Hope Street Parking Bay

Come and visit us in the Adroit Insurance and Risk Chill Out Zone. We will be conveniently located opposite the Geelong West Post Office.  A great place to sit and dine and absorb the atmosphere while tasting traditional Colombian food. The Furphy Bar opens at 11.30am and to satisfy your coffee fix visit the Geelong West Social Club pop up coffee stall, a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy. At 12.30pm the Geelong Folk Music Stage kicks off with prime viewing from the zone. Families are welcome and the Adroit Team will be on hand to keep the children entertained with free craft activities from 11am.



9am -5pm
Subway Carpark Area

Visit the VicSuper Chill Out Zone at Pako Festa, a great place to rest up, dine on the amazing food you have purchased along the street and fill up your reusable bottle at the Barwon Water Hydration Station.  Barwon Water will be next to their hydration station, talking all things water saving. They have free water bottles, kid stickers, magnets and leak tests to give away.

New for 2020 is The Pako Festa Human Library presented by the City of Greater Geelong, will provide the community an opportunity to engage with a ‘Living Book’, reduce prejudices and increase cultural understanding. The Human Library enables the young people in this project to break stereotypes by challenging the most common misconceptions about themselves, their cultures and refugees in a positive and fun manner.

MacKillop Family Services is proud to support the Pako Festa and welcomes the opportunity to celebrate the diverse cultures of all children in our care. We look after more than 100 children in the Geelong area and our experience of therapeutic care has helped us develop an Activation Area which will give families respite from the hectic activities of the festival through nature based play tables and a relaxing multi-sensory play space.

Staff from our foster care team will be there to chat about foster carer in the Barwon region where there are currently more than 400 children in care and an urgent need for more foster carers. Come and join us to chill in our multi-sensory relaxing space and find out more about our therapeutic services and cultural safety within care.


West Town Hall (indoors)

A great space to relax, sample traditional cuisine from our local Bangladesh Community and visit the Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) Welcome Tent. CRAG brings together people across the Geelong region, from a variety of backgrounds, united by the shared aim of advocating for fair and decent policy for refugees and people seeking asylum.

Enjoy a program of non-stop family entertainment featuring local dancers and a diverse stage program. Jada Geelong will kick off the stage program and Bop til you Drop will invite you to dance and sing all afternoon. To end the day learn some new circus skills with Circus Lab.

Interactive stalls inside the West Town Hall include:  Circus Lab, CFA and Urban Upcycle who will take you on a creative journey.



Discover new spaces to sit, relax and sample all the diverse cuisines, while enjoying the stage entertainment all day long

This year the Geelong West Neighbourhood House is opening its doors to offer a space with table’s and chairs to relax in air-conditioned comfort to enjoy your lunch and take a break. Toilets (1 disabled) available and a kitchen for water/ microwave (bottle heating).