Things to do around Victoria


Arts Centre Melbourne presents Families Summer/Autumn
New stage adaptations of the popular books Emily Brown and the Thing and The 78-Storey Treehouse, circus and magic, a children’s republic, interactive angels, First Nation story-telling for babies and a modern retelling of Dot and the Kangaroo, Creature

Reawakening the Dragon
An exhibition at Ballarat's Gold Museum will unveil one of the most extensive Chinese artifact collections and, for the first time in over five decades, will reawaken Loong, one of Australia’s oldest dragons
Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat 3350
5 October–15 April 2018
Entry Fee: Adult $13.20, Child $7.00

Nightjar Festival
Independent Artists' Festival, live music, night market, international food and boutique bars
Torquay Common , Surf Beach Drive
Thursday nights throughout January, 4:00pm-10:00pm

Romancing the Skull
Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
The skull will be celebrated in a fascinating exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ballarat 
Until 28 Jan
Entry fees apply

Painters of the Peninsula and Beyond Art Exhibition
Sorrento Activity Centre, 823 Melbourne Road, Sorrento
1–28 January, 10.00am–5.00pm

The Unbelievables at Hamer Hall
A brand new theatrical extravaganza. See the world’s greatest circus, magic and acrobatic performers
Arts Centre, Melbourne 
3–13 January 
Entry fees apply

South Melbourne Night Market Turns Ten
Street food, shopping, artisan stallholders, local produce and live music.
South Melbourne Market, Coventry and Cecil Streets
4 January–22 February, 5:30–9:30pm
Free entry

Warrnambool 50th Anniversary Gem Show
Cnr Princes Hwy & Jamieson St Warrnambool, Primary School Hall
6–7 Jan 2018, 9am
Entry $5, children under 12 free with an adult

2017 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic
Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, Glenferrie Road
9–12 January 2018 

The OBG Festival
24 one-hour recitals of classical music in the heritage churches and halls of the central Victorian goldfields
12–21 January
Enquiries: 5333 1195

Portarlington Mussel Festival
Portarlington's famous mussels and other delicious local food, market stalls, music and great entertainment for the whole family.
Newcombe St, Portarlington
13 January 2018
Entry $2, children free

Phillip Island Model Railway Exhibition
Cowes Cultural Centre, Thompson Avenue, Cowes
13–14 January, 10am
Enquiries: 0419 005 479

Shakespeare in the Vines
Essential Theatre celebrate their 16th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines in a performance of The Twelfth Night. Food will be available, no BYO alcohol.
Crittenden Estate, Mornington Peninsula
14 January
Tickets $50, entry is free for Children 5 and under

Artists Exhibition
SpringDale Neighbourhood House, High St. Drysdale
15–28 January, 10am–4pm

White Face Crew’s La Vie Dans Une Marionette 
Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne 
16–20 January 
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Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships 
SkyHigh, 26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong  
16–21 January 
Free entry, gate fee applies for vehicle entry

Be Persuaded: A Jane Austen Experience
To mark the 200th Anniversary of her passing, Be Persuaded exhibition brings Jane Austen to life in original fashion of the era.
Dudley House, View St, Bendigo
17 January–23 January, 10am–5pm
Adults $5, Concession $9, Children 8+ $5

Woodturning in the Park
The Peninsula Woodturners Guild present demonstrations, exhibition and sale
McClelland Sculpture Park, McClelland Drive Langwarrin
18–23 January, 10am–4pm
Free entry

Mornington Art Show 
Nepean Hwy & Wilson’s Rd, Mornington 
19–26 January, 10am–5pm 
Enquiries: 5088 3305 

Play Me I’m Yours 
A free, interactive installation. 20 beautifully decorated ‘street pianos’ will pop up around Arts Centre Melbourne, the CBD and in suburbs across Melbourne for everyone to enjoy.
Various locations around Arts Centre Melbourne, the city and surrounds 
19 January–4 February

Creative Harvest: There's an Artist in my Food Garden
West Gippsland 
20-21 January, 10am - 4pm
Entry $5 p/person or $20 for 5 gardens, children free.

