Western Port Festival is nearly here!








The 49th annual Western Port Festival

The former fishing village and popular industrial seaside township of Hastings will play host to the “49th Western Port Festival” at the picturesque Fred Smith Reserve on the Hastings Foreshore. Come to the Foreshore & join us for the largest and most spectacular annual community event held on the Mornington Peninsula, for three days of action-packed fun where there’s something for EVERYONE. This event includes free entry, entertainment and children’s activities for all, Great Food Vendors for the foodies, Amusements Rides, Live Music, Face Painting, Classic Car Show, Market Stalls with Homestyle, Giftware, Fashion, Hair, Beauty & Clothing, Jewellery, Trade Promotional Stands, Community Car & Bike Clubs, Street Parade, Airbrush Tattoo’s, Sausage Sizzle, Fireworks plus so much more… So make the most of your visit to this hugely popular event & bring your friends and family, and the best part again is this event is a Free Entry!


Market Stalls

There will be a massive community market held over the Western Port Festival weekend.
Heaps of Great Food Vendors – Commercial as well as Homestyle, PLUS Giftware, Fashion, Hair, Beauty & Clothing, Jewellery plus so much more…

Stall applications for 2018 are still open!
Head down to the “Operate a Stall” tab and follow the prompts to apply.

Market Stalls

Amusement Rides

Brought to you by Chant’s Amusements – “King of Fun”, the carnival rides are back at the Western Port Festival in 2018!
With 15 to 20 rides they cater to the tiny tots toddler rides, Jumping Castle & all the way to the extreme – Freestyle & Rebel for the adventurous, along with some of our favourites Dodgem Cars, Ferris Wheel, Rockstar and the Cha Cha!

Plus sideshow Games, Showbags, fairy floss and more……

Ride Tickets will be available to buy tickets from the Chant’s Amusements Ticket Booth during the event.

Chants Festival Rides

Free Kids Activities

We’re sure all parents will appreciate how expensive festivals can be, so we offer an array of free kids and family activities. The Kids Corner is located next to the Children’s Carnival Rides on the Foreshore and is always a very popular attraction at the Western Port Festival!

All weekend we will have the Oasis tent which provides fun activities for children of all ages, as well as some shaded tables, chairs and free cordial for refreshment.

Along with the Teddy Bears Picnic Sunday from 10:30 am & FREE mini golf from 10am–4pm.

Live Music

Thanks to our sponsors, we will have an amazing line-up of local, live music all weekend at the 2018 Western Port Festival.

So make sure you head on over to the Main Stage, where our artists will be performing live!

If you would like to perform on stage head down to the “Perform on Stage” tab and fill out the application or email stage@westernportfestival.org.au

Western Port Festival Music

Beer & Wine Festival

We’re excited to bring together some of the best local wineries & breweries the peninsula has to offer! So all that’s left to do is come along on Saturday 24th Feb, from 11am, sit back, relax, enjoy the music & savour the taste of some of our local wines & beers.

Wine & Cheese Fesival

Street Parade

Where: High Street, Hastings – between Queen Street and Marine Parade.
When: Saturday, 24th February 2018
Time: 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Cost: FREE participation for sponsors, community groups and schools!

Entrants from local schools, community groups, social and sporting clubs will participate in one of the largest annual street parades held in Victoria. The parade is conducted on a 600 metre stretch of High Street in Hastings, commencing at Queen Street and finishing at the Hastings Foreshore.

The timing of the parade is between 12:15pm and 1:30pm, with all entrants signed in and ready from midday, so make sure you come down early and get yourself a good spot along High Street – well before it begins!
A Judging Panel will be formed by the Festival Committee to decide on category winners, these categories are:

  1. Most Creative Display
  2. Best Display from Juniors (12 and under)
  3. Best Display from a Local Business
  4. Best Sporting and Recreation Display
  5. Best Display from a Volunteer Group

Awards for the winning categories are handed out on the Main Stage, directly after the Street Parade.

Classic Car Show

Cruise on down to the coolest place on the Peninsula for The Western Port Car Show. Car Show will be held on Sunday, February 25th 10 – 4pm.

