This program is now closed. Applications closed for this program on 28 February 2023.
About the program
As part of the Small and Medium Events Program, 122 event organisers were approved to share in almost $3 million funding to deliver events between 1 June and 31 December 2023. Grants between $5,000 and $50,000 (excl. GST) were provided to attract more visitors, boost employment, and support local businesses.
The line-up of events appeals to music, sport, culture and arts fans. The events will keep our suburbs buzzing, and events industry workers, businesses and their suppliers busy.
1 to 30 June 2023
Taste of Sorrento 2023
A month-long festival celebrating all that Sorrento and the Mornington Peninsula has to offer in gourmet produce, wine, bespoke spirits, craft beers, and cider.
To learn more, visit Taste of Sorrento.
2 June 2023
Horsham, Berwick, Seaford, Chirnside Park and Sunshine West
A series of 5 drug and alcohol-free events for teenagers to come together to enjoy each other's company. Fun activities will feature musicians, artists and speakers from around Australia.
To learn more, visit Youth Alive Victoria - UNDIVIDED.
6 to 13 June 2023
AAADA Antiques & Art Fair Melbourne 2023
An annual fair that unites antique lovers from around Australia when the nation's finest antiques and art will be on display for viewing and purchasing.
To learn more, visit AAADA Antiques and Art Fair.
10 to 12 June 2023
National Junior Classic
Every year elite youth basketball teams from across Victoria and Australia complete in the most prestigious junior basketball tournament in the country, and see up-and-coming talent firsthand.
To learn more, visit Basketball Victoria - National Junior Classic.
11 to 25 June 2023
Click & Brew: A Film Photography Sharing with a Coffee Twist
An exhibition combining film photography with Melbourne's thriving coffee culture. View both local photography and award-winning exhibitions, develop film using coffee liquid solution, connect with other like-minded film lovers and film experts.
16 to 18 June 2023
Williamstown Literary Festival
The Williamstown Literary Festival is an annual celebration of storytelling that brings together more than 1000 readers, writers and book creatives. Over 3 days, attendees will meet and interact with renowned Australian authors, along with emerging and local writers from the western suburbs.
To learn more, visit Willy lit fest.
17 to 18 June 2023
Shortest Lunch 2023
Celebrate the shortest weekend of the year (the 'Winter Solstice') in a relaxed family environment. Enjoy a weekend of progressive, all-day dining with warm fires to ward off the winter chills, live music, delicious food and of course wine in the picturesque Yarra Valley.
To learn more, visit Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries - Shortest Lunch 2023.
17 June 2023
Winter Solstice Bonfire 2023
The annual Winter Solstice Bonfire provides perspective about our place within and reliance upon the natural world. Featuring the main lighting of the bonfire (made of dead wood collected around the farm over the year), there will also be a lantern display, large wandering puppets, children’s storytelling, live music and face painting.
To learn more, visit Winter Solstice Bonfire 2023.
18 June 2023
The Melbourne Community Cup
The Reclink Community Cup is an iconic annual charity football match, pitting musicians against media and music industry staff. This much-loved Melbourne event is family-friendly and inclusive, where attendees are encouraged to bring along their children and dogs to participate in a halftime pitch invasion for a traditional kick-to-kick.
To learn more, visit Reclink Community Cup 2023.
23 June to 9 July 2023
Eynesbury Winter Festival
Embrace the June/July school holidays and take in the natural surrounds at the Eynesbury Winter Festival. The festival offers an action-packed program that includes an outdoor covered ice-skating rink for all ages and abilities, winter solstice bonfire, street performers, food trucks, children entertainment, market, fireworks and more.
To learn more, visit Eynesbury Winter Festival.
23 June 2023
Seaworks Winter Solstice Celebration
Celebrate the Winter Solstice with food, performers, giant puppet, mulled wine and of course fire at this free community event. The night will showcase performances from renowned resident arts groups like Ariana, Sway, Studio Eness and A Blanck Canvas, all intermixed with the traditional maritime industry of the wooden boatbuilders, seaplane and other maritime crafts.
To learn more, visit Seaworks Winter Solstice Festival.
