About Canberra SpringOUT Association Inc

Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival is the official pride festival of Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory. It has been a project of Canberra Pride since 1999 with events coordinated by the local community.

In 2015 Canberra SpringOUT Association was incorporated to ensure due diligence and governance to produce and deliver the Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival which is held in November each year.


We strive through our events of celebration to strengthen the lives and rights of queer local people. We will achieve these objectives by:

1. organising events of celebration and pride, especially the annual Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival; and

2. providing opportunities to our communities for creative expression and promote the efforts of other LGBTIQ community groups.

Organisational Overview:

Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival is promoted and coordinated by Canberra SpringOUT Association Inc, a registered not-for-profit, volunteer and community-based organisation.

We aim to support the diverse lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, intersex and queer communities of Canberra explore, express and promote the life of our combined community through a cultural focus.

We affirm the pride, joy, dignity and identity of our communities and its people through events of celebration. We are committed to serving our community. We seek to enable individuals and groups within our community to discover, express and develop their artistic, cultural and political skills and potential.

Canberra SpringOUT on sponsorship, donations and in-kind support to achieve its goals.

Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival:

The role of the Canberra SpringOUT committee as the governing body is to nominate the dates for the festival, organsise and promote LGBTIQ+ events throughtout the year and during the annual pride festival.

The events held during Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival are organised, funded and promoted by the groups, individuals and businesses that wish to participate, and the Canberra SpringOUT committee provides complimentary and centralised promotion through our social media platforms, our website, posters and the Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival guide.

Other Australian Pride network festivals are noted below

LGBTIQ festivals and events provide the community to celebrate and reflect on gay and lesbian life. Across Australia, a diverse selection of festivals and events take place throughout the year. Events are listed in order of State/Territory and exact dates will be updated, once we we are advised.

Australian Capital Territory

Queer Screen Festival (Canberra)
Dates for 2018 to be advised
Canberra SpringOUT Pride Festival (Canberra, ACT)
November 3 to November 25, 2018


New South Wales

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Sydney)

Mardi Gras Queer Screen Festival - Dates to be advised for 2019

Mardi Gras Fair Day - Dates to be advised for 2019

Mardi Gras Parade - Dates to be advised for 2019

Queer Screen Festival – April 6 – 8 2018 (Blue Mountains)
Sydney Pride Festival (Sydney)
June 15 – 30 2018

Pokolbin Pride (Hunter Valley)
October 12-14 2018

Broken Heel Festival (Broken Hill)
7-9 September 2018

Tropical Fruits (Lismore)
Dates for 2018/19 to be advised
Northern Territory

Alice Springs Pride Carnivale (Alice Springs)
September 2018 - dates to be advised


Darwin Pride (Darwin)
Dates for 2018 to be advised


MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture (Brisbane)
May 17 – 27 2018

Brisbane Queer Film Festival (Brisbane)
March 2019 – Dates to be advised


Sunshine Coast Pride Festival (Sunshine Coast)
Dates for 2018 to be advised
Brisbane Pride Festival, Rally, March and Fair Day (Brisbane)
September 2018 – Dates to be advised

South Australia

Feast Festival (Adelaide)
November 10 – 25 2018


TasPride Festival (Hobart) - Dates for 2019 to be advised 


Midsumma Festival (Melbourne)
January – February 2019 – dates to be advised

ChillOut Festival (Daylesford)
March 2019 – dates to be advised

Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Melbourne)
March 2019 – dates to be advised

Pride Cup (Yarra Glen)
28 April 2018

Southern HiBearnation (Melbourne)
11 – 17 June 2018


Melbourne Fringe Festival
September 13 – 30 2018


OUT in the OPEN Festival (Shepparton)
November 1-4 2018

Western Australia

Pride WA (Perth)
October 2018 - dates to be advised


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