St Kilda Festival: Plan smarter, party better

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Valentine’s Day Sunday 14 February 2016

St Kilda Festival is a celebration of community spirit, Australian music and the beautiful St Kilda Foreshore.

It’s a day of fun in the sun, thrills on the beach and awesome sounds after dark. Just remember to come prepared and treat the ‘hood with utmost respect’.

The Festival is open to and caters for all ages including a dedicated Kidzone plus liscened areas for those overage.

Bring a hat and sunscreen to stave off sunburn, comfortable shoes to get around the Festival site and a copy of the Festival program or Smartphone App to help you plan your day.

Here are some things you need to know before you head in:


The St Kilda Festival has a number of initiatives designed to improve accessibility to the Festival site. These include a disability drop off and pick up zone on Beaconsfield Parade adjacent to Catani Gardens, as marked on the Festival map. There is also a designated disability parking area on Fitzroy St, near the Fitzroy Bowls Club.

There are a number of temporary and permanent accessible public toilets throughout the site, marked with the international symbol for disability access.

Accessibility information will be available at Festival information booths throughout the precinct on Festival Sunday and service counters within these booths will be at accessible heights. Accessible service will be available from all itinerant traders on site on request, and cordless EFTPOS facilities will be available at some vendors.

For disability access to public transport please visit the Public Transport Victoria website at

For further information, please see the Festival map, call the HOTLINE ON 9209 6306 or visit one of our information booths on the day.


The St Kilda Festival precinct is a dry zone. On Festival Sunday alcohol consumption is only permitted within designated licensed areas.

Pursuant to Clause 54 of Community Amenity Local Law No 1, an ‘Alcohol Free Zone’ will apply in the St Kilda Festival Precinct, with the exception of licensed premises and approved extension to authorised areas with a Limited License. No BYO is allowed.

The St Kilda Festival Precinct consists of:
The foreshore from Thackeray Street to Barkly Street; Barkly Street to Fitzroy Street; Fitzroy Street to Canterbury Road; Canterbury Road to Cowderoy Street to the Foreshore including the beach.

Fines will apply. The St Kilda Festival works with Victoria Police and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to put many measures in place to manage alcohol on Festival Sunday.

The Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation has restrictions on alcohol sales from takeaway liquor outlets in place on St Kilda Festival Sunday.

Additionally, “No Alcohol” communications are carried across all Festival promotion and printed literature with the following messages reinforced:

  • Alcohol consumption is only permitted within designated licensed areas
  • No BYO

Local laws in place for the St Kilda Festival prohibit any persons from carrying open vessels of alcohol within the Festival Precinct, Victoria Police will monitor and may fine persons found to be in breach of the local law.


There are 3 busking pitches at the St Kilda Festival on Sunday 14 February:

  • Fitzroy Street, cnr of Jackson Street
  • Fitzroy Street, near Park Street
  • Acland Street, cnr of Barkly Street

Permits are granted on a first come first served basis.  You may perform for a maximum of 20 minutes, with at least a 40 minute break between sets, to allow other buskers to perform. Permits are issued free of charge on the day of the Festival. Please note it is an offence to busk without a permit and busking is not allowed outside of our 3 marked busking pitches. Fire is not allowed as part of your performance at any time, nor are any activities that may come into contact with the overhead tram lines.


There are several first aid posts set up around the St Kilda Festival precinct, providing health management services on the day. First Aid posts can be found at:

  • Cnr Grey Street and Fitzroy Street
  • Cnr Alfred Square and The Esplanade
  • Cnr Carlisle Street and Acland Street (in front of McDonalds Restaurant)
  • Catani Gardens (adjacent to the public toilets)
  • South Beach Reserve (North-Eastern corner)

For all medical emergencies please call 000.


Thanks to Telstra, festival goers will be able to ‘get connected’ at the Main Stage and Foreshore Precinct. Check the Festival Map for locations.


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For general information at the event, lost children or belongings, go to one of our Festival information booths.

On Festival Sunday, you can also call the St Kilda Festival HOTLINE on 9209 6306.


As above – travel responsibly. Recycle. Recycle. Recycle. Help keep St Kilda clean by putting your rubbish into one of the many recycle bins around the site on Festival Sunday. Easy.


Remember that smoking and glass are not allowed on the sand at Port Phillip beaches.


This Festival is a car free zone. Trams, trains, buses, cycling or walking are the best options to get to the Festival.

Most of St Kilda will be affected by road closures on Festival Sunday. The Esplanade, Lower Esplanade, Cavell Street and most of Fitzroy, Acland and Carlisle Streets will be completely closed to through traffic. Catch public transport – you’ll thank yourself and so will the environment.

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