the River

Saturday 15 February
5pm – 9.30pm

The Blvd, Maribyrnong River, Aberfeldie

The Moonee Valley Festival begins in spectacular style with an afternoon filled with live music, roving performances and pop up activities for all ages. As the sun sets, the river is aglow with luminous installations and a water and laser show.

The Boulevard Stage

Jacobs Run

Blending layers of guitar and orchestrations with classic melodies, Jacobs Run creates music for people who believe in the power of a rock ‘n’ roll band to be uplifting, intelligent and to mean something substantial.

Onstage from 5pm.


Oz Boys ™

Featuring familiar faces from many of Australia’s touring musicals including; Jersey Boys, Wicked, Hair Spray, Xanadu, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, Fame, The Voice & many more. These boys blend the world’s best-known originals, covers and remakes of Motown with current chart hits in one crowd pleasing Motown inspired spectacle!

Onstage from 6pm.


Telenova is made up of front-woman Angeline Armstrong, and producer/multi-instrumentalists Ed Quinn & Joshua Moriarty. The three seasoned musicians (of notable acts: Slum Sociable, Miami Horror and Beachwood) first met at the 2019 APRA Song Hubs song writing camp curated by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie). From day one of writing together, the trio quickly discovered a refreshing and distinctive sound born of their respective music worlds - creating a symphonic fusion of classy indie rock with a splash of modern disco. Telenova are working on their debut EP set for release in late 2020.

Onstage from 7pm.

Telenova Promo

Forever 80s ™

Be inspired to bring that neon out of the closet, put on those leg warmers and hit the dance floor with the best 80’s show on the planet.

Onstage from 8pm.


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Maribyrnong Park Stage

Lavinia Tosev – Vocal Art Studios

At just 14 years old, Lavinia Tosev is an award-winning singer/songwriter who trains in music at Vocal Art Studios in Airport West.

She has performed and recorded in London and Paris and also across Victoria and recently came Top 3 in the Rock/Indie section of the Australian Songwriters Association awards in Sydney. Her first single is available across all digital platforms and you can follow Lavinia T Music across Instagram, Facebook & YouTube.

Onstage from 5pm.


Maryann and Paolo Duo

With the sensational X Factor star, Mary Ann Van Der Horst on vocals, and experienced bassist and guitarist Paolo Familari, this duo will have you up and about as they play your favourite covers!

Onstage from 5:45pm.

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The Valley Brothers

The Valley Brothers, originally from Gippsland Victoria, are a fusion of powerful vocals and acoustic rhythms, creating a dramatic and engaging atmosphere. A combination of personalised recreations and original material makes for a performance not to be missed.

Onstage from 6:30pm.

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The Chris Commerford Band

The Chris Commerford Band are a blossoming blues-rock five-piece, formed by the glittering Australian coast of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Assembled by the band’s namesake singer-songwriter, Chris Commerford, the refreshing outfit are captivating music fans with their bright and heartening fusion of blues, rock and jazz.

Onstage from 7:15pm.

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Dr. Hernandez

Dr Hernández fuse cumbia, boogaloo, Cuban son and old-school ska with a healthy dose of electronica, clav-driven grooves, soulful horns, percussion and Sally Ford’s trademark soaring vocals in Spanish and English. These six all-star specialists bring backgrounds in tex mex, afrobeat, salsa, film music, ska, soul, reggae, pop and funk to lay down earthy dance grooves.

Onstage from 8pm.

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The Essendon Fields Kids Zone

This Kids Zone is proudly sponsored by Essendon Fields

Black & White Art Space

Free art space!

We 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.


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Perky and Fiddle

Perky and Fiddle, a pair of garden gnomes sitting atop their wheelbarrows of grass, have escaped the flower bed, and with their trusty bikes they're out in search of adventures in the wider world. They just need a little help from people to keep them moving along, and out of sight of the gardener...   

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Micky Trickstar Magician

With two decades of experience as an entertainer, T.V. appearances along with a background in theatre and acting, Micky Trickstar guarantees hilarious, mesmerizing, energetic and family friendly entertainment!


Pop-Up Sports Mini Golf

Pick up your putter, select a funky ball and get ready for 9 holes of quality mini golf.

It’s free! It’s fun! Take on family and friends to see who comes out on top!


