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2016 Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea

The Festival of the Sea begins on the 15th of March with several days of community based events before concluding on Sunday the 20th with the main festival day.

Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea Duck Race

The main highlight of the Festival of the Sea event is he annual duck race on the Barwon River. This year the hundreds of yellow plastic duckies will be let loose from the Ozone Bridge for their swim to the Barwon Heads Bridge at 2:30 PM.

the festival stretches both sides bridge along the Barwon Heads foreshore with a area dedicated to kids attractions on the inland side. Here there will be entertainment, face painting, and lots of fun and games for the young.

The foreshore reserve to on the ocean side of the bridge will hold the main event space. The day will see a full program of live music including acts like Ska Bang, Matt. Thomas and Wild Moves.

The festival is well known for its innovative art installations, this year the artworks will interpret the theme “The earth has one big ocean and we all connect to it”. Like other years this exhibit will be one of the highlights of the festival. For art lovers there will also be surf culture art exhibition.

Market stalls selling a wide range of goods and plenty of tasty food stalls will be found throughout the festival’s grounds, many selling great locally grown and prepared foods.

Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea Duck Race

With sustainability and our impact on the ocean major themes and messages for this festival there will be some fantastic displays explaining and celebrating our natural environment. Be sure to visit the maritime museum and check out their wonderful interactive displays that help explain some of the area’s unique ecosystem.

Sunday’s Festival of the Sea is a free event and runs from 10:00 AM to around to 5:30 PM.