Free events all weekend at Festival Of Sails

Free events all weekend at Festival Of Sails

Written on Wednesday, January 22 2020

Australia’s biggest celebration of sailing, the Festival of Sails returns to the Geelong waterfront this Australia Day long weekend.

More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to the waterfront over the three-day festival to enjoy plenty of action and entertainment, both on and off the water. 

Festival of Sails will be held from 25-27 January and is the largest keelboat regatta in the southern hemisphere and Australia’s oldest annual sporting event.

More than 3000 competitors and support crew from across the country and around the world will descend on Geelong for the historic event.

Organised by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC), the event also features the popular day and night Festival of Sails Waterfront Festival presented by Geelong Connected Communities.

The 2020 Waterfront Festival presented by Geelong Connected Communities will feature a smorgasbord of exciting activations and experiences. It will also incorporate a return to Steampacket Gardens with a strong focus on family-friendly activities.

Highlights of the three-day Waterfront Festival presented by Geelong Connected Communities will include live entertainment into the evening and “come and try” activities such as discover sailing and virtual reality sailing.

There will also be a multitude of stallholders providing fine food and wine as well as arts and crafts. Other activities will include face painting, roving performers and an Australia Day fireworks display.

Headline acts include Aussie singer/songwriter Richard Clapton and INXSIVE the INXS Tribute Show who will perform in the Regatta Village (at RGYC). Family friendly performances in Steampacket Gardens will include The Mik Maks, Australia’s Got Talent entrant Jael Wena, The Real Dinosaur Show and Sweethearts.

A full entertainment schedule is available on the website. Entry to Regatta Village is free but does require a wristband for access from 5pm. Please visit the Festival of Sails website to register for your wristband as bookings are essential.

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