Top 10 Seniors Festival highlights

Boot scoot, play the uke and expand your mind this Seniors Festival. From cultural walks to film screenings, there’s bound to be something for you this October.

Sunday 7 October
Celebration Day
Enjoy dancing, choirs, roving troubadours, active-living demonstrations, University of the Third Age activities, and stalls. Get up and dance or sit and soak it in from 10.30am to 4pm at Federation Square. Free and fun for the whole family.

Two people smiling

Celebration Day

Tuesday 9 October
Aboriginal Yarra River Cultural Walk
This leisurely walk begins at Enterprize Park on Southbank, part of the ancestral lands of the Kulin people. Walkin Country, Walkin Birrarung connects everyone – regardless of age or background – to a sense of place. 10am to 12pm. Free. Bookings essential. Call Dean on 0421 323 656 or email

Wednesday 10 October
Unspoken: What will become of me?
A gentle, light-hearted performance that explores ageing, dying, and death, and helps you find out more about how an Advanced Care Plan can give you as much control as possible. From 5pm to 6.30pm at Melbourne Town Hall. Free. Book on Eventbrite.

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Wednesday 10 October
Yirramboi History Salon
Learn about the history of Indigenous rock music in Australia from Uncle Bart Willoughby and Uncle Selwyn Burns, whose bands have included No Fixed Address and Mixed Business. From 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Deakin Edge, Federation Square. Free. Bookings essential. Find out more.

Thursday 11 October
Uke and sing-along
Join Community Music Victoria for a free sing-along around the piano in the City Library gallery at 3.30pm. Book your spot.

Tuesday 16 October
Games afternoon
Board games have come a long way from Scrabble and Monopoly. Join us for a fun afternoon where you can try out different games sure to challenge and entertain. From 2pm at East Melbourne Library. No bookings necessary. Find out more.

Two people playing chess

Games afternoon

Thursday 25 October
Folk and groove dance
Sway to the rhythms of Southern Italian folk dances, including the tarantella. Dance at your own pace standing up or sitting down, and enjoy morning tea. From 10.30am to 11.30am at Kensington Neighbourhood Centre. Free. No need to book.

Thursday 25 October
The Coming Back Out Ball
Celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex elders at this spectacular event featuring top entertainers like Briefs and Meow Meow. From 6pm at Melbourne Town Hall. Entry is by donation for LGBTI elders aged 65 and over. Bookings essential. Get your ticket.

Two people dancing

The Coming Back Out Ball

Thursday 25 October
Read train
Hear book excerpts, short stories or poetry read by special guests as we head to Williamstown and back. The train departs Flinders Street at 12.12pm. Free. No bookings required, but you must have a valid train ticket. Find out more.

Friday 26 October
Fashion and film
Frock up for a free screening of Iris, a documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel by legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles. From 3pm to 5pm at Library at the Dock. Book your seat.

A glamorous older person


As a City of Wellbeing, we invite older people of all ages, nationalities, genders, sexual diversities and walks of life to come out and enjoy the city this October, and year-round.

To view more events, activities and services, visit Seniors.