Dunedin Pride Month 2023 Calendar 🌈

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Are you freaking ready!?!??!!! Dunedin Pride Month is happening in Ōtepoti this whole month of March! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

We're PROUD to offer a lineup of fabulous events for our local takatāpui and rainbow community. Our festival welcomes all our gorgeous allies to take part, and our families and whānau too!

Dunedin Pride Month is about coming together and connecting as a community as we celebrate the beautiful things that are queerness and queer people, in our city. It's your chance to get out and explore all that rainbow Dunedin has to offer. 

Did ya clock the #stunning festival artwork by our friend the Māori Mermaid? 💅

Download the #official Dunedin Pride Month x Māori Mermaid phone wallpaper right here 👇

Free download

Dunedin Pride x Fringe 💕

Fringe's New PRIDE Category
| Dunedin Pride and Fringe
In an exciting partnership between Dunedin Pride and the Dunedin Fringe Festival, this year's Fringe is showcasing a whole new category of queer shows!
View the Fringe Pride show line up here

Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub | Dunedin Community Gallery at 26 Princes St
 | In partnership with Dunedin Fringe

Hub Opening Party confirmed for Monday 13th March! 🥳 Come hang out with us from 4-6pm. Full details below

From March 12th-26th, number 26 Princes St is becoming the Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub. Drop in for a hot drink and a chat, hang out and make some art, or check out a scheduled Dunedin Pride Month event!

Event Calendar

All March

I Spy Rainbows | Lan Yuan Dunedin Chinese Gardens
 | In partnership with Lan Yuan

For the whole month of Pride, Lan Yuan Dunedin Chinese Garden will be celebrating with a rainbow flag ISPY in the garden.

Hunt amongst the hazel and forage through the foliage for all five diversity Rainbow Flags. A fun family activity for all ages, bring friends and whānau to experience the beauty that is Lan Yuan in early autumn. Normal entry fees apply.

Thursday 2nd

Dunedin Pride Month Youth Opening Party | Dunedin City Library | 4-6pm
Mixer | In partnership with Dunedin Public Libraries & UniQ

Inviting all our local takatāpui, LGBTQIA+ and rainbow high school students to a special launch of Dunedin Pride Month 2023! Get immersed in Pride and meet peers across our city as we kick off the festival. You'll also get to meet the Dunedin Pride team, as well as the students running queer groups at the university and polytech.

Free to attend

Friday 3rd

Dunedin Pride Month Opening Party | Lan Yuan | 5-8pm
Party | Free entry | In partnership with Lan Yuan Dunedin Chinese Gardens

Start off Dunedin Pride Month with a gathering at Dunedin's stunning Lan Yuan Chinese Gardens. Tea service provided.

All ages 🌈 Let's celebrate Pride!

Saturday 4th

Pride Walk 2023 | Ross Creek Reserve | 10am
Get your hat, sunnies, sunblock and water bottle ready to join us for a hikoi at Dunedin's Ross Creek Reserve.

We are meeting by the paddling pool in Woodhaugh Gardens - the same place where we had our PRIDE NIGHT January picnic. See you there at 10am, and we'll head off together at 10:15am. Open to all Ōtepoti rainbow community members and allies. 


Pride Patches and Pins Workshop | Toitū Otago Settlers Museum | 2pm
Activity | Free | Book online at Toitū
Celebrating our Takatāpui and rainbow community’s history and continuing the art form of intracommunity signalling. From green carnations and coded language to carabiners and handkerchiefs, queer people have created subtle ways to signal each other and create community.

We’re here, we’re queer and we’re making patches and pins!  

Celebrate your LGBTQIA+ identity by heading into Toitū to create your own piece of history and you’re your own custom pride accessories.

Thursday 9th

Rocky Horror Movie Night | Tūhura Otago Museum | 8pm
Film | In partnership with Tūhura Otago Museum

We're going all out! Rocky Horror as it should be - get your tickets for this interactive musical extravaganza.

Rated R18. Cash Bar available. Tickets $30.
Buy tickets at Otago Museum online

Saturday 11th

Rainbow Climbing | Resistance Climbing | 4-7pm
Activity | In partnership with Resistance Climbing

Get your boulder on at Resistance Climbing. Expect bangin’ pride anthems, rainbow décor, delicious snacks and a whole lot of fun. An instructor will be there for the first hour to cheer you on and provide guidance. Resistance has routes to suit all skill levels, so whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned climber we’ve got you covered. If you don’t want to climb but wanna join in for the social aspect, you are more than welcome. There’s comfy beanbags for you to relax in and provide moral support. Can’t wait to see you there! 

Discounted rate of $10 per climber for this event. No charge for Resistance Climbing members

Sunday 12th

Rainbow Kids & Families Movie: Frozen Tūhura Otago Museum | 4pm
Activity | In partnership with Tūhura Otago Museum

A movie for kids and families to enjoy as part of Dunedin's local Pride community. Come join us as we watch Frozen. 

FREE, however bookings are essential.
Book tickets at Tūhura Otago Museum


Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub: open from 12-26 March 
Opening party on Monday 13th - details below! 👇

Monday 13th

Hub Opening Party 🥳 | Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub | 4-6pm

It's another big opening! Come join us as we party-open the Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub, located in the Dunedin Community Gallery at 26 Princes Street.

It's a cute wee shindig where we'll share kai and kōrero, and you can contribute to our collaborative community art installation, led by artist Philip Jarvis.

