Australia’s largest and longest-running regional LGBTQI+ festival returns to Daylesford next month

Australia’s largest and longest-running regional LGBTQI+ festival returns to Daylesford next month

ChillOut is back for 2021

You can’t keep a good festival down, and so we are happy to reveal that ChillOut Festival has announced its dates for 2021.

From February 27 until March 8, Australia’s longest-running and largest regional pride festival will take place in regional Victoria’s LGBTI mecca Daylesford for its 24th year, inviting visitors to dance, prance, chill and shake a tail feather throughout ten days of fabulous festivity.

With a long history of being out and proud, this year’s event continues to present a program as diverse as the queer community and its extended family of friends and supporters themselves, with tens days of fantastic events.

Guided by the theme ‘Where the Magic Happens – What’s Your magic?’, the festival will host a colourful program featuring wellbeing activities, a special Queer Health Expo, family-friendly theatre, arts events and more – including a performance from Australia’s multi-award-winning magician and mentalist, Cath Jamison, and a Drag King Show like no other with Randy Roy.

⁠The well-loved parade will be going ahead in Daylesford’s Vincent Street, and this year will see the live debut of award-winning podcast and live storytelling project Queerstories, hosted by Maeve Marsden while Festival Ambassador ABC journalist Patricia Karvelas will also host a special in-conversation event which is set to be a real highlight.

As part of the celebrations, festival-goers are invited to gather around Lake Daylesford on March 3rd to take part in the planting of 30 trees. With the aim of creating a ‘Grove of Gratitude’, the symbolic initiative is to honour past and present LGBTQI+ community members as well as a special ceremony.

Mark your diaries now and start booking your accommodation. This is not to be missed.

ChillOut Festival goes down in Daylesford, Victoria from Saturday, February 27 to Monday, March 8. Tickets go on sale in early January 2021. Find out more at