Things to do around Victoria


WinterWild 2017
A new after-dark arts festival held over four wintery weekends, in the coastal Victorian town of Apollo Bay.
Set the town alight over the winter months of July and August with beach bonfires, music gigs, film
screenings, dance performances, artist workshops, seasonal dinners and street performers.
Jul-Aug 2017

Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July
Sovereign Hill, 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
The ‘Winter Wonderlights’ show will start each evening after 5.45pm
1-30 Jul, daily from 10am
RACV Members save on tickets

Tea Cosy Competition & Exhibition
Wonderful tea cozies created by local knitters
Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Road, Wandin Yallock
Proceeds to cancer research, gold coin donation
15-23 Jul, 10am-4pm

Constance Stokes, An MPRG exhibition
Never before seen archival material from the artist’s estate, providing a fascinating insight into her
life and exceptional artistic practice.
Mornington Pensinsula Art Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd, Mornington
$4 adults / $2 concession
21 Jul-17 Sep

Marvellous Mozart
Victoria Chorale and four superb soloists sing Mozart’s brilliant, lyrical Solemn Vespers and extracts from
the hauntingly beautiful Christchurch Vespers by Andrew Perkins.
Collins St Baptist Church
22 Jul, 7.30pm
Tickets:, 9885 2744, and at the door

Melbourne Women's Choir join instrumentalists from the Stonnington Symphony to present a choral feast to delight!
Good Shepherd Chapel, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
22 Jul, 8pm

Growing Friends Winter Sale
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne
Plant list available 1 week prior to sale
22-23 Jul, 10am-4pm

Jazz in July
Featuring the "Hot B Hines" in Charlton's historic Art Deco theatre
The Rex Theatre, High Street, Charlton
23 Jul, 1:30pm

Nunawading Market
Arts, craft and produce. Over 80 stalls, free event
Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
23 Jul, 9am-2pm

The Australian World Orchestra has established itself as one of the most exciting
orchestral initiatives, dazzling audiences in Australia and overseas.
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
29 Jul

Pakenham 14th Annual Antique and Collectables Fair
Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham
Admission $5, children free
In aid of the 4C’s crisis relief centre
29 Jul, 9am-4pm

Ford Flathead Festival
Annual car show day for all Ford enthusiasts, open to cars from 1903 to 1962 (Flathead era).
Refreshments available or BYO.
Caribbean Gardens and Market
30 Jul, 10am-2pm

Scheherazade - Complete!
James Tatoulis Auditorium - MLC Kew
The Australasian Orchestra under conductor Robert Dora will also perform Rossini's
Thieving Magpie Overture and a Bates Symphony.
30 Jul, 2pm

Liberace and Friends – Adam Przewlocki
St David’s Church, 1111 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East
$25 adult, $20 concession, Students $10
Delicious afternoon tea included
30 Jul, 2pm
9842 4115

Brahms' German Requiem
The Star Chorale presents this beautiful work, led by Dr Kathleen McGuire, with soloists Shauntai Batzke and Lucas de Jong.
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne.
30 July


The Kiln
A space for artists and arts workers to gather this winter for a program of discussions,
master classes, networking events, residencies, readings, forums and training. 
Gallery 1, Arts Centre Melbourne

The Emerald Hill Art Group
The theme of the Exhibition is "About Time"
St. Kilda Town Hall Gallery, Carlisle Street, St. Kilda
Until 9 Aug

Discovering Dobell exhibition
TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville
Until 13 Aug

Mayoral Chain
10 contemporary artists respond to the traditional Mayoral Chain, producing artworks
that explore notions of grandeur and responsibility through materials and processes. 
Buda Historic Home and Garden, 42 Hunter St, Castlemaine
Until 27 Aug

Winter Exhibition
Winter draws on a range of works from the Gallery’s permanent collection to explore
the psychological and aesthetic dimensions of the darkest season.
Gippsland Art Gallery, 64-66 Foster Street Sale
Entry to the exhibition is free
Until 27 Aug

Ice-skating at Eastland

Eastern suburbs only open-air ice-skating rink. With mulled wine, a pop-up doughnut store and
marshmallow filled hot chocolates the winter experience is sure to combat those winter blues.
Eastland, 175 Maroondah Highway Ringwood, VIC
Until 31 Aug

Native Seduction exhibition
Botanical Illustrators are having an exhibition of plants and pollinators.
Cranbourne Gardens, Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive (off South Gippsland Fwy)
1-31 Aug, daily 9am to 5pm

