We’re approaching another epic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, and Vodafone is proud and excited to continue this year as a Major Partner and the Official & Exclusive Mobile Service Sponsor. 2020’s Mardi Gras theme is “What Matters”, so celebrate Mardi Gras in a way that matters to you by taking your pick of this diverse line-up of events this year.

#ConnectWithLove at Fair Day

It’s the biggest event of the opening weekend, so make sure to check out Fair Day. This family-friendly (and dog-friendly) event is a great opportunity to celebrate the many LGBTQI+ groups and supporters in town. While you’re there, why not grab a bite to eat or bring your own picnic whilst checking out a bunch of queer performers on the main stage? We’ll be there too, so pop in and say hello at the Vodafone stall – ball pit included.

Where: Victoria Park, Cnr Parramatta Rd and City Rd, Broadway

When: Sunday 16th February 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sit back and enjoy Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival

Queer comedies, queer romance, and queer drama will fill the big screen at Event Cinemas George St, Dendy Newtown, and Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace. Get yourself a program online or at any of the participating vendors and enjoy the beautiful and diverse films showcased this year. Just a few titles worth mentioning include Sid & Judy, a documentary about the talent and tragedy of Judy Garland; Monsoon, a film about a gay man heading to Saigon starring Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Goulding; and the Shiny Shrimps, a French comedy about an amateur water-polo team trying to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia.

Where: Event Cinemas George St, Dendy Newtown & Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

When: Thursday 13th February 12:00 am – 27th February 12:00 am

Educate yourself with Queer Thinking at Seymour Centre

Amongst all the celebration, it’s important not to forget the roots of Mardi Gras, built on the foundations of early activists fighting for LGBTQI rights. Queer Thinking is a two-day conference involving workshops, a book club, and seminars by leading thinkers, writers, and academics on pressing issues for the LGBTQI community. Attend it in its entirety or come and go for the topics that resonate with you.

Where: Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland St, Camperdown NSW 2050

When: Saturday 22nd February 12:00 pm – Sunday 23rd February 12:00 pm

Witness finesse at the Sissy Ball

The Sissy Ball has completely sold out the past two years, so you’ll want to get tickets quick for this one. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy international vogue legends, vogue houses and individual walkers as they compete for category titles in this epic vogue showdown.

Where: Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown

When: Saturday 22nd February 6:00- 11:00 pm

Snatch up some great deals at Oxtravaganza

The Oxtravaganza is a celebration involving over 100 businesses in and around Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, a welcoming space for queer culture. It’s the perfect place to soak up the excitement that fills Sydney leading up to the parade. Expect a variety of fun events and activities throughout the day, with live music, special offers from retailers and more!

Where: Oxford Street and surrounds, Darlinghurst

When: Saturday 22nd February 12:00 pm – Sunday 23rd February 4:00 am

Take it easy at PICNIC Surry Hills

Blankets, deck chairs, and beanbags will be found throughout Surry Hills Parks and Spaces. Use the PICNIC Surry Hills map to find participating food outlets where you can pick up some delicious summer foods. Take it away in the provided eco-friendly packs and have a picnic with your friends or family while enjoying live entertainment.

Where: Surry Hills Parks and Spaces, Surry Hills NSW

When: Sunday 23rd February 12:00 pm

Get wet at the Pool Party

Embrace the heat of Mardi Gras at the Pool Party hosted in Sydney’s beloved rooftop pool club, Ivy. Enjoy an excellent line-up of DJs including Alex Taylor, Kristy Jade, Joelby, Hayley Maree, and Colin Gaff. While you party, you can taste some summer cocktails, and splash around in the water with your friends.

Where: Ivy Pool Club, Level 4, 320 George Street, Sydney

When: Monday 24th February 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

See a new world at Queer Art After Hours

In its fourth year, Queer Art After Hours will be returning to the Art Gallery of NSW and filling it with spectacular queer art installations and performances. You can experience the Art Gallery in an entirely new way with hands-on art workshops, film screenings, and pop-up bars.

Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney

When: Wednesday 26th February 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Get drop-dead gorgeous for The White Party ft Alyssa Edwards

The White Party will be hosted by Sydney’s own Karen From Finance and headlined with a feature length performance by Alyssa Edwards of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Hosted at Home The Venue, Australia’s biggest superclub on the harbour, wear white and prepare to dance the night away.

Where: Home the Venue, 101/1-5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour NSW

When:  Friday 28th February 10:00pm

Show your love and support at The Parade

200 groups and floats parade down Oxford street surrounded by the cheers of thousands of attendees – the Mardi Gras Parade is a world-famous event and the epic climax of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival. Look out for the Vodafone float where we proudly march in support of the LGBTQI+ community. The Parade is open for everyone’s enjoyment, so make sure you secure a prime position along Oxford Street or Flinders Street and join the vibrant festivities.

Where: Oxford and Flinders Streets, Darlinghurst 2010

When:  Saturday 29th February 7:30 pm – 11:00pm

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