The Victorian Seniors Festival returns this October with more than 2,500 free or low-cost events across the state and a week of free travel for seniors state-wide.

Seniors Card holders will enjoy a week of free travel on all public transport across Victoria from 6–13 October, coinciding with the first week of the Festival.

Seniors just need to tap on with their Seniors Myki Card to enjoy free travel on all Melbourne trains, trams and buses, as well as regional trains, coaches and buses (including V-Line and regional town bus services).

This year’s Seniors Festival theme is “Get into it!”, with older Victorians encouraged to get out and get involved.

From 10.30am on Sunday 6 October, Melbourne’s Federation Square will be filled with choirs, dance groups and performers for Celebration Day to launch the festival.

Regional Victoria is hosting a huge range of events, including a country concert series featuring Nikki Nicholas’ Carole King tribute show and Colleen Hewett, as well as guided nature walks, creative workshops and more.

More daring seniors can descend 61 metres underground to experience Bendigo’s Central Deborah gold mine, while film lovers can enjoy the annual Seniors Film Festival at ACMI, showcasing both classic and modern films.

There’s something for everyone in this year’s Festival, so for a full rundown on events and activities, pick up a free Victorian Seniors Festival program at any Coles store, local library, council office or neighbourhood house, or visit:

Check in with your local Council for what’s on in your local area.

Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan:

“This wonderful festival is our chance to give something back to older Victorians who contribute so much to this state.” 

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane:

“There’s lots happening in the local area and right around the state in this year’s Seniors Festival, so I encourage older Victorians to make the most of their free travel and get into it!”