1 to 2 July 2023
Eid Festival 2023
The Islamic Society of Victoria’s annual Eid festival program is an exciting mix of rides, events and workshops that focuses on making connections, fostering harmony and learning through art, culture and community. A family-friendly event with a program that appeals to everyone and anyone who thrives on cultural activities.
To learn more, visit Islamic Society of Victoria.
Eid Al Adha Fair
A family-friendly event celebrating the Festival of Sacrifice, a significant religious holiday observed by Muslims around the world. Featuring a range of rides for children and adults, as well as carnival games, face painting, and a variety of traditional cuisines from various cultures, the fair brings together community while promoting multiculturalism.
The Australian Photographic Prize
A nationwide photography competition that celebrates a broad range of categories. The unique competition offers image critique and feedback by prominent Australian photographic artists and is the only print competition of its kind in Australia.
To learn more, visit Australian Photographic Prize.
4 to 9 July 2023
Melbourne Cabaret Festival
The annual festival showcases some of Australia’s best cabaret performers. Whether you are a seasoned cabaret enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of cabaret, with over 30 shows ranging from classic cabaret to contemporary performances, there is something to delight everyone.
To learn more, visit Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2023.
29 July 2023
91 Vintage Sportswear Market
The inaugural market offers free, all-ages shopping event to discover and acquire unique, high-quality vintage sportswear and accessories in a vibrant community atmosphere.
To learn more, visit 91 Vintage Facebook page.
29 July 2023
Solstice Music Festival
Solstice Music Festival will host some of the most exciting and innovative emerging Australian artists and international musicians, showcasing national talent with the best in the world, while strengthening the connection between the community and the iconic landmark and defining its importance for a new generation.
To learn more, visit Glamorama Bar.
30 July 2023
Aadi Pirappu 2023
Known as the Aadi monsoon festival, Aadi Pirappu pays tribute to water's life-sustaining properties. The festival will highlight the richness and significance of Tamil literature through a program of workshops and conferences with a linguistic focus, stalls and exhibitions for networking and cultural programs.
To learn more, visit Casey Tamil Manram.
Bodhi Temple Vu Lan Celebration 2023
The Vu Lan Parents Day Festival is a day-long Buddhist Cultural event held annually that includes special praying, a flower ceremony and free vegetarian meal, to celebrate the role of parents and grandparents. Congregation, visitors and visiting Buddhist Monks come from across Melbourne and regional Victoria to observe and celebrate this event.
5 to 6 August 2023
Paata Paata Charikava - The Rainbow Adventure
A theatrical adaptation of a children's story, narrated by children through dance, song, choreographed movements and dialogue, with English subtitles projected on a separate screen.
6 August 2023
Teeyan Da Mela 2023
The festival focuses on women getting together through dance, music and food to break their daily routine during monsoon season. This free event welcomes all women from different cultures with performances from local performers, as well as market stalls showcasing Indian culture.
To learn more, visit Teeyan De Mela - Epping North.
Family Market Chinese Traditional Cultural Festival 2023
Providing a fascinating experience of traditional Chinese culture through an ancient Chinese marketplace setting, the festival includes a serious of live performance and interactive activities, such as pottery, handcraft, Chinese calligraphy, dance and musical instruments.
10 to 13 August 2023
Malvern on Ice
Malvern on Ice is giving novice and experienced skaters the unique experience to skate on artificial ice at the centre of the Glenferrie Road Malvern shopping precinct. Admission to the synthetic rink is via a receipt from any trader in the Glenferrie Road precinct, or a gold coin donation to the Stonnington Toy Library.
11 to 20 August 2023
Baavanam is the second largest annual festival to take place in Hindu temples. Throughout the festival, the temple will depict the stories of Lord Ganesha’s through decorations, traditional rituals and songs. Over 10,000 attendees will also be able to enjoy free south Indian meals.
13 August 2023
Devilbend Trail Run
Runners and walkers from all over Victoria can challenge themselves over four different distances, as well as a kids’ mile. The event partners with local businesses that provide support and also attracts a number of vendors on the day supplying food, drinks and supplies.
To learn more, visit Devilbend Trail Run.
18 to 27 August 2023
Melbourne Whisky Week
This unique winter event showcases a range of traditional, diverse and new world spirits and whiskies. From masterclasses, food and performance pairings and cocktail fashion nights, this year’s setting sees the event taking over Bayside cafes, restaurants, bars and venues, with Hampton Street being the festival hub.