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Food and Drink

What food is available?

There will be up to 15 food vendors to choose from. There will be a range of vendors 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. This year there has been an emphasis on environmentally sustainable packaging and each of the food vendors have been chosen based on their commitment to reducing single use plastics.

Can we bring our own food?

Attendees are welcome to bring their own food, please note that picnic facilities are not available at the event site.


Can I bring alcohol?

No. Alcohol is restricted to the licensed area only.


How much do the rides cost?

Rides and amusements will operate through a ride token system. Tokens can be purchased onsite at ticket boxes and can be redeemed at any ride.  Entry passes for each ride will cost between $4-$8 per ride, per person. Carnival games and amusements are $5 per game, per person.


What rides can I go on?

There is something for everyone!  From the thrill seekers to the more conservative, from toddlers to adults.  The listed rides at this year’s event include:

  • Cliff Hanger

  • The Expo Wheel

  • Thriller

  • Tea Cups

  • Train

  • Dodgems

  • Fun Factory

  • Freestyle

Plus lots of fun games and amusements!


Can I go on the rides with my child?

There will be a range of rides suitable for all ages, starting at 2yrs – adults.  Parents may ride with their children on most of the rides.


Are there height and weight restrictions on the rides?

Height and weight restrictio are compulsory on some of the rides.  Height and weight restriction policies on each ride will be clearly visible at each ride entry point and managed diligently by the ride operators.

Getting there

By Public Transport

The Boulevard, Maribyrnong River, Aberfeldie is a short walk from the following public transport options. Plan your trip to The Boulevard (Aberfeldie) at

467 Aberfeldie – Moonee Ponds via Holmes Road

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

Craigieburn line to Moonee Ponds Station

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.

No. There will be no fireworks or pyrotechnics. However, there will be bright and flashing lights and with some loud music and noise.

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.

The map is available online to download. There will also be a limited number of 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.

Yes, ATMs will be available on site and some food vendors will be equipped with EFTPOS facilities.

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

Toilets will be located at between the Essendon Rowing Club and Essendon Anglers Club Facilities as well as inside the carnival and amusements footprint.

Accessible toilets and change facilities will be located at the locations identifies above as well as the Incinerator Gallery located on Holmes Rd.

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. 

A road closure and traffic management plan will be in effect for this event and will have impacts on the area during the following dates and times

Friday, 14 February, 5pm

Public access closed to the following carparks:

-       Essendon Rowing Club

-       Depot

-       Incinerator Gallery car park

Saturday, 15 February, 5am

Road Closure along Holmes Road and The Boulevard

Detours in place

Sunday 16 February, 5am

Road and car park closure lifted

Maribyrnong River Closures and works

From Thursday 6 February - Sunday 16 February works will be undertaken in preparation for the event on the banks and in the river in around Anglers Tavern Jetty, Boathouse Café Landing and Essendon Rowing Club Landing.

Whilst the river remains open river users are advised to exercise caution during this time due to increased activity, infrastructure and equipment in the water.

A river traffic management plan will be prepared and installed to address safety issues arising from the activity and provide advanced warning.

The Maribyrnong River will be closed to all river traffic on Friday 14 February from 7pm -10pm for rehearsal and Saturday 15 February for the show.

The closure will be managed by Parks Victoria.

The Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, 15 February and will reopen on Sunday, 16 February, 8am – 1pm.

Parks Victoria, as the declared waterway manager for the Maribyrnong River upstream of Shepherd Bridge on Footscray Road, hereby gives notice under section 208(2) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic) that all persons and vessels not registered to take part in the Moonee Valley Illuminate the River Festival are prohibited from entering and remaining in the following waters.

Waters of the Maribyrnong River – Between the Raleigh Road Bridge upstream to the Afton Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The exclusion zone will be in effect from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm on Friday 14 February 2020 and from 4.00 pm to 12.00 am Saturday 15 February 2020.

The Incinerator Gallery will be open on 15 February from 5pm to 9pm. 

History tours of the Incinerator Gallery will run through the evening. 

With bushfires currently impacting large parts of our state, Moonee Valley City Council is making it as easy as possible for our community to help our neighbours in need.

If you would like to hold a stall at the Festival to fundraise for the bushfire relief, please fill out this online form and one of our staff members will be in touch. 



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