Moonee Valley Festival 2018 one for the history books

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Queens Park will once again be filled with the excitement of the Moonee Valley Festival when it returns on Sunday, 25 February. 

The whole community is invited to enjoy a day of market stalls, roving performers, live music and dance, food trucks, workshops and activities, children’s entertainment and carnival rides.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said the festival is the biggest event on the Moonee Valley calendar and an opportunity for the whole community to come together.

“Each year we see thousands of people of all ages come to Queens Park to enjoy the fun and excitement of the Moonee Valley Festival. This year’s festival will be no exception with a range of free activities for everyone to enjoy,” Cr Sipek said.

“Music lovers will enjoy a great line-up with performances from award-winning pop/country trio Jetty Road, folk trio Velvet Archers, Latin group Dirty Lopez, soul group Mayfield and bluegrass folk band The Scrims.

“There’s also plenty happening for the kids with a headline performance by Dreamworks’ Trolls, plus free carnival rides and activities to keep them busy including The Sage Garden seed-planting workshop, kids’ karaoke, storytelling by the True Fairies and face painting.

“Foodies will be well catered for with incredible local cuisine on offer, including El Paleteroau, Woodstock Pizzicheria, Miss Molly's Cakes, Wrap Roll It, Chooh La La, Melbourne Paella Company, Ba Sar and ChillBro Paletas.

“We’re also inviting everyone to go green with us at this year’s festival. We have taken Zoos Victoria’s ‘Bubbles not Balloons’ pledge by ditching all single-use plastic and balloons across the festival. There will be workshops and stalls with information on living a greener and more sustainable life in Moonee Valley.

“As always, the CityLink Main Stage will host a number of music and dance performances throughout the day. We will also celebrate our Moonee Valley Libraries’ 50 years of service in 2018. Council’s libraries will be launching the fantastic programs they have planned to mark the 50th anniversary, along with giveaways and library-themed activities for the community to enjoy throughout the day.

“Our newest festival addition – the Moonee Valley Youth Stage – will feature up and coming talent, as well as a space for people to relax in the ‘chill-out zone’. Festival goers will get to meet our Valley Youth team, and get involved in fun competitions. There will also be free entry to Queens Park Swimming Pool all day with a giant inflatable and bumper boats!”

Cr Sipek said without the support of Council’s partners and sponsors, a festival of this magnitude would not be possible.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to our principal partner, CityLink, our media partner Moonee Valley Leader, our major partners, Cleanaway, Essendon Renault and Nelson Alexander, and sponsors

City West Water and Hall’s Taekwondo whose support make the Moonee Valley Festival a great day for the whole community,” Cr Sipek said.

Find out further information and all the program highlights on our Festival page

Media enquiries:
Siobhan Coughlan, A/Coordinator Media and Issues
Phone: 0419 507 339; Email:

Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM