Annual Events Program

Help us create an Easter egg hunt across Darebin!

Print out the Easter egg template (click here), colour it in and stick it in your front window for everyone to enjoy and to help us create a Darebin-wide Easter egg hunt.

When you're out on your daily walk for exercise, count how many you can see in your neighbouring streets.

Happy Easter egg hunting!


We celebrate International Women’s Day with events and activities across Darebin throughout March.

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International Women's Day is a day when individuals, organisations and governments around the world celebrate the social, cultural and political achievements of women. It's also as a day to raise awareness and take action against gender-based discrimination and violence. Darebin City Council celebrates International Women’s Day with special events and activities which take place throughout the municipality during the month of March. 

The Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration
This is a free public community event held annually in celebration of International Women’s Day The event is a tribute to well-known Darebin resident Molly Hadfield OAM who worked tirelessly to advance women’s and seniors rights throughout her life. The oration will be delivered by Roj Amedi, writer, strategist and human rights campaigner. The evening will also include MC, Hella Ibrahim, and performances by Mia Jeffers and Dance & Roll.
WHEN: Thursday 5 March, 6.30pm – 8pm (doors open at 6pm)
WHERE: Darebin Arts Centre
COST: Free
Book online at Eventbrite.

Women of the Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB), an Exhibition
This exhibition honours the strength, bravery and professionalism shown by operational women in the MFB as firefighters and communications officers.
WHEN: 4 March to 1 April
WHERE: Preston Library
COST: Free

Alice Anderson’s all-girl garage with Loretta Smith
Alice Anderson was a motoring pioneer and adventurer who built her own garage in Kew, Melbourne and established Australia’s first motor service run entirely by women.  She died under mysterious circumstances in 1926 at the age of twenty-nine. Author Loretta Smith will tell Alice’s story using the extensive research she conducted while writing her book A Spanner in the Works: The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australia’s first all-girl garage. 
WHEN: Wednesday 11 March, 7pm – 8pm
WHERE: Preston Library
COST: Free
Book online at Eventbrite or call 1300 655 355.

Women on Wheels
Run by a woman instructor and designed especially for women wanting to feel more confident about riding.
WHEN: Saturday 21 March, 1pm – 5pm
WHERE: Darebin Arts Centre
COST: $15 - $25
Book online at Eventbrite.

This Girl Can @ Darebin
This Girl Can Week is dedicated to encouraging more women to give physical activity a shot, or return to activity after a break. You’ll see some great offers right around Darebin, all designed to inspire women to get active.
WHEN: 23 -29 March
Stay tuned for more information.

Contact Council's Gender Equity Officer - or call 8470 8498


Darebin’s Backyard Harvest Festival is back, running over three weekends from 14 – 29 March as part of Darebin FUSE Festival for the first time.

Darebin City Council is continually following the up-to-date advice of the leading authorities on the Coronavirus, in relation to the safety of our community and staff. We will continually provide updates of any changes through the FUSE festival website.

There are 20 planned backyard garden tours and workshops to get you inspired to grow your own fresh healthy food. Topics including permaculture, aquaponics, backyard quails and chicken keeping, organic pest and disease management, propagating, composting and fruit tree maintenance. There are also two free open gardens where you can explore the abundance of a local community garden and school kitchen garden.

Tours and workshops run from between 60-120 minutes and cost $12 full / $6 concession. Take advantage of our $8 / $4 discount offer when you buy tickets to three or more events in the one transaction. Kids under 16 can attend for free.

To see the program and buy tickets, visit

Further Information
Environment Support
Ph: 8470 8556


Video: Backyard Harvest Festival 2017

This is an annual event that is celebrated during the first week of February (1-7 February 2020).

It was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010. They recognised that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and established World Interfaith Harmony Week to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.

Recognising the imperative need for dialogue among different faiths and religions to enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation among people, the General Assembly encourages all States to spread the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship during that week, on a voluntary basis and according to their own religious traditions or convictions.

In consideration of this, the City of Darebin would like to invite you to visit the Darebin Peace Poles, located outside the front of the Darebin Intercultural Centre (59A Roseberry Avenue, Preston VIC 3072), during this week, to reflect upon the importance of understanding, harmony and cooperation amongst all people.

For more information about the week, please visit:

Celebrated on 17 May each year, IDAHOBIT recognises the discrimination and human rights abuses experienced by LGBTIQ people around the world.

IDAHOBIT also affirms the strength, resilience and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) people and their families, allies and supporters. In Darebin, we are proud of our diverse community. As the closest level of government to the community, we believe that we have an important role in challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and promoting social inclusion and human rights for all, regardless of sexuality, sex characteristics or gender identity.

We recognise that discrimination can have serious negative consequences on the social and emotional well being of our residents. We are committed to strengthening community cohesion and connectedness by celebrating diversity and promoting respect for all. 



Messages of Support on IDAHOBIT

National Sorry Day is an annual ceremonial event that is held in Australia on 26 May and coincides with the launch of the 1997 ‘Bringing them Home’ report. Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June commences on the day after Sorry Day.

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June and commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey: the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

We offer a variety of sessions for parents year-round to learn new techniques to help raise your child.

Update:  Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the April and May parenting programs have been cancelled however we are currently reviewing our options for replacing the sessions with online and/or webinar sessions please keep checking here as any updates will be posted on this website.

You can contact the Early Years Leader on 0413 807 858 or to be linked with other parenting services, programs and resources in Darebin.

Further resources for parents with young children listed below;

Information for Parents re COVID-19 

Playgroup Victoria – Play Ideas 
Playgroup Victoria have published play at home ideas for families in isolation:


For complete details about our forthcoming programs see the January - June 2020 Parenting Seminars Calendar.

Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited, so book now.

Please note, bookings open approximately 5-6 weeks before the event.

Video: Attend a free event, find something to do over the school holidays, or visit public art in your neighbourhood.