Below is a list of festival events that take place throughout the year and the months in which they will normaly take place.
BEAR ESSENTIALS - FEBRUARY - Sydney
Harbour City Bears is Sydney's social group for big hairy LGBTIQA+, their friends and admirers. Concurrently with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is Bear Essentials, a 15 day program of meeting one another, sharing experiences and making friends for life from Fair Day, Pub socials, movie night, beach day, Wet Furr pool party, UnderBear dance party, Sauna party and Recovery event. A favourite with interstate and overseas guests.
WESTERN ROUNDUP - MARCH - Perth
WESTERN ROUNDUP LITE, is our re-imagining of the original festival and all out effort to lift this year and still give the Perth Bear community something to celebrate!! So brush off your best outfits, and prepare for a 3-event celebration of all things Bears and all things Bears Perth. It will feature a series of events on 3 days, including the our very own Mr. Bear Perth 2020 competition!
SOUTHERN HIBEARNATION - JUNE - Melbourne
For over the past 20 years bears from all over Australia, New Zealand and beyond have gathered in Melbourne for a celebration of bear pride – Southern HiBearnation. Each year, we put together a schedule of events for bears and their admirers to enjoy over 7 fun-filled days. With 10+ events on offer across the entire week, there is something for every bear to enjoy – from the big dance parties, to free films in the afternoon, hearty lunches, educational workshops and more.
BEAR PRIDE - AUGUST - Sydney
Harbour City Bears, Sydney's only social group for big hairy LGBTIQA+, their friends and admirers, welcomes likeminded people from all over Australia and overseas. We celebrate our "Beary" ways with a five day program of events from Thursday to Sunday in Darlinghurst & Newtown. It includes a welcome function, Mr Harbour City Bear Competition, Bear Pit dance party, a harbour walk and a Recovery Party with plenty of time to see the City sights too.
NORTHERN EXPOSURE - OCTOBER - Brisbane
BrisBears welcome bears around Australia, NZ and the world to come and celebrate everything that is "Bear" as we chose the next standard-bearer of Mr Bear Qld. Events include Meet & Greet, Dinner & Show, Barefoot Bowls, Bingo, Polar Bear Pool Party, Under Bear and Recovery.
SpringOUT PRIDE FESTIVAL - OCTOBER - Canberra
Meridian and SpringOUT are proud to present CBR Fair Day Pride in the Park 2021. Fair Day Pride in the Park is Canberra’s biggest LGBTIQA+ community event and a celebration of Canberra’s wonderful and diverse LGBTIQA+ communities.
Fair Day has launched the SpringOUT Pride Festival each year since SpringOUT’s inauguration in 1999 and is one of the most anticipated events on the LGBTIQA+ calendar. SpringOUT is Canberra’s queer cultural festival which affirms the pride, joy, dignity and identity of Canberra’s LGBTIQA+ communities through events of celebration
BEARSTOCK - NOVEMBER - Adelaide
Bearstock is Adelaide's annual celebration of Bear lifestyle and culture, where Bear Men of Adelaide host events for the whole LGBTIQA+ community to celebrate. We endeavour to promote Bear culture and creativity from Adelaide and the world, and promote Adelaide as an international centre thereof. Events include Artist in Residence, Megabear, Big Splash Pool Party, Grunt V Dance Party, Teddy Bear's Picnic and Wrap Party.
SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN MARDI GRAS + Others
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras sparkles with rainbow colours every February and March. Many other cities and tourist destinations around Australia and New Zealand also host their own vibrant LGBTQI festivals. Each of them give you great ways to get in touch with your local LGBTQI community, or opportunities to visit and sample the best the cities have to offer.