Melbournians come together every year to share, cheer and spread the festive spirit for the Moomba Festival. After all, Moomba has been celebrated in Melbourne for over half a century, and is held every Labour Day long weekend.

Moomba brings exciting daily programs, family events, rides, entertainment and activities for visitors to experience. It is therefore no wonder, that Moomba is widely loved by all.

Moomba Festival 2017 – Dates, Parade, Birdman Rally & Fireworks

The Moomba festival is celebrated over four days, with locals, tourists and visitors joining in on the festivities on the sun-soaked banks of the Yarra River to celebrate the event. The festival also features a parade that runs towards the city on St Kilda Road and is attended by thousands of families, as they witness community groups who come each year to participate.

The Moomba Festival features plenty of carnival rides, water sports, fireworks and special fun activities for kids. The nightly fireworks are a major drawcard of the event, as well as the well-loved Birdman Rally. The festival arena stays full every night as popular bands and singers perform to entertain the crowds.

Moomba-goers also love the carnival rides that are positioned along the Yarra river. These include many smaller rides for the kids, as well as thrilling rides for teenagers and adults.

Don’t forget to catch the water skiing competitions that run daily along the Yarra river. Local watersports operators come together to make the event enjoyable by offering a variety of water-based events for visitors to enjoy.

FIREWORKS will be on Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings between 9.30pm – 9.45pm and can be viewed best along the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr.

A massive parade will be held on Monday 13th of March at 11am where you will see floats, music and dancers. The parade starts at the Shrine of Remembrance on St. Kilda Road Parade and finishes near Lintithgow Avenue.

Moomba Festival Information

Alexandra Gardens & Birrarung Marr,
Melbourne, VIC
  Event Dates:
10 - 13 March 2017
  Event Times:
Daily: 11am to 11pm
Fireworks: on the Yarra at 9.30pm Saturday - Monday
Birdman Rally: 12pm noon on Sunday 12th March
Parade: 11am Monday 13th March
Phone: (03) 9658 9658
Email: [email protected]
  Event Prices/Admission:
Free to attend
Rides range between $5 - $10

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    • Hi Jane,

      The best place to park would be in the Federation Square parking lot as this will get you as close as can be without having to make your little one walk too far.

      However I suspect that it may be very busy over the weekend, so if you unable to get a spot there, there are a few private parking facilities close by.
      1. City Square Parking, 202/208 Flinders Ln, open 24 hrs, $12 on weekends.
      2. Wilson Parking, 172-192 Flinders St, open 24 hrs, $10 on weekends.

      Alternatively, you could always find a free spot along St. Kilda Road as there are a number of 4hr parks, and catch a tram up to Flinders Street.

      Enjoy the Moomba Festival!


    • Hi Alicia,

      Fireworks will be held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings between 9.30pm -9.45pm. Best viewed at Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River.

      Enjoy the Moomba Festival!


  • Hi, I was wondering if you can by family passes for the rides. If not could you please give me some info on the pricing of rides please. The age group is between 4-40yrs. Thankyou.

    • Hi Bianca,

      Moomba is offering a “Friday Fun Pass” for 3 hours of unlimited rides from 6pm to 9pm on Friday 11 March. You can pre-purchase these online now for $35, or on the day they will be $45. Your unlimited rides wristband can be used on all rides in both Alexandra Gardens & Birrarung Marr.

      As for the standard prices for rides, in previous years they have been around $5 for children and $10 per adult, per ride. This varies depending on the ride but gives you an idea of how much cash you may need on the day!

      Have a great time at the Moomba Festival!