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. All events are low or no cost. 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 2018 Festival theme is Our Backyard…a celebration of special places and spaces.

Festival dates are 3rd to 11th November 2018.

Download a copy of the Benalla Festival 2018 program



Village by the Lake:  Kids Flea/Produce Market and busking open podium, 3pm - 5pm

Entrepreneurial kids from Benalla and beyond will be selling or swapping their old toys, clothes, handmade artwork or anything really or they can try busking, by singing, dancing, playing an instrument or telling a story. Clink on link below.

Jumble Sale flyer 2018

Benalla Festival Writing Competition

Budding writers in Benalla Rural City are invited to enter a poem or piece of writing on the topic 'Our Backyard'....celebrating our special places and spaces. Download the entry form for further details.

BenFest 2018 Writing Comp

Benalla Festival Colouring Competition

Put your artistic talents to the test and enter the 2018 Benalla Festival Colouring Competition.  Download the entry form for further details

BenFest Colouring Comp Flyer

A Day in the Gardens Market

Stall holder applications are now open.  Sunday 11 November 2018

Applications close 15 October 2018

2018 ADIG Market stallholder EOI

Tatong Art Show

Official opening of the Art Show and announcement of winning works will be held on Friday 2 November at the Tatong Memorial Hall from 7pm - 9.30pm. The exhibition will be open from 3 -4 and 9-11 November, 10am - 4pm.

For further information, please contact the Coordinator of the Tatong Art Show, Sarah Nickels on 0417 595 193

Tatong Art Show 2018 Entry Form

Benalla Festival Street Parade

Be part of the fun of the Benalla Festival Street Parade on Saturday 10 November, 2pm as it makes its way down Bridge Street.  See the attached entry form for details. Applications close: Friday 19 October 2018.

For further information, please contact Council's Events Coordinator on 5760 2600.

2018 Street Parade entry


A big thank you to our generous 2018 Benalla Festival sponsors listed below.

The involvement of the business community and individuals is critical to the staging of 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.

If you would like more information on becoming a sponsor of the 2018 Benalla Festival please download the 2018 Benalla Festival Sponsorship Prospectus








Amcal Max Benalla

AutoOne Benalla

Avondel Motor Inn

Benalla Golf Club

Benalla Residential Rural Real Estate

Benalla Signs & Designs

Benalla Veterinary Clinic

Bouwmeesters Bakery

Comfort Inn Benalla

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

Hollywood Café


J&A Gladstone Caltex

Jenny Milner - Marsha Watson Pharmacy

LJ Hooker Benalla

Lucy Lu Boutique

Miller’s Department Store

Mitre 10 Benalla

NJ Todd Funeral Services

North East Life Physiotherapy Services

Patersons Carpet Court

Smith Dosser Accountants

Smyth Seeds

Sole Step

Steph Ryan MP

Stolz Furnishers

Top of the Town Motel

Westpac Bank Benalla