Newsletter | #196 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #196 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #196 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday October 5 to Monday October 11, 2010.

This week... the Melbourne International Arts Festival begins, with exhibitions held all across the city, while the Melbourne Stencil Festival also gets its sneaker in the door with special events held at 1000Pound Bend, as opposed to the wall of your local milk bar.

There's also a swag of multicultural goings-on with Activation! (formerly known as Ashwood Family Fun Day) offering special activities to celebrate the Delhi Commonwealth Games (formerly known as a well-organised affair).

St Kilda fans looking to drown their woes might want to bop along to Shedfest, a weekend of open wineries held in the Yarra Valley, likewise for those who simply hate to see Collingwood win anything from a Premiership to a meat tray. Collingwood supporters can also join the revelry just to ruin it for everyone else.

This week Hisense Arena also plays host to one of the biggest dance events with Godskitchen making a return to Melbourne, this year with the doof-doof music accompanied by state of the art 3 Dimensional visuals. Most of those attending will be 2 Dimensional, accompanied by glow sticks and stupid pants that look like a skinned Muppet. Vale Fozzie Bear.

Major Events

EV Multicultural Spring Festival EV Multicultural Spring Festival, presented by Eastern Volunteers, will be a family fun day with rides, sideshow games, performances from various multicultural groups and stalls with crafts, community information and a great range of food. Held at Ringwood Lake, the event is free to attend.
When: Saturday October 9 - 10am to 6pm

Activation! Activation! is the newly named Ashwood Family Fun Day held in Chadstone. With a fresh name and feel, the day features kids' activities, workshops in circus, dance and drumming, and diverse food including the "Taste of Delhi"Zone, celebrating the Commonwealth Games.
When: Sunday October 10 - 11am to 3pm

Harmony Market Festival Harmony Market Festival showcases the best of Malaysian, Indonesian and Turkish food and tradition, right in the heart of vibrant Brunswick at St Ambrose Hall. Free to attend, the festival includes a great range of market stalls, fun for kids, live performances and much more.
When: Sunday October 10 - 10am to 6pm

Victorian Seniors Festival Week Victorian Seniors Festival Week features free and low-cost events held across Victoria and at the festival hub of Melbourne Town Hall. Celebrating the golden years and how to make the most of them, the festival includes musical performances, exhibitions, workshops and special displays.
When: October 3 to 10

Melbourne Fringe Festival Melbourne Fringe Festival is a celebration of Melbourne's vibrant and quirky arts culture with an extensive program of music, theatre, exhibitions and much more. Showcasing the talents of independent artists and performers at various venues, the festival includes performances for kids.
When: September 22 to October 10

The Tesselaar Tulip Festival The Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held in Silvan an hour away from Melbourne, is a vibrant festival that celebrates Spring with fields that feature more than half a million beautiful flowers. With themed weekends held throughout the festival, attractions include concerts, kids' days and more.
When: September 16 to October 13

Music & Arts Festivals

Melbourne International Arts Festival Melbourne International Arts Festival, Australia's premier celebration of performing arts, offers a program that draws on the talents of some of the finest artists and performers from across the world. With dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and more, it's held at various venues.
When: October 8 to 23

Melbourne Stencil Festival Melbourne Stencil Festival is a celebration of stencil art taking place at Melbourne's 1000 Pound Bend and other venues. Examining one of the most divisive sub cultures, the festival a charity auction along with forums, workshops, an award show and workshops for adults and kids.
When: October 8 to 24

Melbourne Music Melbourne Music, presented by the City of Melbourne, brings musical performances to laneways, trams, trains and squares with free concerts, public lectures and workshops. Featuring grass-roots and internationally renowned artists, it includes the search for Melbourne's best busker.
When: September 29 to October 10

Food & Wine Festivals

Shedfest Shedfest is a very special Open Winery Weekend that will see ten wineries along the Warburton Highway opening their doors to the public for two days with live music performances, entertainment for kids, wine tastings, local produce and much more, all set amidst the Yarra Valley.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10

Film Festivals

Digital Fringe, held as part of Melbourne Fringe, is a visual delight with imagery and film showcased throughout Melbourne in venues that include libraries, shopfronts and more, presenting the work of emerging and established artists in unique, and often novel, environments.
When: September 22 to October 10

