Spotlight on: festivals

Top events in October

Celebrate Indigenous culture


Annual Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet
Hosted by the Myrtleford Rotary Club in conjunction with the Chopped and Changed Kustom Car Club of Myrtleford. Range of vehicles, hot food, great coffee, BBQs, beer and live music
Myrtleford Showgrounds, Yackandandah Road
6 October, 8am
$5 entry, free entry for children under 12

RPPFM Car Rally
Join local community radio station RPPFM for its fundraising car rally. Contestants collect clues as they wind their way to the finishing line at The Red Hill Baker of Balnarring.
7 October, leaving from RPPFM in Mornington at 9am
$50 per car

Studebaker & Packard Show & Shine
Eastern Beach Reserve, Geelong
20 October, 9.30am
Free entry
0438 116 335

Chryslers at Caribbean Display Day
Display of Chrysler related vehicles of all ages. Hosted by the Chrysler Restorers Club of Australia
Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby
21 October

General Motors American Car Show
Lions Club of Nunawading Inc. Classic cars, memorabilia, BBQ.
Manhattan Hotel car park, corner Heatherdale and Canterbury roads
28 October, 10am to 2pm
$5 entry

Talbot swap meet
Talbot football ground
28 October, 7am
Sites $20, admission $5


6th Annual Lake Mulwala Rod Run
Event includes nostalgia Drag Meet at Wilby park, Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance at the town hall. The Super Sunday Show & Shine will feature over 500 hot rods on displays, raffles, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fashion Parade, and a variety of automotive and other exhibitors.
Yarrawonga Football Grounds and surrounding areas
9 to 11 November

Jaguar Car Club of Victoria Annual Concours
XJ6 Series 1 Jaguar will be featured, which made its debut 50 years ago. All members of the public are welcome
Wesley College, 620 High Street Road, Glen Waverley
18 November, 10am to 3pm
Entry $10 per car


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.


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

Perfection exhibition
Part exhibition, part experiment. Art and science collide in Science Gallery Melbourne’s second exhibition that asks: why do humans strive for perfection?
Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne
12 September to 4 November

Alphabet Soup
Presented by Geelong Sculptors Inc. A sculpture exhibition inspired by the alphabet. Over 50 artworks on show by sculptors from across the region.
101 Ryrie Arts, 101 Ryrie street, Geelong
2 to 27 October, Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm
Cinnamon, 0400 436 308              

Yarra Valley Open Studios
35 private art studios around the Yarra Valley will be open to the public during three weekends in Spring. Studios are open 10am to 5pm
6 to 7 October: Maroondah Highway area, 27 to 28 October: Warburton Highway area, 10 to 11 November: Melba Highway area

For Seniors by Seniors: a photography exhibition
A wonderful selection of photographs that demonstrate the fun and pleasure photography offers everyone.
The Melbourne Camera Club, Cnr. Ferrars and Dorcas Streets, South Melbourne
7 to 14 October, 11am to 3pm 
Free entry

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

Masterworks Art Exhibition in the Vines
The invitational art exhibition is a showcase of creativity, where celebrated artists have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.
Swipers Gully Training Restaurant, 25 Eltham - Yarra Glen Road, Kangaroo Ground
12 to 26 October
Free admission

The Art of Botanical Illustration
Fourteenth renowned biennial exhibition of selected works by local, interstate and overseas artists.
Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive
13 to 28 October, 10am to 4pm
Entry by gold coin donation

Shot in the City of Port Phillip: photography exhibition
Showcases the cultural diversity, heritage buildings and the many artistic and leisure activities which make the City of Port Phillip so exciting and vibrant. 
Melbourne Camera Club Gallery, Corner Ferrars St & Dorcas St, South Melbourne
Exhibition Open to the Public for two weekends from 10am to 4pm
20 to 21 October, 27 to 28 October, 10am to 4pm

Shearers Arms portrait prize - all about the person
Inaugural event is being run by the Geelong Art Society to coincide with the Archibald Prize Exhibition.  Portrait artists from the Geelong Art Society and invited artists will have their work on display.                          ­­­­­
Shearers Arms Gallery, 202 Aberdeen St, Geelong West
23 October to 18 November
Free entry

