As the winter grasses reach for the sky and the early morning mists roll through the Goulburn Valley, the Murrindindi Beanie & Fibre Festival opens it’s doors. A feast of fibre art, fabulous beanies, stalls and more, the community at large and the town of Alexandra comes alive with all thing’s beanie, as people, lamp posts, shops and businesses take up the challenge of creating, wearing & displaying the best creation.

The Festival is held every year on the fourth weekend in July, this year on the 24 – 25th July, among rolling green hills, while Alexandra is an easy scenic one & half hours’ drive north east from Melbourne via either Yea or Healesville.

2021 is not just beanies, the Festival is expanding to become the Fibre Festival of the North East, as the event promises to provide fun and frivolity as beanies and all manor of knitted or crocheted items are donated, displayed and available to purchase. The festival also features a large market full of home, hand made, fibre artists, market stalls with some of the finest, yarns, fibres, winter warmers, textiles, spinning demonstrations, yummy treats, wool, yarn, many fibre artists, and exquisite country catering throughout the weekend in the Alexandra Shire Hall.

The must-see category ‘Murrindindi Madness’, is open to wild and wacky interpretation and this year’s theme, ‘Aliens and Outer Space’ is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
If you are creative, we encourage you to enter a beanie or other winter woolly item. Entries come from all over Australia & overseas and entry is free. For further information on category details, conditions and entry forms, head to our ENTER page on this site.

Beanies are donated to the MBFFV for exhibition & sale, prize cards are awarded, and money raised from all Beanies sold during the Festival goes towards local charities. Doors open from 10:00am to 4:00pm both days & Festival entry is by $2.00 cold coin donation.

Interested wool growers, fibre artists or stall holders can email murrindindi.beanie.festival@gmail.com
The Murrindindi Beanie & Fibre Festival is Non for Profit with proceeds from the sale of the beanies & other fibre creations going towards local charities within the community of Murrindindi. Since it’s inception over 7 years ago, the Beanie Fest gives towards Alexandra Rotary, for their provision of firewood for the elderly and infirm living within our community. In 2019 the MBFF enabled Platform Youth Theatre in Yea to run a special program for local kids, while Yea Primary School was given a grant to purchase microphones for their annual musical performance. Funds raised in 2020 helped Buxton PS kids attend a much needed school camp on the coast of Warratah Bay after weeks of COVID restictions.

For 2022, the Beanie Fest is introducing workshops in the days leading up to this funky fibre festival, providing a great weekend away with many accommodation choices available in Alexandra and the Murrindindi Shire.

MBFFV is a community based not for profit group promoting products, and art and craft produced locally in the Shire of Murrindindi and beyond. The Murrindindi Beanie Fest acknowledges the huge support of the local community and the The Shire of Murrindindi. The Murrindindi Beanie Festival Vic is a member of Regional Arts Victoria.

Beanies remain on display throughout the weekend and sold & NFS beanies can be collected after 4pm on Sunday, the final day of the Festival.