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Events - Victoria, Australia
Want to see what is happening where you are going? Maybe you want to include a destination in your plans, some stopover to coincide with events happening in that town?

Following are some events happening in Victoria. For more information, check the destination pages of the town or area you are visiting.

Some events happen at the same throughout Australia, such as Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, local markets, agricultural shows etc. Some scheduled events only have approximate dates, with some dates changing or being cancelled.

When planning your travel around events, contact the holder of the event or the local visitor centre where the event is happening to confirm the event timetable.



Find out how to apply for an events listing.

July Events - Victoria

Location Event

Contact the local visitor centres for more information:

Otway Coast
Port Fairy
Warrnambool
Whale Migration
• June to September
From June to September, the southern right whales can be seen returning to Warrnambool to give birth in the sheltered bays along the coast. As they like to stay close to the shore, they are easy to spot. The free viewing platform off Logans Beach Road is a great place from which to view them as they start arriving in June, staying until September. The rare blue whales can also on occasion be seen well off the shore during May. For more whale information:
General info
Where to see whales

Falls Creek Ski Races • FALLS CREEK
• July
Alpine and cross country

Melbourne Melbourne Film Festival
• July-August
Welcome to the Melbourne International Film Festival, an iconic event that hosts a feast of cinematic delicacies from over 50 countries over 19 days each winter. Your senses will be stimulated as we traverse the myriad of cinema cultures and their filmmakers.

August Events - Victoria

Location Event

Ararat One Act Play Festival
• August
Ararat Victorian State Championship of One Act Play Festival is held on the first weekend of August.

Dinner Plain Crystal Creek Sled Dog Race
• August
• Dinner Plain Ph: 0412 327 997

Falls Creek Kangaroo Hoppet International Nordic Race
• Last Saturday of August

Melbourne Melbourne Writers Festival
• August
The Melbourne Writers’ Festival is, quite simply, Australia’s largest and highest profile literary event. Taking place in August each year, the festival’s aim is to showcase the art talent of the writer and to expand and enhance the experience of the reader.
Melbourne Royal Melbourne Wine Show
• August
Taste, savour and critique Award winning entries from the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Enjoy live jazz and Australian cheese platters or simply relax and enjoy a selection of the 4,600 + reds, whites, sparkling and ports.

Mildura The Mallee Machinery Field Days
• Held on the first Wednesday and Thursday of August
The first Field Days was held in 1979 in a local paddock. 39 dealers exhibited their products with an emphasis on broad acre agricultural machinery and equipment. Today, it has become an major annual event on the agricultural calendar, where visitors seek out and evaluate the equipment on offer, along with the technical information to aid modern broadacre farming. There is also a section on crafts and interests. A great day and major fund raiser for the Speed Lions Club and other local organisations.
Mildura Mildura Masters Games
• Event held every two years in August
A 9 day sporting event for male and female participants aged 30 years and over. There are some exceptions with ages being 25 years and over, and 35 years and over. Check their website for details.

Mount Hotham
Dinner Plain
Mount Hotham to Dinner Plain Cross Country
“Pub to Pub” Race

• First Sunday of August

September Events - Victoria

Location Event

Ararat Cymbidium Orchid Festival
• September
Largest display of cymbidium orchids in Australia. This festival incorporates the Australian National Cymbidium Show.

Melbourne Melbourne Fringe Festival
• Ph: 03 8412 8788 • Fax: 03 8412 8787 • Email
• September-October
Uncover the Melbourne Fringe Festival with the quirky mix of art and culture including theatre, dance and visual arts. The Melbourne Fringe Festival exposes the most contemporary, innovative and trend-setting work by independent artists and brings them to the theatres, galleries, dark alleys and nooks and crannies of the city.
Melbourne Royal Melbourne Show
• September
A signature event in Melbourne since 1848, when it started as a ploughing competition in Moonee Ponds, the Royal Melbourne Show is organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RAS). The Show is Victoria’s largest and longest running annual public entertainment event. It is iconic in its own right, attracting around half a million visitors each year, and has been a highlight of Victoria’s event calendar for over 150 years - the last 120 at the Ascot Vale site.

