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Ford Flathead Festival
Open to all Ford Flatheads built from 1903 to 1962.
Caribbean Gardens & Market, Scoresby
29 July, 10am to 2pm.|
Entry $2.50, entry $1 for pensioners and children under 13


German Auto Show
Pre-1990 German vehicles
597 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
26 August, 9am
Cost is $10 per vehicle, entry for spectators is a gold coin donation. All proceeds go to Deaf Children Australia


Annual Father’s Day Swap Meet
Hosted by Nyora Reserve Committee. Auto parts, Bric-a-Brac, car boot, etc.
Grundy Ave, Nyora
2 September
Selling sites $10, general admission $5
Enquiries 0438 596 408

Cool Cars kicking Cancer
See the bizarre jumping park Cadillac and a great display of hot rods, muscle cars and dragsters.
1A Sale road, Maffra
16 September, 9am

Rolls-Royce & Bentley Concours d’Elegance
Approximately 100 display vehicles are expected to attend the event, with cars ranging from over 100 years old to the latest models. Sponsors’ displays, dealers, food and product vendors will contribute to the carnival atmosphere of the day.
Xavier College, 135 Barkers Road, Kew
16 September, 10.30am to 3pm
$10 per car

VACC Centennial Cavalcade and Show 'n Shine
To celebrate 100 years of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, a cavalcade of 100 different vehicles from 100 different years (1918-2018) will drive in convoy from Calder Park in Melbourne to Bendigo Town Hall for a Centennial Show 'n Shine and family day.
22 September


Synthesizers: Sound of the Future
Explores the electronic scene in Melbourne from 1969 to 1974 and, more broadly, the evolution of the commercially produced synthesizer by Electronic Music Studios Ltd.
20 April to 9 September
Free entry

Drawn from one of the largest collections of historical propaganda posters in the world, the Australian War Memorial, Propaganda presents some of the key poster designs used to engage wide social action and response over the 20th century.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road
20 April to 8 July, Tuesday–Sunday 10am-5pm.

World premiere exhibition celebrating Lewis Carroll's timeless tale and Alice’s adventures on film.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Fed Square
5 April to 7 October

Grandmothers Exhibition
Featuring stories of grandmothers from across Melbourne in five extraordinary exhibitions, Multicultural Museums Victoria presents its inaugural joint project - Grandmothers.
Chinese, Hellenic, Jewish, Islamic Museums and Museo Italiano
6 May to 5 August
Check website for entry details.

James Hullick: The Arbour and The Orrery 
Sound installation artist James Hullick exhibits new work accompanying the Edwin Tanner major survey – modern art through filter of the present.
TarraWarra Museum of Art, 313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville
12 May to 15 July 2018
Entry Fees apply

Home of the Boyds: Harkaway and the Grange
The relationship of the Boyd dynasty with the Harkaway and Narre Warren region is explored in a defining new exhibition
Bunjil Place Gallery
13 May to 29 July 2018
Free entry

Exhibition: Colour Labyrinth
Light a torch to navigate the ever-changing labyrinth, choose your own adventure through amazing worlds in this interactive installation, created as part of ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab.
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr
30 May to 15 July 

Consisting of approximately 200 key works, including masterworks by Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Frida Kahlo. The exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, a dynamic program of talks, tours and events, and the curated NGV Friday Nights programs, including live music, food and performances.
NGV International, Ground level
9 June to 7 October

New York! New York! for Kids
A large-scale interactive installation is taking over the NGV’s Children’s Gallery during MoMA at NGV
NGV International
9 June to 7 October

2018 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
36 works by leading and emerging Australian artists have been shortlisted for
the 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize. The recipient of the $30,000 acquisitive 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize will be announced on the evening of Friday 8 June. 
Geelong Gallery, Little Malop Street 
9 June to 19 August
Free entry

Mao's Last Dancer the Exhibition: A Portrait of Li Cunxin
Exploring the incredible life of the internationally renowned ballet icon, Li Cunxin, this exhibition promises to take viewers on an inspiring journey. Visitors will gain insight into Cunxin's poverty-stricken childhood in rural China, his extraordinary journey to become and internationally renowned dancer, and his current life in Brisbane, where he is Artistic Director of the prestigious Queensland Ballet.
Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
16 June to 21 October
Free with Immigration Museum admission

