Moomba returns in 2021 with a revised program and format to ensure the event will delight families and meet COVID-19 safety requirements. From 5-8 March, Moomba magic comes to Melbourne with a series of fun, family-friendly events and attractions spread across the city. Stay tuned for the full program announcement!
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. Therefore, it’s no wonder that Moomba is widely loved by all.
Moomba Festival, Weekend 2021 Dates, Parade, Rides, Fireworks & Map
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.
The big events usually scheduled during Moomba is as follows:
- Birdman Rally: Along the Yarra River off Birrarung Marr.
- Moomba Parade: Starting at the Shrine of Remembrance and finishing at Linlithgow Ave.
- Fireworks: Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings between 9:30pm to 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, ice creams, doughnuts 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.