Five grassroots music festivals celebrating local community this November

Alanna & the Old Hat Trio will perform classic jazz at the Emersleigh Estate Winery as part of PAVED

November is AusMusic Month, so we’ve rounded up five local music festivals that will see our suburbs buzzing in support of homegrown music.

AusMusic Month is an annual celebration that supports the Australian music industry and encourages fans to get behind homegrown artists, boosted by funding from the Small and Medium Events Program, celebrating local music.

LuliePalooza 2023, Abbotsford

Black and white image of a crowd11 November

The grassroots festival celebrates Australian bands spanning rock and alternative country. Now in its third year, the event also hosts all local independent food vendors, brewers and producers.

12 and 3 DJs will take over Lulie Street, creating a unique environment for music lovers to rejoice in inner city Melbourne.

For more information, visit: LuliePalooza 2023.

Music from the Wetlands Festival, Alphington

1Crowd of people outside on a sunny day watching a music performance on stage9 November

This iconic community festival is back after a 5-year hiatus.

Promoting a connection to the wetlands in Alphington and building on the strong sense of community held by residents of Fairfield and Alphington, the festival offers food and refreshments, stalls, activities and educational displays.

An eclectic line-up of live music includes indigenous blues, folk, Celtic, a choir and street bands.

For more information, visit: Music from the Wetlands.

PAVED Festival, Emerald

24 to 26 November

The relaunched PAVED Festival presents a schedule of inclusive arts events that celebrate and strengthen the resilience of artists.

The 3-day event will include musical and artistic performances, street performers, art exhibitions, workshops, literary events, children's activities and more.

For more information, visit: PAVED Festival 2023.

Counterculture Festival, Footscray

25 November

Promoting the vibrant cultural scene of Footscray, the festival supports the growth of local music and sound system culture.

Maddern Square will transform into a buzzing urban hub, featuring an abundance of local and UK artists, performers and DJs in a modern celebration of music and culture.

Come on a journey through sound over 4 stages, exploring the future and past of Reggae, Hip Hop, Grime, Bass, Garage, Electro and more.

For more information, visit: Counterculture Festival Facebook page.

smalltown, Port Melbourne

25 November

smalltown is an electronic music event featuring a diverse line-up of international, local performers and First Nations artists and suppliers.

The sprawling Port Melbourne Industrial Centre for the Arts (PICA) will be transformed with sound, rhythm and movement.

The ex-airplane hangar, reborn as a techno refuge, beckons music fans to cast aside their worries and be immersed in a whirlwind of day-to-night elation.

For tickets and more information, visit: smalltown.

For more events through 2023, visit: Small and Medium Events Program.