Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival celebrates the birth of Buddha and the diversity of our multicultural and multi-faith society


The free, not-for-profit Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival is one of Victoria’s longest-standing multicultural festivals and will be celebrating its 26th anniversary in 2022. It has firmly established itself as an iconic attraction for thousands to celebrate cultures and traditions over three massive days of festivities.

The Festival celebrates the birth of Buddha and the diversity of our multicultural and multi-faith society through a curated programme offering traditional Buddhist Ceremonies, transformative digital experiences and activations, arts, music, cultural performances, spiritual wellbeing lectures, blessing ceremonies, vegetarian cuisine, children’s activities and so much more.

Our vibrant festival programme of accessible performances and events fosters multicultural community connections, bridging cultural divides through the celebration of art and culture.

Recognised as a significant event in Melbourne’s event calendar by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government, our primary goals are:

Our Vision

To build an enlightened, engaged society through exploration and appreciation of Buddhist teachings and traditions.

Our Mission

To bring to audiences cultural stories via curated experiences and promote peace, magnanimity and compassion.

Our Values

To value qualities of Independence, High Performance, Inspiration, Creativity, Integrity, Good Governance.

In 2022, the Festival will look a little different from recent years, with digital attractions being the highlight of this year’s experience. Join us for our Light It Up Opening Ceremony at 6.30pm on Friday 13 May, at which all of our Festival installations will be switched on simultaneously, including a spectacular digital activation of a 15 metre high Bodhi Tree Mural.

We can’t wait to welcome you back!


Fo Guang Shan Melbourne
Fo Guang Shan (meaning the Buddha’s Light Mountain) is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in the world operating over 300 branch temples and several educational institutions.

BLIA Victoria
Buddha’s Light International Association of Victoria (BLIA Vic) is one of over 200 regional chapters of BLIA with millions of members worldwide and was formed in November 1992 by a group of devotees dedicated to the propagation of the Dharma, cultural exchange, education and charity work.