Exhibition: Wal Richards Wedding Photographer 
Maryborough amateur photographer Wal, whose passion was weddings, photographed hundreds of them over five decades. A selection has been chosen for the exhibition.
Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Neill Street Maryborough
23 June to 29 July. Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Free entry

Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise
The first major exhibition by Myuran Sukumaran along with a series of newly commissioned artworks by leading Australian artists. It presents the significant body of work produced while incarcerated in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, Denpasar and during the final 72 hours of his life spent on Nusa Kambangan Island. 
Bendigo Art Gallery
7 July to 16 September

A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness
Curated by Hannah Presley. The significance of family, community and humour in contemporary Aboriginal life will be celebrated in the inaugural Yalingwa exhibition
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), 111 Sturt Street, Southbank 
 7 July to 16 September

Wonders of Winter
Isobel Harvie presents a comprehensive collection of clothing dating back from the Victorian and Edwardian eras
Kyabram Town Hall Gallery
12 July to November

Blak Design Matters
The first national survey of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design will showcase leading Indigenous designers from across Australia, exploring Indigenous design and why it matters.
Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square
20 July to 30 September

State of the Union
Explores the relationship of artists to political engagement through a focus on the labour movement and trade unions.
Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, Swanston Street, Parkville
24 July to 28 October

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
Over 450 artefacts come together to form the largest collection of its kind displayed in Australia. Among the rare treasures on show are the stunning skeletal remains of a Viking longship, one of the finest Thor’s-hammer pendants ever found, and Viking swords dating from 700 AD to 1100 AD.
Touring Hall, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson St, Carlton
Until 26 August



Melbourne Art Fair
Showcasing 40 leading galleries presenting works by some of the newest and most respected contemporary artists from the region. 
Southbank Arts Precinct, (alongside ACCA), 111 Sturt Street
2 to 5 August
Entry from $24

Tarrawarra Biennial 2018: From Will to Form
Artists present anarchic and persistent energies in a range of sculpture, painting, performance and film works.
313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville
3 August to 6 November
Admission fees apply. Children 12 and under free.

Kylie on Stage
A touring exhibition by Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Music Vault - celebrates magical moments from Kylie Minogue’s highly successful concert tours and charts the development of Kylie’s ever-evolving stage persona.
Ararat Gallery, Ararat Town Hall, Vincent Street
4 August to 7 October 2018
Free entry.

The Association of Sculptors Annual and Awards Exhibition
Bourke Place, 600 Bourke St
6 to 24 August, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm

Melbourne Camera Club: Darkroom Photography Exhibition
Employing vintage cameras, film in various formats, traditional darkroom techniques and alternative photographic processes, the photographers create unique visions in black and white.
Melbourne Camera Club Gallery, Corner Ferrars St & Dorcas St, South Melbourne 
Opening 16 August, 8pm. Exhibition: 18 to 19 August and 25 to 26 August, 10am to 5pm
Free entry

Twenty Melbourne Painter  Society Inc. 100th  Annual Exhibition
Glen Eira  City Council Art Gallery, Cnr Hawthorn & Glen Eira Rds Caulfield
Opening Night: 22 August, 6pm. Exhibition: 23 August to 9 September, 10am to 5pm 
Free Admission.

Wild Awards 2018 exhibition
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia 
Burrinja Gallery, Upwey
25 August to 23 September, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm


Free Landscape Photography Exhibition
A stunning collection of Australian landscape photography by Michael Boniwell. Based in Bendigo, Michael travels all over the country seeking out amazing light.
Exhibit B, Bendigo Bank Central, Bath Lane, Bendigo
28 August to 1 October

Baldessin/Whiteley: Parallel Visions
Featuring over 120 rare and important works, Parallel Visions is the most comprehensive display of works by each artist presented in the last two decades and surveys the careers of both Baldessin and Whiteley.
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square
31 August to 28 January 2019
Admission fees apply

Regional Women’s Exhibition
Showcasing the work of five diverse and varied artists from around Australia, highlighting the incredible talent of female artists living in regional Australia. 
1/19 Carbine Way, Mornington
31 August to 17 November 

The Ferntree Gully Arts Society September exhibition
Street art on canvas & skateboard decks
The Hut Gallery, 157 underwood Rd, Ferntree Gully.
8 to 30 September, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4pm
Free entry

