The economic, and cultural center of the state of Queensland, the attractive and highly livable city of Brisbane is Australia's third largest, with a metro population of greater than 2 million. This popular destination both with national and international visitors is known for its smartly planned Central Business District, which abounds with cafes, distinctive retail, and world-class arts venues. The city has a large and active GLBT scene. The city's well-attended Brisbane Gay Pride Festival takes place throughout September, but the biggest events - the Rally, March, and Fair Day - are on September 17, 2016.
The main Pride event is the Brisbane Pride Fair Day, is held on Saturday, September 17, starting at 11 am and taking place throughout the afternoon in the lovely New Farm Park, on the Brisbane River, a 10-minute drive from the City Center. The day consists of Mr. and Ms. Pride competitions, food stalls, entertainment, and more. Right in the City Center, on the same day at 11 am, the Brisbane Pride Rally and Brisbane Gay Pride Parade kicks off at the corner of Brunswick and Ann streets and then proceeds to the Fair Day grounds at New Farm Park.
Other Brisbane Pride events taking place that same weekend include a Friday night "Balls Out Bingo" party, the Fair Play Fair Day After Party (presented by Poof Doof and Girlthing) on Saturday night, a Fair Day Foam Party, and Out on Sunday. In fact, throughout the entire month of September, there are dozens of related Brisbane Pride gatherings, arts presentations, and parties. Have a look at the official Brisbane Pride events calendar for details.
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Numerous bars as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Weekend. Check the Q News, a GLBT newspaper serving Queensland, for for details, as well as SameSame.com's Brisbane section. Also take a look at the excellent Brisbane visitor site produced by the region's official tourism organization, Destination Queensland and the Visit Brisbane website.