Upcoming Events

To find out about future events in Melbourne, have a look at our new calendar, with details about many more events that lie ahead so you can jot them down on the to-do list , including Exhibitions, Live Gigs, Theatre, Markets, Expos and more..
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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

CONTEMPORANEA CONTEMPORANEA, held at the prestigious Smartartz Gallery in South Melbourne, is an exhibition of artworks from the Florence Biennale Australia Group, a collective of artists that have all been invited to and exhibited in Italy's Florence Biennale during the past 13 years.
When: October 7 to 19
Opening Night: Thursday October 7 - 6:30pm

Somewhat Different Somewhat Different, held at the gallery of RMIT, is an international touring exhibition showcases the work of over 100 key German and European designers. Celebrating the diversity of function, the Melbourne exhibition also features Screen Gown by Australian designers.
When: Until November 13 - Closed Sundays
Opening Night: Thursday October 7 - 6pm to 8pm

The Wild Awards The Wild Awards, held at the Barn Gallery of Montsalvat in Eltham, is an exhibition and sale of stunning 2 and 3 dimensional artworks created by members of the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia, an artist group that aims to foster the study, practice, and appreciation of all wildlife art.
When: October 8 to 29
Opening Night: Friday October 8 - 7:30pm

All's Well That Ends All's Well That Ends, showing at South Melbourne's Art At Cyclone, is an exhibition by Jason Moad that explores his interest in the way our experience of the world remains subjective. Setting an unsettling atmosphere, his works carry overtones of something having happened or yet to occur.
When: Until October 17 - Fridays to Sundays

The Bald Archy Prize Exhibition The Bald Archy Prize Exhibition, Australia's most popular comic portrait competition and alternative to the prestigious Archibald, will be showing at Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel. Judged by a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Maude, the works range from the hilarious to the bizarrely vulgar.
When: October 5 to November 6

Hurrah! Hurrah! is a group of artists who are drawn together by their passion for textiles, exhibiting their works at Steps Gallery in Carlton South. Formed 18 years ago, the exhibition of contemporary textiles, features works by Nola Bailey, Wanda McPherson and Karen Richards.
When: Until October 17 - Closed Mondays

Wallpaper Mandala Wallpaper Mandala, held at Obscura Gallery in St Kilda, is Emma Hack's new collection of works that expertly blend the female form into the wallpaper designs of the iconic Florence Broadhurst. The exhibition also celebrates Emma's 21st year of exploring body art with this photographic series.
When: Until October 21 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

Mortality Mortality, showing at Southbank's Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, features works by some of the world's leading artists, exploring life's journey from the beginning to the end. Part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, it includes works by Aleks Danko, Tacita Dean and others.
When: October 8 to November 28 - Closed Mondays

Returning to the Animal Within Returning to the Animal Within, held at Nexus Modern Art Gallery in South Melbourne, is an exhibition by Gillie and Marc Schattner, a husband and wife known for their striking paintings of dogs. With paintings and fibreglass sculptures, the works present the humanised perspective of a dog.
When: October 7 to 21 - Wednesdays to Sundays

We Grew Up in the Nineties We Grew Up in the Nineties, held at Collingwood Underground Carpark as part of Melbourne Fringe, showcases dance, theatre, film, photography, digital art, fashion and much more from the 90's, bringing together artists and performers to celebrate the era they grew up in.
When: Saturday October 9 - 3pm to 5pm

Objects of navigation Objects of navigation, showing at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane, is an exhibition by Russell Craig, exploring themes of movement and navigation with beautiful drawings that were inspired by Melanesian paddles used for propelling outrigger craft and canoes through water.
When: September 28 to October 9 - Tues to Sat

Roads Roads, held at Brunswick Street Gallery, is a photographic exhibition of images by Dominik Staszowski. Taken over a 7-month period, the photos detail life and experiences through 30 countries around the world with the collection consisting of works capturing both people and landscapes.
When: September 24 to October 7

Vern Sherman Drinks Tea and Other Tales Vern Sherman Drinks Tea and Other Tales, one of three exhibitions held at Collingwood gallery Off the Kerb, is a presentation by I & The Others, who have used a variety of media to created a series of works inspired by three and a half months spent in the United States last year.
When: September 24 to October 15

