Festivals and events

Festivals and Events

Each year we proudly present festivals and events for the Stonnington community to enjoy, attracting over 70,000 visitors and attendees.

The annual program is diverse, offering an array of live outdoor concert experiences, a winter arts festival, a children’s arts festival, and informative and educational animal welfare and sustainability day events.

The program presents the very best contemporary Australian talent to provide accessible and family friendly programming, creating free and affordable unique experiences. 

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Food vendor expression of interest

If you are a local business, stallholder or vendor keen to participate in our range of arts and culture events, we want to hear from you!

To get involved, please:

Complete the expression of interest (EOI) form

Green Screen (January)

Our free four-week sustainable cinema series returned to Stonnington in 2022, bringing a selection of family-friendly and sustainability-focused films to Malvern Gardens and Central Park. Held over four weekends in January, this event provided an opportunity for the community to come together to sit back, relax, learn and be entertained by some of the best environmental films and documentaries around.

This year's Green Screen encouraged participants to bring along a zero-waste picnic and travel sustainably to the event with free bike health checks on offer.

Sunset Sounds (January)

In January 2022, we were excited to present the return of Sunset Sounds — an one-night-only free music event in Prahran's Victoria Gardens! 

Delivering the best live music line up from emerging and established artists, this year's event saw the likes of Kaiit, Kee'ahn and PBS DJ Elle Young grace the stage, bringing live music to just one of Stonnington's well-loved parks. 

 

The Classics (February)

Saturday 26 February 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm
Malvern Gardens 1275/1277 High St, Malvern

Stonnington is thrilled to present the return of The Classics – our much-loved FREE classical concert in the park.

Coming to Malvern Gardens on Saturday 26 February, enjoy an evening celebrating classical hits performed by the renowned 65-piece Stonnington Symphony Orchestra. Led by acclaimed conductor and concertmaster, Roy Theaker, and featuring special guest performers from Sian Prior, Patrice Tipoki and Jacqueline Porter.

This one night only event will feature a delicious selection of boutique food and beverage options.

Gates open from 6:00pm

The Classics will be proceeding as per the State Government requirements for outdoor events to ensure the safety and wellbeing of patrons, staff and artists. QR Code check-in on arrival at entry points will be required. Proof of vaccination may be required, subject to the State Government Health advice on the day of the event.

 

Pets in the Park (March)

Sunday 20 March 11 am to 3 pm
Central Park, Corner of Burke Road and Wattletree Road, Malvern East

The annual Pets in the Park promotes responsible pet ownership, animal welfare and celebrates Stonnington’s animals with demonstrations, workshops, performances and stalls. In its twentieth year, Pets in the Park is firmly in the community’s heart with local pet owners and animal groups coming together to salute all things fur, fluff and feathered.

Applications to be a Pets in the Park 2022 presenter or stallholder have now closed.

Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival (June/July)

The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival is held annually throughout the mid-year school holidays for children under the age of twelve and their families.

The festival presents an interactive and dynamic program of performance, workshops and activities in theatre, magic, circus, dance, music, craft and more. Roola Boola takes its name from an Irish phrase meaning 'boisterous fun'.

Glow Winter Arts Festival (June)

Now in its eighth year, the multi-disciplinary Glow Winter Arts Festival illuminates historic Central Park with specially commissioned immersive light works in August.

Audiences are invited to enjoy four luminous evenings set to take them on a spectacular journey through large scale installations and interactive experiences that ignite the imagination from twilight until after-dark.


 

Spring into Gardening (October)

Spring into Gardening is one of Stonnington’s longest running events. It celebrates all things Spring in Stonnington’s beautiful parks and gardens.

While the event’s primary focus has always been on gardening, in recent years this has evolved to incorporate sustainable living and wellness. The day consists of keynote presentations and demonstrations by gardening and sustainability experts, market stalls, a plant giveaway, live entertainment and food offerings.

Christmas Concerts (December)

Christmas at Central Park and Carols at Como Park are Stonnington’s free, family friendly Christmas concerts. These events feature a dazzling program of festive music and entertainment with some of Australia’s finest talent.

Christmas at Central Park

Carols at Como Park

So Soiree

Coming to Prahran this December, experience a spectacular line up of cabaret, comedy, circus and live music, celebrating the best of Melbourne’s arts scene in the beautiful venue The Parlour. Grattan Gardens will transform into Melbourne's first Fringe Festival Garden.

 

Arts and Culture Partnerships

The City of Stonnington recognises the importance of collaborating with and supporting key arts and cultural organisations to combine, enrich and strengthen creative visions to deliver dynamic and ambitious events across Victoria: