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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.

January Events - Victoria

Location Event

Leongatha Leongatha Food and Wine Festival
• January
Held annually showcasing the districts produce.

Melbourne Midsumma - Gay & Lesbian Festival
• January-February
Midsumma Festival, Melbourne’s annual gay and lesbian festival, is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over six municipalities and located in over 60 different venues across Melbourne. Midsumma is presented over three weeks and four weekends from mid January to February, and a significant attraction on the Melbourne festival calendar. Midsumma Festival brings together a diverse mix of artists and performers under a single umbrella for an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer art and culture.

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.

Tatura International Dairy Week
• January
International Dairy Week (IDW) is the largest annual dairy cattle show and sale in the Southern Hemisphere and is amongst the top five shows in the world. It is indisputably the most prestigious event in the dairy industry, showcasing the best quality dairy cattle to over 6,000 visitors from every state in Australia and over 20 countries internationally. The event showcases the best from Australia's dairy breeds including Holstein, Jersey, Illawarra, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and Guernsey.

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.

February Events - Victoria

Location Event

Bright Paragliding Championships
• February

Drouin Ficifolia Festival
• February
The festival is named after the Ficifolia trees that line both sides of Princes Way and are heritage listed. Affectionately known by the locals as the 'Gum Nut' Festival, the town takes on a new buzz when the gum trees come into flower during February. This wonderful event brings the local community together and together with the CWA annual Craft Exhibition, is a must see for those travelling in the region during February.

Leongatha Leongatha Agricultural and Pastoral Show
• February
Experience the spectacle, excitement and fun of a country show - including cattle, horses, chooks, goats, alpacas, sheep and dogs, art and craft, motorcycle riding competitions, carnival rides, fun and food stalls, and much more.

Melbourne Australian International Airshow
• March
The Airshow is an exciting presentation of some amazing aircraft in both flying and static displays. Feel the skies tremble, see the latest military heavy metal, attack helicopters, heavy lift and combat support aircraft as well the latest in defence technology. Check out the vast array of civil and commercial aircraft, antique aircraft, historic replicas, vintage war birds, pioneers of the jet age and other classics. Avalon Airport is located Princes Freeway between Melbourne and Geelong, about 55 km from the Melbourne CBD.
Melbourne FORMULA 1TM Australian Grand Prix
• Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit • February/March
One of the country's premier sporting event offering an action-packed extravaganza of on-track and off-track activities for people of all ages. This inner-city party last for 4 days in an array of first-class support categories and a carnival of off-track entertainment for the entire family.

Paynesville Paynesville Jazz Festival
• February
Paynesville is the place to be in February! Enjoy some of Australia’s finest jazz musicians playing jazz, swing and blues like you’ve never heard before - and all in beautiful waterfront and open air venues.

If you’ve been to Paynesville, you’ll know what we mean, if you haven’t - you don’t know what you’re missing - cruise the Lakes, enjoy the local seafood and hospitality, visit nearby wineries, or the waterfront markets; so much to see and do, and all within 4 hours of Melbourne. Book now, for a weekend not to be missed, and bring the family - there’s something for everyone at Paynesville - Victoria’s premier location.

Stawell Lake Fyans Triathlon
• February
Annual sporting event.

Macedon Ranges
Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock
• February
A celebration of Victorian food and wine with over 100 small food and wine producers from all around Victoria. Come and view, smell, sample and purchase the delicious amazing array of goods and produce. Cooking demonstration and entertainment.

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.

March Events - Victoria

Location Event

Albert Park Australian Grand Prix
• March
This is one of Melbourne's popular annual events,
the Formula 1TM Australian Grand Prix.

Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival
• March
An annual festival that celebrates a bygone era.

Bright n Sandy Food & Wine Festival
• Sunday 6 March 2011 - 11 am to 6 pm
The event celebrates the best in food, produce, wine, designer beer, lifestyle activities, farm-friendly entertainment and music, including the Wolfgramm Sisters.

Three Brighton Junior Masterchefs will kick off the food and wine presentations, which will feature industry names, and be hosted by Melbourne writer, tour operator, chef and foodie Allan Campion.

