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Sydney’s WorldPride and Mardi Gras Events You Can’t Miss

The world will be watching Sydney this February 2023, as one of the biggest events of the year begins. Not only is Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras about to get started, but this year, Sydney is playing host to WorldPride. It’s the first ever time that WorldPride has taken place in the Southern Hemisphere!

2023 is a momentous year for Australia. We’re celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first Gay Pride week, the 5th Anniversary of Australian Marriage Equality, and the 45th Anniversary of the first Sydney Mardi Gras! Yep, the celebrations are going to be HUGE. So without further ado, we have gathered some of the biggest, brightest, and boldest events happening in Sydney over WorldPride. All in one place, just for you!

So put your love on display – whether you’re Gay, an Ally, or Them/They – Pride is the season for breaking boundaries, and celebrating steps to equality for all. Dust off those dancing shoes, and let’s party!

Sydney’s 2023 WorldPride and Mardi Gras Events: Our Top Picks

Mardi Gras Fair Day

Sunday 19 February, 10am-9pm; Victoria Park; FREE.

Fair Day is one of our absolute favourite days of Sydney’s Mardi Gras. Victoria Park is open to all, for a day filled with good music, dancing, and foodie treats. It’s essentially a free day-long festival! Make sure you start the day by checking out and supporting all of the information and retail stalls, and you might even find some giveaways. Spend the rest of your day in the sun, enjoying special performances, live music and DJs across multiple stages. Guaranteed to be a BLAST! 

Mardi Gras Parade

Saturday 25 February, 6pm-11pm; Oxford Street and surrounds; FREE.

Perhaps the biggest event of every Mardi Gras, is the Parade! For the first time since COVID, the Mardi Gras Parade is returning home to the streets of Sydney – and it is going to be EPIC! Across 250+ parade floats, and 12,500 marchers – this free event is a celebration of love, joy and acceptance. It always has been, and always will be a protest. So head on down to Oxford Street, and show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community! 

The Parade is followed by the annual sell-out afterparty at The Hordern Pavillion. Nab tickets if you can!

Salty’s Bondi Rainbow Disco

Thursday 23 February, from 4pm; Salty’s Bondi; Free Entry.

Can’t wait until the weekend for the WorldPride celebrations? Salty’s has you sorted. For a camp night full of disco anthems, drag queens, and cocktail specials – you know where to go. 

Bondi Beach Party

Saturday 4 March, 3pm-10pm; Bondi Beach; Tickets from $179.

For the first time in history, Bondi Beach will be the host to one of the greatest parties in the world! With 12,000 people heading to the jewel of Sydney in celebration of Pride, and Nicole Sherzinger headlining – this one is not to be missed. Keep an eye out for resale tickets, or simply head to Bondi for the day to soak up the unmissable atmosphere.

Harbour Bridge Pride March

Sunday 5 March, from 7am; Sydney Harbour Bridge.

History is in the making, as 50,000 people will walk across the Harbour Bridge, one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, in protest of LGBTQIA+ rights. It is expected to be an incredibly powerful day, with allies standing side by side with their Queer brothers and sisters, among others. Marchers were drawn from a ticket lottery, but head to the city for the day, as it is sure to be BUZZING!

Poof Doof Drag Brunches

18 February, 25 February, 4 March, 11am; Coogee Pavilion; $120pp.

Poof Doof returns to the Coogee Pavilion, with its famous Bottomless Package – bringing Drag Queens, Performers and the very best of music to the coast. With a three hour beverage package, canapes, and a cocktail on arrival – you better get up and WERK because it’s Brunch Time Baby!

Side Bar Pride Colourfest Weekend

17 – 18 February, 7pm – 3am; Side Bar; Free entry before 9pm

Free glitter bar makeovers, a venue full of rainbow decor, house and LGBTQIA party anthems, unicorn cocktails… step into Pride Colourfest Weekend at Side Bar!

For your Sydney Mardi Gras and World Pride festival weekend, book your affordable accommodation at Wake Up! Hostels in Sydney Central and Bondi Beach. Convenient location, social atmosphere, daily guest activities, and much more!

Art Gallery of NSW

12 February – 5 March

Art Gallery of NSW’s WorldPride Program will display new artworks and performances in an inclusive celebration of art. Full details here.

Kinky Boots

3 March; Tickets from $45.

The worldwide phenomenon musical arrives at The Concourse from March 3rd! Full details here.

Queer Mart

26 February, 10am.

A local daytime market comes to Darlinghurst, celebrating Queer makers in the community. Full details here.

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