Midsumma Carnival [Melbourne]
Midsumma Carnival [Melbourne]

Event Information


Sunday January 22, 2023
12:00 PM


Alexandra Gardens
Alexandra Gardens

Auslan Interpreter/s

Marc Ethan & Kirri Dangerfield & Celeste Di Pietro & Susan Emerson

Language/ Cultural Consultant



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Learn all about Auslan access at Midsumma 2023 https://www.midsumma.org.au/auslan


Midsumma Carnival highlights the opening weekend of the three-week Festival each year.

Showcasing our local and international artists and performers, with endless things to see, do, and eat your way through, Midsumma Carnival is an iconic full-day outdoor extravaganza dedicated to kicking off our three-week-long festival!

Located in Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne’s bustling CBD, Midsumma features a vast array of LGBTQIA+ acts that will grace the three carnival stages. This popular annual day event attracts over 120,000 people and entry is free!

With over 180 stalls including pop-up bars, two large food zones, free giveaways, and multiple queer-friendly community groups and business stalls for you to visit, there’s bound to be something for everyone. There’s even a parade for your dog, with awesome prizes up for grabs!

Midsumma offers a variety of fun safe spaces accessible to everybody, including, Sports activities, a Youth area, and Family-areas that are open to everyone from dawn to dusk.

Fancy a picnic? Bring your friends and family to one of our grass pavilions surrounding the stages to enjoy Carnival’s entertainment! Our talented artists will leave you in awe with a variety of singers, drag artists, DJs, performers, and even an opportunity to show off your own talents with our Lip Sync Limelight competition!

As the night approaches, Midsumma begins to wake up with an extravagant dance party held across both the Main and Picnic stages, you’ll join thousands of people dancing the night away and party to a huge line-up on each stage, including a handful of major headliners.

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