Children are a focus this year, with activities including cheese making, sweet treat decorating and craft.

Bendigo Bendigo Easter Festival
• Held over the Easter period March/April
This is a festival for the people by the people. Featuring fireworks extravaganza, Chinese spring festival, gala parade and lots more.

Blackwood Blackwood Easter Market
• Annual event held on Easter Saturday (March/April)
This event attracts talented craft manufacturers. A popular even that includes the Blackwood Woodchop and Carnival.
Blackwood Blackwood Easter Carnival and Woodchop
• Annual event held on Easter Saturday (March/April)
Held in conjunction with the Easter Market, the carnival features the Midland Axeman, woodchoppers from all over Australia, art and craft stalls, and much more, making for a fun day out for the whole family.

Inverloch Inverloch Food & Wine Festival
• March
Inverloch invites you to come and enjoy delicious regional cuisine from the paddocks and producers, and our stunning local boutique wines. All in a relaxed picnic atmosphere with a sea backdrop or under a huge all weather marquee, whilst listening to local musical talent. Cooking demonstrations & interviews with local producers and Gippsland characters will be featured.

Kyabram Annual KY Rodeo
• Annual event held in March
This annual event has been running for over 60 years. Now you can watch some of Australia’s toughest and best cowboys and cowgirls contesting in a host of rodeo events.
Kyabram Kyabram Engine Rally
• 3rd weekend March
Annual event displaying vintage engines, tractors and machinery, classic vintage cars, hobby displays, sheep shearing, wood craft and turning, historic display of farming and household memorabilia, and a host of other displays.

Melbourne L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Ltd
• March
Was established in 1997 as a combined initiative of the Australian fashion and retail industry, the State Government of Victoria and the City of Melbourne. The Festival launches collections of Australia’s leading fashion designers, labels and fashion retailers in a series of sophisticated and spectacular fashions shows. From Sunday to Sunday people flock to the catwalks, parties, exhibitions, business and fashion industry events, all over Melbourne.
Melbourne Melbourne International Comedy Festival
• March-April
Australia's most popular and dynamic annual arts festival featuring a high profile line up of cabaret, theatre, stand-up, live radio broadcasts, television, music, a Comedy Short Film Festival, free outdoor entertainment and visual art exhibitions.

In 2003 the Festival attracted an audience of over 383,000 and a Festival program listing an enormous 230 individual shows, staged over 2,800 performances making it one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world together with Montreal and Edinburgh.

Mildura Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival
• March
The Mildura and Wentworth Arts Festival was established in 1994 at the initiative of Stefano de Pieri. The Festival has become the focus of our region's awareness of the many art forms and artists we can be proud of as a community. The Festival attracts some of Australia's most prominent musicians, writers and performers to our region, generating recognition and creating sustainable value for Sunraysia. The Festival is held in March each year, with a very successful Writers Weekend component held in July each year. Local, national and international artists are invited to exhibit literature, music, visual arts and performing arts.

Myrtleford Tobacco Hops and Timber Festival
• Held on the Labour Day holiday weekend - Labour Day is the 2nd Monday in March
Started in 1960 in celebration of the local tobacco and hops harvest, and having added timber in the late 70s having recognised its importance to the regions economy, the festival continues as an annual event, establishing itself as a major regional event.

Nagambie Nagambie On Water - NOW
• March
A fantastic annual festival that is fun for the entire family, celebrating our natural resource, water and its importance to the surrounding environment, our culture and lifestyle in Nagambie and the surrounding region.

Shepparton SheppARTon Festival
• Freecall:  1800 808 839
• March
The SheppARTon Festival has become an iconic event in the Greater Shepparton area.

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.

April Events - Victoria

Location Event

Apollo Bay Apollo Bay Music Festival
• April
Apollo, amongst other ancient duties, was also god of music and the arts. So Apollo Bay is the stage for one of Australia’s popular music festival. It is a yearly not-for-profit event, powered by the enthusiasm and dedication of their volunteers and sponsors. Check out their pictures from last years festival. Held around March.

