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Knox Festival 2016

Knox Festival

The Expo ferris wheel and other rides at Knox Festival

First weekend in March

Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully (Melway 74 B5)

At Knox Festival this year (5 and 6 March 2016), Wally Tew Reserve played host to one huge weekend of festivities. Kicking off with an all new Friday night and an all new performance format, The Bon Scott Story set new bench marks for how festivals can engage with its constituents. A loyal and highly appreciative audience gathered to witness what was a classic performance by Nick Barker and his ensemble, delivered with poise, charisma and signature rock and roll grit. The new Friday night offering has the potential of becoming a highly popular ongoing feature at festival.

Record numbers streamed through the gates on Saturday and Sunday to partake in what was a dizzying mix of workshops, performances, art installations, sporting come'n'try zones and art and craft making.

Highlights for 2016 included:

Beach volleyball at Knox Festival
  • The now famous beach zone with giant sand and volleyball pits in concert with Brazilian capo-ire, African drumming workshops, 3 minute angel massage, aquatic water pools, live DJ and inflatable surfboard machine.
  • Miniature gladiators found throughout the site compliments of the Box Wars crew who facilitated the creation of these cardboard warriors.
  • The Alien Crime Scene finding an intriguing and unique way for kids to understand the importance of feeling and the virtues of compassion and care for one another, and
  • The Community and Youth Stage galvanising local artists to unsheathe their deepest passions.

Community groups brought to life the vast cultural richness that exists in Knox, while a vibrant and contemporary food court spiced up people’s taste buds all weekend.

This year's attendance was up 25% on last year with several factors: fabulous weather, advertising in The Leader, a suite of new specific community programming (The Knox Factor, The Knox Gift and The Big Sleepover) all helping drive rising numbers.

Anecdotal feedback from the general public, community stakeholders, sponsors, participants and Council staff suggest that this year's festival may well have been the best in recent memory. See some of the great photos at the bottom of the page.

Twilight Cinema

Young performers on stage for Knox Factor

Though the festival closed down at 5pm on Saturday, we were a long way from finished! With so many firsts at this years festival, the Twilight Cinema program was not to be outdone, so in addition to the usual spread of music and entertainment, we introduced...

The Knox Gift

The Knox Gift was open to all festival goers, young and old, of all fitness levels. There were plenty of awards and prizes on offer, including memberships from Knox Leisureworks YMCA.

The Knox Factor Final

The top 10 performers from Knox battled it out to be crowned the winner of the Knox Factor singing competition! The winner will take the stage at Carols by Candlelight 2016.

Box Trolls

Once the pre-show entertainment was over and the sun slowly went down, the crowd snuggled up on their picnic blankets and enjoyed The Box Trolls.


To cap off the night, we celebrated with a bang! The pop and sparkle of the fireworks finished the night in the most fabulous way, but we weren't done.

Once again, we ran all night long and slept over at Knox Festival for....

The BIG Sleepover

A band performs at The Big Sleepover at Knox Festival

This year, 150 campers showed their support for The Big Sleepover by registering to pitch a tent, roll out a swag or share a piece of cardboard. Campers enjoyed a FREE breakfast, FREE Fairground and a day of full-on FUN with FREE entry to the Knox Festival!

The BIG Sleepover was an opportunity for the Knox community to come out and support the efforts of UnitingCare Harrison, a local organisation that is doing amazing things to support local people in need of emergency accommodation and those dealing with homelessness.

The Oppy Bike Ride

Oppy bike ride logo

The Oppy Bike Ride again attracted over 300 registrations, from families to keen cyclists and everyone in between! Thank you to Cyclelink Bayswater, Cycling Victoria, and Light Melbourne, our route sponsors. Visit the Oppy Bike Ride page to find out more.

Transport options

Parking is limited around the festival site, so attendees are encouraged to take public transport or ride their bike to the event where possible. The Knox community bus will be operating between the festival and Ferntree Gully Station between 10am and 5pm. The bus can accommodate two wheelchairs per trip, however accessible parking in available on site through the Burwood Highway gate. For bus times, please see the Community Bus timetable.

There will also be Bike Valet Parking at the festival located inside the Lyndale Ct Entrance.

Volunteering at Knox Festival

Ruccis circus performers at Knox Festival

Each year, Knox Festival is supported by a large number of student and community volunteers who help us deliver this event over the weekend. Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your local community, meet new people and learn new skills. A big thank you to Holmesglen Waverley and Moorabbin for supporting us this year.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Festival and Events team on 9298 8000 or email

Become a Stallholder

Stallholder Expressions of Interest for 2017 are not yet available! If you would like to be added to our database, please email

2016 Sponsors

Smart Amusements
Ray White

Supported by


Photos from Knox Festival 2016

Click the images below to view at full size.
BaseballAlien Crime SceneThe Beach StageBike PoloFishing at Knox FestivalCFA ExerciseBox WarsThe first Knox GiftBeach VolleyballPanning for GoldKnox WoodworkersYouth Stage

Please note: this is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event and we ask that you leave your pets at home. An ATM is available on site.

Please note some pages will not be available on our website during the period 21 September to 22 October 2016 in accordance with our obligations under Council's Election Period Policy. More information available

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