50+ Gay Pride Events & Parades Around the World
2023 Gay Pride Events: Details & Dates
wolfyy’s ultimate list of gay pride events around the world can help you plan out your pride season, get details on specific events, or even inspire you to attend a pride celebration you’ve never experiences before.
Below are the latest dates and details for over 50 international gay pride events. You’ll also find details for popular local hotels, noteworthy parties, and links to each city’s official pride website.
Here are the top gay prides in the USA, Canada, Europe, South/Central America, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.
Each region’s events are listed alphabetically by city.
Gay Pride Events in the USA
- Dates: Oct 14 – 15, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Hyatt Centric Midtown, Loews Atlanta, Stonehurst Place, Hilton
Atlanta Pride is typically held right after National Coming Out Day in October. It’s one of the largest pride event weekends in the southeastern U.S.
In addition to the main pride parade, the Atlanta Pride Committee hosts three other annual pride marches: the Trans March, Bi & Pan March, and Dyke March.
The most popular circuit parties during gay pride in Atlanta are part of the Big Ol’ Slice of Atlanta lineup, hosted by GA Boy Events. You can grab weekend passes on Universe.com.
Austin Pride attracts nearly half a million people each August. The parade and festival’s main events are on Saturday, showcasing incredibly popular artists.
The entire weekend is full of fun events like the Official Pride Comedy Showcase, drag brunch, and fashion show.
One of the mainstay events is the “Drip Drop Official Austin Pride Urban Turn Up”, an annual event hosted by Austin Black Pride.
Another is the Austin Pride Week Men’s Party, which is usually held at a local gay bar like Oilcan Harry’s or Sellers Underground
Baltimore Pride is among the oldest gay prides in the United States. The march is on Saturday afternoon, followed by events like the High Heel Race.
Afterward, everyone enjoys the lively Baltimore Pride Block Party. Saturday night is filled with afterparties.
On Sunday, get ready for the Pride Park Festival in Druid Hill Park. Enjoy an entire day of entertainment, which typically runs as late as 2 AM.
Boston Pride (No Longer Held)
The Boston Pride board of directors recently announced that sadly, Boston Pride will be dissolved and no longer host any events. Sources mention that the community does not want involvement with Boston Pride due to diversity concerns.
Hopefully, in the coming years, pride events in Bosting will return. But for now, we’ll need to show our pride in another city.
If you’ll be visiting the city anyway, stay at one of these top-rated hotels for gay travelers in Boston.
During Charlotte Pride weekend, expect a ton of fun drag events, epic circuit parties. and even some religious services for the LGBTQ+ community.
Charlotte’s gay pride parade takes place in Uptown Charlotte. Ending the heart of the downtown, there’s plenty of restaurants and relaxing parks to enjoy.
Closing parties and afterparties are typically held at Chasers Charlotte, World Nightclub, and Bassment Charlotte.
Chicago Pride Fest & Parade
- Dates: June 17 – 18, 2023 (Pride Fest) & June 25, 2023 (Parade)
- Stay Here: Chicago Gay Friendly Hotels
Chicago Pride events span multiple weekends in June. The first of the celebratory pride weekends is Chicago Pride Fest, a two-day event held in the trendy Boystown neighborhood.
The following weekend starts with Pride in the Park and continues with Chicago’s gay pride parade, which takes place on the last Sunday in June.
Columbus Pride: Stonewall Columbus
- Dates: June 16 – 17, 2023
- Host Hotels: Le Méridien, Hotel LeVeque, The Westin Great Southern Columbus
Columbus Pride attracts an annual crowd of over 700,000 people! It’s one of the largest gay prides in the midwestern U.S.
Some of the most fun events at the Columbus Pride annual 5K, Tea Dance, Trans March, Pride Brunch at the convention center, or the Columbus Lesbian and Gay Softball Association’s annual Bat n’ Rouge Fundraiser.
And while Columbus Pride itself is packed with events, the entire month of June has even more events going on.
Dallas Pride events are growing larger every year. Since 2019, the annual Dallas Gay Pride Festival has shifted from September to June and is now hosted at Fair Park in South Dallas.
Daytime parties and afterparties tend to change each year, but there are typically a few big dance parties, like the Brüt Dallas Pride Closing Party.
The Purple Foundation usually hosts some events as well. Check the Dallas Pride rvents calendar to see what’s scheduled.
