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Knox Fest 2024

Knox Fest is a free community event on Saturday 2 March from 10 am – 10 pm at Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully.

Details

Celebrate this year's "Vibrant Community" theme with live music and performances, amusements, food trucks, community and activities for the whole family.

  • Date: Saturday 2 March 2024
  • Time: 10 am to 10 pm
  • Location: Wally Tew Reserve. Brenock Park Drive in Ferntree Gully.

Knox Fest is an all ages, family friendly, alcohol, smoke, pet and drug free event.

Day program (10 am – 5 pm)

  • Amusements and rides
  • Show n’ Shine Car Show (until 4 pm - weather permitting)
  • Good Food Hub cooking demonstrations and market
  • Food trucks and vendors
  • Local stallholders
  • Makers Market
  • Live music on two stages
  • Roving performances
  • Free activities for the whole family
Kids activities (10 am – 5 pm)

Keep the kids entertained at Knox Fest with our range of activities including amusement rides, face painting, roving entertainment and much more.

  • True Fairies "Rainbow Candyland"
  • Roller Rink
  • Interactive art installation "Reflections" (free activity)
  • Roving performers & Stilt walkers
  • Pottery workshop (free activity)
  • Face painting (free activity)
  • Wand making workshop (free activity)
  • Storytime in the Library
  • Drum Workshop at Ferntree Gully Library
Interactive workshops (10 am – 5 pm)

Enjoy a range of free activities (except Woodworking workshop)

  • Craft Workshop – hosted by Flexi Dome Events at Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre
  • Pottery Workshop – hosted by Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre
  • Mad hatters Tea party hosted by 1812 Theatre (11 am – 2 pm)
  • Basketball Clinic / Dunking Competition – hosted by Koori Basketball Academy (1 pm – 4 pm)
  • Djembe Drumming Workshop (3 pm – 5 pm)
  • Woodworking Workshop – hosted by the Knox Woodworkers (pay as you go)
  • Interactive art installation "Reflections"
Come and Try - Active Hub (10 am – 5 pm)

Meet some local sports clubs and have a go.

  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Scouts and Girl Guides
  • Martial Arts
  • And more!
Global Kitchen (11 am – 5 pm)

45 minute sessions starting hourly from 11 am.

  • 11 am – Prosperity Toss Salad - Knox Chinese Elderly Club
  • 12 pm – Home-made Gnocchi - The Food Affectionist
  • 1 pm – Lamb Curry - Tasty Az
  • 2 pm – Sri Lankan Chicken - Miris Products
  • 3 pm – Pork Belly Burnt Ends with Peach Tea Glaze - The Smoke Pit
  • 4 pm – Sticky Spanish Chicken and Rise - The Basin Backyard
  • 5 pm – Seafood Paella - Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place

Download Global Kitchen Recipes [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Canopy and Community Stages (Day)

Canopy Stage

  • 10:15 am – Knox Factor (juniors)
  • 11:00 am – Bethany Fisher - Kids show
  • 11:45 am – Knox Factor (seniors)
  • 12:30 pm – St Joseph's College
  • 2:00 pm – Djembe Drumming performance
  • 3:30 pm – Wasteman Band

Community Stage

  • 10:00 am – Kreationz Cheer & Dance
  • 10:30 am – Colourz - Performance with purpose
  • 11:00 am – Tempo Dance Studio
  • 11:30 am – Mr Twinkle Toes - Kids magic show
  • 12:30 pm – Chloe Greenwood
  • 2:00 pm – Freedom Music Studio
  • 3:00 pm – St Joseph's College
  • 3:40 pm – ASV Academy
  • 4:30 pm – Jenna Campbell
  • 5:40 pm – Aspect Motion Dance
Rides and amusements

Carnival rides and amusements are back this year at Knox Fest. 

Ticket prices are $7. Standard rides require 1 ticket, with some of the larger thrill rides requiring 2 or 3 tickets. 

Between 10 am – 5 pm you can purchase 10 tickets for $50.

Extended Twilight program (5 pm – 10 pm)

A highlight to this year’s event will be the Extended Twilight Program on Saturday from 5pm. Stay for dinner, tunes and amusements as the sun sets over Wally Tew Reserve.

