Beyond Pride: The best LGBTIQ+ events and festivals for 2021


Pride, mardi gras, gay ski weekends and more – these queer events are unmissable for not just the LGBTIQ community, but allies alike.

While the recent pandemic has seen many Pride events in North America and Europe celebrated via online streaming around the globe, one thing is for certain: even a pandemic can’t halt a good celebration. Luckily, Pride events take place all year long, and in cities all around the world.

And while Pride is a wonderful excuse to celebrate, the fun doesn’t need to stop there. From colourful costumed parades to pool parties, theatre and puffy parkas with ski boots, these global queer-friendly events are worth travelling for. Start planning your 2021 itinerary around these incredible festivals.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Sydney, Australia (26 February – 8 March 2021)

On home soil, this annual event sees a surge in travellers arriving in Sydney to enjoy a fortnight of special events from mid-February to early March. Dance parties, art exhibitions, lectures, outdoor festivals and more all culminate in a mega-parade, drawing thousands of revellers along a route of colourful floats, marching groups, dancers, drag performers… and so much more. The parade finishes with a super-sized dance party where a line-up of local and international performers join guests as they party the night away.