Louise Saxton: The Linen Project
Pays homage to past lives and labour with a new, immersive installation
Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
27 October to 16 December 
Free entry


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

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

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

Julian Opie: Studio for Kids
Alongside a major showcase of work by British artist Julian Opie, NGV Kids presents an interactive exhibition for families, featuring hands-on and digital activities developed in collaboration with the artist.
NGV International
9 November to 17 February 2019
Free entry


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Hastings Community Art & Craft Show
Hastings Hall, 3 High Street
5 to 6 October, 11am to 4pm
Gold coin entry

Sense of place: exhibition
An original body of work exploring the history, geography and culture of the Murray Darling Region. The works will include textiles, works on paper and three-dimensional forms.
Mildura Arts Centre, 199 Cureton Avenue
7 September to 28 October, 10am to 5pm

North of the Yarra Quilters Guild Exhibition
Eltham Community Centre, 801 Main Rd
6 to 7 October
$8 entry, free for children under 14

Bellarine Quilters Biennial Quilt Show
Display of member’s quilts, trading table, raffle quilt and demonstrations.
The Mill at Turner Court, Portarlington
6 to 28 October, weekends only, 12 to 4pm       
$5 entry

Magic in Nature
Sculpture and drawing exhibition featuring wildlife artists Darren Gilbert and Janet Matthews
Town & Country Gallery, 111 Princes Hwy, Yarragon
6 to 28 October, 10-5 daily
Free entry.

Art Deco Now!
The Embroiderers Guild, Victoria. Annual members exhibition, embroidery and textile art.
6 to 20 October, 10am to 4pm.
Embroidery House, 170 Wattletree Road, Malvern

Eltham & District Woodworker’s Club: Annual Exhibition
Woodwork exhibition, sale, demonstrations & children’s woodwork activities
Eltham Community Centre, Pitt Street
10 to 11 November
Free entry

Buttonfest 2018
The Victorian Button Collectors Club. The annual exhibition & sales day dedicated to buttons
Burwood Heights Uniting Church Hall, corner Burwood Highway & Blackburn Road
13 October, 9.30am to 3.30pm
$3 entry, free for children under 12

C.N.C Gumleaf Quilters Quilt & Craft Exhibition
Quilt challenge, craft tables, demonstrations, light lunches & Devonshire Teas.
Football Club rooms, Gaskin Park
13 to 14 October, 10am to 4pm
$5 entry

CottonTales 20th Anniversary Quilt Show
Sausage sizzle, Devonshire Teas, quilt raffle and more. Funds raised go to the Belgrave Heights & South Fire Brigade
13 to 14 October, 10am to 4pm
Belgrave South Progress Hall, 127 Colby Drive
$5 entry

Charlton Rotary Art & Photography Exhibition
Charlton Shire Hall, Armstrong Street
Opening Gala night: 12 October, 7.30 to 10.30pm, $20
13 to 15 October, 10am
$6 entry

Members’ art exhibition
By members of Mt Evelyn & Yarra Valley Art Society.
Warratina Lavender Farm and Tea Rooms, Quayle Rd, Wandin Yallock
13 to 21 October, 10am to 4pm
Free entry
03 5964 4650

Art Show
Mount Evelyn & Yarra Valley Arts Society annual Art Show. All works by local artists will be for sale
Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin
14 to 22 October, 10 to 4pm
Free entry

Maryborough Busy Bees craft exhibition
Church of Christ hall, Corner of Inkerman and Clarendon Streets, Maryborough 
18 to 20 October, 10am to 4pm
$5 entry fee

Warragul Art Show
Warragul Rotary supporting local artists.
Exhibition Hall, Howitt Street
19 to 21 October, 10am to 5pm.
$5 entry                                       

Goldfields quilters biennial exhibition
Display of our challenge square 'Log-cabin' as well as a feature display of member's log-cabin quilts.
St Mary's Hall, 78 Hargraves St, Castlemaine
20 to 21 October, 10am
$7 entry
0439 490 416

The Box Hill Floral Art Exhibition
In conjunction with Whitehorse Festival
at Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
21 October, 10am to 4pm

Sculpture at Acheron
New and established artists displaying their works within a historic rural garden. In association with the Alexandra Open Garden weekend
Marian Rennie Gallery, 132 Breakaway Road, Acheron
26 October to 30 November.


