Annual Events Program

Happy Holidays

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from the City of Darebin.

Happy Holidays Video 2014

Backyard Harvest Festival

Held annually in November, the Backyard Harvest Festival is a celebration of home food growing traditions. Learn from passionate and knowledgeable local experts from a diversity of cultures. Visit home gardens, participate in gardening workshops and get inspired to create your own food garden this spring!

The festival will run from Sunday 9 - Sunday 23 November, 2014 and includes over 16 open gardens and 7 workshops on each weekend as well as in the early evening during the week. Workshops include permaculture, composting, backyard chickens and fruit tree selection and care. 

The festival is FREE for Darebin residents, $10 per event for non-Darebin residents. Registration is required for all events. There is a limit of 4 events per person.

Why not plan to leave the car at home and cycle to tours or workshops in your neighbourhood? A suggested self guided bicycle route for Saturday 15 November is available with the program (for confident on road riders). The Darebin TravelSmart map highlights bikepaths, bike friendly streets and bike lanes in the area.

Click here to access a printable version of the detailed program.

To view the event details and register on-line, click the link below: 

Register Now

Get Involved - Open Your Garden or Volunteer 
Are you interested in volunteering or opening your garden at the next festival? Please contact us or visit any Customer Service Centre to request a hard copy expression of interest form.

Further Information
Sustainable Food Officer
Ph: 8470 8392
Video: Backyard Harvest Festival 2011/2012

Carols in All Nations

A perfect family night out under the stars, enjoying the musical talents from local choirs and picking up treasures from the market stalls.

Bring a picnic, your best singing voice and celebrate Christmas with your community. This free event features performances from local choirs, music, community market stalls, sausage sizzle and more!

Free admission.

2014 Carols in All Nations

Date: 13 December, 2014
Location: All Nations Park, Separation Street Northcote

Citizenship Ceremonies

Congratulations on deciding to become an Australian Citizen! Find dates of Citizenship Ceremonies held at Darebin and what to bring on your big day.

The Mayor of Darebin hosts the Citizenship Ceremonies, which are also attended by key speakers representing Federal and State Parliament. 

You will need to apply to become an Australian citizen through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection .

Ph: 131 880

When and where will the ceremony be held?
Once your application for Australian citizenship is approved the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will send you a letter to advise which ceremony to attend and when.

You can only attend the Citizenship Ceremony assigned to you in the letter sent by the Department of Immigration & Citizenship.

Duration: The ceremony lasts 1 hour with refreshments served afterwards.
Food and Drinks: Light meal and refreshments are provided.
Guests: Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Its a celebration!

What happens if I cannot attend a Citizenship Ceremony?
Contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship if you have a special request or cannot attend your assigned ceremony date.

Department of Immigration & Citizenship
Ph: 131 880

Registration at the Citizenship Ceremony

  • Register on the day of the ceremony with a Council Officer no later than 15 minutes before the ceremony commences.
  • Please bring along your letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
  • Bring along your photo identification (e.g. passport or drivers license).
  • Advise during registration if your contact details have changed (e.g. address, phone number or surname).
Further Information
Communications Project Officer
Ph: 8470 8551

Multilingual Telephone Line (We Speak Your Language)
Ph: (03) 8470 8470

Community and Kite Festival

Now a part of True North – Reservoir Arts Festival, Darebin Community and Kite Festival is a perennial favourite.

Held in picturesque Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir, this festival sees the sky dance with colour and displays of aerodynamic skill.

The festival also includes a main stage with free entertainment all day, community stalls, roving performers, an international food court and loads of free activities for the whole family. Pack a picnic rug, gather your friends and family and get ready for a day of fun!

The next Darebin Community and Kite Festival will be held on Sunday 15 March 2015.


Application to Participate - Now Open

We are now calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from community groups, social interest groups, cultural groups, Government information and support services and local businesses to participate at the 2015 festival.

The festival is a great opportunity to:

• Promote your projects and services;
• Promote your connections and working relationships with our community;
• Gain visibility and promote memberships; and
• Conduct community engagement and/or consultation in fun and interesting ways.