Virtual Encounter Virtual Encounter, presented at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Women's Centre, is an exhibition of recent works by Julia Bilecki. Her latest works are urban landscapes, her own rendition of the physical elements in an urban area or city, focusing on the daily dynamics of city living.
When: Until October 8

Visage Visage, held at the Upper Yarra Arts Centre, is Warburton's inaugural Portrait Competition featuring people who live, work and play in the Upper Yarra region. With works that are drawn, painted, sculpted and photographed, the exhibition depicts the lively, interesting and quirky characters.
When: Until October 7 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

ABBAWORLD ABBAWORLD, held at Federation Square, is an amazing multimedia exhibition that enables visitors to experience the music and magic of ABBA with state-of-the-art technology making a highly interactive experience where visitors can journey through ABBAWORLD'S 25 environments.
When: Until October 31

The Amazing Bodies Exhibition The Amazing Bodies Exhibition, held at Waterfront City in Docklands, is a chance to explore nature in a unique way with amazing displays of natural anatomical wonders. Using real body specimens, perfectly preserved, the exhibition shows muscular and bone structure in a captivating display.
When: Until October 31

Phar Lap Phar Lap will be the focus of a special exhibition held at the Melbourne Museum. Marking the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup and the 80th anniversary of Phar Lap's historic win, his impressive skeleton will be on display, on loan from Wellington's Te Papa Tongarewa Museum.
When: Until January 30, 2011

Left Behind Left Behind, held at Fitzroy North's Red Gallery, details the traces of life that linger in abandoned homes. Worn carpet, broken blinds and fragmented windows testify to years of occupation, while scattered possessions tell something of the nature of inhabitants once present and what they left behind.
When: Sept 22 to Oct 9 - Wednesdays to Saturdays

Tim Burton: The Exhibition Tim Burton: The Exhibition is a special showcase of works brought to Melbourne direct from direct from The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Held at ACMI in Federation Square, the exhibition brings together over 700 works that helped create Burton's films, including drawings, puppets and more.
When: Until October 10 - Open Daily

Expos, Launches & Open Days

AAAF Awareness Week AAAF Awareness Week, raising awareness about the hair-loss disease Alopecia Areata, will begin with a Wellbeing Expo held at Kingston Town Hall. Along with a yoga exhibition, a large variety of stalls and live entertainment, it includes a world record attempt for the Largest Gathering of Mohawks.
When: Sunday October 10 - Doors Open 10am

Werribee Sustainable Open Gardens Day Werribee Sustainable Open Gardens Day is a chance to check out six super sustainable landscapes that are inspiring, beautiful, productive, locally native and fun. All monies raised through ticket sales will assist maintenance of the gardens, enclosures and animals of Werribee Zoo.
When: Sunday October 10 - 10am to 4pm

Craft Expo Craft Expo, held at Carlton's Royal Exhibition Building, showcases do it yourself ideas, workshops and displays that celebrate the resurgence in popularity of handmade crafts. With everything from fashion and jewellery to quilting and more, many boutique retailers will be exhibiting at the expo.
When: Thursday to Sunday, October 7 to 10

Discover Casey Cardinia Expo Discover Casey Cardinia Expo, held at Berwick's Monash University, is an event that offers a great chance to explore what's on offer from local businesses and have fun. With giveaways, food and wine tastings, a pamper room, prizes and kids' entertainment, the expo is free to attend.
When: Saturday October 9 - 10am to 4pm

Seniors Festival Concert & Come and Try Expo Seniors Festival Concert & Come and Try Expo, free to attend at Hawthorn Town Hall as part of Victorian Seniors Festival Week, features a performance by the B# Big Band along with an expo offering information for seniors with stalls from a range of leisure, recreation and arts groups.
When: Thursday October 7 - Bookings Essential

Seniors Week Festival Seniors Week Festival will be celebrated at South Yarra's historic Como House with exclusive events for Senior's Card holders only. During the festival Seniors are invited to join guides for a mansion tour and choose from one of three delicious meal packages at discounted prices.
When: October 4 to 8