Arts and Crafts exhibition and sale
St Albans Arts Hub
17 to 18 November, 15 to 16 December, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Barwon Valley Woodwrights Woodcraft Exhibition
A wide range of woodworking skills and opportunities to buy unique gifts.
Masonic Centre, 25 Regent St, Belmont, Geelong
24 to 25 November 
$5 entry, free entry for children


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


Festival of Gardens and Events – Gardivalia
West Gippsland Warragul, Drouin and surrounding villages
1 October to 31 October, open Gardens 19 to 31 October

Bendigo Orchid Club Spring Show
Wes Vine Hall, Truscott Reserve, Murdock St, California Gully
5 to 7 October
$5 entry, free entry for children under 16

Pomonal native flower show
Hundreds of named spectacular native flowers plus a rainforest and grassland display. Plant, book and refreshment sales.
Pomonal Hall, Ararat/Halls Gap Rd
6 to 7 October
$5 entry, free entry for children

Australasian Native Orchid Society: Melbourne Suburbs Group
An exciting and varied collection of Australian orchids featuring one of the best displays of Dendrobium speciosum and other spring flowering orchids. Members on hand for information on plants & how to grow them. Plants for sale.
Montrose Town Centre, 35 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road
6 October, 10am to 4pm
$3 entry

Charity Open Garden
Cancer Council Victoria & N.E. Victorian Hospitals
653 O’Dea Road, Molyullah
6 to 7 October
$6 entry, free entry for 18 and under

Benalla garden club inc.  
The glass house, Benalla
10 October

Colac Orchid Show
Display of Exotic and Native Orchids. Sales of orchids and supplies.
Colac Showgrounds, Princes Highway
13 to 14 October, 10am
$4 entry

Australian Native Plant Sale and Flower Show
Australian Plants Society South Gippsland. Plants sale, book sale and display flowers
Leongatha Recreation Reserve, South Gippsland Historical Automobile Club Pavilion
13 to 14 October, 10am to 4pm
$4 entry
5664 2221

Bonsai Society of Victoria Annual Show
Premier bonsai displays, wiring and trimming demonstrations, sales of bonsai plants and accessories. 
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road
13 to 14 October, 9am to 4pm  
$5 entry, free entry for children

Kilmore Plant Expo and Sale
Australian Plant Society Mitchell Group.
Memorial Hall, Sydney St
20 October, 9am to 3pm
$2 entry

Yarra Valley Orchid Society Show
Seville hall, Warburton Highway
$5 entry
20 to 21 October, 9am
0407 515 769

Bacchus Marsh Flower and Garden Show
Flower, produce, cake decorating, photography competitions, displays, plant sales, stalls, raffle, refreshments.
The Public Hall, Main Street
20 to 21st October
$5 entry, free for children under 16

Ivanhoe Garden Club Festa & Bellfield Community Garden Open Day
Plants, seedlings, workshops, demonstrations, devonshire teas, white elephant, jams & preserves, organic honey, tool sharpening, face painting & more
Bellfield Community Centre, corner Oriel Rd & Banksia Street
21 October, midday to 4pm
Free admission
0401 161 461

National Gallery of Victoria’s Open Garden Day
A chance to visit private gardens in Toorak and support acquisitions for the NGV. Stalls, coffee cart and raffle tickets
25 October, 10am to 4pm
Tickets $40.00 (early bird) to $45.00

Flower Show
St Thomas Anglican Church Bunyip. Floral displays, Photography competition, Devonshire teas, raffles, craft stalls, plants, sausage sizzle
16 A’Beckett Road, Bunyip
27 October, 9.30am to 3pm
$5 entry
5629 5443

Cranbourne Friends Spring Plant Sale
A large variety of Australian native plants will be available
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne
27 to 28 October, 10am to 4pm
Free entry

