Is Pako Festa 2021 still running?

Absolutely. The event is still running but in an exciting new format that complies with the guidelines of health authorities. Pako Festa in 2021 will continue to be a celebration of diversity and multiculturalism, and will continue to offer what people have told us they love most about Pako Festa – multicultural food offerings, a program of entertainment and a showcase of Geelong’s ethnic communities.

When is it?

The main event will be the last Saturday in February as usual, which in 2021 falls on 27 February. However, some activities will extend beyond the date to allow more people to experience them in a safe way.

  • The global food offering will be on 27 February from 10:30am. You must pre-book online.
  • The projections will run from 27 February – 13 March 8:30pm-11:30pm.
  • The arts trail will run from 27 February – 27 March.

What is the new format? 

The new format essentially takes Pako Festa beyond Pakington Street and to a number of key sites across Geelong. There will still be a global food offering and program of entertainment, but all guests will be required to book online at the Pako Festa website (pakofesta.com.au) ahead of time to ensure the event is COVIDSafe. The parade will be replaced by an incredible audio-visual display of projections on the Geelong West Town Hall for two weeks. There will also be an ‘Elements of Culture Arts Trail’ on Pakington Street.

Will there still be things happening on Pakington Street?

Yes! The usual parade will be replaced by projections on the Geelong West Town Hall at 153 Pakington Street from 8:30pm each night from 27 February – 13 March. There will also be the ‘Elements of Culture Arts Trail’. Three of the 13 sites available on the day will also be on Pakington Street – those being the Geelong West Town Hall, West Park and the Ukrainian Club at 57 Pakington Street.

Is the parade going ahead this year?

In short, no, but it has been replaced by an amazing audio-visual display of projections showcasing 30 communities on the Geelong West Town Hall. The projections will run each night from 8:30pm from 27 February – 13 March.

Will the event be COVIDSafe?

We are working very closely with the Victorian Government and health authorities to ensure that Pako Festa is COVIDSafe. The new event format has been carefully considered to ensure that Pako Festa can still run in 2021 but in a safe way.

Will the event be able to run if COVID restrictions change in Victoria?

We are working very closely with the Victorian Government and health authorities. We have carefully considered the new event format to create flexibility so that the event can run in the event of changes to the current arrangements.

Why do I have to book online?

All guests visiting one of the 13 sites across Geelong to dine-in or enjoy takeaway global food offerings will need to pre-book via pakofesta.com.au. This is for three reasons – firstly so that we can track the numbers and ensure that a safe number are visiting each site at each time, secondly to enable COVID-19 contact tracing to occur if required and finally to contact guests with COVIDSafe information regarding the event. You won’t need to book for the Geelong West Town Hall projections or for the Elements of Culture Arts Trail as these events are spaced out over a longer timeframe.

When will online bookings open and close?

Bookings will open from early February 2021 and will close in the days prior to the event. We urge event goers to get in quickly to avoid disappointment as places are limited due to COVID restrictions.

Where do I book?

You can place your booking here once bookings open in early February

How much will the event cost?

Participating in the projections and Elements of Culture Arts Trail will be free for the community. Dine-in and takeaway food will be available for purchase. As with previous years, Pako Festa is a non-profit event and all proceeds raised will support Geelong’s ethnic communities.

Will Home and Away stars be attending the 2021 event?

Channel 7 will not be sending anyone this year, but continues to sponsor the event.