The Festival City Program promotes and cultivates the City of Maribyrnong as a vibrant, cosmopolitan City. Research has shown that people love participating in Maribyrnong’s festivals and a majority of residents agree that having access to festivals makes the City of Maribyrnong a great place to live, building pride in their community.
The program brings together and celebrates local cultures that enhance our reputation as a vibrant and creative city celebrating both the diversity and shared experiences of our communities. Since its adoption in 2010 the Festival City Program has significantly increased in size, value, number, profile and diversity of festivals in the City of Maribyrnong making our City known as a Festival City.
In addition to the community-led festivals funded through the Festival City Grants Program, Council partners with a range of major Melbourne festivals to present:
- Midsumma Westside as part of the Midsumma Festival
- St Jerome's Laneway Festival
- Eat Drink Westside as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
- Comedy Westside as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
- Fringe Westside as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival
- Jazz Westside as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Council's winter music festival West Set and New Years' Eve Fireworks in Footscray Park are other key features on a packed annual festival calendar in the City of Marirbyrnong.
Festival City Policy
Council’s Festival City Program is guided by the Festival City Policy which sets out a framework to attract, host and support the best of Australia’s festivals for the benefit of residents, businesses and cultural tourists.
The Policy is Maribyrnong’s long-term commitment to supporting economically robust, socially inclusive and culturally rich festivals that will contribute to the growth of our ever changing City.
Download the Festival City Policy(PDF, 244KB)
Planning a Festival or Event in Maribyrnong City Council
If you are planning on staging a community or not-for-profit festival in the City of Maribyrnong visit the 'Grants' page to see whether your festival may be eligible for a Festival City Grant.
If you are planning on staging a commercial festival in the City of Maribyrnong, please contact the Coordinator Festivals and Visitation on 9688 0200.
If you are planning on holding an event in the City of Maribyrnong, please visit the 'Hold an event' page on Council's main website.