Brickvention: Lego Fan Convention
See over 300 unique LEGO models and displays built by LEGO Fans from around Australia and the world
The Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
20–21 January, 9am–5pm
Entry fees apply

3rd Annual Northern Car/Bike Show & Shine
Open to all Classic & Modern Cars & Bikes. Over 50 trophies on offer. Food, drink & family entertainment
Cole Reserve, Pascoe Vale
21 January, 8am    

The Fourth Night
Immerse yourself in a creative wonderland while dancing the night away to The Cat Empire, Sarah Basko and Sahara Beck
Torquay Common, Surf Beach Drive
25 January. 4pm–10pm

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival
The Gallery on Herring Island, Melbourne, will be open every weekend from 13 January to 15 April, with exhibitions by the Association of Sculptors of Victoria and Contemporary Art Society of Victoria.
11.30am to 4.30pm.
Catch the Parks Victoria punt service from Como Landing between 11am and 5pm.

Australia Day Celebration in Kilmore
Face Painting, entertainment, sausage sizzle
White Street
26 January, 11am–2pm
Enquiries: 0488 260 823     

Balit Narrun: Share the Spirit Festival
An outdoor concert created by indigenous artists and showcasing the diversity of Indigenous performers. There will also be cultural art stalls, food trucks, and activities.
Treasury Gardens. 2–18 Spring Street, East Melbourne
26 January 1-5pm
Free entry

Australia Day Polo
The Polo will offer a great day out with delicious food, wine, fashion, entertainment and of course, world-class Polo
Eastern Park’s Howard Glover Reserve, Geelong
26 January

Australia Day Festival 2018
Two stages with live entertainment, roving performers, a dedicated food court and fireworks finale
Dandenong Park
26 January, 3–9:30pm
Free event

Australia Day Festival
The Dinner Plain alpine village will be hosting a 3-day film event. The ski run is being turned into an open-air cinema and the event will include bands, food trucks, horse riding, orienteering and sled dog rides.
Geebung Rd, Dinner Plain (Mt Hotham)
26 January

Inverloch Classic Wooden Dinghy Regatta
Inverloch Foreshore
26–28 January
Enquiries: 03 5674 1266

Beyond Dance
Arts festival featuring dancers, performers and artists. Proudly supporting beyondblue.
Cowes Cultural Centre, 97 Thompson Ave
27 January, 10am
Entry by donation

Soft Core: Exhibition
An exhibition of newly commissioned and recent work by 13 Australian and international artists whose work questions the fluctuating meaning of softness. 
Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford St
27 Jan–18 March
Free entry

Exhibition: Metal As?
700 James Lane, Trentham East  
until Jan 28th
Free entry

Car Show & Swap Meet
Wonthaggi Rec Reserve
28 January, 8am-2pm
Enquiries: 0417240082

Memories Art Exhibition
Original artworks by Angela Russo. A collection of paintings that capture the beauty of the Italian landscape and the joy that music brings
Whitehill Gallery & Café, Whitehill Rd, Dromana, Red Hill
Until 28 Jan, Fri–Sun 11–5pm.


Pop-up Park
Station Place will be transformed into a buzzing summer destination, with food trucks and free live music and outdoor cinema
19 January–25 February

Berwick Swap Meet
Akoonah Park, Princes Highway
3 February, 6am
Entry $5, free for children under 14
Enquiries: 0407568488 or 0419312304

16th Annual Kaniva Lions Car & Bike Show
Cars, Bikes, Stalls, Live Band, fun for the whole family.
Kaniva Recreation Reserve
3 February. 8:30am–3pm.
Entry $5

West Side Story: Classic Movies at the Clocktower
Based on the story of Romeo and Juliet, this classic musical sees two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love. Winner of 10 Oscars, and starring Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer.
Clocktower Centre, 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
4 February, 2pm
Tickets $8

