Victoria Park comes to life again as Fair Day officially kicks off the Sydney Mardi Gras season. The biggest and much-loved community event is a fun, friendly picnic in the sun for family, friends and our very besties – our pampered pooches.
As the buff boys, sexy girls and colourfully costumed battle it out for Mr and Mrs Fair Day, our even more preened and groomed canine companions strut their stuff in the famed Doggywood.
Expect more than 70,000 people, and there’s something for everyone to have the time they choose: food tents and bars, stalls and displays, festival previews, amusement rides and the pumping Gaydar area.
In Kidszone, there are toys and activities to keep the kids more than happy. There’s performances from the Mardi Gras Youth Festival participants in the Fair Day Youth Hub. And on the main stage, there’s live music, performers and dancers, outrageous acts and laughs right throughout this fabulous day.
After the Fair
When the sun goes down it’s time to turn it up in Newtown. For the last six years the Bank Hotel has been the place to kick on the Fair Day celebrations. But this year, for the first time ever, Mardi Gras bring the Bank and the new-look Newtown Hotel together for double the love and twice the fun. With the best DJs and live shows around, this is going to be a one-night stand you’ll most definitely want to remember.
There’s nothing like a long drink or a lush cocktail late on a Sydney Sunday afternoon. For a lot of the locals it’s their night of choice, as friends gather to catch up (or pick up) over a bevvy or two into the balmy evening.
Chill among the cool bars and outdoor areas of the Bank, take in the live shows and buzz at the Newtown, and bounce in between. Order from either of their delicious menus or grab a bite among the many restaurants and cafes along King St. Then have another drink as you decide to make a night of it with the hundreds of holiday-makers and throw a Monday morning sickie.
FAIR DAY MAIN STAGE:
10am MCs: Darlene & Christy
10.20-10.35am Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir
10.35-10.55 Laura Loe
10.55-11.10am Verity Hawkins
11.10-11.35am Police Band
11.35-11.55am Darlene & Cristy – Live at Last
11.55am-Midday Changeover to MCs Geraldine Hickey and Brent Thorpe
Midday-12.05pm Welcome to Country
12.05-12.10pm Lord Mayor Clover Moore
12.10-12.20pm SGLMG chairs
12.20-12.35pm Sports Festival
12.35-1.15pm Perfect Match by Rainbow Ceremonies
1.15-1.30pm Vincent Hooper
1.30-1.45 Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust
1.45-1.51pm Multi Party Marriage Group
1.51-2.10pm Faye Blais
2.10-2.30pm Marney McQueen
2.30-2.35pm Changeover to MC Rhubarb Rouge and Ji Wallace
2.35-3.05pm Mr and Miss Fair Day
3.05-3.25pm Lady Sings it Better and Brendan Maclean
3.45-4.05pm Maxine Kauter Band
4.15-4.35pm Prophet Love Preview
4.35-4.45pm Rhubarb Rouge drag show
4.45-4.52 Changeover to MC Bob Downe
4.52-5.07pm Fair Day Raffle
5.07-5.27pm The Last Chai Preview
5.27-5.47pm An Aussie Affair Preview
5.47-5.57pm Drag Show: Cindy Pastel & Miss 3-D
5.57-6pm Changeover to Heather Peace
6-6.30pm Heather Peace
6.30-7pm Angel Tupai
7-8pm DJ Adam Love