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 will run from Saturday 21 - Sunday 29 November, 2015 and will include open garden tours and workshops on each weekend as well as in the early evening during the week. The detailed program will be available from October 2015

Get Involved - Open Your Garden or Volunteer 
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!

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.

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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

Community and Kite Festival

The Darebin Community and Kite Festival is a perennial favourite.

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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. There will be free bike valet parking near the corner of Edwardes and Leamington Street. 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 from 11am-6pm. It is a free event.

For more information about this year's program, please visit the Darebin Arts website.

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. 

Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration - Thursday, 5 March 2015
The Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration is a free annual oration delivered by a distinguished female guest speaker.

Managing Money: Every Woman's Business - Mondays, 23 February - 23 March 2015
This free short course will increase your knowledge on financial matters and consumer rights.

Have a Blast, Play Cricket! - Thursday, 5 March 2015
An opportunity for young women to play cricket at Preston City Oval with qualified local club coaches on hand.

Get Active @ Darebin Leisure Centres - Women's Health and Wellbeing Day - Sunday, 8 March 2015
All women will enjoy free access to all fitness classes and two weeks of free membership if you sign up on the day!

Darebin Sports Clubs' President's Breakfast - Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Embracing the theme of 'Make it happen' by encouraging our clubs to increase gender equality and participation in the short term future.

Women in Business - Thursday, 19 March 2015
Come and enjoy lunch and networking with other successful business owners and managers, and an engaging interview between Sally Cockburn and local designer Catherine Manuell.

International Women's Day 2015 Full Program

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

Seniors Month

Seniors are valued and respected members of the Darebin community. So in true Darebin style, a range of activities and events will take place across the municipality during this year’s Victorian Seniors Festival in October that celebrate older people. A full program of events will be finalised soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, a few to note in your diary.

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Reservoir Village Festive Day for Seniors
Thursday 8 October, 10am-3pm
Edwardes and Spring Street, Reservoir

Reservoir Village will once again roll out the red carpet for seniors.

The new Reservoir Community and Learning Centre will welcome back resident senior citizens groups and older residents to the new library and facilities in the heart of the Edwardes Street and Spring Street shopping precinct.

Free arts and dance activities, delectable food offerings and useful information on a range of topics from ways to get out and about and connect more with our community, to local services and programs, will make this a fun and informative day out.

While you’re at the festival, pick up a copy of the Darebin Springtime Community Events 2015 brochure to find out what other activities and events are happening across Darebin to celebrate older people.

Download a copy of the Day's Program here.

Darebin Seniors Expo
Friday 16 October, 10am-2pm
Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre

The Darebin Active and Healthy Ageing Advisory Board is a committee made up of older people living in Darebin. The Board help Council to think about ways that older people can stay active and connected to the community, as well as consider how programs and events can be welcoming of older people. 

This year, the Board is hosting an expo at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, with the hope of helping older people to learn more about the activities and possibilities on offer locally.

Older people are interested in many things, including: politics; leisure and physical activity; reading, writing and storytelling; arts and crafts; health and wellness; culture and religion, and spending time with family and friends. This is an opportunity for not-for-profit community groups and organisations to help showcase what is on offer locally that may interest older people. 

For more information on either of these events, contact:

Ph: (03) 8470 8888

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. 

Springtime Community Events

Every year in October, Darebin's Springtime Community Events celebrate Victorian Seniors Festival and Community Safety Month. This celebration brings together a range of Council and community events and activities that welcome older people and raise awareness of community safety.

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Download your copy of Darebin Springtime Community Events 2015 Program or for a hard copy, contact the Community Development team:

Nicola Johnson
8470 8312

Fionnuala Spillane
8470 8063

Some highlights for your diary:

‘Bowl Violence Over,’ come-and-try Lawn Bowls
Join us for a special try-bowls day in support of “safe steps,” a charity dedicated to the prevention of violence against women. Absolutely no bowling experience needed! Darebin City Bowls Club also welcomes new (or experienced) bowlers of all ages. No need to book, just come along on the day.

When: Sunday 11 October, 10.00am – 4.30pm
Where: Darebin International Sports Centre (DISC). 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury

Darebin Seniors Expo 2015
The expo will give local service providers, social and cultural groups, and hobby groups a chance to showcase what is on offer in Darebin for older people to stay active and healthy. Hosted by Darebin’s Active and Healthy Ageing Board, the expo is sure to have something to interest all older people.

When: Friday 16 October, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre. Corner of Bell Street and St George’s Road, Preston

Other highlights:

  • Reservoir Village Festive Day for Seniors – Thursday 8 October
  • Sumner Loving Weed Workshop – Saturday 10 October
  • Food is Free Festival – Sunday 11 October
  • Community Group Pizza Night – Wednesday 14 October
  • Come-and-try Tai Chi for Health – Wednesday 14 October
  • Darebin Community Gardens Tour – Wednesday 21 October
  • Indigenous Honours Role – Monday 26 – Friday 30 October

True North Reservoir Arts Festival

Held annually in autumn, True North – Reservoir Arts Festival celebrates the unique cultural identity and expanding artistic community of Darebin's north.

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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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