Full Moon Festival

Published : August 17, 2017

​Sunday 8 October

Come along on Sunday 8 October and discover the many delicious flavours, aromas, sounds and colours of this traditional festivity during this free day long celebration of arts and culture from our local Chinese community.

Join us from 10am - 4pm in a day of celebrations with stunning performances and displays that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Delight in a selection of traditional street foods and enjoy a jam-packed schedule of entertainment including the awe-inspiring dlion dance featuring five lions and Melbourne’s largest and longest Hong Kong style performing dragon. Plus kung fu demonstrations, children's craft and melbourne's best street food.


Event information

What: Full Moon Festival
Day: Sunday 8 October 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: The Terrace, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong
Cost: Free.
Parking: Parking is free for the event.
Getting here: Dandenong Market is located in the south east of Melbourne and can be accessed via the Monash Freeway (Stud Road exit)  or Eastlink (Dandenong exit). Dandenong market is also a 15 minute walk from the Dandenong train station.


About Full Moon Festival

The Full Moon Festival celebrates the brightest and fullest moon, a traditional Chinese custom that symbolizes peace, prosperity and family reunion.

Ancient Chinese were thankful to the moon for good crops and a successful harvest and to celebrate this they offered a sacrifice to the full moon in the form of a moon cake. Traditional moon cakes are round to symbolize the reunion of family, and come in various flavours depending on the region of China. Moon cakes are given as presents to relatives and friends to wish them a long and happy life.


Food traders at Full Moon Festival

Dandenong Market is currently seeking food traders for the Full Moon Festival. Interested? Visit the Festivals and Events Leasing Page for more information and to download the application form.


Performances and activities

10:00am: TBC
10:45am: TBC
11:30am: Kung Fu demonstration
12:00pm: Lion dance
12:30pm: TBC
1:30pm: Dragon dance
2:00pm: Kung fu demonstration

2:30pm: TBC
3:30pm: TBC

If you are interested in performing at the Full Moon festival, please contact us by emailing info@dandenongmarket.com.au or call 9701 3850.



Highlights from previous Full Moon festivals at Dandenong Market