Latrobe Valley Street Machine Show
Car show, food vendors, kids’ entertainment & trophies
Traralgon Showgrounds 
February 4
Gold coin donation for spectators, $15 entry for show entrants

Drouin and District Chess Club 
Drouin Senior Citizens Club, 1 Oak St
5 February and every Monday, 7–10pm
Free entry

Commonwealth Championship Sheepdog Trials 
Handlers and their dogs come from all states to compete in the biggest trial held in Australia. Each state has their best dog represented in the 'Australian Dog of the Year' title. 
The Gardens Oval, Bourne Avenue, Port Fairy  
5–11 February  
Entry fee $5 

Geelong's Best Busker Festival
A busking event held over four days. To enter send email to
Little Malop St Central, Moorabool St to Yarra St
6, 10 & 13 February, finals on 17 February 
Free entry

Port Fairy Jazz Festival
120 bands in 10 venues around this historic fishing town. Featuring Traditional, Mainstream and Contemporary jazz
9–11 February

Music By The Springs
13 of Australia’s finest musicians performing six sublime concerts
Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, 124 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
February 9–11
Weekend packages from $450 - $895

Ficifolia Art Show
Over $7500 prizes over 18 awards, an integral part of the popular Drouin Ficifolia Festival. 
Drouin Football Club Rooms, 1 Sinclair Street
9–11 February, 10am–4pm
Entry by gold coin donation

The Keilor Gift Athletics & Woodchopping Carnival
Athletics, woodchopping, junior races, carnival rides, fireworks display, food & drinks
Joe Brown Reserve, Old Calder Highway
10 February, 1–9pm
Enquiries: Malcolm Berg 0412 014 049

Show N Shine & Swap Meet
Hot rods, custom and classic cars, bikes, trucks and stalls
Lang Lang Showgrounds
11 February
Entry fee $5, entry free for children under 16, $5 per entrant car
Public entry from 9am

Torquay Motor Show
Entertainment, refreshments, memorabilia
Torquay foreshore
11 February

Italian Festa
Food trucks, market stalls, cooking and cultural displays
Mirboo North
11 February, 11am–5pm

Werribee Park Heritage Orchard grafting day
Grafting demonstrations, orchard tours and other plant stalls. 
Homestead behind Werribee Park Mansion
11 February, 10am–3pm
Free entry. Gold coin donation for parking.

In Harmony With Nature
Original paintings by Geelong artists, Margaret Muffet & Margaret Woodhead
Geelong Art Society Shearers Arms Gallery, 202 Aberdeen Street
14 February–18 March, Tuesday–Sunday, 0417112102

Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival
Various venues will be putting on legendary local and international blues artists. You can dance the night away at the Big Blues Bash in the pub, or chill out at the blues café in the hall. Includes a variety of paid and free events over one big weekend, camping available. 
Bruthen Victoria
16–18 February 2018

Bonnie Doon Music Festival
More than 20 artists over three days on three stages.
16–18 February

Love + Light Wedding Festival
Showcases North East Victoria’s best venues and most creative wedding suppliers
Various locations around Rutherglen, Victoria
17–18 February
Entry fees apply

Book Fair 
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Cnr Clarendon and Hotham Street, East Melbourne 
17–18 February 
Enquiries: 0438 087 976 

3MBS Bach Marathon
Australia’s finest classical musicians come together to present an all-day experience celebrating the works of the Bach family.  Proceeds support 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne
Melbourne Recital Centre, cnr Southbank Blvd and Sturt Street
18 February
Single tickets from $20, day passes from $150

All American Car Display
Classic, vintage, veteran, hot rods and customs. Approx. 500 vehicles on display.
18 February
Gembrook Sports Ground, Belgrave–Gembrook Rd 

4WD Show
Australia’s longest running 4WD Show
Lardner Park
18 February, 9am–4:30pm
Admission $15, free entry for children under 16

Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival
A family festival celebrating Blues music, local blueberries and artistic treasures
Gellibrand River
23–25 February
Tickets: $30 adults, $70 family

