The glitziest month of the year is back!
Sydney’s iconic Mardi Gras returns from 16th February to 3rd March 2024, promising a kaleidoscope of events painted with rainbow hues. Immerse yourself in this vibrant celebration of inclusivity, diversity, and authenticity for the LGBTQIA+ community – the city’s energy will be electric!
This year’s theme, “Our Future,” reflects a hopeful vision for a more inclusive and equitable world. And judging by the dazzling array of events on offer, that future looks bright! From bottomless brunches to all-night dance parties, culminating in the breathtaking Sydney Mardi Gras parade, prepare to be swept away by the infectious spirit of celebration.
Dr. Martens Presents House of Silky, 16th & 17th February
Craving a Mardi Gras experience that celebrates self-expression and welcomes all? Look no further than Dr. Martens’ “House of Silky” event! Transforming their Newtown store on February 16th and 17th, this free afternoon promises an electrifying mix of community, dazzling performances, and DJ beats.
Get ready to lose yourself in the rhythms spun by renowned ballroom DJ Father Xander Silky for two electric hours. Witness the awe-inspiring talent of the House of Silky ballroom and voguing crew, and even step onto the floor yourself! The spirit of Mardi Gras thrives on inclusivity and this event embodies that beautifully.
Dr. Martens, known for their iconic footwear and rebellious spirit, is deeply committed to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. This event is a testament to that commitment, offering a platform for self-expression and inclusivity. Plus, there’s a chance to snag some Dr. Martens goodies with giveaways and prizes throughout the afternoon.
Keep up to date with the event details here.
Gin And Glitter With Applejack, 16th February – 3rd March
Calling all gin lovers with a touch of Mardi Gras spirit! Sydney’s renowned Applejack Hospitality and Archie Rose are teaming up for a celebratory cocktail experience across three of their popular venues: Forrester’s Surry Hills, Taphouse Darlinghurst, and The Butler Potts Point.
From February 16th to March 3rd, raise a glass to inclusivity and embrace the rainbow with their limited-edition cocktail menu. Sip on a classic G&T with a twist, or indulge in two vibrant Mardi Gras-inspired creations, perfect for adding a touch of sparkle to your festivities.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! Forrester’s Surry Hills is bringing the glitter, hosting three free pop-up stations on key event days. Get ready to add some dazzling shine to your Mardi Gras look on Fair Day, Bondi Beach Party Day, and Parade Day, all thanks to Archie Rose.
Whether you’re a seasoned Mardi Gras goer or simply looking for a festive tipple, Applejack and Archie Rose offer a delightful way to celebrate inclusivity and raise a glass to Sydney’s vibrant LGBTQIA+ community.
Keep up to date with the group’s offerings here.
Four Pillars Fun Lab, 16th February – 3rd March
Looking for a sophisticated way to celebrate Mardi Gras? Four Pillars Gin’s “Fab Lab” promises a month-long extravaganza bursting with glitter, drag queens, and, of course, delicious gin cocktails.
From February 16th to March 3rd, their Surry Hills lab transforms into a dazzling haven. Sip on the limited-edition “Pretty in Pink” martini while enjoying drag performances and disco vibes throughout the weekends. Feeling peckish? Raja, Sydney’s renowned Indian restaurant, takes over the kitchen on the 23rd and 24th, with gin-infused dishes like spiced fish kebabs and lamb salan.
The grand finale? A Parade Day Party on March 2nd! Dance to DJ Saint Croix’s beats, marvel at Daphne Gaye’s drag magic, and fuel up with limited-edition cocktails before joining the vibrant festivities on Oxford Street. Whether you’re a gin aficionado or simply seeking a stylish Mardi Gras experience, the Four Pillars Fab Lab offers something for everyone.
Find all the details and book your seats here.
Chin Chin Disco Sessions, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th February and 2nd & 3rd March
Feeling nostalgic for the disco era and ready to celebrate Sydney’s vibrant Mardi Gras? Chin Chin invites you to their “Disco Sessions,” a festive bottomless lunch series held throughout the festival.
Shake it to the sounds of guest DJs while indulging in a delicious spread of Chin Chin favourites. From the classic corn fritters with chilli jam to the melt-in-your-mouth kingfish sashimi, each bite is a disco itself. Don’t forget the irresistible crispy duck pancakes and the braised wagyu beef pad seuw too! And what’s a disco party without a sweet ending? Chin Chin has you covered with their special heart-shaped magnum ice cream, a delightful treat to complete the experience.
