With five different cultural festivals on the one weekend, it’s no wonder Melbourne is the multicultural capital of Australia, if not the world. And what’s more, these festivals are free!
Lankan Fest 2017
9am - 7pm, Sunday 26 February 2017
Crown Entertainment Complex, 8 Whiteman Street Southbank
Founded and organised by a number of non-for-profit organisations, the annual Lankan Fest aims to highlight and celebrate the best of Sri Lankan culture in an accessible and friendly environment to all members of the wider community. Featuring over 40 stalls showcasing food, spices, arts and craft, cooking demonstrations and live performances, be a part of the Sri Lankan community bringing the best of their homeland to Melbourne.
2017 Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
12 midday - 6pm, Sunday 26 February 2017
Federation Square, Melbourne
You won’t recognise Federation Square this weekend as its transformed into a picturesque Japanese village for the 2017 Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival. Along with plenty of stalls filled with traditional food, arts and crafts, there are activities, performances and games for the crowd to participate in as well as a raffle of prizes with the major prize being two business class tickets return to Tokyo!
Korea Week Festival 2017
11am - 8pm, 23-26 February 2017
Queensbridge Square, 3 Queensbridge Street Southbank
For Koreans and Melburnians alike, the Korea Week Festival is a major event on the Korean culture calendar. Watch K-pop performances, traditional Taekwondo and Taekkyeon demonstrations, taste traditional Korean food and see Hanbok fashion shows.
Maslenitsa - Slavic Pancake Festival
10am - 8pm, 25 February 2017
Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street Carlton
Ever been to a festival where pillow fighting is an official activity? Join in the wacky fun at the Slavic Pancake Festival at the Royal Exhibition Building. See and participate in traditional song and dance, tug of war, face painting and of course sample the delicious Slavic fair.
30th Lonsdale Street Greek Festival
11am - late Saturday 25 February, 11am - 10.30pm Sunday 26 February
Greek Precinct, 168 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Celebrating decades of Greek culture in Melbourne, the 30 year anniversary of the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival will go on all night. With food trucks, cooking demonstrations, traditional Greek feasts, pop up bars, live performances and one of the largest Greek populations in the world, this will be one hell of a party!