DC Pride: Capital Pride Alliance
- Dates: June 2 – 11, 2023
- Host Hotel: The Capital Hilton
- Popular Hotels: The Darcy, The Dupont Circle Hotel, The Mayflower Hotel
Capital Pride events in Washington DC start off with the Capital Pride Honors, a gala held to acknowledge and celebrate those who have worked to progress LGBTQ+ causes in the nation’s Capital Region.
Annual events typically held include the Capital Pride rooftop pool party at VIDA, Pride Talks, and the Taste of Pride Brunch, among others.
Look out for DC Pride Opening Party and the Capital Pride Block Party.
Produced by The Center on Colfax, Denver PrideFest is a two-day weekend pride event. The first thing on Saturday is usually the Denver Big Gay 5K, followed by the PrideFest Kids Parade.
Sunday is the main Denver Pride Parade. There’s a bunch of live entertainment planned each year after both days of festivities.
Local gay bars also host a bunch of exciting daytime events like parking lot pool parties, wet underwear shower contests, and women’s pride parties!
See what’s going on at Charlie’s Denver, The Triangle, and the other gay bars I mention in wolfyy’s Denver gay guide.
Detroit Motor City Pride
Detroit Motor City Pride, held its first march in 1972. The number of live performances over the weekend is enormous. They probably have the most live entertainment of all pride events in the USA.
Choose from the Pride Stage, Festival Stage, Pyramid Stage, or for circuit party lovers, the Underground Stage. Everything happens along the riverfront with a setup like this.
Fort Lauderdale Pride
- Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
- Popular Hotels: Pelican Grand, W Fort Lauderdale, The Cabanas Guesthouse & Spa, Inn Leather Guest House
Pride Fort Lauderdale is also known as Pride of the Americas. It’s a jam-packed week of events which leads into a thrilling weekend of dance parties! Some parties continue through early Monday morning.
Choose between fashion shows, circuit parties, parades, comedy shows, and of course the unforgettable Pride Block Party, right on the sand of Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
- Dates: June 22 – 25, 2023
- Host Hotel: Hyatt Regency Houston
- Popular Hotels: Magnolia Hotel, Hotel ICON, Le Méridien Downtown
Houston Pride has traditionally had one of the most diverse event lineups of all the gay pride festivals in the USA.
However, the Pride Houston 365 organization announced that in 2023, the festival will not be returning due to various concerns. Only the parade will be held.
The entire month of June is filled with plenty of pride related events, so if you can’t make Houston’s official gay pride festival weekend, there will still be plenty to take part in.
Key West Pride
Key West Pride is always loads of fun! It takes place over a long weekend in June with quite a party-driven schedule, too.
Don’t miss the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, the world’s largest annual LGBT bartending competition.
For an intense evening of dancing with a sexy vibe, look for annual parties called Fetish Ball, Purgatory Party, Ultimate Mangoes Neon Party.
Las Vegas Pride
Las Vegas Pride events happen in October and they certainly support the city’s party-hard reputation Expect a full lineup of dance parties and after-hours events all week beforehand, which continue through the weekend.
One of the most unique things about Las Vegas Pride is the Pride Night Parade. Don’t forget all your gay party accessories!
Los Angeles & West Hollywood Pride
Los Angeles Pride lights up the West Hollywood gay neighborhood. In addition to the main pride parade, events like the Dyke March and LA Pride Festival take over Santa Monica Boulevard.
One of the most popular circuit parties during Los Angeles Pride is GPS: Gay Pride Saturday, a pride version of the traditional Gay Party Saturday events. The famous closing party for Los Angeles Pride is Sunset Tea at 1OAK Los Angeles.
West Hollywood Pride spans a separate weekend, typically the one preceding LA pride. The LGBT arts festival, Dyke March, and sunset tea dance are a few mainstay events.
For local tips, see wolfyy’s Los Angeles gay travel guide or blog post on where to find gay bathhouses in LA.
Miami Beach Pride
- Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
- Popular Hotels: AxelBeach Miami, Hôtel Gaythering, Dream South Beach, Moxy Miami
Miami Beach Pride celebrations typically take place in early April, and they’re full of celebrity performers and DJs.
They’re set up on various stages taking over the Lummus Park along the ocean in Miami’s Art Deco District. It all happens on Sunday after the pride parade.
