A snowy winter wonderland to a wizards & witches festival: 20 unmissable Victorian festivals in June 

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A snowy winter wonderland to a wizards & witches festival: 20 unmissable Victorian festivals in June 


Here are the best festivals to beef up your calendar over the next month.

Winter is here, and we don’t know whether we should be more concerned with our runny nose or cold toes. The colour of them suggests our toes, but our vanity says nose. No one likes sitting next to a sniffler all day long. 

Cold we may be, but cold-hearted we’re not. In fact, our mum says Forte is the best and nicest magazine around. While we can’t physically warm you up, unless you ask super nicely, we can provide information that hopefully softens the chill in the air. It’s not quite sitting in front of the heater with a bowl of soup watching Matilda, but it’s not standing in the rain and listening to The Smiths, either. 

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here

So put on that beanie that makes you look cute, make yourself a hot chocolate and enjoy a snapshot of some of the festivals coming your way this month. 


Melbourne – June 1-12

Rise and shine, campers 

Enjoy a surge of music, performance, theatre, visual art and dance, funded by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Visit Victoria. 

More through rising.melbourne


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Glow Winter Arts Festival

Prahran – June 3 – June 12

Get ready to GLOW

Making its way to Prahran Square is the Glow Winter Arts Festival, a display of installations that you’ll never forget. It’s happening over 10 nights, where attendees can warm up with some food and drink on site, while they immerse themselves in the amazing art pieces on display. It’s happening nightly until 10pm.

More here.

Castlemaine Jazz Festival 

Castlemaine – June 10-12

It’s the notes you don’t play

Your line-up includes Anita Harris Trio, Double Take, Bete Noire, Breakout, Caught in the Act, Christine Manetta, Esstee Big Band, Fat’azz, Harry Coulson, Jade Kerber, Jennifer Salisbury & Mark Morand, Jon & Wendy Wade Swinging Jazz Quartet, King Stone, G&T Jazz, The Magnificence, Meg Corson Sextet, Melba Big Band, Moonlighting Jug Band, The Old Married Couple, Pip Avent’s Mouldy Jazz, Pippa Wilson, The Seduceaphones, Shirazz, Slipper, Steamboat Whistlers, Sweet Ade, Triple Entendre Jazz Cabaret and Windows of Longing.    

More through the website

National Celtic Festival

Portarlington – June 10-13

Step outside with Celtic pride 

Your line-up includes Bush Gothic, Laura Flanagan, Tolka, Hat Fitz & Cara, Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara, The Ploughboys, Claddagh, Apolline, Rich Davies & the Low Road, Kejafi, La Nina, Trio Fáilte, Sionnach Rua’s Great Irish Songbook, The Bushwhackers, Luke Plumb & Khalida De Ridder, Claymore, Siobhan Owen, The Freewheeler, Austral, The Maggie Carty Band, Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers, The Rummagers, Bo’Ness, Maria Forde, Pete Denahy, The Scanlan Trio and Out of Hand.   

More through the website

Mornington Winter Music Festival

Mornington – June 10-13

A festival to keep you warm 

Enjoy live music and free street entertainment, including Jarrod Shaw, Misty Jenkins, Marcelle, The Warrains, Elisha, Pete Pascoe, Sunny Moo, Chris Annable, Bennsong, Lily Clancy, The Busketeers, Busk Stop, Coco Michelle, Robbie McVean, Damon Stone, Matt Joe Gow, Mornington Brass Youth & Citizens Band, The Soul Rangers, Alejandro Aguanta, Olivia G, Eve Ward, Trevor Bartle, Chris Hoffmann, Madison Daniel, Richard London and more. 

More here

Tastes of Central Geelong

Geelong – June 10-29

Bon appétit 

Enjoy a festival of food, flavours and fun. You’ll be able to learn a few tricks of the trade from local chefs, samples the goods of Central Geelong, participate in food-themed events and much more. You may have to loosen your belt. 

More goodness here

Tastes of Central Geelong returns for 2022, celebrating the region’s rich and diverse culinary scene with countless events

Oz Comic-Con

Melbourne Convention & Entertainment Centre – June 11-12

Best episode ever 

Guests include Aimee Garcia, Kevin Alejandro, Callan McAuliffe and Remy Hii.

More through ozcomiccon.com

Wizards & Witches Festival

Kryal Castle, Ballarat – June 11-13

You’re a wizard, reader 

The inaugural festival will bring a little magic to the region of Ballarat across the long weekend. Performing magicians, live entertainment, a jumping castle and a wand-making exhibition where attendees can make their own wand will be among the entertainment. 