Mildura Mildura Country Music Festival
• Takes place during the September school holidays
Be entertained by Australia’s biggest showcase of independent country music artists. Come and enjoy ten days of virtually non-stop country music. The Mildura Country Music Festival has built a culture of its own for those who have a deep love of the music. The wonderful part about Mildura in September is that not only is it country music heaven, it's also a great holiday destination.

Mornington Peninsula Scarecrow Festival
• September/October
The Scarecrow Festival and Trail is a local event that celebrates the passion and creativity of Mornington Peninsula’s hinterland.

A month long celebration that involves a unique touring Trail of Scarecrow creations, a Scarecrow market event and a program of Scarecrow special offers. Both community and businesses offer their own interpretation of the Scarecrow in its natural setting: whether it is the farm gate, the school fence, the cellar door or the shop window. Visitors can sample a scarecrow special, are given a touring map and have a chance to vote on the Peoples choice award for best entry.

October Events - Victoria

Location Event

Ararat Golden Gateway Festival
• October
A major social event held over ten days. A jam packed festival of jugglers to magicians, a popular street procession, and the Festival Quest Ball and Coronation Ceremony.

Ararat Golden Gateway Festival
• October
A major social event held over ten days. A jam packed festival of jugglers to magicians, a popular street procession, and the Festival Quest Ball and Coronation Ceremony.

Benalla Benalla Agricultural Show
• October (usually 3rd weekend)

Kilmore Kilmore Racing
• East St, KILMORE VIC 3764 • Ph: 03 5783 0766
A great day out, check the website for full calendar of events.
  • M & C Seafoods Regional Cups Family Day Out
    — Sunday 12 October 2008

Mornington Peninsula Scarecrow Festival
• September/October
The Scarecrow Festival and Trail is a local event that celebrates the passion and creativity of Mornington Peninsula’s hinterland.

A month long celebration that involves a unique touring Trail of Scarecrow creations, a Scarecrow market event and a program of Scarecrow special offers. Both community and businesses offer their own interpretation of the Scarecrow in its natural setting: whether it is the farm gate, the school fence, the cellar door or the shop window. Visitors can sample a scarecrow special, are given a touring map and have a chance to vote on the Peoples choice award for best entry.

Phillip Island Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
• October
With its combination of fast straights ­ over 300 km/h on Gardner, going into Doohan Corner at Turn One and sweeping corners, plus such technicalities as two first-gear right-handers, the Island circuit's four-and-a-half kilometres have a touch of everything. What the world's other tracks don't have, though, is the spectacular Bass Strait backdrop against which the world's best riders make an awesome sight as they soar over Southern Loop as they make their way up to Lukey Heights.

Queenscliff Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race
• October/November (check the website for exact dates)
The 152 nautical mile race across the Bass Strait begins at Queenscliff in Victoria and ends at ‘The Nut’ in Stanley, Tasmania. The event includes a number of other activities for the entire family. The event is organised by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria.

Wangaratta Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
• October/November
Wangaratta is officially titled ‘Australia’s Capital of Jazz’, due to the incredible success of the ‘Wangaratta Festival of Jazz’, acknowledged as one of Australia’s biggest regional music events. This festival has been acknowledged as a Tourism Victoria Hallmark Event and Tourism Australia’s ‘Most Significant Regional Festival’.

November Events - Victoria

Location Event

Bacchus Marsh Cup Day in the Park
• Held November
This annual event has grown in size, attractions, events and reputation since 1997. There are craft market, athletics, animal rides, petting zoo, bookies, fairground rides, food stalls and much more.

Benalla Benalla Rose Festival
• November (usually 2nd week)

Kilmore Kilmore Racing
• East St, KILMORE VIC 3764 • Ph: 03 5783 0766
A great day out, check the website for full calendar of events.