Pet Shows

Dog Day Out Dog Day Out, presented by DOGS Victoria to offer a fun day for families and their lovable canines, features dog training demonstrations, pet parades and other fun competitions. With events held at Geelong and Frankston, microchipping will be available at both events.
Geelong Dog Day Out: Saturday October 9
Frankston Dog Day Out: Sunday October 10

Performances & Theatre

I Could Be You I Could Be You, presented as part of the Girls At Work series at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is a new play by award winning author Hoa Pham. Based on true stories, the play examines the life of Shireen, an Indian international student who finds herself in Maribyrnong detention centre.
When: Tuesday to Saturday, October 5 to 9

Ad Nauseam: A Night of Infidelity Ad Nauseam: A Night of Infidelity, presented by AtticErratic, is a monologue following one man's night through the streets and bars of some city or other. Using poetic language and a musical score of waltzes and rock music, it's held at Collingwood Underground Carpark.
When: Tuesday to Thursday, October 5 to 7

Instability Strip Instability Strip, held at Theatre Works in St Kilda, is an original work of contemporary music theatre by Alison Richards, whose spoken and sung text is accompanied by a digital score by composer Natasha Moszenin and the viola-playing of Argentinian tango expert Guillermo Anad.
When: Tuesday to Saturday, October 5 to 9

Strange Currencies Strange Currencies, presented by Black Bubble Theatre, is the refreshing dark comedy by Harley Hefford. Held at South Yarra's Irene Mitchell Studio, the play explores the crazed determination of 8 Melburnians who each find themselves pining for the unrequited love of others.
When: Tuesday to Saturday, October 5 to 9

Oh Well Never Mind Bye Oh Well Never Mind Bye, performed by Red Stitch Theatre in St Kilda, is the Australian Premiere of by Steven Lally's engrossing political drama. Set amidst the 2005 terrorist attacks in London, the play questions the ethics of modern journalism and the pressures that drive the media.
When: Until November 6 - Wednesdays to Sundays

RENT RENT, presented by Whitehorse Musical Theatre in Nunawading, brings to the stage the hit rock musical that tells the story of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City.
When: October 7 to 17 (No Show October 12)

Inside Out Inside Out, playing at various venues to highlight Mental Health Week, is the award-winning play that tackles the impact of mental illness on families. Honest yet surprisingly funny, the play is a compassionate journey into one young man's mind and a mother's struggle to understand him.
When: October 8, 11, 12, 14 & 15

Life Without Me Life Without Me is award-winning playwright Daniel Keene's debut play for Melbourne Theatre Company. Performed at the Sumner Theatre in Southbank, the play follows the lives of guests in a rundown hotel in an eccentric fable about taking up residence and trying to move on.
When: October 9 to November 21

The Sound of Music The Sound of Music, presented by Geelong Lyric Theatre Society, brings to the stage the classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Based on the lives of the Trapp Family Singers with a story that's made it the world's most beloved musical, it's held at Geelong Performing Arts Centre.
When: October 8 to 16 - Fridays & Saturdays

Hairspray Hairspray, the ultimate feel good musical based on the cult movie by John Waters, will hit the stage in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre. Set in the USA town of 1960s Baltimore, the production follows the life of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger passion to dance.
When: October 2 to 31 | Book Now

For Whom the Bell Tolls For Whom the Bell Tolls, performed at Melbourne Fringe's Festival Hub of The Lithuanian Club in North Melbourne, is Telia Nevile's first solo show which explores high school where survival of the fittest still reigns supreme and the halls of learning are full of pitfalls, peaks and public scorn.
When: October 2 to 9 (Except Monday)

The Man Under the Bed The Man Under the Bed, presented by Controlled Chaos Theatre Company, is a fresh, fun and sexy comedy from writer and director Matt Young. Held at Fitzroy's Palookaville, it follows Kate as she takes Ben home for the first time when they both discover an unexpected visitor is already there.
When: September 29 to October 3 and October 5 to 9

Coma and the Good Times Coma and the Good Times, performed at Melbourne University, is an original work written and directed by Syn FM and Channel 31 personality Matthew Ziccone. Innovative and intriguing, the show follows the two simultaneous plays and realities, raising questions about life's many meanings.
When: September 30 to October 2 & October 6 to 9

