• 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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Special Guest Don Elgin

Meet the man in person! We are so thrilled to announce our special guest for 2018 is Photo of Paralympian Don Elgin, to appear at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018.Paralympian Don Elgin, who has truly overcome barriers in remarkable ways.

They don’t come any livelier than the boy from the bush that took on the world. Entertaining, motivational and all round larrikin he represented Australia at 4 World Championships and three Olympic Games over 14 years. A triple Paralympic medalist from Athens 2004, Team Manager for London 2012 and a career comeback to compete in the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Randall Bourchier interviewed Don for an article in the latest Living Today in Mooroolbark.

How did Don Elgin—a boy from Tocumwal, an amputee at three—go on to become a world champion athlete, and later manage the Australian team at the London Paralympic Games? “If I answer this, they might be onto me and they may have made a mistake, so maybe we’ll move to the second question!” Donnie joked.

Head on over to the Living Today edition online for the rest of the article and then come along to Celebrate Mooroolbark to hear Don at the main stage around 10.30am after the parade arrives. He’ll then be able to meet in person at the Mooroolbark Umbrella Group stall in the Community Hub.

Start filming and win

You’re all taking videos on your phones already, so why not win some cash for your next one?

Theme: Environmental Sustainability
Eg. Do you grow vegies? Recycle? Walk or cycle to school? Buy local? Turn off the lights at home? Take short showers? Then you are an expert already! Be silly and have some fun.

We’ll even extend the Monday 5pm deadline, all you have to do is ask. Message us now to let us know you’re working on it! (Either via Facebook message or to alex@celebratemooroolbark.com)

More info here.

If you can’t see Bianca’s gorgeous little video below then please click on the link to view it. She made it just for you!


Red Earth UnEarthed

Red Earth UnEarthed is the event previously known as the Celebrate Mooroolbark Talent Quest. By rebranding as Red Earth UnEarthed, we recognise the history of the “Red Earth” name in Mooroolbark whilst providing the Talent Quest with some new energy. Our vision is to expand our reach in unearthing the talent of Mooroolbark and surrounds.

Celebrate Mooroolbark begins with Red Earth UnEarthed on Friday evening, March 24, with an Open and Under 16 competition.  Participation in the competition is free. This is enthusiastically supported, with a great variety of entries from all age groups and very much enjoyed by all!

The winners are given the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage at the festival the following day, Saturday 25th March.

Enter NOW at: https://celebratemooroolbark.com/competitions/red-earth/

Red Earth UnEarthed entries close 10pm Friday 10th March, 2017.

Local band, INH, at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2015

Local band INH on the Main Stage at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2015, after winning the Talent Quest the evening prior.

Join the parade!

The Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade is on again and this year we are going GREEN!

Get your environmental thinking caps on, recycle those old clothes, strike up the human powered marching band and start those low emission engines running…

If you represent a school, community group, local business or you are a local hobbyist, join us in the 2017 Street Parade!

Register now at https://celebratemooroolbark.com/participate/parade/
Applications close Friday 17th March.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

YES, we’re definitely Celebrating Mooroolbark tomorrow!

It may be wet and woolly out there today but our site crew are out there laying out the grounds for tomorrow. Never fear, we have fine weather planned for tomorrow. 😛 Celebrate Mooroolbark will go ahead!

So to help you plan your day. Here’s our gorgeous site map, including some details on the Community Centre programming and the Youth Zone. (Thanks Ross Mackay Creative for making it so pleasing on the eye)

Festival site map and activities inside the Mooroolbark Community Centre

And while you’re twiddling your thumbs waiting for it all to begin, check out our #behindthescenes action on our Instagram feed.

Street Parade Road Closure

Don’t Forget!!

At 10am the most spectacular Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade will go cruising down Brice Avenue, from Station Street to the festival site at Red Earth Park. So get there early to find a prime viewing spot! Here’s what’ll happen…

9.30 – 10.30am : Station Street (where the library and Hookey Park are located) will be closed to traffic for the parade participants to assemble and depart safely.

10am – 11am : Brice Avenue from Station Street to Hull Road (including car parks) will be closed to traffic to allow the Street Parade to occur safely.

So  consider walking, cycling or catching public transport to avoid road closure hassles and parking woes. More info on your options are over here: https://celebratemooroolbark.com/getting-there/

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Look out for all these wonderful folk in the parade!

  • 1st Mooroolbark Scouts
  • Alizara Belly Dance Troupe
  • ARK Theatre Group
  • Australian Youth Band
  • Eastern Raptors Rugby League
  • Gray Court Pre School
  • Gymbaroo Mooroolbark
  • Helen O’Grady Drama Academy
  • Historical Commercial Vehicle Club
  • Lilydale SES
  • MECEC Kindergarten
  • Mooroolbark Fire Brigade
  • Mooroolbark Girl Guides
  • Mooroolbark History Group
  • Mooroolbark Star Wars Fan Group 501st
  • Numerous Classic & Movie Replica Cars
  • Pembroke Primary School
  • Vermont Secondary College Band
  • Yarra Ranges Special Development School
Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Pembroke Primary School in the Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2014

Pembroke Primary School at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2014

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015

Celebrate Mooroolbark Street Parade 2015. Photo by Greg Carrick.

We’re on YarraRanges.tv!

The people of the Yarra Ranges find themselves in the unique and very fortunate position of having their own online community news site, with a growing number of films about our local communities.

Thanks Ian Skurrie for producing one about Celebrate Mooroolbark! We had a great time working on it with you and encourage everyone to use yarraranges.tv as a resource to find out about your community or to spread the word about your own project.

To see more interesting stories or the highlights from last years festival’s Talent Quest and Street Parade go to yarrraranges.tv