Spotlight on: festivals

Top events in January

December

Show Us Ya Wheels - Car Show & Swap Meet
500 cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes, street cars, modifieds, hot rods and more. Kids’ activities including jumping castle, colouring competition, box car making, face painting, miniature train. 
Numurkah Showgrounds, Tunnock Rd
2 December, 7am to 2pm
$5 adult, $2 child, $10 vehicle, $15 swap meet
0490 186 641.

January

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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

March

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December

Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun
A fully-immersive installation that tells the dystopian story of a group of workers in a labour camp. The participants are forced to perform choreographed dance routines and their movements are transformed into a valuable commodity: artificial sunshine.
NGV International
28 September – 24 March
Free
ngv.vic.gov.au

Designing Women
The exhibition will highlight the dynamic and critical force of female designers in shaping contemporary design culture
NGV International
28 September to 24 March
ngv.vic.gov.au

Emblazon: Melbourne’s coat of arms
Exhibit that uncovers the history of the Melbourne’s little-known and underappreciated coat of arms
Until 30 January
City Gallery, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-120 Swanston Street
Free entry
melbourne.vic.gov.au

Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds
The first exhibition in the world to feature the extraordinary work of Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo, led by designer Oki Sato.
NGV International
2 December to 7 April 2019
Admission fees apply
ngv.vic.gov.au

End of Year Photography Exhibition
Brings together members’ of The Melbourne Camera Club’s top work (print, projected digital images and audio visuals) for the EOY competition and exhibition
1 to 2 and 8 to 9 December, 10am to 4pm
The Melbourne Camera Club, corner Ferrars and Dorcas Streets, South Melbourne
Free entry

Summer Show
Features an array of works that celebrate women in diverse cultures and creativity in the community
Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds
8 December to 14 January
Free entry
mvcc.vic.gov.au

Frida Kahlo, her photos
Draws from the extensive archive of the Casa Azul (Blue House), Kahlo’s former home and now a museum dedicated to this much loved artist’s life and work. Exclusive to Bendigo Art Gallery in Australia.
8 December to 10 February
bendigoartgallery.com.au

Sans Frontières exhibition
Solo exhibition of prints, drawings and paintings by Melbourne-based artist Damon Kowarsky.
Warrnambool Art Gallery, 26 Liebig St
8 December to 5 May
Free entry
thewag.com.au

January

Design Storytellers: The Work of Broached Commissions
Stories of Australian identity and history will be narrated through a rich display of design objects. From Chen Lu’s lantern inspired by the life of Australia’s first female convict to a free-standing whisky bar designed by Naihan Li in response to the influx of Chinese migrant workers to the goldfields, this exhibition reveals design’s ability to engage with Australia’s history, mythology and the human condition. 
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
17 August to February 2019
Free entry
ngv.vic.gov.au

Ken Unsworth: Truly, Madly
Dynamic and gravity-defying sculptural installations, featuring resin cast skeletons, grand pianos and saw blades
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
14 September to 17 February
Free
ngv.vic.gov.au

Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality
Curated by Tansy Curtin and Jessica Bridgfoot. Traces early Victorian rituals of mourning and the pursuit of ‘pleasurable terror’ evident from the 1800s to contemporary times.
Bendigo Art Gallery. 
6 October to 10 February 2019
bendigoartgallery.com.au

2018 NGV Architecture Commission
Melbourne firm MUIR architecture and landscape architecture studio OPENWORK will present a collage of dramatic structural landscapes inspired by key architectural elements of Sir Roy Grounds’ iconic NGV International building.
NGV International
2 November to 24 March 2019
Free entry
ngv.vic.gov.au

Julien Opie
An exhibition of one of Britain’s most influential living artists. Created specifically in response to the NGV International spaces, a wide range of subjects are on view, each distilling elements of the natural, urban and figurative world to their essence
NGV International
9 November to 17 February 2019
Free entry
ngv.vic.gov.au

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

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

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

December

Phoenix Macedon Ranges Art & Craft Exhibition
A wide variety of arts and crafts, recycled metal assemblage, ceramics, glass art, pottery, textiles, papercraft, jewellery and basketry.
Old Gisborne Courthouse,Hamilton Street, Gisborne
Opening night 30 November, 7.30pm
1 to 2 December
Free entry

January

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February

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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

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

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

December

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January

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February

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

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December

Christmas with the Chorale
Forest Street Uniting Church hall, 21 Forest Street, Bendigo
1 December, 2.30pm
$20 entry, free entry for children 12 and under
bendigochorale@hotmail.com

Evita  
Starring Tina Arena, charts the story of Eva Perón. Featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including ‘Don’t’ Cry for Me Argentina’.
State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road
From 5 December
Entry $59 to $179
evitathemusical.com.au  

Carols in Queens Park
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a free evening of carols, children’s activities and festive cheer in Queens Park
Queens Park, Mt Alexander Rd & Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds
8 December, 6:30pm
Free entry
mvcc.vic.gov.au/experience-moonee-valley/events-and-festivals.aspx

The Latrobe Orchestra's Christmas Concert
VRI, Queen Street, Traralgon
8 December, 2pm
Adults $10, children/concession $5, family $25
www.latrobeorchestra.org.au

Melbourne Women's Choir presents: Carols in the Chapel
Good Shepherd Chapel, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
8 December, 7.30pm
Entry fee $12 to $30
fdsingers.com/melbourne-womens-choir

