About the Festival

St Kilda Festival is Australia’s largest community festival; a celebration of community spirit, live local music and the beautiful St Kilda foreshore.

Since the first St Kilda Festival in 1980, this well-loved annual summer celebration has established itself as an iconic event that brings hundreds of thousands of people together for one massive day of free fun!

Held on the second Sunday in February each year, the St Kilda Festival routinely attracts over 400,000 attendees. The streets of St Kilda are closed to traffic when the pick of the nation’s best musicians play over multiple stages, while people are entertained with a vast range of performances, workshops, kids’ entertainment, sport, dance, carnival rides, food and drinks, markets, shopping and a whole lot more.

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Festival enquiries: stkildafestival@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Things to know

Accessibility

The St Kilda Festival has a number of initiatives designed to improve accessibility to/at the Festival site. Check back in January for additional details and a Festival map.

Transport

  • Accessibility drop off and pick up zone: Located on Beaconsfield Parade adjacent to Catani Gardens (Check back in January for a map)
  • Accessibility parking (permit): There is a designated disability parking area on Fitzroy Street, near the Fitzroy Bowls Club and Belford Street —disability pass required
  • Accessible trams: Trams 96a, 12a, 3a and 16a are the closest services to the Festival precinct. For information on accessible trams please visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.
  • Accessible buses: Bus routes 600606623 or 922 are the closest services to the Festival precinct and are wheelchair accessible services. For information on accessible buses please visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007.

Toilets: There are a number of temporary and permanent accessible public toilets throughout the site, marked with the international symbol for disability access.

Accessible Main Stage Viewing Platform: This is a new initiative in 2019 and details on access will be available shortly.

Vendors: All vendors throughout the site are accessibility compliant.

Information: Accessibility information will be available at Festival information booths throughout the precinct on Festival day. Service counters within these booths will be at accessible heights.

For further information, please see the Festival map, call ASSIST on 9209 6777 or visit one of our information booths on the day.

Alcohol Restrictions

The St Kilda Festival precinct is a Dry Zone.

Pursuant to Clause 54 of Community Amenity Local Law No 1, an ‘Alcohol Free Zone’ will apply in the St Kilda Festival Precinct, with the exception of licensed premises and approved extension to authorised areas with a Limited License. No BYO is allowed.

The St Kilda Festival Precinct consists of: The foreshore from Thackeray Street to Barkly Street; Barkly Street to Fitzroy Street; Fitzroy Street to Canterbury Road; Canterbury Road to Cowderoy Street to the Foreshore, including the beach.

Fines will apply.
The St Kilda Festival works with Victoria Police and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to put many measures in place to manage alcohol on Festival day. The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has restrictions on alcohol sales from takeaway liquor outlets in place in the area on 10 February 2019.

“No Alcohol” communications are carried across all Festival promotion and printed literature with the following messages reinforced:

  • Alcohol consumption is only permitted within designated licensed areas.
  • No BYO.
  • Local laws in place for the St Kilda Festival prohibit any persons from carrying open vessels of alcohol within the Festival Precinct, Victoria Police will monitor and may fine persons found to be in breach of the local law.

For further information, please call ASSIST on 9209 6777 or visit one of our information booths on the day.

Age Restrictions

St Kilda Festival is an ALL AGES event!

Excluding licensed areas and venues, all areas of the Festival are open to all ages including all stages.

Festival Etiquette

St Kilda is not only home to the St Kilda Festival, but to hundreds of local residents and businesses. Please be considerate of those who share their neighbourhood for the event.

The City of Port Phillip works hard to minimise disruption to locals during the Festival. Please be respectful and keep in mind:

  • The Festival is a dry zone: no alcohol outside of licensed areas, no BYO, no open vessels. Penalties apply.
  • No smoking within 10 metres of food vendors or on St Kilda Beach. Penalties may apply.
  • Glass is not permitted in any public areas within postcode 3182 on the Festival day.
  • The beach is glass free and smoke free—always. Penalties apply.
  • Parking is strictly enforced and traffic is restricted into the Festival precinct on Festival day. Penalties apply.
  • Toilets: Public toilets and temporary event toilets are installed throughout the Festival precinct.
  • Waste disposal: Additional bins and recycling bins are located throughout the Festival. Please do your part to keep the area clean and green.
  • Sound levels in St Kilda will be higher than normal, but we aim to keep noise impact to a minimum during the Festival period. Please consider your neighbours throughout the precinct, especially if you’re planning a party on the day.

Each year, the Festival team works closely with Victoria Police to ensure that the event runs smoothly and safely, with as little impact on the local surroundings as possible. Communications across all Festival promotion and printed literature encourage Festival participants to respect St Kilda and its residents.

The Festival is for everyone: be kind, stay safe, have fun!

Emergency Management

St Kilda Festival works very closely with all emergency service organisations to ensure best emergency management and operational practices are in place for Festival day to ensure a safe event for all.

  • For any emergency response on Festival day please dial 000 
  • For non-urgent assistance or information on the Festival day, please call the Festival Hotline on 9209 6306
First Aid at the Festival

There are several first aid posts set up around the St Kilda Festival precinct, providing health management services on the day. First aid posts can be found at:

  • Fitzroy Street, between Lakeside Drive and Canterbury Road
  • Lower Esplanade
  • Catani Gardens (adjacent to the public toilets)

(Click here to view the Festival Precinct map)

  • For all medical emergencies please dial 000
  • For non-urgent onsite assistance, please call the Festival Hotline on on 9209 6306
Photography and Filming

All commercial photographers and film crews shooting at St Kilda Festival require a permit.

Anyone undertaking commercial photography or filming at St Kilda Festival requires a permit, including media, freelance photographers and filmmakers, and people associated with Festival performers. The permits are required to ensure the safety of the Festival audience.

Please note: Photographers and film crews require a Public Liability Certificate of Currency (to the value of $10,000,000) to receive a permit. Successful applicants will be required to complete the St Kilda Festival Online Safety Induction before their permit is issued.

Online applications are now open, and will close on 5 February.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

For media accreditation requests, please contact:

Beth Patterson
ID Collective
E: bethp@idcollective.com.au

Busking

St Kilda Festival is a celebration of local music, however, all performers must be registered and approved to perform at the Festival. If you would like to busk at St Kilda Festival, please submit an application for a busking permit online, prior to the Festival.

Participating at the Festival

Submissions to participate at the 2019 St Kilda Festival are now closed. 

Expressions of interest for the 2020 Festival will open in August 2019 on our website. This includes for bands, artists, activities, events, charity partners, community groups, food and market stalls.

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Dogs (and other pets!)

Pets are welcome at St Kilda Festival! Catani Gardens, St Kilda Beach (near Pier Road) and Fitzroy Street are all pet-friendly. Do remember to be a responsible pet parent though, as the site is quite loud and very busy, particularly later in the day.
If bringing your pooch down, be sure to visit our Charity Partner, Amazing Greys in Catani Gardens. There will be treats for sale and a pop-up photo studio for dogs!

Volunteering

Volunteer applications for St Kilda Festival and Yaluk-ut Weelam Ngargee are now open.

Further details and application form can be found HERE