24th November 2018

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Happenstance is a surprising new community arts festival held on the Merri Creek in Coburg North and Fawkner. From 1pm on the 25th of February, we invite you to take an unexpected journey along a well-trodden path, and see the creek in a new light. Discover a trail of music, art, and performance celebrating the Merri Creek and all it has to offer.

Happenstance is about engaging with the beautiful natural environment of the Merri Creek, bringing together local communities and highlighting the importance of sustainable practices in urban environments.

In conjunction with Friends of Merri Creek and the Sustainable Living Festival, Happenstance brings together emerging artists with local community groups to highlight the importance of preserving this wonderful natural resource.

There will be so much to discover: enchanting creatures wait to lead you on a journey beyond the physical. Stay a while and revel in the colours and richness of this trail through stories told with dance and movement. Give in to your curiosity, seek out new adventures, and delight in the magic of happenstance.

Happenstance is completely free and is proudly supported by the City of Moreland’s Celebrating Place Grant, Friends of Merri Creek and the Sustainable Living Festival.

What's on?

Happenstance will feature an array of emerging and community artists, including performance, clowning, circus, improvisation, music and art installations. All works will be interactive and non-verbal, meaning that language is no barrier to participate.

Click each artists’ photo below to learn more.


Happenstance is situated alongside the Merri Creek in Coburg North and is easily accessible by public transport, walking, cycling and by car.


Via tram:

Catch the 19 tram to the final stop in North Coburg (Stop 40). From there the Merri Creek is a short 4 minute walk along Bakers Road. Check out www.yarratrams.com.au for further information.

Via train:

Happenstance can be reached via Merlynston station on the Upfield line. From the station the creek is a 900m walk along Sydney Road and Mathieson Street. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au for all the details.

On foot/two wheels:

Happenstance is situated on one of Melbourne’s loveliest trails – perfect for walking or cycling. Situated adjacent to Parker Reserve, the site is only 1km from the Coburg Lake reserve and 6km from CERES.

Why not join our organised bike ride from CERES? Click here for all the details.

By car:

While we encourage sustainable methods of transport for getting to and from Happenstance, there is ample street parking available at Parker Reserve and on the surrounding streets.

A note about accessibility:

We have endeavoured to cater to all levels of accessibility to ensure everyone can enjoy Happenstance. The trail is paved and suitable for wheelchairs and walkers. Please note however that there are stairs leading to the trail at Keady St. The Bakers Rd, Goleen St and Mathieson Rd entrances are all wheelchair accessible.



Interested in volunteering at Happenstance? You’ve come to the right place!

Happenstance is a community-run, not-for-profit arts festival. We rely on the support of generous volunteers to make this amazing event happen.

We’re after enthusiastic individuals to help out on the day (that’s Saturday the 25th of February), assisting with bump-in and greeting and directing patrons as they arrive.

Shifts will be short, 100% shaded and will allow plenty of time for you to go and explore the festival. Ideally you’ll be able to start at 10am to help with bump in, or 1pm/3pm if you’re interested in being the face of the festival.

If you’re interested, fill in the form below and we’ll be in touch shortly. Any questions, shoot us an email at hello@happenstance.org.au, or check us out on the social medias via the buttons below.