The Lion, The Lamb and the Whatchamacallit
In her lecture, artist and writer Sophia Errey explores a little of the range – from
charming to terrifying – that these plays on the animal world can evoke.
2 Aug, 10-11.30am

Art of Dance Exhibition
Celebrating art inspired by dance
City of Glen Eira Council Gallery Annexe
3-20 Aug

Fortnightly Wholefood Pop Up
Healthy wholefood bliss balls, protein balls, raw desserts, snack packs, nourishing
baked treats and more!
Bayside Salvos Cafe, 562 Hampton Street, Hampton
3, 17 and 31 Aug, 11am-2pm

Art on the page
Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne
3 Aug-14 Jan

Words in Winter writers’ festival
Some of Australia’s leading authors have signed up for the 15th writers’ festival.
4-6 Aug

Geelong Book Fair
1000's of 2nd hand books for sale at $1.00 each. Victoria's biggest & best book sale.
Geelong West Town Hall
4-6 Aug
Enquiries: Stephen 0427 211 273

Melbourne teapot exhibition
Stonehouse Gallery, 103 Yarra St, Warrandyte
4-15 Aug, open daily 10am-5pm

Music on the Murray with Luke Dewing
Gather your friends and family and join us at St Leonards Vineyard for an amazing
afternoon with fabulous food and great live music by Luke Dewing.
201 St Leonards Rd, Wahgunyah (Rutherglen), Victoria
5 Aug

Pakenham Swap Meet
Pakenham Football Ground, Old Princes Hwy, Pakenham
Sites $25, public $5 entry
6 Aug, 8am-1pm
Enquiries 0428 394 249  

Jerry Seinfeld’s Australian tour
Hisense Arena, Melbourne
6-8 Aug

MS Art Exhibition
MS Nerve Centre, 54 Railway Road, Blackburn
Free entry
7-18 Aug, 10am-4pm

Sculpture Has No Boundaries

The wonderful and vast Foyer of Bourke Place will be transformed into a fabulous
Exhibition space with some 120 pieces of sand sculpture.
Bourke Place 600 Bourke St Melbourne
7-25 Aug, Mon to Fri 9am–5.30pm

Forever Crazy Cabaret
The Palms at Crown Melbourne
8-20 Aug

Bendigo Writers Festival
Writers, thinkers, lyricists and larrikins
11-13 Aug

The Upwey Fire Brigade Book Sale
Upwey Fire Station, Main Street Upwey
12 Aug, 9am–1pm
Free entry

Bendigo Stamp Fair

Stamps, coins, banknotes, postcards and other collectables on sale. Valuations and appraisals.
St Andrews Uniting Church Hall, 24 Myers St Bendigo
Free Entry
12 Aug, 10am-4pm

Waverley Bonsai Group Annual Show
Mount Waverley Community Centre, cnr Stephensons Rd & Miller Cres
12 Aug, 10am-4.30pm
13 Aug, 10am-4pm
$5.00, children U16 free.
Enquiries: Bruce 0431 773 446

Surrey Hills Orchestra Concertofest 2017
MLC, Barkers Rd, Kew
Adult: $20 / Concession $15 / Under 16 $10 / Family $50
13 Aug, 2.30pm

Maroondah Handicrafts Inc. Makers’ Market
Arts and craft from the makers.
Ringwood East Senior Citizens’ Centre, 6 Laurence Grove Ringwood East
13 Aug, 10am-3pm

Round She Goes
Award-winning indoor fashion event held just three times per year and features 60 different
stalls selling women’s pre-loved designer clothing and quality vintage fashion.
Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St Coburg 3056
Entry $2, free parking
13 Aug, 10am-3pm

Hillview Aged Care Quilt Show
Raffle, fabric and craft tables, men’s shed garage sale, sausage sizzle.
22 A’Beckett Rd, Bunyip
18-20 Aug, 9.30am–3pm

Gippsland Orchid Winter Show
Mid Valley Shopping Centre, Princes Drive, Morwell
Free entry
18-20 Aug

Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra
Celebrating its 35th Anniversary Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra is hosting a very special concert.
Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre.
Ticket: $23 ($20 Concession) 
19 Aug, 5-7pm
Enquiry: 0403 368 720/0432 557 172

Tami Neilson Tour
Canadian born but now proudly Auckland-based soul darling Tami Neilson is heading to Australia
in August with her critically acclaimed new album Don’t Be Afraid.
Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
19 Aug