To learn more, visit Melbourne Whisky Week.
19 August to 3 September 2023
Ente Keralam Onam 2023
The traditional harvest festival features a full day of fun games for all ages, chenda mellam, atha pookalam, dance performances, drama, music, and comedy, followed by a traditional vegetarian feast. Complementing the main celebration day are badminton, soccer and cricket tournament days.
26 August 2023
Community Celebration Day
This annual event is a chance for not only FTG Eagles members to come together but also for the local community to come and celebrate. Head along to the club for free rides, inflatables, family entertainment and fireworks.
27 August 2023
Sandy Point Half Marathon
Sandy Point half Marathon is a family-friendly, inclusive event encouraging family and friends to take part in running various courses along the stunning Bayside coastline. The event attracts people from all communities and of all levels of running.
To learn more, visit Sandy Point Half Marathon.
Hurstbridge Wattle Festival
A celebration of our unique Australian heritage, environment and community, the free festival includes a packed program of activities spanning nearly 1km of the main streets of Hurstbridge. Steam train rides, live music, market stalls, mini train rides, camel rides, food and wine, skate, BMX and scooter competitions, vintage car and high tea are just some of the highlights on offer.
To learn more, visit Hurstbridge Wattle Festival.
30 August to 4 September 2023
Same Page Art Book Fair
The free book fair is held across two days and supports local retailers, independent publishers, printers and artists. A new creative hub event will include public program opportunities for artists and booth holders in the form of talks and workshops.
31 August to 3 September 2023
Eltham Art Show
The show presents works of Nillumbik-associated artists across various media, with prize money on offer across 11 categories. This year, the show has been extended to accommodate classes for local Year 12 art students by highly recognised Nillumbik artists and a public art wall where visitors can present their art.
To learn more, visit Eltham Art Show.
2 September 2023
Dress up in your favourite costume and have you photo taken with Optimus Prime, Hulk or Batman at the free family-friendly day out. A range of classic/sports cars and live bands will be on offer, as well as lots of activities for kids, including a dress-up competition.
3 September 2023
Acland St Father’s Day Car & Bike Show
The Acland St Father's Day Car & Bike Show is a family-friendly, free event which brings together car and bike enthusiasts from all over Australia. With heaps of activities and food options, spectators can immerse themselves in the Australian car culture.
To learn more, visit Showcars Melbourne.
9 September 2023
Pacific Connections Ma'opo'opo Mai Annual Expo
The annual Pacific Connections Expo is a celebration of Pasifika cultures and people in Melbourne. The event brings together the Pacific community, Pacific-owned businesses, workshops, cultural performance groups/artists, and more, to collaborate, share and connect with each other.
Moon Festival Basketball Event 2023
Organised by the Australia China Basketball Association, the festival engages young people from multicultural communities in sports and cultural activities. Watch lion dance performances, taste mooncakes and take part in traditional music performance, as the sport and cultural activities collide.
St Kilda West
Connor’s Run is a charity fun run that isn't about running or winning! Connor's Run is about finding your awesomeness, celebrating courage, and Connor, all while raising funds for paediatric brain cancer which is the number one cancer killer of young people in Australia. Connor’s Run stretches two distances, 9.6km or 18.8km, across Port Melbourne, Bayside City Council and City of Melbourne.
To learn more, visit Connor's Run 2023.
The Ashy Dasher Launch
Commemorating new artwork depicting the ‘Ashy Dasher’ train in Ashburton Village, the celebration will include a steam train running between Ashburton and Camberwell throughout the day, along with train-themed activations for children, including a trackless train, face painting, train craft activities and food stalls.
14 September to 4 October 2023
Family Jams Fest
Featuring soul-funk stars Cookin' on 3 Burners with soul superstar Stella Angelico, Balinese-Australian neo-soul singer Komang, GuriNgai-woman alt-pop and dance-stravaganza Charlie Needs Braces, and kids' punk band Riot Baby. Performed at volumes accessible to families with kids aged 0 to 12.
TOGETHER: For Our Elders
An art exhibition celebrating Naidoc week will feature an array of Indigenous art exhibitors, live music, guest speakers, interactive workshops, food trucks, food and drink catering, smoking ceremony, and music classes.
