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.


Date Time Activity Venue
7 pm launch
Qenos Art Show, run by Hobsons Bay Arts Society Louis 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 Theatre Altona City Theatre, 115 Civic Pde, Altona
18/03/2011 7.15pm Altona Primary School Swimming Carnival Bayfit Leisure Centre, 257 Mason St, Altona North
18/03/2011 7.30-10.30pm A Psychic Supper, presented by Australian Paranormal Investigations & Altona Laverton Historical Society Altona Homestead, 128 Queen Street, Altona
19/03/2011 10am Official opening by Cr Tony Briffa with RAAF flyover to commemorate centenary of flight in Altona. Logan Reserve
19/03/2011 10am-4pm Stage 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
19/03/2011 11am-3pm Historic double-decker bus tours of Altona, by Bendigo Bank & Altona Laverton Historical Society Carpark across Altona Library
19/03/2011 1pm Spaghetti eating competition, run by Numero Uno. Registrations before 12.30 pm. Numero Uno Pizza Parlour, 20 Pier St, Altona
19/03/2011 10am-3pm VAVAvroom 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
19/03/2011 10am-4pm Jumping castle and giant slide.
Vintage police cars from Victoria Police Museum
The Esplanade, Altona
19/03/2011 10am-10pm Craft Market Weaver Reserve, Pier Street
19/03/2011 10am-4pm Blokes Stuff

  • model trains
  • woodworking demonstrations
  • chess
  • Laverton Cooking Group
  • Altona’s Kings of the Kitchen, Altona U3A
  • Around Altona
Senior Citizens Centre
19/03/2011 10am-4pm Classic 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)
19/03/2011 10am-8.30pm
Altona Homestead Open Day
Devonshire Tea
Altona Homestead, 128 Queen Street, Altona
19/03/2011 12 noon official opening Under the Sea exhibition Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre
19/03/2011 5.30pm Twilight 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
19/03/2011 After 6pm Live music and stalls Logan Reserve
19/03/2011 9.45pm Fireworks Altona 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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