The Handmade Show
164 Neerim Rd Glen Huntly, Melbourne Vic
The crafters' and artisans' market.
19 Aug, 10.30am-3.30pm

Camellia and Garden Show
Mount Waverley Community Centre Complex, 47 Miller Crescent
19-20 Aug

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney
Cathouse Players, Kyneton Masonic Centre
$25-$20 tickets
19, 20, 26, 27 Aug

Fred Williams in the You Yangs
One of Australia’s most important painters, Williams irreversibly changed the way
we consider the Australian landscape.
Geelong art gallery, Little Malop Street, Geelong
19 Aug-5 Nov

René Magritte: The Revealing Image

An exhibition of works by one of the world’s most influential Surrealists,
and the most important artist of the 20th century.
Latrobe Regional Gallery, 138 Commercial Road, Morwell
19 Aug-19 Nov

Maindample CFA Plant and Garden Sale
Plants of all varieties, garden ornaments, furniture, sheep poo and seedlings,
BBQ, tea and coffee available. Half hourly raffles - great garden prizes.
Maindample CFA Shed
20 Aug, 9-2pm
Enquires: Tracey 0427 170 297 or

Music to Move You presented by Dandenong Ranges Orchestra
Burrinja Cultural Centre, 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey 
Tickets: Adults $15. Concession $10
20 Aug, 2.30pm

Twenty Melbourne Painters Society Inc. 99th Annual Exhibition
Glen Eira City Council Art Gallery, Cnr. Glen Eira & Hawthorn Roads, Caulfield
Free entry
Opening night: 22 Aug, 6.00pm, then daily 23 Aug-10 Sept, 10am-5pm

Art Beyond the Divide
With GOTAFE, Wallis Street, Seymour
25-27 Aug

Melbourne Orchid Spectacular
Boxhall Pavilion, KCC Park, 655 Western Highway, Skye
Adults $ 10.00, Children under 15 free
25-27 Aug, Friday to Sunday 9am-4pm

Winter Beer Soiree
Let Bridge Road Brewers warm you up with a winter degustation feast matched with local
beer and wine. Lots of dancing to keep your toes warm and plenty of beer talk.
Bridge Road Brewers, 50 Ford Street, Beechworth, Victoria
26 Aug, 7.30pm-11.30pm

Bright and Modern Quilt Exhibition
Peninsula Community Theatre, 91Wilsons Road, Mornington
Entry $7 refreshments available
26-27 Aug, from 10am

Model Train Show
Victoria’s premier model railway show
Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield
$15, accompanied U16 free
26-27 Aug, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm

An annual cycling event aimed at raising awareness and funds for the KIDS Foundation injury
prevention and recovery programs. Most specifically, the Burn Survivors’ Network.
Begins at Coffs Harbour and concludes in Noosa. 
26 Aug-1 Sep
Registration now open:

Radiant Pavilion 2017
Returning to Melbourne after its huge success in 2015, Radiant Pavilion brings together over
200 leading and emerging Australian and international artists.
26 Aug-3 Sep

Swanpool Bald Archy Exhibition
Open daily, including the dining room. Community run, all proceeds going to local groups.
2386 Midland Highway, Swanpool
Entry: $5, Con $4, Stu $2
26 Aug-10 Sept
Dining room bookings essential 03 57682400

Last Night of the PROMS
Legends of Brass, The Melbourne Chorus (Sweet Adelines) and Presbyterian Ladies College Pipe Band.
The Centre Ivanhoe, 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe
27 Aug
Contact David 9370 7046 for tickets $20

A Walk in the Park – Parkinson’s Victoria
Federation Square, Swanston St and Flinders St
Cost: $45 adult, $30 senior/concession, $10 kids (5-15), kids under 5 free
27 Aug, Registration from 8.30am, Walk at 11am

Arias & Anecdotes

Featuring Caroline Vercoe and John Bolton-Wood AM
St David’s, 1111 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster East
Tickets include afternoon tea
27 Aug, 2pm
9842 4115

Telemann and Handel
The Melbourne musicians with Anne-Harvey Nagl on violin and Anne Gilby on oboe, celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Telemann’s death.
St Johns Southgate
Tickets $25 to $50
27 Aug, 3pm

Daffodil Festival at St Peter’s Church
Cnr McCartin & Bruce Sts Leongatha 3953
Free entry
31 Aug-2 Sep, 10am-4pm


