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South Australia's Feast Festival is a celebration for lesbian and gay, transgendered, intersexed and queer (LGBTIQ) people and their friends. The festival is having its 21st birthday in 2017, and it's growing bigger and better every year. The LGBTIQ community is hoping that this year will be very special in another way too, with the chances of equal rights and marriage equality looking strong.
The Feast Festival 2017 dates are from November 11 until November 26, but some special events are being held outside of those dates. There are so many events happening during the festival in November that I won't attempt to cover them all - just some of the best things to do. Head over to the Feast Festival website for the full program, or get spoon fed the gossip on Facebook.
Please check the links to see whether bookings are required.
Share Your Memories During the Feast Festival at I Love the Nightlife at Raj House
Friday November 3 Gay and lesbian history in Adelaide has not been well documented, particularly in the days when same sex attraction was illegal. I Love the Nightlife is a free event from the History Trust of South Australia that aims to capture the memories and memorabilia of gay life in Adelaide in a queer friendly environment at Raj House. Come along to share your stories from the Mars Bar, Beans Bar, Colonel Light Hotel or Regines nightclub while you enjoy a drink and a yarn with friends.
Tom of Finland Screening Saturday November 4 Learn about one of the most recognisable gay icons in history — Tom of Finland, an iconic figure among gay men (ages 18 and over).
Australian Homosexuals History Conference November 10-11 The Australian Homosexuals History Conference brings together South Australian and national presenters to explore LGBTIQ life in Australia.
Pride March Adelaide Saturday November 11
Come and join in one of the most glamorous (and noisy) processions in Adelaide as the queer community take over part of the city for the free Pride Parade 2017 on the first night of the Feast Festival. Stick around for the Opening Night Party on Hyde Street which carries on until late.
Big Gay Bingo
November 12 and 19 Gay Bingo with a twist of trivia - just be sure to back the right balls.
Thursday November 16 Glitterbomb is an extravaganza of Adelaide's outrageous drag performers in a one night show. No racing, just all drag.
Friday November 17 Come'n'Try rugby is open to any body. If you've ever seen one of those scrum things you will know why.
Southern Pride March
Saturday November 18
Yes, gay and lesbian people do exist out of the city too - come and meet some at the free Southern Pride March at Christies Beach.
Queer Uni Pub Crawl
Saturday November 18
Here's a golden opportunity to tell your whole life story to a stranger after a few drinks at the Queer Uni Pub Crawl. Don't worry, you won't remember any of it in the morning. Let's hope they don't either!
Picnic in the Park at Pinky Flat for the Feast Festival
Picnic in the Park
Sunday November 26
Picnic in the Park is the culmination of the Feast Festival. A day for LGBTIQ people and their friends to come together in a family friendly environment packed with fun things to do. It's at Pinky Flat again this year, a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Torrens where you're sure to have a great time.