The event was first held in 2013, and has received two event awards, including 'Best New Event' (VIC) in 2013, and 'Best Tourism Event' (VIC) in 2016. Over the past six years, the festival has become increasingly popular and is expected to attract over 40,000 people in 2018.
The festival will run from 12pm-7pm and will include family-friendly activities, entertainment, fireworks, plus plenty of snow.
This year, 80 tonnes of real snow will be brought in from Mt Buller, which makes it a great opportunity for children and adults alike to enjoy the snow without having to drive to the mountains.
Admission to the festival and snow play areas is free, plus there will be a range of free activities and entertainment. The will also be paid attractions, such as amusement rides ($2-$6), plus plenty of opportunities to purchase food, hot drinks and other items from the market stalls.
The scene at last year's event
Activities and Entertainment Some of the events and activities scheduled for this year's event include:
Two snow play areas with real snow
Snow falling across the event site
Silent disco igloo
Live entertainment on two stages
Photoshoot with huskies
Arts and Craft Workshop
Fireworks display at 6:50pm
Snow Fest will include free live entertainment across two stages
Overall, it promises to be a fantastic community event for people of all ages, so come along and enjoy a fun, snow-filled winter experience in the suburbs.
Parking During the event, free parking will be available at 'Number 8' Balmoral Avenue multi-deck car park. Parking will also be available outside Springvale Town Hall.
If you're travelling by public transport, Springvale Train Station is within walking distance, approximately 250 metres away.
Public toilets are located at nearby Springvale Shopping Centre. There are also public toilets at Springvale Homemaker Centre and Springvale Train Station.
What to wear
The average temperature for Springvale in July is around 14ºc with a low of 6ºc, so make sure you rug up. Mittens or Gloves, along with Gumboots or snow shoes are also a good idea for those entering the snow play areas, to avoid wet socks and cold hands and feet.
To get an idea of the festival set-up and what to expect, check out the photos from last year's event on the promoter's Facebook page here.