Every March Labour Day long weekend Melbourne comes alive for four colorful days with over a million visitors celebrating all the fun of Moomba Festival.
What is Moomba… it’s basically a celebration of everything Melbourne, of diversity, the arts, sports and music kicked off on the Friday and wrapped up on the Monday holiday with a super-cool parade and fireworks. Intense, serious, fun.
You can watch world-class watersport competitions along the Yarra, groove to a silent disco, send the kids along to karaoke or a cooking class, head along to an Afro-Brazilian music workshop or take in a local band in the Main Arena… the options are pretty much endless.
And the bonus… all the events are free.
There are some must-see events which are synonymous with Moomba like:
Birdman Rally (Sunday, 12 noon)
Basically a bunch of people create fun, bird, plane or otherwise winged costumes and jump off a pier into the Yarra, to raise money for a good cause.
Moomba Parade (Monday, 10.30am)
Meandering down St Kilda Road, this parade is a celebration of everything Melbourne. Community groups create and build their own brilliant, kooky floats, bands march and play, twirlers twirl, kids sing and everyone has a fantastic time. The crowd will also get to see the recently crowned King and Queen of Moomba as they wave to their Melburnian subjects.
If you love a good display of watersport prowess, grab a rug, some picnic goodies (or something for the barbeque if you are early enough to snag one on the ‘Tan side of the river..) and park yourself along the banks for the Yarra for four days of men’s and women’s competitive skiing and wakeboarding.
Music in the Main Arena
Over the four days, this free lineup includes a Battle of the Bands, Young Vincent, British India, Tim Rogers and the Bamboos and loads more, as well as silent discos and a carnival to end all carnivals (tickets do need to be purchased for the rides).
Where: Mostly along the banks of the Yarra River
When: 11-14th March, 2017
More information: Check out their website.