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Midsumma Festival

Melbourne’s annual celebration of gay and lesbian culture and art is also known as the Midsumma Festival. It is the largest cultural festival of its type, celebrated in the city since 1988.

During this celebration, you’ll find everything from performing arts to music, sports to film. The Midsumma Festival is held at various venues around the city and draws crowds of more than 15,000 people every year.

Midsumma Festival Melbourne 2024, Pride March Dates & Location

Midsumma Carnival highlights the opening weekend of the annual three-week festival.

Showcasing local and international artists and performers with endless things to see, do, and eat your way through, Midsumma Carnival is an iconic full-day outdoor extravaganza dedicated to kicking off our three-week-long festival!

Located in Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne’s bustling CBD, Midsumma features many LGBTQIA+ acts that will grace the three carnival stages. This popular annual day event attracts over 120,000 people, and entry is free!

With over 180 stalls, including pop-up bars, two large food zones, free giveaways, and multiple queer-friendly community groups and business stalls for you to visit, there’s bound to be something for everyone. There’s even a parade for your dog, with awesome prizes up for grabs!

Midsumma offers a variety of fun, safe spaces accessible to everybody, including Sports activities, a Youth area, and Family-areas open to everyone from dawn to dusk.

Parade, pride and party unite annually in Melbourne’s iconic march celebrating solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity. A chance to tie up your bootlaces, throw on your heels, and join the spectacular act of unity, the Midsumma Pride March. Whether you join the fanfare by foot or by wheel, with workmates or with family, with friends or with lovers, as an ally or as queer, Midsumma Pride March is for you.

Join over 53,000 people to celebrate Midsumma Pride March 2024! Bring your friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate our diversity in this day-long event as we strut down Fitzroy Street with ferocity, uniqueness, and diversity with the ones we love.

Grab your friends, family, and loved ones to flaunt your pride at Midsumma Pride March this year! Whether you join the parade by foot or wheel, with workmates or with family, with friends or with loved ones, as an ally or as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Midsumma Pride March is the place to celebrate all gender expressions, sexualities, experiences, and personalities with colours, sparkle and style.

March with ferocity, uniqueness, and pride down Fitzroy Street in a kilometre-long parade route to Catani Gardens. The march begins with the roaring motors of the Dykes on Bikes as per tradition. The march is led by the Boon Wurrung Elders, Rainbow Aboriginal Float, and LGBTQIA+ youth, followed by the Premiere of Victoria, Minister for Equality, and the Creative Industries & Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality.

At the end of the march, you’ll be greeted with free entertainment and festivities, including DJs and live performances by the iconic St Kilda beachside.

Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Streets will again be transformed into an extravagant street party with two live music stages and musicians and artists’ performances to celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities.

Victoria’s Pride Street Party will showcase live performances, including musicians, comedians, speakers, circus performers, and drag artists. You can experience wellness activities, community stalls, street performers, and interactive events throughout the day. Hundreds of local food and beverage traders and businesses in the City of Yarra will open their doors to showcase their offerings. Hot tip – keep an eye out in the shopfronts for pop-up performances.

So come on and support this fun event during Melbourne’s beautiful summer season!

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