Alexandra & District Open Gardens
Wander through expansive farm properties and clever, manicured town blocks. Experience pristine air and a warm country greeting at each open venue. New ideas are showcased with five venues new to the list this year.
27 to 28 October, 10am to 4pm


Welshpool Flower Show & Plant Sale
Roses, floral art, photography, general horticultural sections. Plants for sale from Club’s own nursery, refreshments available.
Welshpool Hall
2 November (1.30pm) to 3 November (10am)
$3 entry, free entry for children
5184 1376

2018 Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend
Brings together a dedicated group of amateur gardeners and creative green thumbs who open their gardens to the public just once a year
10 to 11 November, 9.00am
$5 per garden, free entry for children

Rose Society of Victoria Spring Show
Expert advice and plant sales.
Mt Waverley Community Centre, Miller Cres.
10 to 11 November
$5 entry

Paul Bangay’s Stonefields Open Garden
Renowned landscape designer Paul Bangay is opening the gates to Stonefields, his private country garden, to raise funds for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Denver, Victoria
17 to 18 November, 10am to 6pm

Open Garden Weekend
Garden walks, music, entertainment, food.
Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Road, Wandin
17 to 18 November, 9am to 5pm

The Yarra Valley Plant Fair & Garden Expo
Large variety of plants available.  Speakers/demonstrations, permaculture to formal English gardens. 125 Quayle Road, Wandin
17 to 18 November

Salvia Society Annual Plant Sale
Nobelius Heritage Park, Crighton Road, Emerald
18 November, 11.30am to 3pm
Free entry

Lavender Harvest Season
Experience the annual lavender harvest. Enjoy the fragrance. Visit the Drying Shed. Lavender scones, ice-cream. Gift Shop, walks, breakfasts, lunches.
Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin
19 November to 14 January 2019
$10 entry, free entry for children under 12 years

GLenroy Art Show
7 Prospect Street, Pascoe Vale
24 to 25 November, 10am to 4pm

Trentham Cottage Garden Flower Show
An old-fashioned flower show
Neighbourhood Centre, Trentham
24 November, 1pm to 5pm
Gold coin entry


No events have been supplied for this category for December.


Kiazma Piano Duo
Presented by Barwon Heads Fine Music Society
Barwon Heads Hall
6 October, 7pm

Dance Around the World
Presented by Southern Area Concert Band. A musical journey throughout different cultures in an all-encompassing showcase of storytelling, song and dance.
Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
7 October, 2pm
Tickets from $20

Stage & Screen Cabaret
Presented by Monash Concert Band. Fun Frivolity & Trivia. All your film & Broadway favourites including The Lion King and Mary Poppins.
Clayton Hall, 264 Clayton Rd
12 October, 7pm (search Monash Concert Band)

A Hitch to the Sticks
Australian music royalty and rising local talent including Jebediah, Kate Ceberano, Killing Heidi, Tim Rogers, William Crighton and more!
North Eastern Victoria - Seymour, Moorngag, Lima East, Winton, Glenrowan, Wangaratta and Moyhu
12 to 14 October

Last Night of the Proms Concert
Presented by Western Region Concert Band
Williamstown Town Hall
13 October, 7.30pm
Tickets from $39.50

The Australasian Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble
The works of Bach, Dvorak And Grieg
Christ Church Hawthorn, 2 Denham Street
14 October, 2pm
Tickets from $15

Map 3: Bohemia
Celebrate the vibrant rhythms and harmonies of middle Europe with Rada Tochalna soprano, Markiyan Melnychenko violin and Janis Cook piano
Flockhart Hall, 207 Barkers Road, Kew
18 October, 7:30pm
$20 to $40

Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend
19 to 21 October
An annual award-winning weekend in Marysville with a top line-up of local and internationally acclaimed Jazz and Blues artists.