Please see the following application forms for your use, and for you to pass on through your community and business networks:

• Stallholder EOI – for groups or businesses who wish to secure a marquee space
• Performance or Activity EOI – for groups who wish to perform on stage or deliver an engaging activity
• Food Vendor Application – for groups or businesses who wish to operate a food stall

Please read, sign and return the form attached with any other required documentation by Monday 20 January 2015 (outcomes advised by Friday 30 January). 

Stallholder EOI Darebin Community and Kite Festival 2015

Performance or Activity EOI Darebin Community and Kite Festival 2015

Food Vendor App Darebin Community and Kite Festival 2015

Darebin Music Feast

Every year, Melbourne’s thriving music community comes together to celebrate songwriting and music at the Darebin Music Feast. This rich and diverse collection of musical events is built on the philosophy that music brings people together and can be enjoyed by all.

This year’s Music Feast will present over 150 events, on 15 stages over 12 days in venues across Northcote, Thornbury, Preston and Reservoir.

Dates: 8 – 19 October 2014

For updates and news about this event, and opportunities to be involved, visit the Darebin Music Feast Website.


The FReeZA program is a part of the Victorian State Government funded FReeZA initiative that gives young people the opportunity to lead the planning and staging of live music and cultural events within their local communities.

As one of 78 state-wide providers, the FReeZA program also provides important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talent through competitions such as the Victorian FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands.

All FReeZA events are fully supervised, drug, alcohol and smoke-free.


Homemade Food and Wine Festival

Celebrate food traditions and sustainable food practices at the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival.

Held in various locations around central Preston, the week-long program features workshops, seminars, demonstrations and special events, culminating in the ‘meet the makers’ showcase where you can enjoy free beer and wine tastings.

You can also enter your own homemade wine, beer, passata, avjar or olives into competition.

Koorie Pride Youth Festival

Held annually in April in Preston, Koorie Pride features main stage programming all day, market stalls, kids’ activities and a barbecue.

Presented in partnership with Songlines Aboriginal Music, Koorie Pride Festival showcases the work of young Indigenous performers.

The date for the 2015 Koorie Pride Youth Festival is yet to be confirmed.


The Loud Mouth theatre program is presented by Darebin City Council and provides quality, contemporary and creative programming specifically designed for children, young teens and families.

Loud Mouth takes place on school holidays at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, with occasional events also held at Northcote Town Hall.



Want to make your workplace more bike-friendly and get more of your workmates riding to work? Hold a Ride 2 Work Day breakfast at your workplace on the 15th of October.

Ride2Work Day is on Wednesday 15th October 2014. 

Get registered - visit Bicycle Network to register online and get involved. 


Speakeasy is a year-round independent theatre program. Now in its second year, Speakeasy presents creative and challenging contemporary performances by emerging and established artists.

The Speakeasy program is presented at Northcote Town Hall and features artists from across Melbourne and beyond.

Visit the Speakeasy website for upcoming shows and tickets. 

Springtime Community Events

Held annually in October, Darebin's Springtime Community Events celebrate Seniors Week and Community Safety Month. This annual celeration brings together a series of Council and community events and activities that welcome and feature older people and raise awareness of safety in the community.

Great Edwardes Lake Park Walk
We invite people of all ages and abilities to join us!  The walk will be followed by a free BBQ and entertainment, where you will have the chance of signing your name alongside the important message "Darebin Says NO to Family Violence"

Saturday 18 October, 11am – 2pm

Edwardes Lake Park, Reservoir, starting at the playground / BBQ area near the Griffiths Street entry

Other Program Highlights:

  • Reservoir Village Festive Day for Seniors - Thu 9 Oct
  • Volunteering – how to get started - Tue 14 Oct
  • Enjoy a Meal and Conversation Together - Tue 14 Oct
  • East Reservoir Community Garden 2nd Birthday - Mon 20 Oct
  • Alphington Patch Garden Group - 4th Monday of the month
  • Spiritual Healing Trail at Darebin Parklands – Sun 9 Nov

Further Information:
Social and Community Development Officer
Ph: 8470 8312

True North Reservoir Arts Festival

Held annually in March, True North – Reservoir Arts Festival celebrates the unique cultural identity and expanding artistic community of Reservoir.

This is an inspired festival of writers, artisans, tricksters, comics, dreamers, elders and emerging artists, designed to bring everyone out onto the streets to celebrate what makes this suburb special.

True North is a weekend long event and is held in various locations around Reservoir.

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