30 June – 2 July 2023

Visitor Info

Here is everything you need to know about your visit to Firelight Festival. Entry is free.

  • Free entry, no bookings required

    Free entry, no bookings required

    Firelight Festival 2023 is a free event that does not require bookings. Simply turn up and enjoy free entertainment all night long. The only thing you’ll need money for is food and drinks—the rest is on us!

  • Opening hours

    Opening hours

    Firelight Festival runs from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July.

    Opening times: Friday and Saturday: 5–10.30pm

    Sunday: 5–10pm

  • Public Transport and Parking

    Public Transport and Parking

    Heading to Firelight Festival?  Plan your trip to the city ahead of time.

    During the festival there will be some planned tram, train and road works, and City of Melbourne is working closely with transport authorities Yarra Trams, Metro Trains and Victoria’s Big Build to ensure your journey is as smooth as possible – with extra transport options available to Docklands.

    We encourage festival-goers to plan ahead via ptv.vic.gov.au.

    Parking is available in paid car parks or via limited on-street parking. Find where to park near Firelight Festival here.

    Melbourne River Cruises will also be running during the festival, with vessels running between Southgate and Docklands. Find out more information here.

  • Weather


    Firelight Festival will go ahead rain, hail or shine, so make sure you rug up.

  • Accessibility


    We want Firelight Festival to be safe, welcoming and fun place for everyone to enjoy.
    Head to our accessibility page for information on wheelchair access, facilities and more.
    View Accessibility
  • Keep it clean

    Keep it clean

    Just one piece of rubbish can have an impact. Use waste stations to dispose of cans, organics, compostable plates and other waste correctly.

  • Bike & pedestrian changes

    Bike & pedestrian changes

    The Capital City Trail bike path will be closed from Bourke Street to La Trobe Street Friday 30 June – Sunday 2nd July, between 4pm – midnight. Cyclists are asked to dismount and walk through this section of Harbour Esplanade.

  • Event road closures

    Event road closures

    Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July, 4pm – midnight
    Harbour Esplanade closed between Bourke Street and La Trobe Street (northbound and southbound)
    Merchant Street closed from Bourke Street. View road closure map here.


    5pm Thursday 29 June – 11:59pm Sunday 2 July

    Harbour Esplanade between La Trobe Street and Bourke Street.

    A number of works are taking place across the precinct as part of Victoria’s Big Build that will impact road users. Please plan ahead by visiting Victoria’s Big Build.
  • Pets


    The Firelight Festival site can be noisy and overwhelming for our furry friends, so please leave your pets at home. Read more on responsible pet ownership. Assistive animals and Guide Dogs are allowed.

  • Fireworks


    Fireworks will not be part of this year’s Firelight Festival.