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Takin’ it easy in 2022 for the 40th Festival!

The annual celebration of senior Victorians, the Victorian Seniors Festival runs throughout October each year and includes thousands of free and low-cost events around Victoria.

This year we’re takin’ it easy so come join in the fun in October - every local council is creating special events and activities to celebrate seniors and elders.

Come celebrate in the city

Here are some of the major fun and free events:

Celebration Day, Sunday 2 October 2022.

Federation Square, Melbourne. 12pm Midday – 7.00pm.

A free event for seniors and their friends and family. Lots of great music, dance and performance on the main stage, at The Edge and on Riverside Terrace.

Official 2022 Festival opening and Welcome to Country at 2.00pm.

View the full Celebration Day program.External Link

ACMI 2022 Seniors Film Festival Sunday 2 October-Thursday 4 October.

ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square.

The Sentimental Bloke 5.30pm Sunday 2 October and 6.00pm Monday 3 October.

Watch the digitally restored Australian classic with a new live score performed by Jen Anderson and the Larrikans.

View the ACMI Seniors Film Festival program.

Festival Hub, Monday 3 October to Friday 7 October 2022.

Presented by Nurse Next Door Home Care Services

The Edge, Federation Square Melbourne. Free Daily concerts, presentations and entertainment. 10.30am to 4.30pm

All welcome. Free tea and coffee available all day. View the full program!External Link

An evening at the Hub Thursday 6 October 5.30pm - Who Do We Think We Are

Members of U3A Melbourne City share their personal stories in a celebration of diversity - from participants of First Nation heritage, through convicts and settlers of the early days, to those escaping the turbulence of the 20th century in war torn Europe. Book now!External Link

Free public transport for Victorian Seniors Card holders

From Sunday 2 October- Sunday 9 October 2022 Victorian Seniors Card holders travel for free on:

  • Melbourne trains, trams and buses
  • Regional trains, coaches and buses (including regional town bus services).

Find out more about free public transport.External Link

Check out a concert in Country Victoria

27 concerts across country Victoria including Festival favourites: James and Briar Blundell in Portland, Ararat, St Arnaud, Wangaratta, Bairnsdale and Sale.

Tania Kernaghan in Camperdown, Boort, Bendigo and Shepparton.

Lonnie Lee in Ballarat, Broadford, Morwell, Warragul and Korumburra and many more performances from other Festival stalwarts plus new performers!

View the full programExternal Link of Country concerts.

Victorian Seniors Festival Free online performances

This year we proudly present special audio programs to enjoy online, with new performances added every month until November.

Visit the festival performances pageExternal Link or tune into your local community radio stationExternal Link .

Find out more

Pick up a program from Coles stories, councils and community organisations. Visit the Seniors Online for the calendar of Festival eventsExternal Link state-wide in October

Contact your local council for their local events in your area. View the list of Festival council contacts onlineExternal Link or in the program.

Contact the Seniors Card customer service 1300 797 210 from 9.00am-2.00pm on weekdays.

For assistance in other languages phone 131 450 and ask them to call the Seniors Card customer service 1300 797 210 between 9.00am-2.00pm on weekdays.

Takin’ it easy in 2022.

Reviewed 08 September 2022