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Carnivals, Community Festivals & Street Festivals in Melbourne & Victoria 

Community Festivals

Community Festivals


Carnivals, Community Festivals & Street Festivals

Melbourne & Victoria

Melbourne's best known community festival is the Moomba Festival. However the are a large number of other community festivals which operate throughout the year. Below you will find a comprehensive list.

Some forthcoming community festivals in Melbourne and Victoria:

Yarraville Festival

The Yarraville Festival has been operating since 1981 and has steadily grown into one of Melbourne's liveliest community festival and White Hat feels that the location helps add to the genuine village atmosphere. There is music across 7 stages from local professional and community performers, everyone will find something that they enjoy.. Kids of every age, from toddlers to teenagers, will hear music suitable for their age group, and a range of activities and rides are available for them. From jumping castles to carnival rides to bungee jumping, with many of the rides free.

The Yarraville Festival also features its annual market with plenty of stalls. Selling everything from vintage clothing, food and handmade gifts the market is a great opportunity for visitors to pick up a bargain.

Further details at Yarraville Festival

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Harcourt Applefest

Harcourt Applefest The Harcourt Applefest is a community festival celebrating everything apple related.

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Sydney Road Street Party

An annual event with stalls, entertainment and refreshments.

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Darebin Community and Kites Festival

White Hat attended and enjoyed this festival over a number of years and watched it grow into the highly popular community event it has now become. Music, free activities and kite flying and food from around the world with plenty of free activities. Bring your own kite or buy one there or simply watch the amazing array of kites flying. This year, the festival has been incorporated into True North - Reservoir Arts Festival - and moved to Edwardes Lake Park.

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The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival

Inspired by Banjo Paterson's famous poem The Man from Snowy River, this festival features a street parade, craft and trade markets, concert, performances, exhibitions, food and a Jack Riley's Ride celebrating Jack Riley, claimed to be the original Man from Snowy River.

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Hurstbridge Wattle Festival

The festival celebrates Australian heritage, environment and community. To find out more about the significance of Wattle Day in Australia's history go to Another Date for Australia Day. Lots of family activities including steam train rides.

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Bright Spring Festival

White Hat often has to remind visitors that Victoria is a state with four seasons - unlike some of those boring northern states - and we recommend that one of the best ways to experience spring in the Victorian countryside is to visit the Bright Spring Festival.

Bright has a natural beauty complemented by fine caf├ęs and restaurants, marvellous local wineries, accommodation to suit all budgets, adventure sports, walking tracks and bike trails and shopping. The festival offers street and river markets, theatre events, art exhibitions, fireworks, plenty of entertainment and open gardens. For a full list off the open gardens see the White Hat Open Gardens page.

For the full itinerary, visit the Bright Spring Festival website at

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Drouin Ficifolia Festival
This community festival celebrates the flowering of the red ficifolia gum tree. ..
Tarra Festival

Every Easter the district comes alive with activities for the annual festival.


Some recently rejuvenated and defunct festivals

Street festivals to have disappeared in recent years include the Brunswick Street Street Party and the Chapel Street Festival.

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