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Banyule's Major Festivals and Events


Banyule Council takes great pride in 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 2018 – March 2019

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.

Some of our major and popular annual community events include:

Carols by Candlelight

Saturday 15 December 2018

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 national and local artists. This event is a family favourite in Banyule and plays host to the opening night of Boulevard Lights.

Boulevard Lights

Saturday 15 - 24 December 2018
Each night from 8.30pm and 11pm

The Boulevard, East Ivanhoe

The Boulevard in Ivanhoe is one of Melbourne's biggest and brightest Christmas lights displays.  Since the 1950's residents have decorated their homes, gardens and windows with illuminated displays of lights, nativity scenes and everything Christmas. Every year, neighbours seem to go to even greater lengths to dazzle onlookers and put on a spectacular show.

Twilight Sounds

Saturday 16 March 2019

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 17 March 2019
Parade 10am
Burgundy Street, Heidelberg

Kids ArtyFarty Fest 11am
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 Festival

Sunday 18 November 2018

Malahang Reserve, Heidelberg West

Malahang Community Festival is a free and family-friendly event celebrating the local community.  It's a fun, exciting and safe 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 meet and interact with the local community.