Victoria's Pride Street Party and Regional Events

Artwork by Elwyn Murray

A landmark program of pride

Victoria’s Pride (previously Melbourne Pride) will be held across the state from December to February, with events in regional and rural areas. The tour of state-wide events will culminate into a full-day and night street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023 (one week after the annual Midsumma Pride March.)

Midsumma will again deliver Victoria’s Pride in partnership with the Victorian Government. 

Victoria's Pride Street Party

Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Streets will once again be transformed into an extravagant street party – with two live music stages and performances from musicians and artists – to celebrate Victoria’s diverse LGBTIQ+ communities.

Victoria’s Pride Street Party will showcase live performances including musicians, comedians, speakers, circus performers, and drag artists. Throughout the day you can experience wellness activities, community stalls, street performers, and interactive events. Hundreds of local food and beverage traders and local businesses in the City of Yarra will open their doors to showcase their offerings. Hot tip - keep an eye out in the shopfronts for pop-up performances. 

Stay tuned for more exciting event information coming soon!

Local businesses all down Gertrude and Smith Street will benefit from the party – serving food and drink to the thousands of people expected to attend across the day, while some will be incorporated into the party with shopfront activations and performances in venues. Visit our Melbourne Trader Directory to find out what's happening.

Victoria's Pride is an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ Victorians and the wider community to come together as one to celebrate the remarkable journey of equality through inspirational arts, community involvement, food, and culture.

*If you are a Trader or Resident in the City of Yarra, please visit our Victoria's Pride information page

Images by Suzanne Balding.

Partners

Victoria's Pride Regional Events

To ensure statewide representation of LGBTQIA+ arts and cultures. Victoria's Pride commissioned community groups, organisations and artists in regional Victoria to facilitate involvement in Victoria's Pride event activities, either in the lead-up to or on the day of the Victoria's Pride one-day street party in Melbourne’s inner north.

Ballarat Frolic Festival presents Summer Frolic

A four-day whole-of-community Pride festival of LGBTIQA+ events, featuring inclusive entertainment for all-ages that caters to our diverse communities delivered in partnership with local and state-wide LGBTIQA+ organisations.

Date: 9 - 12 Feb 2023
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Ballarat (Piano Bar, Femxle Experience Art Rebellion Gallery, Warehouse Ballarat & Victoria Park)

By Ballarat Frolic Festival

Gippsland Pride Festival

LGBTQIA+ community and celebration across the 6 shires of Gippsland; Latrobe City, Baw Baw, Bass Coast, South Gippsland, East Gippsland, and Wellington. No excuse to miss out - We're bringing a little bit of Midsumma to you!

Date: 12 Jan - 12 Feb 2023
Where: Gippsland (across 6 shires - Latrobe City, Baw Baw, Bass Coast, South Gippsland, East Gippsland, Wellington)

By Gippsland Pride Initiative Inc

Gippsland's Day Out

'Gippsland's Day Out' is the first of its kind - A family friendly, outdoor, 1 day festival, in support of Gippsland's LGBQTQIA+ community. Drag performances, live music, DJ, kid’s activities & entertainment, food & drink stalls, and an indoor chill out (sensory) zone.

Date: 11 Feb 2023
Where: Traralgon (Gipplsand Performing Arts Centre)

By Victoria SES (Eastern Region)

Greater Shepparton's Road to Pride & Inaugural Pride Ball

Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. will curate and showcase our ‘road to pride’. Commencing with a launch event at SAM (Shepparton Art Museum) and culminating in a celebratory exhibit and our first ever Pride Ball.

Date: 11 Nov 2022 (launch event) - 10 Feb 2023 (Pride Ball)
Where: Shepparton - Shepparton Art Museum (launch), GoTAFE, Council, Library + others (exhibit), GV Hotel (Rainbow Ball)
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

By Goulburn Valley Pride Inc

IDo Love Queer Disability

Artist PollyannaR is celebrating Gippsland's proud LGBTQI+ icons and activists with disabilities through photogravure portraits.

Date: 10 Feb 2023
Where: Morwell (PollyannaR Gallery Studio)

My Self: Portrait Series

LINE (LGBTQIA+ In the North East) Wangaratta, supported and partnered with Midsumma, are coordinating My Self: Portrait Series focusing on sharing LGBTQIA+ stories, through the creation of a series of self-portraits. The program will focus on developing a snapshot of regional LGBTQIA+ community members. The project will include audio recording of participants sharing a story about their past challenges and future opportunities, to be listened to in conjunction with viewing their artwork, creating a legacy of permanent and tangible records of regional LGBTQIA+ life in 2023. The project will include an exhibition event, displaying the creations from participants at the newly created LINE Wangaratta Pride Hub.

Date: December 2022 (workshop sessions) - 12 Feb 2023 (exhibition)
Where: Wangaratta (LINE Wangaratta Pride Hub, 18 Textile Ave)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, there are some physical access limits due to venue

By LINE Wangaratta Inc.

Pop Up Pride 2022

Bendigo Pride invites you to join your rainbow family as part of the Victoria's Pride celebration. Live music, DJ Cliterally, drag from host Polly Filla, Gay Stuff Markets, Trans Clothing Swap, plus the launch of our oral history project and highlights of the 2023 Bendigo Pride Festival. Part get-together, part Queersmas Market, all fun.

