The City of Maribyrnong is transforming from its heavily industrialised past into a home for a wide range of creative arts, food and recreational pursuits. The annual Festival City program is jammed packed with popular festivals that see thousands of visitors flock to the area. Gentrification and redevelopment is leading to an influx of new residents keen to experience some of the best food and culture on offer in the West. The suburbs in Maribyrnong are home to more than 75,000 people. Maribyrnong’s undisputed multicultural diversity is evident in 83 languages spoken throughout the City. 38.9% of residents were born overseas in more than 135 different countries.
Suburbs include:Braybrook Brooklyn Footscray Footscray West Kingsville Maidstone Maribyrnong Seddon Tottenham Yarraville
Albanian FestivalSunday, 11 December 2016
The Albanian Festival is annual festival which has been held in the City of Maribyrnong for over 20 years. The festival includes traditional food and music, stall holders and children's rides. Community groups that participate are the Albanian Womens' Association, Albanian Mosque, Albanian radio, the Albanian pensioner group and the Albanian soccer club.More Info View Map
The Albanian Festival is annual festival which has been held in the City of Maribyrnong for over
2016 Carols in the GardensSaturday, 17 December 2016
The Yarraville Carols in the Gardens has represented one of the major non-profit annual community events in the Western Region since 1994, attracting several thousand residents each year. This year’s carols will showcase performances by internationally acclaimed opera singers, the combined bands of Footscray-Yarraville City Band, Hyde St Youth & Western Brass, a mass choir and local community groups. The special night will include popular MC William McInnes, a guest appearance by Santa and a show stopping fireworks display.More Info View Map
The Yarraville Carols in the Gardens has represented one of the major non-profit annual community
New Year’s Eve 2017Saturday, 31 December 2016
Footscray Park will come alive for New Years Eve 2017 with a fantastic line-up of stage entertainment, magnificent fireworks, carnival rides & games and a delicious offering of food trucks to ring in the new year. Fireworks spectacle starts at 9.30pm. This is a no-alcohol event. Entertainment lineup: MC Tegan Higginbotham, The Mudcakes, Horns of Leroy, King Bell & Soukous Ba Congo and Mental as Anything.More Info View Map
Footscray Park will come alive for New Years Eve 2017 with a fantastic line-up of stage entertain
Wominjeka14 January - 22 January 2017
Now in its 7th year, Wominjeka continues to be in the Footscray Community Art Centre's annual program with a festival dedicated to the achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Since 2010, Wominjeka has gained a reputation for being one of the most important events across the nation for producing a dynamic program of visual arts, music, theater, dance, conversations, films and workshops.More Info View Map
Now in its 7th year, Wominjeka continues to be in the Footscray Community Art Centre's annual program with a festival dedicated to the achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
East Meets West Lunar New Year FestivalSunday, 15 January 2017
The East Meets West Lunar New Year Festival is the centrepiece of Vietnamese cultural life. For 24 years, it has celebrated the event in Footscray as an inclusive festival that also recognises and celebrates the importance of Lunar New Year to the Chinese, Thai, Cambodian, Lao, and other Australian-Asian communities.More Info View Map
The East Meets West Lunar New Year Festival is the centrepiece of Vietnamese cultural life.
Stony Creek Music Festival on Australia DayThursday, 26 January 2017
Put on your dancing shoes, pack a picnic and bring your family down to McNish Reserve at Cruickshank Park in Yarraville this Australia Day for the third Stony Creek Music Festival. This free community festival will deliver a day of fun for the whole family with live performances by well-known musicians, children’s entertainment, a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony, community stalls and food trucks.More Info View Map
Put on your dancing shoes, pack a picnic and bring your family down to McNish Reserve at Cruicksh
St Jerome's Laneway FestivalSaturday, 28 January 2017
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is one of Australia’s premier music festivals, staged on the banks of the Maribyrnong River and featuring international artists and bands.More Info View Map
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is one of Australia’s premier music festivals, staged on the banks o
Quang Minh Tet FestivalSaturday, 28 January 2017
Quang Minh Tet Festival is now a local institution, and an annual event held on the site of the Quang Buddhist Temple which celebrates the Lunar New Year—a date observed by a significant community of Australians and shared with many more.More Info View Map
Quang Minh Tet Festival is now a local institution, and an annual event held on the site of the Q
Team Melbourne Sports Festival - MidsummaSaturday, 14 February 2017
Team Melbourne brings together the GLBTIQ sporting community for the ultimate "come and try day". The festival enables the existing clubs to showcase what they do week to week and generate membership, as well as bringing together people that are interested in new sports that do not currently have GLBTIQ clubs to come to fruition.More Info View Map
Team Melbourne brings together the GLBTIQ sporting community for the ultimate "come and try day".
