Come along to the Sunshine Lantern Festival on 19 September for a full day of family fun.
The festival offers entertainment, rides, street performers, music, food of many nations, magical Lion and Dragon Dancing, and a Lantern Parade to celebrate the full moon ending with spectacular fireworks.
The free community event is the largest Lantern Festival in Victoria, and will take place in the Sunshine shopping precinct along Hampshire Road on Saturday 19 September, from 10am to 8pm.
Lots of Entertainment!
This year the bustling Hampshire Road, between Devonshire Road and Hertford Road will be closed to all traffic and will come alive with roving street performers, entertainment, children’s rides, jumping castles, market stalls, street food, face-painting, lantern making, buskers and more.
Optimus Prime and Ironman will be visiting along with Toby the T-Rex Dinosaur!
A large performance stage and seating area will burst with live entertainment in the middle of Hampshire Road between the Sunshine Marketplace and Sunshine Plaza. In addition to the family friendly activities that run all day, for the first time the festival will feature a car display by Motor Cars International of Sunshine.
Lion and Dragon Dance
Later in the day a vibrant Lion and Dragon Dance complete with crackers will take place along the Hampshire Road shopfronts, leading a parade of children and their following families. The parade will be filled with light from thousands of battery powered lanterns, hand decorated by children during the day. The parade will end with an exciting display of fireworks.
The Sunshine Lantern Parade is a free cultural community event staged and presented by the Sunshine Business Association and supported by Brimbank City Council.