Held in the green surrounds of Edwardes Lake Park, the Darebin Community and Kite Festival will again offer a packed day of fun and free activities for all types. Whether you're into flying kites, learning circus tricks, or even shadow puppetry, they'll be a workshop or stall to satisfy your curiosity.
The main stage will feature plenty of diverse performances and will be hosted by local comedian Nelly Thomas. The headline act will be an ensemble act of Afro-Brazilian beats and high-energy dancing from Iranian-born Darebin local Neda, and the All Colour Project. To check out some emerging Darebin artists, head over to the Freeza youth music stage.
This year the festival will also include a special storytelling tent and conversation corner, where kids will be encouraged to create their own stories and let their imaginations run wild. Some of the city's best writers and illustrators will be there, including Tony Wilson and Andrew McDonald, as well as the good folks from 100 Story Building and Kids Own Publishing.
Kids can have their face painted for free, or test their skills in the superhero obstacle course (training capes provided). They'll also have the chance to create their own mini kite using recycled materials, and try flying it on the day. Even pets are welcome, with a stage dedicated to animal antics and a pooch parade.
Get down and enjoy a fun day of community events and of course, kite flying. Edwardes Lake Park is in easy walking distance of tram, train and bus routes. For a full program of events, see the website for more details.