36 years of celebrations and memories

The Victorian Seniors Festival has a wonderful history. Some highlights include:

  • 1982: The Victorian Seniors Festival starts off as Senior Citizens Week.
  • 1990: The first multicultural concert for the Festival is staged at Melbourne Town hall in partnership with the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria.
  • 1991: During Senior Citizens Week, the Victorian Seniors Card is launched.
  • 1997: Eight days of free public transport for all Victorian Seniors Card holders is introduced.
  • 2002: Senior Citizens Week is re-named the Victorian Seniors Festival.
  • 2007: A Festival Hub is introduced at Melbourne Town Hall.
  • 2008: Festival Opening Day moves to Federation Square.
  • 2012: The Festival celebrates its 30th year!
  • 2013: A record number of events were presented by Victoria's 79 local councils
  • 2014: A total of 1,602 events were presented by Victoria's 49 regional local councils.
  • 2015: A record 25 country concerts were presented in regional and rural Victorian towns.
  • 2016: More than 150,000 seniors attended events across the state. 
  • 2017: Across the state more than 2,700 events took place, including 177 events for people to try tennis, bowls and croquet.
  • 2018: Beautiful weather for Celebration Day, a buzzing week at the Festival Hub, and fantastic events across Victoria.

Explore the photo galleries below for a glimpse of past highlights and people.

The Commissioner for Senior Victorians, Gerard Mansour, made some new friends while promoting the festival this year.

2018 Festival Photo Gallery

Jean Duncan

2017 Festival photo gallery

Barb Spence and Gary Johnston Big Band Dance at Melbourne Town Hall

2016 Festival photo gallery

2015 Festival photo gallery

2014 Festival photo gallery


2013 Festival photo gallery


2012 Festival photo gallery


2011 Festival photo gallery