The Scots Church Melbourne International Organ Series
Featuring international musicians across 11 concerts.
The Scots’ Church Melbourne, Cnr Collins and Russell St, Melbourne
Sep-early Oct
Entry by donation

Four Pillars, Four Courses, Four Cocktails
Bohemian is teaming up with up with Four Pillars to hold a very special gin dinner this September.
Hosted by Four Pillar’s Ambassador and Melbourne bar legend Samuel Ng, with a menu created by
Bohemian Head Chef Gerard Rodriquez, gin and food lovers alike will be in for an indulgent night.
2 Sep, 6:30pm–10:00pm

The Jews of Greece exhibition
From Greek food to music, film screenings and opportunities to meet the creatives, be prepared to immerse yourself
in this remarkable Mediterranean Jewish culture and history.
Until 3 Sep

25th Annual Gem and Jewellery show
Sunraysia Masonic Hall, 15th Street (Calder Hwy) Irymple
2-3 Sep (Sun 9am-6pm and Sun 9.30am-4.30pm)
Enquiries Hellyn 0408 502 340

Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Concert
Teddy Tahu Rhodes International bass baritone singing at the beautiful St Mary's church
St Mary's Church Main Street Bairnsdale
Tickets: $45 Allocated seating
9 Sept at 8pm and 10 Sept at 2pm
Box Office

Dandenong Swap Meet
Dandenong Showgrounds, Bennet Street, Dandenong
Sites $25, public $5 entry
17 Sep, 8am-1pm
Enquiries 0428394249 or

Waverley Gem Club Exhibition and Gem Show
Jewellery, gemstones, crystals, rocks, minerals and fossils on display and for sale
Brandon Park Community Centre, 645 Ferntree Gully Road, Glen Waverley
23–24 Sep, 10am-5pm
Enquiries 0402 230 709

Quilt-In "Bags Of Fun" 2017
BYO mug and lunch, coffee and tea provided. Items for "show and tell", current sewing
project and coins for raffles and surprises! Guest Speaker is Nicole Mallalieu.
Masonic Hall, 840 Mt. Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds
Entry: $10
23 Sept, 10am-4pm

Sheep and Woolcraft Field Day
Pakenham Hall, Cnr John and henry St, Pakenham
Entry: $5, Under 16 free
24 Sep, 9.30am-3pm
Enquiries: 0479 191 275

Jindivick and Narkoojee Sculpture Show
Gippsland's largest sculpture show, with pieces on display.
Until 30 Sept in Narkoojee Wines, Glengarry


Pomonal Native Flower Show
A spectacular display of over 300 native flowers with a special Rutaceae Family display.
Native plants and books for sale and refreshments available. Open gardens too!
Pomonal Hall, Halls Gap/Ararat Rd, Pomonal
Adults $5, children FREE
7-8 Oct

Geelong Swap Meet
Beckley Park, Corio
Sites $25, public $5 entry
8 Oct, 8am-1pm
Enquiries: 0428 394 249

Textile Bazaar
Visit the Guild for their annual Textile Bazaar. Grab a bargain, yarn, fibre, books, wheels and looms.
655 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
14 Oct, 10am-2pm

50th Anniversary GEMFAIR
Stalls and displays, including the replica "Hand of Faith" nugget on loan from
Museum Victoria and children's activities.
Adults $4, Children under 16 Free
Moorabbin Senior Citizens Hall, 964 Nepean Hwy
14 Oct, 9am-5pm
15 Oct, 9am-4.30pm

Australian Native Plant Sale and Flower Show
Leongatha Recreation Reserve
South Gippsland Historical Automobile Club Pavilion
14-15 Oct, 10am-4pm
Enquires: Coral 5664 2221

Elegance of Embroidery
Peninsula Community Theatre, Cnr Nepean Highway and Wilson Road Mornington
Entry $5
28-29 Oct, 10am-5pm


Bluegum Quilters  Exhibition
St James Church, Cnr Pender & Newcastle Sts, Thornbury
Craft stall and refreshments, $5 admission
11 Nov, 9am-3.30pm
Enquiries: Heather 0414 807 871

18th Morris Minor National Rally
Entry fees apply
17-19 Nov, Bendigo
Also concourse judging and the day of the Morris Minor judging and display at Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby
19 Nov, 9am


Pakenham Swap Meet
Pakenham Football Ground, Old Princes Hwy, Pakenham
Sites $25, public $5 entry
10 Dec, 8am-1pm
Enquiries: 0428 394 249