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Midsumma Carnival

The most fabulous queer-day-out
Presented by Midsumma Festival
Sun 14 Jan 11am - 10pm
Alexandra Gardens, 3 Boathouse Dr, Melbourne 3004

Don't miss Melbourne's most famous family-friendly community day that kicks off summer's beloved three-week Midsumma Festival season. Midsumma Carnival will serve-up a tasting plate of performances and personalities from the festival program – in one giant showcase – with something for everyone.

Check out sports displays, get pooch-smooched at the famous Dog Show, see some amazing queer creations at the new Fashion Design Competition, or test out your favourite songs in the Lipsync Limelight competition.

Food trucks, bars and stalls galore, all top-full of treats to keep you hydrated, fed and in the community spirit.

There'll be an under 18s area hosted by Australia's largest youth organisation Minus18; a rest zone; and Midsumma Carnival's first-ever tactile installation by Slow Art Collective in collaboration with Description Victoria – for those that want to feel the community vibe across all of their senses.

This year we'll have a cloakroom, located beside the main Information and Ticketing point, open until 10:30pm. Bring the kids, the sunscreen and a picnic lunch if you like – but please don't bring any glass containers or bottles with you! We'd hate to see paws, feet and knees coming out a little worse for wear after a lovely day on the grassy knolls of Alexandra Gardens.

Map of Carnival Precinct

Carnival Public MAP

Download Midsumma Carnival Map in PDF format.

CARNIVAL Stage Schedules

Several stages will be operating during Midsumma Carnival: the Main Stage, the Picnic Stage, the Family Precinct Stage, the Youth Precinct Stage and the Sports Precinct Stage.

Check out the Carnival Stage Schedules to see what's happening, when on the various stages.

T DANCE Stage Schedules

T Dance Main Stage: 6 – 10pm

Hosted by YUMMY:  "YUMMY is a joy machine." –
  • 6:00pm DJ YO! MAFIA
  • 7:05pm DJ Versey Verse: it's not always pretty. But it's always amazing. You just gonna stand there?
  • 8:00pm Ana Diction
  • 8:10pm Miss Blanks: in just over 12 months, Miss Blanks has quickly established herself as one of the most important new voices in Australian hip hop and as an influential LGBTIQA activist Miss Blanks serves up an unapologetic rawness in all aspects of her career.
  • 8:50pm DJ Luke Agius

T Dance Picnic Precinct: from 6:30pm

Hosted by #Dylicious
  • 6:30pm Will Hannagan - star of Small Cruelties
  • 6:55pm Zoe Diaq
  • 7:05pm Dani Boi & Joanna Laheaux
  • 7:20pm KillJoy: "Gobsmackingly fantastic!" – The Melbourne Critique
  • 7:35pm Glitterfist: Glamdrogyny. Desire. Resistance.
  • 7:45pm Miicha

Details for Fashion Design Competition

This is your minute on the runway, with Levi's gift vouchers up for grabs for the top three apparel and garment designs. BYO model. Register online now, or on the day at the Information Tent before midday.

Runway goes live at 1pm on the Picnic Precinct Stage.

First Prize: $500 Levi's voucher + Archer Magazine Pack
Second Prize: $300 Levi's voucher + Archer Magazine Pack
Third Prize: $200 Levi's voucher + Archer Magazine Pack

Judges include fashion icon Rowan Oliver, Archer Magazine's Adolfo Aranjuez and Levi's Nicky Roswell.

Details for The Iconic Dog Show

The iconic Midsumma Carnival Dog Show will be back in 2018 on Sunday 14 January, from 3pm on the Picnic Precinct Stage at Alexandra Gardens. A fun day out in the park with your pooch.

CATEGORIES: Cutest Bitch; Sexiest Stud; Best Trick; Best Dressed; Best Owner/Dog Combo; and then the ultimate 'Best Dog Overall'!

The Dog Show is proudly supported by My Pet Warehouse, We Are Family and Guide Dogs Victoria.

All category winners will receive a My Pet Warehouse prize pack with the ultimate overall winner also receiving a 'We Are Family's unusual pet portrait', a 50 x 40cm acrylic pet portrait, valued at $300 that captures the character of your pet. These anthropomorphic, pop-art inspired portraits are painted in a home studio in Footscray by trained and exhibiting artist Joel Morrison.

The dog show is hosted by Karen from Finance, with the judges being:
Rowena Allen, Victoria's First Gender and Sexuality Commissioner
Scott Love of My Pet Warehouse
Charlie Spendlove of Guide Dogs Victoria

REGISTRATION: Register on the day at the Guide Dogs Victoria stall (Yellow 4A) between 11am and 2.30pm; the stall is located next to the General Information Booth, opposite the Picnic Precinct Stage.
** Entry is free. Please note that registrations must close at 2.30pm sharp on the day.

Please support those who support us: My Pet Warehouse, We Are Family - Unusual Pet Portraits and Guide Dogs Victoria.

Details for Lip Sync Limelight

The ultimate lip sync competition returns with host Dean Arcuri. Give your mouth a workout for your chance to win Archer Magazines and double-passes to MQFF and Midsumma Festival. Bring a track or Spotify request. Register online now, or on the day at the Information Tent before 4pm.

Picnic Stage lights up at 5pm - limited places available.

Judges include drag sensations Polly Filla and Christina Andrews, performer Jax Jacki Brown, and everyone's favourite journalist from Star Observer, Mathew Wade.

