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Banyule's Major Festivals and Events


Banyule Council supports a thriving arts and cultural scene, supporting and celebrating Banyule’s diverse heritage and cultures. Each year we deliver a full program jam packed with entertainment and activities - including some old favourites and many exciting new ventures. 

Calendar of major events November 2017 – March 2018

Our major events season runs from November until March, and provides a diverse offering to those in the local and wider community.

These festivals and events are popular with Banyule residents as well as those further afield.

You can find out more information about our major and popular annual community events including:

Twilight Sounds

Saturday 17 March 2018
Sills Bend, Heidelberg

Twilight Sounds is a free evening concert under the stars showcasing great Australian bands.

This event runs the day before the Kids ArtyFarty Fest and is held in the picturesque parklands of Sills Bend, Heidelberg, surrounded by the Yarra River.

Kids ArtyFarty Fest and Grand Parade

Sunday 18 March 2018
10am Parade
11am Kids ArtyFarty Fest
Sills Bend, Heidelberg

Kids ArtyFarty Fest is targeted at children aged 2 – 12 and their families; festival-goers are invited to experience a free, fun and interactive festival experience at one of the best children’s focussed events in Victoria. The Grand Parade (down Burgundy Street, Heidelberg) kicks off this day of creative fun and making.

This event runs during the day after Twilight Sounds and is held in the picturesque parklands of Sills Bend, Heidelberg, surrounded by the Yarra River.

Malahang Community Festival

Sunday 19 November 2017
Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West

Malahang Community Festival is a free and family-friendly event celebrating the local community. It’s a safe, fun and exciting day for the whole family with music, games, competitions, stalls, food and information. The festival provides an opportunity for local artists, community groups, traders and other organisations to be seen and heard as well as meet and interact with the local community.

Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 16 December 2017
Ivanhoe Park, The Boulevard, East Ivanhoe

Carols By Candlelight is a free community event incorporating an open air concert, food and children’s activities. The evening program highlights talented Australian and local artists. Carols By Candlelight is a family favourite in Banyule and plays host to the opening of the famous Boulevard Lights.

Boulevard Lights

Saturday 16 - 24 December 2017 between 8.30pm and 11pm each night
The Boulevard, East Ivanhoe

The Boulevard in Ivanhoe is one of Melbourne’s biggest and brightest Christmas lights displays. Since the 1950s, residents have decorated their houses, gardens and windows with illuminating displays of lights, nativity scenes and everything Christmas. And every year, neighbours seem to go to even greater lengths to dazzle onlookers and put on a spectacular show, often with accompanying music.