• 2018 FESTIVAL… 24th March

    10am - 4pm
    Red Earth Park &
    Mooroolbark Community Centre

    Departs 10am
    From Station St, along Brice Ave to
    Red Earth Park

    [Below Image: Ghawazee Belly Dancers at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2010]

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A Massive Program For You!

Here’s the low down. Short & sweet because there’s SO much to include!!

Harvey Norman Springvale is bringing their STEAM team! They’re loading up the truck with VR and gaming, robots, droids, drones, cameras to run free workshops, T-Shirt and mug printing and items for a silent auction to raise money for Save the Rhinos!! “The boss” is even keen to include a display of vintage tech from his personal collection, which is quite AMAZING.

You’ll be able to enjoy:

  • Museum Victoria’s interactive display and
  • storytelling with Eastern Regional Libraries,
  • roving performers,
  • numerous rides,
  • an animal petting farm,
  • Scout rope bridge,
  • classic cars,
  • a MASSIVE marketplace with retailers, food, drinks and community information, free workshops and
  • Yarra Ranges Regional Museum’s very cool interactive workshops at 11am and 12pm demonstrating lots of spinning objects and a dancing robot and you will learn how to make, decorate and test-fly your own Bitty (little) Boomerang!

Find details and highlights on our Program page on:

  • the Main Stage program,
  • Mooroolbark Community Centre,
  • our Active Living Hub,
  • the Youth Stage and
  • Belly Dancing.
And an added feature this year is the Mini Vintage Computer Faire hosted by Microbee Technology. We recently discovered this little gem hidden away in our vintage shopping centre (The Terrace). Ewan J Wordsworth purchased the original 1980s Australian computer company Microbee, whom he worked for as a teenager when they supplied a majority of Australian schools with computers. He now rebuilds vintage computers and produces computer kits for kids getting into an IT career.
Here’s an interview with Ewan by the Centre for Computing History in the UK on YouTube here.

And for those that can’t go without a map (that’s me), here it is.

Site Map and highlights at Celebrate Mooroolbark 2018.



It’s Competition Time!!

Start work on your entries now, showcase your talents and win! Here are the 2018 competitions laid out for you, take your pick and then click on the links for more details and entry forms.

pexels-photo-116366.jpegProduce your own mini sci-fi on your phone and enter the Short Film Comp. Sponsored by Harvey Norman Springvalethere are some very exciting prizes on the way…

How could you resist?!?

Click HERE for more info and to enter.

Enter the parade with friends, a community group, school, business and take out the best-dressed prize of $400 CASH for your group! Winners will be awarded 1st and 2nd place ($200 CASH) by local Liberal representatives; Federal Liberal Member for Casey and 30th Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Tony Smith MP; State Member for Casey Christine Fyffe; and State Member for Croydon, the Hon David Hodgett MP

Follow THIS LINK for more info and to register your groups’ participation.

Imagine a fictionalised future, interview someone about their vision, produce a comic or research the profession of a scientific field for your writing competition entry!

Winners will be awarded their prizes on the main stage at 12.15pm by our Deputy Premier, Labor Minister for Education and Emergency Services, the Hon James Merlino MP!

Cash prizes to be award as follows:

Section 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
PRESCHOOL – GRADE 2: $20 $15 $10
GRADES 3 – 6: $30 $25 $20
YEARS 7 – 12: $50 $35 $25

AND a school’s prize of $100 will be awarded to the best performance overall. Click HERE for details on how to enter, but be quick!

art-creative-metal-creativity.jpgGet hands-on with found objects and materials, build your own invention for the future and enter it into the recycled sculpture competition!

There’s a $100 cash prize for the best entry! Sponsored by the Disabled Peoples’ Group. Info on how to enter is HERE.

Take your talent to the stage in Red Earth UnEarthed!

7:30pm Friday March 23, 2018 @ Mooroolbark Community Centre.

1st prize winners in each category below are given the opportunity to perform on the main stage at the festival the following day, Saturday 24 March 2018.


