The Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival is back with plenty of fun, hands-on and family-friendly activities.

The Sustainable Living Festival will be held alongside the Boroondara Farmers Market on Saturday 19 November 2022, from 8 am to 12:30 pm, at the Boroondara Farmers Market car park on Auburn Road in Hawthorn East.

This year’s festival will showcase just how easy it is to incorporate sustainable living choices and actions into your everyday life. 

Experts will share advice about:

  • urban biodiversity
  • backyard food production
  • sustainable transport
  • waste reduction, recycling and the circular economy
  • water and energy saving.

This festival helps us work towards the goals of our Climate Action Plan by:

  • engaging with our community
  • providing education opportunities on climate action.

Learn more on our Climate Action Plan page.

What’s on show in 2022

Whatever your interest — from growing food in your backyard, to beekeeping, to saving water or energy — this festival has something to inspire all ages.

Green carpet arrival

Ride your bike to the festival to receive the ‘green carpet’ treatment. This includes secure on-site valet bike parking and a free bike safety check.

Animals of Oz native show

Get up close and personal with some of our amazing wildlife. Learn what is threatening the survival of our local animals and what you can do to help protect them. 


Don't miss out on our kid's activities:

  • Get your face painted by our talented artists
  • Make your own pedal-powered smoothies
  • Discover the wonderful world of water bugs
  • See a real garbage truck and have your photo taken with the driver.

Electric bikes

Test ride an e-bike. We will provide helmets, but you are also encouraged to BYO.

Energy smart

Get advice on how to reduce your energy use, from installing solar to making the switch to electric and much more.

Water wise gardening

Learn about being water wise, including:

  • low maintenance water-saving wicking beds
  • backyard irrigation systems
  • water smart plant selection.

Veggie gardening

Make your own compostable pot and plant a veggie seedling to take home.

Native edible plants

Get expert advice on growing your own native edible plants in your backyard.

Feathered friends 

Meet the friendly backyard chooks and learn how to keep your own happy egg-producing friends.

Busy bees

You can:

  • make your own native 'bee hotel' for your garden
  • learn how to create a bee-friendly garden
  • learn how to keep productive honey bees in your backyard
  • see the live honey bee hive display
  • taste some local honey.

Worms not waste

Meet the team from Compost Revolution and get expert advice on worm farming and composting. Visit the stand to find out more about the special composter and worm farm festival discount, including free delivery to your door.

What goes where? 

Meet our circular economy education team and learn all about reducing, reusing and recycling, and have all your tricky recycling questions answered.

Recycle your old textiles

Bring your unrepairable small electronic waste items and damaged clothing to put in our free recycling drop-off hub.

Repair café

North Balwyn Repair Café will showcase repaired items and provide advice on how you can repair your own broken or faulty items.

All things reusable

See and learn about a range of reusable products for the bathroom and kitchen, including modern cloth nappies.

Django Rhythm

Sit back and relax to the French gypsy jazz sounds of this Melbourne band.

Living for our Future pledge

Take the sustainable actions survey and contribute to the sustainability of your community by making a commitment to action.

More information

Call our Environmental Sustainability team on (03) 9278 4444 or email [email protected]