Date: 3 December 2022
Time: 11am - 4pm
Where: Bendigo (Town Hall, Library, Library Gardens)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

By Bendigo Pride Festival

Pride Across the Ages Podcast Season 2

A second Podcast series capturing intimate, heartfelt generational stories of Pride over the years of LGBTQIA+ people residing in the regional shire of Mount Alexander. 

Date: 9 Feb 2023 (podcast launch event)
Time: 5:30pm
Where: Castlemaine - Goldfields Library (launch event). Podcast to be released on streaming services.
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible, AUSLAN interpreted, audio described

By Queer and Now on Main FM 94.9

Q-Lit

Q-Lit is Victoria’s first queer writers’ festival. The festival will connect writers and readers in five regional areas and then bring as many regional writers and readers as possible to our Victoria's Pride event in Fitzroy & Collingwood on the 12th Feb 2023. Each one-day regional festival event will consist of workshops for primary and secondary aged children, masterclasses, author interviews, readings and showcase opportunities for local writers, both emerging and established, to share their work alongside our touring writers.

Dates: 15 Jan (Ballarat), 21 Jan (Shepparton), 22 Jan (Traralgon) & 12 Feb 2023 (Fitzroy/Collingwood)
Times: 10am - 12pm (Primary and highschool-aged workshops), 1pm - 4pm (Adult and VCE-ages masterclasses), 6pm - 9:30pm (Showcase and social mixer)
Where: Ballarat (Sebastapol Library & Ballarat Piano Bar) Shepparton (Shepparton Library & The Aussie Hotel), Traralgon (Traralgon Library) and Fitzroy/Collingwood (Victoria's Pride Street Party)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

By Scratch Arts

Queer-ways: Retracing Regional Footprints

Victorian artists, LUCIANO and George Keats are bringing their Queer-ways initiative to Wodonga, Daylesford and Mildura with their new project Queer-ways: Retracing Regional Queer Footprints. The Queer-ways team will be documenting the presence of the local queer community, representing historical and contemporary stories in an illustrated Augmented Reality map. To document local history, the artists invite the community to get involved, adding stories to a Digital Queer Map of Wodonga through their website. LUCIANO and George will also be running digital information sessions from the 21st - 30th of November 2022 which can be found on their website, and will be visiting each community in January 2023. The completed maps will be displayed locally to celebrate Victoria’s Pride and will also be on display at the Victoria’s Pride Street Party in Collingwood on Sunday the 12th of February, uniting all of Victoria's LGBTQIA+ community.

Date: Begins Oct 2022, to be presented at Victoria's Pride (12 Feb 2023)
Where: Wodonga, Daylesford, Mildura and Fitzroy/Collingwood (Victoria's Pride Street Party)
Tickets: FREE event
Accessibility: AUSLAN Interpreted

By Queer-ways

Queer & Koorie: A Showcase of First Nations LGBTQIA+ Mob

A Community Day bringing together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
LGBTQIA+ community with wider Community and allies to promote an inclusive, accessible, safe and sustainable state-wide community.

Date: Jan 2023 (TBC)
Where: Gippsland

By Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)

Self Created Celebration

Pride party celebration of LGBTIQA+ people in Regional Victoria, connecting and celebrating pride history and experiences across the Great South Coast.

Date: Early Feb 2023 (TBC)
Where: Warrnambool - Dart and Marlin (launch party), Warrnambool Art Gallery (exhibit)

By Brophy Family & Youth Services

That's Soo Gay!

That's Soo Gay; from insult to strength! An open art prize & exhibition in Kyneton celebrating the richness of the queer community’s contribution to society. 

Date: 26 Jan - 12 Feb 2023
Where: Kyneton (The Old Auction House, 52-56 Mollison Street)

By Macedon Ranges Accessible Arts Inc

The Regional LGBTIQ+ Condition

LaNCE TV will broadcast to C31 Melbourne and simulcast on Facebook an extended panel show unpacking what it means to be LGBTIQ+ in rural Victoria. The aim is to highlight the reality of what it means to be LGBTIQ+ and living in regional and remote parts of Victoria, and to compare and contrast those experiences against that of our metropolitan cohorts. Up to six panelists will act as a representation for the broader LGBTIQ+ community voice from across rural Victoria, and will be made up of a range of ages, genders, and other intersectional backgrounds.

Date: 25 Nov 2022
Time: 9:00pm
Where: Digital event (broadcast from LaNCE TV Studios, Ballarat)
Tickets: FREE

By LaNCE TV

Event & ticketing details

Dates & Times

WHEN Sun 12 Feb 11am-9pm

Tickets

FREE No ticket required

Location

Gertrude Street and Smith Street

Gertrude St / Smith St, Fitzroy

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Tram

11 to stop 13 | tram 12, 109 to stop 15 | tram 86, 96 to stop 11

Event notes

TRAM DISRUPTIONS

Route 86 trams will experience service changes from 3am to last tram on Sunday 13 February, due to road closures associated with the Melbourne Pride Festival in Gertrude Street.
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