Melbourne really has to take the honours as Australia's festival capital. Every month there are festive happenings all around the city, and March is set to yield a bumper crop. Whether you're into bikes, food and wine, arts, community or culture, there's a free festival just for you.
True North Reservoir Arts Festival: 1 to 3 March
The City of Darebin's True North Arts Festival will showcase the talents of a range of local visual artists, set designers, performers, landscape designers, and musicians. There will also be a range of free activities for kids and families and kite flying at Saturday's Darebin Community and Kite Festival. Other features include The Compass Club pop-up bar, The Lounge Room Project and classic movies at the Laneway Cinema.
Image from event website.
When:Friday 1 March from 4pm to midnight, Saturday 2 March from 12 noon to midnight, and Sunday 3 March from 4pm to 10pm. Where: Various local venues. See the program for details. More Information: Download the program here. Transport: Why take your car when you can catch the FREE Festival Shuttle Bus which will stop at Reservoir Civic Centre, East Reservoir Neighbourhood House, La Trobe University (Chisholm College - College Drive) and the Darebin Community and Kite Festival (Saturday ONLY).
Port Melbourne Bikefest: 3 March
The inaugural Port Melbourne Bikefest gets into gear on Sunday 3 March. If it's got anything to do with bikes it will be part of this all day extravaganza brought to you by the Port Melbourne Business Association and the City of Port Phillip. The event is part of the broader 2013 Melbourne Bikefest, which aims to 'celebrate bikes in everyday life'. The program includes bike clinics, bike polo, bike trivia, bike valet parking, a cargo bike obstacle course, a swap meet, food, drinks and entertainment.
The 10th Anniversary Thai Culture and Food Festival explodes with colour and flavour in Federation Square on Sunday 17 March. Signature events and activities include the Singha Garden, live music stage, restaurant stalls, cooking demonstrations, contemporary Thai art, cultural shows and the Miss Thai Festival beauty contest.
The Viva Victoria Festival is a free multicultural celebration during Cultural Diversity Week. This is its fifth year and the program includes multicultural music and dance performances, the Colourfest Film Festival of short films, an art exhibition, a sports zone, and entertainment on the Beer Deluxe Riverside Stage. Food and market stalls from an amazing array of cuisines and cultures include Mexican, Japanese, Peruvian, Indian, Hungarian, Vietnamese and many more.
Image from Victorian Multicultural Commission website.
Over 25 events will make up this year's Kew Community Festivalover ten days from Friday 15 March, and most events are free and family-oriented. You can choose from the Kew Traffic School annual open day, the opening night concert and fireworks, a coffee appreciation night, the Yarra Trams Community Street Parade or the Kewmunity Day at Victoria Park.