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 – Weekend 2018 Dates, Parade, Rides, Fireworks & Map
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. There will also be a big screen showing some of your favourite films for FREE, every night from 6.30pm.
The big events scheduled during Moomba 2018 is as follows:
- Birdman Rally: Sunday 11th of March at 11.30am. Along the Yarra River off Birrarung Marr.
- Moomba Parade: Monday 12th of March at 10.45am. Starting at the Shrine of Remembrance and finishing at Linlithgow Ave.
- Fireworks: Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings between 9.30pm – 9.45pm. They can be viewed best along the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr.
There will be plenty of tasty food and drinks for sale at Moomba with food trucks selling burgers, fries, icecreams, donuts and everything in between.
Parking will be difficult in the city, so you are best to take a train and get off at Flinders Street Station. The Moomba Festival is located just across the road. There will be a number of road closures around the festival including Boathouse Drive which will be closed at Alexandra Avenue from midnight Tuesday to midnight Monday. A full list of road closures are listed below.