Gear up for an exceptional celebration as ChillOut Festival returns to Daylesford in 2024, promising two weeks of vibrant festivities across country Victoria. The main event unfolds over the Labour Day long weekend, running from the 7th to the 11th of March, treating locals and visitors alike to a spectacular showcase of diversity and inclusivity. This year’s theme, “Boots and Bling,” sets the stage for a celebration like no other in the gay capital of Victoria.
The Heart of ChillOut:
ChillOut is an annual LGBTIQ festival that has become a hallmark of Daylesford’s cultural calendar. Taking place on the Labour Day long weekend at the end of March or the start of April, the festival has evolved into one of the longest-running and most beloved LGBTIQ country festivals globally.
The festival’s primary aim is to create a safe space for individuals from all walks of life to come together and celebrate their diversity. It provides a platform for straight allies to express their support for equality by actively participating in and endorsing the festival.
ChillOut Festival is one of the longest running and best loved LGBTIQ country festivals in the world.
ChillOut is one of the longest running and best loved country LGBTIQ festivals in the world. The festival is held on Labour Day long weekend at the end of March or start of April each year, in the country town of Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. It’s a small town with only about 3000 residents but it has become known as a place where people love to visit and bring their families for a relaxing weekend away from city life.
Street Parade and Carnivale
The ChillOut Street Parade remains a highlight of the festival, attracting thousands of spectators to the streets of Daylesford each year. This vibrant procession showcases the rich tapestry of LGBTIQ communities in Daylesford and the surrounding areas. Floats, marching groups, and lively performances contribute to a colorful spectacle that captivates onlookers.
Get ready for a day of community, laughter, singing, and pure joy at Carnivale, a highlight of the ChillOut Festival. Hosted by the charismatic trio of Nate Byrne, Courtney Act, and Narelda Jacobs, this vibrant event promises an unforgettable experience for all.
Featuring an impressive lineup of talent, Carnivale will showcase the incredible performances of Kween Kong, Katie Underwood, Sexy Galexy, DJ du Jour, DJ Eddie, Shauna Jensen, The Lost Girls, Bek Jensen duo, Dolly Diamond, and more. Each artist brings their unique flair to the stage, creating an atmosphere of celebration and inclusivity.
The festivities will reach a crescendo with a closing performance by the sensational Courtney Act, ensuring that the day concludes on a high note of entertainment and energy.
And that’s not all! Don’t miss the “Petstock Chillout Dog Show,” adding an extra layer of fun and excitement to the festivities. Bring your furry friends along for a day filled with music, laughter, and even a showcase of adorable and talented dogs.
Join Carnivale for a day of community spirit, entertainment, and shared joy as we celebrate diversity and inclusion. With this stellar lineup of performers and the added charm of the “Petstock Chillout Dog Show,” Carnivale is set to be a highlight of ChillOut Festival 2024.
Tickets are available via the Chillout website here.
Get ready to immerse yourself in the glitter and glamour of ChillOut Festival as it unfolds over three sensational days in Daylesford. The festival, known for its cheeky and inclusive vibe, offers a diverse array of events spread across various venues. Whether you’re a one-venue wonder or ready to conquer every party in town, ChillOut has something for everyone. From dance-offs and lip-sync battles to drag shows that redefine fabulous, the festival promises a non-stop celebration of queer culture. With events happening day and night, participants are encouraged to keep their fabulous selves on their feet, whether dancing to infectious beats, engaging in thought-provoking discussions, or simply soaking in the lively atmosphere.
ChillOut Festival invites you to prance, dance, and let loose, turning every moment into a vibrant and unforgettable experience. For a comprehensive overview of the glittery goodness, head to the official website – your treasure map to the queerest and most fabulous moments of your life. So, tighten those corsets, fluff up those wigs, and get ready to unleash your inner glam at ChillOut Festival 2024! 🌈✨
For a full overview of the ChillOut Festival Program in Daylesford, visit their website
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Thursday 7th of March 2024
Grove of Gratitude Planting
Where: Wombat Flat, Free
Highlight: Embrace the spirit of gratitude at the Grove of Gratitude Planting. Head to Wombat Flat for a morning of communal planting, connecting with nature, and fostering gratitude. This heartwarming event is free, creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere by Lake Daylesford.