Popular nighttime pride parties in Miami include special events from Urge, LPN Party, and Climax Miami.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Twin Cities Pride
- Dates: June 25 – 25, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Hotel Ivy, Emery Autograph Collection, Hewing Hotel, The Marquette Hotel
Twin Cities Pride is a nonprofit organization that hosts an enormous number of LGBTQ+ events in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area all year in addition to the yearly Pride Festival in early summer.
On Saturday, everyone enjoys the Twin Cities Pride Festival. The stage is in Loring Park and entry is completely free! Sunday is the official Ashley Rukes Pride Parade through downtown Minneapolis.
- Dates: June 24 – 25, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Hotel Indigo, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Bobby Hotel, Residence Inn
After the late morning official parade, everyone gears up for Nashville’s Pride Festival, now hosted at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Entertainment here continues through Saturday evening and resumes again on Sunday.
Nashville gay bars host fantastic parties each evening. Check out what’s going on at Play Dance Bar or Pecker’s Bar & Grill.
New York City Pride
New York City Pride holds the world record for hosting the biggest gay pride in the world. Nearly five million people showed up in 2019 for World Pride.
Typical pride parades in New York City are glamorously hectic! There are also dozens of nightly circuit parties and hundreds of individual events.
Some of the best NYC pride parties are hosted by Jake Resnicow as well as boiparty, but there is an incredible number of events to choose from, like the pride version of MEAT New York.
Orlando Come Out With Pride
Orlando Come Out With Pride, takes place in early October. Events span a full week and more are being added every year. Things start off with the Drag Race 5K hosted by Zebra Coalition.
Palm Springs Pride
Greater Palm Springs Pride in early November is the perfect escape from fall weather. Palm Springs is notoriously gay-friendly, and local pride events show so much LGBTQ+ diversity.
Bring some stylish and sexy swimwear for poolside parties like Desert Heat. I also recommend grabbing tickets to the pride brunch.
Barracks always has a sexy pride event planned. For official after-hours parties, check the latest agenda on the Palm Springs Pride site.
Check out these clothing optional palm springs gay resorts if you’re planning on visiting Palm Springs!
- Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
- Host Hotels: Renaissance Downtown, The Westin, W Scottsdale, AC Hotel Downtown
Phoenix Pride events include a ton of festivals and parades, including an art expo, a pride walk, and of course the annual parade.
Consider attend the Miss and Mister Phoenix Pride Pageant, another staple of the city’s weekend festivities.
Portland Pride, Oregon
Portland Pride, also known as Pride Northwest, consists of the Pride Waterfront Festival and the Portland Pride Parade. Official events begin with the annual PDX Pride Kickoff Party.
The annual block party is called “Taking Pride on Stark,” hosted by Scandals PDX. All support goes to the Cascade Aids Project.
- Dates: June 2 – 4, 2023
- Popular Hotels: White Porch Inn, Brass Key Guesthouse, Crowne Pointe Inn, Salt House Inn
You probably already knew Provincetown is a classic gay travel destination, but did you know Provincetown Pride is actually one of the newest pride weekends in the United States?
Events begin on Friday with two official pride ferries from Boston to Provincetown, followed by a kick-off party. Saturday and Sunday will have Pride Yoga, art installation, and dance party events.
Puerto Rico Pride
Winter Pride Fest is Puerto Rico’s official gay pride event. Relatively new among gay prides in the USA, their first event was in January 2019.
Festivities include group tours and daytime events on Friday and large parties in San Juan on Saturday, including a fabulous gay pool party at the Coqui del Mar Gay Guest House.
On Sunday, everyone relaxes at the local gay beach for an official beach day. Bring along your best gay pool party & beach accessories!
San Diego Pride
Held in July, San Diego Pride takes over the North Park neighborhood. The pride parade makes its way down to the glorious Balboa Park, where the San Diego Pride Festival hosts a ton of exhibits and a concert lineup. Don’t miss the parade’s magical 300-foot rainbow flag!
Out at The Park, Lunch Bruch, and SheFest are all fantastic events to celebrate at. There are a ton of annual circuit parties too, many of which change names from year to year. Browse the latest party lineup on Eventbrite.
San Francisco Pride
San Francisco Pride is one of the most popular gay pride weekend events in the United States. Saturday kicks off with Dykes on Bikes, followed by live performances on dozens of stages throughout the city’s heart.
