Sunday, March 13, 2011

Altona Beach Festival 2011

This Altona Beach Festival, organized by Hobsons Bay City Council, will be held from Friday 18 Mar to Sunday 20 Mar 2011, with the main activities on Saturday 19 Mar from 10 am to 10 pm. The theme is Sky, Sea, Community, which will be featured in the Twilight Parade along the Esplanade. This will be the most important day in the Altona's calendar of activities. Unfortunately I will be in Canberra on that day and hence, will be unable to attend this highly-anticipated event. If anyone can take some photos and videos and provide some stories of the event, I will then be able compile them into a post for sharing. If you are interested, please email me at

The following table and Google Map show the details and locations of the various activities respectively. Further details, updates and Logan Reserve Stage Program are available on Cr Tony Briffa's page.

7 pm launch
Qenos Art Show, run by Hobsons Bay Arts SocietyLouis Joel Arts &
Community Centre
, 5 Sargood St, Altona
Other dates
2 & 7.30pm

Old Father Time and the Magic Pendulum Pantomine, run by Altona City TheatreAltona City Theatre, 115 Civic Pde, Altona
18/03/20117.15pmAltona Primary School Swimming CarnivalBayfit Leisure Centre, 257 Mason St, Altona North
18/03/20117.30-10.30pmA Psychic Supper, presented by Australian Paranormal Investigations & Altona Laverton Historical SocietyAltona Homestead, 128 Queen Street, Altona
19/03/201110amOfficial opening by Cr Tony Briffa with RAAF flyover to commemorate centenary of flight in Altona.Logan Reserve
19/03/201110am-4pmStage Program

Altona Village Traders Association activities:
  • sand art & sticky stuff
  • kite making workshops
  • roving balloon artists & balloon art workshops at 11am & 2pm
  • giant bubble making
  • 3D foam picture making
Drama workshops , presented by Dramawerkx

Dancing workshops (3.30-4pm), presented by Jen Sue Dancers

Hands on hands made (
newspaper hats, biscuit faces, play doh, parachutes, boats, planes, invisible ink, science with magnets) presented by Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre.

Face Painting presented by Bendigo Bank

Origamy workshop from Anjo Friendship Alliance

Libraries on Location:

  • storytelling 10.30am
  • paper plane making 10am–1.30pm
  • paper plane races 11.30am, 12.30pm & 1.30pm
Food stalls & information/activities booths from various organizations.
Logan Reserve
19/03/201111am-3pmHistoric double-decker bus tours of Altona, by Bendigo Bank & Altona Laverton Historical SocietyCarpark across Altona Library
19/03/20111pmSpaghetti eating competition, run by Numero Uno. Registrations before 12.30 pm.Numero Uno Pizza Parlour, 20 Pier St, Altona
19/03/201110am-3pmVAVAvroom Pinups Volkswagen Beach Party, run by Volkswagen Club of Victoria & VAVAvroom PinUps.

Music (Radio Volkswagen) & photo shoots commence at 10.15am & catwalk by VAVAvroom PinUps at 11.30am.
The Esplanade, Altona
19/03/201110am-4pmJumping castle and giant slide.
Vintage police cars from Victoria Police Museum
The Esplanade, Altona
19/03/201110am-10pmCraft MarketWeaver Reserve, Pier Street
19/03/201110am-4pmBlokes Stuff
  • model trains
  • woodworking demonstrations
  • chess
  • Laverton Cooking Group
  • Altona’s Kings of the Kitchen, Altona U3A
  • Around Altona
Senior Citizens Centre
19/03/201110am-4pmClassic Car & Bike Show, run by Hobsons Bay Men's Shed, exhibiting vintage and classic cars, hot rods and motor bikes.Apex Park (from Queen St, west of Maidstone St)
Altona Homestead Open Day
Devonshire Tea
Altona Homestead, 128 Queen Street, Altona
19/03/201112 noon official openingUnder the Sea exhibitionLouis Joel Arts & Community Centre
19/03/20115.30pmTwilight Parade
(participating groups include Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed, Altona Life Saving Club, Hobsons Bay Arts Society, Altona Scouts, Altona Dog Obedience School, the local SES, Vintage Police Cars, Altona Junior Football Club and St Mary’s Primary School)
Along Esplanade from Ransom Reserve to Logan Reserve
19/03/2011After 6pmLive music and stallsLogan Reserve
19/03/20119.45pmFireworksAltona Beach

Print a copy of the above programme.

Click a placemark on the Google Map below to view details of an activity. Use the zoom in (+) and zoom out (-) buttons to enlarge/reduce the map. Drag the map around or use the navigation buttons (up, down, left, right arrows) to move around and close up on any particular area. Click the link below the map if you want to view a larger map. The route of the Twilight Parade is indicated by the blue line along the Esplanade, from Ransom Reserve to Logan Reserve.

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Anonymous said...

It was a nice day, good atmosphere and lots of things to do for children. Slightly spoilt by the grumpy men from The Australian Japanese railway society who were showing their trains in the Senior Citizens centre. They didn't seem to want to discuss their trains (I tried to engage them in conversation) or want children to go near them - shouting 'NAUGHTY!' if they looked like they might get too close. Perhaps they should play with their trains at home in future.

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