Annual Events Program

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!

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The festival is being held from Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 November, 2015 on weekends and early evenings during the week.

This year 16 of Darebin’s residential fruit and vegetable gardens will be open for display, and there are six different workshops to attend on everything from permaculture, aquaponics to backyard beekeeping and tree grafting.

Download the detailed program here: 2015 Backyard Harvest Festival Program

Tours and workshops cost $10 ($5 Concession) Children are free.

Bookings are essential and are via Eventbrite, or contact Alice Potter on (03) 8470 8465, email

Are you interested in volunteering or opening your garden at the next festival?

Click here to fill out the on-line expression of interest form or visit any Customer Service Centre to request a hard copy version.

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.

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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!


The next Carols in All Nations is on Saturday 12 December 2015, 6-9.30pm. For more information, visit Darebin Arts.



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.

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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

Darebin Community and Kite Festival

The Darebin Community and Kite Festival is a perennial favourite. Held in picturesque Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir, the festival is a large-scale, outdoor, cultural and community celebration.

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It is a fun, free and immersive festival that offers a broad range of performances, workshops, community stalls, a pet expo, food and beverages, and of course, kite flying!

Gather your family and friends, bring a kite if you have one (or make one on the day!) and come along and celebrate with the Darebin community.

The Darebin Community and Kite Festival is part of Darebin Arts’ True North program.

For more information and program details for the 2016 event visit the Darebin Community and Kite Festival website.

Sunday 20 March 2016, 11am – 6pm

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.

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This year’s Music Feast will present over 100 events, in more than 10 venues over 10 days across Darebin! 

Darebin Music Feast showcases and celebrates our diverse music community with an eclectic program of events. From rock to folk to gypsy to jazz and everything in between, the Darebin Music Feast sees community music groups perform in local halls, alongside touring international acts in some of Melbourne’s most prestigious live music venues.

Dates: 23 October - 1 November 2015

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.

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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.


International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia

We are proud to fly the Rainbow Flag at Preston and Northcote Town Hall between between May 14 to May 22, 2015 to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOT), and are celebrating the day with a suite of community events. Be sure to join in!

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Celebrated annually on 17 May, IDAHOT is the single most important date for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) communities and their allies to make a stand against discrimination on a worldwide scale.

We are proud of our diverse community.  Being the closest level of government to the community, we believe that we have an important role in addressing homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and promoting social inclusion for all, regardless of sexuality, sex or gender. 

We recognise that discrimination on the basis of sex and sexuality can have serious negative consequences on the social and emotional and social wellbeing of our residents.  As such, we are committed to strengthening community connectedness by celebrating diversity and promoting respect for self and for each other.

Raising of the Rainbow Flag
14 May 2015
10.30am - 12pm
Council Chambers, Preston Town Hall  350 High Street.    

Author Talk with Daniel Witthaus
14 May 2015
7pm - 8pm
Northcote Library, 32-38 Separation Street, Northcote VIC 3070

Takin' Up Space & the (Re) Framing Gender Collective Present
16 May 2015
7.30pm - 9.00pm
Rooftop Room Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote    

Faith & Sexual & Gender Diversity
21 May 2015    
6pm - 8pm
Darebin Intercultural Centre, 59a Roseberry Avenue, Preston    

22 May 2015
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Preston Shire Hall, 286 Gower Street, Preston

International Women's Day

We celebrate International Women’s Day with events and activities taking place in the municipality throughout the whole month of March!

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March the 8th is a global day of recognition and celebration of women’s social, political, cultural and economic achievements. It is also a day that invites reflection and action to combat gender-based discrimination and violence. 

Further details for these events can be accessed by downloading IWD 2016 Program

Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration - Thursday, 10 March 2015

The main event in the International Women’s Day calendar is the Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration, which was instituted by Council in 2013, as a tribute to Darebin resident Molly Hadfield OAM, who worked tirelessly throughout her life to advance women’s and seniors’ rights.  The oration provides an ongoing platform for exploring and understanding key social justice issues of interest to women in our community.   

This year the oration will be delivered by Celeste Liddle, social commentator, writer and activist. Attendees will also enjoy performances and poetry from local women acts including the North East Melbourne Chinese Association dance Troupe and Spoken Word Poet, Jan Earthstar.  

