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Firelight Festival Melbourne Returns For A Spectacular Winter Festival in Docklands

Get ready for a Melbourne winter festival like no other – the Firelight Festival is back to warm up every Melburnian in the Docklands! 

The festival is taking over NewQuay Promenade, Harbour Esplanade and Victoria Harbour Promenade all the way to Buluk Park in front of the Library at the Dock from Friday 30 June until Sunday 2 July 2023.


We were invited to a preview of the event and you can bet that the program features mesmerising light shows, pop-up foodie feasts and more! 

Best of all, the Firelight Festival Melbourne is free and no bookings are required.


Docklands Firelight Festival

Celebrating the amazing beauty of fire, Firelight Festival 2023 is an awesome, fun, free event that offers families in Melbourne so much to explore and do together. 

This year, the winter festival Melbourne loves is returning with a jam-packed program of free family-friendly entertainment from 5pm each night.


Some of the fiery entertainment and attractions that you can look forward to at the 2023 Firelight Festival includes fire pits and drums, whooshing flame jets, fire sculptures and arches, roving fire twirlers and flaming trumpeters.

Fire Festival Melbourne Roasting Marshmallows Over Fire Pit

For extra winter festival fun remember to BYO marshmallows and sticks for roasting! I highly recommend the giant ones from Grounded Pleasures.


In previous years audiences along Newquay Promenade and Victoria Harbour have been treated to a spectacular 7-minute liquid, laser and light show that features a larger-than-life fiery phoenix.  

This year, two new interactive light installations will be part of the experience, with Trumpet Flowers and Shrooms immersed in light, colour and sound.

Trumpet Flowers

On top of the blazing entertainment and attractions, there are pop-up winter food and drink offerings scattered throughout the site. Given the large crowds expected I would pack some snacks just in case and definitely BYO water bottles.


Along with roving performers, there is a program of live performances across three sites at Newquay Promenade, Victoria Harbour Promenade and Harbour Esplanade. Think African drums, Bollywood dancers and New Orleans funk and brass to keep the flaming spirit of the festival alive through the night!


The Firelight Festival in Melbourne’s Docklands is a vibrant, budget-friendly winter event that is a perfect winter school holiday event for families in Melbourne. Don’t miss out on the winter fun! 

HOT Tips for Firelight Festival:

  • The festival is free, including all entertainment and attractions (except food and drinks). No tickets are required;
  • Bring cash as some stalls will only accept cash;
  • The whole event is outdoors, so dress very warmly;
  • Events run from 5pm – 11pm (Fri & Sat) and 5pm – 10.30pm (Sun). Arrive early to limit waiting for food and drinks and for the best views, especially for the liquid, laser and light show.

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As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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