The Benalla Festival is celebrated every November on the foreshore of Lake Benalla and around the Rural City.

The Festival is a celebration of the local lifestyle. The program of fun and creativity aims to engage the community and visitors with street entertainment, music, theatre, art, dance, exhibitions, fireworks and more. Every event is a chance to celebrate our community spirit, create, consume and come together for two weekends of fun activities.

The 2019 Festival theme is Fiesta of Festivities…a celebration of events and festivals that bring the community together to interact, feel good, learn, celebrate and grow.

Save the dates: 2nd to 10th November 2019.

Download a copy of the 2019 Festival Guide - BenFest_2019_Program_Web


POSTPONED - Moorngag Mower Mania has been canceled for Saturday 2nd November.

Site Information

For site details including road closures, parking, consumption of alcohol, dog restrictions and fireworks please refer to the attached information.

Benalla Festival 2019 Centre Spread T88 - logistics






Goorambat Scarecrow Art

Competition Entry:

Be creative and design and enter your own scarecrow.  Entry is free.

Competitors need to have their scarecrows at the Goorambat Hall between 10am - 4pm on Saturday 2 November.

Judging Day:

Judging of the scarecrows will take place on Sunday 10th November at 2pm followed by a scarecrow auction.  Competitors or a representative to be present.

Scarecrow flyer

Further information can be obtained by contacting Jenny on (03) 5764 1397.

A Day in the Gardens Market

Are you interested in having a stall at this years A Day in the Gardens market?

Stall holder expressions of interest are now open.  Applications close 18 October 2019

2019 ADIG Market stallholder EOI


Benalla Festival Street Parade

Be sure to be involved in the fun and creative display of community spirit and personality in this year's Street Parade on Saturday 9 November, 2pm. Remember your participation is limited only by your imagination!

2019 Street Parade entry form fillable.pdf


Free Benalla Festival Street Parade Workshops

Would you like to be in the Benalla street parade but you don’t know how to create your float or costume?

We can sort you out...

A studio space will be set up where you can create your parade entry with the help of professional local artists. Bring in your bike, wheelbarrow, skateboard, or just yourself... and make something amazing. Drop in, have a cuppa and local artists will help you turn your creative ideas into reality.

WHEN: Thursday 7 November from 11am - 7pm, Friday 8 November from 10am - 6pm

WHERE: The Benalla Men's Shed, Kevin Dosser Pavilion, Benalla Showgrounds

COST: FREE workshop and free materials


Local artists Kurt, Emi and John-Paul will help you construct, paint, sew, cut, assemble so you will be ready to rock the parade... maybe even take out one of the prizes.

The artists can also come to you to discuss ideas and options for your organisation/group/not for profit organisation. If you would like to take up this option please let us know by Friday 25 October so an appointment can be made for the artists to meet with you.


Best theme entry: $300

Best float entry: $100

Most entertaining entry: $100

Best Community Group entry: $100

Best School/Youth entry: $100

If you have a question or to book an appointment to discuss your entry, please send an email to Artistic Directory from the Village Festival Suzanne Kalk: [email protected] or just drop by on the day.




A big thank you to our generous 2019 Festival sponsors below.

The involvement of the business community and individuals is critical to staging the Festival.  Through the support of our partners, sponsors and friends, events within the Festival can be presented at little or no cost to patrons.






Amcal Max Benalla

AutoOne Benalla

Avondel Motor Inn

Benalla Bowls Club

Benalla Golf Club

Benalla Travel

Bouwmeesters Bakery

Caltex - Gladstones

Comfort Inn Benalla

Delatite Steel & Engineering Supplies

DKM Builders

Dodd Fuel Installations

Dosser Panels

Dr Paul Kelly & Mrs Robyn Kelly

Glider City Motel

Gliding Club of Victoria

Graeme Currie Electrical

Green 'n' Grow

Hide’s Bakery



Lavish Skin Therapy Clinic

Mary-Lou and Rob Davis

Miller’s Department Store

Milner Watson Pharmacy

NJ Todd Funeral Services

North East Life Physiotherapy Services

Patersons Carpet Court

Peter Davis Rural

Primal Health Club

Rose City Motor Inn

Smith Dosser Accountants

Smyth Seeds

Steph Ryan MP

Stolz Furnishers

Top of the Town Motel

Walkers IGA

Woolworths Benalla