Banish the boring at Runaway Festival Park this October

ACF Bernie Dieter photo by Rachel MiaGet ready for a brand-new entertainment destination that will blow your mind as the Melbourne Fringe Festival celebrates its 40th year in flamboyant style!

Runaway Festival Park is a sensational pop-up site – partnering with Runaway Collective, Testing Grounds and Queen Victoria Market – will bring an inclusive and spirited festival vibe to an iconic Melbourne location until 30 October 2022.

Showcasing the very best of high-quality cabaret, circus and family friendly shows in a dynamic atmosphere, there’s literally something for everyone, whether you’re accommodating the entertainment needs of a toddler, a tween, a teen, an adult or a centenarian.

Runaway Festival Park will feature two magnificent performance spaces – the opulent Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent and The Vault – as well as a custom-built outdoor performance structure NEON FUNK by After Dark Theatre, which will provide free outdoor entertainment and music throughout the evenings.

Headlining in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent is the über-award-winning Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett with her band of bohemian misfits – they’re rule breakers of the best kind.

With a dazzling spectacle of sword swallowing, hair hanging, burlesque, pole dancing and acrobatics, it’s an exhibition full of eccentrics you have to see to believe!

Indulge in the best dark and debaucherous fantasies under the one tent, with the titillating performances backed by a gin-soaked haus band.

Explore the extensive program of events and celebrate talent from around the globe as you soak up delightful interactions, experience jaw-dropping moments and create unforgettable memories.

Sip on drinks, grab a tasty bite to eat and enjoy Runaway Festival Park’s outdoor space designed to cater to everyone’s wants and needs.

The site will be decorated with custom pieces by Melbourne’s very own A Blanck Canvas with their unique works that blend technology and artistry, transporting audiences and transforming their relationship to nature and the world around them.

No matter what your age or interests, get your cheeks on a seat and try on something new for size at Runaway Festival Park: there’s belly laughs, storytelling, dance, live music, and physical feats that push the limits of human potential that will have you gasping, cheering and on your feet screaming for more!

Runaway Festival Park – Melbourne Fringe’s new boutique festival playground runs until 30 October 2022. For more information and full program, visit: for details.

Image: Bernie Dieter – photo by Rachel Mia