Melbourne is Australia’s festival city any time of year, but the festival season really starts to ramp up for Spring!
Here are the top 14 Spring festivals in September, October and November for families in Melbourne, in date order.
1. Sustainable September
South Melbourne Market celebrates its 150th year with Sustainable September, a month-long festival including kids’ activities, workshops, tours, a Sustainability Circuit and a special Turning Trash to Treasure exhibition.
Sustainable September, Corner Cecil Street and Coventry Street, South Melbourne
Fri 1 Sep – Sat 30 Sep
2. Melbourne Fringe Festival
Melbourne Fringe Festival is one of Australia’s largest independent arts festivals and this year their families program is huge!
Click here for my top picks for families visiting Melbourne Fringe 2017, with shows ranging from theatre, comedy, puppetry, dance and visual arts.
Melbourne Fringe Festival, various locations
Thu 14 Sep to Sun 1 Oct
Tesselaar Tulip Festival
Be amazed by Tesselaar Tulip Festival and the beauty of a million tulips across 25 acres of farmland, all set in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. There is also live entertainment, market stalls and tempting foods on offer every day.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival, 357 Monbulk Road Silvan
Thursday 14 September to Tue 10 Oct
Royal Melbourne Show
The Royal Melbourne Show is an annual tradition that brings the country to the city. Spend a fun day filled with rides, entertainment, food, games and a showbag or three. The schedule of events changes daily so plan ahead and click here for my tips on how to make the most of your time at the show.
Royal Melbourne Show, Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington
Sat 23 Sep- Wed 4 Oct
5. Footy Festival
The annual AFL Footy Festival outside the MCG is a fun way to get into the spirit of the AFL Grand Final and it’s all free!
The large site features live broadcasts, player appearances, kids activities, food and music. Click here for a review of the festival.
Footy Festival, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) 120 Brunton Avenue Jolimont
Wed 27 Sep to Sat 30 Sep
Cherryhill Orchards are opening their Yarra Valley orchard gates for the first Blossom Festival.
Wander through rows upon rows of our stunning cherry trees in full bloom or sit back, relax and listen to live local music. Also featuring food trucks in town, cherry beverages, giant garden games.
Blossom Festival, Cherryhill Orchards, 480 Queens Road, Wandin East
Fri 29 Sep – Mon 2 Oct
Celebrate the second-biggest Chinese/South-East Asian festival in the calendar (after Lunar New Year) at various events around Melbourne.
At the Melbourne Moon Festival the 27th year of the festival will host 60 market stalls showcasing various cuisines arts and crafts cultural activities mooncakes lanterns and more! The main stage will also provide full day of entertainment
At the Full Moon Festival discover the many delicious flavours, aromas, sounds and colours of this traditional festivity during this free day long celebration of arts and culture from Dandenong’s local Chinese community.
At Batman Market’s Chinese Moon Festival the festival is celebrated with dragon and lion dances, traditional games, incense burning, lotus root, wine, and moon cakes!
Melbourne Moon Festival, Main St and Market St mall, Box Hill
Saturday, 30 September
Full Moon Festival, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong
Sunday 8 October
Chinese Moon Festival, Batman Market, 14-22 Gaffney Street, Coburg
Sunday 15 October
North and West Melbourne are celebrating the 40th annual Spring Fling this year. Errol Street comes alive with pop up markets, street food, beer gardens, entertainment, the always adorable Spring Fling Dog Show and plenty of exciting offerings from local businesses.
Spring Fling, Corner Errol Street and Victoria St, North Melbourne
Sunday 15 October
Whitehorse Spring Festival
The Whitehorse Spring Festival is a free, fun-filled day that celebrates the vibrant community and offers family-friendly day out, with a variety of activities, performances and workshops to enjoy!
Whitehorse Spring Festival 379-397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
Sun 15 Oct
Main Street Festival
In its 22nd year, the Main Street Festival showcases the cultural lifestyle that its peninsula residents enjoy – wine, food, music, art, entertainment, shopping, and fun. A number of stages will incorporate local peninsula based bands, as well as a community stage, roving artists, and musicians.
Main Street Festival, Main Street, Mornington
Sunday 15 October
Sunshine Lantern Festival
The Sunshine Lantern Festival is the largest lantern festival in Victoria and a free cultural community event. Enjoy a full day of family fun, entertainment, rides, street performers, music, food, magical Lion and Dragon Dancing, a Lantern Parade to celebrate the full moon and ending with spectacular fireworks.
Sunshine Lantern Festival Hampshire Rd Sunshine
Sun 22 Oct
Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. This year there are celebrations all across Melbourne from Saturday 21 October to Sunday 29 October.
One of the biggest annual events is Wyndham City Council’s Children’s Week Picnic at Werribee Mansion. This year’s event will feature a performance by Despicable Me 3, food trucks and activities across four precincts.
Children’s Week Picnic, Werribee Park Mansion, K Road, Werribee
Sun 22 Oct
Sydenham Kite Festival
The Sydenham Kite Festival is an annual, free family event with giant colourful and novelty kites! You can BYO kites or buy one on site. The event also features a sausage sizzle and games.
Sydenham Kite Festival, Delahey Recreational Reserve, 80 Copperfield Drive, Delahey
Sun 12 Nov
Bacchus Marsh Strawberries and Cherries Weekend
Every year at the start of the strawberry and cherry season Bacchus Marsh hold a town-wide festival in November- the Bacchus Marsh Strawberries & Cherries Weekend.
Sample succulent fruits, pick your own locally grown produce and enjoy a wide range of festive activities including entertainment, fireworks and more.
Sat 18 and Sun 19 Nov