May 15, 2018

The Firelight Festival is back, bringing its fiery crown and glory to Docklands this June—and we couldn’t be more excited! Over three incredible evenings, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on breathtaking performers, fire breathers and musicians, and feast your taste buds on delectable winter treats—but the fun doesn’t stop there!

In honour of the traditional Pagan winter solstice celebration, Docklands will come alive with endless entertainment all throughout July, featuring a range of deliciously bon vivant activities to heat up your chilly winter nights.

Before pencilling in the dates in for this iconic celebration, we’ve got the low-down of all the Firelight entertainment you can’t afford to miss!

Opening Weekend

The fiery fiesta is set to welcome in the crispy weather, beginning with a wow-factor fire display on Opening Weekend, as giant wooden sculptures are cast adrift in Victoria Harbour and set ablaze, on each of the three nights.

Head to New Quay Promenade from 5pm to 10pm each night from June 29th to July 1st, as the celebrations of all things art, music, culture and food continue! Spectacular fire drums, flaming jets and fire performances will keep you joyous and warm on the outside, while sizzling BBQ, paellas, sweets, mulled wine and toasty hot chocolate, hug you from the inside.

Fireside Storytelling

Gather ‘round the fire boys and girls, we’ve got a story to tell! A new addition to the Firelight Festival, comes an immersive winter experience for the whole family.

Fireside Storytelling will ignite the night, having special guest Jo Stanley delve into her literary series Play like a Girl. There is something for everyone at this spectacular evening of storytelling at Buluk Park and Library at the Dock, Docklands. Cosy up with your loved ones, while you relax and devour delicious dishes from your own customised Docklands dining picnic hamper—all fire themed of course!

The Speakeasy Series

For the perfect way to wind down after a long winter’s working day, head to the Waterfront Docklands between the 10th to the 26th of July. The soulful Speakeasy Series is here to take us back in time to the sophisticated and jazz-swing enthused 1930s.

Warm your heart and soul—as well as your stomach—with mouth-watering tapas, cocktails and performances from local musicians, at renowned late-night hot spots like The Sebel Melbourne Dockland’s partner, Oscars Table and Watermark Docklands.

Dining at the Docklands

Gather your friends and head down to Docklands on the 12th, 18th and 24th of July to celebrate the Melbourne foodie within everyone, this Firelight Festival. Feast among friends with special fire-themed menus at various restaurants, created to impress even the fussiest of mouths.

Docklands locals 90 Secondi, Saluministi and our personal favourite perched right on the water, Cargo, are set to deliver a decadent indulgence of epic proportions. Just don’t forget to wear your stretchy pants!

A Hearty Winter Celebration

Your warm and hearty winter fiesta at Firelight Festival wouldn't be complete without an experience From The Heart, at The Sebel Melbourne Docklands. Located right on the Waterfront, you can be sure not to miss a thing during this iconic celebration. Enjoy the best of Firelight Festival along with $25 off each night you stay with us, simply by booking from!

At The Sebel Melbourne Docklands, we believe in a unique kind of service and experience that leaves a lasting, memorable and personal impression. We enjoy spoiling our guests by creating an experience From the Heart.

Don’t miss out on enjoying a memorable weekend with the family at Firelight Festival, this June. This seasonal offer will be available to book between the 7th of May through to the 30th of September, so get in quick!