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Free Winter Solstice Festival

22 June @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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22 June – 5-9pm

Step into the shadows of the winter solstice at Nightide, the festival that turns the darkest night into the most electrifying experience on the shores of Queenscliff, Victoria. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Searoad Ferries Queenscliff ferry terminal, Nightide thrives on the unexpected and the unconventional, gathering souls from across the spectrum to revel in the chilled darkness.

Embrace the Night

Nightide isn’t just another festival; it’s a crucible where fire meets ice, where echoes of the ancient solstice rituals mingle with the modern pulse of bass and beats. Wander the grounds, and you’ll encounter saunas inviting you to sweat out the day’s pretence and ice baths daring you to plunge into the essence of night.

Attractions and Entertainment

The sky will explode with fireworks, casting shadows around bonfires where stories morph into legends. Taste the rebellion at pop-up bars and food trucks, from El Barquero’s fierce Mexican bites to a sinister mulled wine and cider bar.

Under a sprawling marquee, let the music of Sunday Lemonade, The Sunbears, and Sammy on percussion lift your spirits and move your soul. Opera singer Lee Abrahamsen will send chills with her soul-piercing arias, cutting through the cold night air.

Beyond the Ordinary

Nightide is where the barriers break down. A range of ticketed fringe events elevates the Nightside experience. “AFTERDARK” offers a VIP party experience not for the faint-hearted, hidden inside the luxe Queenscliff Ferry lounge. “DECADENCE” serves a four-course dessert menu that’s anything but sweet at TARRA Queenscliff. Or brave the icy waters in the “FROSTBITE” Solstice Swim, a testament to human endurance and spirit.

Culture and Community

In its second year, Nightide has cemented itself as the go-to gathering for those who seek the night. It’s a place where the solstice’s deep, global significance meets local eccentricity and community. Here, the weird, the wild, and the wonderful are not just welcomed—they’re worshipped.

Nightide isn’t merely an escape from the winter chill; it’s a dive into the depths, a night where every shadow has a story and every chill a challenge. Come wrap yourself in Nightide’s dark embrace.

Register for your free ticket or book one of the ticketed events. 


22 June
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Searoad Ferries
1 Wharf Street East
Queenscliff, Victoria 3225
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