For Residents

Each year, residents and businesses of the City of Port Phillip—in particular St Kilda—host one of Victoria’s biggest and longest-running cultural events. Over the last 38 years, the St Kilda Festival has evolved into a massive, high-profile event on the summer festival calendar, spanning venues and locations across the St Kilda precinct and attracting crowds of over 400,000 to the area on the day.

The City of Port Phillip works hard to minimise disruption to local residents during the Festival. Each year, we work closely with Victoria Police to ensure that the Festival runs smoothly and safely, with as little impact on the local surroundings as possible.


Sunday 10 February 2019

As with any event of this scale, some changes will be in place for the Festival that impact the surrounding area, including:

Alcohol laws: The St Kilda Festival precinct is a dry zone except for designated licensed areas.

Parking & road closures: 

  • Road closures will be in place for St Kilda Festival from 3am on 10 February 2019.  
  • St Kilda Festival is car-free within the Festival precinct. Residents in affected areas are issued with access passes and maps detailing road closures and vehicle entry and exit points. 

Public transport: Visitors to St Kilda during the Festival are encouraged to take public transport to minimise traffic congestion and the impact on the environment, and additional tram services are provided to cater for increased usage. 


Stay in touch

From 8 January, residents are encouraged to visit this website for details on how the local area is affected, and a dedicated hotline number is provided for residents and businesses to obtain further information.

Information kits will be distributed to residents and businesses in the Festival precinct detailing how the Festival will affect their local area. If you need to get in touch, please email or call ASSIST on (03) 9209  6777 with any questions or feedback.