Ballarat Frolic Festival 8th to 14th of November 2018

After a fabulous 2017 debut the Ballarat Frolic Festival (BFF) is back in 2018 with even more fun and excitement!

Ballarat Frolic Festival aims to foster a healthy LGBT+ community for Ballarat and surrounds while providing positive visibility to the broader Ballarat community. It is a not-for-profit festival run by a small team of Ballarat local volunteers who aim to support and show off the diversity of the region! The festival is an inclusive event that the whole community is welcome to attend.

This year’s festival opens on Thursday 8 November and runs until Wednesday 14 November. We have a mix of free and paid events in order to remain accessible to the whole community. Tickets to our paid events are available below.

The program is below – we also encourage you to like our Facebook page to keep up to date by clicking on the FB logo below.

Thursday 8th November, 6pm

BFF Opening Night & Art Show Launch 2018

Join us at the Old Sheriff’s Office for our opening night festivities! Take in some art and performances, and enjoy some light refreshments. 

Art show runs 8th to 14th November.

Friday 9th November, 1:30 pm

Cnr Warrior Pl & Rippon St South, Ballarat – Gold Coin Donation

BFF Garden Tours

After a relaxed morning enjoy a tour of the unique Food is Free Laneway and Community Gardens. Food is Free Inc. is a community led not-for-profit group benefitting all Ballarat citizens with a focus on those experiencing disadvantage. Includes afternoon tea.

Friday November 9th, 8pm until 11pm

The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St North, Ballarat – $10 pp

Trivia Night with host Marlon

Test your LGBT+ knowledge, Ballarat History and your vocal cords at our popular trivia night. The night starts with general trivia questions and ends in singing battle rounds. Can your table outsing others to get bonus points? Enthusiasm is more important than singing ability! Book for tables of 8 to 10 or book an individual ticket and form a table with new friends on the night.

Saturday 10th November, 12:00 pm

Beginning out the front of Oscars Hotel and Restaurant – Gold coin donation

BFF History Tour

Let Thomas, co-host of the popular Goldfields history podcast, Tales from Rat City, give you a glimpse of what life would have been like for LGBT+ residents of the Goldfields area in days gone by. Wander some of Ballarat’s best known streets and discover some new insights to this wonderful historical town.

Saturday 10th November, 4pm

Opulance, 203 Dana St, Ballarat – $10 pp

BFF Fast Friends Speed Dating

Looking to make new friends or meet a special someone? Come along to our all inclusive meet and greet event. Gender and age are no barrier, everyone meets everyone!

Saturday November 10th, 8pm until late

Minerva Room, Mechanics Institute, 117 Sturt St, Ballarat $25 pp presale or $30 at the door

BFF Under the Sea Ball

This is a night not to be missed. The key event of the Festival, this is always a huge night of fun and frivolity! The theme this year is Under the Sea so frock up in your most glamorous outfits for our Gala night. Entertainment, dancing and light refreshments are provided. Hosted by Andy Balloch. Andy is a Melbourne-based comedian, comedy writer, improviser, and co-host of “Cher & Retweet”, a popular podcast that journeys down the rabbit hole that is Cher’s Twitter feed.

Sunday 11th November, 12pm

Alfred Deakin Place, Gold coin donation

Frolic in the Park

Bring a picnic and soak up the atmosphere. Invite your friends or your family to chill out after last night’s festivities and join us for stalls, music and performances. This is an all age, family friendly event. Sausage sizzle and drinks available for purchase. 

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12th to 14th November, 8:00 pm

The Printers Room, 60 Lydiard St, Ballarat – $10 pp entry per night

Cabaret Nights

Be entertained by local LGBT+ performers, anything from burlesque, dance, music to circus acts in a casual, relaxed environment. Have a drink, order some food and, most importantly, have a great night!

Interested in sponsoring this years event? Go to our Sponsors page!