“The Festival is intended to show that there are some beautiful and very positive aspects to community life in St Kilda.” Mayor, Cr Clarrie King, 1980 Festival press release
Running since 1980, St Kilda Festival remains a popular and iconic event that continues to attract massive, diverse crowds to St Kilda for the second Sunday in February each year.
As one of Australia’s oldest surviving community music festivals, St Kilda Festival has seen many formats and changes since its inception 38 years ago. The Festival continues the Melbourne tradition of congregating at its favourite beach at the end of summer each year with a free community celebration of and for the area, in an event that supports and celebrates home-grown musical talent.
The life of the Festival has been shaped by many—its performers, participants, its audiences, the residents, the businesses and the local community. All of these contributions have made the Festival what it is today, and more than anything else, represents the many stories of the past 38 years in St Kilda.
For a detailed look at the origins and stories behind St Kilda Festival, check out the publication St Kilda Festival: A 30-year history 1980 – 2010.