LGBTI people and those who love ’em…

We’d so love you to join us in October for the first-ever, brand-spanking-new, and bloody amazing Ballarat Frolic Festival!

Frolic is a not-for-profit festival run by a small team of like-minded Ballaratians who want to support and show off the wonderful diversity of the region – and have lots of fun doing it. Our goal, beyond seeing Frolic established as an annual event, is to advance the acceptance, positive viability, health, well-being, and the unique culture and art of the LGBTQIA community in this region. Woah, that was a long sentence. Sorry, we’re just so super excited. Your participation can help us make regional Victoria even more awesome!

Friday 6th October, 11am – 2pm

Writing the Body Workshop

Join award winning poet, writer and researcher Dr Quinn Eades in a talk on writing from life experience and body perspectives at the Ballarat Library. At this event, hosted byt the Queer Ballarat writers group ‘Wrainbow Writers’, Quinn will discuss the politics of life writing and the ways that writing stories from other bodies can broaden minds and promote social change.


Saturday October 7th, 6:30 – 12pm

The Bush Dance

Ballarat Frolic Festival welcomes you to the Frolic Bush Dance, come join the country queers for the queerest Hoedown you’ve ever been to! The Earthworker Bushdance Band will play all the bluegrass you can handle along with gender neutral square dance calling.

It’s gonna be one heck of a night, so get on down to Ballarat Train Station to catch the complimentary bus to Donnegan’s Farm at 6:00, 6:30, or 7:00pm. Return buses will drop you back at 11:20, 11:40 or 12pm.

Or you can drive yourself to Donnegan’s Farm in Gordon.

*Note venue is wheelchair accessible but the bus is NOT.

Saturday October 7th, 11pm – Late

The After Party

Missed the bus, or just want to keep partying? So do we! Join the hilarious Gabriella Labucci and Lance DeBoyle for a barn busting after-party at Element Nightclub. 11pm – late. Sweet Dreams DJ’s will be spinning tracks at the after party!

A ticket for the bush dance gets you in the door for free, otherwise book below.


Sunday October 8th, 12pm

Gay Day Out

One of Ballarat’s finest bars, the Hop Temple, hosts our relaxed Sunday arvo laneway party. Between the food trucks and Hop’s ridiculously huge range of drinks, we’ll have your tastebuds singing.


Tuesday October 10th, 7pm

The Price is Wrong

Expect nothing short of an hilarious and quite naughty night of trivia, games, music, audience participation and prizes with popular daggy 70’s style hosts Freddie Fandango & Adriana Obsceneties at Suttons House of Music on Sturt St.

It’s a trivia night with a twist. No Science, History and Sport rounds, just loads of music, pop culture, gossip and glitter!

RATED MA15+ Not suitable for children.

Book below or call Suttons on 5333 4393 to reserve your table.

Wednesday October 11th, 6:30pm

Art Show Opening

The regional queer art show brings together diverse and talented artists from across our region to showcase their remarkable talent. Take in the works over cocktails and canapes at this opening night event in the Gaybles at the Miners’ Tavern.

The show will also be available for viewing between 4 – 7pm on Thursday.


Thursday October 12th, 6:30pm

Frolic On Screen

Join us in FedUni’s Old Courthouse building on Camp St for our queer film night (you can’t miss it, it has a giant pink handbag out the front!).

Our film night will feature a Q&A with the creators and a screening of this years’ short doco Out of the Closets, Into the Streets. The doco explores the moment Melbourne’s Queer community found their voice through the 1970’s Gay Liberation Movement.

Then we’ll show our feature, All About E, the 2015 Australian film about a lesbian girl who’s life is turned upside down when she goes on the run.

The event is free to Frolic members, non-members can join at the door.

Friday October 13th, 7pm

Kreepy Karaoke!

It’s Friday the Thirteenth at the Miner’s Tavern! Come sing along to the spookiest songs around while supporting your community festival, Ballarat Frolic Festival.

Great music all night, and dress up to go in the costume competition!

Hosted by the amazing Lance De Boyle and Gabriella Labucci.

Saturday October 14th, 12 – 3pm

Youth & Families Picnic

During the day Federation University’s LGBTQIA student association, Rainbow Collective, in conjunction with the Ballarat PrideHub will be hosting a youth and families picnic. Bring along your picnic basket and all your favourite people to Alfred Deakin Place in central Ballarat for games, competitions, and prizes – this one’s for all ages! 

Saturday October 14th, 7pm

Ballarat LGBTIQA Ball

Ballarat Frolic Festival invites you to The Ballarat LGBTIQA Ball at the Miner’s Tavern.

Come mingle with Ballarat’s LGBTIQA community for our gala night of nights!

Join your host Paige Phoenix as the thirty-piece Melbourne Rainbow Band entertains you throughout the night along with a special performance by the Ballarat Queer Quoir.

Sunday October 15th

Pride on the Lake & Big Brekkie

Ballarat City Rowing Club is getting queer and opening its shed to the local LGBTI community and friends. Come down for a morning on the lake to mingle with our queer rowers, inquire about learning or joining, and test your technique. Bring a fiver for a recovery Big Brekkie, and go in the draw to win a five-class pass to The Rowing Studio.

The Ballarat City Rowing Shed is not wheelchair accessible. 

Rainbow Ticket Offer

This is your ticket to the whole festival!
Get entry to every event as well as exclusive access to our post-festival wrap party.
Excellent savings to be had, become a member for the best deal!

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