Bells Beach
Jan Juc
Rip Curl Pro
• April
Held annually over the Easter period since 1960, the Rip Curl Pro is the world’s longest running and most prestigious professional surfing contest, attracting competitors from around the world. Formerly the ‘Bells Beach Surf Classic’, the Rip Curl Pro is the only professional sporting event allowed to be held on Easter Friday in Australia, with the event winner awarded the prestigious ‘Bell Trophy’.

Churchill Island Churchill Island Working Horse Festival
• Held in early April
This significant local festival celebrates and showcases the natural and cultural values of Churchill Island. It is a two-day festival that includes working horse and pioneering skill demonstrations, market stalls, musical entertainment and related exhibitors.

Corryong The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival
• April
The place where the cream of Australia’s stockmen, women and their horses gather annually. Whip cracking, horses shoeing, yarn spinning and the good old fashioned ‘cooo-ee’ were a part of life when Paterson met Riley. And at the dawn of a new millennium, these skills will be essential elements of The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival.

Merrigum Heritage Day Merrigum Historical Society Inc
• Annual event held over one weekend in April
This annual event celebrates the regions heritage with displays, exhibitions and demonstrations of pioneering skills, as well as access to the growing display of unique and very interesting heritage items covering everything from the everyday household goods, personal items, farming equipment and the unique stories of the men and women from this region.

Rushworth Rushworth Easter Festival
• Easter - April
• Enjoy a family festival in historic Rushworth Saturday 23rd April & Sunday 24th at Moora Recreation Reserve. The National Trust heritage streetscape provides the backdrop for the festival which includes a market stalls, art exhibition, children’s entertainment and a traditional wood raffle. Saturday portrays "our sunburnt country" in the parade through the centre of town with a crowd favourite the Clydesdale Draught Horses appearing.

Features of the festival include a variety of country and western music, Mr Rex - magician, an animal farm, live entertainment, Easter egg hunt and plenty more activities of the kids.

Rushworth’s local tourist attractions and shops are all open, so the streets are lined with bargains. The Easter Saturday market stall and wood auction are a bargain hunters delight.

Easter Sunday Easter Sunday at Moora Rec Reserve (7 km west of Rushworth) allows interaction with Draught Horses. Kids (big and small) can enjoy Old fashion Children’s games, Watch the Draught Horses at work, Wagon and stage coach rides, "Tug of War" between Draught Horse and Children. Catering is available all day. This is your chance to get up close with the Gentle Giants (draught horses). For more info check out the website

Stawell The Stawell Easter Gift Festival
• April
Held in Central Park Oval during April, there are three days of heats and finals of the world's leading professional footrace.

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.

May Events - Victoria

Location Event

Halls Gap
Grampians Grape Grape Escape Wine and Food Festival
• Annual festival held early May
Wine, food, live music and more.
Halls Gap
Grampians Wildflower and Arts Show
• early October
A annual exhibition of local wildflowers and art displays held early October. Arts and craft sales, children’s activities and guided wildflower walks and other excursions.

Great Ocean Road The Great Ocean Road International Marathon
• May
The Great Ocean Road Marathon is held in Apollo Bay, Victoria Australia.
The Great Ocean Road provides the most spectacular and challenging course of any marathon in the world and the program of events will appeal to runners and walkers of all abilities. This is a great opportunity to participate in a unique event along some of the World's most spectacular coastline.

June Events - Victoria

Location Event

Contact the local visitor centres for more information:

Otway Coast
Port Fairy
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

Kilmore Kilmore Celtic Festival
• Annual event held the last weekend in June
A festival celebrating the early Celtic settlers and their influence on the area. There is folk and Celtic music, markets, musical instrument workshops and dance.

Mount Beauty Ski Season Opening Celebrations
• June (Queen's Birthday weekend)

Omeo Omeo Back to Back World Wool Challenge
• June long weekend (Queens Birthday long weekend)

Stawell Stawell Hot Air Balloon Festival
• June
Held in June is the State Ballooning Championships based at Laidlaw Park.

Woodend Woodend Winter Arts Festival
• Queens Birthday Weekend (June)
A feast of music, literary and visual arts... The arts festival celebrates many different types of art, music and literature.
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