The East Gippsland Winter Festival returns bigger and brighter, expanding to a month-long event in 2023

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The East Gippsland Winter Festival returns bigger and brighter, expanding to a month-long event in 2023

Featuring an array of more than 100+ spectacular events happening right across the East Gippsland region, the East Gippsland Winter Festival will present one of the largest and most diverse winter festival programs in Australia. 

The East Gippsland Winter Festival is set to light up Victoria’s east with more than 100 spectacular events. Running from 9 June to 9 July, the festival returns for its third outing, and this year, has been extended to a month-long celebration of regional art, food, culture and nature.

The feature-packed program of events will kick off on the King’s Birthday Long Weekend, incorporate the Winter Solstice and run right through the Victorian School Holidays. 

East Gippsland Winter Festival

  • There’s a massive month-long festival happening in East Gippsland this winter
  • Discover the treasures of East Gippsland through art, wine, craft beer, local produce and live music
  • It takes place from June 9 until July 9 – coinciding with the Victorian school holidays and the winter solstice

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

A plethora of free activities and family-friendly events offers an affordable, yet magical winter getaway in a region that boasts mild winters by the coast and a diverse natural landscape of stunning mountains, mighty rivers, Ramsar-listed lakes, 90-mile beaches, tall forests and picturesque valleys. 

This year’s theme ‘How We Winter’ will guide the event, as the region comes alive in a festival of light, food, music, art and culture. From beautiful handmade lanterns, projection art that augments reality, and live music in unexpected places, to wellness experiences overlooking lakes, long lunches and winter feasts in spectacular locations, there’s something for everyone at this glorious winter fest. 

Highlights of this year’s Festival Program include: 

  • 10 June: Deep In The Weeds at Sailors Grave Brewing, Orbost – C.W. Stoneking and His Primitive Horn Orchestra will headline Sailors Grave’s infamous ‘Deep in the Weeds Festival’, held in a 130-year old butter factory on the banks of the Snowy River. Dinner catered by Meatsmiths Melbourne with dessert from The Lindenow Long Paddock.
  • 10 June: Fire & Ice, Metung – Live ice sculpting and a spectacular fire show on the Metung Village Green overlooking the tranquil waters of Bancroft Bay.
  • 24 June: Bruthen Medieval Winter Fire Festival, Bruthen – featuring sword fights, bonfires, music, roving performers, costumes and feasting – this event is not to be missed.
  • 1 July: Lakes Lights, Lakes Entrance – a community lantern parade across the Lakes Entrance Footbridge leading to a magical curated display of artist-made lanterns, installations and projection art on the small stretch of land between the Gippsland Lakes and the 90 Mile Beach. 
  • 8 July: Winter in Laneway3875, Bairnsdale – a laneway party in the heart of Bairnsdale’s CBD featuring projection art, live music, street food from Bairnsdale’s best eateries, local craft beer and wine, and the foundry artist collective. 

The full program of events for this year’s East Gippsland Winter Festival will be announced at a launch event on April 29 at Rivendell Farm Estate. 

The 2023 East Gippsland Winter Festival will run from 9 June – 9 July. For more information, head here.