Icons of Port Fairy Exhibition
From humble beginnings to national prominence in politics, sport, literature, academia, and defence.
The Old Courthouse, 30 Gipps St
21 September to February 2019
$5 entry, free entry for children

2018 Archibald Prize
Australia’s favourite and most popular art award, The Archibald is a who’s who of Australian culture. 57 portraits are exhibited in this year’s exhibition including 2018 Archibald Prize winner Yvette Coppersmith’s self-portrait and the Packing Room Prize winner Jamie Preisz for his portrait of Jimmy Barnes.
Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St, Geelong
22 September to 19 November
Tickets $16

Polly Borland: Polyverse
An exhibition of new and recent work by renowned Australian artist Polly Borland, who is famed for her beguiling photographs of noted figures, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, musician Nick Cave and actress Gwendoline Christie
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square
28 September to 3 February 2019
Free entry


Aboriginal basket weaving
Create your own basket using traditional Aboriginal weaving techniques, as demonstrated by Donna Blackhall, from the Yorta Yorta nation.
Ascot Vale Library, 165 Union Rd
11 July, 6pm to 8pm

Quilt in
Presented by Willows Quilting group. Morning & afternoon tea supplied. B.Y.O cup and lunch
Senior Citizens Hall, Nixon St, Melton 
14 July
Entry $7

Embroidery Exhibition: Romancing the Stitch
Fine work, embellished pictures, gorgeous blankets and cushions by embroidery artist and tutor Angel Dower and her students.
Shearers’ Arms Gallery, 202 Aberdeen St, Geelong West.
28 July to 5 August. Saturday and Sunday, 1pm. Tuesday to Friday, 11am. Closed Monday.
$2 entry. All proceeds to The Smith Family


Quilt display
By Sew Inspired Patchworkers Murrumbeena. Over 100 quilts made by members.
Baptist Church Hall, 44 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena 3163
11 Aug, 9am to 5pm
$6 entry, free entry for kids

Annual Quilt and Craft Show
Quilt raffle, fabric and craft tables. All proceeds to Hillview Aged Care
Hillview Aged Care, 22 Abeckett Rd, Bunyip
24 to 26 August
Entry $5
Barb 0407 284 326

Quilt In
Hosted by Bacchus Marsh Friendship Quilters.  
Bacchus Marsh Public Hall, Main Street
25 August, 10am to 4pm
Entry is $10, includes morning and afternoon tea. B.Y.O mug and lunch.

Quilt Show
Essendon Quilters Inc. are holding a public display of members’ quilts, which includes craft items for sale and refreshments.
Masonic Centre, 840 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
25 to 26 August
$10 entry

Creative Arts Exhibition
Presented by The County Women’s Association Goulburn Valley West Group. Craft, floral displays, baking and preserves
Victory Hall, Hogan Street, Tatura
26 August, 10.30am to 4pm
Entry $5, free entry for children 
Lyn Trezise 0409 956 189

Leongatha Art and Photography Show
Over 550 works on display and for sale from local, Victorian and interstate artists.
31 August to 2 September
Mesley Hall, corner Horn and Ogilvy St
Entry $5


Wood Working Wonders at Warratina Lavender Farm
Annual event displaying wood craftsmanship by local artisans.
Warratina Lavender farm, 105 Quayle Road, Wandin North
1 to 16 September, 10am to 4pm
Entry by gold coin

Exhibition: A Good Yarn - 50 Years Long
Hosted by the Mildura Branch of Embroiderers’ Guild Victoria
Mildura Arts Centre, Cureton Avenue, Mildura Vic 3500
6 September to 21 October, 10am to 5pm
0447 228 562 or 0427 833 245

Shazam: 50 magical years
An exhibition of Embroidery & Textile Art with a touch of gold to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Geelong Branch of The Embroiderers Guild, Vic.
Vines Road Community Centre, 37 - 61 Vines Road, Hamlyn Heights
14 to 16 September
$5 entry

Doncaster Templestowe artists’ society spring art exhibition
Doncaster road and council street
24 September to 6 October, 1pm to 4pm
9840 1375


2018 Victorian Country Orchid Clubs Challenge
Judged orchids/stands including rare and unusual species. Plants available for purchase. 
Leopold Primary School, Cnr Bellarine Hwy & Kensington Rd
7 July (noon to 3pm) to 8 July (9am to 3pm) 
Entry $5
Sally Hunt, 0438 722 349

