What's on in 2018

The CityLink Main Stage will host a number of music and dance performances throughout the day, and colourful and roving entertainers will delight and surprise passers-by.

We’ve got the kids covered with live shows at the Kids Kingdom, featuring the fun-filled DreamWorks’ Trolls! There’ll be free rides and activities including arts and crafts, giant sand pits, face painting and yoga.

Food stalls will dish up mouth-watering cuisine and festive treats galore, and live cooking demonstrations will bring to life dishes from around the world.

Check out the talent on the youth stage, relax in the chill-out zone, meet the Valley Youth team, and get involved in fun competitions!

Be inspired at the Essendon Renault Community expo with displays, performances and demonstrations from local groups. Join a workshop, find your green thumb or get creative.

Giant inflatable and bumper boats will be available at Queens Park Swimming Pool plus heaps of extra activities to keep the family entertained. Entry is free!

Festival highlights


Dreamworks’ Trolls

Children can sing and dance along with Dreamworks’ Trolls live performance featuring Poppy and Birch.

With a song in her heart, Poppy knows life is all about cupcakes and rainbows. Birch is very cautious but is always ready for anything – except Poppy’s personality! Poppy and Birch have their up’s and downs but always make friends and understand each other in the end!

Don't miss your chance to meet the Trolls characters after the performance too!



Jetty Road

The Melbourne-­based trio Paula and Lee Bowman (identical twins) and Julian Sammut are Jetty Road. They have a sound described as a tapestry of pop and country, with a hint of folk. Imagine The Corrs, Fleetwood Mac and The Dixie Chicks with a unique Australian flavour. Jetty Road is a band with a story to tell.


The Sage Garden

Drop in to the gardening workshop with The Sage Garden - fun for all ages! The activity includes decorating a seed carry bag, planting a seasonal edible seeds, with growing instructions you can take home.



Food, glorious food

Food trucks and vendors from all over Melbourne will come together for a festival feast. With over 20 food options including El Paleteroau, Woodstock Pizzicheria, Miss Molly's Cakes, Wrap Roll It, Chooh La LaMelbourne Paella Company and ChillBro Paletas there will be something to satisfy all tastes! 

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 11:05 PM