Event Info | St Kilda Festival

Event Info

Sunday 12 February 2017

Join Australia's biggest FREE celebration of summer, showcasing Australian artists and talent against the spectacular natural beauty of the St Kilda foreshore.

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 Australia's best musicians play over multiple stages, while people are entertained with a vast range of performances, workshops, kids’ entertainment, sport, dance, carnival rides, buskers and a whole lot more.

The St Kilda Festival Precinct Is A Dry Zone

9am to midnight, Sunday 12 February 2017

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 Sunday.

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has restrictions on alcohol sales from takeaway liquor outlets in place on St Kilda Festival Sunday.

Additionally, “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
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 more information, please call the Festival HOTLINE: 9209 6306


The Festival will again implement a number of sustainability measures around the Festival precinct in 2017 and into the future. The Festival’s goal is to be carbon neutral.


The St Kilda Festival is noted for its proactive approach to recycling at major events and will this year look to further improve in this area. Please look out for the marked recycling bins around the Festival to ensure we keep it clean and green.

Traffic And Parking Enforcement

Council Parking Enforcement Officers will be in the Festival precinct on Festival Sunday. If you require any assistance with traffic management or parking enforcement on Festival Sunday please call the Festival HOTLINE on 9209 6306.

Festival Etiquette

Communications across all Festival promotion and printed literature encourage Festival participants to respect St Kilda and its residents. There will be temporary event toilets installed around the Festival precinct on Festival Sunday and parking is strictly enforced.

Please remember to consider your neighbours, especially if you’re planning a party on Festival Sunday.

An Accessible Festival

The St Kilda Festival has a number of initiatives designed to improve accessibility to the Festival site. These include a disability drop off and pick up zone on Beaconsfield Parade adjacent to Catani Gardens, as marked on the Festival map. There is also a designated disability parking area on Fitzroy St, near the Fitzroy Bowls Club.

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

Accessibility information will be available at Festival information booths throughout the precinct on Festival Sunday and service counters within these booths will be at accessible heights. Accessible service will be available from all itinerant traders on site on request, and cordless EFTPOS facilities will be available at some vendors.

For disability access to public transport please visit the Public Transport Victoria website at ptv.vic.gov.au

For further information, please see the Festival map, call the HOTLINE ON 9209 6306 or visit one of our information booths on the day.