• Next Pako Festa is 24th February 2018!

    Next Pako Festa is 24th February 2018!

    Pako Festa is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia! Every year, since 1983, it attracts scores of people from our local and cultural communities, professional performers, community groups, schools, businesses, street traders and artists from all walks of life.

  • Don't miss the largest free multicultural event in Australia!

    Don't miss the largest free multicultural event in Australia!

    The pulse of Pako Festa begins with the shiver of maracas and the flutter of a rhumba - and we welcome our leading lady Carmen Miranda!

  • The beat of Pako Festa!

    The beat of Pako Festa!

    It's in the clatter of the clog dancers, the blast of the bagpipes and the pure power of the African percussion. You can hear it in the beat of the Japanese Taiko and the ancient drumming of the Indian Dohl. It's all around you, it's everywhere, you can't avoid it's rhyme or rhythm. It's the sound of the heart of our fabulous Festa.

NEXT PAKO FESTA IS 24TH FEBRUARY 2018


Diversitat Pako Festa is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia!

Every year since 1983 Pako Festa has gathered together thousands of people from Geelong’s local and cultural communities, professional performers, community groups, schools, businesses, street traders and artists from all walks of life for one huge, amazing street party to celebrate our multicultural community.

"Discover food of the World" was the theme for 2017 with international cuisine from some 20 local community groups represented in food stalls at West Park and along Pakington Street

Up to 100,000 people came together in harmony to enjoy the smorgasbord of fabulous cultural food, traditional dancing, live music, the enormous, famous Pako Street Parade, great workshops, art exhibitions, craft displays, free children's activities and an exciting program of non-stop free entertainment all day long.

Diversitat Pako Festa prides itself on being a free event, accessible to all who want to share the enriching experience of Australian multiculturalism. All people need to bring to enjoy a great day out, is a happy heart and an open mind. Our free event program available from one of the information stalls in Pakington Street on the day, ensures you don't miss any of the fabulous fun.

Pako Festa is a major fundraising event for Diversitat affiliated cultural communities.

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2017 Pako Festa Survey

Complete the 2017 Pako Festa survey for your chance to go into the draw to win a Geelong Performing Arts Centre Season Pass, or 2 free passes and 2 free memberships to the Pivotonian, Geelong’s only independent cinema.


Survey is now closed.

Thank you to all that responded


Interested in being a Sponsor?

Pako Festa 2017 was awesome, so let’s make Diversitat Pako Festa 2018 the biggest party ever!

We sure know how celebrate diversity in true party fashion, showcasing and sharing authentic cultural food, music, dance, art and don’t forget, one of Victoria’s largest street parades.

The 2018 Pako Festa offers wonderful new partnership opportunities, so if your business or local cultural community group is considering becoming a Pako Festa sponsor, please email pakofesta@diversitat.org.au and we will email the Prospectus to you.

In 2018, Diversitat Pako Festa will celebrate entertaining the people of Geelong and beyond for the 36th consecutive year!



40 years
Pako Festa Map and Program
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