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!

This year’s festival opens on Thursday 8 November and runs until Wednesday 14 November. The program is below.

However, before our festival in November, we have two very popular upcoming events in September. See below for information about our knee-slapping Bush Dances.

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 – and have fun doing it! The festival is an inclusive event that the whole community is welcome to attend.

We encourage you to like our Facebook page to keep up to date.

September 8th, 5pm – 7pm

2018 BFF Family-Friendly Bush Dance

Yeehaw! This is a family friendly Bush Dance for all the kin! Bring your hobby horses, hats and boots and show the lil’uns a knee slapping good time! This event is for Rainbow Families and allies to attend before the big adults bush dance kicks off. There will be fun music, lots of carnival games and some food on offer. All adults must be accompanied by a child. Adults are free and children tickets are only $5 – book below!

*Note venue is wheelchair accessible but the bathroom access may require assistance.

Saturday September 8th, 8pm until late

2018 BFF Bush Dance

You’re invited to the BFF 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.

This is a licensed event, drinks will be available for purchase at the bar. Any under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

It’s gonna be one heck of a night. After last year’s SELL OUT event you’ll want to book your ticket now!

*Note venue is wheelchair accessible but the bathroom access may require assistance.

Ballarat Frolic Festival 8th to 14th of November 2018

This year’s festival opens on Thursday 8 November and runs until Wednesday 14 November.

Thursday 8th November, 7pm

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

BFF Garden Tours

More details to come!

Friday November 9th, 8pm until 11

Trivia Night with host Marlon

Test your trivia knowledge at our LGBT+ trivia night including Singing Battle Rounds! Book for tables of 8 to 10 or book an individual ticket and form a table on the night.

Saturday 10th November

BFF History Tour

Start your day with brunch and then an LGBT+ goldfields history tour. More details to come.

Saturday 10th November, 4pm

BFF Fast Friends Speed Dating

More details to come!

Saturday November 10th, 8pm until late

BFF Under the Sea Ball

More details to come.

Sunday 11th November, 12pm

Frolic in the Park

Bring a picnic and soak up the atmosphere while we entertain you with music and performances. Invite your friends or your family and check out all the stalls and activities. More details to come.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12th to 14th November

Cabaret Nights

Let us entertain you with an array of local acts. There’ll be singers, dancers, drag and burlesque! 3 nights of sultry fun. More details to come. 

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