15 September to 19 September 2023
Maroondah Volleyball Tournament
One of the most inclusive tournaments in the state, the annual event offers a great weekend of volleyball for all ages and divisions, with prize money offered to winners and runners-up in each division.
To learn more, visit Maroondah Volleyball Tournament.
16 September 2023
Wine and Vine Fest
Wander through the seemingly endless stalls of winemakers and discover new products and activities to do when visiting local wine regions. Top off your day by sitting in the courtyard with your favourite bottle, grab a bite to eat and enjoy listening to some great live music.
To learn more, visit Wine and Vine Festival.
17 September 2023
Berwick Half Marathon
Narre Warren South
Featuring something for the entire family with five distances to choose from, the event is set within the picturesque Berwick Springs Park on a flat 5.25km circuit that allows spectators great viewing and support options.
To learn more, visit Berwick Half Marathon.
18 September to 24 September 2023
Merri-bek Family Fest
The inaugural 'Merri-bek Family Fest' will present a free program of live arts performances and creative workshops, hosted in collaboration with the Brunswick Library and Brunswick Town Hall.
24 September to 8 October 2023
St Kilda ‘Healing the Spirit’ Peace Festival
The festival connects culturally diverse individuals and artistic communities using entertainment and music. The event features workshops, an art exhibition and inspiring presentations raising awareness of world peace.
29 September 2023
Bakhtar’s Afghan Art Bonanza
This event will commemorate Afghan art by remembering the late legendary Pashtun singer Ahmad Zahir and providing a platform to experience music, photography, dance and fashion of local artists.
CLOSER is an annual electronic music event focusing on a series of international artists. Featuring DJs, live acts and visual artists to create an all-inclusive experience, the event is not just about playing music but is also about the art of creating and mixing music in unique and creative ways.
1 October 2023
Victoria Street Moon Lantern Festival
This special event provides a multicultural exchange within the community, and the means for celebrating and sharing Vietnamese and Asian New Year traditions. The celebrations emphasise the importance of family, and the tradition continues today.
2023 Caulfield Park Community Fun Day
With food and commodity stalls, as well as live performances, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Bring the whole family to explore the park and participate in activities like face painting, balloon twisting, carnival games, live music and performances and delicious food from a variety of stalls.
1 October to 30 October 2023
baked presents – live at the Sun Theatre
Baked, a project run by contemporary music industry professionals, will set up residency at the Sun Theatre to run a series of live music performances that introduce rising artists to new audiences and provide them with valuable business opportunities while building a fanbase with all types of music lovers.
To learn more, visit baked.
5 October to 22 October 2023
Artist First Festival
Dedicated to fostering the talents of local artists and collectives from the City of Port Phillip, this new festival aims to empower local artists by discussing financial risk for projects, enabling them to take creative risks and produce works of cultural significance.
Fringe at Gasworks 2023
Showcasing a quality line-up of fringe theatre and circus shows, including the premiere of an outdoor circus show. Fringe at Gasworks 2023 promises to be a dynamic and engaging event that will have a positive impact on the community.
To learn more, visit Fringe at Gasworks.
Circus and Physical Theatre Hub and Marketplace 2023
Circus and physical theatre arts come together with more than 60 performances across the festival. These performances will be developed, directed and performed by a diverse range of emerging and established artists. The event also supports creative development and employment outcomes for artists, producers and associated workers in these cultural sectors.
To learn more, visit Melbourne Fringe Circus Hub.
6 October to 8 October 2023
Pop-Up Ping Pong
With no large-scale events currently appealing to casual ping pong players, Pop-Up Ping Pong will target casual players in the fun and social setting of Grazeland. Across the weekend, competitions for different age groups will be held in a knockout format.
7 October 2023
2023 Rugby Victoria Pacific Cup
The grassroots rugby tournament is a celebration of culture with a focus on inclusion and education between different communities first, and physical activity, second. Victorian men, women and children are invited to represent one of six nations: Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa. Off-field activations include traditional Pasifika dance performances, multicultural food trucks and cultural awareness training education sessions.
Syro-Malabar Cultural Centre Fest 2023
The main attractions of this free event are dance performances, mega floral carpet, Payasam (Indian sweets), an orchestra, food stalls and rides.
