Moreton Bay PrideFest returns in 2024

Published 1:00pm 15 December 2023

Moreton Bay PrideFest returns in 2024
Words by Kylie Knight

Back by popular demand, after a glittering debut, Moreton Bay’s biggest LGBTIQA+ celebration is returning in June 2024.

Moreton Bay PrideFest will be held on Saturday, June 8, at Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine.

The event, to be hosted during World Pride Month, is part of a broader vision to make the City of Moreton Bay a happier, healthier, safer, and more culturally rich and diverse place for the LGBTIQA+ community.

The inaugural event in 2023 attracted more than 3500 visitors and locals for an afternoon of celebration, pride, inclusivity, and diversity.

Next year, the city’s biggest pride celebration is turning up the volume with a star-studded line-up. Expect to see more incredible live acts, music, performances, and rainbow love. Tickets will go on sale in February.

Moreton Bay City Council Mayor Peter Flannery says he is thrilled to see PrideFest return.

“City of Moreton Bay prides itself on inclusivity, community and accessibility,” Mayor Flannery says.

“This is what people look for in a place to call home, and we're proud to say that Moreton Bay delivers on this promise.

“Moreton Bay PrideFest is more than a celebration; it's our community's powerful statement of unity and pride.

“In 2023, we had more than 20 community stalls in the One Love Zone, offering everything from free hugs to mental health support and wellbeing services.

“We've seen firsthand how these celebrations bring our community together and connect them with vital services.

“We’re proud to once again be offering free stalls for eligible LGBTIQA+ services as part of our commitment to an inclusive and healthy community.”

Eligible community groups, services and not-for-profit organisations supporting the LGBTIQA+ community are invited to host a free stall at the event. Expressions of interest are now open on the PrideFest website.

Moreton Bay PrideFest returns in 2024

Rainbow focus on Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism CEO Natassia Wheeler says PrideFest will showcase the City of Moreton Bay as a leading destination for gay-friendly travel.

“This return, sparked by the overwhelming success of the first PrideFest, promises to be an even more colourful and inclusive event. Feedback from (last year’s) festival-goers was overwhelmingly positive, with many proclaiming it as the best Pride event they had attended, particularly in Queensland,” Ms Wheeler says.

Post-event feedback revealed 96.09 per cent of visitors either very satisfied or satisfied with their event experience and 96.52 per cent either very likely or likely to recommend the event to others.

“Moreton Bay is not just a stunning location; it's also an inclusive destination where everyone is welcome. We're actively working with travel partners and Visit Gay Australia with a vision for PrideFest to become a key event on the Australian World Pride calendar that draws visitors from across the nation and beyond,” Ms Wheeler says.

“Through Visit Moreton Bay destination marketing, we will be profiling the leading gay-friendly businesses in Moreton Bay in the lead-up to PrideFest. Expressions of Interest are now open for local businesses to be a part of this exciting campaign.”

Festival-goers are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the festivities by securing their accommodation in the City of Moreton Bay now for the ultimate PrideFest weekend experience.

Expressions of interest are open now for artists, vendors, volunteers, and community group stalls.

"Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 8, 2024, and join us in making PrideFest an even bigger success. Let's celebrate, support, and make a positive difference in the lives of the LGBTIQA+ community," Ms Wheeler says.

Moreton Bay PrideFest is supported by Strategic Partner, City of Moreton Bay and delivered by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism.

It is supported by corporate sponsors with UniSC, Matchsticks Marketing Agency and QNews already jumping onboard for 2024.

For more event details and updates, visit www.moretonbaypridefest.com.au

Moreton Bay PrideFest returns in 2024

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