The sun shone down on hundreds of people enjoying the 2017 Brown Hill Community Festival. Image: Nigel Stevens Photo: Nigel Stevens

Brown Hill Community Festival

The 2020 Festival was scheduled to be held on Friday 30 October 2020 at the magnificent Brown Hill Reserve. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions the 2020 Festival had to be cancelled. But it will be back in 2021! Watch this space...

The Brown Hill Community Festival was created in 2016 as a celebration of the very successful first year of the Brown Hill Partnership, a community engagement program run by the City of Ballarat. Now well-established on the local calendar, this family-friendly event brings together people from across Brown Hill to celebrate our wonderful suburb and welcoming community.

Run for 2.5 hours on the last Friday evening each October, festival participants are estimated to have reached 800 - 1000 people in 2018 and 2019. Highlights include singing by local kindergarten and primary school children, dancing and martial arts performances by local groups and spectacular pipe band performance each year on the adjacent oval. Local emergency services attend, allowing children to climb through fire trucks, police cars and ambulances and over 20 local community and environmental groups have information stalls. Several food options are available, including a sausage sizzle by the Lions and Lioness Clubs and pancakes by the local Church.

The festival is free-of-charge for community stallholders and participants and several food options are by donation, making it accessible to the whole community. This much-loved event creates a strong sense of belonging and connectedness for all of Brown Hill.

Stay up to date by following the 'Brown Hill Community Festival' on Facebook.

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2019 Festival

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On a chilly evening in late October 2019, 800 to 1000 locals gathered to celebrate the fourth Brown Hill Community Festival. Read the 2019 Festival Report.

2018 Festival

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The 2018 Brown Hill Community Festival on Friday 26 October 2018 was a fantastic celebration of the Brown Hill community.

Here is a link to the 2018 Festival Report.

You can download the 2018 Festival Poster.

2017 Festival

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The 2017 Brown Hill Community Festival on Friday 27 October 2017, was a great success. Here is a link to the Festival Report.

You can download the 2017 Festival Poster (PDF 378 kB).

Hear a VoiceFM interview about the Festival on Monday 23 October with Sarah Greenwood-Smith from the Festival Committee (18 minutes).

2016 Festival

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The inaugural Brown Hill Community Festival was held on Friday 28 October 2016 at the Brown Hill Recreation Reserve, 377 Humffray Street North, Brown Hill. Images are available on the Brown Hill Community Festival Facebook page.

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Fire engines, Spiderman and faint traces of tomato sauce. Could this be little boy heaven? Photo: Ian Wilson