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Fawkner Festa is a free outdoor community event that celebrates and showcases the vibrant and diverse community of Fawkner. The event includes performances, community stallholders, food vendors, children's activities, and workshops.

Since its beginning in 2008, Fawkner Festa has become a highlight in the Merri-bek events calendar, as a way for residents to come together, and experience all that Fawkner has to offer.

2022 Fawkner Festa

Fawkner Festa 2022 returns to CB Smith Reserve on Sunday 23 October, 12-3pm

Join us for FREE entertainment, cooking demonstrations, community stalls, a youth zone in the skate park, and workshops as we celebrate the people and places of our Fawkner community.

Main Stage Program hosted by Neda Rahmani:

12.00pm - WALA African Drumming

12.30pm - Welcome to Country and Official Speeches

1pm - Fawkner Walking Society Band

1.45pm - John Fawkner College Band

2.30pm – Major Minors Community Choir led by Fawkner Neighbourhood House

Children’s Corner:

12.15pm - 12.45pm: Storytime with Nicola

1.00pm - 1.30pm: Little Magpie Music Workshop

1.45pm - 2.15pm: Turkish Storytime with Seher

2.30pm - 3pm: Melbourne Performing Arts Academy Ukulele Workshop

Roving Entertainment:

Bonkel Theatre present The Hopefuls

Pony Cam present The Crap Psychics

Cooking Demonstrations:

As a very special addition to the program this year, Fawkner Festa will present a mouth-watering menu of cooking demonstrations by local Fawkner cooks.

12.15pm - 1.00pm: Malaysian Curry Chicken served with Coconut Rice

1.15pm - 2.00pm: Middle Eastern Rice Pilaf

2.15pm - 3.00pm: Mystery Dish

Community Stalls:

Fawkner Festa will be brimming with community organisations and stalls wanting to share information about your local community with you.

  • Climate Action Merri-bek
  • Fawkner Wholefoods Collective
  • Fawkner Leisure Centre Active Merri-bek
  • Fawkner Neighbourhood House Watch Group
  • Fawkner SES
  • Jobs Victoria Advocates
  • Melbourne City Mission (Early Links)
  • Merri Health
  • Moreland BUG
  • Merri-bek City Libraries + Children Services
  • Northern Schools Early Years Cluster Inc.
  • Settlement Services International
  • StoryCycle
  • Sustainable Communities
  • U3A Merri-bek

FREE Workshops and Activities:

Dance for Funs with Hot Glue Buns!

Welcoming children and their adults to shake, rattle and roll with Hot Glue Buns in this interactive dance experience! Join us at Fawkner Festa as we explore the space around us.

30-minute sessions run at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm inside the Fawkner Senior Citizens Hall.

Print-making workshop

Join local Fawkner artist, Ruth Hitchens from Creative Upcycling and try some playful printmaking techniques using natural and recycled materials! We will explore upcycling and sustainability by creating colourful artworks using paint, printing and stamping to make a unique design.

Age: Suitable for all ages (children under 10 must be supervised by a parent or carer) 

Circus Play with Sparkle Society

Run away and join the circus with Sparkle Society and their interactive circus play space. Running all day from 12-3pm, grab a hula hoop or try acrobatics!

Victoria Uni Play Space

Victoria Uni will be hosting a pop up play space where children are empowered to engage, create, imagine, and explore! 

Youth Zone:

The Fawkner Festa Youth Zone has been specifically curated for the young people of Fawkner! With stalls including henna, stencil art, zine making, soccer and embroidery, as well as an all-day skate workshop, we're certain you'll find something to get involved with.

Located in front of Fawkner Neighbourhood House and around the skate park. 

Food Options:

There will be a delicious selection of food available at Fawkner Festa from 12-3pm.

  • Falafellas - Falafels and wraps
  • Lions Club of Glenroy - Sausage Sizzle
  • Billy Van Creamy Ice-cream cart
  • Food Family Passion - Coffee and Waffles
  • Pizza and Go - Delicious pizzas

Important Information:

  • Fawkner Festa is single-use plastic free event so please bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Drinking taps will be available on site.
  • We strongly encourage the use of a face covering and social distancing. Please observe cough etiquette and personal hygiene measures.

Getting to Fawkner Festa:

Fawkner Festa is located at CB Smith Reserve, 79 Jukes Road, Fawkner.

The following transport lines have routes that pass near Jukes Road:

Bus: 527, 530, 902

Train: Upfield Line

Parking is available in the main Fawkner Leisure Centre carpark but will be limited on event day.

Street parking will be available. Please ensure to read parking signs.

2021 Fawkner Zine

Unfortunately, in 2021 we were not able to celebrate Fawkner Festa in person. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the vibrant community of Fawkner.

We have put together a collection of artworks, stories, recipes, comics, and children's activities made by the people of Fawkner, for Fawkner.

You can download the Fawkner Zine in the following languages:

Contact the Festivals Team

Festivals Officer
Phone: 9240 1111