The Pier Festival
The queer music festival features a multifaceted event approach with music, comedians, musical comedy, DJs, live acts, art installation, market stalls, food trucks, and more. The afternoon festivities will create a unique experience and offering for the diverse crowd.
To learn more, visit The Pier Festival.
11 October to 25 October 2023
Showcasing the best in local and national puppetry and performance at Seaworks, the event features performances and a workshop program, complemented by a puppetry film festival at the Sun Cinema.
13 October to 15 October 2023
Banyule Open Studios
Enjoy a rare insight into the private creative spaces of local artists as 50 art practitioners open their studio doors to the public, revealing a range of unique working environments and creative processes. Many art forms will be on display including installation, performance, video, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, drawing, painting, printmaking, mosaics and textile art. The weekend offers the opportunity to talk with artists, experience demonstrations, workshops and purchase work directly from the studios.
To learn more, visit Banyule Open Studios.
13 October to 14 October 2023
Wandin Silvan Field Days
In the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, the Field Days features exhibitors from all parts of Australia. Visitors can see the latest in farm machinery, technology and related services, along with the chance to catch up and network with others in the industry and local area.
To learn more, visit Wandin Silvan Field Days.
14 October 2023
The Big Knit
The Big Knit is a gathering of enthusiastic knitters and crafters from across Victoria. The event will feature market stalls and guest speakers, and guests are encouraged to bring their own knitting projects from home to participate in a large community art installation.
14 October to 4 November 2023
Global Foodie Fest
Let your taste buds travel the world and journey through the diverse foods and cultures of Melbourne. Spanning four weeks, the Global Foodie invites communities from multicultural backgrounds and local areas to come together to enjoy the diversity and cultural celebrations of the wider community.
15 October to 23 October 2023
Dashani-Tihar-Chhath Celebration - Nepali Community in Victoria
This 9 day event celebrates the three biggest Nepali festivals, namely Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath. Offering an inclusive platform for the Nepali, Bhutanese, Indian, Sri Lankan communities, other multicultural communities are also invited to come together and celebrate these festivals collectively. As well free food for attendees, there will be various kids' entertainment programs, including face painting, jumping castles, popcorn, and other family activities.
20 October to 22 October 2023
Spring festival is the largest and most important annual festival in the Bengali community. It celebrates female power as the destroyer of all evils, while also bringing together community members in a festive environment to connect and share cultural values.
The Hindu Festival of Festivals - Durga Puja & Dussehra 2023
Durga Puja is a mega Indian festival, which celebrates Durga, the goddess of strength. She stands as a beacon of hope for all of mankind as the 'protector from evil'. The free event aims to restore faith and confidence in the community, conveying 'good' always wins over 'evil'. Attendees will enjoy rituals, traditional food, cultural performances and stalls.
21 October 2023
Dussehra @ West 2023
Dussehra is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. Aiming to bring diversity and inclusiveness and to make the community social connected, the event will showcase Wyndham’s reputation as a place to visit and a source of community pride.
21 October to 22 October 2023
The annual festival brings together people from different ethnic backgrounds and promotes a sense of community cohesion and harmony. The two-day event provides a platform for people of all ages to come together and celebrate the cultural diversity and ethnicity of the Indian sub-continent.
22 October 2023
Walk for Prems
Melbourne's annual 'Walk for Prems' event is the largest for Life’s Little Treasures Foundation, attracting families, health professionals and the general public to step out and help raise funds to provide support services and resources to families in need.
To learn more, visit Walk for Prems 2023.
28 October 2023
Yarra Valley Oktoberfest
The Yarra Valley Oktoberfest brings together 2,500 festivalgoers to celebrate the best of the Munich beer festival, in Lilydale. The event attracts people from across the state to enjoy authentic German music, cuisine, beer and entertainment, whilst supporting local businesses and artists.
28 October to 25 November 2023
Point Cook Pop Up Park Spring Festival 2023
The unique month-long festival highlights important cultural, creative, and sporting occasions. The event is inclusive and open to all, with free entry and a wide range of activations that has something on offer for a diverse audience. Local creatives will highlight their work through makers’ markets and live music, as well as celebrating the Melbourne Cup.
