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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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FREE fun in one of Melbourne's hippest precincts
Melbourne Retreat Hotel
Photo credit Tim Harris

Welcome to Lower Johnston Street District (aka LOJO) - a creative neighbourhood and food, music and art destination. This is the second time this great local event has run. And this time expect boot-scooting Western flair.

LOJO Festival Johnston Street Melbourne
Photo Tim Harris

Held on Sunday 26th March from 10am–6pm. Abbotsford and Collingwood businesses are teaming up to bring a Western-themed celebration of food, music, and art. Over 22 venues in the vicinity of Lower Johnston Street, between Wellington Street and Nicholson Street are participating in partnership with the City of Yarra. Arrive by tram, or by rail. This is such an easy precinct to get to.

Hot shoe over to see lively line dancing and bootstrapping downstairs at Bodriggy and karaoke upstairs at Stingrays. Further along, Dr Morse are hosting a Western-themed makers market including Secateur Me Baby, Mod by Design and SGS Jewellery.

For those wanting permanent art, you can go home with a cowboy-themed flash tattoo by Hack Tatts. Heading up to Collingwood, Henry Lee is hosting an art and clothing market, offering discounted rates on country mullets, and games of pin the mullet on the cowboy, plus a heap of merchandise and product giveaways.

Unleash your inner country singer from within with a little liquid courage at Thin Slizzy's World's Worst Karaoke with drink specials all night.

LOJO Festival Johnston Street Melbourne
Illustration credit: Lynn Bremner

Four-legged friends are welcome. House of Plants are hosting a Western-themed dog beauty pageant and Pin Up Pooch will be making your best friends stylish. Selected courtyard and curb-side seating are open for doggos and their pals who need a refuelling.

DJs and live music will take centre stage at most venues. The Retreat will have Benny James and The Allstar Retreat House Rocking Band from 5pm, while Nighthawks will showcase rotating Western-themed bands along with Bodriggy drink specials throughout the evening from 4pm until late.

For more information on the participating venues and activities, visit the official LOJO website at
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Why? Boot scooting fun for all.
When: March 26th 2023
Where: Lower Johnston Street District
Cost: FREE
Your Comment
For those not familiar w these areas of Melbn, it wld be really helpful if organisers and promoter stated which tram numbers get you to their festival - from Flinders St and Spencer Street rail stations. Not everyone wants to drive in or near the city anymore.
by fluffynut (score: 3|1019) 5 days ago
by Jen on 17/02/2022
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