If you are interested in joining us in what is going to be a spectacular feature of the festival, simply register your interest in the Classic Car Show Application below and a gold coin donation on the day!Classic Car Show

Sausage Sizzle

Where: Rotary Shelter (near main stage)
When: Friday, 23th February 2018
Time: 6pm until we run out of food!

Bring the family down from 6pm on the Friday night of the Western Port Festival and enjoy the community sausage sizzle, to be held at the Rotary Shelter next to the Main Stage. All the money raised goes towards the running costs of the festival. Western Port Festival Sauage Sizzle

Face Painting

Where: Kids Corner Marquee
When: Saturday 24th Feb, 1pm to 5pm & Sunday 25th Feb, 10am to 2pm
Cost: We are pleased to announce children’s face painting at the Kids Corner Marquee on Saturday and Sunday at the Western Port Festival in 2018.

On Saturday 24th Feb we are offering free face painting from 1pm – 3pm. Everything outside those hours will be the standard rate.

With some fun designs for children inspired by nature, wildlife, amazing superheroes and beautiful fairy princesses, make sure your kids don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity! Western Port Festival - Hastings Foreshore Face Painting

Wood Chopping Competition

The Victorian Woodchopping Titles are returning to the Western Port Festival in 2018! Hosted by the Central Victorian Axemen’s Association, watch some of Australia’s most celebrated and decorated wood choppers battle it out to win a number of different competition events! Commencing from 11am on Saturday the 24th of February 2018, visit the Waterfront Arena to see this spectacle! Where: Waterfront Arena When: Saturday, 24th February 2018 Time: 11am to 3pm Woodchopping Competition Events;

  • Victorian Title – Hot Saw Race (140cc)
  • BYO Stocksaw Race
  • 300mm Underhand Hard Hitting (Top 8)
  • 300mm Underhand Handicap
  • 250mm Standing Block Handicap
  • 300mm Standing Block Handicap

If you’d like to participate in the 2018 Wood Chop competition, download the form the link below and return it to the Central Victorian Axemans Association.
Wood Chopping Competition Entry Form

Western Port Festival - Victorian Axemen's Association


Thanks to Southern Cross Fireworks, our fireworks display will be bigger and better than ever at the 2018 Western Port Festival. It will be a massive pyrotechnic display of the biggest and best fireworks from around the country. This show on the Saturday night only and starts at 9:30pm, so make sure you bring the family down early to get a good spot as this show will shock and awe!
Where: Western Port Waterfront
When: Saturday, 24th February 2018
Time: 9:30pm to 9:45pm
Western Port Festival Fireworks Display

Teddy Bears Picnic

Come along to our Annual Western Port Festival Teddy Bears Picnic!
Where: Kids Corner
When: Sunday 25th February 2018
Time: 10:30am to 11:30am
Cost: FREE!

No child is too young (or too old) to join in!
We will be enjoying a full range of teddy activities including a sing-along, the bear hunt story, arts and craft and icing teddy bear biscuits.

Fresh fruit and water will also be on offer.

So please come along for a lot of teddy fun – and don’t forget to bring your favourite teddy bear friend along!

Western Port Festival Teddy's Bear Picnic

Want to contribute to the community and support local, become a volunteer!

The Western Port Festival is looking for volunteers to come help us out on the weekend of the Festival on February 23rd, 24th & 25th 2018.

The event runs for the 3 days and operates for a total of 24hrs.

We’re looking for people to staff some traffic control stations, help us with bins, be a second pair of hands for our very busy committee team, and be the eyes and ears around the Festival to let us know when things need to be done.

We will need help before the event starts, to set everything up, and then help after to pack everything back up.

We need as many hands as we can get and would love to have you a part of our volunteer team.

As a family-friendly event, any volunteers will be required to have a current working with children check, follow the link to apply: Working with Children Check

Application to Volunteer

Do you have a current 'Working with Children Check'?

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The Western Port Festival Classic Car Show 2018

The Western Port Festival – Classic Car Show is making a tremendous comeback for 2018 and will feature on the Sunday of the Festival weekend. This year we are planning to go bigger than ever! If you are interested in joining us in what is going to be a spectacular feature of the festival, simply give a gold coin donation on the day and register your interest!

Who can enter?

The Classic Car Show is open to all makes and models of cars, motorbikes, buses and trucks, using the online application. No Trailers are permitted.