The monumental San Francisco Pride parade is on Sunday. After the march, grab your sexiest swimsuit and attend one of the many planned pool parties.
Popular circuit party events over the weekend include Afterglow and Colossus. For daytime afterparties, look out for Pink Mammoth and Hard French.
Seattle Pride has the fourth-largest pride parade in the United States! The city has events just about every day throughout gay pride month.
Earlier in June you can look forward to pride events like the annual 4K/10K race, film festivals, and evening events like Queeraoke at queer/bar.
Everyone looks forward to “The World’s Tiniest Tea Dance,” a weekly Sunday outdoor dance party at Pony. You also have the hysterically funny Prom Dress Rugby event hosted by Seattle Quake Rugby.
Lesbians and other queer attendees should definitely try the Seattle Women’s Pride festival. Additionally, Lambert House hosts events for LGBTQ youth.
- Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
- Popular Hotels: Epicurean Hotel, Hotel Haya, Aloft Hotel Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn Ybor
Tampa Pride is one of the newest gay pride events in the United States. Normally held in late March, it’s packed with parties and shows Thursday night through Sunday. Look out for Amateur Strip, La Cage Aux Folle, and other events at Bradley’s on 7th!
Sometimes there are additional events earlier in the week, notably the LGBTea Party and religious service events. After the parade on Saturday, let loose anywhere you like as the city celebrates Tampa Pride At Night.
Canada Gay Pride Events
Montréal Pride: Fierté Montréal
Montréal Pride is the biggest pride in Canada, attracting millions of people annually. Events span an entire week in mid-August.
One of the best things about Montréal Pride is the commitment to supporting grassroots LGBTQ organizations in an effort to prevent the over-corporatization of the celebration.
Some of the most popular events include the Drag Superstars Concert, Community Day, and Mega T-Dance. After the parade, celebrate continue the festivities at official Post-Parade events.
Toronto Pride pretty much spans the entire month of June, with several weekends packed with parties!
Start out your weekend of celebration at the Pride Street Fair in the village, where you can support local businesses and organizations.
Popular parties and events include Toronto Pride’s Drag Ball, Drag King Hour, and the nighttime Dirty Disco. For the women, get excited about GirlPlay, a lineup of parties that focus on the ladies!
Vancouver Pride is another one of the best prides in Canada. The Sunset Beach Festival is an epic event where everyone socializes on the sand and peruses street vendors. It runs all day on the same afternoon as the parade.
Other notable events include the substance-free “Untoxicated” party hosted by Last Door, and the annual Pier Dance.
Gay Pride Events & Festivals in Europe
Everyone loves the glorious canal parade at Amsterdam Pride. It’s truly a unique event! Don’t miss the popular Pride Drag Queen Olympics, where you can watch a bunch of international drag queens compete.
For the best parties in Amsterdam during pride, check out FunHouse XL Pride hosted by Club Rapido in WesterUnie. Also, there’s the Pride Closing Party!
Barcelona Pride is known to be incredibly sex-positive. There’s never a shortage of erotic after-hours parties and cruising events over the week-long celebration.
One of my favorite gay clubs in Barcelona is The Black Room. They’ll definitely have some fantastic late-night circuit parties. The Dirty Beach pride party is another crowd favorite, as is the epic WE Party pride event!
The Sex Pride BCN Closing Party at Berlin Dark is also quite popular. It’s surely a memorable way to finish off pride!
Berlin Pride (CSD Berlin)
- Dates: July 22, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Henri Hotel, Pullman Schweizerhof, Scandic Berlin Kurfürstendamm
Berlin Pride, also known as Christopher Street Day Berlin, is a one-day event in July, consisting of both a pride march and a rally. Everything takes place in Mitte, the heart of the city.
The official main party is Unity, one of the largest gay pride parties in Europe. You also can’t miss the world-famous KitkatClub, the usual host of the beloved Revolver Party.
See the best gay nightlife venues in wolfyy’s Berlin gay travel guide. You’ll surely have a blast at some of these Berlin gay bars, too.
- Dates: July 7 – 9, 2023
- Sponsor Hotels: Cologne Marriott, Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt, Courtyard Marriott
- Popular Hotels: The Qvest, Urban Loft Cologne, Art’otel Cologne
Cologne Pride consistently attracts over one million visitors and is among the top ten world cities with the largest historical gay pride events.
