What to see at the Midsumma Festival this year
Sunday, January 22, Alexandra Gardens
The Midsumma Carnival signals the beginning of the three week Midsumma Festival. The outdoor celebration featuring over 180 stalls, live music, performances, lip-sync competitions, carnival sporting games, food, retail stalls and entertainment is completely free, and the family-friendly will be held at Alexandra Gardens, as well as the much-loved Dog Show
It turns into a giant party come nightfall, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes.
Parking can be a challenge at this event, so those looking to cycle in can use the free bike valet provided by arevo at the St Kilda Rd end of the park.
The Midsumma Pride March
Sunday, February 5, Fitzroy Street St Kilda
A signature event of the festival, the Midsumma Pride March celebrates ‘solidarity in gender and sexual diversity' with a festive march of more than 8000 participants down Fitzroy Street in St Kilda, including Indigenous Elders, bike clubs, rainbow floats, politicians and RACV.
The general public are welcome to join as allies along with the53,000 spectators, where the Pride March ends at Catani Gardens for a major celebration with live music and dance.
Melbourne Pride – A Road to Pride
Sunday, February 12, Corner Gertrude and Smith Street
An event that commemorates the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria, Melbourne Pride is an iconic street party delivered by Midsumma as initiated by the State Government.
Set in Melbourne’s funky northside (as well as pop-ups in regional Victoria); the event will present circus acts, guest speakers, stalls, activities, art installations,live music, and performances by artists including Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan, punk band Cry Club, and Nigerian-Australia musician and queer advocate Keiynan Lonsdale, it's sure to be a party to remember.