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.

Full program announcement in January.

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

Things to know

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 from 8 January.

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.

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

Expressions of interest for the 2020 Festival will open in August 2019. Follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with Festival news.

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.

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!