The Northcote Rise Festival 2024

Melbourne’s iconic High Street festival is back and better than ever to bring Good Feels on The Rise! 

After a 13-year hiatus, the Northcote Rise Festival is back to take over High Street and showcase local Northcote artists, entertainers, vendors, and more! 

This Sunday 18th February, Northcote’s iconic main street will be transformed from James Street to Separation Street into a vibrant pedestrian-only zone with free entertainment for families and those of all ages. 

Organised by the volunteer group the Northcote Business Association, the day will feature over 300 entertainers and 70 local artists performing throughout the main stage and four mini-stages playing everything from indie pop, rhythm, and blues to Latin rock and jazz. For food lovers, the Northcote Rise Festival is not one to miss with a variety of tasty food and beverages whipped up by local traders, bound to please even the most unique taste buds!

Mayor of Darebin, Cr Susanne Newton is thrilled the festival is back in full swing.

“The Northcote Rise Festival is set to give a real boost to the local economy by attracting visitors who invest in our local community. The festival is about showcasing the great small businesses we’re so lucky to have in Northcote Rise Precinct with the support of creative local artists. In Darebin we have something really special to celebrate and I can’t wait to share it with you all!” Mayor Newton said.

Supported by the Victorian Government to revitalise local businesses and the community, the festival will take place across seven lively entertainment zones filled with the precinct's best traders and vendors. Andrew Mansfield, Northcote Business Association President says, “We are extremely honoured for the support from the state government and the broader Melbourne community in celebrating our precinct and our Northcote Rise traders and businesses who have worked tirelessly to build the High St Northcote we all love. We are so excited that through this grant we’ll be able to highlight our local community’s impressive mix of independent traders to deliver a fun festival environment of food, music, and retail. Our traders are responsible for giving so much to our community culture and it’ll be great to see people come out to support them.”

This is an open event where Darebin locals and visitors alike are encouraged to come and see the wonders Northcote Rise has to offer.

The trams will not be running through High Street on Sunday the 18th of February to ensure the safety of attendees and to allow traders to bring themselves and their products out onto the streets for everyone to see. 
Join us at the Northcote Rise Festival on Sunday 18th of February for a day of fun and excitement – Northcote style!

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