Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Festival

Celebrate the longest night of the year with food, live music, dancing, talks and workshops, a lantern parade and a bonfire — with JK-47, Sachém, DAMEEEELA and Captain Cooked on the lineup.
Sarah Ward
Published on May 23, 2024


In 2024, Friday, June 21 marks an important occasion: winter solstice, or the day with the shortest span of daylight and longest stretch of night for the current 12-month period. Since ancient times, it has been a time of celebration — and that's what Northey Street City Farm does each and every year.

Hosting this stint of revelry on a Friday would be fine, but this year's Winter Solstice Festival is taking place on Saturday, June 22 because kicking off at 2pm isn't great on a workday. At the Windsor spot, everything from food and live music to talks and workshops is on the bill — plus meditation and yoga — and there's also a lantern parade and a sizeable bonfire.

The leafy venue has been around for 30 years as at 2024, so expect quite the party. Providing the soundtrack is a music bill that features JK-47, Sachém, DAMEEEELA and Captain Cooked, alongside Hennessy Rose, Sectionals, Accomplice Collective, and dirtgirl and her Garden Party Band.

If you're keen to leave with more knowledge than you arrive with, informative sessions include Gardening Australia presenter Hannah Moloney digging into doing good in the garden, Bruce Gululai Phillips chatting bush tucker and Chris Jordan hosting a native mocktail masterclass.

$44 tickets on sale now — and you can also purchase a pay-it-forward ticket at a flexible price, which'll go to someone who can't afford one.

The festival is also be a zero-waste affair, so bring your own reusable containers, crockery, cutlery and water bottles, as none will be given out at the food and drink stalls. If you forget, you'll be able to hire some.

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