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Some forthcoming events:

Chestnut Festival
Held annually by the Mt Dandenong Preschool on the Kalorama Reserve in the Dandenong Ranges. Market stalls, fair ground rides, fairy floss, hot food and, of course, roasted chestnuts! Full details at Chestnut Festival.



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Public Art
There is much public art to be seen on the streets at any time of day as well as in many public buildings. More information on public art in Melbourne. In addition, public bodies such as the City of Melbourne sponsor temporary artworks and installations in laneways and public spaces.

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Flying Display
An interactive flying display at the RAAF Museum which introduces visitors to the history of Australian military aviation and provides an opprtunity to see the aircraft close up and ask questions of the pilot before they take to the skies.

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Family Day at Collingwood Children's Farm
On Family Days there are free pony rides, hay rides, a BBQ and activities matching the monthly theme.

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Family Bike Rides
The Melton Cycling Club operates family bike rides along bike baths in Melton and Caroline Springs and twice a month.

  • Caroline Springs;- Every 1st Sunday of each month leaving the Civic Centre.
  • Melton:- Every 3rd Sunday of each month leaving Hannah Watts Park


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Sunset Series 2017

The 2017 Sunset Series is a vibrant program consisting of a four-hour Saturday and Sunday program in Fitzroy Gardens held over two weekends in January.

Saturday evenings are traditionally focused on local bands and offer a relaxed vibe. Sunday evenings are dedicated to music and dance with a fun interactive workshop component.

  • Saturday 14 January
    Presented by Foreign Brothers and featuring Rat Child; Laneous; Alaariya; and The CoreTet.
  • Sunday 15 January
    Presented by Melbourne Salsa and featuring Juan Cretino; Melbourne Salsa workshop; Orchestra LA 45; and The Latin Dance Company.
  • Saturday 21 January
    Presented by MzRizk and featuring Neil Morris; Sista Selekta; MzRizk featuring Thando and Au Dray; a MzRizk DJ set; Silver Linings featuring Peril; and Fulton Street.
  • Sunday 22 January
    Presented by Amrita Hepi and with a welcome to country, smoke ceremony and dancers, also featuring Sovtrax; traditional dance workshop; Paul Gorrie DJ set; pop-culture workshop by Amrita; Sezzo Snot DJ set; and Deep Soulful Sweats.

In addition there will be food vans in attendance including Mr Burger, O Tuga Tastes of Portugal, Yo India and Sweet Forbidden Journey.



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Government House Open Day
As part of Australia Day, citizens and visitors are invited to visit Government House, inspect many rooms not normally open to the public and enjoy a picnic on the lawns. Music and entertainment throughout the day.
 

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Australia Day Picnic & Historic Vehicles Display
The popular historic vehicle display, with more than 500 veteran and vintage vehicles, entertainment, free activities and food stalls.

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Fairfield Summer Series 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Fairfield Summer Series brings a variety of performers to the Fairfield Amphitheatre for a series of free shows each Sunday in February from 5pm to7:30pm. Featuring serious local talent from established and emerging artists, Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the City of Yarra. Enjoy tantalising international delicacies from the Social Studio.

Fantastic Voyage - Sunday 5th February

Be ready to be taken on a Fantastic Voyage through genre and tradition as we kick off the Fairfield Summer Series with an eclectic line-up headed by The Cactus Channel. Melbourne’s flamenco rockers Malcura will get your heart racing whilst Kozmik County will supply Psychedelic Eastern music to make your feet slide and your mind expand. Top this off with unique and specialized dance stylings from Studio J and you’re set on a journey beyond the leafy banks of the Yarra.

Station to Station - Sunday 12th February

PBS 106.7 FM Stone Love presenter Richie 1250 will be taking punters from Station to Station of the African musical diaspora. Foreign Brothers’ The Core-tet will be laying down the funk and soul with moves from Metaphysical Groove. Alariiya is bringing the Afro-beat. Dig Deep will be showcasing local hip-hop talent. International stars from I Love Dancehall will show you how to shake.

Let’s Dance - Sunday 19th February

Chris Gill, the host of 3RRR’s ’102.7FM’ Get Down, is hosting a dance party ripe for busting out some serious moves. Neil Morris is opening the show with a very special performance. Latin heroes San Lazaro will be there preceded by a Bindaas Salsa workshop for those not in the know. New-kids-on-the-Melbourne-Soul-Block, The Do Yo Thangs, are going to get you up and moving.

Changes - Sunday 26th February

Celebrating the next wave of Melbourne’s biggest talent Changes will be headed up by Billy Davis & The Good Lords. After a smashing year Thando will be showing audiences what she has been cooking up. See what’s happening in Melbourne’s poetry scene with spoken word fusion darlings Lay & Soreti: The Moment. As well as hosting the evening, Anna ’Pocket Rocket’ Lumb will be reveling in the renaissance of the Hula with an interactive performance.