Growing Friends Winter Plant Sale
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne
21 to 22 July, 10am to 4pm 


Waverley Bonsai Group Annual Show
Large display, sales area, demonstrations & members on site. 
Mt Waverley Community Centre, corner Stephensons Rd & Miller Cres.
11 to 12 August, from 10am
Entry $5, free entry for children under 16
0431 773 446

Camellia, Garden and Floral Art Show
Hosted by Camellia’s Victoria Inc. & Waverley Garden Club Inc.
Mount Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Crescent
18 to 19 August
Entry $5

Maindample CFA Plant and Garden Sale
Sale includes plants, seedlings, bulbs, garden furniture, sculptures, tools, mulches, gravel and sheep poo.
Maindample CFA Shed
26 August, 9am to 2pm


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Annie' the musical
Presented by Leongatha Lyric Theatre
Mesley Hall, Leongatha
6 to 21 July

The Groovin’ Easy Orchestra Winter Ball
Theme: Christmas in July
Bentleigh Club
7 July, 7pm
Bookings essential

The Melbourne Musicians with soprano Rada Tochalska play Spanish music by de Falla, Albeniz, Bizet and others
St Johns Southgate
15 July, 3pm

The Mikado 
Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, cnr Bell Street & St Georges Rd, Preston
19 to 22 July
Entry fees apply

Australasian Orchestra Concert
Brahms - Symphony No. 3, Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 2 and Pertout - Sonus Dulcis. Conductor: Robert Dora.
James Tatoulis Auditorium, MLC Kew.
22 July, 2pm

Winter Blues Festival
Featuring more than 50 blues and roots performers from across the country.
Port of Echuca’s heritage precinct and surrounding venues.
26 to 29 July

The Three Tenors
Angelo, Marco and Lawrence, accompanied by Gianni. Afternoon tea is included. 
St David’s Church, 1111 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East
29 July, 2pm. 
Tickets $10/$20/$25
Laurie 9842 4115


Ballet Preljocaj’s Snow White
Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne and Bank of Melbourne. Featuring Orchestra Victoria
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
1 to 5 August

Surrey Hills Orchestra 
Concertofest. Conductor: Marie-Louise Wright. Arutunian trumpet; Mozart violin; Beethoven triple.
MLC, Barkers Rd, Kew
4 August, 7.30pm.
Entry fees apply

City of Whitehorse Brass Band inc.
In concert with Guest Artist Hans de Zilwa.
Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading
5 August, 2pm
Enquiries: 9262 6555

Mojo Juju: Native Tongue
Through the telling of her family history and her own personal experiences Mojo Juju, an Indigenous Australian Filipino singer-songwriter and guitarist, will explore her relationships with Elders and ancestry and how that informs her own identity
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio
8 to 11 August, 8pm

The Boy From Oz
20th anniversary of this iconic Australian musical stars Rohan Brown as Peter Allen and Caroline O’Connor as Judy Garland
The State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
11 to 26 August
Tickets from $24 to $143

An imagined exorcism interrogating an iconic Yiddish story through a feminist lens. A new Chamber Made work conceived and directed by Samara Hersch. Co-presented with Theatre Works
Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
14 to 26 August 2018

Frankston Symphony Orchestra and Mornington Peninsula Chorale
An Afternoon at the Proms
Frankston Arts Centre
19 August, 2.30pm

Map 2: The Other Side of Hollywood
Cook & Co. presents  concert works by leading film composers: John Williams, Nino Rota, Alex North and more. Josh Rogan trumpet, Joanna Tidy cello, Sungpil Lee clarinet & Janis Cook piano.
Flockhart Hall, MLC, 207 Barkers Road, Kew 3101
August 23, 7:30pm

Gentle Giant 
Groundbreaking theatre for children with multiple and profound disabilities. Adapted from Michael Morpurgo’s classic tale. Recommended for ages 6 to 14.
Arts Centre Melbourne, The Pavilion
25 to 26 August

Last Night of the PROMS
Legends of Brass, The Maroondah Singers and Watsonia RSL Pipes and Drums
The Centre, 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe
26 August, 2pm
Tickets $20
9370 7046

