Newsletter | #199 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #199 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #199 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday October 26 to Monday November 1, 2010.

This week... there's much ado about town and across Victoria with celebrations covering everything from food and wine to music, writing and even a bit of nudge-nudge-wink-wink with all bets off during the more than risque OzKinkFest. As far as food and wine goes, there's the Toast to the Coast showcasing many a good drop in Geelong while cows can breathe a sigh of relief as the World Vegan Day Festival takes place in Abbotsford.

There's also some great music on the way with the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz taking place along with the Mildura Jazz Food & Wine Festival held over the long weekend - that'd be the long weekend leading up to the race that stops a nation, the Melbourne Cup.

While tempted to take a punt on the race of all races, I'll leave it for another day just now. My morning began by discovering the hot water system was kaput then later sitting down to repose thoughtfully on what would politely be called 'the white throne' only to have the plastic freshener snap upwards like a riding crop to hit me hard in the thoroughbreds.

Who knows, though, if the day picks up I might take it all as a sign of good fortune and place a bet after all. You might even find me at OzKinkFest, showered in cold water while being spanked with a Toilet Duck. Hardly likely, but if there's one thing we all know, it's that Melbourne's full of surprises.

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Major Events

Diwali Indian Festival of Light Diwali Indian Festival of Light will take place at Federation Square, celebrating the Hindu religious festival with stalls showcasing Indian cuisine, Indian jewellery and fashion. Other attractions include Bollywood dance performances, henna painting, rides and evening fireworks.
When: Saturday October 30

OzKinkFest OzKinkFest is a festival that celebrates the kinkier side of life, bringing excitement from the boudoir to various venues and nightclubs throughout Melbourne. With a program that caters to both the curious and experienced, the festival features special club nights, workshops and more.
When: October 29 to November 7

Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens invites the public to come and see eight established and diverse gardens, renowned for their roses and irises along with an inspiring range of dry-climate flowering plants. Special events are also held as part of the Open Garden program.
When: October 30 to November 7

Bright Spring Festival Bright Spring Festival showcases the vibrant sights, attractions and best of Bright with a series of events that include theatre, special dinners, film screenings and more. Highlights include the Halloween Fireworks Spectacular and Concert, open gardens tours, workshops and more.
When: October 23 to November 2

Food & Wine Festivals

Toast to the Coast Toast to the Coast, Geelong's annual festival celebrating wine, food and music, features over 200 wines showcased across 17 locations as Geelong region wineries open their cellar doors with wine tastings, special tours, live entertainment and food stalls offering the finest fare.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 30 & 31

World Vegan Day Festival World Vegan Day Festival, held at Abbotsford Convent, celebrates the eco and animal friendly lifestyle along with commemorating 66 years since the founding of the Vegan Society. Festivities include live music, food and campaign stalls, cooking demonstrations and much more.
When: Sunday October 31 - 10am to 5pm

Music & Arts Festivals

World Matters Literary Festival World Matters Literary Festival, held at Montsalvat in Eltham, celebrates ideas that can make a difference to the world. With the theme this year of Writers Disturbing the Peace, the festival program features poetry performances and notable guest speakers that include Tim Flannery.
When: October 27, 30 & 31

Australian Festival of Travel Writing Australian Festival of Travel Writing is a three-day program held at Melbourne's Wheeler Centre, held to promote travel and travel writing. With public forums and workshops, it features a line-up of writers, photographers, journalists, winemakers, comedians, performers and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 29 to 31

Mildura Jazz Food & Wine Festival Mildura Jazz Food & Wine Festival presents quality jazz with performances of traditional, swing and progressive jazz held at various venues. Highlights of the festival include Murray River cruises and the Fishers Annual Food and Wine Showcase with performances by The Hot Licks Trio.
When: Friday October 29 to Monday November 1

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz Wangaratta Festival of Jazz, one of the world's most highly regarded jazz festivals, features performances by renowned musicians from both Australia and overseas. Boasting a program of over 100 performances, the festival includes many other events with food, wine and more.
When: Friday October 29 to Monday November 1

Maldon Folk Festival Maldon Folk Festival offers a long weekend of quality entertainment for people of all ages with music, dance, theatre, poetry and more. Located in the historic township of Maldon, the festival program also includes workshops, kids' activities, plus an Instrument Makers Exhibition.
When: Friday October 29 to Monday November 1

