FAQs

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

What is the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival (PPMJF)?
Celebrating it’s 6th birthday in 2019, 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 iconic local restaurants to amazing street food to the sounds of Dixieland and New Orleans Jazz, there will be mussels in bucket loads. Come to feast, dance and frolic with family and friends.

When is the PPMJF?
Dates for the 2020 Festival will be announced soon. Sign up to the South Melbourne Market newsletter to hear festival news first.

Can I apply to participate at the next PPMJF?
Yes! Applications will open late 2019. Sign up to our newsletter or check our website regularly to keep up to date with opportunities for involvement. READ MORE.

Where is PPMJF?
PPMJF is located at the South Melbourne Market on Cecil Street. Cecil Street is closed to cars from Coventry Street to York Street for the event. Please visit ptv.vic.gov.au for public transport details, including bus route changes.

Is the South Melbourne Market open?
The South Melbourne Market will retain normal trading hours on this 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.

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 from pop-up marquees.

Weather?
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.