Peter Sparkman Exhibition
Where: Radius Art, Free
Highlight: Immerse yourself in the world of art at the Peter Sparkman Exhibition. Held at Radius Art from 10 am to 4 pm, this free exhibition showcases the captivating works of Peter Sparkman, offering a visual feast for art enthusiasts.
Out of the Closet Radius
Where: Radius Art, Free
Highlight: Explore the artistic expressions “Out of the Closet” at Radius Art. From 10 am to 4 pm, this free exhibit invites you to delve into creative realms that break free from conventional norms, promising an enriching experience for all art lovers.
Where: Radius Art, Free
Highlight: Celebrate the craftsmanship of Local Makers at Radius Art from 10 am to 4 pm. This free event showcases unique creations, providing a platform for local artisans to display their talent and share their passion with the community.
Margaritaville Daylesford Brewing Co
Where: Daylesford Brewing Co, Free Entry
Highlight: Margaritaville is back at Daylesford Brewing Co, this time with a Day of the Dead twist! From 12 pm to 6 pm, chill out with their famous Margaritas, cocktails, and an array of delightful offerings, including great food, wine, beer, and more. Secure a spot on their lounges for the parade and kickstart Sunday with an Espresso Martini brekky from 9 am. It’s a free entry event, promising a lively and festive atmosphere.
Where: Masonic Hall, Free
Highlight: Dive into the heart of ChillOut Festival 2024 with the Opening Night at the Daylesford Masonic Lodge. Hosted by the fabulous ChillOut veterans Dean Arcuri and Polly Filla, this free community event sets the stage for the festival. Sing along with talented local primary school choirs and witness the illumination of the rainbow lights at the Town Hall. It’s a magical start to the festival, creating cherished memories for all ages.
Dolly’s Disco Bingo
From $25 Highlight: Join the glittery extravaganza of Dolly’s Disco Bingo at Palais-Hepburn from 6 pm onwards. This night of glamour and entertainment brings a twist to traditional bingo. Groove to well-known tunes from every era, and compete for prizes as the best-dressed, top dancer, or disco bingo champion. With a special theme twist of “Retro Chic Funkfest,” the DJ keeps the energy alive between rounds. Tickets start from $25, promising a night of disco-inspired fun and fabulous prizes.
Friday 8th of March 2024
Where: Bistro Terroir, Free Entry
Highlight: Embark on a virtual journey to the South of France with the Saint-Tropez Apero at Bistro Terroir. From 3 pm to 6 pm, indulge in a chilled French apero featuring Champagne from Pommery and Vodka from Grey Goose. With snacks flowing all afternoon, immerse yourself in the essence of Saint-Tropez and celebrate La Vie est Belle. It’s a free entry event, promising a taste of the French Riviera in Daylesford.
Tina Lets Loose
Where: Daylesford Hotel, $30
Highlight: Brace yourself for an evening of comedy cabaret with the award-winning, internationally acclaimed, gin-soaked velvet-draped Tina Del Twist at the Daylesford Hotel. Known for her acidic wit and impressive vocals, Tina is ready to let loose with the sensational Cameron Thomas on piano. Winner of the Melbourne Comedy Festival Comics Choice Award 2022, Tina promises an entertaining night full of laughter and charm.
Paint n Bubbles
Where: Paint n Bubbles, $70
Highlight: Unleash your creativity at the Paint n Bubbles Sip and Paint Adult Only Session. With sessions across the festival suitable for all genders, it’s time to let loose and get a little dirty in the studio – sprinkled with sparkles, of course! Located at shop 5, 116 Main Road Hepburn Springs, just a short 2-minute drive from Daylesford, this artistic escapade promises an evening of painting, bubbles, and endless fun.
Guru Dudu Silent Disco Walking Tours
Where: Visitor Info Centre, $25
Highlight: Put on your dancing shoes for the Guru Dudu Silent Disco Walking Tours, an award-winning silent disco spontaneous ‘flashmob’ dancing experience. Join this unique tour with private audio-scapes and a shared playlist of uplifting dance music from the 70s, 80s & 90s. With fun commentary from your tour guide, it’s a one-of-a-kind dance adventure through the streets of Daylesford.
