How to join in!

Close to 200 organisations big and small are collaborating to deliver one big party that will bring the whole community together for a day of celebration, markets, food, activity and entertainment. 

SouthFest are looking for businesses and organisations, community groups and individuals to join the party as stallholders, performers and volunteers.

We ask everyone to bring ideas that will add to the fun and excitement at this family friendly event - but most importantly ideas that will connect with our community and showcase what life on the South side of Canberra is all about.

SouthFest is planning to create several zones that will link together to bring the whole event precinct to life.

SouthFest Marketplace

Supported by The Markets Wanniassa, the SouthFest Marketplace is the place to shop in the lead up to Christmas. The Marketplace will feature handmade and vintage stalls along with other local businesses and products, handmade workshops and more.

SouthFest Eat Street

A selection of food vendors sharing some of the best food our region can offer. In 2019 Eat Street will include a pop up bar so that patrons can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere.

McIntyre Property Fun Park

The Fun Park will feature free activities to keep children amused for hours. The areas will include emergency services stalls and demonstrations, as well as a place for families (caregivers) to sit and relax.

Needhams Local Business Showcase

SouthFest is all about showcasing our local businesses and services. This is the opportunity for our local businesses to connect with community right alongside hours of entertainment for kids of all ages.

Icon Water Sustainability Showcase

An area focussed on managing our resources in a sustainable way, the organisations and businesses within the Sustainability Showcase will present products, ideas, innovation and knowledge about leading a more sustainable life.

Community Connect Hub

Anchored with the School Showcase Stage and the Community Engagement Corridor, the Community Connect Hub will feature community groups, organisations and agencies that provide community information, community service or activities that make our community a better place to live.

Active Living, Sport, Health and Wellbeing Precinct

This precinct is focussed on connecting our community with businesses, organisations and activities that encourage activity, health and wellbeing. A feature of the precinct is the Vikings Sports Hub and up to three demonstration/come and try spaces. Businesses and organisations can register to hold a 30minute come and try or demonstration session which will be promoted in SouthFest programs.

Preschool Play Zone

An area focussed on 0-5 year olds (and their parents). This area will feature playgroup activities, inflatables and activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers as well as practical areas for breastfeeding and baby change. Perfect for early learning, preschool sports and other organisations keen to deliver something for young children.

Youth Hub (10-25)

An area focussed on showcasing the talent, activities and opportunities for youth in the region, coodinated by the YWCA Canberra.

Pop Culture and Table Top Gaming Expo

New for 2019! SouthFest will take attendees indoors for a pop culture and table top gaming exhibition. This area will include demonstrations and activities for everyone to join in.

Performance Spaces

SouthFest will again feature a number of performance spaces. This will include:

  • SouthFest Main Stage
  • School Showcase Stage
  • Pop up performance spaces/Busking sites

Indicative Site Overview


Site fees

The following fees will apply for stallholders at SouthFest:

Food Vendor $200

Business/Service/Government stallholder 3mx3m site $100*

Community stallholder (not for profit) 3mx3m site FREE

Power to site (on application) +$125

Upsize to 6mx3m +$50

Health/Fitness/Sport Come and try/demo +$250 (business), +$100 (NFP), Vikings Affiliate (FREE)

*If you are Needhams Business and Financial Strategies Client you can apply for a complimentary site for your business (limited number) .

Please note that all stallholders must supply their own marquee/shade (with weights for asphalt). You may be able to work with our hire partner to supply this. Select the box at the end of the registration form and we will send more information.

Keen to Join in?