Benalla by the Lake
Date: Saturday 11 November
Time: 4pm – 9.30pm
Cost: Free
Age Restrictions: None

Venue & Location

Benalla Lake Benalla foreshore, Fawckner Drive Benalla
Grab a picnic rug and head down to the Fawckner Drive Precinct for an evening of entertainment, food and fun.
Indulge in a mix of live entertainment, children’s entertainment, street food and beverages at Benalla by the Lake. The main stage will feature a vibrant mix of live music all culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.

Bring your picnic rug, limited tables and chairs provided.

🎶Live Music Extravaganza: Dance the night away to the beats of our amazing lineup of bands! Experience local talents and diverse music genres. Our main stage will host performances that cater to every musical taste, ensuring an unforgettable musical journey for all festival-goers.

🎪Kinetic Chaos Circus Performance: Be mesmerised by the awe-inspiring interactive circus acts by Richard McKimm! Watch in amazement as he showcases his talents and invites you in to try out your skills.

🎆Spectacular Fireworks Display: Cap off the evening with a bang! Our festival will culminate in a breathtaking fireworks display that will illuminate the night sky, painting it with vibrant colours and adding a touch of magic to the festivities.

🎪Interactive Activities for Everyone: ● SES Glow Sticks: Light up the night with the SES. They will be adding a colourful glow to the festival atmosphere. ● Art Puppets: Marvel at the creativity of art puppets, adding an artistic flair to the event and captivating audiences with their imaginative designs. ● DJ Eddy's Kids Learn to DJ Workshop: Join DJ Eddy's workshop and learn the art of DJing. Unleash your creativity and discover the world of mixing and beats. ● Cat’s Pyjamas - Kids craft activities!

🍔Delicious Street Food and Beverages: Indulge your taste buds in a culinary adventure with our diverse selection of street food vendors. From savoury delights to sweet treats, There's something for every palate. Enjoy a refreshing range of beverages as you explore the festival grounds, including some local beers, wines and cocktails in the festival bar!

Bring your picnic rug and find a cosy spot on the grass. Limited tables and chairs are provided, ensuring you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the performances in comfort.

Don't miss out on this magical night of community, creativity, and celebration! The Benalla on the Lake Festival promises an evening filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable memories. Mark your calendars and join us for a night under the stars!

Stage line up
Empress + Aces

An Australian rock band based near the regional towns of Albury/Wodonga. Releasing their first single in September 2023, Break Me, the band draws inspiration from artists such as Heart, Baby Animals and Divinyls. Their second single will be released just prior to the Benalla Festival, as part of the celebrations. The five piece outfit is led by lead singer, Rebecca Randall with her distinct vocal tone and charismatic stage presence. Joining her is Nikky Thomas (bass), Luke Hoye (lead guitar), Claudia Grybaitis (piano) and her brother, Chris Butteworth (drums). With their high energy, sizzling on-stage chemistry and dynamic sound, they have something special not to be missed.

DJ Eddy

Isn’t just a local favourite; he's a festival sensation. From the pulsating crowd at Falls Festival, Cool Summer and Swagger – Eddy has not only played these stages but set them ablaze. His seamless mixes and irresistible tunes create an atmosphere where you can dance like nobody's watching!

Lee Rosser & Tim O’Connor

North East locals and festival favourites Lee and Tim make a lot of sound for two people. Using only acoustic guitar, drums and vocals they make other bands wonder why they need extra instruments at all. If you like your blues with a hint of rock and country roots these guys will be the spectacle you’re after. huyr942Nn

Roolya Boolya

Formed in the Green Room at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Roolya Boolya are a lively and lovely pair from Euroa, with their music encompassing the essence of all things Celtic; tradition, beauty and of course 'the craic’! Add fiddle, guitars, voices simply made for each other, and you've got a musical experience which will leave your hearts warmer and toes toastier from the tapping.


The FReeZA program is an innovative youth development program that provides opportunities for young Victorians aged 12-25 across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria to enjoy live band gigs. Witness the raw talent and passion of your community's budding musicians. A celebration of creativity and youthful spirit, this one-hour session will introduce you to the next big names in the local music scene.


For more information contact the Council’s Events Coordinator
on (03) 5760 2600 or email