Mary Poppins The Musical Mary Poppins The Musical, held at Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre, brings the classic books and beloved Disney film to the stage with a spectacular production that includes all of the best loved songs from the film including Chim Chim Cheer-ee and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
When: Until October 17 | Book Now

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Britney Spears: The Cabaret Britney Spears: The Cabaret stars Christie Whelan in the highly acclaimed performance that was a sell out at last year's Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Held at Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran, the show is a satirical and realistic look at the perils of fame as Britney shows us life through her own eyes.
When: October 6 to 24 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Carnival of Mysteries Carnival of Mysteries, held as part of Melbourne Fringe, transforms the venue of fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane into a scenic wonderland that features the work of 30 unique artists commissioned to respond to the Mysteries of Innocence, Passion, Mercy, Forgiveness and Love.
When: October 6 to 30 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

Atrocity Atrocity, held at Burlesque Bar in Fitzroy, is a shocking theatrical soap opera of sex, violence, beauty, horror and psychological play that is not for the faint of heart. Shock performance with music, song, dance and the art of wicked tease, the show is a night of Burlesque du Grand Guignol.
When: Sundays Until October 24
Also Playing: Tuesdays & Thursdays Until October 7

Expose Yourself Globally Expose Yourself Globally is a performance by Portable 2, your most necessary, naughtiest nurse. Quick with a quip, wicked with a whip, and wild about wellness, this nurse from the never regions who travels the world, is sharing her special brand of therapy at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club.
When: Until October 9 - Fridays & Saturdays

COURT! the Cabaret COURT! the Cabaret, performed at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival, is the show that all Netball players, umpires and fans have been waiting for as Caitlin, Rachel and Ruth walk new and seasoned players through the most popular team sport.
When: Until October 6 - Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Kitty Bang: Through The Magnifying Glass Kitty Bang: Through The Magnifying Glass, performed at The Order of Melbourne is the all-singing, all-dancing day in the life of the red-headed diva. Joined by talented pianist Peter Lubulwa, her sultry stylings include an eclectic selection of songs from The Beatles, Queen, Manfred Mann and others.
When: September 28 to October 7

Entertainment & Nightlife

A Taste of Lilith A Taste of Lilith is a special performance at The Palais in St Kilda, offering Australians a glimpse of the excitement of the iconic Lilith Fair, an American festival of female led bands. With Sarah McLachlan taking the stage on the night, she'll be joined by local gems Kate Miller-Heidke and The Verses.
When: Wednesday October 6

The Lowdown Street Orchestra The Lowdown Street Orchestra, one of Melbourne's own new-school New Orleans Brass Bands, will be performing at Fitzroy's Bar Open as part of Melbourne Fringe, covering Led Zeppelin's monumentous untitled fourth album in its entirety with a big fat dirty horn section thrown in the mix.
When: Wednesday October 6 - Doors Open 8pm

Kyle Taylor Kyle Taylor will be performing at the East Brunswick Club to launch his long awaited EP. A much-lauded artist in his hometown of Geelong, the performance is is his time to spread his wings and show the big wide world what he does with special support acts including Laura Knight.
When: Thursday October 7

Jeudi Jazzy Jeudi Jazzy, held at the cellar of Alliance Française in St Kilda, is a live performance by the New Impromptu Quartet. Featuring Alexander Nettelbeck, Khari Cabral Simmons and Ben Kosi Karsay, the band performs Jazz, Latin and Soul standards alongside their own original compositions.
When: Thursday October 7 - 8pm

Godskitchen 3D Godskitchen 3D sees one of the world's most renowned dance and rave events reach new heights with the Melbourne leg of the tour at Hisense Arena featuring stunning multimedia to present visual displays in full, mind-blowing 3D to the music of the best Trance DJs in the scene.
When: Saturday October 9

80 Gigs in 80 days 80 Gigs in 80 days is a marathon live music event by Nicolas Jorquera of Melbourne band 'I Heart Cusack,' which will see over 160 bands performing over 80 successive days at 80 different venues all over Melbourne and Regional Victoria with the events filmed for a documentary.
When: September 3 to November 21

