Celebrate New Year’s Eve with family and friends at the annual fireworks spectacular held by the City of Maribyrnong at Footscray Park on Saturday 31 December (5.30–10.30pm).
For the first time since 2019, New Year’s Eve celebrations will return to Footscray Park – this time on the Park’s Eastern Lawn.
Watch the sun go down and the fireworks light up (nice and early at 9.30pm) making this event ideal for families who want to avoid a late night and huge city crowds.
To begin the night, we have a Welcome to Country along with a powerful performance from the Murrundaya Yepengna Dancers, directed by Amos Roach.
Then it’s The Bluey Experience! Yes you read correctly, the Emmy® award-winning, much-loved blue heeler along with her sister, Bingo, will be part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations – for real life!
Up next are The Bamboos, a Melbourne nine piece ensemble who are recognised worldwide as the masters of reinventing soul and funk with modern song writing.
Turning up the noise next will be Jebediah! After forming in the 90s, they produced six albums over 23 years winning numerous awards. Prepare yourself as Jebediah know how to captivate their audiences with an infectious and electrifying performance.
To close the evening’s stellar stage line-up, you’ll be blown away with the magic that is Queen Forever– the Australian Queen Tribute Show. One of the most powerful and dynamic live acts in music history is recreated on stage with such brilliance and accuracy, you’ll think you’re seeing the real thing.
On top of the outstanding stage line-up you’ll be able to catch roving performances including from Australia’s favourite bubble man Dr Hubble and Ryan Hooligan’s Interdimensional Creatures. There will also be carnival rides and games to keep the whole family entertained until the fireworks at 9.30pm!
So get the family together and pack a picnic or enjoy a snack from one of the food trucks on site. This is a single-use plastic free event, so bring a refillable bottle to make use of the drinking water provided on site, and the community is urged to bring reusable containers to reduce the impact on the environment. Families are advised to stay clear of fenced off areas and Western Lawn which were impacted by floods.
Although we know dogs are part of the family, the fireworks can give pooches a scare and so we recommend that they stay safely at home.
Please note: This is an alcohol free event and we encourage arrival via public transport. Free shuttle buses will be operating between Footscray Train station and Footscray Park (Eastern Lawns). Accessible parking is available on site via Maribyrnong Boulevard (please call Maribyrnong City Council for more information) .
For more information visit festivalcity.com.au
Message from Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter
“We are incredibly lucky and thrilled to be able to host this fantastic, family-friendly event in our own backyard again. After two years of cancellations, there will be a familiar sense of coming home for those who have celebrated this event at Footscray Park in previous years.
I invite you and your family to join us this New Year’s Eve to toast the end of 2022 and ring in 2023 with delicious food, great entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show.”