February

Berwick swap meet
Akoonah Park, Princes Highway
2 February, 5am for sellers, 6am for buyers.
Roger 0407568488

The Torquay Rotary Motor Show
10 February
$20 entry for contestants, $5 for adult spectators, kids free
Torquaymotorshow.com

Annual Begonia Rally
Hosted by Vintage and Classic Car Club Ballarat. Stalls and free public display.
Ballarat Greyhound Track car park, Rubicon Street.
16 February, 9am to noon
begoniarallyballarat@hotmail.com

Annual Begonia Rally
Hosted by Vintage and Classic Car Club Ballarat. Stalls and free public display.
Ballarat Greyhound Track car park, Rubicon Street.
16 February, 9am to noon
begoniarallyballarat@hotmail.com

February

A Fine Romance: Realism in Australian Art
With works by eleven leading contemporary Australian artists, the gallery presents a thematic group exhibition designed to dazzle the senses and challenge assumptions about reality.
Gippsland Art Gallery
Until 17 February
Free entry
gippslandartgallery.com

Vitreous and Contemporary by Nature
Hosted by Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. as part of the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival.
Various dates in February and March.
Free entry
contemporaryartsociety.org.au

AGL Peninsula Film Festival 
The short film festival sees up to 20 shortlisted films screened outdoors.  These films are judged live by a panel of celebrity judges and awarded monetary prizes. 
Rosebud Village Green and Hastings Foreshore
2 February
Film festival Free, Musiqua from $20
peninsulafilmfestival.com.au

Merciless Gods
Dan Giovannoni’s adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ Merciless Gods is a brutal and tender examination of queer immigrant experiences in Australia.
Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne
6 to 10 February
Entry $30-47
artscentremelbourne.com.au

Kalli-grams Exhibition 
Small Visual Messages Delivered by Calligraphic Means. Presented by: The Calligraphy Society of Victoria
The Dock Gallery, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
20 February to 14 March
calligraphysocietyvictoria.org.au

March

Jekyll & Hyde [the musical]
Presented by Ballarat Lyric Theatre
Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, 1220 Howitt Street, Ballarat
28 February to 10 March
Adult $50, concession $43
wcpa@bgs.vic.edu.au

Yo, Carmen 
The undisputed queen of modern flamenco, María Pagés, vibrant ode to womanhood uses flamenco with poetry in the unforgettably beautiful and radical reimagining of the story of Bizet’s heroine Carmen.
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
11 to 12 March
artscentremelbourne.com.au

Melbourne Art Book Fair
Featuring diverse emerging and established local and international publishers, artists and writers. The 2019 program explores ideas around experimental and discursive publishing, challenging how we think about the publishing field.
NGV International
15 to 17 March
ngv.vic.gov.au

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
Features more than 150 treasures from London’s revered National Portrait Gallery, many of which have never before been seen outside the United Kingdom.
Bendigo Art Gallery
16 March to 14 July
bendigoregion.com.au

Opera by the Lakes
Featuring: Teddy Tahu Rhodes, The Idea of North, plus Opera Australia and Vic Opera Singers
Nyerimilang Heritage Park, Nr Lakes Entrance
17 March
gippslandopera.org.au

February

Pinot Celebration
Australia’s preeminent Pinot Noir event offers winemakers, wine media and Pinot lovers the chance to enjoy an unparalleled selection of Pinot Noir from around Australia and the world.
8 to 9 February
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
mpva.com.au

Begonia treasures
Presented by Melbourne begonia society show, supported by City of Kingston. displays and sales of all types of begonias. Please bring bags for purchases.
Moorabbin senior citizens hall, 964 Nepean Hwy
23 to 24 February, 10am
$3 to $5 entry
9758 6642

Victorian State Dahlia Show
A spectacular display of over 1000 dahlias. There will be advice on growing dahlias, flower and plant sales and Devonshire teas.
Mount Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Cres
23 to 24 February
Adults $5, pensioners $2
0419 221 200

March

Summer Night Market
More than 60 global street food stalls and festival bars, more than 100 specialty fashion, homewares and general merchandise stalls, plus a rotating weekly line-up of live music and entertainment.
Queen Victoria Market, corner Queen and Therry Streets, Melbourne
Until 20 March 2019, 5 to 9pm
thenightmarket.com.au

Melbourne Art Book Fair
Featuring diverse emerging and established local and international publishers, artists and writers. The 2019 program explores ideas around experimental and discursive publishing, challenging how we think about the publishing field.
NGV International
15 to 17 March
ngv.vic.gov.au

Wandin North Harvest Market
Kids activities, live music, quality stalls, food and drinks
220 Warburton Hwy, Wandin North
17 March, 9am to 2pm
03 5964 4570

Antique & Collectable Hand Tool Market
Antique, collectable and user grade hand tools
St Anthony's Parish Hall, 164 Neerim Road, Caulfield East
17 March, 9am to 12.30pm
$5 entry
htpaa.org.au

 