28 October to 29 October 2023
Watsyvania is coming back to scare you this Halloween! Super scary fun on offer includes a haunted house, mini ghost train, free rides, face painting and glitter tattoos, performances by the Haunted Crew, spooky photo booth and trick or treating.
Stimulating African Australian live music will provide valuable links to professional spaces, resources and networks.
29 October 2023
Eaglemont Village Heritage Day 2023
The community will come together to celebrate the precinct's 96th anniversary, with loads of activities, including the Tait Electric Train. Attendees can jump on board and ride the rails in the restored train from Eaglemont to Clifton Hill. Activities and entertainment for all ages include an artisan market with up to 60 stalls, live music and educational 'talks & walks' on the history of the area.
To learn more, visit Explore Eaglemont Village.
Mount Evelyn Street Party
This biennial event provides free or low-cost family entertainment including headline bands and school performers, plus a buskers stage for young performers. It is the largest inclusive cultural, entertainment and commercial event held in Mt Evelyn.
To learn more, visit Mt Evelyn Street Party.
31 October 2023
Sunshine Halloween Street Party
A fun street party for the kids of Sunshine and surrounding area, chaperoned by their parents. Kids are encouraged to dress up in their scariest outfits after school, as Hampshire Road will come alive with roaming ghouls, scary characters, trick or treating, flash mobs and Halloween Dens for kids to have their face painted and grab lots of free treats.
4 November 2023
Hume Diwali Mela 2023
Celebrating the magical festival of light, the annual event includes multicultural stage performances, carnival rides, market stalls and multi-cuisine food stalls for local community. The event concludes with fireworks to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
5 November 2023
Diwali Mela 2023
Enjoy cultural performances, traditional foods and sweets and dance to traditional folk music as the sun goes down. Unlimited free entertainment includes live music, dance performances, interactive games, stalls, free food and fun activities.
10 November to 11 November 2023
43rd Annual Werribee Craft Festival
The free 2 day Craft Festival includes 80 stalls with a large variety of only handmade goods. As well as lucky door prizes of crafty show bags, you’ll also find free kids’ activities, face painting, roaming characters Devonshire Teas.
To learn more, visit Werribee Craft Festival 2023.
11 November 2023
The grassroots festival celebrates Australian bands spanning rock and alternative country. The event also hosts all local independent food vendors, brewers and producers. Twelve bands and three DJs will take over Lulie Street, creating a unique environment for music lovers to rejoice in inner city Melbourne.
11 November to 12 November 2023
Women Only Adventure Race
An outdoor sports event for teams of 2 sees participants run/walk, paddle and ride a beginner-friendly course. The event suits all fitness levels, including younger girls and older women.
To learn more, visit Women Only Adventure Race.
The Makers and Shakers Market
The 2 day craft event showcases the best of Australian-made products, from homewares and sustainable fashion to tasty food and drinks. The market features 100+ professional artisan creative businesses, both emerging and established. The festive component is made up of low-cost creative workshops, product tastings, and entertainment ranging from choirs to DJs.
To learn more, visit The Makers and Shakers Market.
12 November 2023
Mata Chintapurni Diwali Festival St Albans
Celebrating one of the most important festivals for Hindus, attendees can participate in sacred fire rituals and seek blessings from Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha. Free vegetarian food will be provided and there’ll be stalls available to purchase cultural items, toys and Indian sweets, as well as live singing and cultural dance performances, with fireworks to conclude the festivities.
18 November 2023
Peninsula VineHop Festival 2023
A celebration of the incredible cool-climate wines, craft beer, cider and spirits produced on the stunning Mornington Peninsula. The multi-venue event will take place across eight Mornington Peninsula venues. Festivalgoers travel by bus between venues and enjoy tastings, live music or DJs and food trucks at each location.
To learn more, visit Peninsula Vine Hop Festival.
18 November to 19 November 2023
Lilydale & Yarra Valley Show
Providing entertainment and fun for the whole family, the Show provides an opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy local produce, animal displays, craft and lots of rides and entertainment.
To learn more, visit Lilydale & Yarra Valley Show.
18 November to 9 December 2023
We Thrive! African Festival
The 4 part event celebrates African cultures with various countries represented through performances, art exhibitions, food and sporting activities. The festival will showcase African music, culture, talent and activities available for the public to join in and appreciate.
