• Portarlington Mussel Festival
  • Can I bring my dog?

    We ask that you don’t bring dogs to the festival, as it can be very crowded – Service dogs exempt.

  • When is the festival?

    The Portarlington Mussel Festival is held from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on the second Saturday in January every year in the picturesque village of Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. The next festival is Saturday 9th January, 2021.

  • Does the festival run all weekend?

    No, this is just a one day festival on Saturday. We hope to see you there.

  • How much is entry?

    It costs just $5 cash per adult, and free for kids, to enter the Portarlington Mussel Festival with all surpluses redistributed to local charities and community organisations for the benefit of the community.

  • Can I volunteer?

    YES! The event is run solely by volunteers, including the organizing committee, so we are always on the look out for volunteers, for the set up, on the day, and pack down of the festival. Please register your interest here.

  • Can I have a stall?

    Stallholder applications can be downloaded here. Please download, print and fill out and send back to the address listed on the form.

    Each year we host over 200 stall sites and a wide variety of food, drink and market style stalls to cater for everyone.

  • Can I enter the art show?

    For those Bellarine artists wishing to exhibit this January, please the entry form on this page.

  • Can I bring my own alcohol?

    No, strictly no alcohol can be brought in to the festival. There will a range or stalls selling local beer and wine.

  • Is there an ATM onsite?

    There will be an ATM near the entrance but it is always very busy, so PLEASE bring small cash denominations with you, and most stallholders do not have EFTPOS facilities. The closest ATM outside the festival is at Bendigo Bank, on the corner of Harding St and Newcombe St.

  • Is the festival eco-friendly?

    Each year we strive to become more eco-friendly, and since 2019 we have removed plastic straws and encouraged the use of reusable bags. We also have a water fountain on site where you can fill up your drink bottles, and we have recycling bins throughout the festival site.