Melbourne’s Moomba Festival runs from March 10-13th along the Yarra River in the CBD, and in its 63rd year it’s even bigger and better than ever. And the best part? It’s free! The full schedule is so jam pack of activities that it can be hard to figure out what to go to, so we’ve done the hard work for you and have given you our top 5 picks for Moomba 2017.

Birdman Rally

Sunday 12 March, 11.30am

Moomba 2017 bird man rally

A Moomba tradition, the Birdman Rally is a collection of grown adults competing as either Hawks or Penguins and throwing themselves off a platform into the Yarra River wearing homemade flying machines that never work. It’s hilarious, and you might just get inspired to take part in the 2018 rally. The best part is, all proceeds go to charity. The amount the competitors raise contributes extra ‘length’ to their total distance – so even if a Penguin flops they can still take out the Charity Jackpot.

Moomba Parade

Monday 13 March, 10.45am

Moomba 2017 Parade

Since its inception in 1955, the Moomba Parade has become one of the most iconic parts of the Labour day weekend for many Melburnians. It begins near the Shrine of Remembrance and finishes up near Linlithgow Avenue, and includes a procession of community designed floats, performance groups and an awesome display of Melbourne’s diverse community groups taking over St Kilda Road. This year also features the float designs from 7 kids who took part in last year’s Design a Float workshop.

Watersports & Skate Park

All weekend

Moomba 2017 watersports

Our favourite events are all the finals on Monday, where you get to see the best the state and country have to offer in tricks, jumps & wakeboarding. Head along the Women’s Trick Final at 11.20am – noon, the Men’s Trick Final at 12.20pm – 1.10pm, the Women’s Jump Final on Monday at 3.30pm – 4.15pm, the Men’s & Women’s Wakeboard Final at 5.30pm – 7.30pm and the Men’s Night Jump Final on Monday at 8pm – 10pm.

Carnival

All weekend

Moomba 2017 carnival rides

Ahhh, the classic festival carnival! You just can’t beat it. It opens at 6pm Friday, and runs throughout Moomba. Don’t fret if you’re after something to do for the whole family; There are rides for both big and little kids, including their newest addition, The Beast, which reaches speeds of 120kms per hour and swings 38 metres high. Note that the rides aren’t free.

Fireworks

Every night of Moomba, 9.30pm

Moomba 2017 Fireworks

This year, Moomba’s famous fireworks will illuminate the Yarra River and the city at 9.30pm Friday to Monday. You’ll be able to see them from anywhere in the festival, but if you can try to get on the Ferris wheel you’ll score a truly magnificent a sky-high view.

It’s best to head in on public transport, and don’t forget sun protection and water as it looks like it’s going to be a hot one.

xx Nikita

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