The Fall
A collaborative piece of documentary political theatre. Rising from the #RhodesMustFall movement from the heart of South Africa, written and performed by an ensemble of seven students who were involved in the uprising. 
Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Theatre
28 August 2 September

The Mayne Event
Diana Mayne and the Templestowe Entertainers
St David’s Church, 1111 Doncaster Road, Doncaster East
26 August, 2pm
Tickets $10/$20/$25
Laurie 9842 4115


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The Night Market
Melbourne’s original winter night market will return in 2018 with a dazzling program of global eats, live entertainment and shopping
Queen Victoria Market, Queen St & Therry St
6 June to 29 August, every Wednesday night
Free entry

Finders Keepers
Featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls in the world. Expect to find some lovely local makers from Melbourne, as well as talented favourites from all around Australia.
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens
13 to 15 July $5 entry, children under 12 enter free

Maroondah Handicrafts Art/Craft Makers’ Market
Ringwood East Senior Citizens Hall, Laurence Grove
28 July, 11am to 3pm. Held on the 4th Saturday of each month in 2018


Geelong Book Fair
Second-hand books. The largest book fair in regional Victoria
Geelong West Town Hall, Pakington Street
3 to 5 August
Entry by gold coin donation

Clarinda Art & Craft Market
30 stalls with an array of goods including rawsip juice, free range eggs, jams, pickles, fretwork, herbs, artwork, goldfish and more. 
58b Viney St., Clarinda. 
4 August
Free entry

The Upwey Fire Brigade Book Sale.
Upwey Fire Station, Main Street
11 August. 9am to 2pm
Free entry.

Round She Goes
An award-winning indoor fashion event. Features 60 different stalls selling women’s preloved designer clothing, quality vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and accessories. 
Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St
12 August, 10am to 3pm
Entry $2

Euroa Village Farmers Market 
Community BBQ, live music, free and dog friendly
Kirkland Ave, Euroa
18 August, 9am to 1pm

Maroondah Handicrafts Inc. Makers’ Market
Senior Citizens Hall, Laurence Grove, Ringwood East
25 August
Free entry


Annual show: Frankston and Peninsula Lapidary Club
Jewellery, traders, demonstrations, minerals for sale.
Cranbourne Hall, St Gippsland Highway
25 to 26 August, 9am-5pm.


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Victorian Backgammon Association 
The Victorian Backgammon Association holds weekly club nights with social games and tournaments. 
The Tower Hotel, 686 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn East. 
Monday nights from 6.30pm   
Tournament entry $5. Free social games and guidance available

AFL Sunday Funday 
Kids General Admission will be free on Sundays in 2018. Entertainment at the Sunday matches will also include the Woolworths AFL Playground, entertainment, giveaways and Marvel costume characters
1 April to 24 August

Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights
This Christmas in July event will be host to a range of family activities and sights. 25 buildings will come alive with spectacular, large-scale light projections and more than 15kms of fairy lights will add a magical touch to Sovereign Hill’s garden
Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
30 June to 22 July, from 10am daily
Tickets online:    

Family Sundays
Fun and free family activities. Get the frames focused, buttons mashing and clay animated as you get hands-on with filmmaking and animation, live video game competitions, crafty projects and more.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Fed Square
First Sunday of every month

The aim of the night is to invite members of the LGBTQIA community to display their creativity and leadership over the night with their choice of a performance. 
5 July

All supportive people, councils, organisations and businesses are welcome to march. Go to the VAHS at 10:30am for a feed and refreshments, make banners, get the kids’ faces painted, and get prepared. After the March there will be a Concert at Fed Square. 
Starting at Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, Finishing Federation Square
6 July, 10am to 3pm, 10:00am for pre-March festival, March begins at 11:45am

The Australian National Brooch Show 2018
Hosted by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. An annual collection of innovative contemporary hand crafted art brooches by artists Australia wide. Unique, affordable wearable artworks.
Fitzroy Library, 128 Moor St
6 July to 31 August. Open library hours.

