2019 Sunshine Lantern Festival

2019 Sunshine Lantern Festival

The Sunshine Lantern Festival is a free community event that takes place in the busy Sunshine shopping precinct along Hampshire Road, Sunshine annually in September.  This year's festival is Sunday 15th September 2019 from 11am to 8pm. It is a full day of family fun, entertainment, rides, street performers, music, food of many nations, magical Lion and Dragon Dancing, a Lantern Parade to celebrate the full moon and ending with spectacular fireworks at 7.30pm to 7.45pm. Please make sure all pets are kept indoors.

Last years street festival saw crowds of up to 55,000 people travelling from as far a field as Warrandyte, Bendigo, Warrnambool and Tasmania, all coming to enjoy the vibrant multicultural festivities and entertainment. The Sunshine Lantern Festival is a popular traditional event celebrated in Vietnam and many other South-East Asian communities and here in Sunshine it brings our culturally diverse community together in a family friendly, safe and fun environment while supporting our local businesses of Sunshine. From humble beginnings in 2009, it is now one of the biggest one-day community festivals in the west and the largest Lantern Festival in Victoria.


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, pony rides, market stalls, street food, face-painting, lantern making and more. Look out for new street performers, stilt walkers and again we will showcase TV personality Chris Humfrey with Wild Action stage shows on both stages with Australian native animals; that kids can actually touch. A large performance stage and a seating area will burst with local multicultural live entertainment and the Vietnamese cultural Legend of the Moon performance.

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At 5pm we start the free Lanterns for KIDS ONLY give out at chosen locations - listen at the stage for locations. At 6pm a vibrant and energetic Lion and Dragon dance team complete with long string fireworks takes place at the main stage, then along the Hampshire Road shopfronts leading a parade of children and 1,000’s of led battery powered animal shaped lanterns. At 6.40pm The Legend of the Moon performance on the main stage captivates all that watch the beautiful traditional Vietnamese dancing and unfolding story of the full moon. Then at 7.30pm to 7.45pm we always end our festival with an exciting display of Fireworks.

The Sunshine Lantern Parade is a free cultural community event staged and presented by the Sunshine Business Association, supported by Brimbank City Council and Multicultural Victoria.

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Located at the front of Sunshine Marketplace, ‘HAMPSHIRE SQUARE’ the VIP food space will return for 2019 - bigger and better offering visitors a sustainable option and fabulous Vietnamese food all for only $20. This space supports our ongoing Sustainable Sunshine campaign using all sustainable containers and utensils. Open from 1pm to 5pm.


The 2019 Sunshine Lantern Festival will be on Sunday 15th September from 11am to 8pm

Contact Us

Looking to be a Stall Holder?

9Looking to be a Stall Holder? The 2018 Sunshine Lantern Festival Committee invites Corporate, Food and Goods Stallholders to participate by filling in the Contact Us form.

If you are a community group wanting a stall, a street or stage performer wanting to participate please contact us.