It’s the most fabulous time of the year in Sydney! Here are some of our picks for things to do this Mardi Gras!

A Battle of the Drags

Surry Hill’s favourite laneway wine bar, The Winery, has launched A Battle of the Drags competition to celebrate Mardi Gras 2019. The Winery will host a series of classic drag battles in the venue’s newly transformed rainbow oasis laneway.

The Winery has enlisted queens from Sydney Drag Royalty to compete for the winning title in each category.

The program is as follows:

  • Wednesday 27 February: Tina Turner, Cher and Dolly Parton
  • Thursday 28 February: George Michael, Kylie Minogue and Madonna
  • Friday 1 March: The battle of all the legends and crowning
  • Saturday 2 March: Live screening of the parade

The Winery is donating 25% of ticket sales from the events to the Black Dog Institute.

Tickets for The Mardi Gras Tribute Nights are $20 with an Absolut cocktail on arrival.


Gender Bender Bingo

The Royal Paddington are counting down to Mardi Gras with Gender Bender Bingo, set to become an annual sensation in the lead up to the fabulous festival. Grab your friends, and join host Annie Mation for $12 cocktails all night. The hilarious, raucous fun kicks off from 7:30pm, on Thursday 28 February with a stack of venue vouchers up for grabs on the night!

Date: Thursday 28 February 2019

Time: 7:30pm


Miss Misfits at Misfits, Redfern

Practice your strut ahead of the Mardi Gras parade by heading to Misfits, Redfern to win the title of Miss Misfits. Hosted by April Fools this is a catwalk like no other, head up the stairs and enter through the secret bookcase for an evening of the best KWEEN music out there. Miss Misfits will be crowned with a tiara, sash, sceptre and gifted a cash prize. With all that strutting, refuel by nestling into a booth with an elderflower martini and indulge in some signature dishes including the corn bread with whipped black garlic butter; kingfish ceviche or even a bacon cheeseburger.
When: Friday 1 March
Time: 7.00pm
Address: 106 George Street, Redfern
Registrations: Pre-register by emailing or enter on theevening

The Streets of Barangaroo

The Streets of Barangaroo transforms for Mardi Gras with its second year of Colour the Streets. The mini program of events includes a colourful installation by Goldberg Aberline Studios, recreating their ‘Live for Love’ artwork. There’s a big night of Bingay, PRIDE pins, David Jones’ MACTIVATION and True Colour International consultations.

Learn the science of colour composition with the True Colour International team. Based on an interpretation of the Munsell colour system, use full- spectrum light theory, human physiology and psychology to learn how to dress for your skin tone in a 20-minute consultation.

Before heading for an outrageous time at Bingay, join the David Jones Barangaroo team for an express makeover ($15) for your eyes and lips, give the drag queens a run for their money with colour and glitter! Hosted at Wild Sage by Sydney drag queen Charisma Belle and Naomi Palmer, Bingay is a bingo night for adults. Expect naughty calls, cheeky banter, prizes and giveaways throughout the night. All ticket proceeds will be donated to ACON, a NSW-based health services organisation for the LGBTQI community.

Colour the Streets
When: Monday 11 February – Sunday 3 March
Where: The Streets of Barangaroo
More info:
Date: Thursday 28 February Time: 5.00pm and 7.30pm
Price: $20
Address: Wild Sage, Exchange Place, 3 Sussex Street, Barangaroo
Date: Thursday 28 February
Price: $15
Address: David Jones, Barangaroo
Date: Monday 11 February – Sunday 3 March
Price: $5
Address: Various retailers
Colour Workshop with True Colour International
Date: Saturday 23 February
Time: 11am -3pm
Price: free
Address: Somedays and Collector Store

Madame Shanghai

If standing on an old milk crate isn’t your style, get yourself one of the best seats in the house to watch the Parade pass right by whilst enjoying a curated canapé style menu at Madame Shanghai.

Menu highlights include snow pea and scallop dumplings, calamari with pepper berry salt, kingfish sashimi and crab bao.

Date: Saturday 2 March 2019

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Cost: $130 with $10 from every ticket going to the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Foundation

Location: Madame Shanghai, 18 College Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

The Quartier Mardi Gras Film Festival Package

The Quartier is offering an exclusive Mardi Gras Film Festival package from the 13th – 28th of February. Back for its 26th year, Queer Screen will be showcasing films created by both Australian and international LGBTQI filmakers. For those seeing one of 120 film screenings, flash your ticket for a generous $45pp package including a starter and main each and bottle of wine shared between two.

Less is more with the unmistakably French classics featured on the menu, which allow quality produce to speak for itself within each dish. Translating to ‘neighbourhood’, The Quartier offers casual dining with a chic and modern interior of detailed white wooden panelling on the walls and plush seating.

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Harry’s Mardi Gras Double Dip

On Friday March 1st Harry’s welcomes world renowned DJ set from LCD Soundsystem alum Gavin Rayna Russom to kick off the weekend teaming up with Cooper Saver from LA.

Back that up into SATURDAY 2nd MARCH with Harry’s presenting HUNK, hosted by the one and only Sydney local legend Selfie God and featuring some amazing DJ talents from Kato, Byron Spencer & DJ Danial

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Marrickville Metro

Marrickville favourite ‘The Metro’ will be showing their support for the Inner West LGBTIQ community this Saturday 2 March with a day of fun activities including live music (incl. local female DJ’s), rainbow nails for kids and adults and free rainbow ‘Fluff’ fairy floss.

There will also be the opportunity for people to donate to a local LGBTIQ charity organisation.  The fun will kick off at 11am and run through to 2pm outside the centre’s Victoria Road entrance.

Rainbow Dumplings

To celebrate Mardi Gras, Din Tai Fung has created special, limited-edition Rainbow Dumplings inspired by the Pride Flag. The dumplings will be available from 27 February to 4 March 2019 at their Sydney venues only. They are made with a chicken and mushroom filling, and served in sets of 6 at restaurants (for $12.90) and in sets of 4 at cafe courts ($7.90).

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Golden Gaytime Croissant

With Sydney preparing its rainbows, sequins and glitter for the city’s most fabulous night of the year – the Mardi Gras Parade – Callebaut Chocolate Hero and Textbook Patisserie owner, John Ralley is adding to the celebrations with his Golden Gaytime Croissant.

The rainbow coloured croissant, bursting with coloured Callebaut Chocolate pieces, caramel, chantilly and caramel peptides is set to be loved by all this weekend at Textbook Patisserie.


Rainbow Milk Shake

To celebrate the upcoming rainbow celebrations, Deliveroo has teamed up with LGBTQIA icon and Australia’s biggest glamazon Alright, Hey to promote the Mardi Gras Shimmy & Shake with iconic burger chain Milky Lane.

The drag cream is available for $15 from Tuesday, February 26th to Sunday, March 2nd with a delicious salted caramel flavoured shake, serviced in a rainbow frosted glass, topped with a cream doughnut, fairy floss and finished with 100’s and 1000’s and a Lolly Lips.

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