The city of Cologne truly embraces diversity. Join the community at the Demonstration for Diversity in the beautiful Old Town.
The main party over the weekend is Sexy Party. Enjoy various dance floors, outdoor areas, food, cruising section, and a sea of shirtless men.
Pride in London is packed with impressive events that typically span several weeks in July. It’s one of the biggest gay pride festivals in Europe!
Some of the biggest events are the Pride’s Got Talent Finals, the Pride Spotlight Party, and of course the epic London Pride Parade.
Pride in the Park is also an annual favorite. Everyone gathers in Victoria Park all three days over the main weekend of pride.
Madrid Pride (Madrid Orgullo)
Madrid Orgullo is one of the world’s largest gay prides. Expect hundreds of performing artists on stages all throughout the city.
Pride in Madrid unites LGBTQ+ people from all over the world and is truly an international celebration. It typically runs from the last few days in June into the beginning of July.
Madrid is a huge party destination, so grab your gay party gear and get ready to dance the night away. La Riviera is an enormous venue known for hosting iconic parties during pride.
WE Party Pride Festival and the Tanga Party Madrid events are epic. I definitely recommend attending! Also see what’s planned at Baila Cariño.
Maspalomas Winter Pride
- Dates: Nov 6 – 12, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Hotel Faro, Abora Buenaventura, Alhambra Boutique Apartments, Abora Continental
Winter Pride Maspalomas is one of the most unique gay pride celebrations in Europe! Here in the Canary Islands, Winter Pride happens every November, while it’s beautifully warm and sunny!
Mingle with friendly Europeans at the local gay beach, explore the famous dunes, and dance the night away at bars in Yumbo Center. Maspalomas has so much to offer, and pride is the perfect time to visit.
wolfyy’s Maspalomas gay guide has all the essential info and local recommendations to check out before your trip!
The Paris Pride Marche de Fierté embodies both a celebratory spirit as well as a strong call for equal rights. Pride here in France’s capital unites over half a million people.
The spirit of equality is immensely important, as France is experiencing a sharp rise in anti-LGBT attacks that have even continued through the pandemic.
At the end of the parade route, everyone gathers for a live concert and a rowdy good time.
The Le Marais gay district will certainly be buzzing with after-hours celebrations. For local gay Paris gay bars and other recommendations, see wolfyy’s Paris gay guide.
Paris Pride afterparties are typically hosted by Flash Cocotte club, Barbi(e)turix Parisian Lesbian Collective, MENERGY and House of Moda.
Reykjavík Pride, Iceland
- Dates: Aug 8 – 13, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Hotel Borg, Alda Hotel, Hótel Leifur Eiríksson, Loft HI Hostel
One of the coolest Reykjavík Pride events is Let’s Paint a Rainbow. Each year the location changes. Not many other pride festivals around the world have such a fun, supportive and social event like this!
Typical Reykjavík Pride events include queer nights, drag competitions, a queer cruise, a television festival, and official dance parties.
If you’ll be exploring Iceland before or after Reykjavík Pride, check out the local recommendations in wolfyy’s Iceland gay travel guide.
The Rome Pride parade gloriously passes by the ancient Colosseum. It’s a tremendous and assertive protest for LGBT+ rights and equality each June. There are tons of colorful drag queens and sexy dancers, too.
- Dates: July 31 – Aug 6, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Hotel Diplomat, Scandic Continental, Berns Historical Boutique Hotel, Hotel C
Stockholm Pride is Scandanavia’s largest LGBT pride event, which has several components including Pride House, Pride Park, and the official parade.
Pride House is a group of events consisting of seminars, workshops, and other professional activities. Pride Park is where the party really happens!
Take part in the KinkyKvarteret for some leather and kink appreciation. Wear a sexy leather harness, your favorite fetish gear, or some sexy party accessories as you enjoy several stages with live entertainment.
The festivities normally span multiple days, so there’s lots of flexibility to attend. Grab your Stockholm Pride tickets online.
Middle East & Asia Gay Pride Events
Tel Aviv Pride
Without a doubt, Tel Aviv Pride is the best in the Middle East. Everyone who’s experienced pride in the beautiful city of Tel Aviv raves about how much fun they had.
During the day, everyone hangs out at Hilton Beach (one of the world’s best gay beaches) and explores the local culture. Later on, gay bars like Lima Lima host evening parties before the massive circuit parties like Tel A Beef.