Classic Car Show Application

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Western Port Festival Inc is looking for Sponsors!

Western Port Festival is a not for profit event if you’d like to help keep the Western Port Festival entry free for our local community, we rely on generous in-kind support and financial donations from the local traders and groups, all proceeds raised through sponsorship cover our costs to run the festival. If it weren’t for your generous level of support, we simply wouldn’t be able to put on this fantastic festival. We accept the smallest of donations. We also offer corporate packages for organisations who would like to enhance their company profile on the Mornington Peninsula, in the lead up to and during the Western Port Festival weekend. Corporate Sponsors are encouraged to download the Sponsorship Kit below: DOWNLOAD 2018 SPONSORSHIP KIT

Bendigo Bank
Western Port Festivals Inc
BSB 633-000
ACCT 143-608-669

Thank You for supporting Western Port Festivals Inc
P.O Box 427, Hastings, 3915, Victoria

Sponsorship Form

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Parade applications was extended from Friday 09/02/18 5pm to Monday 12/02/18 5pm

Thank you for all who applied!

Are you interested in performing at the Western Port Festival 2018

We are seeking applications from interested local talented artists to perform on the Fresh Start Sounds stage at the Western Port Festival in 2018.It doesn’t matter if you are a school band, solo musician, choir, Dj or rock band. We’re a community festival and we’re all about opportunity!

Event Detail:

The main stage will be in operation for all three of the Western Port Festival, namely;

  • Friday 23rd February 2018: (Battle of the bands)
  • Saturday 24th February 2018: Open
  • Sunday 25th February 2018: Open

The Main Stage will be operated by professional audiovisual technicians and positioned on top of the hill, overlooking the Festival.

Selection Criteria:

  • Before you apply, please consider the selection criteria
  • Locality to the Western Port area
  • Cost/Value for Money
  • Professionalism & Ambassador for the Festival
  • If you have any general enquiries, please contact our Stage Manager via email

There is no guarantee your application will be accepted. All applications received will be reviewed by the Festival Committee and preference will be awarded to applications which best match the selection criteria.

Application to Perform on Stage

Performance Date Preference

Do you charge a fee for your performance?

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Want to contribute to the community and support local, you can help by Operating an Attraction!

The Western Port Festival welcomes community groups and local business to participate in the Western Port Festival with an attraction, display event or activity.

Some examples of Attractions, Displays Events & Activities being operated by third parties include;

  • Model Sircraft Airshow by the Western Port Model Aircraft Club
  • Scooter Competition by the Australian Scooter Association
  • Tennis Display by Tennis Victoria and Hastings Tennis Club
  • Mini Bike Stunts by Motorcycle Action Group & Braap
  • Archery Lessons by Angel Archers
  • Tall Ship Enterprize Bay Cruises and Static Display by the Enterprize Ship Trust

plus many more…

The Western Port Festival is an excellent platform and opportunity to connect with your audience and get your message out there!

Simply complete the online attraction form, as we are more than delighted to speak with you to discuss your proposal.

If you have any questions regarding operating an attraction, please contact our Events coordinator Yvens De Camargo via email eventmanager@westernportfestival.org.au

Please note: This application is not for stall holders if you are interested in operating a stall please visit the ‘Operate a Stall’ tab above.

As a family-friendly event, any volunteering to Operate an Attraction must have a current working with children check, if not follow this link to apply: Working with Children Check

Operate an Attraction

Do you have a current 'Working with Children Check'?

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Stallholder Applications for 2018 Festival have now closed, thank you for your applications. if you have any questions, please contact our Market Stall coordinator Nathan Varga markets@westernportfestival.org.au

President: Jill Underwood
Email: president@westernportfestival.org.au

Event Manager: Yvens Ferraz De Camargo
Email: eventmanager@westernportfestival.org.au

Acting Treasurer: Yvens Ferraz De Camargo
Email: treasurer@westernportfestival.org.au

Secretary: Nathan Varga
Email: info@westernportfestival.org.au

Stall coordinator: Nathan Varga
Email: markets@westernportfestival.org.au

Stage Coordinator: Demmi Noordennen
Email: stage@westernportfestival.org.au

Western Port Festival

Music, Markets, Kids Entertainment, Amusement Rides

Western Port Festival

Street Parade