The Lake Bolac Eel Festival Committee has made the difficult decision that due to the continuing uncertainty with COVID-19 we will not be able to hold a festival in the usual format in March 2021.  It is impossible to plan ahead while we cannot be sure of what will be allowed by way of events and social gatherings next March.

We feel this decision is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the community, our volunteers, musicians, artists, stall-holders, contractors and of course our wonderful audience. 

We are looking forward to the next Lake Bolac Eel Festival which is planned for the weekend of March 25th to 27th 2022.

We intend to hold one or two smaller events during 2021 either live at Lake Bolac or via online streaming.  These events will be well publicised in due course.

If you are holding tickets for the 2020 Festival they will be valid for 2022.  However, you may request a refund by emailing and quoting your name, quantity and type of tickets and the order ID if you have it.  We thank you for your continuing support for the Eel Festival and look forward to seeing you in Lake Bolac in March 2022.

A Special Place

Lake Bolac is a sacred site – a gathering has happened here for tens of thousands of years. In the eel migration season our great clans gathered for special and important business, especially the exchange of ceremony, marriage and lore and despite the enormous challenges our people have faced, we are still here.

Today, the festival continues to bring people from all walks of life out on to country to gather by the water on sacred lands – to this place where we share, learn, remember and we celebrate. A place where we meet in friendship.


“What an amazing vibe. The little festival with a big, beautiful heart!”

“It was sensational, we had the best time; relaxing, inspiring, creative, friendly environment, a good time for the whole family”.

“A truly moving and revelatory experience. Thank you”.

“A welcoming and friendly atmosphere! Lots of great people happy to talk, share and get involved”.