David Hobson under the Stars
Barwon Heads Fine Music presents Australia's Premier Tenor singing in an outdoor setting
Thirteenth Beach Golf Club
24 February, 7pm (gates open 6:15pm)
$75/$80. Book via

Midsummer Night Tours
Famous people interred in the cemetery include four Prime Ministers and explorers Burke and Wills. Also includes the only authorised Elvis memorial outside of America
Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton
24 February (multiple tours from 8.05 pm)
Adult, $25, Concession $20, Family $80

Contemporary by Nature.
Herring Island Summer Arts Festival 2018. Exploring aspects of nature in a wide range of media and art practices.
24–25 February, 3–4 March, 10–12 March, 11:.30am–4:30pm
Free entry

State Dahlia Show
The Victorian Dahlia Society's annual show is spectacular showcasing of a huge variety of dahlias from top growers in Victoria and other parts of Australia.
Mt Waverley Youth Centre, 45 Miller Cres
24-25 February
Adults $5, pensioners $2, free entry for children

The Pottery Expo
A celebration of contemporary ceramics: 60 stands, demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, food and wine. 
On the riverbank cnr Webb and Yarra Streets, Warrandyte
24–25 February
Free entry

Melbourne Begonia Society Show 2018
Displays and Sales of all types of Begonias
Moorabbin Senior Citizens Hall, 964  Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin
24–25 February, 10am
Entry $3
Enquiries: 9579 1697 or 9758 6642

Rochester Mural Festival – “Nature Her Beauty and Bounty”
Art Exhibition in the Old Court House
24 February–3 March

Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia Classic Showcase
The club will again be participating RACV Classic Showcase, with about 50 Bentley & Rolls-Royce cars from the club expected to take part
Yarra Glen Racecourse
25 February

Australasian Orchestra
Tchaikovsky, Carmichael & Verdi
James Tatoulis Auditorium, MLC Kew.
25 February, 2pm.

Girgarre Soldier Settlement Unveiling
Unveiling of informative panels on gabion wall of Closer Settlement and WW1 Soldier Settlement in Stanhope North and Girgarre
25 February, 1:30–2:30pm
Enquiries:  or 0437 438 077

Flinders Quartet Collins Street Concert
A lunchtime concert in the heart of the Melbourne, performing Beethoven and Mendelssohn
174 Collins Street
27 February, 1–2pm
Standard $38, Concession $28

Flinders Quartet
A concert program of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and emerging Australian composer, John Rotar
Melbourne Recital Centre Salon, cnr Sturt Street and Southbank Boulevard
28 February, 7–9pm
Entry fees apply


International Women's Day Photography Exhibition
The Melbourne Camera Club is celebrating International Women's Day by holding an exhibition of prints from female photographers
Cnr Ferrars St and Dorcas St, South Melbourne
Opening night 1 March at 8pm.
Exhibition March 3–4 and March 17–18, 11am–5pm

Jesus Christ Superstar, the musical
Presented by Ballarat Lyric Theatre
Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, 1220 Howitt Street
1–11 March
Buy tickets at the door or online

St Anthony’s Twilight Fair 
Rides, cake stalls, entertainment, silent auction and a bar
52 Austin Street, Alphington
2 March

South East Bendigo Anglican Parish Fair
14 Keck St, Flora Hill, Bendigo
2 March, 5–7pm

Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival
Fun for all ages, children’s activities, live bands, classic cars and caravans, wooden boats, art show, and craft market.
Rhyll Hall Lock Rd & Beach Rd
2–4 March, from 3pm

4x4 Expo
Exhibits will include caravans, camper trailers, camping equipment, 4WD & Off Road, food & wine, and more
Ballarat Showgrounds
2–4 March
Enquiries: 03 5794 1418    

For the Love of Ale: Longwood Beer, Wine & Cider Festival
Craft breweries, local wineries and cider makers matched with food vendors, live music and children's activities
Longwood Recreation Reserve
3 March. 2–9pm. Entry $30, entry free for under 18s

