There is a plethora of events and festivals staged on the northern Bellarine foreshore throughout the year. From long-standing events such as the Gatorade Triathlon, National Celtic Festival and Portarlington Mussel Festival to newer events such as the Bellarine Sunset Run that take advantage of our beautiful coastline.

National Celtic Festival

Queens Birthday Long Weekend in June.

Experience all the music and excitement of Australia's premier Celtic celebration at Portarlington on the June long weekend. For three jam-packed days and nights the National Celtic Festival will feature the very best Celtic performers gathered from across the world, performing in more than a dozen undercover heated venues with ample seating provided. The festival is family friendly and has something for all ages and musical tastes including an extensive workshop program for adults and children.

Portarlington Mussel Festival

The Portarlington Mussel Festival continues to be proudly sponsored by Bellarine Bayside. The Festival is held from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on the second Saturday in January every year in the picturesque village of Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria. Since its inception in 2007, the festival has grown year on year and now attracts around 30,000 people. Initially established to promote the Portarlington Mussel Industry, the festival now boasts a full day of activities including, live entertainment, kids activities, cooking demonstrations, art & photo exhibitions, classic car displays, food & wine products, plus plenty of mussels!!!

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Bellarine Sunset Run

The inaugural Flying Brick Bellarine Sunset Run took place on Saturday 13 February 2016, on the Northern Bellarine Coastal Trail between Portarlington and St Leonards. The trail showcases our very own Northern Bellarine foreshore with spectacular views of Melbourne's skyline and the You Yangs in the distance. The Sunset Run was tackled as a 21 km half-marathon or a 10 km run by 700 participants. There are BBQ facilities and playgrounds located along the length of the Coastal Trail where you can watch the runners pass by and spur them on by giving them a quick high-five! The 2017 Bellarine Sunset Run is scheduled for Saturday 11 February 2017. Find out more at