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Stringybark Festival

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October 2018
Rowville Community Centre, Fulham Rd, Rowville
10am - 5pm both days

Stallholder Information

Stallholder and Food Vendor Expressions of Interest are now open, and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8 August 2018!

Please visit Food Vendors at Stringybark or Stallholders at Stringybark for more information or to submit your expression of interest.

Program Highlights for 2018

Tribal stage at Stringybark

Stringybark 2018 is where a world of passive spaces, active spaces, learning spaces, sharing spaces all coexist.

Kitchen Revolution

Last year at Stringybark the challenge was to unpack and explore what it took to empower a community around the issues of waste and waste reduction. In 2018 we want to build on those efforts and goodwill to create even greater levels of awareness for the issues that matter to some of us but concern all of us. We want to get back in the kitchen, back in the garden and back to basics.

The Imaginarium

The Imaginarium is an immersive, multi-disciplinary art installation for Stringybark 2018. It is an artist led project that features work from local Secondary School Students who will be tasked with creating ‘up-cycled’ work that explores themes around species extinction, habitat fragmentation, hunting and poaching, climate change and pollution.

Jurassic Knox 2.0

Step back into a time when mega fauna of all shapes and sizes roamed throughout Knox. Jurassic Knox is a ‘Jurassic’ sized dig site where archaeology and paleontology intersect on a grand scale. Festival goers are invited to unearth the remains of giant flora and fauna from our distant past.

The Nature Corridor

Made by local Primary Schools in conjunction with festival sponsors Stud Park, the nature corridor is a celebration of slow living, green goodness and community pride. Thanks to all the kids, teachers and local community groups for bringing such buzz and life to this project!

Stringybark Food Park

Our very own food truck precinct offers a great place to sit, relax, eat and drink.

Maker Market

A hub of handmade, home grown and up-cycled items to appreciate, peruse and purchase!

Nature play

It is often said that nature is our greatest teacher. Working with all natural materials, the community is invited into an artist facilitated ‘maker space’ where the challenge is to imagine and refashion nature as it is and as it could be. The only things required are willing hands, curious minds and active imaginations!

Life Hacks with I.C.Robotics

Look around at the items we use every day. Some of these humble wares, believe it or not, have changed the world as we know it: gadgets, devices and instruments that have actively help shape the world we live in. For Stringybark these humble artifacts are placed in the hands of some truly crafty minds. Life hacks transform the mundane into the magic, the simple into the sophisticated and the ordinary into the whimsical.

Compost Revolution

The Compost Revolution takes the war on waste to the next level! The piece deliberately prompts users to examine their relationship to the food/produce we throw out...EVERYDAY! Using interactive and hands on learning devices, this large scale installation aims to explore the myriad ways we think about or sometimes don’t think about the 'food stuff' we routinely throw away.

Wild Action

An attraction that never fails to deliver! Wild Action returns with a giant menagerie of indigenous and endangered wildlife. This is the place to be if you’re looking to get up close and personal with some fury, feathered and scaled critters!

Three Live stages

of music, dance, performance, education and entertainment.


A good place to find ones thrills might be at this all new, physical activities precinct.

Accessibility at the festival

Knox City Council is committed to making Council’s festivals and events accessible to all community members. Please find details below regarding accessibility at the Stringybark Festival.

The festival is located on the grounds of Rowville Community Centre, with stalls and activities situated throughout the site including inside the community centre and the indoor basketball courts, on sealed pathways, the outdoor basketball and tennis courts as well as on the grass. There are connecting paths through the site. There is a steep incline and decline located south of the playground, which may be difficult for a non-motorised mobility aid to go up or down unassisted. Limited accessible parking is available at the Rowville Community Centre car park – enter from Fulham Road. Accessible toilets are provided on site. Site maps can be downloaded here or obtained on entrance to the festival.

If you have any queries regarding accessibility at the Stringybark Festival, please call the Festival and Events team on 9298 8000 or email events@knox.vic.gov.au and we will be happy to try and assist you with any access requirements.

Cost of entry

Knox Community Bus

Adult $5
Children (3-17 years) $2.50
Concession $4
Family (up to five members) $12

Free entry applies to:

  • Seniors Card holder (card to be presented upon entry) - as part of Knox Seniors Festival
  • Community Bus users (token must be presented upon entry)
  • Bike Riders (bike parking is available at the Fulham Rd entry)

Transport Options

In the spirit of sustainability, we encourage you to leave your car at home and walk, ride your bike or jump on board our free Community Bus. For bus times, please see the Community Bus timetable.

Volunteering at Stringybark

Event volunteers

Each year, Stringybark 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.

Expressions of Interest for volunteering at Stringybark Festival 2018 will be open later in the year. If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer for upcoming Knox Festivals and Events, please visit our Volunteering At Knox Festivals & Events page.

Alternatively you can contact one of the friendly Festival and Events team on 03 9298 8000 or email volunteers@knox.vic.gov.au.

Photos from Stringybark Festival 2017

Here is a collection of photos taken at the 2017 Knox Stringybark Festival. Click a photo to view the full size photo.
Backyard BuzzCFA DisplayCommunity StageCompost RevolutionGiants of KnoxI C RoboticsJurassic KnoxKitchen RevolutionMC AprilTribal StageWild Action

Stringybark Festival is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event. An ATM is available on site.

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