• 2020 FESTIVAL: March 20th & 21st

    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre

    From Station St, along Brice Ave to
    Red Earth Park

    [Below Image: Swordcraft Group at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2019]

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2020 Festival Theme Announced!

Announcing the theme for Celebrate Mooroolbark 2020

Red Earth Awakened – 40 years on…

From retro rides to futuristic imaginings, Celebrate Mooroolbark 2020 is going to be a party like no other.  Opening with Red Earth UnEarthed Friday 20 March at 7pm, the party continues 10am to 4pm Saturday 21 March at Red Earth Park, in the Mooroolbark Community Centre, the Terrace Shopping Centre and throughout the precinct.

It was 1980 when the Mooroolbark Community Centre was opened, with a festival which was to be called the Red Earth Festival. It was a huge success and became the largest festival in Victoria. The last Red Earth Festival took place in 2001 and from small beginnings, Celebrate Mooroolbark took its place in 2002.

Our theme Red Earth Awakened – 40 Years On… is celebrating 40 years of both festivals in Mooroolbark; looking at the history of our festivals, at where we are at today and where we will be in another 40 years. (We know one thing for sure, we won’t have a level crossing and we will have a sky rail!)

So what makes us uniquely Mooroolbark? We love a good festival! So pick your decade and dress to party!

The festival program will be announced soon, but here’s a huge hint. There’s some fantastic inspiration to be found in the Celebrating Mooroolbark publication by Mooroolbark History Group, along with the Living Today in Mooroolbark archives online. Think Retro Rides to Future Fun!

Now, who’s up for a good, old-fashioned mud fight?!!


2019 Dare to Dream Program

Plan your day!

Here you have the rundown of Saturday’s program but don’t forget there are also rides, 120+ stalls with community information, food, drinks and beautiful wares for sale as well as MANY stalls offering free activities!

The Youth Zone has migrated to the East this year to take advantage of skating on the asphalt and Victorian Skating Centre are bringing along some skates for those that don’t have their own. Catch their demos between 11am – 12pm.

Brixton Bar Co are offering drinks in a licenced area down by Brice Ave near the main stage and Museums Victoria will bring the Museum to you with interactive display near the playground. The list is endless. Don’t miss it!

2019 Celebrate Mooroolbark main stage program

2019 Celebrate Mooroolbark program

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2019 Site Map

Competitions Closing Soon!

Don’t forget to get your entries in for the Recycled Sculpture, Writing and Film Competitions this year! Prizes to be won!!

Click on the image below for more details over on the Competitions page.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Competitions Poster, click here to go to the Competitions page for more details.

Put Your Dreams into Action

Making your dreams come true sometimes takes courage, taking yourself out of your comfort zone and challenging yourself to do new things.

Celebrate Mooroolbark festival provides the following opportunities that may be your first step in the right direction!

Please make sure you check individual deadlines at the links provided for each area, to avoid disappointment.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade

Enter your organisation/group into the Street Parade – join classic cars, marching bands, roving performers, school and community groups in your finest outfits and costumes to parade down Brice Avenue at the beginning of the Saturday festivities.

How: Register for the parade here.

Hold a stall to sell your artworks, fundraise for your kindergarten, provide information

about your Not For Profit organisation or promote your new small business. Put your face out there and meet people!

How? Stall applications are accepted here.

Perform! For talented folk who love to entertain through music, dance, acting, recitals,

circus, magic, contorting, snorting, transporting… really, anything but thwarting! (As long as it’s family-friendly, of course) Enter the Red Earth UnEarthed competition, enjoy time on the big stage and try your luck at picking up a cash prize!

How? Fill in the Red Earth UnEarthed entry form here.

art creative creativity exhibition

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Sculpt and build your best creations using found and recycled materials to enter the Recycled Sculpture Competition. Take those grand artistic visions and turn them into reality, then see them on display in an exhibition inside The Terrace Shopping Centre. You may even be awarded a $100 cash prize!

How? Check the criteria and sculpture delivery details here.

Put pen to paper and enter the Writing Competition. We are interested to read your interpretations of the theme Dare to Dream. We know there are local people who aren’t afraid to reach for the sky, but is there a technology or invention that has changed your life for the better? An idea or special cause that you support and want to involve your fellow community members? What inspires you? Who inspires you? We look forward to reading your entries!

How? Details and guidelines on how to enter are here.

Is video your preferred method of storytelling? Take out your camera, smartphone, GoPro, etc. and start filming! Details of the Celebrate Mooroolbark Film Competition can be found here, with more info on the way shortly.

Last, but certainly not least, volunteer for your local community and join the festival team! See here for details.

person holding white pen near white poster

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Thank you to all who voted on Facebook regarding our festival theme for 2019. We were inspired by your enthusiasm for the local heroes idea and it gave us a lot to consider.

We are delighted to announce that we have made a decision. The theme for Celebrate Mooroolbark 2019 is…….

Dare to Dream!

This year we are focusing on local groups and individuals who contribute to the Mooroolbark community. We want to share the stories of the innovators and risk-takers who inspire us.

It could be a shop owner who is always welcoming and friendly or a business that operates according to the principles of mutual profitability (concerned for both the wellbeing of the community and the environment).

A volunteer organisation which is giving of themselves for the safety of our community or helping others achieve their goals.

A child with a unique gift of sharing and consideration for others.

A dedicated teacher or mentor who motivates you, or a caregiver who encourages and supports you.

Someone you admire or who you are proud to know. Those unsung heroes who may not have actually set out to improve the lives of others, and might not even realise they are making a difference.