But the fun doesn’t stop there! Keep the energy flowing with two hours of bottomless drinks, be it refreshing craft beers, sophisticated wines, or their signature “Stardust Spritz” cocktail. And for those who prefer a classic, the mimosa with Cester Camillo Prosecco Brut is always a welcome choice.
Chin Chin’s commitment to the community shines through with their special Mardi Gras cocktail. For each one sold, $1 will be donated to Twenty10, an organization supporting LGBTQIA+ youth across New South Wales.
Find all the details and book your tickets here.
Mardi Gras Debutante Ball by Johnnie Walker, 22nd February
Celebrate inclusivity and history at the Johnnie Walker Debutante Ball! This groundbreaking event at the iconic Kinselas Hotel welcomes both newcomers and Mardi Gras veterans for a night of vibrant celebration. You’ll be able to witness history as Aussie singer and actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte makes her own Mardi Gras debut alongside you. Make sure to mingle with fellow revellers and dance the night away under the shimmering lights, united by the joyful spirit of Mardi Gras in a space that embraces every identity.
Beyond the festive atmosphere, this event carries a powerful message. Each $25 ticket directly supports Equality Australia, championing LGBTIQ+ equality. By attending, you contribute to their vital work while experiencing the vibrant energy of Mardi Gras firsthand.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of history at the Johnnie Walker Debutante Ball, find the full details and book your ticket here.
Drag Bingo & Caviar ‘Bumps’ At Bar Morris, 2nd March
Seeking a touch of Mardi Gras glam with a playful twist? Bar Morris has you covered! On March 2nd, this chic Italian eatery transforms into a vibrant bingo hall hosted by drag queen extraordinaire Dakota Fann’ee.
For just $25, enjoy an afternoon of sass, sparkle, and 10 rounds of classic bingo, all fueled by refreshing sangria. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Bar Morris’ chef Rosy Scatigna has curated a delectable menu fit for the occasion. Think Italian tapas like gildas with mortadella and olives, succulent fried prawns, and even a “Rainbow” semifreddo dessert adorned with sprinkles. All perfect for sharing amongst friends as you dab your way to bingo glory. And for the ultimate indulgence? Bar Morris is offering “Caviar bumps” with frozen vodka, a decadent treat combining luxury and fun.
Whether you’re a seasoned bingo enthusiast or simply looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience, Bar Morris’ Drag Bingo promises an afternoon of laughter, delectable bites, and a healthy dose of sass.
Find all the details and book your tickets here.
Ovolo Hotels X Virgin Australia Mardi Gras Brunch, 2nd March
Immerse yourself in this year’s dazzling festivities with Ovolo Woolloomooloo’s Mardi Gras Brunch. Partnering with Virgin Australia, they’ve crafted a morning filled with delicious bites, fabulous cocktails, and entertainment that will leave you sparkling brighter than a disco ball.
Start off with a delectable spread at Alibi Bar & Dining, where culinary delights meet rainbow flair. Let loose to the infectious tunes of DJ Victoria Anthony, the captivating presence of RuPaul’s Drag Race star Hollywould Star, and the dazzling Brisbane queen, The Thin Lizzi. Feeling brave? Take the plunge (literally!) with optional “Ice Bath Recovery” sessions for a refreshing post-celebration boost.
Dress to impress and you could win exciting prizes, including flights with Virgin Australia. And for those staying at Ovolo over the Mardi Gras weekend, special perks await, like a welcome disco cocktail and a recovery pack valued at over $100. For $99, this brunch offers a sophisticated yet spirited way to embrace the festival.
Find all the details and book your tickets here.
Recovery Rooftop Session On Arturo’s Rooftop, 3rd March
Craving a relaxed wind-down after the Mardi Gras Parade Day revelry? Arturo’s Rooftop at the Woolly Bay Hotel offers the perfect antidote with their “Recovery Rooftop Session.”
This closing party on March 3rd promises a laid-back atmosphere with stunning harbour views. DJs start spinning at 2 pm, providing chilled tunes to accompany your post-parade toast. Dance under the sun (or stars!) and soak in the city skyline as you reminisce about the festival’s vibrant energy.
Not just for Parade Day, Arturo’s Rooftop hosts Sunday sessions throughout February, offering a welcome respite from the festivities. Savour their tapas-style menu with delicious bites from their sister restaurant downstairs, alongside Euro-inspired cocktails like the refreshing “Paros Beachclub” or the sophisticated “Adriatic Villa.”
Whether you’re seeking a gentle post-parade wind-down or a casual way to experience Mardi Gras vibes, Arturo’s Rooftop offers a stylish and relaxed sanctuary with delicious food, stunning views, and good company.
Find all the details on this free event and book your table here.
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