Here’s what’s on at this weekend’s Sunshine Coast Pride Festival

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The annual Sunshine Coast Pride Festival’s Fair Day will return for family-friendly fun on Saturday, just one of the events held as part of the festival this weekend.

The Fair Day event, organised by the committee of volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Pride Network, will return to its home at Quota Park in Nambour from 8:30am to 3pm on Saturday.

Local drag stars The Powder Puff Girls – drag queens Sall Monalla, Melony Brests and Holly Wood – will take to the stage, alongside The Doo Wapp Dolls and Rocky V Liquor.

Attendees can also enjoy the chillout vibes from music acts the Andrea Kirwin Trio, Mettaphor, Darren Adler, and Ghosts of Cloudland.

Community groups and local vendors will have stalls set up and the park will have plenty of green space for picnics on the day.

There’ll also be free face painting, a jumping castle, arts and crafts, kids’ Quidditch, circus play and one of the Sunshine Coast’s best playgrounds.

The Sunshine Coast Pride fair day’s popular Pride Pooch Parade will return to showcase the best-dressed dogs from the community, with prizes up for grabs and proceeds going to the Friends of the Hound Greyhound Rescue.

Parking is available at Quota Park and its surrounding streets. Organisers will also be running a Pride Shuttle, running between Burry Street Carpark and the Transit Station every half hour.

After Fair Day, the pride celebrations will continue into the evening at local event Pinky’s, hosted by Melony Brests, at The Waterfront Hotel in Bli Bli from 8pm.

The Powder Puff Girls will perform shows all evening and the cabaret team from Burlesque L’amour will be special guests.

Then on Sunday (March 31), Rainbow Noosa are holding a riverside picnic and BBQ from 11am at the picnic sheds on Gympie Terrace in Noosaville, near Robert Street on the Cloudsley Street side.

Organisers have asked those attending to bring picnic and BBQ food and utensils, hats and UV cream, and spare picnic chairs as seating may be limited.

That evening, the Sunshine Coast Pride After Party will be held at Peak Wine Bar in Maroochydore from 6pm until late.

Entry is free, with special guest DJ’s Robert Cameron and DJ Whitty as well as drag competition Quest For A Queen, hosted by Miss LSD.

To find out more about the events, visit the Sunshine Coast Pride Network Facebook page here.

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