We are interested to hear your interpretations of the theme. We know there are local people who aren’t afraid to reach for the sky, but is there a technology or invention that has changed your life for the better?

An idea or special cause that you support and want to involve your fellow community members?

What inspires you? Who inspires you? Leave your answers in the comments below.

Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018!

A huge thank you to everyone involved in Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018 when our No Barriers, Future Possibilities theme came alive. 

It was the first year that we have been washed out and had to close down due to weather conditions, and we were very impressed with the way everyone handled it. 

We were lucky that RedEarth Unearthed went ahead as planned on the Friday night, and that the parade went through without a hitch before the storm hit!  Our gratitude goes out to all who assisted, in particular, the Mooroolbark SES, who were so kind as to help us direct cars off-site. 


What a diverse range of entries we received for the Short Film Competition this year!  

We appreciate the effort that our entrants made in meeting our No Barriers – Future Possibilities theme and we saw many representations of STEAM, from inventions to rocket science to renewable energy.  The animations and other special effects really helped the competition take off into the future!

With a record number of 101 entries, it was difficult to choose a winner, however, we felt that 11-year-old animator Jett James’ entry titled “ Grunt the Great Inventor” was a clear stand out for first prize.  Jett also won the People’s Choice Award.

Our runner-up was Michael Stephens’ with his entry titled “Harry Potter in Real Life

Other finalists included:

Ovni Vaca Studio
James William
Fereydoon Borouji
Gregory Ayriyan

A special thanks to Harvey Norman Springvale for sponsoring the 2018 Film Competition with some fantastic prizes!


The writing competition was expanded this year to include comic strips, in addition to the usual short stories, and this made for some exciting entries!

We had a great response from several schools in the area:  Bimbadeen Heights Primary School, Lilydale Primary School, Lilydale High School, Manchester Primary School, Mt Evelyn Primary School and Pembroke Primary School.

The stories largely featured future time travel into outer space and ideas on how to make life easier on planet earth. (An amusing idea was to delete the need for homework… which seems to be self-defeating if we want our future generations to come up with mathematical and or scientific solutions to earth’s problems!).

There was a cautionary tale regarding the overuse of mobile phones and the effect it will have on our ability to socially interact.

And a very moving piece about a young girl finding herself in the future and able to bring back with her the cure for cancer when she returns to the present, and consequently is able to pass it on to her grandmother and many other people around the world.

First Prize, Cat 1 (Prep – Gr 2):  Teddy Patterson, Mt. Evelyn Primary School

First Prize, Cat. 2 (Gr 3 – 6): Stephanie Butler, Lilydale Primary School;

Second Prize, Cat 2 (Gr 3 – 6):  Hadassah Rickard, Bimbadeen Heights Primary;

Third Prize, Cat 2 (Gr 3 – 6):  Tegan McDonald, Pembroke Primary School;

First Prize, Cat 3 (Yr 7 – 12):  Kylie Wilkinson, Lilydale High School;

The overall Schools Prize went to Lilydale Primary School.

A huge thanks to James Merlino MP for his sponsorship of the 2018 Writing Competition.


This year we had quite a number of entries submitted from local primary schools: Bimbadeen Heights, Pembroke, Manchester and Yarra Ranges Special Developmental Schools.

A strong emphasis on robotics (our favourites were the ones geared to do the housework!) and environmental issues (eg., one entrant’s clever use of old garden hoses to make an outdoor mat and another, a chicken constructed from chicken wire who was devouring discarded plastic wrappers and about to lay a plastic egg!).

There were plenty of delighted reactions from passers-by and shop owners in The Terrace Shopping Centre where the Recycled Sculptures were displayed before and after the festival.

First Prize went to Isla Wakeham from Pembroke Primary School (who will receive the Perpetual Trophy) and an Honourable Mention went to Tegan McDonald, also from Pembroke.

Thank you to the Disabled People’s Group for their sponsorship of the 2018 Recycled Sculpture Competition.


We were inspired to see such imaginative and creative entries in our Parade this year and appreciated the effort put into meeting our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) theme.

We could only choose two winners. First Place was awarded to Yarra Heights Dance Academy with their energetic dancing (for the entire length of the parade!) and futuristic fluorescent costumes.

Pembroke Primary School followed in Second Place as the judges loved their whacky blue wigs, marching along as a group of mad scientists!

Watch the parade as it was broadcast on Yarra Ranges Life TV here!

Thanks to Tony Smith MP, Christine Fyffe MP, Bridget Vallence and David Hodgett MP for sponsoring the Parade Competition in 2018.


Well done the 2018 Red Earth UnEarthed participants!  Winners (in no particular order) were as follows:

Open Section – First Prize
Dee (Ilona Gallow)

Open Section – Second Prize
Kathie Kenyon

Open Section – Third Prize
Day Dreamers

Junior Section – First Prize
Jasmyne Morrison

Junior Section – Second Prize
Kate Pengelly

Junior Section – Third Prize
Tayla Shearer

People’s Choice Group
Mooroolbark Girl Guides & The Garneddies

People’s Choice –Individual/Duo
Ebony O’Neil and Jade Schneider

An enormous thanks to the Lions Club of Mooroolbark for their generous sponsorship of Red Earth UnEarthed once again.

And most of all, thank you to all who participated by entering a competition in 2018, we hope to see you again in 2019!

Yarra Ranges TV

Don’t like to read? Then sit back and relax and listen to Vice Chairperson, Ash Millar tell you what’s happening at Celebrate Mooroolbark festival on Yarra Ranges TV.