Welcome Drinks with Tanzer
Where: Daylesford Hotel, $25
Highlight: Join the glittering welcome drinks at the Daylesford Hotel with the shimmering DJ force, Tanzer. Renowned for injecting romance and glamour into dancefloors, Tanzer is a connoisseur of the ‘deep-fried disco’ genre. It’s an evening not to be missed, filled with good vibes, great company, and the magical touch of Tanzer’s musical mastery.
Where: Daylesford Town Hall, $45-$50
Highlight: Kick off ChillOut 2024 in style with the fabulous 100% Kylie Tribute Show, Shauna Jensen, and the beats of festival favorite DJ du Jour at the Daylesford Town Hall. With the promise of Courtney popping in to have a boogie, it’s a night dedicated to dance, music, and pure entertainment.
Where: Social Brew Jays Coffee, $30-$35
Highlight: Get ready to groove at the Daylesford Disco Social Club! Join us for a night of 70s and 80s Disco and New Wave sounds. Pioneers including Gavin Campbell and Jake Judd will keep you dancing all night long. With drink specials to keep you hydrated, this promises to be an unforgettable evening of dance and nostalgia.
Where: Palais-Hepburn, $45
Highlight: Head into the WILD WILD WEST at Honcho Disko, the third annual hoe-down in Daylesford. With an outlaw gang of Australia’s best queer performers, DJs, and GoGo’s, it’s a hell-fired disco fueled roundup not to be missed. Dress for the WILD WILD WEST and prepare for a night of revelry at Palais-Hepburn. 🌵🕺✨
Saturday 9th of March 2024
Where: Botanic Gardens, $15
Highlight: Join Lanie and Belinda from Queer Yoga Melbourne for an invigorating morning of yoga and meditation in the stunning wombat gardens. From 8.30 am to 9.30 am, experience a gentle flow class designed for all bodies and abilities. Explore breathing techniques and guided relaxation practices to fill up your tank before taking on the day. It’s a refreshing start amidst the natural beauty of the Botanic Gardens.
Where: 2 Leggatt St, Donation
Highlight: Lace up your running shoes for the FrontRunners Run/Walk with Melbourne Frontrunners, an inclusive LGBTIQ+ running/walking group. From 9 am to 10 am, join this non-competitive and social event around the Lake. Choose between one full loop (2.79km) or double the fun with 2 laps (5.58km). All abilities, walkers, and furry friends are warmly welcomed. It’s a morning of fitness, fun, and friendly faces.
Where: Lawn Tennis Club
Highlight: Serve, volley, and smash at the Chill Out Tennis Championships hosted by Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ tennis club, VicTennis. From 9 am to 6 pm, witness the 8th edition of this popular event featuring singles and doubles events across five grades catering to all levels. A sell-out every year, so get in early to secure your place and showcase your tennis prowess.
Daylesford Wigs & Wine Tour
Where: Burke Square, $110
Highlight: Unleash your vibrant spirit on the Extraordinary ChillOut Festival Wine Journey – the Daylesford Wigs & Wine Tour. From 9.45 am to 12.45 pm, explore the beauty of the Daylesford wine region with visits to three fabulous cellar doors, all hosted by a dazzling drag queen. Connect with artisans, sip on delicious drinks, and embark on a wine journey like no other.
Where: Tipperary Springs, $10
Highlight: Join The Nomads for a morning bushwalk during the ChillOut Festival. From 10 am to 12.45 pm, experience the fresh air as you walk beside Sailors Creek and through the trees in the Hepburn Regional Forest. Choose between a Medium 4 km or Hard 7 km walk – a perfect opportunity to make new friends and connect with nature.
A day with Tina
Where: Blake Family Grocers, Free
Highlight: Spend a day with Tina at Blake Family Grocers from 10 am to 5 pm. Immerse yourself in a delightful experience where good vibes, good food, and good company come together. It’s a free event promising a day filled with joy, laughter, and the unique charm of Tina.
Youth Muster In the Park
Where: Victoria Park, Free
Highlight: Hosted by Nate Byrne, Youth Muster In the Park is a safe space for young people, their allies, friends, and families. From 11 am to 3 pm, come together to support and celebrate each other with live entertainment, panel discussions, and a rainbow family picnic. It’s a vibrant gathering for the LGBTQIA+ community, fostering connections and celebration.
Where: Daylesford Pool, $15
Highlight: Swap your boots and bling for flippers and speedos at the Pool Party from 11 am to 5 pm. Dive into the annual alcohol-free, family-friendly pool party at Daylesford Pool with sweet beats from DJ du Jour. Splish, splash, and sashay away your Saturday in style.