Naidoc Ball
An exciting line up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entertainment. Arrive for pre-drinks and entertainment, followed by a three-course dinner.
7 July, 6.30pm to 11:30pm

Yarragon Charity Book Fair
Nearly 40,000 top quality books for sale from $1 each. All proceeds to Yarragon Fire Brigade
Yarragon Public Hall, Campbell St
7 to 8 July 
Entry by gold coin donation

Island Whale Festival
A celebration of the annual whale migration with a range of activities and events celebrating Phillip Island’s natural environment
6 to 8 July

HTPAA Hand Tool Sale
60 tables of user and collector handtools from modern to antique, something for everyone, snacks available.
172 Neerim Road Carnegie
8 July, 9am to 12.30 pm,
Entry $5

Flag raising ceremony
This family friendly event will include a Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri Elder with food and activities for the whole family
Avondale Heights, Library and Learning Centre, 69-79 Military Road
11 July, 10.30am to 12pm

Bastille Day French Festival
A taste of French culture in Melbourne, including live music and performances, French food masterclasses, a cinema showing classic French movies, , a kids area to amuse les petit Francophiles, a Saturday night Bastille Day Ball and much much more!
The Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne 
14 to 15 July

Aboriginal Astronomy
Academics from Monash Indigenous Studies Centre explore how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people observe the night sky.
Sam Merrifield Library, 762 Mount Alexander Road
18 July, 6.30pm to 8pm

Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival
Three-day festival featuring an international programme showcasing a series of fascinating worlds, the thoughtfully curated programme offers the very best in non-fiction films.
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
20 to 22 July

Australian Wool and Sheep Show
Bendigo Showgrounds
20 to 20 July, 9am

Lionel Gell Art Awards
Presented by Sir Henry Royce Foundation of Australia. A celebration of Rolls Royce and Bentley motor cars
Sherbrooke Gallery, 62 Monbulk Road, Belgrave
Opening 28 July, 7pm
Exhibition 24 July to 12 August, 11am to 4pm (except Tuesday)
Free entry

Pakenham 15th Annual Antique and Collectables Fair
In aid of the 4C’s Crisis Relief Centre, Pakenham
Cardinia Cultural Centre, Lakeside Boulevard
28 July, 9am to 3.30pm
Entry $5, children free.

Open House Melbourne
Over 200 buildings around Melbourne will open their doors to foster a public appreciation for architecture. Open House will also take over the whole month with a series of talks, events, tours, screenings, performances and more.
28 to 29 July

Run Melbourne
Half marathon, 10k and 5k run. An all-out celebration of running transformation.
Event village at Federation square, finish line at Birrarung Marr
29 July


Gala Philatelic Exhibition
Held by Brighton Philatelic Society. Family day with speakers, exhibits, dealers and entertainment
Bri-Phil House, 80 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale
5 August, 10:30am to 4:00pm
Free entry

Bendigo Stamp Fair
St. Andrews Uniting Church Hall, 24 Myers Street
11th August, 9.30am to 3.30pm
Free entry

Bendigo Writers Festival
Over 150 international and Australian writers, thinkers and commentators will gather in alleyways of this gold rush era town
10 to 12 August 2018 

Citizen Science: People-Power Building Knowledge of Nature
Di Bray (Ichthyologist), Erich Fitzgerald (Palaeontologist) and Karen Rowe (Ornithologist) introduce wildlife projects achieving great things in Australia.
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
15 August, 1pm to 2pm

Humans 2.0
Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Humans 2.0 invites audiences to imagine beyond Frankenstein’s monster to what it will mean to be human in the next century. Wearables, transplantables, cognitive enhancement, robot assistants, genetic engineering and nanotechnology
524 Flinders Event Space, Flinders Street
15 August, 6pm to 10pm
Free - registrations essential

The Problem with Plastics
Discover how the preservation of plastics is becoming one of the major museum collection management issues of the 21st century, as discussed by conservators Petronella Nell, Julianne Bell, Alice Cannon and Karina Palmer.
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton
22 August, 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Frankston and Peninsula Lapidary Club Annual Show
Minerals for sale, jewellery, traders, demonstrations, food and refreshments.
Cranbourne Hall, South Gippsland Highway
25 to 26 August, 9am to 5pm
$5 entry, free for children under 16
0420 364 980


Schwerkolt Cottage Family Day
Free activities for children including pony rides, face painting, an animal farm, balloon artistry, old-fashioned games on the Cottage lawn and much more
16 September, 11am to 4pm
Schwerkolt Cottage and Museum Complex, Deep Creek Road, Mitcham
Free entry 
9873 4946