Hume Festival of Music Hume Festival of Music offers a program of concerts and special events showcasing remarkable music from around the world at various venues within Hume. Celebrating the cultural diversity of Hume City, the festival is held in Spring to also celebrate the many open parks and gardens.
When: October 15 to November 7

Film Festivals

Brazil Film Festival Brazil Film Festival, screening at Carlton's Cinema Nova, showcases a program of films that offer films the images, sounds and flavours of the largest country in the southern hemisphere. The program features a special screening and closing party held at Melbourne's 1000 Pound Bend.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, October 27 to 30

Deakin on Film Deakin on Film, held at Federation Square's ACMI Cinemas, is a festival of film to showcase the quality and diversity of the work of students this year's Bachelor of Film and Digital Media and the Master of Film and Video. The special screenings is free to attend, but booking is required.
When: Saturday October 30 - 7pm

Greek Film Festival Greek Film Festival, held at Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra, presents a selection of contemporary films direct from Greece with this year's event offering and extended program that includes documentaries, short films, comedies and even two gruesome gems for fans of zombie movies.
When: October 13 to 31

Upcoming Events

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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

The Peninsula Art Society The Peninsula Art Society, established in 1954, will be holding their Annual Spring Show at their studio gallery in South Frankston. Artists will be demonstrating daily during the show, and refreshments will be available by the Red Cross with all proceeds going back to their organisation.
When: Friday October 29 to Tuesday November 2
Gala Opening: Friday October 29 - 7pm to 10pm (Entry Fee Applies)

Tides of Resilience Tides of Resilience, showing at St Kilda's Obscura Gallery, is an exhibition of photography by Rodney Dekker, which explores how climate change affects communities around the word, particularly in Bangladesh where a charity that builds schools will receive funds from the exhibition.
When: Until November 18 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

So far, so close So far, so close, the latest exhibition by Robert Hollingworth held at Richmond's Blockprojects, continues incursions into the unknown by exploring deep space where the artist looks for signs of intelligence, referencing Higgs Boson, String Theory and many other unseen things.
When: Oct 30 to Nov 25 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

Peter Jankowski Peter Jankowski, a member of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria, will be exhibiting at the Firestation Print Studio in Armadale. Titled, Dreaming of an Unconscious Mind, the exhibition features recent works that display an inspiring range of images, evocative of inner thoughts.
When: Until October 31 - Wednesdays to Saturdays

Playing House Playing House, an exhibition by Melbourne artist, Kevin Chin, showing at the West Wing of Melbourne Central, draws on Chin's own renovation experience to use painting and sculptural processes with home renovating materials to create works that include a vinyl laminate life-size bear rug.
When: October 21 to November 6

Mind Your Head Mind Your Head is the 27th Annual Prahran Mission Art Exhibition, held in Albert Park at the Foyer Gallery of Gasworks Arts Park. Showcasing the artworks produced by participants of Prahran Mission's art programs, the program covers a range of competitive visual art courses.
When: October 12 to 30

Husk Liberty Exhibition Husk Liberty Exhibition, held at Husk's Albert Park Store, is the latest exhibition of textiles, paintings and designs from gifted Melbourne artist and designer Sara Thorn. The exhibition includes a captivating array of watercolours, digital collage prints on cotton and inspiring hand embroidery.
When: October 13 to November 23

Hive Hive, one of three exhibitions showing at red gallery in Fitzroy North, is the first collaborative exhibition by Kate Zizys and Kim McDonald, Gippsland-based artists whose works feature prints, installations and drawings inspired by ideas of hive-mentalities and the shared motif of bees.
When: October 13 to 30 - Wednesdays to Saturdays

Stuck on St Kilda Stuck on St Kilda, presented by The Essence of St Kilda, is a public art installation, held outside and accessible to all. Featuring entries from the 2010 Essence of St Kilda Word and Photo Prizes, new and established photographers and writers have uniquely expressed how they view St Kilda.
When: October 15 to November 21

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

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

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

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

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

Expos, Launches & Open Days

The Glasshouse The Glasshouse, a children's picture book by Paul Collins and Jo Thompson, will be launched at Prahran Market where special guest Meredith Costain will open the event. The day offers activities for kids including quizzes and a prize for best-dressed look-a-like of Clara, the book's main character.
When: Saturday October 30 - 11:30am to 1pm