Bring your friends, family and a picnic rug to witness a range of of Melbourne’s music and arts. Ride a bike, walk the Main Yarra Trail or catch a train – the Fairfield Amphitheatre is a 5 minute walk from Fairfield Station and just 16 minutes by train from Melbourne’s CBD.

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Sidney Myer Free Concerts - The Russians

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The Sidney Myer free concerts at the Music Bowl is always one of White Hat's favourite Melbourne events. Relax under the stars with a picnic and perhaps some champagne while listening to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play some of the world's great music.

In this concert the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Benjamin Northey (conductor) and Jayson Gillham (piano) perform:

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Admission is free and gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis. Full conitions of entry can be viewed here.

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Sidney Myer Free Concerts - Romeo & Juliet

Crowwd at Sidney Myer Free Concert

The Sidney Myer free concerts at the Music Bowl is always one of White Hat's favourite Melbourne events. Relax under the stars with a picnic and perhaps some champagne while listening to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play some of the world's great music.

In this concert the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Benjamin Northey (conductor) and Claire Edwardes (percussion)  perform:

Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Admission is free and gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis. Full conitions of entry can be viewed here.

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Yarraville Festival

The Yarraville Festival has been operating since 1981 and has steadily grown into one of Melbourne's liveliest community festival and White Hat feels that the location helps add to the genuine village atmosphere. There is music across 7 stages from local professional and community performers, everyone will find something that they enjoy.. Kids of every age, from toddlers to teenagers, will hear music suitable for their age group, and a range of activities and rides are available for them. From jumping castles to carnival rides to bungee jumping, with many of the rides free.

The Yarraville Festival also features its annual market with plenty of stalls. Selling everything from vintage clothing, food and handmade gifts the market is a great opportunity for visitors to pick up a bargain.

Further details at Yarraville Festival

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Sidney Myer Free Concerts - La Valse

Crwd at Sidney Myer Free Concert

The Sidney Myer free concerts at the Music Bowl is always one of White Hat's favourite Melbourne events. Relax under the stars with a picnic and perhaps some champagne while listening to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra play some of the world's great music.

In this concert the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with Kazuki Yamada (conductor) perform:

Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, including a 20-minute interval

Admission is free and gates open at 4.30pm, entry is on a first in, best dressed basis. Full conditions of entry can be viewed here.

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Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm

For White Hat, the Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm is one of the special events of the year. We strongly recommend you gather the family together and get down to one of the most special gardens in Australia as there is only one chance a year for the general public to experience it at the special time of twilight.

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White Night Melbourne

  • Flinders Street Station
  • Forum Theatre

White Night Melbourne uses installations, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events in a 12 hour overnight event that transforms the city into a wonderland.

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Moomba Festival

Melbourne's long running community festival featuring rides, activities and entertainment in Birrarung Marr and the Alexandra Gardens. The Moomba fireworks will occur from 9.30 to 9.45pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights and the best viewing points can be had on the banks of the Yarra in Birrarung Marr or the Alexandra Gardens.

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Moomba Fireworks

The annual Moomba Fireworks running over three nights.

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Moomba Parade

The parade runs northbound on St Kilda Road (on the park side of the road) between Dorcas St and Linlithgow Avenue.

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Darebin Community and Kites Festival

White Hat attended and enjoyed this festival over a number of years and watched it grow into the highly popular community event it has now become. Music, free activities and kite flying and food from around the world with plenty of free activities. Bring your own kite or buy one there or simply watch the amazing array of kites flying. This year, the festival has been incorporated into True North - Reservoir Arts Festival - and moved to Edwardes Lake Park.



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Heritage Apple Festival

Join the Diggers Club team for a weekend of heritage apple festivities and celebrations.

Taste test and choose the best heritage apples and pears, sample freshly pressed apple juice and cider, taste and buy delicious baked apple pies and strudels.

For the green thumbs join garden tours and learn about the history and making of this beautiful garden and pick-up gardening tips at the free gardening workshops.

Book into an Apple Masterclass with the heritage apple experts, Pete the Permie and David Key and sample cider from local makers. Learn all about cider making at the demonstrations.

Listen to live music at the Fork to Fork Café while you enjoy a menu inspired by the autumn harvest and complimented by wine.

