The Feast Festival is the highlight of the year for gay and lesbian (LGBTIQ) people in Adelaide, with a packed program full of fun things to do. The main events are Adelaide attractions that pull in thousands of people, but there are plenty of local free things to do too. The festival runs from October 21 to November 6 this year.
Feast Festival 2016 is no longer just an event for the local queer community. It's a festival for all South Australia and attracts many interstate and overseas visitors to stay in Adelaide. Things have come a long way in 40 years, but let's take a look at the main events this year first.
This year is the Feast Festival's 20th anniversary and the Opening Night Street Party will be one to remember. The Feast Hub at 54 Hyde Street will be the epicentre of the street party, but the party will take over the entire area. The entertainment stars a gay and lesbian icon, special guest performer Danii Minogue accompanied by our own DJ Josh, and AUSLAN performer Lorraine Butler. You'll be dancing all night - tickets are $10 before, or $20 on the night.
Feast Hub The Feast Festival recently moved into their new Feast Hub in Adelaide at 54 Hyde Street. How can such an unassuming building hide so much subversity, style, and swags of stiletto shoes? Watch gay and lesbian short films, see a series of art exhibitions (free), or dance to the local DJ. There's free entry and the bar is open from 5pm throughout the festival.
Pride March Adelaide, One of the Fun Things to Do for the Feast Festival
Pride March Adelaide Pride March Adelaide is a free event, part of a world wide gay and lesbian tradition of Pride parades and takes place on Saturday October 22. Gather from 5:30pm at Light Square where a live DJ will entertain you before the Pride March moves off at 6.30pm. Pride Adelaide will wind along Morphett and Gouger Streets to finish triumphantly in Victoria Square.
Theatre and Cabaret Shows If you buy a new frock for every show during the Feast Festival, your bank account will take a pounding. The Feast Hub at 54 Hyde St in Adelaide is host to a heap of happenings - take a look at the program guide to choose which performance to flounce to.
Eminent Historian Dr Gertrude Glossip and Sandra Kanck at the River Torrens Duncan Memorial in Adelaide
Gyrate With Gertrude Glossip Join one the most eminent historians in Adelaide, Dr Gertrude Glossip as she cruises the back alleys of our fair city for the SA Great 180: The State of Wine, Rose and Rainbow guided walking tour. This mincing menopausal matron will be celebrating Adelaide's 180th birthday, and is sure to do it with a bang. Gertrude is available on two dates, October 23 and 28 ($15/18) - unless you can seduce her into a private session.
Dicks and Duchesses Dicks and Duchesses at the David Roche Foundation House Museum is another one event that history lovers will savour. Tour the recently opened museum with French champagne for a bit of lubrication (if necessary), while you view fine art that Adelaide's most opinionated man Peter Goers has described as "capriciously camp". Tours available October 27 and November 3, $45.
Browse the Market Stalls for Treats at Picnic in the Park
Picnic in the Park Picnic in the Park has settled in cosily at Pinky Flat on the banks of the River Torrens. This year it will be full of fabulous food trucks, community market stalls, and loads of fun things to do for all the family on November 6. Pinky Flat is a beautiful place for a picnic with loads of shady trees, great music from Hit 107 FM, and a fantastic climax. Be transported by Z-Star Delta, featuring star prodigy Sebastian Heintz and front woman Zee Gachette on electric guitar and drums as you take your musical trip ($10 entry).
Get Shipwrecked on Queen Street
The Queen St street party is one of the free things to do for the Feast Festival. It's turning into something of a tradition now, and dressing up as a Gilligans Island character should appeal to all the family (Queen St Croydon, November 18).
More Free Things to Do at the Feast Festival
The Migration Museum has come to the rescue with a new exhibition co-curated by young people in South Australia's queer communities. Out at the Museum is open until December 2.
On November 5 you are invited to put a rainbow coloured filter on the Migration Museum's cultural heritage at Queering the Museum. Book only if you want a seat, as there is plenty of standing room.
Home Affairs is a free exhibition for the Feast Festival at The Mill which depicts the flamboyant trials of the perfect drag homemaker. You might even pick up some bonus dress tips.
See the Free Art Exhibition 'Home Affairs' at The Mill (Image: Alex Dunkin)
There are many more fun things to do for the Feast Festival, including several free things to do at Pride of the South in Hackham West and Christies Beach. Unfortunately my OAP eyes struggle to read the white writing against a pale background in the Feast program guide, so you will just have to look for yourself.
Oh wow, thank you so much for sharing. I always assumed since I am not LBTIQ that I may not be welcome, but apparently this is not the case! Some of these events are nearby so I have no excuse not to pop in.