Taiwan Pride was first held in 2003, and now with nearly 200,000 annual participants, Taipei hosts the largest pride festival in East Asia.
Gay pride in Taiwan happens on the last Saturday of October, which is officially Pride Month in Taiwan. Each year has a different theme.
Taipei Rainbow Festival is a free outdoor market and party over the weekend that brings together LGBTQ+ friendly brands along with well-known DJs.
The most popular circuit parties during Taiwan Pride are hosted by Pride Formosa. Also, keep an eye out for the pride party edition of C.U.M. (Create Ur Mmmagic) to see some renowned drag queens.
Central & South America Gay Prides
Mexico City Pride – Marcha Del Orgullo
- Dates: June 23 – 25, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Hotel Villa Condesa, Umbral Curio Collection by Hilton, Nima Local House Hotel
Mexico City Pride is much larger than you might expect! Over a quarter of a million people attend the city’s pride celebration each year.
The Zona Rosa gay neighborhood is definitely the place to be after Mexico City’s pride parade. There are dozens of gay bars and clubs throughout this small and vibrant area of the city.
For a full list of the best gay nightlife venues and local recommendations, read wolfyy’s Mexico City gay guide.
Vallarta Pride is a week-long celebration and features some of the best drag talent in the world. Typical events include the Wet and Wild Cruise, Drag Derby, an LGBT art walk, and a ton of other cultural experiences.
You should absolutely hang out at the gay beach, which is always a good time. Don’t forget to bring some stylish and sexy swimwear!
Gay bars in Puerto Vallarta are concentrated in one area, where everyone will naturally gather for a fabulously fun time. See wolfyy’s Puerto Vallarta gay guide for local recommendations.
Sao Paulo Pride (Parada do Orgulho LGBT)
- Dates: June 7 – 11, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Intercontinental Sao Paulo, Tryp Sao Paulo, Novotel SP Jardins
Sao Paulo Pride holds the record for hosting the second-largest gay pride festival in the world. Events in 2011 attracted over four million attendees. The colossal pride parade has a fun carnival-like atmosphere.
For evening parties, check out events at Espeto Bambu LGBT+ bar and the massive nightclub, The Week.
Rio de Janeiro Pride
- Dates: Sept 17 – 19, 2023
- Popular Hotels: Ritz Copacabana Boutique Hotel, Praia Ipanema Hotel, Hotel Fasano
Parada do Orgulho LGBTI+ is Rio de Janeiro’s official gay pride event, and you have to experience the city’s pride parade along the breathtaking Copacabana Beach. Typically scheduled in September or early October, it’s one of the biggest gay prides in South America.
Pride in Rio de Janeiro has a different theme each year. Each theme slogan aims to advance LGBT+ visibility and rights in Brazil, as well as to celebrate the community’s achievements.
Follow the latest updates on the Rio Pride Facebook page. And for local recommendations, check out wolfyy’s Rio de Janeiro gay guide.
Australia Pride Festivals
Melbourne Midsumma Pride March
- Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
- Popular Hotels: The Langham, Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, DoubleTree Melbourne, Quest St. Kilda Road
Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival is a massive queer art and cultural celebration that spans several weeks each January/February. There are over 150 special events, parties, talks, and performances!
Things start off with the Midsumma Carnival in downtown Melbourne. Enjoy all types of social activities followed by the nighttime T Dance. You can browse and filter all planned events on the Midsumma Festival website.
The Midsumma Melbourne Pride March happens toward the festival’s later dates (although 2021 was an exception due to Covid-19). After the parade, there are plenty of afterparties to choose from.
Sydney Pride Festival & Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
- Dates: 2023 Events Finished, 2024 Dates TBA
- Popular Hotels: Little National Hotel, A by Adina, InterContinental Sydney
Sydney Pride can actually be a little confusing since there are a groups of events that happen at two different times of the year.
The official Sydney Pride Parade is part of Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which happens over a weekend in late February/early March. It’s a hugely popular event, the biggest of all pride celebrations in Australia.
Separately, the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras organization also hosts events during the Sydney Pride Festival, which spans the month of June. You can also attend events like Bear Essentials, Sydney’s hugely popular bear week.
Looking for more places to party? Check out wolfyy’s post on the best gay circuit parties in the world!