This is a free event (places are limited)  - register via EventBrite

Darebin Libraries film screening – Utopia Girls

Celebrate International Women's Day with an Australian must-see documentary - Utopia Girls.  Local historian and author, Claire Wright, builds the gripping story of how Australian women won the right to vote, making Australia an unlikely leader on the global stage. “This is a little-known story that everyone should be familiar with. Wright has crafted an impressive, atmospheric testament to the strength of these women.” Seven News Qld, 2012

Intercultural Centre Film Screening – My Sense of Modesty

Human Rights Film Festival film, My Sense of Modesty takes intelligent aim at Western preconceptions about art, women and religion. Hafsia is a passionate art history student, but if she wants to complete her final exam, she must do so without her hijab. At this event, you will hear from a local woman who will share her inspirational story of settling as a refugee in Darebin. The film screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion about issues presented in the film, and how we as a community can support newly arrived women to live full lives, as equal members of our community.

Get Active in Darebin

Get Active in Darebin’s Summer program ticks all the boxes when it comes to providing fun and free opportunities to get you out and about and fit this summer. The Summer program offers a wide range of fitness and sport activities suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels.  Activities take place at a variety of parks, reserves as well as indoor locations across Darebin. The new summer program includes an increased number of social sport opportunities to get you back into shape. All sessions are facilitated by qualified instructors or coaches. 

Span Community House Events

Inspiring Soirees

Something old, something new.  Join in a social evening using everyday materials to create something new and inspiring. Fun, colourful, relaxed evening of exploring something creative and new.  

Common Garden Medicine Making   

Learn how to harvest and prepare a variety of common garden herbs, weeds and kitchen ingredients to make your own home remedies to soothe everyday complaints.  Lead by a qualified Naturopath.

Most of the events and activities are free and wheelchair accessible or close to public transport. There may be limitations for some venues depending on your access requirements. Assistance and support (e.g. AUSLAN, large print, attendant support) may be provided on request.

Please contact the event organiser for further information.

Homemade Food and Wine Festival

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

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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, ajvar or olives into competition.

The next Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival will be held from 11-17 May 2015. For more details please visit

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.

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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.

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


National Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

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.

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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. The dates commemorate 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.

National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2015 

Each year, Darebin City Council recognises and celebrates these significant dates through a number of events across Council.

In 2015, the celebrations will commence with the launch of the Stolen Generations Marker on Sorry Day on Tuesday 26 of May. The development of the Marker, and the public event are organised in partnership with the Darebin Aboriginal Advisory Committee and in consultation with the Stolen Generations Working group. 

On Wednesday 27 of May  Preston Library will hold a reading of The Brother Quibble first in English followed by Wurundjeri Woman Mandy Nicholson reading it in Woi Wurrung language. 

On Thursday 28 of May at  Preston library, Aboriginal educator and cultural practitioner, Eva Jo Edwards, will share traditional and contemporary stories from Aboriginal nations across Australia in the Aboriginal Yarns Story Telling Session. This session is for children aged 5-12 years..

On Saturday 30 May, Hip hop and urban rap artist Meriki Hood, an Aboriginal Kunai and Gunditjmara woman will perform at  Preston Library. 

Pride March 2015

Melbourne’s North is Coming out at Midsumma Carnival

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We will be participating in the annual Pride March on 1st February 2015 at 1.30pm for a 2pm start.  

This open air celebration will see over 100 groups march down Fitzroy Street (St. Kilda) to express courage, solidarity, pride, diversity and a strong sense of community. The program includes assembly at the parkland at the northwest corner of Fitzroy Street and Lakeside Drive and finishes with free performances on the foreshore.   

Darebin Council will march in Pride as a demonstration of our commitment to equity and inclusion and our aspiration to create a community where everyone feels included, safe and able to achieve their full potential and wellbeing.   

Where to Meet

Meet under the Darebin flag at the parkland on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Lakeside Drive, St. Kilda. 


Find your nearest Ride 2 Work Day breakfast and ride along on the 14th of October 2015.

