About St Kilda Festival

About St Kilda Festival

Australia’s Largest FREE Music Festival

Join Australia’s largest FREE celebration of summer, showcasing Australian artists and talents against the spectacular natural beauty of the St Kilda foreshore in one of the world’s most liveable cities, Melbourne!

Brought to you by the City of Port Phillip, the St Kilda Festival is held on the second Sunday in February every year, attracting over 400,000 people. The streets of St Kilda are closed to all traffic when the hottest Australian musicians play over ten music stages, while people of all ages are entertained with a vast range of performances, workshops and events, from kids’ entertainment to live wrestling, dance classes, community activities, buskers, food trucks and a whole lot more.

Be sure to get social with the Festival and stay tuned for the full line up announcement on Tuesday 5 January, 2016.

The best way to plan your day is to download the official free 2016 St Kilda Festival smartphone app, where you can check out artists and plan ahead with our transport guide and maps so you don't miss out on any of the action. The app will be available through Google Play and iTunes stores on Tuesday 12 January 2016.

Remember, Festival Sunday is a car-free zone with most of the area affected by road closures. More information on road closures can be found here.

The Festival is also host to other events in the lead up to Festival Sunday including:


Yalukit Wilum Ngargee: People Place Gathering- a FREE Indigenous arts and music event held in O’Donnell Gardens. This welcoming event by the local clans people features local and interstate musicians, kids’ activities and food and market stalls in a day of relaxation, fun and entertainment for all ages.


Following on from Yalukit Wilum Ngargee, the Live N Local program kicks off with the hottest local venues and locations hosting FREE live performances and gigs, filling the balmy summer nights in the week leading up to Festival Sunday. Plus a free Artist Development program for established and emerging musicians.

Looking for accommodation during your visit to the Festival? Look no further than our official hotel partner, Rydges St Kilda. Set in the heart of St Kilda on popular Fitzroy Street, the hotel offers a modern and contemporary setting just a stone’s throw from St Kilda Beach and Acland Street.

Address: 35-37 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Phone: 1300 884 373

The Festival acknowledges the support and cooperation of all City of Port Phillip service teams and departments.

The Mayor and Councillors extend their appreciation to the following groups for their cooperation and contribution:

Victoria Police; Ambulance Victoria; St Johns Ambulance; State Emergency Service; Metropolitan Fire Brigade; Yarra Trams; Public Transport Victoria; St Kilda Village Traders Association; Fitzroy St Traders Association; St Kilda Tourism Association; Acland & Fitzroy Street Residents’ Association; South East Water, St Kilda Sea Baths; The Boon Wurrung Foundation

The St Kilda Festival Thanks:

All City of Port Phillip staff; St Kilda Festival Traffic & Transport Committee; St Kilda Festival Emergency Management Committee; a huge thanks to all the artists, events, venues and performers without whom this Festival wouldn’t exist – thanks for all your hard work, support and energy.