February

The Barham Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival
A weekend of 50’s and 60’s Rock ‘n’ Roll with Honky Tonk Rockers & Rhythm Connection. Sunday Breakfast and Show & Shine. Saturday Night “Spooks & Kooks” Gala Night.
cluBarham, 6-8 Niemur St
1 to 3 February
$15 Daily Pass or $35 Festival Pass.
clubarham.com.au

The Commonwealth Championship Sheepdog Trials
The Gardens Oval, Bourne Street, Port Fairy
4 to 10 February
$5 entry
jentonryan@bigpond.com

Port Fairy Jazz Festival
120 bands in 10 venues around this historic fishing town. Featuring traditional, mainstream and contemporary jazz
8 to 10 February
www.portfairyjazz.com.au

Mirboo Nth Italian Festa
A free day of activities including stage and children’s entertainment, Flag throwers from Italy, food trucks, market stalls, cooking and cultural displays.
Baromi Park, Mirboo Nth
10 Feb, 10am to 5pm
italianfesta.net

Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival
Blues music and market fun
Gellibrand River, The Otways
22 to 24 February
$30 Adults entry for Saturday's main music event.
bluesandblueberryfestival.com.au

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival
A truly unique and memorable pescatarian experience with perfect sea views
Apollo Bay Harbour, 1 Breakwater Road
15 to 17 February
apollobayseafoodfestival.com

The Makers & Shakers Conference
‘Super-makers’, business and social media gurus and academics will all be participating in a conference designed to support the growth of Australian creative businesses, and to discuss where the market for locally handmade goods is heading.
Deakin Edge, Federation Square
22 February
makersconference.com.au

Lonsdale Street Greek Festival
Melbourne’s biggest Greek Street party, with three stages of free entertainment, children’s rides, over 60 stalls and mouth-watering culinary delights.
Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
23 to 24 February, 10am
greekcentre.com.au

March

Annual Craigieburn Art Show
Raffle drawn to raise funds for S.E.S. Craigieburn. Great prizes included. Artists Demonstrations
Hume Global Learning Centre, Conference room 1, Level 1, 75 – 95, Central Park Ave, Craigieburn
2 to 3 March, 10am
Free admission and ample parking availabl
craigieburnartgroup.org

Annual Art & Craft Exhibition
With $10,000 in prize money, this exhibition attracts high-quality entries from artists in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Numurkah
Numurkah Town Hall
8 to 11 March  
numurkahrotary.org

The Inverloch Jazz Festival
8 to 11 March
http://inverlochjazz.com

The Port Fairy Folk Festival 
In 2019 Port Fairy will put its own spin on Woodstock; paying homage to the mother of all festivals, when three days of peace and music reigned supreme
8 to 11 March
portfairyfolkfestival.com

Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree
Senior detector token hunt, gold panning competition, junior detector token hunt, whole town garage sale, live entertainment on Saturday evening.
Hard Hill Tourist Reserve, Wilson Street, Wedderburn
9 to 10 March
Free for non-participants. Senior Token Hunt $50
wedderburn.vic.au

Thorpdale Potato Festival
A family fun day out to celebrate the humble spud. Includes jumping castles, a bucking bull, merry-go-round, sheep dog trials, patting pets, motor-cross shows and more.
Thorpdale Recreation Reserve 
10 March
Free
thorpdalepotatofestival.com.au

8th Pear Party
Activities, music and children’s games. Pick your own pears.
Mill Street Toora
10 March, 10am to 3pm.
Entry by donation.
5681 6335

Sale Music Festival/Picnic on the Green
Free family and community event highlighting a wide variety of the best in local Gippsland talent. Creative activities provided for children, food and refreshments are available. Families are encouraged to bring their own picnics.
Sale Botanic Gardens
10 March, 11am to 7pm

Melbourne Art Book Fair
Featuring diverse emerging and established local and international publishers, artists and writers. The 2019 program explores ideas around experimental and discursive publishing, challenging how we think about the publishing field.
NGV International
15 to 17 March
ngv.vic.gov.au

Out of the Blue
The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, South Western Branch Exhibition. Displays of traditional and creative embroidery, special displays, sale of embroidered items
Masonic Centre, Kepler Street, Warrnambool
15 to 17 March, 10am to 4pm.
$5 entry
embroiderersguildvic.org

Quilt Show
Patchwork Collections Yarra Valley 10th Annual Quilt Show. Money raised is used make bright and cheerful quilts for children at The Royal Children's Hospital and others in need.
Senior Citizens Hall, Cnr. Green St & River St, Healesville
16 to 17 March, 10am to 4pm
$5 entry
patchworkcollectionsgroup@gmail.com

Ecotopia Earth Festival: Past, Present, Future
Festive colour, sustainability initiatives, and multicultural performances
2451 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction
24 March, 10am to 4pm
Free
ecoss.org.au

Crib Point Quilt & Craft Expo
Exhibition of the work of local crafters, as well as others from around the Mornington Peninsula. Devonshire teas, woodworking & craft supply stalls.
Crib Point Community House, 7 Park Rd
30 March, 10am to 4pm
$5 entry 
info@cpch.org.au