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Try riding to work on Wednesday 14 October for National Ride 2 Work Day. Workplaces across Darebin are holding breakfasts for their staff and there are six public breakfast events you can ride along to.

Community Breakfasts

Find your nearest public Ride2Work Day breakfast:

  • Preston Council Offices, Corner of High and Gower St, Preston - 7:30 to 9am (coffee, smoothies, breakfast, prizes and bike checks from The Spokesman)
  • Kiln Café, 85C Clyde St, Thornbury - 7:30 to 9am (coffee, breakfast, prizes)
  • Reservoir Leisure Centre, 2A Cuthbert Ave, Reservoir - 7 to 9am (light breakfast, prizes)
  • Jika Jika Community Centre, Corner of Union and Plant St, Northcote - 8:30 to 10am (hot breakfast, hot drinks and prizes)
  • Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre, 180 Victoria Road, Northcote - 7 to 9am (pancakes, bike engraving, bike checks from the Darebin Men's Shed, prizes)
  • Northcote Uniting Church, 251 High Street, Northcote - 7 to 9am (light breakfast, hot drinks, prizes)

Participating workplaces

These workplaces are supporting healthy and sustainable transport by holding a Ride2Work Day breakfast for their staff:

  • Northern College of the Arts and Technology, Preston
  • La Trobe University, Bundoora
  • Silver Lane Studio, Northcote
  • Wales Street Primary School, Thornbury
  • Melbourne Polytechnic, Preston
  • Northcote High School
  • Women's Health in the North, Thornbury
  • Doctors of Northcote
  • Neami, West Preston
  • Perry Street Childcare Centre, Fairfield
  • Darebin Community Health, Reservoir
  • Darebin Community Health, Preston
  • Darebin Community Health, Northcote
  • Distance Education Centre Victoria, Thornbury
  • Practical Ecology, Preston
  • Rutledge AV, Northcote
  • Department of Human Services, Preston

Congratulations to Women's Health in the North who won the Ride 2 Work Day prize draw and received new bike hoops for their bike shed.

Visit the Bicycle Network website to find out about National Ride2Work Day or register for their Ride2Work Program.

Further Information
Sustainable Transport Officer
Phone: (03) 8470 8683

Darebin Seniors Month

Seniors are valued and respected members of the Darebin community. Each year to celebrate Victorian Seniors Festival, a range of activities and events take place across Darebin.

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Darebin Seniors Month 2015 saw some great events come to Darebin, including:
  • Reservoir Village Festive Day for Seniors
  • Darebin Seniors Expo
  • Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll exhibition
  • Darebin community gardens tour
  • Community morning teas, lunches and pizza nights, and 
  • A range of exercise, art and craft, and education activities
Keep your eye out for our Springtime Community Events 2016 brochure for ways that you can get involved in Darebin Seniors Month 2016.

Summer Jamboree

Summer Jamboree returns for its second outing this January in Northcote Town Hall’s Civic Square

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Summer Jamboree will feature a huge program of free entertainment by the best local talent, games and activities for all ages, and refreshing provisions and nourishment from our kiosk bar.

Come pull up a deck chair and make camp in Northcote this Summer. The outdoors have never felt so good.

Friday 23 January 5pm-10.30pm
Saturday 24 January 4pm-10.30pm
Sunday 25 January 2pm-8.30pm
Monday 26 January 11am-8pm - Decibels JJJ Hottest 100 Australia Day Party

Friday 30 January 5pm-10.30pm - Decibels Records Party
Saturday 31 January 4pm-10.30pm
Sunday 1 February  2pm-8.30pm


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.

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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. 

Sustainable Living Expo

Visit Darebin's Sustainable Living Expo to learn more about how you can live more in harmony with the planet.

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Saturday, 2 April 2016
Preston City Hall and Preston Shire Hall, Gower Street, Preston

We're currently planning our Sustainable Living Expo, but you can expect to find information from local sustainability champions, green businesses and community groups about:

  • Green renovations and house design
  • Solar PV and energy efficiency
  • Gardening and composting
  • Local and seasonal food
  • Sustainable transport

We will also be hosting sustainable living workshops, and there will be opportunities to learn more about many of the interesting and inspiring community environmental projects happening in our municipality.

See Sustainable Darebin Expo for further details.

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