  • Light Projections
  • Live Music
  • Night market
  • Carnival amusements
  • Food trucks
  • Fireworks finale (9:55 pm)
Youth Hive (6 pm – 9 pm)
  • Roller Rink
  • Music performances - stage hosted by FreeZa
  • Minute to Win it - with awesome merch.
Canopy and FreeZa Sunset Stages (Twilight)

Canopy Stage

  • 4:45 pm – The Hollow Majors
  • 6:00 pm – Indigenous Outreach Program Hip Hop Show
  • 7:15 pm – CJ Commerford & The Supertones
  • 8:15 pm – Groove Runner

FreeZa Sunset Stage

Enjoy live music in an alcohol-free, drug-free and smoke-free area, where you’re welcome to simply relax and soak in the performances. Hosted by Knox Live FreeZa Committee. 

  • 6:10 pm – Jayde Mia
  • 6:50 pm – First Born Daughter
  • 7:30 pm – Madi Leeds
  • 8:20 pm – Fire Opal
Fireworks (9:55 pm)

There will be a firework finale at the festival at 9:55 pm and will last for approximately 6 minutes.

This may be overwhelming for some patrons. We advise to bring along noise cancelling headphones, watching from a distance / from a vehicle, or depart the festival with enough time to avert overstimulation from the loud noises.

Please also ensure that for the welfare and comfort of any local resident pets, please ensure they are confined to your premises during the fireworks. You can find out more about caring for pets during firework displays at rspca.org.au

Location map

Knox Fest site map of activities, stages, toilets

Getting to Knox Fest

There's no public parking at the event. Please walk, ride or take our free shuttle bus to the festival.

  • Best pedestrian entry points are via Burwood Highway and Brenock Park Drive
  • Bike parking is located near the Lyndale Court entry. Please BYO bike lock.
  • Accessible parking is located via the Burwood Highway entrance.

Free shuttle bus to Knox Fest

A free shuttle bus runs from Ferntree Gully Station to the event at Brenock Park Drive and back.

The first bus departs Ferntree Gully Station at 11am and every 20 minutes except at 2:20 pm and 6:00 pm.

View the shuttle bus timetable [PDF, 531 KB]

View the text-only shuttle bus timetable [DOCX, 30 KB]

Note to passengers:

  • Shuttle bus cannot transport electric wheelchairs or mobile scooters
  • There are no seat belts available
  • Prams/child seats are the responsibility of the parent/carer/guardian.

Road and park closures

To allow the festival to take place, there will be some limitations to accessing the reserve.

Wednesday 28 February to Thursday 29 February:

  • Parts of Wally Tew Reserve will be closed
  • No public access to the southern oval
  • Limited carpark access (please use the Library carpark)

Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March:

  • Wally Tew Reserve will be closed
  • No access to the playground
  • No public access to the southern oval
  • Expect road closures and delays in the area.

What to bring?

  • Please bring a bottle of water and keep it topped up at our free water station positioned on site
  • Dress for the weather - remember to wear a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Free sunscreen and mosquito repellent stickers will be available at our information booth
  • You are welcome to bring in your own food, or purchase some from our many delicious food vendors on site.

What can't I bring?

  • No BYO alcohol or glass
  • No dogs or pets (assistance or support dogs are welcome)
  • Balloons
  • Large shade structures

Lost kids

Head to the Information Tent to grab a wristband!

There will be plenty of Knox staff and contractors on site to assist with your little ones.

If you find a child who is lost:

Please take the child to the information booth, or speak to your nearest events team member.

Lost a child?

Head to the Information tent and the Knox team will assist you.

Accessibility

We welcome patrons of all abilities, and are keen to support a great day for all, by providing the following accessibility features:

  • A Changing Places facility is available at the Wally Tew Reserve, located at the permanent toilet block near the windmill
  • Accessible parking is available via the Burwood Highway entrance
  • Sealed paths to assist patrons to make their way around the festival. Some activities take place on grassed/uneven surfaces and inside the Ferntree Gully Arts Centre.
  • A Chill Out Space is available for those needing a break from the busy festival site.

View Access Key [PDF, 17.4 MB]

View Access Key - Text Only [DOCX, 42.3 KB]

If you have any queries regarding accessibility at the festival, please call the Festival and Events team on 9298 8000 or email [email protected] prior the event date.

Get involved

Applications to participate as a food vendor, stallholder or performer at Knox Fest are closed for 2024.

Sign up to the Knox event stallholder mailing list to stay up to date on opportunities to participate later in 2024 and 2025.

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