Pentridge Festival

Things to do, Fairs and festivals Pentridge Prison , Coburg Saturday April 8 2017 - Sunday April 9 2017 Free
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Pentridge Festival
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Step into Coburg's past at this unique community festival in a former prison

The former Pentridge Prison site celebrates 20 years since it closed its doors with a massive party for the community. Don't worry, the space isn't as spooky as you think. Since the site was closed in 1997, plans are underway to develop the site into a community hub through a combination of residential, commercial and retail spaces.

Pentridge festival is your chance to explore the ex-prison's history. Melbourne's favourite food trucks including Billy Van Creamy, Mr Burger, White Guy Cooks Thai and more will be rolling up to serve delicious food over the weekend, and you are definitely welcome to roll out the picnic blanket at the Pentridge Piazza. There will be plenty of cold bevvies available at the bar if you need a frothy while you listen to live performances from local bands and musicians. The music will go on all night, so stick around for an all-day party in a unique location. 

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Take the opportunity to walk through the historic former prison buildings, exercise yards and even the solitary confinement cells. Forty-five minute tours will run every hour on Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm, with the last tour going at 5.30pm. Make sure to register online on the Pentridge website to join the tours as demand will be high.

In case you missed it, last year Palace Cinemas announced that they will be building a 15-screen cinema complex at the Pentridge site. 

Venue name: Pentridge Prison
Address: 1 Champ Street
Transport: Nearby stations: Coburg and Batman
Price: Free
Event website:
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