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Western Port Festival - 50th Anniversary - Harbour of Friendships
Celebrating Art, Music & Multicultural Diversity

When? 
The Wester Port Festival is celebrated on the last weekend of February each year. It’s a three day event, commencing on Friday evening and concluding on Sunday afternoon.

Dates & Operating Times are as follows:
Friday, 22nd February 2019, 4.30pm -10.00pm
Saturday, 23rd February 2019, 9.00am – 11.00pm
Sunday, 24th February 2019, 9.00am – 5.00pm
 
Where?
The Western Port Festival is held in Hastings, Victoria.
Most of the activities are held at Fred Smith Reserve, more commonly known as Hastings Foreshore Reserve. This has been the location of the Western Port Festival since the beginning due to it’s large open space, proximity to the Hastings township centre and spectacular views of the Western Port Bay.
 
Who runs the Western Port Festival?
The Western Port Festival is planned and managed by a volunteer organising committee. The organising committee is made of local men and women under the not for profit Western Port Festival Incorporated. We are a committee of management who operate in accordance with the incorporated association’s act. All our volunteers have a passion for the Western Port Festival, local business, community groups and residents where the common goal is to bring the community together in a friendly and positive atmosphere.
 
What do our Volunteers get form Volunteering?
As Volunteers, we earn a mountain of pride bringing the community together to celebrate all things Western Port in the annual event and strive to keep it a free entry, safe and family-friendly weekend – along with a great experience in event people management and helping build a stronger community.
 
History
‘Hastings Day’ to ‘Western Port Festival’
The first Hastings Day celebration was a very quiet affair. It was held at the steps of the Hastings Shire Offices with former Australian Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies.
The date was October 14th 1969 and this simple ceremony was held in conjunction with 18 other Hastings townships across the world to commemorate the 900th battle of Hastings.
 
The celebration continued annually on October 14th with new events added to the program each year. In 1978 major changes took place. The first was to change the name of the event to ‘Western Port Festival’. The shire of Hastings originally co-ordinated the Hastings Day celebrations with the support of a committee.
In 1987 the name of the event was changed and became a not for profit organisation and an incorporated body, taking full control of the planning and organisation with the continued support from the Shire of Hastings and later the Mornington Peninsula Shire.
 
The Western Port Festival has remained as an incorporated association and has grown and evolved over the years with events like the main stage and entertainment, market stalls, food vendors, community stage, street parade, classic car show, skate park, field days and many varied displays and attractions for all ages.
 
The new organising committee aims to support and promote local business and community groups in Hastings Township, Western Port and Mornington Peninsula.
 
We look forward to working together to continue tradition whilst adding new and exciting events in the 50th Anniversary of the Western Port Festival, Celebrating Art, Music & Multicultural Diversity and future years.
 
Are you interested in Volunteering?
Contact info@westernportfestival.org.au or simply click the link below

Celebrating 50 Years!

Where We Are

Hastings Foreshore
Marine Parade, 
Hastings, VIC 3915

W/port Office

Hastings Hall
1 High Street, 
Hastings, VIC 3915

Postal Address

PO Box 427
Hastings, VIC 3915

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