19 November 2023
Music From the Wetlands Festival
Promoting a connection to the wetlands in Alphington and building on the strong sense of community held by residents of Fairfield and Alphington, the festival offers food and refreshments, stalls, activities and educational displays.
To learn more, visit Music From the Wetlands Festival.
Clayton Food Safari
Experience street food from all corners of the world. Be inspired by cooking demonstrations on one of four cooking stages, showing how to use the fresh produce available from our grocers, butchers, bakers, and artisan suppliers. Be entertained by our cultural performances from India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, China, Korea, Japan, Indonesia and more.
24 November to 26 November 2023
Giro della Donna
The weekend-long festival of road and gravel cycling features an opening night dinner event, the Serata Coppi, the Gravel Giro and Piccolo Giro family ride on the Saturday, and the Giro della Donna gran fondo on the Sunday.
To learn more, visit Giro della Donna.
PAVED Festival presents a schedule of inclusive arts events that celebrates and strengthens the resilience of artists. The 3 day event will include musical and artistic performances, street performers, art exhibitions, workshops, literary events, children's activities, a market and mini tour experiences.
25 November 2023
This tournament was inspired by a concept of bringing together the two rugby codes (Union and League) to be played on one day at the same place. This event encourages non-Pasifika communities to participate either by playing or taking part in the cultural parade or cultural food stalls.
Head of the Yarra
Organised annually by the Hawthorn Rowing Club, the Head of the Yarra is a rowing regatta held on the Yarra River and is the largest eighths-only rowing event in Australia. The race is run over an 8km course, finishing at the Hawthorn Rowing Club in Hawthorn and attracts crews from interstate and overseas.
To learn more, visit Head of the Yarra.
Williamstown Beer & Cider Festival
Showcasing more than 100 beers and ciders from over 20 independent breweries and cideries, the day will be complemented by live entertainment and free activities for kids.
To learn more, visit Willy Beer Fest.
Promoting the vibrant cultural scene of Footscray, the festival supports the growth of local music and sound system culture. Maddern Square will transform into a buzzing urban hub, featuring artists, performers, DJs in a modern celebration of music and culture.
Yasss Queens Park
The event will feature an array of queer-focused entertainment including drag performance art, activations, roaming entertainment, as well as DJ sets from an existing ‘Pride Patrol’ truck which doubles as a stage. Pop-up bars and food trucks will also be onsite.
25 November to 2 December 2023
smalltown is an electronic music event featuring a diverse lineup of international, local performers and First Nations artists and suppliers.
26 November 2023
Eltham Fun Run 2023
This community event caters for all abilities and ages, with a 5km walk, 5km run and 10km run. Family and community members are a big part of the day and are keen to cheer on the runners at the start and finish line.
To learn more, visit Eltham Run Fun 2023.
Run for the Young Marathon
Runners can choose to participate in a 2.5km kids’ run, 5km, 10km, 21.1km half marathon or 42.2km marathon on a course which starting at Lilydale to Woori Yallock, via the Warburton walking trail.
To learn more, visit Run for the Young.
1 December to 3 December 2023
Travel around the world in one day. This interactive event offers a passport to learning about the many varied and wonderful activities, lifestyles and food of our ethnically diverse community.
Cinema in the Vines
Cinema in the Vines is a unique, silent cinema experience that allows attendees to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Yarra Valley with the ultimate cinema experience under the stars.
Stonnington Street Slam
NBL's 3x3Hustle brings basketball back to the streets. More than just basketball, there’s also shooting clinics, dunk competitions, NBL Legends shoot out and NBL player appearances. You don’t have to be a pro or rep level junior - all you need to do is show up, come together as a team and you’ll be in the running to win some awesome prizes.
1 December to 4 December 2023
SalamFest Contemporary Muslim festival
After a 2 year hiatus, this year's program is a unique experience of artistic and cultural expression for all to enjoy. The festival presents an extraordinary line up of Sufi artists and whirling dervishes, mosaic artists, meditation sessions, stand-up comedy and films, as well as traditional and contemporary musical artists.
