Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival

Program now live!

The annual Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival returns to South Melbourne Market on the Labour Day long weekend, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2024.

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The Details:

  • When: 9 and 10 March 2024
  • Times: 11am to 9pm
  • Cost: Free!

Cecil Street will be closed to traffic and the Market will come alive with a two-day seafood street party celebrating our favourite mollusc, set to a soundtrack featuring the city's best in jazz and soul musicians. The festival will feature a great range of street food vendors (for the non-seafood lovers, there will still be plenty to choose from!), a main stage of live music, bar, workshops, cooking demonstrations, kids activities, roving performances, giveaways and more! It's free, family friendly and a whole lot of fun.

The Food:

Come hungry! The event is renowned for its delicious seafood offering, with some Melbourne favourites popping up at the two-day event to showcase their mouth-watering mussel and seafood dishes! 

If seafood is not your thing, don’t despair, as there will be a diverse range of food stalls at the festival, plus the entire Market will be open during the day, so you can feast on Market favourites including French pastries, porchetta rolls, German street food, cannoli and more!

The Entertainment:

This event isn't just about delicious seafood! The festival will be soundtracked by a music program featuring some of Melbourne's best jazz and soul musicians.

There will also be cooking demonstrations, kid's activities, roving entertainers, giveaways and more!

Click here to view the program.

Shuck Don't Chuck!

Did you know over six tonnes of mussels are consumed at the festival? That's a lot of shells! South Melbourne Market partner with The Nature Conservancy all year round to recycle oyster, scallop and mussel shells so they don't end up in landfill.

The Shuck Don’t Chuck program sees shells used in a reef restoration project aimed at rebuilding the precious ecosystems in Port Phillip Bay.

Do your bit by putting your shells into the correct bins and making sure no other plastic or other contaminants go into these bins. 

CLICK HERE to read more about the Market's sustainability initiatives.

Interested in partnering with the annual Port Phillip Mussel and Jazz Festival or being involved next year? Get in touch!

For all event enquiries, please contact smmmarketing@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

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