Is Pako Festa 2022 still running?

Absolutely. Pako Festa Reimagined 2022 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 diverse communities. 2022 marks our 40th year and it is important to us to continue to celebrate the rich diversity that is the backbone of the event. 

When is it?

The main event will be the last Saturday in February as usual, which in 2022 falls on 26 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 26 February from 10:00am and no bookings are required
  • The Elements of Culture Photographic Exhibition at Market Square Geelong

  18 February – 18 March 

  • 40 Years Young online history project to commemorate our 40th Birthday, which will be released on March the 5th 

Where is it? 

The Diversitat Northern HUB 25 Arunga Ave, Norlane 

The new format essentially takes Pako Festa beyond Pakington Street and to a new site for 2022 only. There will be global food offerings featuring 17 diverse food outlets cooking up a storm, stage entertainment including community parades on stage, film screenings, roving entertainment, community garden tours, craft displays and a colourful outdoor dining experience with plenty of seating and shaded areas. 

Is there parking available? 

There will be parking options close to the event site off Arunga Ave and at Seagull Paddock.

Will there still be things happening on Pakington Street?

No, but we look forward to taking the event back to Pakington Street in 2023. 

Is the street parade going ahead this year?

In short, no, but it has been replaced by community groups parading on stage at the Diversitat Northern Community HUB.

The stage program runs from 10.20am-5pm. View stage program.

Will the event be COVIDSafe?

As it is a fenced off site all event patrons will be required to check in on the event day and show proof of vaccination on entry. 

We are working very closely with the Victorian Government and health authorities to ensure that Pako Festa is COVIDSafe. The new location for 2022 has been carefully considered to ensure that Pako Festa can still run in but in a safe way. Most importantly, the event site allows for a glorious outdoor dining experience, spacious food areas and outdoor stage entertainment surrounded by plenty of greenery. 

How much will the event cost?

Participating in the all aspects of the event are free. Dine-in and takeaway food will be available for purchase from 17 diverse community groups. As with previous years, Pako Festa is a non-profit event and all proceeds raised will support Geelong’s diverse  communities.