Surrey Hills Orchestra presents Jupiter
Auditorium at MLC, Barkers Rd, Kew
Conducted by Marie-Louise Wright
8 December,  7.30pm
surreyhillsorchestra.org.au 

Glen Eira City Choir’s Christmas Concert
Jane Elton Brown OAM, Conductor; Judith Dodsworth, Guest Soloist
St James Anglican Church, 1461 High St, Glen Iris
9 December, 2.30 pm
gleneiracitychoir.org.au

City of Whitehorse Band Inc. Christmas Concert
Directed by Brian Kemp, featured vocalist Kelly Auty with Boris Conley and Herman Schwaiger.
Whitehorse Performing Arts Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
17 December, 8pm
Tickets $20/$15 conc.
Box Office 9262 6555

Bluestone Blues Festival
Held every New Years’ Eve attracting hundreds of blues lovers from all over the country to enjoy the very best in blues.
Sleepy Hollow Blues CLUB
31 December to 1 January
sleepyhollowbluesclub.org.au

January

So Frenchy So Chic
The French pop garden party returns with an all female line-up for the very first time. Gallic maverick Camille leads a program that spans genres and generations – from the infectious dance-pop of Yelle to soulful electro-diva Clara Luciani and Cléa Vincent’s breezy, jazz-infused club pop.
Werribee Park
13 January
RACV members save 10 per cent, racv.com.au/tickets
sofrenchysochic.com    
 

February

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December

The Creators Collective Makers Market
Showcasing makers and producers from Gippsland and surrounds, with lots of entertainment for the whole family.
Lardner Park, 155 Burnt Store Rd
2 December, 9am to 3pm
$3 for car parking
creatorscollective.com.au

Diamond Creek Twilight Market
Over 60 speciality stalls, live music and Santa will be arriving in a fire truck
Coventry Oval, corner of Elizabeth and Main Roads
7 December, 7pm 
Free entry 
diamondvalley.vic.lions.org.au

The Handmade Show
Craft market supporting local crafters and artisans to showcase and sell their handmade products
St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, corner Grange and Neerim Roads, Glen Huntly
8 December, 10.30am to 3.30pm
Free entry
thehandmadeshow.blogspot.com

Clarinda Art, Craft & Produce Night Market
Santa and quality hand-made or home-grown products. Proceeds to Lions Clubs Medical Foundations in Victoria.
Clarinda Community Hall, corner Viney & Bourke Roads
14 December, 5 to 9pm.  
Free entry
9544 1161

January

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February

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

March

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

December

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January

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February

Ballan Vintage Machinery Rally
Ford and classic cars, vintage tractor pull, sheep shearing, model aeroplanes, motorbikes.
Old Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Ballan
17 February, 10am to 4pm.
$10 adults, free entry for under 16s
postyray@bigpond.net.au 

December

Great Australian Beer Festival
Celebration of local and national breweries with food trucks, piano bar. Live music featuring Pierce Bros and many more
QE2 Square, Albury
1 December, 1pm to 8pm.
Entry $39.50
gabfalbury.com.au

Stomping Ground La Boca
Celebrate the spirit, sounds, smells and tastes of Argentina at the EVITA-inspired pop-up beer garden.
Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt. 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
5 December to 24 February
Free entry
artscentremelbourne.com.au

Indie Comic Con
Puts comics back to the forefront of a comic-con with a spotlight on indie Australian creators. Includes a stellar artist alley featuring a wide selection of comics, zines, graphic novels and prints across all genres.
Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street
8 December
Free entry
indiecomiccon.com.au

World Rice Festival
Tries to capture the untold stories about rice as an important part of world cuisine. Celebrate multiculturalism through food, beverages and music performances.
Birrarung Marr Lower Terrace, Melbourne
7 to 9 December
ricefestival.com.au

Port Fairy 71st Moyneyana Festival
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Our playground’
24 December to 26 January
Free
moyneyana.port-fairy.com

Community Christmas Tree Festival
Four-day festival features beautiful trees, a Friday night concert, and Carols in the heritage-listed church.
Holy Trinity Balaclava, 175-177 Chapel Street, corner Dickens Street
6 to 9 December
Gold coin donation to view the Christmas Trees, free for children
christmastreefest@hotmail.com

January

Great Australian Duck Race
Australia's biggest duck race takes over Morses Creek in Bright's Centenary Park for the annual Great Australian Duck Race, where 1,000 yellow rubber ducks will float towards the finish line.
12 January
visitmelbourne.com

Australian Open 2019
The most thrilling and highly anticipated Grand Slam this summer. Whether you're a die-hard tennis fan or just looking for a fun day out, experience the tennis your way with more food, entertainment and family activities than ever before.
Melbourne Park
14 to 27 January
ausopen.com

Stamps, Coins & Cards Fair
Dromana Uniting Church Hall, corner Point Nepean Road & McCulloch Street
Hosted by The Peninsula Stamp Club Inc.
19 January, 9am to 3pm
Free entry.
0418 322 315.

Festival of Sails
Australia’s oldest sporting event and the largest regatta in the southern hemisphere. The Festival of Sails is a combination of first-class racing with a brilliant Shoreside Festival, with live music, market stalls, roving entertainers, food trucks, free family friendly activities and the Discover Sailing program, there is something different to experience and enjoy each day.
26 to 28 January
festivalofsails.com.au/about/the-festival

February

Sunset Safari
See the world’s most iconic animals at dusk, enjoy an intimate dinner and experience African cultural entertainment
Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South
Friday and Saturday nights, from 9 November until the end of March
$105
zoo.org.au

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

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

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

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

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

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

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