Food & Wine Tour
Where: Visitor Info Centre, $20
Highlight: Get on board the pride bus and sample the finest food and wine with the Food & Wine Tour. From 11 am to 5 pm, visit Daylesford Cider, Captains Creek, and the Swiss Mountain Hotel. Indulge in award-winning craft cider, enjoy lawn games, and experience the best of the region’s culinary delights.
They Came from Uranus
Where: Palais-Hepburn, $25-$35
Highlight: Brace yourself for a Psychedelic Sci-Fi Cabaret Burlesque! “They Came from Uranus” is a unique experience from 12 pm to 3 pm at Palais-Hepburn. Witness the arrival of the most extraordinary extraterrestrials to ever hit a burlesque stage. Prepare to be horrified, shocked, and possibly slightly aroused in this otherworldly cabaret.
The Garden Party
When: 2pm onwards
Where: Peppers, Free Entry
Highlight: Join the Garden Party from 2 pm onwards at Peppers. It’s a free-entry event promising an afternoon of relaxation and enjoyment in a beautiful garden setting. Unwind, connect, and bask in the delightful atmosphere surrounded by like-minded individuals.
Where: Boomerang Ranch, $70pp
Highlight: Saddle up for an adventure at Boomerang Horse Riding Ranch from 2.15 pm to 3.15 pm. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a beginner, the 1-hour trail rides offer an unforgettable experience through scenic trails. Explore the picturesque landscapes and create lasting memories on horseback.
Pranzo in Sicilia
Where: Bar Merenda, $125
Highlight: Immerse yourself in the flavors of Sicily at Pranzo in Sicilia. From 2.30 pm at Bar Merenda, indulge in a special 4-course Sicilian-themed wine lunch. Transport yourself to summertime in Sicily with antipasti, pasta, secondi, and dessert, all perfectly matched with four traditional Sicilian wines. Buon appetito!
Australia’s Biggest Drag Storytime
Where: Victoria Park, Free
Highlight: Reading is FUN-damental! Join Art Simone, Frock Hudson, Gabriella Labucci, and Nate Byrne for Australia’s Biggest Drag Storytime from 3 pm to 4 pm at Victoria Park. Revel in the magic of drag queens bringing stories to life. Sparkles, good stories, and a rainbow celebration await you in this engaging and entertaining session.
80’s Super Show
Where: Farmers Arms Hotel, $55
Highlight: Get ready to be transported back in time at the 80’s Super Show from 4 pm to 11 pm at Farmers Arms Hotel. With a lineup of iconic performances, this event promises an evening of nostalgia, great music, and a fantastic atmosphere. Dance, sing, and relive the magic of the 80s.
MARY! The Mother Lode
Where: Daylesford Hotel, $33.30
Highlight: Melbourne’s favorite quite contrary queer disco, MARY!, returns for a gold party – The Mother Lode. From 7 pm to 1 am at Daylesford Hotel, MARY! and friends bring a mother lode of disco, debauchery, and drinks. Prepare for a night of fun, friendship, and fabulous tunes out on the lanai.
Funk Soul Sista
Where: Daylesford Town Hall, $40-$45
Highlight: Celebrate queer women in music at Funk Soul Sista, a high-energy dance event at Daylesford Town Hall. Hosted by sensational singing MC Denise Hanlon (NSW), the lineup includes icons Bluehouse and soulstress Bek Jensen with her full funk band. Dance into the wee hours with DJ Eddie and all your new friends.
Where: Victoria Park, $45-$50
Highlight: Slip on your best flannie and cowboy boots for the Bush Dance at Victoria Park from 8 pm to 1 am. Hosted by Nate Byrne and Sexy Galexy, with a special guest appearance by Courtney Act, it’s time for two-stepping and line dancing. Yee-haawwww! Get ready for a night of country-themed revelry.
Underwear and PJ’s Party
Where: Brew Jays Coffee, $40-$45
Highlight: The dance event of the weekend is here – the Underwear & PJ’s Party at Brew Jays Coffee from 8 pm to 3 am. Don’t miss the incredible roster of talent from Melbourne’s favorite nights, Poof Doof and Sundaylicious. Prepare for electrifying performances, fantastic beats, and a night you won’t forget.