More through kryalcastle.com.au


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East Gippsland Winter Festival

East Gippsland – June 17 – July 10

Discover the treasures of East Gippsland

The East Gippsland Winter Festival is set to light up Victoria’s east with more than 80 spectacular events over three weeks.

From a Laneway Party to fine dining experiences, there’s tons of events on over the three weeks – including free lantern-making workshops, cultural ceremonies and experiences led by traditional Indigenous owners, long lunches that showcase local produce and nature activities such as bush walks, yoga and meditation.

More here.

The East Gippsland Winter Festival returns with winter feasts, art installations, bonfires, live music and more

Bright Darker Days festival

Bright – June 17 – June 19

Dark beer, live music and high country delights

Victoria’s tranquil (and aptly named) high-country town of Bright will host Darker Days festival from June 17 – 19, transforming the picturesque destination at the base of the Alpine National Park into a fiery celebration of dark beer, live music and country delights. Bob Evans, of Jebediah and solo fame, headlines the fest and will be supported by The Northern Folk and This Way North, Since We Kissed, Matt Katsis, and DJ Several Pleasures.

More here.

Warrnambool Storytelling Festival

Warrnambool – June 17-July 3

Everyone has a story

A 17-day feast of storytelling kicks off at the Lighthouse Theatre on June 17 with a special appearance from singer-songwriter Tom Richardson. Literature, music, culture and performance events will take place throughout the festival’s duration. 

More through warrnamboolstorytelling.com.au

Adventure Park Winter Glow

Adventure Park, Geelong – June 17-July 10

Everyone needs an adventure 

Coming out even bigger than last year’s event, Winter Glow is a perfect treat for the school holidays. There will be more snow, rides and light installations, as well as larger fire-twirling and ice sculpture displays, than the sold-out 2021 event. 

Tickets here

Stars & Bars Festival

The Hygeia, Geelong on June 18 

Reach for the stars 

Take to the high seas on a cocktail cruise featuring the starry sounds of Henry Wagons & the Only Children and Nathan Seeckts. 

More through the website

Truffle Melbourne Festival

Queen Victoria Markets, Sheds RK-RL, Melbourne – June 18-19

Make a kerfuffle over truffles 

The Truffle Melbourne Festival is the largest truffle celebration outside of Europe. A selection of Melbourne’s best truffle chefs will showcase their skills through truffle soups, tasty truffle pizzas, cheesy raclettes, truffled crepes and more.

More here

Reclink Community Cup

Victoria Park, Abbotsford – June 19 

Up there Cazaly 

Honouring Gunditjmara/Bundjalung singer-songwriter Archie Roach, this cracking Megahertz (PBS and Triple R) vs Rock Dogs (musicians) footy game will be complemented with music from Cash Savage & the Last Drinks, Private Function, Ausecuma Beats, Izy and Parsnip. 

More here

Negative Waves

Barwon Club, Geelong – June 25

Turning a negative into a positive

Your line-up is Cosmic Psychos, Bored!, Hits, Stiff Richards, Civic, Tiger by the Tail, Ute Root, Swedish Magazines, Electric Purrs, Shanty Tramp, Rot TV, The Fckups, Shove, The Prize, The Maggie Pills, Juliette Seizure & the Tremor Dolls, Hotchkiss and Amba Fear.

Tickets here


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Bantu Fest

Barwon Valley Activity Centre, Belmont – June 25

The quintessential African experience 

Making its second outing of the year, Bantu Fest is a celebration promoting African culture and diversity through music, dance, food, visual arts and market stalls. 

More here

Ballarat Winter Festival

Ballarat – June 25-July 17

Walking in a winter wonderland 

Come celebrate the city’s signature season through unique events, activities and offerings. Highlights include the Winter Wonderlights, the Pop-Up Ice Rink and the Kryal Castle show, Knights of Fire and Show Queen Neva.  

More through visitballarat.com.au


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GLOW – Bendigo After Dark

Bendigo – June 25 – July 17

An unforgettable sensory experience.

Running every night from 25 June 2022 to 17 July 2022, the heart of Bendigo will come to life through 11 installations that are all unique and aim to showcase stories of Bendigo through a radiant display of light, colour and sound in a spectacular fashion.

More here.

White Night Shepparton

Shepparton – June 25

A visual arts takeover

This visual feast and cultural event will descend on Shepparton on Saturday, June 25 from 6pm to 12am, attracting thousands of locals and visitors to the city and supporting local tourism and hospitality businesses.

The program will feature the best of the best from previous regional White Night events alongside new elements that showcase the region’s landscape, culture, and history. White Night will transform Shepparton through illuminations, projections, music and interactive works from talented local and national artists.

More here.