Bayles Music Festival
Free community event. Headline act: Jugularity!
Bayles Hall & adjacent park. Main St.
3 March, 12–7:00pm

Monbulk Quilt Show
Cnr Moores Rd and Main St Monbulk
$5 entry. All money raised goes to Monbulk CFA
3 March, 9:30am–3:30pm

Nagambie On Water
Music, dance, food and wine extravaganza with unique events like grape stomping, reel racing, lake cruises and other activities.
3 March, 9am–4pm

Art & Craft Market
Free parking, free entry, artisan products in an air-conditioned hall. 
Clarinda Community Centre
The market will be held on 3 March and the 1st Saturday of each month, 10am–2pm.

28th Annual Craigieburn Art Show
Craigieburn Function Room, 127, Craigieburn Road West
3–4 March, 10am–5pm
Free entry

Yarra Valley CWA Group Exhibition
Warrantina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Road, Wandin Yallock
3–18 March, 10am–4pm

Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018 
An Australian exclusive, large-scale exhibition highlighting the history and relevance of the Marimekko brand 
Bendigo Art Gallery 
3 March–11 June 
Tickets & enquiries:

8th IMF Classic Car Day
All cars welcome. Heaps of trophies up for grabs. Fun for the whole family, including jumping castle, animal farm, face painting and lolly bags.
Bicentennial Park, Scotch Parade, Chelsea
4 March, 10am–3pm. Gates (open at 8:30am)

Tatura Festival
Tatfest will provide fun, family entertainment for all ages. Includes food & wine, hot air balloon, variety stalls and more.
Hogan St
4 March, 10–4pm,

The 25th Inverloch Jazz Festival
A weekend featuring 40 Jazz bands and 200 musicians
9–12 March

Modern Art & Photography Show
Presented by the Corinella & District Community Centre. Showcasing modern art & sculptures, mosaics, textiles & wearable art.
48 Smythe St, Corinella
9–12 March
Free entry

38th Annual Arts & Craft Exhibition
Presented by the Rotary Club of Numurkah
Numurkah Town Hall
9–12 March,

The Grapest 5k Run (images included)
An outdoor evening adventure. Run through the vineyards and trails of the winery at dusk, and finish the evening by enjoying fine wine and spectacular views.
Balgownie Estate, Bendigo
10 March

From Picture to Page and Beyond
Scrapbooking, Mixed Media Art and Papercrafts Show. See the latest products in real life, take a mini class and buy craft supplies.
Kangaroo Flat Primary School Basketball Stadium, 60-80 Olympic Parade
10–11 March
Adults $8, entry free for kids under 16

G. V. Woodworkers Show
Shepparton Eastank, Welford Street
10–11 March, 9:30–4pm
Entry $10, children enter free,

50th Scoresby Steamfest 
Presented by Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club. Steam, oil engines, earthmoving, vintage cars, vintage tractors and more
1200 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby
10–12 March, 10am–5pm

Phoenix Macedon Ranges Art & Craft Exhibition  
A wide variety of arts and crafts, recycled metal assemblage, ceramics, paintings, glass art, pottery, textiles, paper-craft, jewellery, basketry.
Old Gisborne Courthouse
Opening night 9 March, 7:30pm
10–12 March,10am–4pm
Free entry

Model Railway, Craft & Hobbies Exhibition 
Sacred Heart College, Kyneton. Entry via New Street/Begg Street
10–12 March
Enquiries: Gary on 0408 996 541, Brian on 0427 047 411 

Taradale Mineral Springs Festival
A family friendly event featuring local food and wine producers, live music, African drumming workshops, whip cracking, free face painting and more. 
Taradale Mineral Springs Reserve, Old Calder Hwy
11 March,10am–4pm
Adults $5, entry free for kids under 15

Gippsland Vehicle Collection Display Day
1a Sale Road (cnr Railway Pl), Maffra
11 March 2018
Entry by gold coin donation

Chryslers by the Bay Show 'n' Shine
All proceeds from the day are donated to Cottage by the Sea
Geelong Grammar School, Foreshore Rd, Corio
11 March
Terry Barker 5250 3132, Paul Allwood 0417 315 352

