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Melbourne Summer Festivals 2016

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published November 2nd 2015
Get out and about this Summer in Melbourne
The Melbourne festival scene heats up in Summer 2016, and there is plenty on offer this season. The year kicks off with a street food festival, and then heads in to several outdoor, music, art and lifestyle events in February. Some of the classic festivals including Moomba and the Food and Wine Festival take us through to March 2016.

The International Street Food Festival will run from January 15th to 17th 2016 on River Terrace at the Yarra next to Federation Square.The festival is a free community based celebration of street food, and includes live music, artistic performances and family entertainment.

International, Street Food, Festival, 2016
The International Street Food Festival will be a feast for the senses. Credits www.isff.com.au


Midsumma Festival is Melbourne's biggest celebration of Queer arts and culture. The festival will open on the 17th of January, and run through to the 7th of February 2016. Events include a Carnival, Pride March, and a range of creative, sporting, and cultural events.

Midsumma, 2016, Queer
Pride March is a key event in Midsumma 2016. Credits: Midsumma website.


The Sustainable Living Festival will be held from February 6-28th 2016 and provides a range of stalls, events, and talks about sustainable ways to live on the planet.

Sustainable, 2016, Melbourne
Learn how to live sustainably. Credits: Sustainable Living Festival website.


The iconic St Kilda Festival will be held on February 14th 2016, and draws over 400,000 visitors to St Kilda. The festival includes a market, live music, dance, and performance events.

St Kilda, Festival, 2016
The St Kilda festival offers an extensive range of music, food stalls, and live performances. Credits: St Kilda Festival website.


White Night Melbourne is on February 20th 2016 and it is an all-night, free cultural event with art, music, food, theatre, fashion, and film performances. The event runs from 7pm to 7am in the centre of Melbourne, and is a family-friendly and inclusive festival.

White Night, Melbourne, Art
White Night offers 12 hours of artistic and creative fun and events. Credits: White Night website.


Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2016 will run from March 4-13th across a range of Melbourne and regional venues. This is also an excellent chance to try out local restaurants, sample wines, and enjoy the great food culture of Melbourne.

Melbourne, Food, Wine, 2016, Festival
A festival for the foodies and wine lovers of Melbourne. Credits: MFWF website.


Moomba Festival 2016 will be held from March 11-14th and encourages performers, community groups, and the public to take part in this celebration of Melbourne by the Yarra River.

Moomba, 2016, Family
Moomba is a family-friendly and fun celebration of all that is Melbourne. Credits: Moomba website.


Brunswick Music Festival will run from March 15-20th 2016 to celebrate the longest running urban music festival in Australia. The Sydney Road Street Party is a key event with food stalls, live performances and a great range of pubs and cafes to check out along the way.

Brunswick, Sydney Road, Music, Festival
The Brunswick Music Festival includes a huge range of live performances, and a street party on Sydney Road. Credits: Brunswick Music Festival.

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Why? The best Summer festivals in Melbourne
When: January to March 2016
Where: Across Melbourne
Cost: Some events are free, and others require ticket purchase
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