Monash University lights up for WinterFest

Monash University invites everyone to an evening of family entertainment with dodgem cars, roving performers and fireworks at our community event, the Winter Carnival, on Friday 11 August. It forms part of the week long WinterFest activities featuring glow-in-the-dark yoga for students, staff, family and friends.

Winter Carnival  is a family-friendly evening of dizzying carnival rides, trampolines, and fiery feats from the Monash Club of Juggling and Fire-twirling. There is plenty of food on offer with ten food trucks on site to choose from.

To top it all off, there is a fireworks display at 7.30pm to light up the night, followed by Under-19s and Women’s footy games hosted by the Monash Blues Football Club.

The Winter Carnival is the highlight of the University’s week-long WinterFest festivities, which is expected to attract around 5000 attendees, including members of the public, students and staff, with one of the highlights including glow-in-the-dark yoga.

Monash University’s Director, Student Engagement and Campus Experience, Marcus Spencer, said the Carnival evening and WinterFest week promised to be bigger than ever.

“We are proud to be a part of Clayton and the City of Monash, and we’re very excited to show our appreciation and welcome the local community onto the Clayton campus for a great evening of food, fireworks and fun at the Winter Carnival.

“Winter Carnival is just one part of the week-long WinterFest festivities – part of our efforts to create a warm, welcoming and engaging campus experience. Students, staff and their families will also be able to take part in a range of fantastic events from Monday to Sunday.”

WinterFest week is held at the Clayton, Caulfield, Peninsula and Parkville campuses with headline events for students, staff and their families and friends including:

  • A comedy night at Clayton with The Project’s Tommy Little headlining.
  • A glow-in-the-dark yoga experience under blacklight at Clayton.
  • A lunchtime Silent Disco for mental health at Clayton and Caulfield where participants listen alone to their choice of music with wireless headphones, but dance together. Organised by the Monash Mental Health Champions.
  • The Student Leadership Summit at Clayton for young leaders to hone their leadership skills and network.
  • The Whimsical Winter sessions, part of the City of Monash Winter Concert Series – we will host this classical music event at the Monash Performing Arts Precinct, in partnership with the City of Monash.

Find out more on the Winter Carnival Facebook event, the WinterFest website or email      

Additionally, as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability, Monash University is aiming for zero waste, or an 80 per cent decrease in contributions to landfill. There will be extra bins for organic waste and making it easy for our food vendors to get on board with decreasing waste output.