Regular Gigs

Melbourne Jazz Jammers Melbourne Jazz Jammers, held at Collingwood's Leinster Arms Hotel, offers a great opportunity for musicians of any background to drop in, join in, listen in, meet other musicians and relax over a drink as the evening unfolds with anything from bebop to swing, blues, Latin and more.
When: Fridays - 6pm to Late & Sundays - 3:30pm to 6pm

House Of Blues House Of Blues, held at the Royal Standard Hotel in West Melbourne, is a special evening of music presented each week by the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society. With a featured artist invited to play each wee, performances are followed by an open jam session for all musicians.
When: Every Tuesday - 8pm


DiCE DiCE, the Digital Independent Cinema Exhibition held at Melbourne bar, 1000 £ Bend, is a monthly event that screens independent digital Australian feature films. With screenings followed by exclusive Q&A sessions with the filmmakers, the first event features Braille, a daringly ambitious heist film.
When: Wednesday October 6 - 7:30pm

ATOM Awards ATOM Awards, which recognises the best work in a wide range of media including animation, television and film, will showcase the work of finalists from Australian and New Zealand with free screenings of packaged programs held on the Big Screen at Federation Square.
When: Until October 20 - Wednesdays, 6pm

Comedy & Magic

Theatresports Theatresports, Melbourne's longest running improvisation comedy show, celebrates its 25th season with Silver Jubilee performances held at St Kilda's National Theatre where old meets new as a handful of Theatresports veterans take to the stage with upcoming improvisers barely as old as the show.
When: September 19 to November 21 - Every Sunday

Comedy With Grace Comedy With Grace, held weekly at the Grace Darling Hotel in Collingwood, is a platform for some of Australia's biggest names in comedy to test new material or polish some old, as well as showcase the best new up and comers from around the country with a new line-up every week.
When: Sundays - 7pm to 9pm

Melbourne For Kids

The Big Draw The Big Draw, held at Melbourne's ArtPlay, inspires children to put pen to paper in a celebration of drawing in all its forms. Free to attend, kids of all ages are invited to come along to ArtPlay to take part and explore the world of drawing with special activities held across the weekend.
When: October 9 & 10 (FREE but Bookings Essential)

The Meccano Model Exhibition The Meccano Model Exhibition, held by the Melbourne Meccano Club in Gardenvale, showcases the novel works of its members with displays of mechanisms and models with surprising contraptions that can even draw patterns and also displays of rare and obsolete Meccano sets and parts.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10


Circus Sunrise Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing with performances held in Sunshine. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances of Circus Sunrise feature juggling, acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!
When: Until October 17 - Sunshine

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances in Nunawading. Established in 1976, Silvers Grand Magic Circus offers a great show for people of all ages with performers including everything from jugglers and clowns to acrobats, international performers and more.
When: Until October 10 - Nunawading

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Brunswick Kindergarten Fete Brunswick Kindergarten Fete is a fun filled family event with a great range of activities including a petting farm, vintage fire engine rides, a jumping castle, a sideshow alley with games and prizes. There'll also be fantastic stalls with second hand books, toys, crafts and more on offer.
When: Saturday October 9 - 10am to 4pm

Ecofair Ecofair, presented by Sherbrooke Community School in in Sassafras to celebrate their 25th anniversary, will offer a fun and informative day for the family with environmental information tables, bric-a-brac stall, eco showbags, plenty of children's fun, good food and many sustainability ideas.
When: Saturday October 9 - 10am to 3.30pm

IN2 Collectables Retro-Fest IN2 Collectables Retro-Fest, held at Springvale's Sandown Racecourse, offers the finest collectable, hobby and memorabilia from traders from Melbourne, country Victoria and around Australia. Stalls at the event will feature 1000's of items for sale with rare collectables from many eras.
When: Sunday October 10 - 9am to 3pm

Taylors Hill Village Spring Fair Taylors Hill Village Spring Fair will see the Retirement Village host to a great day out for the family with something for everyone on the day. Along with Devonshire Tea and a Sausage Sizzle, there'll be stalls with crafts, cakes, plants, books and more as well as Historic Vehicles on display.
When: Sunday October 10 - 10am to 3pm

Mornington Peninsula Orchid Society Mornington Peninsula Orchid Society will be holding an orchid show in Centro Karingal shopping centre where members of the society will be selling orchids at good prices. There will also be culture and potting demonstrations held by local orchid experts regularly during the event.
When: October 3 to 9

Melbourne Market Guide

View MARKETS calendar to make the most of the rare sunny days (it's a coin toss, isn't it!) and head to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs for a bargain!

