The Ultimate Guide to Mardi Gras 2018


Mardi Gras is just around the corner! Have you made a plan?

It’s that time of year, the annual Mardi Gras Festival is back on! Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Parade is set to be more glitter loaded and fabulous than ever before. The parade marks the fantastic finale to the festival, but there is so much more happening in and around Sydney! From theatre productions to pool parties, here’s your ultimate guide to this iconic LGBTQI+ festival.


Heaps Gay Queertopia Pardi Gras 2018 

Indie Westie Party Starters Heaps Gay are transforming Manning Bar in Chippendale into a party spectacular! With AGWA de Bolivia as the proud sponsor of the Queertopia party, guests can expect an all immersive and inclusive festival of AGWA de Bolivia-inspired drinks, music, art and performances featuring local Aussie acts across 3 stages! Due to immense popularity, this event is sold out!

When: Saturday 3rd March, 9:00pm – 3:00am
Where: Manning Bar and Gardens, Manning House, Manning Road, Camperdown
Tickets: This event is now sold out.

For more information on this event, click on the Facebook event page

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The 40th Annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is so close you can almost see the glitter! Tens of thousands of fabulous participants will be strutting, singing and dancing in the streets for one spectacular night of entertainment. Bars along Oxford Street and Flinders Street will be selling seats at a premium price to get you right next to the action, in the spirit of the festival and provide the cocktails.

When: Saturday 3rd March, 7pm-11pm
Where: Oxford & Flinders Streets, Darlinghurst

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Ivy Pool Party

To celebrate summer whilst looking glamorous, consider spending the day at the Ivy Pool Club Party. An exclusive party in the heart of Sydney above suspecting eyes. As with all good adult pool parties, there will be beats and booze. Think cocktails, DJ’s, palm trees, cabanas and lots of sexy people! The line up of DJ’s will be announced soon so keep your eyes on the Mardi Gras website. This party is selling fast, with the last round of pre-sale tickets on sale now.

When: Monday 26th February, 2pm-11pm
Where: Ivy Pool Club, The Ivy Level 4, 320 George St
Tickets: tickets are selling fast, to purchase yours, click here here

Della Hyde, Darlinghurst

Underground bar Della Hyde have teamed up with Absolut Vodka to create six exclusive cocktails that represent the colours of the rainbow! There’s everything from a red vodka negroni to a yellow hued passion drop – made with Absolut Vodka, Elderflower, Sauv Blanc, lemon, passionfruit and peach puree.

These cocktails are available now and throughout Mardi Gras celebrations and parade night, Saturday 3rd March. To get the full list of cocktails, look below. 

  • Red – Vodka Negroni – $18 (Absolut Vodka, Campari, Dolin Rouge)
  • Orange – Skewdriver – $12 (Absolut Vodka, Fresh Orange)
  • Yellow – Passion Drop – $18 (Absolut Vodka, Elderflower, Sav Blanc, Lemon, Passionfruit, Peach Puree)
  • Green – Ahus Southside – $18 (Absolut Vodka, Lime, Sugar, Mint)
  • Blue – Blue is True – $10 (Absolut Vodka, Blue Curacao, Amarula)
  • Purple- Absolut Botanik – $12 (Berry & Lime)

The Winery hosts Friends of Dorothy Mardi Gras Celebration

Surry Hills’ beloved Winery is hosting a six day celebration this Mardi Gras, and want you to come celebrate! The party kicks off on Wednesday 28th Feb with an event not to be missed – A Night with Rhys Nicolson. Tickets are just $99, and include a night of stand up comedy, beer, wine and canapés from 7pm-10pm. The Winery are also offering $99 Mumm Champagne Magnums on Thursday and Friday from 6pm-9pm and are inviting everyone to party on come Friday and Saturday with DJs spinning tunes from 7:30pm.

On Sunday 4th March, guests can expect live music and $10 Spritzes all afternoon, starting from 2:30pm. Monday is all about recovery at The Winery with complimentary canapés from 3-5pm, cocktail specials running all day and double steak fritz from 5pm until sold out.