8th Annual Historic Vehicle Show
Vintage and classic vehicles of all types
Clunes Showgrounds
11 March, 9am–4pm
$5 entry, free entry for children

Early Holden Car Club Wangaratta 
Apex Park 
11 March 
Free Entry  

Bellarine Agriculture Show
A family friendly event featuring a mechanical bull, free face painting, tractor selfies, pony rides, native animals, demonstrations, activities and vintage machinery.
11 March 
Entry fees apply

Turkish Pazar Festival
Queen Victoria Market will be transformed into a Turkish Marketplace with entertainment, stalls, activities and fun for all ages.
11–12 March, 9am–4pm
Free entry
Enquiries: 0409 439 839

Goulburn Labour Day Market
Hosted by The Lions Club of Seymour
Goulburn Park
12 March, 9am–2pm

The Festival of Live Art
A thought-provoking program of works designed to enthrall, entertain and challenge. Presented by the Arts House, the festival will bring together some of the boldest artists at their experimental best.
13 – 25 March

Calamity Jane
Starring Virginia Gay. Presented by Arts Centre Melbourne in association with One Eyed Man Productions, Neglected Musicals and Hayes Theatre.
14–25 March
Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne

Kaleidoscope: Exhibition
An array of abstract acrylics and organic pastels by Mohamed Nazeer.
Highway Gallery, 14 The Hwy, Mt. Waverley
14–25 March, 12–4pm (except Mon/Tues)
Entry Free

Quilt Show
There will be a raffle quilt, guessing competitions and quality handmade goods for sale.
Barwon Heads Community Hall, corner Hitchcock Avenue and Ozone Road
16–18 March
Entry $2, free for children under 15

Breaking Traditions: Exhibition
Contemporary and experimental embroidery and textile arts
Shearers Arms Gallery, 202 Aberdeen Street, Geelong
16 March–18 March, 10am–3pm,

Maffra Mardi Gras
Celebrating the 60th birthday of the Rotary Club of Maffra Mardi Gras. Market & food stalls, carnival rides, petting nursery, face painter and a street parade.
Johnston St, Maffra
17 March, 3–9pm

Quilt Show
Westernport Quilters Inc. present a display of members’ work, quilt raffle & lucky dip
Tyabb Community Hall, 1535 Frankston-Flinders Rd. Tyabb
17–18 March, 10am
Entry $5

Kyabram Mack Muster & Vintage Machinery Rally
Displays of trucks, vintage engines, blacksmithing, sheep shearing, working machinery, vintage tractors and memorabilia.
17–18 March
Entry $5, entry free for children under 16

Lorne Sculpture Biennale 
Celebrates the best in contemporary Australian and international sculpture in a free, vibrant festival that enriches and transforms the Lorne foreshore and surrounds on the Great Ocean Road.
17 March–2 April

A4 Art Australia
Part of the Herring Island Summer Arts Festival.
Held each weekend from 17 March–15 April
Free entry

Art and Craft Show
St John the Baptist Anglican Church, Corner of Castella and Jones St, Lilydale
17 March, 10am–3:30pm
$5 entry
Enquiries: 9735 3541

Annual Autumn Show
Hosted by the Sunshine Golden Age Garden Club
Glengala Community Hall, Sunshine.
17 March, 11am–4 pm
Free entry  or 0418 543 649

The Knox Art Show
A wonderful selection of some of the best works by local and regional artists. Presented by the Rotary Club of Bayswater
Knox Art Centre, Corner of Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road, Bayswater
17–18 March
$5 entry, free entry for children and exhibiting artists

Mack Truck Muster & Vintage Machinery Rally
Largest display of Mack trucks. Vintage engines, blacksmithing, working machinery, vintage tractors and memorabilia. 
Kyabram showgrounds
17–18 March 2018
$5 entry, free entry for children under 16

Opera by the Lakes
Nyerimilang Heritage Park, 20 Cliff Road
18 March
Entry fees apply, free entry for children under 4

