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Getting to Melbourne Rites of Passage Festival

Rites of Passage Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building

The Royal Exhibition Building is located just north of Melbourne’s CBD, next to the Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens

By Car

The Melbourne Museum undercover car park, located under Melbourne Museum is open 7 days a week from 5.30am to midnight daily. Enter via Rathdowne Street or Nicholson Street.
This car park is under 24-hour video surveillance.

By Bicycle

Local bicycle facilities include bike lanes on Rathdowne St and Canning St. There is also a shared pedestrian/bike path on Nicholson St. Bicycle racks on the Plaza provide ample bike parking just outside the front door.

Public Transport Options

Plan your trip using PTV’s Journey Planner. Transport options inlcude:

    – Tram 86 or 96 to corner of Nicholson and Gertrude Streets

    – Free City Circle Tram to Victoria Parade

    – City loop train to Parliament Station

    – Bus routes 250, 251 and 402 to Rathdowne Street

    – Stop #5 of the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle




Q: What are the opening hours of Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival?

Friday – 10AM TO 10PM
Saturday – 10AM TO 9PM
Sunday – 10AM TO 6PM


Q: Where do I purchase tickets?

A: Tickets are available for purchase via the “Buy Tickets” button on our navigation menu.


Q: Can we buy tickets at the door?

A: Yes, tickets will be on sale both online and at the door during the entire event


Q: Is there an age limit?

A: There is no age limit. Children are welcome to Rites of Passage.

Q: How do we get media passes?

A: All media require approval to obtain media passes.
Please email adam@ritesofpassagefestival.com to discuss media accreditation.


Q: How do I book an appointment with the artist?

A: Visit our Artists Attending page and send an inquiry directly to the artist via an online form or through the Artist’s Social Media platforms.


Q: Is there food and refreshments available?

A: Yes we have a full range of food, beverages and alcohol available at the event.


Q: Can I drink alcohol at the venue?

A: Yes. All alcohol must be purchased at the event.


Q: Can I walk around with alcohol?

A: Yes. Our venue allows patrons to walk around the event with their drinks. All alcohol must be purchased at the event.


Q: Is there a timetable for performances and awards?

A: Yes, find the event timetable on the Rites of Passage Website.

The Rites of Passage Story

Our Story

Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival has been running in Melbourne for the last 10 years. The festival prides itself on the celebration of creativity and connecting different individuals through body art to be a diverse and an all-inclusive event. The team are excited to announce that the event will now be touring to Sydney & Brisbane!

Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival is built on a core value of ‘family’. Forget all ego and self-righteousness, and bring it back to what the meaning of ‘tattooing’ means for each and every one of us. It is an opportunity to share our own story, to wear our journey with pride and to connect to all like-minded people about an art form that has evolved long since the times of outlaw sailors. Tattoos are recognised around the world and they are here to stay (well, one would hope so, otherwise you got ripped off).

Over the course of 3 massive days, we’ll see 10,000 patrons walking through our doors, live entertainment, local food trucks, competitions for upcoming talent and art exhibitions – what are we trying to achieve?

We asked the public, we listened to their feedback and we are always refining, rebuilding and bettering one tattoo festival from the last. We listened and acted on visitor feedback.

Conventions are the best way to showcase artist’s works, network, build clientele and showcase the professionalism of the industry. Kevin Mack works on bringing the best International artists to Australia, and ensures the events fulfil the needs of the tattoo industry.  Tatsup and Rites of Passage further organise and facilitate seminars – for artists – as we understand the importance to grow and continue self-development.