Wonthaggi Citizens' Band. Annual variety concert
Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre
20 October
Tickets from Wonthaggi Workmens Club or phone 56721083

A Triple Treat
Concert featuring the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir, the Sydney Welsh Choir and the Australian Youth Band.
Kingston City Hall, 985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin
21 October, 2pm

Voices of War and Peace
Marking the centenary of the end of World War 1, Oakleigh Brass presents a garland of tunes that remember conflict and celebrate peace across the years.
Oakleigh Hall, Drummond Street, Oakleigh
2.30pm, 21 October
Tickets from $10, entry free for children under 12


Music on the Grass
Community event showcasing talented local musicians and school groups, BBQ, Devonshire tea, fresh produce, stalls, kids’ entertainment.
235 Rossiter Road, Koo Wee Rup
18 November, 11am to 3pm
Free entry

Opera in the Convent Garden
Features Opera Australia’s Michael Lapina & his guests.
Hogan St, Tatura
18 November, gates open 1pm. Concert starts at 2pm
Pre-purchase tickets $30, entry on day $40
0418 577 964 to pre-purchase ticket.

Maroondah Symphony Orchestra Concert: An Afternoon at the Movies
Enjoy music from 2001 a Space Odyssey, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Phantom of the Opera and more.
George Wood PAC, Yarra Valley Grammar, Kalinda Road, Ringwood
25 November, 2.30pm
Tickets $25/$20, entry free for children

Karl Jenkins' Symphonic Adiemus
The Latrobe Chorale and The West Gippsland Chorale join the Heidelberg Choral Society and orchestra in their Australian Premiere production.
West Gippsland Arts Centre, corner Smith St & Albert Street, Warragul
25 November, 3:00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456


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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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


Geelong collectables fair
Hosted by Geelong Bottle & Collectables Club Inc. Large assortment of collectables for sale as well as variety of rare collectable items on public display.
AWA basketball stadium
20 Crows Rd. Belmont
6th October
Entry from $5

Member's craft displays, sales and demonstrations of lapidary skills
N. G. Wishart Senior Citizen Centre, 964 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin
13 to 14 October, 9.30am to 5pm

Round She Goes
Features 60 different stalls selling women’s preloved designer clothing and quality vintage fashion, handmade jewellery and accessories. The stallholders are carefully handpicked to ensure the quality is excellent yet reasonably priced. 
Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St
14 October 2018, 10am to 3pm
$2 entry, free parking

Nunawading Lapidary Club annual exhibition
Sale of jewellery, gemstones, rocks, minerals & fossils. Demonstrations of gemstone cutting, faceting, etc.
Dorset Primary School, Rescorla Avenue, Croydon
20 October, 9am to 5pm; 21 October, 10am to 5pm
$4 entry
9761 3169

Fairer World Bazaar: Changing the world one step at the time
An alternative gift fair with handcrafted goods from Asia and Africa.
Uniting Church Hall, Peart Street, Leongatha
20 October, 9:30am to 1:30pm
Free entry
5662 2494


The 39th Annual Oxley Bush Market
Featuring 175 stalls marketing an enormous range of homemade, produced and grown items. Gourmet food, music and kids’ entertainment.
Historic Oxley Shire Hall
3 November, 9am to 3pm
Free entry

The Alcove Art Shop Christmas A'fair exhibition
Treat yourself and your loved ones to exquisite handmade jewellery, textiles, ceramics, woodwork and much more, handcrafted by artisans at The Alcove Art Shop.
1/470 Station Street Box Hill
29 November to 9 December
Opening Night Monday 25 November, 6pm to 8pm

The Big Design Market
3 days of Christmas shopping with 230 stallholders, designer showbags, delicious food and drinks, creative workshops and free kids’ activities
Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
30 November to 2 December, 10am
$2 entry


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

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

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

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


Dookie military vehicle rally
Military motoring and history displays
Main St, Dookie
13 to 14 October
Free entry


Adtrans Truck Show
Hosted by the Rotary Club of Castlemaine. Modern and vintage trucks, vintage cars and Hot rods, entertainment, Saturday evening movie, Sunday morning truck parade.
Campbells Creek Sports Ground, Fryers Lane
24 to 25 November


No events have been supplied for this category for December.


