For Residents

Each year, residents and businesses of the City of Port Phillip—in particular St Kilda—host one of Victoria’s biggest and longest-running cultural events. Over the last 30 years, the St Kilda Festival has evolved into a massive, high-profile event on the summer festival calendar, spanning venues and locations across the St Kilda precinct and attracting crowds of over 400,000 to the area on the day.

The City of Port Phillip works hard to minimise disruption to local residents during the Festival. Each year, we work closely with Victoria Police to ensure that the Festival runs smoothly and safely, with as little impact on the local surroundings as possible.

Sunday 11 February 2018

As with any event of this scale, some changes will be in place for the Festival that impact the surrounding area, including:

Alcohol laws: The St Kilda Festival precinct is a dry zone except for designated licensed areas.

Tow away zone: From 3.00am to midnight on Sunday 11 February, The Esplanade is one of many roads in the Festival precinct closed to all vehicles with no parking permitted. Any vehicles parked on The Esplanade during this time will be towed away.

Please remove your vehicle from the Esplanade before 3.00am on Sunday 11 February. We recommend you do not park on the Esplanade from Saturday evening 10 February to avoid the risk of your vehicle being towed.

Should your vehicle remain parked on The Esplanade on 11 February, Victoria Police will endeavour to contact you prior to towing your vehicle. If your vehicle is towed, it will be towed away from the Esplanade within walking distance from where it was parked. There will be no financial penalty for retrieving your vehicle.


Parking & road closures: 

  • Road closures will be in place for St Kilda Festival from 3am on 11 February 2018. Please see the Road Closure Map for details.
  • St Kilda Festival is car-free within the Festival precinct. Residents in affected areas are issued with access passes and maps detailing road closures and vehicle entry and exit points. (Note there will also be road closures in place on Saturday 10 February for the Queens Baton relay. Visit the City of Port Phillip website for details.)

Public transport: Visitors to St Kilda during the Festival are encouraged to take public transport to minimise traffic congestion and the impact on the environment, and additional tram services are provided to cater for increased usage. 

Stay in touch

Information kits will be distributed to residents and businesses in the Festival precinct detailing how the Festival will affect their local area. If you need to get in touch, please email or call ASSIST on (03) 9209  6777 with any questions or feedback.


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