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 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: 

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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.


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. 


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.

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Ride2Work Day is on Wednesday 15th October 2014. 

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

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

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.

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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 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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