Children activities on Sunday between 11am-2pm



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The Piers Festival

 

The Piers Festival is held at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne during Victoria’s Term 1 school holidays. The day will be headlined by singer/songwriter Archie Roach alongside new global musical collaborations, kids’ activities, forums, exhibitions and a gourmet foods from Victoria’s artists and cultural communities. Schedule includes:

  • Main Stage will feature one of Australia’s finest celtic rock bands Claymore, Italian Greek aficionados Magna Grecia, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde’s wide spanning repertoire from Romanian gypsy to Klezmer, Arabic, Macedonian and other Balkan melodies, powerful mana from Polynesian dance group Nuholani, Melbourne’s favourite 60s Asian/Western garage pop explosion Empat Lima, sensational high energy collaborators Amaru Tribe & The Lalibelas ft. Oscar Jiminez and Nhatty Man, headlined by Australia’s iconic and profound Indigenous voice and musician Archie Roach.
  • The Landing will bring together a collection of some of Victoria’s most active cultural associations representing their communities and culture through exhibitions, activities and performances.
  • What Happened at the Pier is curated by Lella Carridi and will feature live poetry readings, forums and musical responses inside The Gatehouse on Princes Pier alongside an exhibition of artefacts and moving image illustrating the narratives from the artists and Memory Keepers who arrived to Melbourne from Princes Pier
  • Cultural games, roving activities and performers
  • Food stalls and food trucks from local providers

Piers Festival celebrates and reflects on the collective historical and contemporary migration stories at its site, Princes Pier, the significant entry point where almost half of Australia’s post World War II refugees arrived. The Festival brings to life the pivotal role Princes Pier played from 1915 to 1969 in Victoria’s growth and as a gateway to the diversity of cultures that enrich our community. With 12,000 attendees in 2015, Piers Festival has grown to become an annual fixture in Victoria’s cultural calendar and a significant occasion to acknowledge and bring to light our Indigenous and multicultural talent.



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Fiesta Malaysia

Fiesta Malaysia is a day of celbration at Federation Square attracting over 20,000 people. It aims to  introduce the rich Malaysian history, people, language and culture to those who attend and to enhance the bilateral and multilateral relationship between Malaysia and Australia.In addition it aims to foster, support and promote business and investment opportunities between Malaysia and Australia To introduce Malaysia as a land of diverse races, religions, festivities and cultural heritage in line with the theme for Fiesta Malaysia 2016, ‘Sharing the Culture'. More information at Fiesta Malaysia.



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Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture
For the entire month of may, Toorak Village businesses will display contemporary sculptures in their windows and bolted to the pavements along Toorak Road. Take your time surveying the sculptures as well as the shops. Please enjoy 'a decade of sculpture' and take advantage of the warm hospitality of the traders in the village. Catalogues are available from any of the shops in the village and all sculptures are for sale. Toorak Village is between Wallace Ave and Grange Rd, just east of Williams Rd. Simply catch the no 8 tram from Federation Square, along Toorak Road to stop no 35.

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Docklands Winter Fireworks

Start your weekend with a spectacular light show during July and August with the free Friday night fireworks over Docklands. Arrive early or stay late to enjoy sparkling entertainment set to delight kids big and small, from live music to roving performers. If you are feeling peckish, warm up with a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and bars along the Docklands waterfront before or after the show.

Entertainment starts at 6:30pm with fireworks lighting up the sky from 7:30pm.

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Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Commencing in 2007 the Gertrude Street Projection Festival has grown to become  one of inner Melbourne’s most visible and accessible free large scale arts festival. The festival celebrates projection art and lets us see familiar spaces and buildings in new, inspired ways. It’s a collaborative, volunteer effort of artists and traders, residents and community groups all brought together by The Gertrude Projection Association.

For 10 evenings in July and in over 38 sites, the length of Gertrude Street in Fitzroy is illuminated by the visions of talented projections artists for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Buildings, laneways, footpaths and tree trunks light up with site-specific, curated projections. The Festival’s diverse arts program celebrates and connects our diverse community.

White Hat can thoroughly recommend the festival as a showcase of the edgy, arty inner suburbs. more info >>

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The Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet

Melbourne is one of the few cities that can pin-point the time, date and the people who first founded it. The Melbourne Regatta was first held on 30 August 1838, making it the first in Australia. In 2016 the Melbourne Passenger Boating Association will deliver a magnificent waterside spectacle to celebrate the connection between Melbourne and the sea.

Born out of a river settlement, developed through trade and immigration, stabilised by gold and farming, the city owes much to the ships who made that connection. The rivers and the great bay have been bountiful, providing food, leisure, relaxation and a highway to the rest of the world. Discover too, the land before it became Melbourne. Learn about the people and the natural landscape that existed long before, and why this made Melbourne a perfect place to build a village.

See a spectacle of cruising boats, dressed especially for the occasion. Hop aboard free ferry cruises around Victoria Harbour, be part of a Welcome to Country ceremony, and hear Father Bob bless the fleet.

You can also enjoy live entertainment with Normie Rowe, along with reggae, calypso, and blues bands. Plus there'll be walking tours, story-telling, roving entertainers, a mass choir and the Sunday market with many food stalls and local cafes. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and excitement and celebrate Melbourne's maritime and indigenous history.