Golf Month
Golf clubs and facilities around Australia

Hell Ship - The Journey of the Ticonderoga
In 1852, the emigrant vessel Ticonderoga limped into Port Phillip Bay after a nightmare voyage from England during which a quarter of her nearly 800 passengers and crew had died from typhus. As its victims - Scottish families seeking a new life - were buried hastily at sea, schools of sharks, it was said, followed the stricken vessel all the way across the Indian Ocean.
Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale
2 October, 1pm and 8pm
$30 entry, seniors $25

Tongala community garage sale
Over 50 sites in and around the Tongala township. Maps available from 8am
6 October See TongalaGarageSale on Facebook

Melbourne Gluten Free Expo
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf
6 to 7 October, 9am to 4pm
Tickets $15 (online), $18 at the door, free for children 16 and under

Artlands Victoria
This October in Bendigo and Castlemaine, Artlands Victoria will bring together over 700 delegates and artists who will gather for meaningful exchanges and critical dialogue about regional arts in Australia.
10 to 14 October

Geelong Ballroom October Dance Weekend
A weekend of New Vogue Ballroom dancing on a large dance floor with supper supplied each day.
Corner of Bayview Parade and Carey Street Hamlyn Heights.
12 to 14 October
$30 entry (three-day pass)

Peace at Last
WWI walk at the Lang Lang Cemetery. Hosted by the Narre Warren & District Family History Group and the Lang Lang Historical Society
375 McDonalds Track, off South Gippsland Highway
12 Oct, 10am. 
Bookings essential, $5 entry.

The Salvation Army Manningham Annual Fete
Kids’ activities, food, live music, market stalls and much more!
37 Taunton St, East Doncaster
13 October, 9am to 2pm
$2 entry

Geelong Stamp and Coin Expo
Part of Victoria’s Seniors Festival. Dealers in attendance, lucky door prize and other give-aways, free light refreshments.
Geelong West Town Hall, Pakington Street
13 October, 9am to 3pm
Free entry

Mt Evelyn Fire Brigade Annual Garage Sale
Major fundraiser for the year and brings the community together to share in this annual event. All proceeds go towards our vehicle replacement program.
72 York Road, Mount Evelyn
13 October, 7am to 3pm

Glenrowan Winemakers’ Weekend
Enjoy masterclasses, hands-on workshops and weekend grazing, with the Glenrowan makers recommending wine and beer matches with the cellar door menus.
Wineries and brewery of the Glenrowan Wine Region
13 to 14 October 
Entry fee: $120 for the Gourmet Getabout Dinner, $25 for Sunday’s Winemakers’ Breakfast and $10-$20 for Glenrowan Grazing tasting plates

Melbourne Meccano Club Annual Exhibition
Working Meccano models from the minuscule to the magnificent. 
80 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale
13 to 14 October, 10am to 4 pm

Middle Eastern Dance Spring Festival
Presented by Organisation for Middle Eastern Dance. Gala Night, Workshops and Marketplace with performances.
13 to 14 October

Annual Beekeepers Field Day
Promotes beekeeping skills. Trade stalls, honey sales and refreshments available.
Harcourt Leisure Centre, 63 Binghams Road
14 October, 9:30am to 3:30pm
$10 entry, $7 concession, free entry for children

Cobden Spring Festival
A weekend of family-friendly entertainment for all age groups
Cobden, Victoria (various venues)
19 to 21 October

Pakenham Picnic
Food trucks, roster of live entertainment, market stalls, kids activities & rides
Pakenham Racecourse, 420 Nar Nar Goon – Longwarry Rd, Tynong
19 to 21 October

Clint Eastwood Film Festival: A fistful of films
Hosted by Barwon Heads Film Society. Four carefully selected films showcasing the works of Clint Eastwood as actor, writer, director and composer.
Barwon Heads Community Hall, 79 Hitchcock Avenue
19 to 20 October
bookings at:

2 Worlds Festival
Celebration of Indigenous and Western culture, music, song and performance.
Fyansford Paper Mills.
20 October, 12pm to 10pm.
$59 entry

Book sale
Hosted by Friends of Latrobe City Libraries. Books $1 each or fill your bag for $20 plus
Kernot Hall, Princes Drive, Morwell
20 to 21 October, 9am
Free entry             

Melbourne International Open Table Football
Greythorn Primary School, Balwyn North
20 to 21 October.
Free to watch, register online to play.