Yarraville FestivalSunday, 12 February 2017
The Yarraville Festival has been an annual event in the heart of Yarraville since 1981. Providing entertainment and activities for locals and visitors of all ages the Yarraville Festival focuses on creating a sense of community in Yarraville. The Festival includes entertainment, amusement rides, food, community organisations, market stalls and a kids kingdom.More Info View Map
The Yarraville Festival has been an annual event in the heart of Yarraville since 1981.
Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Footscray Park is a picturesque space to relax and play. It is one of the largest and most intact examples of an Edwardian period public garden in Australia, with formal and informal pathways, garden beds and pergola. Designed in 1911 by noted architect Rodney Alsop, Footscray Park is now heritage listed. Some of its hidden treasures include the Henry Lawson memorial, platypus fountain and a shelter built by Footscray Technical School.
The 15-hectare park provides beautiful views across the Maribyrnong River to Flemington Racecourse and features playgrounds, large open spaces, barbecues, an outdoor stage, ornamental ponds and disabled public toilets. The park is also host to a number of events throughout the year.More Info View Map
Located on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, Footscray Park is a picturesque space to relax and
Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;
Little Saigon Market, Byron Street, Footscray
There is no better place to shop for affordable fresh food than Footscray. You are spoilt for choice with two fabulous markets.
The Footscray Market is a large bustling indoor market with a wide selection of fresh produce, seafood and general goods. You’ll also find an exotic range of produce including lotus flowers, pigs’ ears and cassava root. Open Tuesday – Saturday.
The Little Saigon Market provides an energizing Asian market shopping experience. There’s a huge range of produce with some stalls offering tasting plates of freshly cut fruit. It is a great place for exotic items, fresh meat and fish along with a wide variety of cheap fruit and veg. It is very popular with the local Vietnamese community. Open seven days.More Info View Map
Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;
The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Cycle or walk along the tranquil Maribyrnong River Trail (28km from the city to Brimbank Park) and take in the fantastic views of the Melbourne’s skyline and the river, while passing Flemington Racecourse, Victoria University, sporting clubs, native bushland, riverside parks and other attractions. Take a river cruise on the Maribyrnong and enjoy the scenery and commentary.More Info View Map
The Maribyrnong River offers a range of outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy.
Newell’s Paddock is a tranquil wetland reserve beside the Maribyrnong River, and home to dozens of bird species, snakes and frogs. It is an ideal location for bird watching with over eighty different bird species sighted including cormorants, herons, ibis, falcons, teals, coots and swans.
The reserve is accessible from the Maribyrnong River Trail and offers excellent views of the Heavenly Queen Temple with its 16 metre high golden statue of Mazu.More Info View Map
Newell’s Paddock is a tranquil wetland reserve beside the Maribyrnong River, and home to dozens o
Pipemakers Park is a great place for a family outing. Located in the Maribyrnong River valley, it is a historic pipemaking industrial site that has been transformed into a park and wetlands.
The park is home to the Living Museum of the West, which has self-guided tours and hosts a number of exhibitions, activities and special presentations on the cultural history of western Melbourne and the Maribyrnong River.
There are plenty of recreational facilities to enjoy. Have a picnic or barbecue, try fishing for bream from the wharf, go for a river cruise on the Maribyrnong River or sit and relax in the pioneer women’s shelter. You can canoe downstream or walk or cycle on trails in both directions along the Maribyrnong River.More Info View Map
Pipemakers Park is a great place for a family outing.