Yarra Vally Regional Food Group 20 Year Anniversary
Celebrities, face painters, live music, cooking demonstrations, a mobile reptile zoo, food stalls and jumping castles
Lawns at Yering Station
18 March

Little River Primary School Country Fair
Entertainment, auctions, side show alley games, animal farm, pony rides, ice cream vans and lots more.
18 March, 10am–3pm
Free entry

Geelong Highland Gathering
Goldsworthy Recreation Reserve, Corio
18 March, 9:30am–5pm.
Entry fees apply

Opera by The Lakes
Nyerimilang Heritage Park, Near Lakes Entrance
18 March, 12–4:30pm
Bookings: 0409 771526, discount for RACV Members

HTPAA Hand Tool Sale
60 tables of user and collector hand tools from modern to antique
172 Neerim Road, Carnegie
18 March, 9am–12:30pm
Entry $5,

Maroondah Symphony Orchestra
Mozart Piano Concerto No 27 - Soloist Hannah Shinn
George Wood PAC, Yarra Valley Grammar, Kalinda Road, Ringwood
18 March, 2:30pm
Enquiries: 0418 620 479

Herald Sun CityLink Run for the Kids
Melbourne’s most loved fun run, raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. 15.3km Super Course general entry $60, 5km Family-friendly Short Course general entry $55
Start/Finish: Kings Domain, Alexandra Avenue
18 March

Swanpool Swap Meet & Village Market
Local produce, live music and food stalls. Incorporating a Swap Meet, along with a Show and Shine
Albert Heaney Oval, 2426 Midland Highway
18 March
Entry fees apply 

Dressage & Jumping with the Stars
See the best young horses and ponies of Australia compete in dressage, jumping and eventing
170 K Road, Werribee South
22–25 March
Entry $10

Exhibition: Women of Empire  
Women from Australia and New Zealand whose lives were transformed by their experience in the First World War.
Kyabram Town Hall Gallery, 199-209 Allan Street
23 March–23 April

Moonee Valley Art Show
Food, beverages, entertainment and craft stalls set in a beautiful, historic mansion
69 Woodland St, Essendon
23 March, 6.30pm - Opening Gala Cocktail Party
24–25 March - Exhibition and sales
Tickets from $5

Donkey Society of Victoria Championship Show
See donkeys & mules competing in a variety of events. Day 2 will be an information and demonstration day.
Cressy Recreation Reserve, Cnr Brown & Tennant St
24–25 March

Open Houses
Five private homes of historical, design or architectural significance  
St Joseph’s School, 571 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
25 March, 11:30–4:30 
Tickets: $20–$50

Ringwood Highland Games
Big Scottish Festival with pipe bands and dancing 
E. Ringwood Sports Ground, Mt. Dandenong Rd
25 March, 10–4:30pm
Entry fees apply

Ecotopia Earth Festival
Celebrating cultural diversity and sustainability. Includes eco market, recycled fashion parade, flying fox, live multicultural stage performers.
Yarra Junction Parklands
25 March, 10am–4pm,

Deans Marsh Festival 
Live music, performances, local food, wine and a unique market.
10 Pennyroyal Valley Rd
25 March, 10am–5pm
Entry by gold coin donation

Monster Raffle
Popular event that includes spinning wheel, bric-a-brac, books, sausage sizzle, garden and plants stall, and Devonshire teas will be on sale.
Burnside Retirement Village, 16 Nicol Avenue
25 March, 9am–3pm
Enquiries to Village 83610499.

