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About St Kilda Festival

Sunday 12 February 2017

Full Program Announced!

The St Kilda Festival is a FREE celebration of community spirit, Australian music and the beautiful St Kilda Foreshore.

The history of the festival tells a story of an event much-loved by millions of people. It has seen many formats and changes since its inception in 1980, but at its heart it is a free community celebration of and for one of Melbourne's and Australia's most renowned locations, and a true supporter of the musical talent this country has to offer.

The life of the festival has been shaped by many - its performers, participants, its audiences, the residents, the businesses and the local community. All of these contributions have made the festival what it is today, and more than anything else, represents the many stories of the past 36 years in St Kilda.

For a step back in time, check out the early years in the publication "A 30-year history 1980 - 2010": Read all about the history here

Don't forget Yalukit Wilum Ngargee is happening the week before St Kilda Festival on Saturday 4 February. Check out the full line up and event information

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Food and Market Stalls at the Festival

With over 100 food stalls at St Kilda Festival in 2017 you will be spoilt for choice! Grab a bite while wandering through the 80 market stalls full of artisian crafts and wares. You'll find unique, quality and handmade products to suit any taste or style!


Looking for accommodation during your visit to the Festival? Look no further than our official hotel partner, Rydges St Kilda. Set in the heart of St Kilda on popular Fitzroy Street, the hotel offers a modern and contemporary setting just a stone’s throw from St Kilda Beach and Acland Street.

Address: 35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Phone: 1300 884 373

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.


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.

Thank You

The Festival acknowledges the support and cooperation of all City of Port Phillip service teams and departments.

The Mayor and Councillors extend their appreciation to the following groups for their cooperation and contribution:

Victoria Police; Ambulance Victoria; St Johns Ambulance; State Emergency Service; Metropolitan Fire Brigade; Yarra Trams; Public Transport Victoria; St Kilda Village Traders Association; Fitzroy Street Traders Association; St Kilda Tourism Association; Acland & Fitzroy Street Residents’ Association; South East Water, The Boon Wurrung Foundation.

The St Kilda Festival thanks:

All City of Port Phillip staff; St Kilda Festival Traffic & Transport Committee; St Kilda Festival Emergency Management Committee; all Festival Staff, Volunteers and Suppliers, Festival Partners and a huge thanks to all the artists, events, venues and performers without whom this Festival wouldn’t exist – thanks for all your hard work, support and energy!



2017 St Kilda Festival Creative: Hanneke Bates