All ages and free to attend. Snacks and refreshments provided

Tuesday 14th

Dungeons & Drag Queens | Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub | 6pm - 10pm
Activity | In partnership with Otago Roleplaying and Boardgaming Society
D&D like you've never played before! Join Dunedin Pride and ORBS for a fabulously queer and totally epic adventure. Hosted at the community hub at Dunedin Community Gallery on Princes St.

Friday 17th

Rainbow Crafternoon | Ground Floor, Dunedin City Library | 4-7pm
Activity | By Dunedin City Libraries

Join us for an afternoon full of beads, stickers, badges, and Lego! A chance to make and create in a fun-filled environment. Make friendship bracelets, Pride flag badges, DIY stickers and all sorts of other colourful creations!


Sunday 19th

Makeup Club Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub | 11am-1pm
Activity | A Dunedin Fringe Festival event

Come help co-design Ōtepoti's first takatāpui and rainbow makeup group.

We invite you to join us at the Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub, where we'll let our imaginations run wild! This is an exciting exercise in collaborative design, where we'll get hands on with some makeup as we plan the club's first season.

Get excited for full drag transformation play with local makeup professionals (and amateurs!).

This space is open to people in the takatāpui and rainbow community, and all our gorgeous allies. Free to attend. Come take part!

Proudly supported by MAC


Wettness Club Night Woof! Bar | 8pm-2am
Party | Woof! & Dunedin Pride Present WETNESS

"Moisture is the essence of wetness and wetness is the essence of beauty."

It's time to party, and it's time to get wet at Woof! & Dunedin Pride's first ever club night collab. Featuring drag performances, dancefloor and DJ, Wetness will be a late-summer sweat-down of messy regret and unrealised potential.
DRESSCODE: moist / thirst-trap / tropical summer / poolside swimwear / evening-wear skin / cabana cocktail / billionaire vacation R18
SOLD OUT! (Sorry bout it boo!!!!)

Tuesday 21st

Youth Quiz Night Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub | 4pm
Quiz | In partnership with the Dunedin Youth Council
A quiz for our takatāpui and rainbow youth at the Hub!

Wednesday 22nd

Rainbow PTSD Group Information Evening Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub | 6-8pm
Info Evening | In partnership with Hiwa

Meet the team behind the Rainbow PTSD Group, hear how it runs and what you can expect as a prospective participant or supporter. Learn about our hopes and aspirations for this programme and hear how it's changed the lives of some previous participants.

Thursday 23rd

Queer Poetry Night | Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub | 8pm
Poetry | Presented as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival

Dunedin Pride's Queer Poetry Night is a space for our local takatāpui and rainbow community to share and celebrate queer voices in poetry.

This is a relaxed and easy, open mic format event. We invite you to come share a poem, could be a piece you have written yourself, or a favourite from another poet. Listen to queer perspectives in poetry and support our awesome local poets.

Friday 24th

After Dark Pride Party | Tūhura Otago Museum | 7-10pm
Party | By 

Tūhura Otago Museum in collaboration with OUSA

Tūhura Otago Museum, in collaboration with OUSA, are flying the Rainbow Flag for another legendary After Dark. Grab your allies, and come celebrate Pride at Tūhura Otago Museum with dancing, performances, challenges and more!

Drinks and food available for purchase 
R18 – ID will be checked at the door

Concession/Student $20 / Adult $25

Buy tickets at Tūhura Otago Museum


Pride Mixer | 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library | 5-7:45pm
Activity | By Dunedin City Libraries

Come and meet likeminded queer literacy and culture buffs to peruse the library's amazing collection of queer books, music, film, and media. Have some creative fun with our rainbow LEGO, make yourself a Pride badge with the badge maker, and cover yourself in rainbows with the face painting station!

PLUS the first 50 people in the door get a DPL Rainbow goodie bag!


Saturday 25th

Rainbow Climbing | Resistance Climbing | 4-7pm
Activity | In partnership with Resistance Climbing
Get your boulder on at Resistance Climbing. Expect bangin’ pride anthems, rainbow décor, delicious snacks and a whole lot of fun. An instructor will be there for the first hour to cheer you on and provide guidance. Resistance has routes to suit all skill levels, so whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned climber we’ve got you covered. If you don’t want to climb but wanna join in for the social aspect, you are more than welcome. There’s comfy beanbags for you to relax in and provide moral support. Can’t wait to see you there! 
Discounted rate of $10 per climber for this event.

Sunday 26th

Dunedin Pride Art Day | Dunedin Pride x Fringe Hub | 12-4pm
Artwork | Presented as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival
Explore fabulous artworks created by Dunedin's queer community during the Fringe Festival! Come to the show on the 26th to explore, connect and celebrate our local takatāpui and rainbow creations! Open to all ages and family friendly. Free to attend. 
Queer Evening Church Service | St Paul's Cathedral | 7pm
Event | In partnership with Student Christian Movement and St Paul's Cathedral

All are welcome to a comfortable, non-denominational service to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. It doesn't matter whether you're currently involved in a faith community or not. Come along and relax, reflect, and enjoy kai and drinks afterwards. Led in partnership with Student Christian Movement and St Paul's Cathedral.

Friday 31st

PRIDE NIGHT | Dunedin City Library | 4-7pm

An extra special Pride Night, Dunedin Pride Month 2023 Pizza Party!
Join us as we thank the people behind Dunedin Pride Month and our amazing partners and celebrate another fantastic Pride Month! 🎉
Free pizza, good vibes and our amazing takatāpui and rainbow community!
4-7pm, all ages welcome!



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