Film Festival – April
Held annually in April in Victoria’s goldfields region, it features Australian and international films, art exhibitions and evening performances.
Friends Patrick and Wez who live outside of Melbourne say the Bendigo Queer Film Festival is growing each year, yet many who live in the city don’t realize they can drive to Bendigo in 90 minutes, stay overnight after seeing a film or two, and get back to Melbourne the next day.
Website – www.bendigoqueerfilmfestival.com.au
whiteOUT! – July
A premier gay and lesbian snow event, at the whiteOUT! Ski Party in July. Ski and snowboard by day and party by night.
Spring Migration Festival – September
A gay and lesbian festival open to all. Meet and greet pub night, dining out, drag shows and live performers.
Website – www.springmigration.com.au
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