Come and

Try Day

Sunday, 23 February
12 noon – 4pm

Walter Reserve, Ascot Vale

Join in the fun and fitness as you come and try a variety of easy and accessible ways to get active with your local recreation and sporting clubs, groups and organisations.

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Contact Sports

Western United FC

The latest club to join the Hyundai A-League, Western United FC represents the greater west of Melbourne in Australia's elite national domestic football (soccer) competition from the 2019/20 Season.

Be sure to stop by, grab some giveaways and see if you can hit the bullseye on the giant inflatable dartboard.



Western United FC

Ascot Vale Panthers Football Club

The Panthers are a FAMILY FIRST football club of the west where all players, siblings, parents, extended family, friends and general community are welcomed in a safe and fun environment.

The Panthers teach, motivate, encourage and advise young players, emphasising discipline, fitness and sportsmanship in the environment of a successful community football team.

Enjoy skills sessions, inflatables, match simulation games and treat yourself to a well-earned sausage after the session as the Panthers have the BBQ covered!

Ascotvale Panthers FC

Moonee Valley Knights

Moonee Valley Knights Football (soccer) Club was established in 1986 – known then as The Pharos, fielding a Men’s team. Over years, the club started youth and women's teams with now more than 150 juniors and over 200 players overall.

The team will be providing clinics, information, coaching and inflatables to enjoy throughout the day.

Moonee Valley Knights FC

Western Region Volleyball

Qualified coach and Phys-ed teacher Michael Dolan and the Western Region Volleyball team are back in 2020!

WRV deliver high quality volleyball events, tournaments, run clinics and provide high level coaching to people of all ages and abilities.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in some match simulation and training at this year’s event.


Western Region Volleyball

Northwest Wolves

The Northwest Wolves have created and maintained a vibrant and successful Rugby League Club in the inner north-western suburbs of Melbourne.

The Northwest Wolves are a Local Rugby League Club offering inclusive and family friendly rugby league participation for all.

The team will offer drills sessions, onsite coaching and support.


Northwest Wolves Rugby League Club

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Non-contact activities

Premier's Active April

Premier's Active April is free, fun and part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy.

It aims to address increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity by providing a series of incentives, opportunities and support to participants to build positive habits that increase the level of activity in their daily life.

Premier's Active April - Marquee

Active You

Enjoy rock climbing, a fun activity for the whole family.

Speak to our Active You team on the day to find out more!

active8 rock climbing

Special Olympics Australia

Special Olympics Australia offer a pathway for people with an intellectual disability to be involved and compete in a number of sports.

Everyone involved in the Special Olympics have an opportunity to achieve, and to experience personal success, regardless of their experience or level of ability.

Special Olympics Australia

Riverside Golf

Riverside has a long-standing reputation within the community as a professional and relaxed golf coaching facility. Riverside engages the services of PGA golf coaches who are able to teach with a wealth of knowledge as well as expertise based on years of professional experience.

In consultation with Golf Australia, Riverside Golf Club will provide activities, quality coaching and support to make sure you’re hitting the fairways and loving every minute of it!

Riverside Golf

The Dance Centre

The Dance Centre is located in Airport West and is Melbourne's FIRST Holistic Dance Studio, offering all styles of Dance, Fitness and Yoga classes to students.

The team will perform a routine concert, then put together an engaging demonstration and a dance class not to be missed.

JM The Dance Centre

Yoga Flame

Yoga Flame is a local yoga studio that has been serving the Moonee Valley community for the past 10 years.

We have a great sense of community and love sharing our passion for health and wellness.

Whether it’s your first time or you're a season campaigner, be sure to take part in one of the interactive sessions on the day.

Yoga Flame

Bluefire Bellydancers

Bluefire Bellydancers is a school with locations in Altona and Airport West, teaching people of all ages, sizes and abilities this beautiful and ancient art form of Oriental Fusion Bellydance. We enjoy fostering a supportive, community based environment within the bellydancing community.

Bluefire Bellydancers will perform a number of dances to both traditional and modern music, based on the pieces that our students have learned throughout the year.

Bluefire Bellydancers

Mi Vida Fit Dance & DJ Aaron Jay

Music and Dance unites communities across the world.

Come and join Paulina and the entire Mi Vida Crew with an electric Zumba experience.

Grooving to modernised sounds of Salsa, Merengue, Flamenco, Reggeaton, Bachata and Popular Dance Music, Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. You don't need to be a great dancer to feel welcome in Zumba, you just need to come along and enjoy the experience!

Your Host and DJ, Aaron Jay from That DJ Australia will ensure you have all the energy you need for an action-packed hour of excitement.

Paulina Press Shot

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Creative activities

Black & White Art Space

Black & White Studios offer a fun place for kids to explore their artistic side and an opportunity for parents to catch their breath whilst the kids are entertained.

The perfect way to wind down after all of the sport and dancing.


Black and White studios

Parties By Zeena

Parties By Zeena will be onsite with free face painting for the kids.

Parties By Zeena Facepainting

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Food and Drink

What food is available?

There will be a small range of food available at the event and while effort has been made to ensure a range of healthy and allergen free food, those with specific requirements may wish to bring their own food.

Food vendors include:

  • Salt & Pepa Food Truck

  • Swaggys Ice Cream Van

  • Ascot Vale Panthers Football Club BBQ

Can we bring our own food?

Attendees are welcome to bring their own food, and encouraged to bring picnic rugs or deck chairs. Please note that picnic facilities (tables, chairs) are not provided at the event site.

Getting there

By Public Transport

Walter Reserve, Ascot Vale is a short walk from the following public transport options. Plan your trip at

472 Williamstown – Moonee Ponds via Footscray

57 West Maribyrnong – Flinders Street Station & City
82 Moonee Ponds – Footscray

By Bike

Moonee Valley is spoilt for choice with many parks, reserves and walking trails that have shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Visit to discover what routes and trails are available to walk or cycle.

Can I drive there?

Yes, however as parking is extremely limited we encourage attendees to catch public or active modes of transport if possible.

I have more questions, who can I talk to?

Contact 9243 8888 or email to speak to a Festival staff member.


Yes, this event is free.

This event is for the whole family to enjoy and dogs are welcome. Please ensure that your dog is on leash and that you have brought adequate provisions to feed, water and clean up after them.

Maps and programs will be made available online to download. There will also be a limited number of programs and maps available from Council’s information tent.

First Aid is available on site throughout the course of the event.

ID wrist bands will be available at the Information Tent, where parents can write their name and phone number and attach the band to the child. A Lost Children Point will be set up next to the Information tent. If you lose your child please contact Event staff at Information Tent or moving around the site. Staff will be identifiable in high-vis vests.

No, there are no ATMs available and we recommend bringing cash for food and drink purchases. 

A ‘lost property’ point will be located at Council’s information tent.

Toilets will be located within the Walter Reserve Pavillion. 

Accessible toilets will also be available onsite. 

We aim to make all festival events fun and accessible for everyone.

Accessible bathrooms and wheelchair access provisions will be available at all festival events.

To discuss your access requirements with a member of staff, please contact 9243 8888 or email

As this is an outdoor event please be aware of the weather and bring sun protection or wet weather gear.

While water will be available on site for purchase, we ask our festival attendees to be mindful of the environment and bring their own water bottle that can be filled at the events hydration station.

A cancellation procedure will be in effect in the event of adverse weather conditions. Announcements regarding any event cancellations will be made in advance of the event’s commencement on the Festival website and Council’s after hours and social media channels.