12th Annual Swap Meet Show & Shine
Organised by the Lions Club of Koroit and Warrnambool and District Drag Racing Association
Victoria Park, Koroit
25 March, 7am 
Entry fees apply
Enquiries: Bruce 0435 366 451,

Morwell Swap Meet
Hosted by the Latrobe Valley Branch of Gippsland Historical Automobile Club
Toners Lane, Morwell
25 March, 7am
Entry $5, free for children under 16
Enquiries: 0407 839 039

Bright Autumn Art Show
One of Australia's oldest. Up to 800 quality paintings.
Bright Art Gallery
29 March–13 May, 10am–4pm
Entry $5

Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show
Mechanics Hall, 85 High St, Trentham
Opening night 29 March, show 30 March–2 April, 10am–4pm
$2 Entry

Inverleigh & District Good Friday Appeal
All proceeds raised to go to Royal Children’s hospital. Live auction, entertainment, classic cars, spinning wheel, market stalls, rides, jumping castle and more.
Victoria Park
30 March, 11am–5pm
Free entry

Bendigo Easter Fundraiser
Exhibition of Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Quilting, Crochet. Fundraiser for Intensive Care Auxiliary
Bendigo North Bowling Club, Fenton St
30 March–1 April, 10am–4pm
0429 011 447

BMW Car Club Victoria RCH appeal 
A display of BMW and other fine cars in aid of Royal Children's Hospital 
Birrarung Marr Lower Terrace
30 March, 10am 
Entry by donation 

Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway
Good Friday Children's Hospital Appeal 
Cnr Elgar and Belmore Roads, Mont Albert North 
30 March, 11am–4pm

Viewpoints: Two artist journeys along the Great Ocean Road
Art of Val Parker and Michelle Endersby inspired by the Great Ocean Road
St Luke's Anglican Church Hall, Torquay
30 March–9 April
Free entry

Annual Art Show
The Ballarat Society of Artists Inc. presents a wide selection of original artwork from local artists.
The Robert Clark Centre, Botanical Gardens, Ballarat
30 March–1 April, 10am–5pm & 2 April, 10am–4pm
Free entry,

Wheatlands Warracknabeal Vintage Machinery Rally
Henty Highway
31 March– 2 April
Enquiries: 0429146597 

Maldon Easter Fair Quilt Show
Community Centre, Francis Street
31 March–1 April, 10am–4pm

Murrabit Country Market
Gonn Avenue, Murrabit
31 March, 8:30am–1pm
Free entry, 5457 2205

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, has opened at the National Wool Museum with 100 extraordinary images celebrating the diversity of the natural world
National Wool Museum, Geelong
1 December–13 May
Entry fees apply


Gippsland Hills CWA Exhibition 
Crafts, cookery, photography, horticulture, jams & preserves 
Mirboo North Hall, Ridgway 
14–15 April, 10am–3:30pm 
Entry $3 
Facebook: CWA of Vic Gippsland Hills Group Exhibition 

Kilmore Art Expo
An annual exhibition featuring paintings from metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria. Includes photography, glass art & woodwork.
Memorial Hall, 14 Sydney St
13–15 April
0428 410 041,

Uncharted: Exhibition
Textile, mixed media, and fibre works from Collective Notions.
 Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon Street, Carlton
14–22 April, 10am–4 pm
Free entry

Gippsland Vehicle Collection Swap Meet
1a Sale Road, Maffra
22 April
Info & booking: 0402 084 302    

Growing Friends Autumn Plant Sale
Royal Botanic Gardens. Enter the Gardens through Gate E on Birdwood Ave
28–29 April, from 10am
Free entry


Great Alpine Arts Trail
Drive the Great Alpine Road from Ensay to Omeo/Benambra, visiting artists’ studios and galleries, and sampling local food and wine.
5–6 May

Geelong Patchwork & Quilting Guild 'Quilt In'
Club Italia, 515 Bellarine Hwy, Moolap
19 May, 10am–4pm
Entry $10, 0411 308 145

Great Ocean Road Running Festival
The course stretches from Lorne to Apollo Bay, with seven distances ranging from the 1.5km to the 60km.
Lorne and Apollo Bay
19–20 May
Entry fee varies for each distance  


Horsham East Rotary Art Fair
Horsham Town Hall
8–10 June
Entry fees apply

Australian Woodturning Exhibition
Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
22–24 June
Enquiries or volunteering opportunities: Rachelle Leaver, 0416 656 786 or Soren Grejsen, 0412 265 552.