THE sun shone on the Knox Festival at Wally Tew Reserve in Ferntree Gully with more than 40,000 people celebrating over two days.
It was a big improvement on last year when wild weather dampened residents' enthusiasm for the event.
Knox mayor Karin Orpen said while the weather was normally "a roll of the dice", the sunshine attracted more visitors, particularly families.
"It was a celebration of our community," she said. "That's what it is about — celebrating who we are, what we've got."
There were fireworks on Saturday evening, a twilight movie showing of Ice Age 4, a fairground, exotic food, roving performers, demonstrations, and art and craft stalls.
Cr Orpen said three African drummers making a surprise appearance for the opening perfomance was a highlight.