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Stringybark Festival

Stringybark Festival 2016

Third weekend in October
Rowville Community Centre, 40 Fulham Rd, Rowville

Stringybark Festival entertains for another year!

This year’s Stringybark Festival went off with a bang this year with a bumper crowd of over 10,000 people ‘making-doing-playing-connecting’ their way across two days of fun and entertainment.

The festival provided something for everyone, from the incredible array of artists, local performers to fun activities. Some of the highlights included:

  • I.C. Robotics – the local whiz kids and inventors who showed the latest in robotic technology
  • Reptile Encounters – featured Australia’s rarest and endangered animals, with a focus on all things reptilian
  • Backyard Buzz – showcased the craziest or the most ingenious backyard inventions submitted by local inventors
  • Performance by Native American Red Horse who showcased indigenous customs and rituals
  • Put Your Rubbish to Work art installations which challenged and provoked a lot of thought about recycling.

helloworld Postcard Competition winners

Congratulations to the following helloworld Postcard Competition winners:

  • First prize - Jonathan Crellin
  • Second prize - Merle Cook
  • Third prize – Gaby Bruning

Become a Stallholder

Edible Arts at Stringybark Festival 2015

If you would like to be added to our database for future festivals, please contact the Festival and Events team on 03 9298 8269 or email

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 and we will be happy to try and assist you with any access requirements.

Cost of entry

Knox Community Bus

Adult $5
Children $2.50
Concession $3
Family $12 (includes 2 adults and 2 children)
Please note: prices may change from 1 July 2017.

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 (a Bike Valet Service is available at the Fulham Rd entry)

Transport Options

African performers at Stringybark Festival 2015

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.

Waste Wise

A recurring feature at our festival is the Wash Against Waste (WAW) trailer. This fully equipped trailer provided by the Sustainable Living Foundation, and generously operated by the Rowville Lions Club over the weekend, is an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable crockery and cutlery.

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. A big thank you to Holmesglen Waverley and Moorabbin for supporting us this year.

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 2017 will be opening in early 2017.

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer for upcoming Knox Festivals and Events, please go to 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

Sponsors in 2016

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Supporters in 2016

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Photos from Stringybark Festival 2016

Here is a collection of photos taken at the 2016 Knox Stringybark Festival. Click a photo to view the full size photo.
AirborneWoodworkersMaker SpaceNadiah NfuZionReptile EncountersNatyalyaa Dance SchoolAsantiPlatypus Education GroupReptile EncountersStringybark ChallengeToby T-RexToby T-Rex Live
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