Melbourne Melbourne Cup Carnival
• 3-10 November
People from all around Australia celebrate the spring carnival, with the race that stops a nation, the ‘Melbourne Cup’. Held at the Flemington race track in Melbourne and organised by the VRC the Melbourne Cup is definitely a horse racing bookies dream and part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, four separate unique days of racing, that include Victoria Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day.

Queenscliff Melbourne to Stanley Yacht Race
• October/November (check the website for exact dates)
The 152 nautical mile race across the Bass Strait begins at Queenscliff in Victoria and ends at ‘The Nut’ in Stanley, Tasmania. The event includes a number of other activities for the entire family. The event is organised by the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria.

Wangaratta Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
• October/November
Wangaratta is officially titled ‘Australia’s Capital of Jazz’, due to the incredible success of the ‘Wangaratta Festival of Jazz’, acknowledged as one of Australia’s biggest regional music events. This festival has been acknowledged as a Tourism Victoria Hallmark Event and Tourism Australia’s ‘Most Significant Regional Festival’.

Werribee Spring Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park
• November
Spring Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park, food and wine producers from all over Victoria will gather in the magnificent grounds of Werribee Park to sample, showcase and sell their tasty products. Taste family made jams and preserves, artisan breads, decadent cupcakes, handcrafted local ales and much more.

This is a wonderful day for families and friends and features cooking demonstrations by well known chefs, live music all day and free children’s activities.
Werribee Victoria State Rose Garden
• Werribee Park, K Rd, WERRIBEE VIC 3030
• November to April - open daily from 9 am to 5 pm
This internationally acclaimed garden is located in the magnificent Werribee Park. Displaying over 5,000 roses within four uniquely shaped designs, it won the World Federation of Rose Societies Award for Garden Excellence.

The garden is in bloom from October to May, with the roses being at their most magnificent from November to April.

December Events - Victoria

Location Event

  Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve
• 24-31 December
Capital cities throughout Australia and many of the major cities often put on special events such as Carol by Candlelight and New Years Eve firework display. Details can often be found on the local council sites.

Lorne The Falls Music and Arts FestivalThe Falls Festival
• 30 Dec - 1 Jan - held over three days
• The Falls Festival is one of Australia's greatest music festivals with live music and entertainment, camping, markets, arts and film. It is held on a beautiful farm nestled in the Otway rainforest above Lorne and Victoria's Great Ocean Road. The main arena is formed from a spectacular natural amphitheatre that is big enough to hold the whole crowd. It has a perfect gentle slope so you can relax up the back and still hear and see everything. A dense rainforest surrounds the venue and helps to create this incredible aural arena.

The festival is held simultaneously in two stunning coastal locations, Lorne in Victoria and Marion Bay in Tasmania.

Mount Beauty World’s Longest Gum Leaf Exhibition
• Boxing Day to end of January
The 'search' is designed to provide fun and free entertainment for kids and adults during their visit to Mt Beauty over the summer holidays. It doesn't require any special skill other than the will to have a walk in the bush and a pair of eyes.

There are daily prizes fore the longest leaf of the day, as well as the overall prize. There is no limit tot he number of times you can enter (but you are limited to one entry per day). The daily winning leaf does not have to break any records - it just has to beat the others in the entry box. Contact the Alpine Discovery Centre for details of the next event.

Werribee Victoria State Rose Garden
• Werribee Park, K Rd, WERRIBEE VIC 3030
• November to April - open daily from 9 am to 5 pm
This internationally acclaimed garden is located in the magnificent Werribee Park. Displaying over 5,000 roses within four uniquely shaped designs, it won the World Federation of Rose Societies Award for Garden Excellence.

The garden is in bloom from October to May, with the roses being at their most magnificent from November to April.

Events Links - Victoria

Victorian Agricultural Shows
The Victorian Agricultural Shows website information on shows and events supported by affiliated show societies from within Victoria and some border locations.
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