Markets, Fetes & FairsA growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
Fetes Fairs & Shows
Art & Craft Markets
Food & Produce Markets
Swap Meets
Garage Sales This Weekend

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Dining & Drink

Bendigo Heritage Uncorked Bendigo Heritage Uncorked is a moveable feast event that showcases the best on offer from the regions winemakers along with sumptuous food and entertainment by local musicians. With gourmet food from local chefs, the foodie tour visits heritage venues normally closed to the public.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10

Strathbogie Ranges Wine Show Weekend Strathbogie Ranges Wine Show Weekend is a chance to sample some of the best red and whites that the region has to offer. With a wine-judging event beginning the weekend, it includes a tasting dinner for the general public along with a day allowing visitors to enjoy Cellar Door Tastings.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 8 to 10

Beechworth Oktoberfest Beechworth Oktoberfest, held at Bridge Road Brewers, celebrates the German festival with a weekend of music featuring a traditional ohm pah band, fantastic food and great food that compliments the brewery's beers. Festivities include a special family day with children's activities.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 9 & 10

Oktoberfest Oktoberfest returns to Melbourne's European Bier Cafe in Exhibition Street with a celebration of beer, food and music held each Friday in Oktober. Embracing the traditional German Beer festival, it includes a live Oommpah band, German cuisine and plenty of bier specials by the stein
When: Fridays in October

Victorian Wine Showcase Victorian Wine Showcase, held at the Atrium of Federation Square, allows visitors to taste wines from regional Victorian Wineries and even meet with winemakers. This month's event will showcase wines selected from makers in the regions of Macedon, Ballarat & Western Victoria.
When: Wednesday & Thursday, October 6 & 7

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Each week we highlight some of the new business listings in the OnlyMelbourne Business and Services directory.

This week we suggest the following:

The Vintage Suits - A Talented Jazz Band...
Cook & Lees - Professional plumbing services...
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Sporting Events

Soccer | Hyundai A-League

Hyundai A-League - Week 9 Hyundai A-League - Week 9

Melbourne Heart v Melbourne Victory

Friday October 8 - 7:30pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne

Commonwealth Games

The 2010 Commonwealth Games The 2010 Commonwealth Games will be televised with free broadcasts held at Federation Square on the Big Screen and in the Atrium, giving Melbournians the chance to rally together and cheer on our local sporting heroes as they compete for Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
When: Until October 14 - 8am to 10pm

The Trots

Victoria's Spring Racing Carnival Victoria's Spring Racing Carnival showcases 50 days of premier world-class thoroughbred racing with 85 race meetings across the Victoria, including 20 Country Cups at venues such as Ararat. More than just a racing festival, the event highlights fashion, luxury dinners and more.
When: October 1 to November 19 - Various Venues

Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival

October Race Dates
Age Caulfield Guineas Day - Sat October 9
Schweppes Thousand Guineas Day - Wed October 13
BMW Caulfield Cup Day - Sat October 16

Country Racing Victoria Country Racing Victoria represents racing clubs in outer metropolitan areas like Werribee and Mornington along with small clubs in rural areas such as Edenhope and Towong.
Pakenham Racing Club, Guineas Day - October 9
Race Dates: Tuesday to Monday, October 5 to 11

Yarra Valley Racing Yarra Valley Racing, located at Yarra Glen, offers a great day out with the finest in racing entertainment along with great venues with regional food and wine.

Harness Race Dates
Monday October 11

Fun Runs & Walks

Buddy Walk Buddy Walk, held at Carlton's Princes Park as part of Down Syndrome Awareness Week, is a walk-a-thon event aimed at raising funds for and awareness of Down syn

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Drive-In Movie Club
Drive-In Immersive Cinema Nights Are Coming to Melbourne Put together by our friends at Hot Tub Cinema, a string of family-friendly, social distancing-safe, drive-in ..

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Things to see, hear & do this weekend
Make the most of your weekend in Melbourne with these fabulous events. No city does it better than Melbourne, so get out and discover the very best shows, festivals, ..

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