Victoria is home to many cultural festivals. They focus on either the different lifestyles of its people or the many nationalities that have helped shape the vibrant and multicultural Melbourne and Victoria of today.
December. The largest annual African festival in Australia is held at Federation Square. Enjoy vibrant music, dancing, diverse arts, fashion shows, cultural performances and authentic African food at this free event.
Location: Melbourne CBDwww.africanmusicfestival.com.au
February. This annual celebration of Greek culture is held along Lonsdale Street between Swanston Street and Russell Street. Over the weekend there are stages with free entertainment, pop-up bars, Greek street food, cooking demonstrations, craft stalls, dancing lessons and plenty of childrens activities.
Location: Melbourne CBDwww.antipodesfestival.com.au
January / February. Melbourne will come alive with vibrant festivities including spectacular lighting displays, fireworks, live performances, Dragon Boat demonstrations, Tai Chi lessons and food sampling. There is a spectacular New Year's Eve countdown and party held at Queensbridge Square. This cohesive cultural experience welcomes people from all backgrounds to come together and celebrate.
Location: Melbourne CBDwww.melbournechinesenewyear.com
March. A grand and colourful Indian festival that celebrates unity in diversity, bringing communities together. A true family event that welcomes those of all cultures and backgrounds. There are live DJs, dancing, performances, food trucks and Indian bazaar stalls. Held at the Ron Barassi Senior Park, next to the Bolte Bridge.
November. Celebrate all things Italian at the Melbourne Italian Festa. Experience the traditions of Italy with food tastings, cooking demonstrations, music and free entertainment. Held at the Royal Exhibition Building and Museum Plaza.
January. Head to Kings Domain and immerse yourself in the music, culture, art, flavours and passion of Latin America. Musicians will perform styles including samba, tango, salsa and cumbia. Food stalls will offer a large range of street food which showcases the best of Latin America and there will be a fully licensed bar serving cocktails and drinks.
Location: Melbourne CBDwww.melbournelatinsummerfestival.com
February. Celebrate all things Italian at this family festival held at Baromi Park. There are market stalls selling craft and fresh produce, food stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music, dancing, comedy acts, competitions and a range of kids activities.
Location: Mirboo Northwww.italianfesta.net
June. Held at various venues in Portarlington, this is Australia's largest and most diverse celebration of Celtic culture. There are concerts, acoustic performances, dance, workshops and markets with a range of Celtic treasures, local craft, fresh produce and hot food.
October. A celebration of the strong links that the Daylesford and Hepburn Springs district has to its Swiss and Italian settlers of the 1850s. The festival presents a diverse array of events including live music, competitions, artwork displays, open gardens, a street parade, food, wine and fireworks.