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Hurstbridge Wattle Festival

The festival celebrates Australian heritage, environment and community. To find out more about the significance of Wattle Day in Australia's history go to Another Date for Australia Day. Lots of family activities including steam train rides.



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Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar

Discover Scandinavia in Melbourne at the annual Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar in the beautiful gardens of the Swedish Church, Toorak. Festive atmosphere with stalls full of gorgeous items from Sweden, Denmark and Norway, especially imported for the Bazaar. Handicrafts, Scandinavian food, entertainment and lots of fun activities for the kids. Full information at Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar.

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Carols by Candlelight
An event that has become a popular part of the Melbourne calendar


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Running Days - The engines are impressive seen in action and on the last Sunday of each month (except December) many of them are fired up. There will always be at least one or two steam rollers or traction engines in steam, the stationary museum steams up, the big diesels and the vintage workshop also put on a display. There are over 400 engines and associated exhibits scattered through the exhibition sheds around the sites. The grounds have been developed from a raw industrial wasteland to a very pleasant park by the volunteer members of the club over the past 20 years with picnic tables, shade trees and BBQ facilities for picnickers. Ice Creams and cold drinks are available but no food except at rally times. The grounds and museum are open 11am till 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays except the Christmas - New Year period. The Miniature railway operates on Sundays (rides $2). Admission is by donation. To see it all running the best time to visit is rally time. Full information at Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club.

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Public run days once a month where a small charge applies. Children should be in the charge of an adult and enclosed footwear is required. Picnic and BBQ facilities are available. More information at the Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club website.

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Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

The Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium features marine life from the Southern Ocean and Antarctic regions. This means that locals can learn more about our own sea life while visitors from the northern hemisphere are likely to witness creatures they have never seen before. more info >>


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The Big Design Market

Featuring 230 stallholders across homewares, textiles, fashion, furniture, lighting, stationery, lifestyle & kids products. You can also attend creative workshops, pick up showbags at $25 each, or take advantage of the free kids activities. White Hat suggests that you may find a number of items suitable for Christmas gifts that are not your run-of-the-mill department store fare. Adults $2 - children 12 and under free. Details at The Big Design Market.



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Caribbean Gardens Market
A large market picnic area and a big range of new and second hand goods. On Wednesdays entry is free and there is access to and general market, food stalls and playground. On Sundays there is an entry fee and as well as the market there is a children's train and boat rides, rock climbing. Caribbean Gardens Market is close to the Eastlink freeway and is now oppen Fridays as well as Wednesdays and Sundays. It is closed Christmas Day.

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Children's Markets
Do you have kids aged up to 6 years? Stacks of outgrown excellent quality baby and children’s gear taking over your house? Be a stallholder at the Children’s Markets and turn that clutter into cold hard cash; it’s a fun day out with other mums, easy and promotes recycling. If you’re a designer of stylish and unique handcrafted children’s wares then this is the right place for you! We’d love to see your beautiful peices show cased here in our who’s there category below and on market day. $3 entry fee (kids free). Please note on the 14th of March, this market will move into the Main Street Festival as part of the Mordialloc Festival by the Bay More information at http://www.childrensmarkets.com.au/

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Immigration Museum
Covering Victoria's immigration history from the early 1800s to the present day. More information on the Immigration Museum

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Melbourne Tram Museum
This museum is a short tram ride from the city and contains a significant collection of heritage trams in the historic Hawthorn Tram Depot. It is open on the second Saturday of each month a month. More information >>

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National Gallery of Victoria - International Collection
Melbourne's premier gallery of international art. More information at NGV - International Collection.

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Peek A Boo Market - Baby & Childrens Market
Peek A Boo Market your baby & childrens market offers huge bargain prices on quality pre loved items related from newborn, baby to preschool kids. You can find just about everything from furniture, clothing, toys, prams, books, high chairs to car seats and many more. Entry Fee $2. To Book A Stall visit our website at www.peekaboomarket.com.au

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Peppertree Place
This community garden haven is open to the public from 10am to 12noon on the first Saturday of the month. It includes a

  • Coburg Edibles Swap - A free community exchange of home-grown garden produce. Eggs for lemons. Parsley for thyme. Seeds for recipes.

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Tall Ship Enterprize
Experience sailing on a replica of the ship that brought the first European Settlers to Melbourne. One hour sails, overnight adventure sails and many others. Fun for family and adventure seekers. More information about The Enterprize.

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Watsonia Pre-Loved Kids Toys & Clothing Sale
Stalls selling pre-loved babies and kids' toys, clothing and lots more. Bargains for everyone. No entry fees. Food available and kids entertainment.

You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.