Family-friendly St Kilda Festival

The well-loved St Kilda Festival is back in 2020 with a line-up of family-friendly entertainment on the foreshore of beautiful St Kilda beach. This year the festival celebrates 40 years.


Family-friendly St Kilda Festival
Image: St Kilda Festival 2019

The St Kilda Festival is Australia’s largest free music festival held on the second Sunday in February each year. The diverse program features live Australian music, dance performances and workshops, carnival rides, sports demonstrations, community group activities, food and market stalls, roving entertainment and family-friendly entertainment.

“The family-friendly activities and events at St Kilda Festival are designed to bring the whole community together and we strive to do this by engaging diverse cultural groups for fun and interactive activities to round out a fun day out for all to enjoy.”

Bernadene Voss

Mayor of Port Phillip

The St Kilda Festival will once again transform Catani Gardens into Little Catani, the festival’s dedicated family zone. This year’s family-friendly program will come alive with kids entertainment, roving performers, face painting, kids carnival, plus interactive activities and workshops.


Family-friendly St Kilda Festival
Image: Hooptopia – Hoop Sparx


Hooptopia is an interactive hula hoop playspace hosted by Donna from Hoop Sparx. Families are invited to come along, pick up a colourful hoop, pick up some tricks and have a blast. Be sure to head to Sparkles Face Painting first so the resident festival face painter can work her magic brush strokes for a sparkling storm of colour.

Family-friendly St Kilda Festival
Image: Recycled Crowns Workshop

Recycled Crowns Workshop

Kids aged 4 and up are invited to get crafty at the festival’s 40th anniversary by becoming kings and queens of waste reduction at a Recycled Crowns Workshop. Participants will be shown how to utilise colourful ‘waste’ materials to create a piece of wearable art, guided by Georgina Humphries, a Melbourne-based artist who has created works for Glastonbury Festival, Let Them Eat Cake and Falls Festival.


Family-friendly St Kilda Festival
Image: Rhythm Unites’ Drumming Workshop

Rhythm Unites’ Drumming Workshop

Drop-in for Rhythm Unites’ Drumming Workshop for all ages. A combination of drumming and dancing is sure to empower everybody to laugh, sweat and creatively express themselves.

Family-friendly St Kilda Festival
Image: Little Catani, St Kilda Festival 2019

Kids Carnival

There will be a dedicated Kids Carnival, including a Ferris wheel, dodgem cars, a pirate ship, teacup rides, inflatable rides and much more. Kids can also step inside a giant clear bubble and enjoy bumping around in a fun game of Bubble Soccer, taking place throughout the day.

For more information on the main program click here.

The St Kilda Festival is on Sunday 9 February 2020 and will showcase more than over 60 artists playing across 7 stages. The St Kilda Festival Main Stage will play host to Alice Skye | AMARU TRIBE | Bad Bangs | Birdz | boler mani | BUMPY | Busby Marou | Cash Savage and The Last Drinks | Creature Fear | Dallas Woods | Delsinki | Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice | Drmngnow | Ebony Boadu | Emilee South | Face Face | Francesca Gonzales | Freya Josephine Hollick | Gordon Koang | Hannah Kate | Hot Dub Time Machine | Horns of Leroy feat thando | Huntly | Iaki Vallejo | jade imagine | Juno Disco | Kee’ahn | Kylie Auldist | Mama Kin | Merpire | messy mammals | Mikhaell | Port Royal | Press Club | RAThammock | Remi. | Ships Piano | Stonefield | Surf Trash | Teenage Dads | The Black Sorrows | The Hunter Express | The Rebelles | Tia Gostelow | The Kite String Tangle | Vince the Kid | yergurl | Zoë Fox and the Rocket Clocks and many more.

Date: Sunday 9 February 2020
Time: 10am–10pm
Location: St Kilda foreshore and esplanade, Catani Gardens, O’Donnell Gardens, Acland Plaza and more.
Price: the main festival is free, some activities and rides will incur a cost.
More information on the St Kilda Festival
More information on Little Catani

We try our best to provide accurate information on kid-friendly events around Victoria but do recommend parents check details directly to confirm dates, times, prices as some details may be subject to change.

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