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General Information

This is your Festival

Each year, residents and businesses of the City of Port Phillip, and in particular St Kilda, host one of Victoria’s biggest and longest-running cultural events. Over the last 30 years, the St Kilda Festival has evolved into a nine-day event, spanning various venues and locations across the entire St Kilda precinct, culminating in the high-profile Festival Sunday event.

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

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

Enviromental Sound Control

As the Festival will have a number of stages operating on Festival Sunday we expect the general sound levels in St Kilda to be higher than normal. These areas will be constantly monitored by Festival staff and will be maintained within the guidelines of the Festivals Noise Abatement Plan. Various measures will be in place to ensure noise impact is kept to a minimum over the period of the Festival.

First Aid Posts

There are several first aid posts set up around the St Kilda Festival precinct, providing health management services on the day. First Aid posts can be found at:

Cnr Grey Street and Fitzroy Street
Cnr Alfred Square and The Esplanade
Cnr Carlisle Street and Acland Street (in front of McDonalds Restaurant)
Catani Gardens (adjacent to the public toilets)
South Beach Reserve (North-Eastern corner)
For all medical emergencies please call 000.


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.

Emergency Management

The Festival works very closely with all emergency service organisations to ensure the Festival has the best emergency management and operational practices in place for Festival Sunday. These arrangements ensure a safe event for all.

For any emergency response on Festival Sunday please dial 000.

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

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

Parks & Open Space Information

Various parks and open spaces within the St Kilda area will be utilised for the St Kilda Festival and its activities on Festival Sunday.

The installation and removal of equipment into these parks and open spaces has been designed to minimise impact both on the amenity itself and its availability to the public. Most public access pathways will be maintained throughout open spaces and parks, however some grassed areas and pathways may be unavailable for periods of time between Friday 10th and Monday 13th February 2017. The following parks and/or open spaces will have Festival infrastructure installed:

  • Catani Gardens
  • South Beach Reserve
  • Beach Promenade
  • Alfred Square
  • O’Donnell Gardens
  • Cleve Gardens
  • Rotary Park
  • Foreshore
  • Captain Cook Lawns

Please be advised that St Kilda Adventure Playground on Neptune Street will be closed on Festival Sunday.