Friends of Dorothy Mardi Gras Celebration at The Winery
When: Weds 28th Feb – Mon 5th March
Where: The Winery, 285a Crown St, Surry Hills
Tickets: Tickets to Rhys Nicholson’s night of comedy on Weds 28th Feb are selling fast. To purchase yours, click here

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Beresford Sundays and ABSOLUT: We Are Colourful

The Beresford Hotel has long been celebrated as an iconic destination for the LGBTQI community. Teaming up with ABSOLUT, they’ve now launched an exciting new ‘We Are Colourful’ campaign. The celebration comes with a new Sunday brunch menu. Running every Sunday from 11am-1pm until the end of March, the Beresford are offering a bespoke brunch feast, alongside a range of Absolut cocktails for just $40.

Come Sunday 25th Feb, The Beresford will also be hosting a special Absolut Sunday. This special edition Beresford Sunday will showcase special performances by diva house legend Barbara Tucker and New York City disco house DJ and Laneway party regular, Corey Craig. 

Absolut and Merivale are also releasing the official Mardi Gras cocktail, Absolut Sparkle. The truly outrageous pink tipple, featuring Absolut Blue, Mojo Strawberry and Hibiscus Kombucha, passionfruit and prosecco, can be purchased exclusively during the Mardi Gras season across a number of Merivale venues including The Beresford, Queens Hotel, Vic on the Park, Ms.Gs and The Paddington.

Beresford Sundays and Absolut: We Are Colourful
When: Sunday 25th Feb – Mon 5th March
Where: The Beresford Hotel, 354 Bourke Street Surry Hills

For more information, check out the website here

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Culture Up at The Australian Museum

On February 28th the iconic Australian Museum will present Culture Up Late: Another View – a special evening of performance, activations and art. LGBTQI+ artists will explore new museum perspectives through performance, tours and other thought provoking happenings. Not only can you see ‘Lady Sings It Better’ perform live, but also discover the Museum’s major exhibition Mammoths, and be immortalised by Sam Leighton-Dore in his live art installation.

When: Wednesday Feb 28th, 5pm-9pm.
Where: Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney
Price: Adult $20, Concession $18, AM Members $16. To book your tickets, click here

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The Tudor’s Drag Dog Dress-up Party

Redfern’s The Tudor Hotel are getting in on the party action…with a pooch party! Come Sunday 24th February, you can get involved in a drag dog-dress up party, giving your pooch the chance to don their most elaborate outfit. With prizes for best dressed, all owners of dressed-up doggos will receive a complimentary margarita.

When: Saturday 24 February, starting 12pm.
Where: The Tudor Hotel, 90 Pitt Street, Redfern
Price: free (complimentary cocktail if you bring your dog dressed in drag)

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Queer Art After Hours @ Art Gallery of NSW

After last year’s inaugural event, Queer Art After Hours is returning to the Art Gallery of NSW. You can expect an explosion of queer art around every corner, along with queer musicians, DJs and performers. Elsewhere in the Gallery, take a tongue-in-cheek art tour with Verushka Darling, a life drawing class with dominatrix Mistress Tokyo as your model, or have a profound coffee cup reading with artist Nicole Barakat. 

When: Wednesday 28th February, 5pm-10:00pm
Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Tickets: entry is free!


  • Lisa says:

    Hi, I was hoping to enter the competition to win a double pass to Heaps Gay Queertopia Pardi Gras, but can’t seem to find the link… unsure if this is a results of 5.30-itis or technical difficulties.
    If you could please let me know how I can enter that would be brilliant.
    Many thanks,

  • Simon norris says:

    Hey guys
    No link showing on this site to enter the comp :-(
    Keeps returning to previous page

  • Jessica Rawlence says:

    I am attempting to leave my name down to win 2 free passes for the pardi gras queertopia after party! All my friends had tickets nd it sold out by my payday!

  • Brett Sinclair says:

    Never been to heaps gay would love the chance to
    Happy Mardi Gra xxx

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