Tell us! How’re you enjoying the Festival?

Posted by: | Posted on: October 31, 2022

We want your feedback. Please take our short survey here.

Download and view our Official Festival Guide for 2022…

Posted by: | Posted on: October 25, 2022

…or grab a hard copy from supportive venues around Greater Shepparton!

Support during the flood emergency

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2022

Many people in the LGBTIQA+ community will often face specific challenges in natural disasters such as floods.

Our friends at LINE WangarattaGoulburn Valley Pride SheppartonOUT in the OPEN Festival SheppartonSlade Consulting and Rural Pride Australia in partnership with Uniting’s Diversity Project team have put together these helpful resources for LGBTIQA+ people experiencing flooding in their region.


Seen our flyer in your neighbourhood?

Posted by: | Posted on: October 1, 2022

Looking for tickets? Click on our fabulous poster/flyer below for a full list of events and access to tix!

Let us know if you’d like a copy for your shop window, school or business here.

Show your pride this October/November!

Posted by: | Posted on: September 29, 2022

Hi, Festival Friend,

Thank you for your continued interest and support of OUTintheOPEN Festival! Quite simply, 11 years in, we couldn’t continue to do it without you!!

This year we’re offering TWO options for your shop-front or business to proudly join us in getting OUTintheOPEN. 

If purchasing a large $25 rainbow flag (3′ x 5′) doesn’t tempt you, this year we’ve also got FREE laminated A4 signs (see below) with 1 of 21 different pride flag designs for you to choose from – with accompanying QR codes – so those walking the streets of Greater Shepparton can both see you’re a supporter of pride/diversity AND learn something at the same time!

Please let us know if you’re keen to jump on board with option A ($25 flag) or option B (laminated pride flag), and we’ll drop one by ASAP. 

If you can display the flags in your window for the OUTintheOPEN Festival 2022 period, October 31 – November 13, we’d be most grateful!

We look forward to hearing from you! Thanks again.

Are you REALLY a #FESTIVALFAN? Prove it!

Posted by: | Posted on: September 25, 2022

LOOK! Our 2022 event line-up is taking shape | Purchase your Festival Passes here…

Posted by: | Posted on: September 1, 2022

Click here to check out our amazing line-up of events for 2022 thus far! BUY FESTIVAL PASSES


GET YOUR FESTIVAL PASSES HERE | Your $65 and $125 Festival passes give you access to:

WEEKEND 1 | Saturday’s GLOW Roller Disco event, Saturday’s Homophonic! event and Sunday’s Transmansplaining event! WOW! | BUY FESTIVAL PASS

WEEKEND 2 | Friday night’s Sequins at SAM event, Saturday night’s Evening with the Divas event and Sunday morning’s BIG Community Brunch! WOW!BUY FESTIVAL PASS

2022 Festival Stallholder applications now OPEN! Carnival Day is Sat 12 Nov 2022!

Posted by: | Posted on: April 2, 2022

EARLY-BIRD stallholder applications for CARNIVAL DAY are NOW OPEN! Early-bird closes 30 June.

CARNIVAL DAY is Sat 12 Nov 2022, to be held in Queens Gardens – complete your online registration NOW to secure your site!

Host your own event as part of OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton (31 Oct – 13 Nov 2022)!

Posted by: | Posted on: March 5, 2022

Want to host your own event as part of OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton (31 Oct – 13 Nov 2022)?

OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton’s festival celebrating LGBTIQA+ pride & community diversity. This year we’re celebrating 11 years!

OUTintheOPEN was developed to address some of the inequalities faced by the local gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (GLBTIQ) & allied communities and to build a more inclusive community in Greater Shepparton. EVERYONE is welcome to get involved!

OUTintheOPEN is a project led by Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. and is proudly supported by many other organisations and community groups.

The festival will consist of many events including a health/well-being forum at GOTAFE in October and a CARNIVAL DAY on the second weekend in November at the Queens Gardens. Other events will be held during the week across the City of Greater Shepparton. This is where YOU come in!

We are looking for Community Groups, Organisations, Performers, Venues, Events & Artists…

How to get involved…

Please complete the expression of interest form – feel free to make contact with us first to discuss an event or idea. We look forward to hearing from you! Applications close 15 September.

Alternatively, please submit your proposal via email (details below) along with a preferred image (high res.) for marketing purposes on our website. Additional background information is welcome.

For more info contact Damien Stevens-Todd on 0418 511 562 or


Posted by: | Posted on: March 3, 2022

Goulburn Valley Pride is proud to announce the first meeting of the Out In The Open Working Group held at GOTAFE on Wednesday night was a great success.

Goulburn Valley Pride President Deb Chumbley said “ It was great to have an actual in person meeting and to see a passionate mix of old and new faces sharing ideas”.

Out In The Open, Shepparton’s annual Pride event showcasing and celebrating community diversity is this year scheduled for 31st October to November 13th with programming still in the early stages.

After being limited to mostly online events including a livestreamed carnival day for the past two years with COVID -19 and imposed restrictions the theme for this years festival is “Reimagined” and will see Carnival Day return with music, drag performers and sparkles to the Queens Gardens.

“I’m excited to re-imagine this year’s festival and be back out in the open,” said festival Co-convenor Georgina Poort.

Out In the Open Artistic Director Nicole Wells said, “It was a productive and inspiring meeting of passionate individuals, working as a team to bring our community together through inclusion and celebration”.

Out In The Open provides a safe and inclusive space for our regional LGBTIQA+ community to be their true selves. It provides visibility and representation.

Out in the Open attracts many visitors to the region boosting tourism and local spending.

For further information please contact Deb Chumbley 0429 523 772.