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Posted by: | Posted on: March 20, 2023

2023 Festival Stallholder applications now OPEN! Carnival Day is Sat 18 Nov 2023!

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

CARNIVAL DAY is Sat 18 Nov 2023, to be held in Queens Gardens – complete your online registration NOW to secure your site!

Posted by: | Posted on: February 25, 2023

Host your own event as part of OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton (10 – 19 Nov 2023)!

Want to host your own event as part of OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton (10 – 19 Nov 2023)?

OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton’s festival celebrating LGBTIQA+ pride & community diversity. This year we’re celebrating 12 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 CARNIVAL DAY on the third weekend in November at the Queens Gardens. Other events will be held during the 10-day-long Festival 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: January 16, 2023

OUTintheOPEN Festival 2023 wants YOU!

OUTintheOPEN Festival is looking for YOU!

This year our Festival team is looking for enthusiastic people to join us for the 10 – 19 November OUTintheOPEN Festival 12 year celebration!

The following positions will join our Festival Committee / Volunteer Team:

Festival Convenor (1)

Festival Logistics Manager (1)

Artistic & Creative Director (1)

Secretary & Admin. Support (1)

Volunteer Coordinator/Recruitment (1)

Entertainment Coordinator (1)

Media, Marketing & Communications Coordinator (1)


Festival Volunteers (20) inc. Carnival Day Stage Manager & Assistants, Festival Artistic & Creative Assistants, General Festival Volunteers.

Click here to apply. Applications close 17 March 2023.

Please contact us for a ‘position description’ – we look forward to hearing from you!

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Posted by: | Posted on: January 10, 2023

SAVE THE DATE | OUTintheOPEN Festival 10 – 19 Nov 2023

Celebrating 12 years over 10 days in 2023. Carnival Day will be Saturday 18 November. Stay tuned for more info…

Got an idea for #OitO2023? Contact us today!

This year’s theme, ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’ will highlight both positive and negative interactions that the LGBTIQA+ community are faced with every day.

Through music and art, food events, health and wellbeing seminars and much more, #OitO2023 will be a focal point for documenting LGBTIQA+ life through history to this very day, from dizzying romantic highs and lows, enduring friendships and good times, marching in solidarity with each other, acting often as a lifeline to one another, to the day-to-day functioning as a loving, living human being in the 21st century.

Inspired by the Queen song of the same name, ‘These Are The Days Of Our Lives’ is a chance to reflect on what’s been, what’s now, and what’s to come, good or bad … all with the reminder to do it with love.

“When I look and I find I still love you.”
Posted by: | Posted on: October 31, 2022

Tell us! How’re you enjoying the 2022 Festival?

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

Posted by: | Posted on: October 25, 2022

Download and view our Official Festival Guide for 2022…

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

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2022

Support during the flood emergency

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.


Posted by: | Posted on: October 1, 2022

Seen our flyer in your neighbourhood?

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.
Posted by: | Posted on: September 29, 2022

Show your pride this October/November!

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.

Posted by: | Posted on: September 25, 2022

Are you REALLY a #FESTIVALFAN? Prove it!