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Shakespeare in a vineyard, interactive street pianos and a cinema screen on a ski run... Victoria has events to upend your idea of summer and keep you entertained.

Pop-up Globe

When: Until 12 January
Where: Next to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Kings Domain, Linlithgow Avenue        

The world’s first full-scale, temporary replica of one of history’s greatest theatres. This summer, see Shakespeare the way it was intended at the Pop-up Globe.

Summer in the Parks, Bendigo

Inside Out

When: Until 11 February 
Where: Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum has unearthed 370 of its most intriguing objects from behind closed doors for an audio-aesthetic sensory adventure. The museum invites you to 'bring your headphones, bring a friend, bring an open heart and press play'. Adult themes apply and late-night sessions run Thursdays and Fridays in January and February (except 26 January). 

Entry $10.

Barefoot cinema

Barefoot Cinema

When: Until 16 February 
Where: Until 8 January –  Point Nepean National Park, Portsea     
               12 to 27 January – Seawinds Gardens State Park, Arthurs Seat     
               1 to 16 February – Rippon Lea Estate and Gardens      

Bring a beanbag or a picnic blanket and watch a film under the stars. Guests can enjoy food trucks, a fully licensed bar, live music, an array of popular films and views beyond the silver screen.   

Tickets from $15, children under five free.

Nightjar Festival

When: January and February
Where: Torquay Common, Surf Beach Drive (Thursdays in January, 4pm to 10pm)
               Johnstone Park, Geelong (Fridays in February, 4pm to 10pm)

This independent artists’ festival will feature live music, a night market, international food and boutique bars. A kiddies' wonderland will amuse youngsters while parents enjoy some of the region’s best boutique beer and wine, or stay together and wander down ‘dessert lane’.  

Portarlington Mussel Festival

When: 13 January
Where: Newcombe Street

More than 30,000 people flock to Portarlington every year for this famous foodie festival. Once you’ve sampled mussels to your heart’s content, enjoy a full day of activities including delicious local food, market stalls, music and great entertainment for the whole family.        

Entry $2, children free.

Shakespeare in the Vines

Shakespeare in the Vines

When: 14 January
Where: Crittenden Estate, Mornington Peninsula    

Essential Theatre presents Twelfth Night for a modern audience. Leave She’s the Man in the DVD player and enter the land of Illyria with a glass of wine and a picnic.

Tickets $50, entry is free for children aged five and under. Food will be available, no BYO alcohol.

Play Me I'm Yours

Play me, I’m yours

When: 19 January to 4 February
Where: Various locations around Arts Centre Melbourne, the city and surrounds

This free, interactive installation is the perfect way to break up a summer stroll. Twenty beautifully decorated ‘street pianos’ will pop up around Arts Centre Melbourne, the CBD and in suburbs across Melbourne for everyone to enjoy. 

Flickerfest – Australia Day Festival

When: 26 January
Where: Geebung Road, Dinner Plain (Mount Hotham)    

If an Australia Day barbecue isn’t on your itinerary, head up to the Dinner Plain alpine village for a three-day film event. The ski run will be reimagined as an open-air cinema and the event will include bands, food trucks, horse riding, orienteering and dog-sled rides.   

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Share the Spirit Festival

Balit Narrun: Share the Spirit Festival

When: 26 January, 1pm to 5pm
Where: Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne  

An outdoor concert showcasing the diversity of Indigenous performers. There will also be cultural art stalls, food trucks and activities.  

Free entry.

Port Fairy Jazz Festival

When: 9 to 11 February 
Where: Various venues around Port Fairy

120 bands will be performing in venues around this historic fishing town. Bask in the sounds of traditional, mainstream and contemporary jazz while enjoying the picturesque seaside surrounds. 

Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival

When: 16 to 18 February
Where: Bruthen, East Gippsland    

Various venues will be hosting legendary local and international blues artists. Dance the night away at the Big Blues Bash in the pub, or chill out at the blues café in the hall. The event will include a variety of paid and free events over one big weekend.

Written by Jade Thrupp
December 12, 2017