The three guiding rules:

  1. Bring a costume
  2. Bring a song (on USB or a Spotify request; keep it under 4 mins and keep it PG rated)
  3. Register online now, or on the day at the Information Tent before 4pm.


Is food available?

Yes, 17 delicious food trucks will be at Midsumma Carnival in 2018, offering food options for all. Whether you're feeling like sweet or savoury, something vegan, gluten free or craving a tasty cuisine, Carnival has it all.

How do I stay cool at Midsumma Carnival?

As Midsumma Carnival is held in the middle of Summer it is important to remember to:

  • Slip on a shirt
  • Slop on sunscreen (throughout the day) - free sunscreen available at the Information Tents
  • Slap on a hat (or bring a carry umbrella)
  • Hydrate regularly (with free water stations onsite).

Due to the natural structure of Alexandra Gardens, shade is limited and in high demand.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are welcomed at Carnival. Please note that the event is held in an outdoor space in the middle of summer. As there is limited natural shade available we highly recommend taking the necessary precautions to ensure your pet is protected from the heat and stays hydrated.

With all that in mind, the safest place from the heat for your pet is at home.

Is Midsumma Carnival family friendly?

Midsumma Carnival is a family friendly event with entertainment for all ages, including performances, a dog show, delicious food options, and interactive activities from our lovely stall holders. In 2018 we are introducing a new Families Precinct, located at the St Kilda Rd end of the park.

At 6pm, Carnival transforms into T-Dance, which is recommended for 16+.

Is there an area specifically for Under 18s?

Midsumma and Minus 18, Australia's largest youth-led network for gay, bi, lesbian and trans teens, have teamed up to create an alcohol and drug free zone for young people. The Under 18 area will include a line-up of DJs, and roving Minus 18 social workers to generate a safe and fun environment.


Midsumma Carnival is held at Alexandra Gardens (opposite Arts Centre Melbourne), which is a short walk from Flinders Street Station. As parking is limited, we recommend taking a train to Flinders Street Station or any tram along Swanston Street.

Can I perform?

Expressions of Interests (EOI) to perform at Midsumma Carnival have now closed.

Can I film/ photograph/ interview people at Midsumma Carnival for promotion or content for my social or news outlet?

If you are working for a media organisation and intend to use film, photography or interviews of participants or performing artists for content, please get in touch with Tania Owen, Midsumma's Marketing Manager, at [email protected] to request Media Accreditation. If you are capturing memories for personal use, we ask you to please be respectful and ask permission of your subjects before doing so.

Can I hand out flyers about my business or event at Midsumma Carnival?

Roving Rights (permission to hand out collateral) is an exclusive opportunity provided to those who have purchased them from Midsumma. Accreditation is provided after payment so that you can be identified. If you wish to purchase Roving Rights to distribute marketing material, please contact [email protected] or call the Midsumma office on 03 9296 6600. Midsumma can only endorse collateral that states 'Dispose Responsibly' or similar on it.

Can I have a stall or food truck at Midsumma Carnival?

Registrations for Midsumma Carnival 2018 have now closed. Sign up to our eNews to keep updated on registrations for 2019.

When is Midsumma Carnival 2019?

Dates for the 2019 Festival will be released in early 2018.

What accessibility services are provided at Midsumma Carnival?

Wheelchair Accessibility: all of Alexandra Gardens are wheelchair accessible.
Auslan Interpretation: both the Main Stage and Picnic Precinct Stage are Auslan interpreted, with interpreters provided by Auslan Stage Left.

Further questions?

If you have any questions, feedback or would like any information in another format, please don't hesitate to contact us on 03 9296 6600 or by emailing [email protected].
If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulty speaking, contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or via, then ask for 03 9296 6600 during business hours. There is no additional charge for this service.

Carnival Stalls List

Most of the stalls are located in the "Stalls Village" in the Picnic Precinct (Palm Lawn) area of Alexandra Gardens the area furthest from St Kilda Rd. However, the sporting related stalls are located in the Team Melbourne Sporting Precinct, at the St Kilda Rd end of the gardens.

A total of 17 delicious food trucks will be at Midsumma Carnival in 2018, offering food options for all. You'll find them in the usual locations between the Main Stage and the Skate Park, and in the Picnic Precinct between the Stalls Village and the river, as well as in the new Families Precinct close to St Kilda Rd.

Tip: The Main Information Tent (including Box Office, Cloak Room and Lost Property) is located in the Team Melbourne precinct, and the other is located directly in front of the Picnic Precinct Stage in the Stalls Village. Book your festival tickets at Midsumma Carnival, with no booking fees!

Open the List of Carnival Stall Locations.

Alexandra Gardens is a glass-free zone

Access Partners for Midsumma Carnival | Helen Macpherson Smith Trust | Description Victoria | Auslan Stage Left | Guide Dogs Victoria | Slow Art Collective
Image: Jackson Grant
Midsumma FestivalHelen Macpherson Smith Trust

Wheelchair access Auslan interpreted Tactile event Family friendly Food available Bar available 


Sun 14 Jan 11am - 10pm
No session




Alexandra Gardens
3 Boathouse Dr, Melbourne 3004
CBD: how to get there

Open PTV website to plan your trip Any Swanston St tram to stop 14

Open PTV website to plan your trip Flinders Street

  • NAB
  • Corrs
  • City of Melbourne
  • AGL
  • Dan Murphy's
  • PwC
  • Jetstar