Festivals and events

Each year, we proudly present festivals and events for the Stonnington community to enjoy.

From the school holiday fun of Roola Boola to evenings of sophistication under the stars, there's something for everyone.

Read on to find out more about our annual program.

Pets in the Park - 28 March 2021

 Date  Sunday 28 March 2021
 Time  11am to 4pm 
 Venue  Central Park 

Pets in the Park celebrates and promotes animal care and welfare.

It's a day of animal-focused food and craft stalls, demonstrations, workshops and performances.

In its 19th year, Pets in the Park 2021 is fun for the whole family, celebrating the joys and responsibilities of pet ownership, protection and welfare.

Stallholders include:

  • animal rescue services
  • pet products
  • dog training
  • pet photographers, and
  • other animal enthusiasts.

There's also a program of presenters, demonstrations and activities.

Pets in the Park is one of our most popular festivals in the community with pet owners and animal groups.

Roola Boola Children’s Festival - June/July 2021

Date  29 June – 10 July 2021
Venue  Chapel Off Chapel 

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival is one of Melbourne’s most successful children’s arts festivals.

This immensely popular festival is held annually through the mid-year school holidays and suits kids under 12.

The festival has interactive and dynamic performances and workshops in:

  • music
  • comedy
  • circus
  • theatre
  • dance
  • craft, and
  • magic.

Roola Boola takes its name from an Irish phrase meaning 'boisterous fun'. 

Glow Winter Arts Festival - August 2021

 Date  August 2021
 Venue Central Park 

Glow was first held in 2014.

It evolved in 2017 when six completely new, commissioned illuminated installations and artworks appeared, along with projections on iconic buildings.

The festival presents eight free outdoor experiences in our parks and gardens and a ticketed performance at Chapel Off Chapel.

Each year, the Glow Winter Arts Festival brings stunning and immersive outdoor installations after dark in Malvern East.

Glow invites visitors to go on a playful journey of light through Central Park Gardens. 

Based at Central Park Gardens on the corner of Burke Road and Wattletree Roads in Malvern East, Glow Winter Arts Festival comes alive with light and colour.

Stonnington Jazz Festival - September 2021

City of Stonnington is proud to present Stonnington Jazz, featuring 100 percent Australian Jazz!

Stonnington Jazz is recognised as one of Australia's leading jazz festivals.

It's an 11-day extravaganza of fine music in venues all September through Stonnington.


Spring Into Gardening - 10 October 2021

Date  10 October 2021
Venue   TBA

Spring into Gardening is one of our longest running and most popular events.

This event celebrates all things spring in one of our beautiful gardens.

You can explore:

  • keynote presentations
  • demonstrations by gardening and sustainability experts
  • interactive workshops
  • live entertainment
  • a plant giveaway
  • sustainable food offerings, and
  • more than 30 market stalls.

Spring into Gardening is a free outdoor event for the whole family.

Christmas in Stonnington - December 2021

One of Melbourne’s most-loved free outdoor Christmas concerts, this annual event is the perfect excuse to pack a picnic and spend an evening on the lawn in our fabulous parks.

In this annual tradition, we come together as a community to enjoy a dazzling evening of carols performed by some of Australia’s finest talent.

Christmas in Stonnington will be returning outdoors in 2021.

Sunset Sounds - January 2022

Sunset Sounds is a program of three free concerts, featuring the talents of emerging and established artists.

Held in some of Stonnington's most beautiful parks, spend a balmy summer evening with family and friends, soaking up the great music and wonderful community atmosphere!

Bring a picnic, or enjoy fare from some of Melbourne's best food trucks.

Sunset Sounds brings the community together for a family-friendly night of quality entertainment.

The Classics - February 2022

The Classics: Opera, Broadway, Symphony is a series of free outdoor concerts fit for cultural royalty.

Held across three Saturday evenings in February, they feature some of Australia’s most acclaimed music and vocal artists.

Previously known as ‘Opera in the Park’, ‘Musical Melodies’ and ‘Symphony Under The Stars’, the series started as ‘The Classics’ in 2016.

These concerts have a rich history in our events calendar.

Opera and Symphony have run for over 20 years, with Broadway running since 2008.

All three events are extremely popular, with the outdoor venues almost full every year.  


Never miss an event

Make sure you never miss a Stonnington event: visit, follow, subscribe!

Visit Events listing
Follow  What's On Facebook
Subscribe  What's On eNews