Ethnic Festivals in Melbourne

Melbourne is proudly the ethnic capital of Australia (probably the world) and ex-pats celebrate their national cultures with festivals every year.

Just about every nationality is represented showing us their food, music, language, heritage, dress and culture...

Antipodes Festival


Festival of Greeks and Greece
The Antipodes Festival takes over Lonsdale Street's Greek Precinct to celebrate all things Greek in February every year.

Join the Greek community of Melbourne as they celebrate Greek apokries - the tradition of carnivale, in the heart of Melbourne. It promises to be two days of frivolity, food and free entertainment for the whole family.

Antipodes Festival

Pako Festa


Festival of Italian and all cultures

Held in Geelong, the Pako Festa is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia!
Pako Festa

Johnston Street Fiesta


Festival of Spain and Spanish Cultures

The Hispanic-Latin American Festival makes a significant contribution to the vibrancy and richness of Australia's multicultural society, depicting cultural and artistic expression through dance, music, theatre, film, sport, visual arts, and cuisine.
Johnston Street Fiesta (November).

Festival Francais de Melbourne


Festival of France & French Culture

Set amongst what is already a beautiful backdrop in South Yarra, Como House and Gardens will once again transform into a French pop-up village where you can smell, touch and taste all that embodies France.

Festival Francais de Melbourne (November).

Holland Festival Melbourne


Festival of Holland and Dutch Culture

The Holland Festival is a marvellous display of Dutch traditions which enrich Australia's cultural treasure. at Sandown Racecourse

Holland Festival Melbourne (February).

Holland Festival Melbourne


Festival of Holland and Dutch Culture

The Dutch community in Melbourne celebrates Dutch Orange Day: celebrating Queen Beatrix' birthday at Southbank.

KLM Dutch Orange Day (April).

Tesselaar Tulip Festival


Festival of Holland and Dutch Culture

Discover a fabulous floral world of fun and entertainment , market stalls, Dutch costumes, foods and other treats daily during the show as well as special highlights.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival (October).

Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival


Melbourne's Buddha Day marks the Buddhist holidays with a unique annual event celebrating vesak or wesak (Buddha's birthday), flavoured by Melbourne's diverse multicultural society.

Buddha's Day (May).

Polish Festival


Festival of Poland and Polish Culture

The Polish Festival @ Federation Square celebrates these shared qualities and aims to give Melburnians a tantalising taste of that distant country whom it often parallels.

Polish Festival (November).

Moomba Festival


Australian Culture

Every Labour Day long weekend in March Moomba Festival brings Melburnians together to share in the vibrancy and spirit of our much loved city. Not forgetting the incredible Moomba Birdman Rally.

Moomba (March).

Thai Culture & Food Festival


Thailand and Thai Culture

The Thai Culture & Food Festival showcases Thai arts and crafts, Thai tourism, Thai kick boxing and offering Thai massage and information about Thailand and its people.

Thai Culture & Food Festival (March).

Multicultural Festivals


Numerous single day national celebrations taking place in Federation Square, from Indonesian to Polish, from Thai to Brazilian, from Pacific Islands to African.

Melbourne Film Festivals celebrating just about every country.

A biennial festival, Big West Festival stages high quality, cutting edge, multi-cultural and multi-artform events in the venues, cultural sites and suburban streets of the western suburbs, matching places and people in unexpected ways.

Gone but Not Forgotten Festivals


Lygon Street Festival replaced by the La Dolce Italia Festival
Armenian Cultural Festival
Somali Cultural Day


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