Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful gardens at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon with other members of Melbourne’s gender and sexually diverse community.

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Pack a picnic rug and go all out with your most gourmet of picnic hampers and enjoy lunch in one of Australia’s finest private gardens, only an hour from Melbourne.

GLIBTQ car club, Motafrenz will be there with some cars on display. And the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus and the Melbourne Rainbow Band will be adding a musical touch while you take leisurely strolls through the fourteen acres of magnificent landscaped gardens.

Located on Mount Macedon Road, gates will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday, January 26. Entry is $10 for adults and kids are free. Proceeds go towards supporting the Chorus and the Band.

In order to keep these spectacular gardens looking just so, BBQs and pets are not permitted.

Sunscreen, good food, good company and a designated driver are highly recommended.

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Date/Time: Sunday 26 January 2020 – 10am to 4pm
Venue: Forest Glade Gardens
816 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon
Cost: $10 Adult – Children under 16, Free

Getting there:
Driving from Melbourne, follow the Calder Freeway and take exit C322 to Mt Macedon. Once you are off the freeway follow Mt Macedon Road toward MOUNT Macedon (as opposed to Macedon). After driving through Mt Macedon, Forest Glade is on the right-hand side – look for the rainbow flags and be sure to park safely and clear of the white line on the side of the road.

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Carols by Queerlight returns to St Kilda Town Hall for 2019 as the Melbourne Rainbow Band presents a fabulous night of celebration and festive entertainment for the DGS community. Join by special guests Vincent Hooper, Emily Paddon-Brown and Rachel Dunham along with The CBQ Singers, this year’s Carols by Queerlight promises to be our sparkle-jolly-twinkle-jingly-est one yet.

Gather your family and friends and get ready to sing along with what has been called the “Campest thing since Christmas” and “A rainbow Christmas for everyone”. There is nowhere like Carols by Queerlight, where being home with the LGBTIQ+ for Christmas puts the sparkle and glitter back into the festive season and brings together the Diverse Gender and Sexuality (DGS) community.  Reserve a table, bring a delicious banquet and get your drinks at our (very reasonable) bar.

This year we are encouraging families of all ages to attend, with the new early start time of 7 pm and a visit from the Man in Red likely to occur in the first part of the program. But after interval, we’ll see how the grown-ups celebrate once the kids go to bed!

Saturday, 14 December 2019 @ 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm)

St. Kilda Town Hall

Corner of Carlisle Street and Brighton Road, St Kilda

Tickets on sale now via TryBooking

Tickets start from $22 for adults and $11 for children*
*Ticket prices start at $16 for adults and $8 for children based on D Reserve.

View a copy of the seating plan here.

Our message is simple: anyone is welcome to come and celebrate Christmas with us; you are respected, and you are loved. ‘Carols by Queerlight’ is an out and proud celebration of – and for – the wider DGS family.

Open Connections

October 9, 2019

The Melbourne Rainbow Band, Shepparton Brass and Wind and the OUTintheOPEN festival invite you to to the City of Shepparton for a one night only gala concert, Open Connections! This show will connect City to Country, and stimulate pride and diversity through music. The two bands will perform a selection of their favourite music, and […]

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Open Rehearsal – Thursday 22 August 2019

July 1, 2019

The Melbourne Rainbow Band is holding an open rehearsal! While new members are welcome at any time, the open rehearsal provides a great opportunity for players of woodwind, brass or percussion instruments who may be interested in becoming a member of the Melbourne Rainbow Band to sit in on rehearsal and meet the band. Membership […]

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Ice-Capades – 1 June 2019

March 22, 2019

Huddling around warm fires with toasted marshmallows, snow angels and snow men, ice skaters gliding and twirling to beautiful music. It’s time to come with the MRB on a winter IceCapade! Join the MRB for a toasty warm evening reliving the magic of winter through music. Saturday, June 1 @ 7:30pm James Tatoulis AuditoriumMethodist Ladies […]

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Pride March 2020

February 2, 2019
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Picnic at Forest Glade – 26 January 2019

January 10, 2019

Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful gardens at Forest Glade, Mount Macedon with other members of Melbourne’s gender and sexually diverse community. Pack a picnic rug and go all out with your most gourmet of picnic hampers and enjoy lunch in one of Australia’s finest private gardens, only an hour from Melbourne. GLIBTQ car club, […]

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Pride March 2019

January 10, 2019

On Sunday 3 February 2019, the MRB, along with the members of Melbourne’s GLBTI communities will take to the street to show our pride! Give us a cheer and a clap as you see us pass down Fitzroy Street, your enthusiastic support makes the long walk that much easier. Or even better, join us! Each […]

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Carols by Queerlight 2018 – St Kilda Town Hall

December 15, 2018

Carols by Queerlight returns to St Kilda Town Hall for 2018 as the Melbourne Rainbow Band presents a fabulous night of celebration and festive entertainment for the DGS community. Hosted by Damian Nicholas and with special guest artists Lisa-Marie Parker, Justin Clausen & Sue Bradley, you’re invited to sing along with The CbQ Singers Choir […]

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City of Yarra – Carols by Candlelight 2018

December 6, 2018

The MRB is absolutely thrilled to be part of the City of Yarra Carols by Candlelight concert this year! When: Thursday 6 December 2018, from 6.00 pm Where: Citizens Park, Richmond (Corner Highett and Church Streets.) Bring the whole family along to this FREE festive celebration. The concert will also feature performances by school, community and […]

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