1 December to 23 December 2023
Plays in the Park 2023
The environmentally sustainable and affordable outdoor theatre festival focuses on accessibility and inclusivity. Featuring a new contemporary adaptation of a classic Shakespeare play, a-pay-what-you-can original, family musical aimed at children and an accompanying series of free workshops. Both productions will feature live music, dance, physical comedy, and audience interaction.
2 December 2023
Sandy Village Fair
A celebration in Sandringham Village which will incorporate food vendors, live music, carnival rides, street entertainment and promote local businesses within Sandringham Major Activity Precinct.
This family-focused event connects the dots between jazz, soul, hip hop, house, disco and everything in between. The event showcases the pioneering legends of these genres, while giving a platform to the new generation of artists.
Christmas At The Lakes
A celebration at the beginning of the festive season for the residents within the Wyndham district. The fun-filled community day caters to all ages from children to the grandparents.
To learn more, visit Christmas at the Lakes.
The Jamaican Music and Food Festival
Australia's premier Jamaican-themed festival, Jamaican Music and Food Festival, brings together thousands of people to enjoy a one-day cultural festival sharing music and food.
To learn more, visit Jamaican Music and Food Festival.
3 December – 31 December 2023
Waterways Community Festival 2023 and New Year’s Eve Fireworks
The festival is an opportunity to bring the diverse Waterways community together to promote social cohesion and harmony for residents from a range of backgrounds including China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nigerian, Kenya, England and many more. A separate activity taking place 28 days later on 31 Dec is the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.
7 December 2023
Chanukah At The Foreshore
This annual Jewish cultural festival includes lighting the menorah, traditional songs, eating culturally appropriate foods and celebrating traditional Jewish pride, while sharing the joys of our traditions with the wider community.
7 December to 15 December 2023
Chanukah Cultural Events
Over three days, these events target different age groups within the Jewish community. Celebrate the Chanukah story through music, food, and family-friendly activities, a menorah lighting ceremony, a special celebration for seniors, featuring traditional Chanukah foods and music, as well as an opportunity for attendees to share their own stories and memories.
8 December 2023
I Am Williamstown Christmas Event
This annual event brings together local businesses and residents to celebrate the festive season. Roam between shops, take part in street activations and browse the Christmas markets.
8 December to 10 December 2023
Port Melbourne’s Indigenous Artisan Exhibition
The exhibition invites First Nations’ artists from all language groups to showcase and sell their work. Taking place inside the Holy Trinity Church on Bay Street, this event will be open to the public for 3 days.
9 December 2023
Brentford Square Christmas Market and Fair
Brentford Square will come alive to celebrate the festive season with free Christmas activities, market stalls, musical performances on the main stage, roving performers, magicians, face painting, giveaways and, of course, Santa.
Encompass Twilight Christmas Festival
The annual event includes fireworks, free family entertainment, a great selection of food trucks, inflatables, Christmas songs and kids’ activities such as an animal farm and face painting.
10 December 2023
The annual festival is open to everyone to enjoy authentic Israeli food, Israeli music, local musicians, art and craft market, and kids’ activities connected to the upcoming Hanukkah festival.
Moonee Pond Christmas Festival
The main streets of Moonee Ponds will come alive with Christmas festivities and fun as local traders take to the street to sell food, products and promote their businesses.
Yarra Glen Carols By Candlelight
The open aired event includes live performances from local community groups and guests. As Yarra Glen’s largest free event, this year’s event includes extra children's activities an updated stage area.
Melbourne Stars Family Day
The event is open to all Victorians and is an opportunity for fans to meet the BBL squad with photos and autographs and a range of activities.
17 December to 23 December 2023
Aussie Cricket League T20 2023
Aussie Cricket League T20 is a non-profit community event which is returning bigger and better in 2023, with more community teams participating and thousands of supporters expected across the tournament.
26 December to 31 December 2023
59th Australian Latvian Arts Festival
The festival showcases and celebrates local, national and international Lativan arts and culture across multiple genres. The program includes a visual arts exhibition, theatre production, arts and crafts market, a choir/folk dancing concert, lecture about an aspect of Latvian art and culture, short film competition and screening and music concert.
To learn more, visit Australian Latvian Arts Festival.
31 December 2023
When Pigs Fly 2023
The live music festival at the Collingwood Children's Farm features local artists, food and drink vendors and good energy to usher in the New Year riverside.