An exhibition of beauty
Combined Gippsland Gem Club. Showcasing of gemstones, minerals and fossils along with faceting and demonstrations.
Kernot Hall, 50-70 Princes Drive, Morwell
27 to 28 October
$5 entry

Say Cheese! Festival
Enjoy the best local and Australian cheeses, cheese and wine pairing, and kids’ activities. Meet the farmer and cheese maker
Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
28 October
Free entry

Somers Arts Fair
Local art, live music, great food stalls, local wine, arts workshops, children's rides and activities. There will be an auction at 2pm.
87 Camp Hill Road
28 October
Free entry


Sovereign Hill’s Lamplight Tours
Discover the myths and legends of the Goldfields, as Sovereign Hill run night-time ‘Lamplight Tours’, giving visitors a rare glimpse into Sovereign Hill after dark.
Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
$29, children $24

Seymour in Spring - a festival of events
Celebrate everything about Seymour with an array of events such as; The Great Seymour Show, Tastes of the Goulburn food and wine festival, Railway Heritage Centre trips, military history, guided walks, outdoor cinema, sporting finals and championships and much more. Join the celebration.

Mountains of Books book fair
1000’s of books from a dozen local booksellers
Ferny Creek Hall, Hilton Road
3 to 4 November, 10am to 4pm

Whittlesea Show
Whittlesea Showgrounds, Yea Road
3 to 4 November, 9am to 5pm

Alpaca Open Farm
Joma Alpacas, 3263 Merton Euroa Road, Merton.
4 to 6 November, 10am to 4pm
Free entry

Ballarat Spring Show
Over 250 attractions & stalls with heaps of free kids’ activities.
9 to 11 November, 9.30am to 10.00pm
Tickets $7 to 40, free for children under 5

Kingston Avenue of Honour and Armistice Centenary
Honouring the service of men and women of the former Creswick Shire and those who planted the 286 trees. Creswick Light Horse, Brass Band, Remembrance Service, steam machinery, food trucks, entertainment
11 November, 9am to 4pm
Free entry

HTPAA Hand Tool Sale
60 tables of user and collector hand tools from modern to antique.
St Anthony's Parish Hall, 164 Neerim Road, Caulfield East
11 November, 9am to 12.30 pm
Entry $5

Bacchus Marsh Strawberries and Cherries Weekend
A celebration of the opening of the Strawberry and Cherry season in Bacchus Marsh. 200 market stalls, carnival, music and fireworks on Saturday night.
16 to 18 November
Free entry

Rosebud RockFest
A celebration of all things groovy; hot bands, cool cars, a vintage caravan show, Rock n’ Roll dances, pub shows, retro clothing market and Pin-Up contest.
Foreshore, Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
16 to 18 November
Free entry

Word For Word National Non-Fiction Festival
Australia’s only non-fiction writing festival
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop Street
16 to 18 November
Tickets $18.50 to $30

Mansfield Agricultural Show
Country show with traditional highlights including animal competitions, horses, craft and cooking. Special entertainment includes motorbike stunts, Shetland pony derby and sideshows.
Mt Battery Road
17 November
$15 entry, family pass $35

Stamps, Coins and Cards Fair
Hosted by The Victorian Telephone & Smart Card Collectors Club.
Bentleigh – McKinnon Youth Centre, Higgins Road, Bentleigh.
18 November, 8.30am to 1pm
Free entry
0418 322 315.

Beerfest Australia
More than 300 crafts beers and over 200 producers; exhibiting everything from delicious eats to wines, ciders, cocktails and unique beer collaboration.
Moonee Valley Racecourse
24 November
Tickets $15 to $40

Draught Horse & Yesteryear Festival
Working displays of draught horses blacksmiths, lost trades, working dogs
71 Wellington Road, Wandin North, Yarra Valley
24 to 25 November, 10am to 4.30pm
$10 entry, free entry for children, 5964 2088


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

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

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

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

Port Fairy 71st Moyneyana Festival
The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Our playground’
24 December to 26 January

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

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

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

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