Section 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
UNDER 16: $100 $75 $50
OPEN: $100 $75 $50

Click HERE to enter before Friday 16 March. Instrumentalists, magicians and unusual acts particularly encouraged to apply!

A huge thanks to our Red Earth Partners, the Lions Club of Mooroolbark, Mooroolbark Christian Fellowship and Yarra Ranges Council.

Entries to all competitions will be regarded highly if they fit the theme and this year we are building the festival around the theme of

No Barriers – Future Possibilities…

What does this mean?

Think of the many ways that the human race has overcome barriers to date and then imagine the future possibilities; planes and spacecraft have taken us into the skies and beyond, both modern and ancient medicines have tackled deadly diseases, overcome disabilities and improved our quality of life. Where will such things as robotics take us into the future?

We will be placing a strong focus on advancements in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines, and the way they have developed and interrelate with our lives to open up future possibilities and break down the barriers we face. For children and teens, we are highlighting the fun in learning in areas such as robotics, coding, engineering and animation.

Our biggest program to date

Without a doubt, this is the biggest and broadest program we’ve put together yet for Celebrate Mooroolbark festival. So we thought we’d share with you some personal picks on how some of our team members would spend their day at the festival.

From Ash, Active Living Hub Coordinator and part of the Publicity Team:

I would absolutely get down and practice your handballing with Mooroolbark Auskick at 11am and be wowed by the talented Yarra Heights Dance Academyat 1:45 at the Active Living Hub! The Active Living Hub is a new addition this year and a fantastic way to get involved with the local sporting and fitness groups in our wonderful community.

After that I’m going to head down to the Youth Stage and see all the amazing talent that our community has to offer. In sticking with our sustainable theme, the Youth Stage is being powered by biodegradable fuel generators from Green Power Solutions!

For more details on all the wonderful programs on offer tomorrow, check out our program page here. Many stalls will also run free activities, not to mention the Scout Bridge on the ridge!

See you all tomorrow!!

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!


Writers, this is for you!!

[EDIT: The deadline for entries has been extended to Friday 17th March, 2017]

Writers, this is for you!!

Celebrate Mooroolbark is running a Writing Competition for students, sponsored by Victoria’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino MP! Winners will be awarded cash prizes by Mr Merlino himself, on the main stage of the festival between 11:40am and 12 noon.

Explore the ways we can individually and collectively sustain, preserve and beautify our world and its resources, or write an imaginative piece around the theme of environmental sustainability. You might like to consider the following questions to get you started:

  • What concerns you most about the environment – locally/nationally/globally?  
  • Why/How is it easy to “be green”?
  • Why is “being green” important now and in the future?
  • Imagine a world/city/town where everyone lived sustainably, what would it look like?
  • Can you imagine the future and how people’s lives might be different to ours if environmental sustainability is/is not adopted by people today?

Entry is a Gold Coin and entries should be submitted to the Mooroolbark Community Centre no later than Friday, March 17.

Head over to our Writing Competition page for more details on how to enter.


Come dressed as your favourite character or movie star on Saturday 19th March (you might even win a prize for your efforts). We have some exciting ideas for bringing this theme into the festival, if you’d like to contribute some more, comment below or send us a message. We’d love to hear yours!

Celebrate Mooroolbark's theme this year is Movie Mayhem

Movies abound at the 2016 Celebrate Mooroolbark. Come along dressed as your favourite character or actor!


Stig Wemyss Author

Stig Wemyss, hilarious character and Australia’s most loved narrator of audio books for children and young adults, is joining us at Celebrate Mooroolbark, at 12.30 and again at 1.30pm in the MCC Auditorium.
Stig Wemyss

Stig is the author of The Tripp Diaries, a wildly funny series of audio books about an Aussie family on a road trip around Australia. 12-year old Nick Tripp knows his Dad is crazy and this epic adventure just proves it! Who’d want to be crammed in the family station wagon for, like a year or something, with a whinging nine-year-old, the fossil parents and worst of all, his 16-year old sister? Come and hear Stig Wemyss tell us some of the wacky tales from The Tripp Diaries. Dads, you are not going to want to miss this!



stig & 2 boys