Mussel Festival

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March 2021



The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival returns in 2021 with a two-day street party and mollusc feast!

Enjoy delicious food, dancing and frivolities, all to the sounds of Melbourne’s hottest jazz musicians. Think sangria and piping hot mussel paella, wok cooked drunken mussels and craft beer, mussels cooked in a light buttermilk batter served with crispy cos lettuce and chimichuri, plus artisan ice-cream and fun for the kids. Some of Melbourne’s top chefs and restaurants take part each year, as well as our own South Melbourne Market restaurants Bambu, Claypots Evening Star, Paco y Lola, Köy and Simply Spanish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival (PPMJF)?
Celebrating it’s 8th birthday in 2021, the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival is presented by the South Melbourne Market. Over the Labour Day long weekend in March, expect a great mussel cook-up from the iconic local restaurants and amazing street food vendors! All to the sounds of Dixieland and New Orleans Jazz!

When is the PPMJF?
The Festival will take place from midday on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March 2021.

Who’s playing?
The 2021 line-up will be announced later in the year. Check out the 2020 music line-up here.

What’s on the menu!?
Our food vendors and their key dishes will be announced later in the year.

Can I apply to participate at PPMJF?
Applications will open later in 2020. If interested in playing at the event, hosting a food stall, hosting an activity or providing entertainment at future festivals, send us an email with details to

Where is PPMJF?
PPMJF is located at the South Melbourne Market on Cecil Street. Cecil Street is closed to traffic from Coventry Street to York Street for the event.

Is the South Melbourne Market open?
The South Melbourne Market will retain normal trading hours on the weekend, opening at 8am and closing at 4pm on both days. Some traders located on Cecil Street may trade longer hours for the festival.

What happens at PPMJF?
Sit back and listen to Melbourne’s best jazz, graze from the amazing seafood stalls, and sip the refreshing sangria, beer and wine on offer at the bar.

Who will be serving food at PPMJF?
All Cecil Street restaurants (Bambu, Claypots Evening Star, Simply Spanish, Koy and Paco Y Lola) will be open as normal, and will also be providing amazing mussel dishes from pop-up marquees on Cecil Street. They’ll be joined by chefs from other well-known Melbourne restaurants all serving up their own take on mussels!

Seafood not your thing? There will be plenty of other savoury and sweet options options to choose from, including vegan and vegetarian options.

The PPMJF will still take place rain, hail or shine. There is plenty of undercover areas and umbrellas to shelter from the rain. Please remember your sunscreen and hat.

The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival