Did you know that one-in-five Aussies speak a language other than English at home, and that a little bit over a quarter of the population was born overseas?

And there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the city’s huge diversity in culture, language and custom every day of the year.

This May is no exception, as Melbourne plays host to an entire weekend that celebrates the diversity of our population! Let’s discover what’s on (including helpful Fed Square parking info!)


Le Garage is partnering with Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival

Le Garage is excited to bring visitors of Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival special discount parking rates all weekend!

During both days of the festival, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, enjoy $8 flat rate parking per day with the special promo code 2018BDMF.

Book your parking online in advance and don’t forget to add the special code above!


2018 Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival

  • Where: Federation Square
  • When: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May

Did you know that Buddhism ranks as the third-most practiced religion in Australian society?

While the 2.4% might sound small, that’s still over half a million people actively following Buddha’s teachings.

And on the third weekend of May, many of them will descend upon Federation Square in celebration of one of the most important dates of the Buddhist calendar.

What for? Well, with a name like “Buddha’s Birthday”, it’s not hard to guess!

Commemorating the birth of Prince Siddhartha Gautama (or as most people know him, the Buddha), faithfuls from all over Melbourne’s urban sprawl meet to enjoy traditional Buddhist ceremonies.

Originally conceived as a way for Melbourne’s community of Buddhists to commemorate Buddha’s birthday, this annual 2-day festival has evolved into a celebration of Melbourne’s many different cultural backgrounds.

In its own words, the festival aims to promote “inclusiveness, cultural awareness, cultural understanding; and enhances community spirit and social harmony.”

In addition to traditional celebrations, there’ll be plenty of other events, including:

  • A food fair
  • Social and spiritual well-being lectures
  • Musical performances
  • Inter-faith discussions
  • Tea ceremonies
  • Dragon Boat racing
  • Bodhi Tree Art installation
  • An animal sanctuary

And that’s just scratching the surface. This event plays host to over 40 different activities and a diverse range of food stalls offering cuisine from all over the world.

Whether you want to learn more about Australia’s third-most popular religion or simply want to broaden your palate by trying out new foods, there’s something for just about everyone here.

Why not immerse yourself in this unique and spiritual event?

We’re expecting 80,000 visitors, and with more than 40 activities and 15 food stalls, you might indeed find yourself visiting the festival on both days!

Fed Square parking

Find Federation Square parking this May

There is so much happening at Fed Square every single day of the year. Naturally, its parking facility can be a literal nightmare.

You shouldn’t have to waste your weekend finding a safe place to leave your car.

Whether you’re here for the festival, visiting one of the nearby restaurants, catching a show, or simply enjoying our amazing city, you’ll need somewhere to leave your car.

And that’s where we come in!

Located on Flinders Street, Le Garage offers convenient Federation Square parking for all visitors to Buddha’s Birthday and Multicultural Festival.

Not only is our parking garage spacious, it’s also 100% secure. You can trust us to look after your ride home whether you’re staying with us for an hour or the whole day.

How to secure your Fed Square parking with Le Garage

To secure your Fed Square parking, all you have to do is visit Le Garage’s website.

It’s simple: head to our secure online booking portal, enter your date and entry and exit times, pay securely online, and then check your email: we’ll send you a unique code you’ll need to punch in when entering the car park.

That’s it!

No need to worry about sorting through coins and lining up at the pay station. Instead, pre-booking your parking online. Spend more of your weekend enjoying the festival rather than stressing about parking.

Book your spot online in advance now!