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Stringybark Festival

Stringybark Festival is a free community event celebrating home-grown creativity, sustainability, education and play in our local community.

About Stringybark Festival 2023

Stringybark Festival is a free community event that has been running for over 30 years, and celebrates all things home-grown, sustainable, playful, educational and creative in Knox. 

Stringybark Festival takes place on Sunday 15 October 2023 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Rowville Community Centre and surrounding parklands. 

This is an alcohol, smoke, drug and pet free event. Guide dogs and companion animals welcome.


    The Rowville Community Centre is located at 40 Fulham Road, Rowville.

    -37.919351212371, 145.23940985


    • Sustainability, gardening and backyard workshops
    • Arts, nature, science and sports play
    • Live stage entertainment
    • Makers market
    • Free active amusements
    • Loads of free kids activities
    • Local stalls and displays
    • Food vendors and cooking demonstrations

    Backyard tucker stage

    • 11 am – The Fermented Mumma: Wild Pineapple Kimchi
    • 12 pm – The Knox Community Gardens: Okonomiyaki Vegetable Pancake
    • 1 pm – The Basin Food Is Free: Chickpea Curry
    • 2 pm – Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place: Ko Kee Limba
    • 3 pm – The Basin Backyard: Panzanella

    Download the recipes

    Community stage

    • 10:20 am – St Simon the Apostle Primary
    • 10:40 am – Colourz Performance with Purpose
    • 11:05 am – Voice & Strings
    • 11:35 am – Aspect Motion School of Dance
    • 12:05 pm – Real Dinosaurs
    • 1:10 pm – ASV Academy
    • 1:40 pm – O’Connor School of Irish Dancing
    • 2:05 pm – Mystique Belly Dance
    • 2:35 pm – Lightbox Productions
    • 3:05 pm – Kim Annette Dance Studios (KADS)
    • 3:35 pm – End Of Day Disco with Circle Events

    Busker's stage

    • 10:00 am - Kaiyah Mercedes
    • 10:40 am - Oscar Ladell
    • 11:30 am - Danika Dakic
    • 12:10 pm - Jenna Campbell
    • 1:00 pm - Welcome to Country
    • 1:15 pm - Velvet Archers
    • 2:30 pm - The Rayes
    • 3:20 pm - Follow the Robin

    Getting there

    There is no public parking available at the event. Please walk, ride or take our free shuttle bus.

    • Bike parking is located near the Fulham Road entry (please bring your own bike lock).
    • A free shuttle bus will run from the Ferntree Gully train station and the Knox Civic Centre to the festival.
    • Accessible parking is located via the Fulham Road entrance.

    Shuttle bus timetable

    You can take a free shuttle bus to and from the festival site. The shuttle bus is wheelchair and pram accessible. Bookings are not required.

    Download the bus timetable


    We aim to ensure that everyone has equal access to Stringybark Festival. The following facilities will be available: 

    • accessible toilets
    • accessible parking via the Fulham Road entrance
    • sealed paths to assist patrons to make their way around the festival (however some activities take place on grass and uneven surfaces)
    • a chill out space.

    To prepare for your visit by viewing the Rowville Community Centre access key.

    If you need alternative formats or other reasonable adjustments, please contact the Knox Festivals and Events team on 9298 8000 or prior to the event date.


    This year Stringybark Festival is partnering with Green My Plate to help reduce single use waste at the event.

    Reusable plates and bowls will be used and washed by food vendors. Please make sure to return your plate to the pink bins located at each waste station across the event site.

    Volunteer at the festival

    Stringybark Festival would not be possible without the contribution of our community volunteers. There are some great roles available for those looking to get involved and engage with their local community.

    Volunteer shifts are available from 2 hours to 5 hours, with plenty of time to enjoy the festival.

    Register your interest

    Stallholders, vendors and performers

    Expressions of interest to participate as a stallholder, food vendor, presenter or performer in 2023 have closed. Sign up to the stallholder mailing list to find out when applications open for the 2024 event.

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    Need help?

    If you have any questions, please email and we will get back to you.

    Or call our Arts and Events team on 9298 8000.

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