This celebration of the LGBTIA+ community kicks off with Midsumma Carnival, a 11-hour party in Alexandra Gardens that’s one of the biggest queer events on Melbourne’s calendar. And on February 2 you can march in solidarity at the all-inclusive Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
On February 7, there’ll be an unmissable night of queer street dance battles at Melbourne Museum for Nocturnal x Midsumma: Lunar New Year Disco. And monthly queer pop party Popchops is inviting you to douse yourself in glitter for its warehouse extravaganza on February 1.
You can jump on board a ladies-only boat party for Girls at Sea (February 7), where there’ll be acoustic bands by day and DJs by night. Or bust out the hairspray and don your Ziggy Stardust lightning bolt for a one-night-only Bowie Ball (January 31).
Another highlight, from January 22 to 26, will be a photography exhibition that zooms in on the wildly romantic queer nightclub Hugs & Kisses, which closed in 2019. A documentary on the club, Love, Hugs + Kisses, will be released later this year.
The Queer Pool Party (January 26) at Prahan Aquatic Centre invites all genders and sexualities to dive in; expect mildly competitive water sports, poolside entertainment and a free sausage sizzle. Want to party a little harder? Head to Adam’s Pool Party at Wet on Wellington (February 1).
You can also experience the Australian Open in a unique safe space within Melbourne Park for The Glam Slam (January 31 to February 2). On- and off-court activities will help promote diversity and raise visibility for LGBTIA+ communities.