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2017 Carnival Day

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2017 Carnival Day

OUTintheOPEN is Shepparton’s Festival celebrating pride and community diversity.
CARNIVAL DAY is our BIG event!
Come and play with us in the Queen’s Gardens on Saturday 4th November from 10.30am – 4.00pm (cnr. Wyndham & Nixon Streets, Shepparton).
Wander through the stalls and markets; savour the smells and tastes of fresh local produce & home-made treats.
There’s music, entertainment, food & info galore.
Bring your friends, family and loved ones and don’t forget your picnic blanket or chair!
Also, please keep in mind as you plan for the day, that Carnival Day has a no glass policy (drug free event).

For a list of ENTERTAINMENT/PERFORMERS, click here.

For a list of FOOD VENDORS/STALLHOLDERS, click here.


Facebook event here.

Participate as a stallholder this year and  want to give us feedback? Great! Thank you. Do it here.

Performers / Entertainment

Rhubarb Rouge & Krystal Ring
Rhubarb and I are beyond excited to be your hosts for the 2017 OUTintheOPEN Festival Carnival Day. THAT’S RIGHT!!! We are bringing our family friendly, high energy, high camp double act to Shepparton! We are both honoured to be joining OUTintheOPEN to help continue celebrating pride and community diversity and cannot wait to meet you all over the festival weekend…. And don’t forget you can catch Rhubarb, Raquel and I at The Glamour Party on the Saturday night of the festival.


The Sean French Quartet

Hailing from Goulburn Valley Grammar School, ‘The Sean French Quartet’ all study music either in VCE, private lessons or both. This band was masterminded by the Georgy Award nominated Sean French (Vocals) and Felix Lloyd (Cello & Guitar) who asked for help by their friends Lily Robinson (Piano) and Stella Robinson (Viola). These students are all in year 11. With intent to produce a light-hearted soul inspired sound, the songs they will be performing are mostly LGBT based.

Jimmy Roberts

A dark country band/solo act from Melbourne, Victoria. For fans of Violent Femmes, Nick Cave & Tom Waits.

Josh Sadkowski

From day one Josh knew he wanted to do two things, 1. Die of a heart attack at the age of 40 and 2. Play music. Well good news, he’s on his way. Josh plays anything from Hard Rock and Heavy Metal to a harsh Acoustic Rock, This boy follows his dreams with a guitar in his left hand, and a burger in his right. Join him on this adventure by liking this page and lets change this world one terrible self depreciating dad joke at a time!


Fortessima is a vocal quartet made up of local solo artists, formed three years ago with the desire to create a ‘new sound’ in the Goulburn Valley area. To date Fortessima has performed at numerous highly popular local events including; The Winter Sessions, The Secret Garden, Shepparton and Mooroopna Carols By Candlelight and Australia Day Celebrations, with their upbeat and unique sound surprising many and asking for more. Fortessima hope to see their music continue to grow and evolve and are looking forward to what the future brings.

Shout Youth Chorus

shOUT (formerly the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus) is Australia’s
first queer youth chorus that was founded in 2005. We are a choir existing
within and working together with the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus Inc.
Our current Musical Director is Jaclyn Lanera. The Youth Chorus provides young people aged between 18 and 29 of all musical backgrounds and abilities with a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment in which to develop their singing skills.

Milky Tea

Milky Tea is Michael Serra: a solo artist originally from Tatura Victoria and now based in Melbourne. Playing guitar and singing for now former bands such as Mother Dearest and Abandoned Elevator, Milky Tea is cutting his teeth in the solo scene, brewing up a brand of Indie Folk / Rock one would describe as a John Mayer, Boy & Bear, Julian Casablancas smoothie. His debut single ‘Dragon Eyes’ is set to drop in late 2017.

Slade & Moon


Past Present


Cosmic Owl

Psychedelic Rock & Roll Jams. Uncomfortably Loud since 2013.

It’s Party Time Jumping Castles Shepparton – for the kids

David is a Magician

Stallholders / Food Vendors

headspace Shepparton – Interactive site, mental health, merchandise.

Rainbow Labor – Small community group of LGBTIQ and ally Victorian Labor Party members.

Victorian AIDS Council – PRONTO! – Rapid HIV testing.

Activities in the Park (Giant Games) 11am – 3pm (Greater Shepparton City Council) – Array of giant games (scrabble, jenga, cards etc.)

Relationships Australia Victoria – RAV is a provider of specialist family and relationship services. Our vision is for positive, safe and respectful relationships for couples, families, schools, communities and workplaces.

Roger’s Clutter 2nd Hand Books – Quality second hand books of all types (including a selection of gay-literature).

GV Regional Libraries – Shepparton – Displaying a sample of resources available at your library. Pick up a book list to read more about the LGBTI experience.

