Things to do, Fairs and festivals
Drag queen Wonder Mama at Rainbow Crossing, Darlinghurst
Photograph: Daniel Boud | The Fabulous Wonder Mama

Time Out says

The shops and venues of Oxford Street and surrounds pull out the stops during Mardi Gras

Oxtravaganza will take over Oxford Street for a fifth year with live music, drag and special deals enlivening your Darlinghurst shopping trip. As a historic stomping ground for LGBTQIA+ persons, bohemians and artists, this cultural hub is inviting Sydney to share in its creativity from midday to midnight from February 19 to March 7.

The festival combines retail with art, cabaret, design, drag shows, fashion, food and drink deals, street stalls and performances. The centrepiece event is Shop Till You Drop day on Saturday February 27 (11am-6pm), during which local shopkeepers will offer discounts and deals. Move along Oxford Street and surrounds sipping bubbles, and watch buskers, swimwear models, drag queens, DJs and live music. Have a close shave with the Naked Barber, or partake in the vibrator races. You know you want to.

Oxtravaganza Live! is a program of shows at Stonewall, Universal, Trade and beyond, and includes comedy, cabaret, drag, film screenings, dance parties and parade viewing parties. Meet Me on Stanley, meanwhile, is a showcase of the food and drink of Stanley Street and nearby, because buying stuff and looking stunning at the same time is hungry work.

Find out more about Oxtravaganza in this feature about the event's glamorous Covid marshall, and this feature about one of the famous shopkeepers of the area. Find more Mardi Gras events here.


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