Attending an LGBTQ+ festival or event is a great way to celebrate as a community even outside of pride season. Whether it's music, art, food, sports or dance as the theme, our voice and presence as an LGBTQ+ community is stronger when we come together.
What Kind of LGBTQ+ Events Will I Find Here?
We compiled a global calendar of festivals and events around the world that have an LGBTQ+ theme but are not specifically pride events. Since pride events are so common and numerous, we've created a completely separate calendar including hundreds of events around the world—click here to view our Gay Pride Calendar. The events on this list include a variety of festivals, gatherings or events with different themes ranging from music, art, food, sports, dance, advocacy, comedy and more. While each event may be different, the common thread that binds all these together events is the celebration within the LGBTQ+ community.
How to Use This List
We have published this calendar to inform the LGBTQ+ community of important festivals and events globally to offer a complete source for planning your travel. This event calendar includes more than 100 listings, but you can sort and filter the list by region and date to determine where you want to go or when to plan your trip. Events displayed in light grey have already taken place for the year. Some of the cities and event organizers listed here are also IGLTA members, which are designated by the ‘Member’ badge next to the event listing. IGLTA membership indicates a city’s willingness to actively welcome the LGBTQ+ community to that destination. Some IGLTA members also have enhanced membership, including Featured Destination or Global Partner. Global Partners are an elite group of global brands that have committed to improving travel for the LGBTQ+ community worldwide.
Why Visit a Destination During a Local Festival or Event?
Visiting a destination during an LGBTQ+ festival or event is a great way to not only see the city, its landmarks and learn its history, but also to immerse yourself in the local LGBTQ+ community. Whether traveling alone, with friends or family, visiting during a festival or event can be a fun way to experience a new destination and IGLTA can help you find LGBTQ+ friendly business in almost any location to help make you trip memorable, safe and exciting.
What is IGLTA?
The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the world's leading network of LGBTQ+ welcoming tourism businesses. We provide free resources and information for LGBTQ+ travelers including this list of global LGBTQ+ events. IGLTA’s members include LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+ friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 80 countries.
Note: some organizations in this list have not yet published the official dates for their event. We periodically review and update this list to keep it as current as possible. If you see any errors or would like your event to be included, please fill out this form with your request and include the event name, city, country, dates and website. Photo credit: Pink Iceland
Note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, many events in 2020 and 2021 are being postponed or canceled. We will continue to update this calendar to reflect the most up-to-date listings of LGBTQ+ events worldwide. If you see an error on this calendar or would like to provide feedback, please fill out this form.
2021 LGBTQ+ Festivals & Events