Moomba Festival is back in 2021

Moomba Festival 2020 was one of the last family-friendly festivals in Melbourne before this beautiful city went into lockdown. With great excitement Moomba Festival in back in 2021 with Moomba 2.0. This year’s festival aims to re-spark Melbournians’ love affair with Melbourne and encourage families to venture back into the city.

Moomba Festival runs from Friday 5 to Monday 8 March 2021.

This year’s theme is ‘Love Melbourne, Love Moomba’.

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Moomba Festival is back in 2021
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Moomba Festival 2021 will look a little different from previous years, with family-friendly events taking place at Alexandra Gardens, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and across the city.

Moomba Carnival

The Moomba Carnival at Alexandra Gardens will feature smaller rides for the kids, and thrilling rides for teenagers and adults as well as food trucks and live performances.

The Riverslide Skate Park in the Carnival precinct will host the Australian Skateboard League National Final where you can watch experienced skaters, scooters and BMX riders compete across the weekend.

Basketball lovers can enjoy the NBL 3×3 Hustle, register for a Community Hustle game, or catch the pros in an NBL Legends Game on Star Lawn, also in the Alexandra Gardens Carnival precinct.

Entry to all activity in Alexandra Gardens is free, but session times must be pre-booked via the Moomba website.

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Moomba 2.0 will be different this year but we are encouraging all Melburnians to come into the city and discover everything that is on offer during the long weekend. The floral heart displays will help to capture the community spirit that’s at the heart of the Moomba Festival.

Sally Capp

Lord Mayor

Family-friendly Moomba Festival 2020
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Around the city

Along with the carnival at Alexandra Gardens, a ‘Love Melbourne, Love Moomba’ theme will be displayed at some of Melbourne’s most iconic locations.

Significant buildings will be lit up in red to encourage everyone to show their love for Melbourne, while large floral love heart displays will pop up at Melbourne Town Hall, Bourke Street Mall, the State Library of Victoria and more locations.

The festival will also show its love for Melbourne with a light installation of a gigantic beating heart placed before the city’s skyline along the banks of the Yarra on the Upper Terrace of Birrarung Marr.

Other activity around town during Moomba Long Weekend includes a busking competition in the city where the winner will receive a ‘golden ticket’ to Melbourne’s best events.

There will be pop-up music performances and street art installations around the city.

Moomba Festival is back in 2021
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Sidney Myer Music Bowl – Kids at the bowl

Sidney Myer Music Bowlwill feature four family-friendly shows over Moomba long weekend. Join Australia’s top children’s entertainers Justine Clarke, Jimmy Giggle, Dan Sultan and Pevan & Sarah as they perform a selection of their greatest hits in an all-singing, all-dancing, all-laughing hour of fun.

Shows: 6 & 7 March, 2021, 9.30am & 11.45am (gates open 9am & 11:15am)
Price range: $30–$180 (+ $9.35 Service Fee per order), this price range includes groups of up to 2, 4 and 6 guests. Babies under 24 months do not need a ticket.
More information

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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