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Dandenong Festival of Lights

In spring each year, the Dandenong Festival of Lights comes to town to celebrate Chinese culture through beautiful light and lantern displays.

This event attracts thousands of visitors each year and is a great way to spend an evening with your family and friends.

Dandenong Festival of Lights 2017 Dates, Times & Address Locations

The Dandenong Festival of Lights started in 2014 and quickly gained attention as a unique festival. Thousands of people attend this event each year with huge displays of over 500 lanterns.

You will find a huge range of lanterns here from mythical monsters and dragons to Terracotta Warriors and exotic animals. Visitors will enjoy the ambient music as they walk around the displays and many of the lanterns also have interactive music. Some lanterns are huge at a massive 20 metres in length, which makes for an impressive sight.

The festival runs over two weeks and takes advantage of the clear and cool spring evenings. The event is hosted at the Dandenong Showgrounds and covers over 10,000 square metres of exhibition space. Apart from the fantastic displays, kids will be kept entertained by the carnival rides and jumping castle on site.

There will also be a number of workshops and demonstrations relating to Chinese culture at the Light Festival including drumming workshops and kung fu lessons. There will be heaps of food vendors selling favourite dishes, including a dumpling bar and there will also be some traditional musical performances and dancing. Performances start at 7pm each night.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the gate. Dogs are not permitted inside the festival, except if they are a service dog. Parking is available on site for a gold coin donation which will be donated to the Variety charity.


26 August 2017 to 16 October 2017

Event Times

6pm - 10pm


Dandenong Showgrounds


Bennet Street
Dandenong, VIC

Contact Details

(03) 5977 9767
[email protected]


Adult: $20
Child (4-14yrs): $14
Child (Under 4yrs): Free
Concession: $18
Family (2Ad + 2Ch): $60
Family (1Ad + 2Ch): $44


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