Equality Campaign – Australian Marriage Equality

Rainbow Fertility – The first dedicated fertility service provider in Australia to cater exclusively for the LGBTI community. Family building options for everyone in judgement free, safe environment.

Living Positive Victoria – To enable and empower all people affected by & living with HIV in Victoria to be part of the response that seeks an end to the HIV epidemic.

Carers Victoria – Carers Victoria is recognised as the peak body for carers & caring families in Victoria, providing services for carers & advocating for them.

Wellways – Mental health & disability support organisation that offers a range of tailored services to support people in the community. For: families, friends and carers.

ONE FM – outdoor broadcast (Wyndham Street end)Live, Local Radio

Greater Shepparton LGBTI+ Community Alliance – Greater Shepparton’s LGBTI+ community and service providers together

Berry Street – FOYER – Berry Street is Victoria’s largest independent child & family services organisation. We believe all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.

Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc – Victoria’s only NFP specialist bisexual organisation supporting bisexual people, partners, families and friends.

StartOUT Australia – StartOUT Australia provides role models online to young people of diverse sexuality and gender struggling to come to terms with their sexuality or gender.

Rainbow Store – Selling rainbow gay pride merchandise (e.g. flags, stickers, jewellery, etc.)

Hume Phoenix – Hume Phoenix Inc is a GLBTIQ social support and advocacy group in Albury/Wodonga. We are an open community for family + friends.

It’s Party Time Jumping Castle

Equal Love – Equal Love Melbourne is a campaign group for marriage equality. We have been active in the campaign for a YES outcome in the postal survey.

Switchboard Victoria/Out And About – Switchboard provides a free and anonymous peer based phone counselling service to Victoria’s LGBTIQ communities. Out and About – volunteer-based home visiting program who identify as LGBTIQ & live in VIC

St. John’s Ambulance – St John Ambulance is Australia’s leading provider of first aid services, training and equipment and is a trusted brand with over 130 years of experience.

Tie-Dyed Clothing & Airbrush face painting + temp tattoo

SAM (Shepparton Art Museum)

Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia – GALTA is a national network of tourism professionals dedicated to the welfare and satisfaction of all gay and lesbian travellers within and to Australia. Gay & Lesbian Tourism Australia Ltd is a non-profit organisation operated by a team of elected individuals who work with federal, state and regional tourism bodies, corporations, businesses and individuals to develop and grow the gay & lesbian market and increase the awareness of gay & lesbian travellers and their needs.

Community Health @ GV Health (Meryula Clinic) – Sexual health clinical information and advice – print and verbal.

VicBears Inc. – A community group + social club for same sex attracted men who identify with Bears & their admirers. based in Melbourne + expanding into regional Victoria.

Down an’ Dirty

JOY Nappy – Modern cloth pocket nappies & nappying accessories. Modern cloth sanitary/continence support products (Mumma Cloth).

GV Amnesty International – Human rights organisation.

Dementia Australia – Dementia Australia provides support then helpful information for anyone who is concerned about their memory or has a diagnosis of dementia, and their families and carers.

Uniting Kildonan Shepparton/Diversity Group – Diversity Group is for same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse young people and their friends between the ages of 12 & 25, meeting fortnightly for meals, guest speakers, social activities and so much more! Get involved!

Rainbow Families Victoria

Australian Greens

OUTintheOPEN Info Tent

GV Crossfit

Ambience by Coco

Karen’s Baked Potatoes – Baked Potatoes with butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, coleslaw, pineapple, corn, spring onions, hot creamy cauliflower sauce, mexican chilli con carne (gluten free food)

Bay Leaf Indian Foods – Indian foods, rice, curries (chicken, lamb, veg.), snacks, soft drinks.

Rick’s Hot Dog Van – Mobile food van serving hot food (hotdogs, chips, potato cakes, dim sims, hot jam doughnuts, etc.), soft drinks.

Cafe Buzz Box – Café Buzz cater for all types of coffees, teas, hot choc, chais, milkshakes, iced coffee and choc. Homemade truffles, muffins, banana bread, cakes and slices. As well as hotdogs, steamed dim sims and fried chips.

La Crepe Downunder – At La Crepe we cater for sweet and savoury crepes and gluten free crepes. Our savoury crepes are gluten free, made from buckwheat flour. We have an extensive menu, we love what we do and have a friendly team. Egg and bacon rolls too.

Top Notch Poffertjes (Pancakes) – Mini dutch pancakes (Poffertjes) served with choice of toppings, ice-cream, etc. Cold drinks.

Lions Club of Shepparton BBQ

The Swig Rig – alcohol cannot be bought into the event (STRICTLY NO BYO) and licenced bar will be on premises. Provide a beverage choice to compliment food served at events. This includes beer, wine, cider, small selection of mixed spirits, soft drink & water.

Fairy Floss & Snow Cones


This event is part of the Out in the Open Festival.

Out in the Open Festival - logo, with Festival and Greater Shepparton wording

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