Welcome to the 69th Moomba Festival – Australia’s largest free community festival.

After a record crowd last year, the City of Melbourne is bringing you more Moomba magic, opening a day early on Thursday 9 March to serve up five whole days of delicious food, astonishing antics and family fun.

Get carried away by the colour and imagination of the iconic parade, cheer on the daring contestants in the Birdman Rally, catch the Moomba Monarchs and marvel at the water-sporting feats along our Yarra River – Birrarung.

Everyone’s welcome at Moomba – the people’s festival – so let’s get loud and celebrate in the undisputed events capital of the nation.

Rally your friends and family and I’ll see you at Moomba – only in the city.

Sally Capp, Lord Mayor