A FREE Festival for the people, Moomba 2020 kicks off from 6 to 9 March (Fri 5-11pm, Sat & Sun 11am to 11pm, Mon 11am to 10pm) on the banks of the Yarra River, Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens. There's something for everyone to enjoy, especially the Parade on Mon 9 Mar at 10.45am which officially opens with a Welcome to Country address by the Wurundjeri Tribe. The route begins at Birdwood Ave, then weaves its way through Kings Domain parkland before finishing up on Linlithgow Avenue near Queen Victoria Gardens. See the FULL PROGRAM HERE.
Enjoy theMoomba Monarchs, TV and comedy stars Julia Morris and Nazeem Hussain as they reign over the parade and float past on larger-than-life floats in a procession that includes, dance troupes, community groups and more. See the MAP for accessible toilets and river viewing areas, and SEE HERE for more information on accessibility. The Festival is an alcohol-free event and penalties apply. You're also asked to keep all entertainment and food areas smoke-free. Check the FAQs.
Second only to the Parade, the other feature event is the Birdman Rally. Will they flop or will they fly? That is the question! Kicking off with their inventive homemade flying devices, they'll be hurtling over the Yarra at 11.30am on Sun 8 Mar. Fly or flop, you're the one that's going to be in stitches! Be sure to vote (voting opens Sun 8 Mar) for your favourite Birdman on the day. A fundraising battle like no other, these competitors are busily raising money in the lead-up and the amount they raise will add extra points to their final score.
Continue the fun at the Carnival with rides to suit big and little kids. Daredevils can mount The Beast with speeds of 120kms per hour, swinging 38 metres high! Adrenaline junkies won't be disappointed with some of the best extreme rides on offer. Little ones can get into the action and enjoy Little Land in Alexandra Gardens. SEE HERE for TICKETS. Grab a special Friday Ride Pass for $37 which gives you 3hrs of unlimited rides.
The night sky will be lit up with FIREWORKS every night of the four days at 9.30pm. For the spectators, get your sports fix with water sports, skateboarding and basketball competitions happening all weekend. For those who like getting into it, join the Dance Zone on the Star Lawn on Sat, Sun & Mon at various times, and attend a variety of workshops for Dancehall, Samba, Afro Dance, Krumping, West African Dance, Latin, Disco Funk, Yaloo First Nations Dance, African Percussion Dance, Urban, Mexican Folk, Hula Hoop, & Drumming Performance.
The Music Stage kicks in on Sat 7 Mar at 12pm with Maracatu Estrela do Mar, a Melbourne-based Brazilian percussion group on the Star Lawn. Amaru Tribe follows at 1pm with their six piece band and electric waves. They've followed by Electrik Lemonade at 2.15pm, Lily Papas at 3.30pm, Key Hoo at 4.45pm, The Cool Calm at 6pm, Sunnyside at 7.15pm, and Bullhorn at 8.30pm. For those who want to get funky with disco-loving DJs, head to the Palm Lawn at 6pm for Dollar Bin Darlings who will perform till 10pm. The kids have their own Music Stage on The Green with the Kiddyrock Band at 1.15pm, and Tiptoe Giants at 2.30pm also on the Saturday.
6pm - Fulton Street, soulful sounds of a 7-piece band at Star Lawn
7.15pm - P-UniQue, jaw dropping rap
8.30pm - Firefly - West African dance & drum show
Monday 9 Mar
12pm - Maracatu Estrela do Mar return to the Star Lawn
1pm - The Burnt Sausages, Punk at Star Lawn
1.15pm - The Kiddyrock Band for kids on The Green
2.30pm - Tiptoe Giants for tiny tots with the Indie-kindie band on The Green
3.30pm - Emily Wurramara with story telling music on Star Lawn
4.45pm - Lachlan Bryn and The Wildes, alt-country band on Star Lawn
6pm - Ausecuma Beats, smooth grooves and rhythms on Star Lawn
8.20pm - Vibraphonic Orkestra, funk, soul and Afro music at Star Lawn
The Program will guide you through many other events and activities throughout this fun-filled long weekend, so be prepared for the long haul.
Hungry after all that activity? Munch your way through some of the yummiest! There's enough variety to suit your palate. From German gourmet sausages, The Real Jerk, Ta-ka Ta-ka Kottu, Sweet Mistake, Sliders on Tyres, Naughty Frenchy to Burrito Kingdom and more, you'll find it all at the Festival. Bring your water bottle to fill up at the free water stations around the festival, and reusable coffee cup. Check the foodie lineup HERE. If you're looking for that healthy option, keep an eye out for theAPPLE ICON on food trucks and menu boards.