Thick ‘N’ Juicy
Where: Palais-Hepburn, $77
Highlight: Join us for a massive dance party at the iconic Palais-Hepburn entertainment venue with Thick ‘N’ Juicy from 8 pm to 3 am. This high-production event is home to a big family of beautiful men and their LGBTQIA+ friends. Get ready for an unforgettable night of music, dance, and pure celebration. 🎉🕺💃
Sunday 10th of March 2024
Where: Vincent Street, Free
Highlight: Don’t miss the iconic ChillOut Street Parade, where local communities and festival stars proudly parade down the main drag of Daylesford. From 10 am to 11 am on Vincent Street, immerse yourself in the vibrant and diverse display of creativity, pride, and community spirit. It’s a visual feast celebrating love and diversity.
Where: Victoria Park, $30-$35
Highlight: A day of community, laughter, singing, and joy awaits at Carnival! Hosted by Nate Byrne, Courtney Act, and Narelda Jacobs, this event from 11 am to 5 pm at Victoria Park promises an unforgettable experience. Featuring Katie Underwood, Sexy Galexy, DJ du Jour, DJ Eddie, Shauna Jensen, The Lost Girls, Bek Jensen duo, Dolly Diamond, and more, with a closing performance by Courtney Act. Join the festivities and create lasting memories.
Where: Lavandula, $45-$55
Highlight: Step into the enchanting world of Lavandaze from 1 pm to 10 pm at Lavandula. Immerse yourself in a day of relaxation, entertainment, and delightful experiences in the heart of Lavandula. With a unique blend of activities, music, and ambiance, Lavandaze promises to be a haven of joy and tranquility.
Where: Daylesford Hotel, $38.30
Highlight: Sundaylicious, the renowned LGBTQIA+ extravaganza, is ready to make its mark at CHILLOUT festival! Join the celebration from 4 pm to 11 pm at Daylesford Hotel, where Sundaylicious brings the party vibes reminiscent of its iconic gatherings. In its inaugural appearance at CHILLOUT, expect an unforgettable evening filled with dancing, laughter, and the creation of history together.
Where: Palais-Hepburn, $35-$59
Highlight: Embark on a euphoric journey through the heart of Broadway and beyond at Club Broadway. From 7 pm to Midnight at Palais-Hepburn, feel the rhythm, sing at the top of your lungs, and dance the night away to the soundtracks that have captivated the world. Club Broadway brings the magic of Broadway to the legendary ChillOut Festival in 2024.
Where: Victoria Park, $45
Highlight: POOF DOOF is back to host the official ChillOut after party! This year’s Denim & Diamonds theme event, from 7 pm to 1 am at Victoria Park, features a lineup of Australian queer DJ legends and drag icons. Get ready for a night of music, dance, and glittering extravagance. Join the celebration and let the beats of Poof Doof keep you moving into the early hours of the morning.
Plan your visit to Daylesford – Macedon Ranges
Now that you’ve decided to visit Daylesford, you’ll want to start planning your trip. The Macedon Ranges is a beautiful place to visit whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away or something more adventurous.
There’s plenty of attractions and activities on offer in the area, but here are just some of the highlights:
- Accommodation – there are many hotels and B&Bs to choose from in Daylesford – Macedon Ranges. You can even stay at one of its many vineyards!
- Restaurants & Bars – if you’re feeling peckish after walking around all day, why not stop off for a bite? There are some great cafes serving everything from pancakes through pizza to seafood platters!
- Events – if it’s an event-filled break you’re after then look no further than Daylesford! From festivals like Chill Out Festival Daylesford 2024 where artists perform on stage during the day before making way for DJs at night (and every Thursday night during summer), or other events such as cycling races through vineyard routes where people compete against each other while enjoying local produce such as cheese or wine tastings afterwards (which can also be found throughout summer), there’s always something happening here year round!
Accommodation during Chillout
There are a range of options available for accommodation close to the festival, from self-contained apartments, family or group stays, or luxury glamping. What’s more, you can choose between your own private space or share with friends and family.
From campgrounds and cabins through to boutique hotels and resorts – there is something for everyone! Chillout is an extremely busy festival, so accommodation books out well in advance for this week. Make sure you don’t loose out and check out our accommodation page for a full overview of the accommodation that is on offer in Daylesford.