Riverfest ’23

Celebrate the life force of the Birrarung River at the inaugural Birrarung Riverfest!

The Birrarung Riverfest is a month-long community celebration of our beautiful and resilient river starting on 24 September (World Rivers’ Day) to 22 October 2023. The Yarra Riverkeeper Association, together with more than a dozen partners, and communities along the river, will connect to each other and the river’s life force and reimagine the river’s future as a living entity. Engage your ‘head, heart and hands’ and be inspired to advocate for and care for your Birrarung River and all her critters!

There are 20 events to plan your Birrarung adventure, from art exhibitions, storytelling, river clean-ups, and camping, to cultural walks, platypus monitoring, pollution patrols, and even a book launch. Check out the events below and start planning your adventure.





The Birrarung Riverfest would not be possible without the generosity of many organisations who are hosting some amazing events. Thank you.

Environmental Protection Authority
Friends of Helmeted Honeyeaters
Friends of Yarra Flats
Kayak Melbourne
La Loyka
Melbourne Water
Parks Victoria
Regen Melbourne
Regen Projects
Up the Creek
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
Yarra Ranges Council

The Birrarung Riverfest organisers would like to thank the following businesses for their support:

Affirm Press
Edendale Community Farm
Eltham Bookshop
Fairfield Park Boathouse
Manningham Art Gallery
Melbourne River Cruises

The Birrarung Riverfest takes place on the unceded land and waters of the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrong people of the Kulin Nation. Festival organisers pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge their care of Country since time began.