Darebin Community and Kite Festival

Event Details

Let’s go fly a kite! Perennial favourite, the Darebin Community and Kite Festival, is back. Held throughout the picturesque Edwardes Lake Park in Reservoir, the Festival is an outdoor cultural and community celebration. Fun, free and immersive, it offers a broad range of performances, kids’ art and craft activities, storytelling, community and food stalls, a pet expo, and of course, kite flying!

The 2017 Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever, with numerous activities for all ages on offer throughout the day. Explore kite-making from around the world along with performance art and craft activities at the numerous creative areas spread across the Festival site. Drop by the two music stages to catch talented young local musicians and DJs as well as a showcase of Indigenous music co-presented by Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation. Set sail with Polyglot Theatre’s Boats, which reimagines Edwardes Lake as a wide ocean, where children use colourful vessels to navigate urban seascapes. Or visit the Feel Good & Fly area to get healthy through creative and theatrical play, try your hand at barefoot bowls or launch your kite on the kite-flying field!

Pet Expo also returns with a petting zoo, magic shows and information stalls, and Australia’s favourite kids’ comedians, The Listies will be holding court at the Storytelling Tent.

There’ll be something for everyone, so gather your friends and family, pack a picnic rug, and come and celebrate with the Darebin community.

For full program details and times, download the 2017 Festival Program & Map:


For a hard copy version of the Festival Program, please call City of Darebin on 8470 8888.



We encourage patrons to travel green and leave the car at home. Edwardes Lake Park is within walking distance to train and bus routes. Free pedi-cabs will be operating along Edwardes Street between Reservoir Train Station and Edwardes Lake Park, and around the Festival site itself. Keep your eyes peeled for one and hail a ride! Or ride your own bike and park it in style at our onsite bike valet.

For a full list of green travel options download our Sustainable Transport Guide:




City of Darebin welcomes people of all abilities to participate in our annual Kite Festival, and there are a range of activities at the event to suit everyone, as well as support services on the day, including:

    • Hiring manual wheelchairs
    • Roving attendant carers and Auslan interpreters
    • Auslan interpreted events
    • Hearing loop on the Lakeside Stage
    • A Rest & Recharge Tent, including a sensory friendly area


For full details on the access services offered at the Festival, download the Festival Access Guide:




If you have any questions, feedback or would like further information regarding the Darebin Community & Kite Festival, please don’t hesitate to contact us by:

Phone: 03 8470 8888

Email: mailbox@darebin.vic.gov.au

National Relay Service: Contact the National Relay Service on 133 677 or via relayservice.com.au, then ask for 03 8470 8888 during business hours.

Speak Your Language: 03 8470 8470