Coffs Harbour Rainbow Fair for LGBTIQ+ community in Mid North Coast

Mid Coast Communities is holding a Rainbow Fair to promote inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQ+) people in our community.

“We are very aware of the vulnerability that LGBTIQ+ people can experience,” Mid Coast Communities CEO Ruth Thompson said.

“This day is dedicated to sending a strong message that LGBTIQ+ youth and families are always respected, welcomed and valued in Mid North Coast communities.”

The MNC Rainbow Fair will be held on Saturday, October 21 from 11am – 5pm at Park Beach Reserve in Coffs Harbour.

A main stage will provide entertainment all day, including youth musicians, bands, and speeches.

A creative space will provide a range of fun activities for kids of all ages, a photo booth and face painting.

There will also be a wellness space with workshops on a range of topics including mindfulness, laughing yoga, and leaving messages of support for our LGBTQI+ young people and families.

Other fun activities included for the whole family including egg and spoon races, sack races, drag races, slacklining and jumping castles.

The MNC Rainbow Fair is inspired by the idea that everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, and deserves equality.

It has been developed by a passionate group of community workers from a range of local services who believe strongly in the power of community, belonging and connection (including headspace Coffs Harbour, Bellingen Youth Hub, Interrelate, Wesley Youth Accommodation Services, ACON, Warrina Domestic & Family Violence Specialist Services, Key Employment Youth Services).

The Rainbow Fair day is about sending a clear message that regardless of the current debate about Marriage Equality and the outcome of the survey, that communities along the Mid North Coast respect and support our LGBTQI+ community.

The day is not just for the LGBTQI+ community but for them and their allies and anyone in the wider community that would like to support the LGBTQI+ community at this time.

The Mid Coast Communities team are grateful to their existing sponsors, and are also looking for more sponsors. 

To get all the latest updates about the day register your attendance at the MNC Rainbow Fair Facebook Event on the Groundworks Youth Centre Facebook page, or call Bec Minichilli at Groundworks Youth Centre on 5632 4020 or email at