Our guide to the best parties to attend at Sydney Mardi Gras

From the amazing alternative shows at The Sissy Ball to the crazy poolside antics at The Ivy, we have the insider scoop on the best parties to attend during Sydney Mardi Gras!

The jewel in Mardi Gras’ glittering crown is undoubtedly the parade, but there are 16 days of LGBTQI events that surround the big night. Festivities kick off when the rainbow flag is hoisted above Sydney Town Hall two weeks before the parade followed by the Mardi Gras Fair Day on Sunday, at Victoria Park in Camperdown. With so much to attend, here’s our list of not-to-be-missed parties!

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FAIR DAY – 17th February 2019

Fair Day’s an out-and-out, full-on fabulous day of fun and adventure where you can chill with a picnic spread, browse the community stalls or kick up your heels and have a dance.

Plan your trip to Fair Day

THE SISSY BALL – 23rd February 2019

Australia’s biggest vogue ball returns with more attitude than ever. Style and precision will once again collide on the runway as Sissy Ball takes over Carriageworks with a celebration of self-expression and identity. Rounding out entertainment on the night will be live music, DJs and performing artists.

Check out The Sissy Ball!

THE POOL PARTY – 25th February 2019

Cocktails, tan lines and good times… Every year, the Ivy, Sydney’s most decadent poolside venue fills with local friends and beautiful strangers who’ve just arrived from around the globe for an unforgettable Mardi Gras holiday.

Discover more about the Pool Party

THE MARDI GRAS PARTY – 2nd March 2019

After the spectacular Parade, come and enjoy the night with over 12,000 of your newest and closest friends at the Playbill Venues & Entertainment Quarter! The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s biggest LGBTQI event of the year. Previous guests have included Conchita and Cher! Kylie is rumoured to be peforming in 2019!

Check out the Mardi Gras Party

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Meriton Suites
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Sydney’s World Tower, floor 61 & above, Luxury suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views

Pullman Sydney
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Located on Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD featuring 2 restaurants and a rooftop pool and patio with spacious rooms.

LANEWAY AFTERPARTY – 3rd March 2019

The ultimate recovery event to close the Mardi Gras festival’s final weekend, Laneway features the hottest DJs, surprise live performances, an eclectic mix of indoor and outdoor party spaces to dance, strut or take the edge off the night before. The Laneway party takes place at The Beresford.

Plan your Laneway Party

CANDYLAND & KIKI – 3rd & 4th March 2019

Return to the Ivy for the Candyland party! This year the event will take place over two days, with Candyland taking place at the Ivy Club on the 3rd and the “Kiki” party following on for more fun on the 4th a the Ivy Pool.

More on Candyland and KiKi

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Hotel Stellar, 4 Star
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Located in the heart of Sydney, just 80 m from Hyde Park & Oxford Street,spacious apartments with kitchen.

Rydges Sydney Central
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Located on the edge of the Sydney CBD featuring a 15 m indoor pool, a spa, 2 bars, 2 restaurants and a cafe.

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