Free and open to all at Yarra Park, outside Gate 3 at the MCG
Welcome to the Indian Summer Festival – a celebration of what unites modern India and Melbourne!
Brought to you by the Victorian Government and Cricket Australia, the Indian Summer Festival is a FREE three-day event held outside Gate 3 of the MCG, coinciding with the iconic Domain Boxing Day Test between Australia and India. The festival will feature:
- Appearances from the Australian and Indian men’s teams on 23 December, Bupa Family Day
- Live music from international music talent
- Modern Indian street art painted by Indian and Melbournian artists
- Kid-friendly cricket activities
- Some of the best modern Indian food in Australia
- An open-air cinema screen showing short Bollywood films and music
Open to everyone, the festival times are:
Sunday 23rd December: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 26th December: 10am – 9pm
Thursday 27th December: 10am – 9pm
”The social fabric of Indian society is undergoing dramatic changes. Changes that are redefining the concept of identity among younger Indians, and reshaping the role of traditional Indian values. Creativity is becoming a real opportunity for Indians to find their individuality and express themselves in their own way.”
“Modern India promotes respect and acknowledgement for traditional Indian values and heritage, but it is less inclined to let these traditions define its decisions; it is now more open minded, creative and free thinking”
E. Dawson Varughese, Lecturer
Come and check out the incredible line-up of local and international musical talent playing across the Indian Summer Festival, including:
L-Fresh the Lion
Humble the Poet
The festival will also feature impressive art installations, with international artists ST+ART India Foundation partnering with local graffiti artists 90 Degrees, Heesco, Tim Philbs and Dan Wenn to paint a selection of street art murals on 25 shipping containers throughout the festival site.
Over twenty restaurants, food trucks and market stalls will treat festival goers to a variety of bold Indian flavours, so it won’t be hard to find something please all tastes. Highlights include:
Whether you are taking in the cricket action on the big screen or checking out a selection of Bollywood movies, short films, and music videos, our open-air cinema area – Indywood – is the perfect place to sit back and relax at the Indian Summer Festival. Big screen highlights include:
Chak de India
102 Not Out
The Indian Summer Festival is fun for the whole family, with heaps of activities on offer to keep the kids entertained including:
- Appearances from the Australian and Indian Test squads on 23 December, Bupa Family Day
- A huge free play cricket zone, Azad Maidan, giving kids the chance to have fun and hone their skills
- Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades supporter trucks to share the Big Bash fun
- The Woolies Wicket area, with picnic areas, digital games, cricket nets and fruit tasting
- ICC T20 World Cup 2020 activation, giving people the chance to have their photo taken with the T20 World Cup trophies
- Roaming performers throughout the festival
- Plenty of tasty food options on offer
Cricket is an integral part of both India and Australia’s cultural fabric. The most popular sport in each country, cricket unifies both nations in a way that no other sport can. Cricket is a central pillar of the Indian Summer Festival. Held alongside the Domain Boxing Day Test, the festival will celebrate all things cricket. Highlights include an appearance by the Indian and Australian cricket teams at the Bupa Family Day, offering fans the chance to get up close and personal with the players, guest appearances by Australian and Indian cricketing legends and our very own version of Azad Maidan – a free play cricket area where attendees can grab a bat and ball and play some cricket.
Jolimont Station - Hurstbridge or South Morang lines.
Richmond Station - Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines.
No. 75 (City-Vermont South)
No. 48 (Docklands/City-North Balwyn)
No. 70 (Docklands/City-Wattle Park)
The Bus route 273 stops on Punt Road, just a six hit away from the ground.
Taxis are available from the ground at the conclusion of each event.
Click here for travel information for the MCG.