27-28 April 2019

Are you coming?




In the lead up to the two public festival days guest blacksmiths from Australia, Canada and the USA will be offering workshops. More information and bookings here.

If you’re a beginner or veteran blacksmith join us for a dinner and Pecha Kutcha night at the Plough Hotel in Footscray on Friday night 26 April, to kick off the Festival! Book now.

As blacksmiths of all interests and backgrounds converge on Footscray for the Festival the public have a unique opportunity to meet, learn from, and exchange ideas with a wealth of local and international talent.



artist Blacksmiths
in action

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

World renowned Canadian blacksmith Jake James is coming to Australia, teaming up with Ben Beams, Pete Mattila and Will Maguire to co-create a sculpture during the festival. Join a team.


Come along, don a leather apron and experience the exhilaration that comes from traditional forging using coke fires, german anvils and hammers ($40/30min session), available both days. Book now.


Kids forging


Ages 7-10 have the opportunity to work with copper in a special fire-free kids zone under the watchful eye of our own BFG Kim Kershaw. No experience necessary but parental supervision a must. No need to sign up – just come along and give it a whack!

hand forged metal
art for sale


Hand forged is the new black. At this years’ Festival you’ll be inspired by an eclectic mix of metal art and hand-forged homewares by local and interstate blacksmiths. Come to the festival and pickup something unique and wonderful for your regular (or occasional) squeeze.

If you are interested in having a stall at the 2019 Blacksmiths Festival complete and return this form and return it to lisa@blacksmithsfestival.com.

Live music, Food Trucks
And outdoor bar


Live music by local band Babaganoush and other musicians wandering the festival site and creating a musical backdrop to the clanging of hammer and anvil. Bluebonnet BBQ are bringing their vintage food truck Mabel towing their impressive hand-built smoker. Wash down delicious BBQ meats at our outdoor bar including local beer from Two Birds brewery. We’ll be kept awake for it all by our favourite coffee served up by the friendliest local barista Moe.


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 April - 10am - 4pm

60 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

Free Entry

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