Midsumma Carnival 2020 Stages

Midsumma Carnival 2019 - photo by Rod Ceballos

Midsumma Carnival Main Stage

EMCEE: Lou Wall

EMCEE: Art Simone

At 6pm the stage morphs into T Dance: see T Dance stage line-ups, or the Midsumma Carnival - T Dance event.

Midsumma Carnival Picnic Stage

  • 11:00am: stage opens
  • 11:20am: Stretch Time Fitness with Mahla Bird - a low intensity class to stretch and start the day off limber and relaxed 
  • 12:30pm: Melbourne Rainbow Band - Melbourne's premier concert band playing some crowd favourites
  • 1:10pm: Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus - Australia's first LGBTQIA+ choir performs their arrangements of gay classics
  • 1:55pm: Youth Talent Time with Minus18

EMCEE: Bettie Bombshell

  • 3:00pm: Dog Show - judges include Ro Allen (commissioner for Gender and Sexuality). Register at the Picnic Information Tent (opposite Picnic Stage)

EMCEE: Dean Arcuri (Frock Hudson)

  • 4:35pm: Lip Sync Limelight (prizes for Best LIPS, Best OUTFIT and Most ORIGINAL). To perform, register at the Info Tents. Judges: Weird Alice, Bae Marie and Aysha Buffet.
  • 5:25pm: Australian Institute of Music Students

At 5:45pm the stage begins to morph into T Dance: see T Dance stage line-ups, or the Midsumma Carnival - T Dance event.

Midsumma Carnival Family Precinct

Fun for the whole family

Let the kids run wild at the Midsumma Carnival Families Precinct, with hosts Po Po Mo Co and workshops from ArtPlay. Using your face as their canvas, children can become the art director in "I See You Like This" with Jessica Wilson. Then, sit and relax in the reading corner by Hares & Hyenas. Or, try the socially engaged art experience “Face Paint By Children” where the children are facilitators of the stall, painting the faces of adults, other children and themselves by Dan Goronszy Arts.

EMCEE: Po Po Mo Co

Activations throughout the day

  • I See You Like This
    • 11:00am - 12:45pm
    • 1:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Face Paint by Children
    • 11:00am - 1:30pm
    • 2:15pm - 4:00pm

Midsumma Carnival Youth Precinct

Midsumma Carnival Sports Precinct

  • 12:00pm: Leasa Mann and Tequila Mockingbird
  • 12:10pm: Midsumma Queerlympics: Pool buoy race
  • 12:45pm: Melbourne Wranglers wrestling demo
  • 1:00pm: Leasa Mann
  • 1:10pm: Midsumma Queerlympics: Flipper relay
  • 1:30pm: Women's Circus demo
  • 1:45pm: The Pussycat Lols
  • 2:00pm: Midsumma Queerlympics: Lip sync battle
  • 3:00pm: Midsumma queerlympics: Tug o war
  • 3:15pm: Tequila Mockingbird
  • 3:25pm: Latin American and Hispanic Rainbow Community dance lesson
  • 3:50pm: Leasa Mann and Tequila Mockingbird
  • 4:00pm: stage closes

Hearing Access

Everything on the Main Stage will be Auslan interpreted up to the start of T Dance (at 6pm). The Dog Show on the Picnic Stage will also be Auslan interpreted.

At 6pm, the Midsumma Carnival Main and Picnic Stages morph into T Dance.

See T Dance Stage Line Ups >>

All the goss on the iconic Midsumma Carnival Dog Show

Midsumma Carnival Dog Show

Details of the accessible facilities provided at Midsumma Carnival

Midsumma Carnival Accessibility

Check out which stalls will be waiting to welcome you on 19 January

Midsumma Carnival Stall Locations

Answers to some commonly asked questions about Midsumma Carnival

Midsumma Carnival + T Dance FAQs

View or download the various maps of Midsumma Carnival

Midsumma Carnival Maps
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