Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival in a Nutshell
Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s queer arts and cultural festival and is one of the top five gay and lesbian arts and cultural festivals in the world – a celebration by a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists and performers. This is a three-week event attended by nearly 250,000 people. The festival began in 1988, modelled on Sydney’s Mardi Gras
When the festival is held?
The festival is held 22 days across January and February each year.
Where it is held?
Festival is held in Melbourne. Midsumma Carnival, the single day outdoor opening of the festival event, which is free to all, is held at Alexandra Gardens from 11am until 10pm. The full day of activities leads into the evening of T Dance, featuring a fantastic line-up of sassy sounds and DJs.
Midsumma Carnival Dog Show is organised at Alexandra Gardens and is all about parading your pooch to win prizes in different categories like, Cutest Bitch; Sexiest Stud; Best Trick; Best Dressed; Best Owner/Dog Combo; and the Best Dog Overall.
More than 7000 marchers take part in Midsumma Pride March through the Fitzroy Street in St Kilda each year during the festival.
The rest of the events are organised at different venues and most are ticketed events. The usual venues include, The Theatre Works at St Kilda, Arts Centre Melbourne, Gas Works Arts Park, The Hare Hole at Fitzroy and Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.
Where can I find detailed information about Midsumma Festival?
Visit the festival website for detailed information on events and venues. https://www.midsumma.org.au/info/midsumma-festival-hubs/