Top 10 events in February in Victoria

Competitions & Events | Jade Thrupp | Posted on 01 February 2019

From pasta to pinot, Frankston to Chinatown, check out Victoria’s best events.

People manoeuvre a large dragon puppet as people watch on in a laneway

Chinatown’s Dragon Parade

  • Chinatown, Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
  • 10 February

Celebrate the Chinese New Year by getting piggy with it. Usher in the Year of the Pig by taking in the colour and excitement of Chinatown’s Dragon Parade.

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People looking out over the rolling hills of Apollo Bay from the Apollo Bay Harbour

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

  • Apollo Bay Harbour
  • 15 to 17 February

Fishing for a good time? Head over to Apollo Bay and trawl through some of the finest seafood the area has to offer. If that doesn’t hook you, the sea views will.

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Close up of pasta dish with mushrooms, greens and cheese sprinkled on top

Mirboo North Italian Festa

  • Baromi Park, Mirboo North
  • 10 February

Wanna pi-zza the action? Join the revellers at the annual Italian Festa to celebrate and appreciate the best of Italian culture, food, music and entertainment.

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Marciless Gods performers posing against a dark background

Merciless Gods

  • Arts Centre Melbourne
  • 6 to 10 February

Dan Giovannoni’s Green Room Award-winning adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ Merciless Gods is a brutal and tender examination of queer immigrant experiences in Australia.

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Close up of red wine being pored into a red-wine glass

Pinot Celebration

  • RACV Cape Schanck Resort
  • 8 and 9 February

Sick of bottling things up? Don’t wine about it, head over to Cape Schanck and join some of the leading pinot noir experts and wineries for tastings, discussions, lunches and gala dinners.

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Border Collie-like dog tearing up the grass chasing something just out of shot

Championship Sheepdog Trials

  • The Gardens Oval, Port Fairy
  • 4 to 10 February

Have you herd the word? The Commonwealth Championship Sheepdog Trials will be running this February in Port Fairy. You’d have to be barking to miss it.


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Port Fairy Jazz Festival

  • Port Fairy
  • 8 to 10 February

Fancy a pitch-perfect weekend? With a combination of traditional, mainstream and contemporary jazz, this year’s Port Fairy Jazz Festival is sure to hit a high note. 

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Blues and Blueberry Festival

  • Gellibrand River
  • 22 to 24 February

Pop on your blue suede shoes and head on over to the Otways for a stellar line-up of Australia’s best blues bands, artists and, of course, blueberry products. 

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Sidney Myer Free Concerts

  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • 8, 16 and 20 February

Get Bach to basics this February. Head to one of Melbourne’s most iconic outdoor venues for a series of free concerts performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

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View of Port Phillip Bay from the Kananook Creek boat launching area at sunset

The Waterfront Festival

  • Frankston Waterfront
  • 16 and 17 February

Let’s be frank, the Waterfront Festival is the place to be this month. Revellers will enjoy a host of free activities and some of the best food, wine, culture and music Frankston has to offer.

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