27-28 April 2019

Are you coming?




artist Blacksmiths
in action

Come see some of Australia's finest blacksmiths get creative with red hot metal. Be nice and they might hand you a demo piece!

International Jake James
supported by a trio of locals

All the way from Canada, Jake James is coming to Australia, teaming up with Ben Beams, Pete Matilla and Will Maguire to produce an amazing free standing sculpture during the festival.

Give it a go
total beginners

Come along, don a leather apron and experience the exhilaration that comes from traditional forging using coke fires, german anvils and hammers ($25/30min session), available both days.

Kids forging
12 year up

Kids forging, 12 years and older, come up on the day and give it a whack. No experience necessary. Let your child enjoy the mix between art and work.

hand forged metal
art for sale

Hand forged is the new black. Come to the festival and pickup something unique and wonderful for your regular (or occasional) squeeze. 

Live music
food and drinks

Live music by local bands Babaganoush and more, food trucks Bluebonnet and more, and drinks (incl. some amazing Belgian and local beers from Two Birds brewery) all day, every day!

Timetable and full details to come



Blacksmiths Festival 2019

Headed up by the Waterside Blacksmithing and Metal Art Association (WBMAA), the festival is supported at its core by the Maribyrnong City Council, Waterside Metal Art Studio and a swash of volunteers, sponsors and experts in the field. The primary objective of the festival is to encourage fellowship and creativity within the Australian and International blacksmithing and metal artist community.

Our focus is aimed at bringing not just pot-bellied dudes with beards (although that tends to happen) but all of the community together to enjoy the process and products that result from the practice of artistic blacksmithing. During the festival there are opportunities for the public to experience the magic that comes from forging red hot metal!


Blacksmithing, romanticism and fire

Mastering the traditional process of forging hot steel requires one not only manage a fire but also to carefully watch the colour of the steel until it reaches a forging temperature. It is then that one must strike, seizing that moment when steel yields its strength and moves to a plastic state where it can be transformed in limitless ways.   For many, this process is mesmerizing, romantic and touches on a primal chord that is difficult to find in our modern day world.  





Saturday 27th April 10am - 11pm

Sunday 28th May - 10am - 4pm

60 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

Free Entry

Come and join us, we'd love to see you.