Made in Melbourne: Spring Racing Edition Made in Melbourne: Spring Racing Edition is an evening of luxury with the salon fashion show celebrating Melbourne designers that include Lady Petrova, Mina & Katusha, Pamela Usanto and Violet & I. Held at The Trust in Flinders Lane, the event supports The Royal Children's Hospital.
When: Saturday October 30 - Door Open 5pm

Restoration of the B-24 Liberator Bomber Restoration of the B-24 Liberator Bomber, Australia's last B-24 Liberator long range heavy bomber and one of only eight remaining in the world, is available for public viewing with people invited to watch the restoration taking place in a World War II hangars on the old Werribee airfield.
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays

eTraining Month eTraining Month, presented by Melbourne City Library, is a range of events that allow the public to learn more about the great range of eAudiobooks on offer and their new eBook collection. The information events will help members learn how to browse, borrow and download from their website.
When: Until October 29

Car Shows

Cars of the World Cars of the World, held at Yarra Valley's Rochford Wines, is a Show 'n' Shine charity event with proceeds going towards youth development programs at Blind Citizens Australia. Open for cars ranging from brand new to late 1800s, a mass convoy of cars will first depart from Wheelers Hill Hotel.
When: Sunday October 31

Car Clubs Showcase Series Car Clubs Showcase Series, held at Federation Square, features a different Car Club every month when ardent car enthusiasts and general public alike can wander through an amazing array of classic, modern and vintage cars. This month's event showcases the classic and iconic Porsche.
When: Sunday October 31 - 11am to 2:30pm

The Lexus CT 200h Tour The Lexus CT 200h Tour, taking place at Southbank's Queensbridge Square, invites the public to explore the CT 200h in a sophisticated virtual setting and be among the first in the world to experience the new CT 200h prototype. Visitors will also go into the draw to win great prizes.
When: Friday October 29 to Monday November 1

Performances & Theatre

Blood and Ice Blood and Ice, performed at Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel, is the Australian Premiere of Liz Lochhead's recently revised play. Set in 1816, the play explores the infamous house party in which Frankenstein author, Mary Shelley took up a challenge to see who could write the most horrifying story.
When: Oct 29 to Nov 13 - Wednesday to Sunday
Preview Performance: Thursday Oct 28 - 8pm

Velvet Rebel - A Girl's Own Adventure Velvet Rebel - A Girl's Own Adventure is the tale of a brilliant scholar, traveller and public figure, presented by the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. The new play by Peter Hepworth details the life of Jessie Stobo Watson Webb, one of the founders of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
When: Tuesday & Saturday, October 26 & 30

Five Days in March Five Days in March, playing at The Arts Centre, is a performance of experimental storytelling from Japan's lost generation. Directed by Toshiki Okada, the award-winning play explores the grand scale event of war contrasted with an affair between a couple of young Japanese urban hipsters.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, October 27 to 30

The Object of My Affection The Object of My Affection, held at Gasworks Arts Park, is a series of monologues by Full-Skirted Productions. From an eighteenth century bride to a twenty-first century narcissist, the play explores the manifestations of love, obsession and addiction in the lives of six different women.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, October 27 to 30

Monsters in My Closet Monsters in My Closet, performed at The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, combines Ben Hudson's formidable height with his haunting deep baritone voice with a performance perfect for Halloween and set to titillate and spook, blending songs with tales of Pumpkin Kings, Bearded Ladies and more.
When: Thursday to Sunday, October 28 to 31

Iolanthe Iolanthe, Gilbert and Sullivan's first masterpiece, will be performed at The Alexander Theatre of Clayton's Monash University. Presented by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Victoria, the play is a satiric fantasy about the love between Phyllis and Strephon, the son of a fairy, Iolanthe.
When: Until November 6 - Fridays & Saturdays

Mr Balkan Mr Balkan, held at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston, is a tragic comedy that traces the emotional trauma and tragedy of a little known period of Macedonian and European history where Macedonian children were removed from their native homes during the Greek Civil war.
When: Friday October 29

Oklahoma Oklahoma, presented by Nova Music Theatre at The Whitehorse Centre in Nunawading, brings the classic musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein to the stage in a performance for people of all ages with songs that include "Oh What a Beautiful Morning"and "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top".
When: October 22 to November 7 - Fridays to Sundays

The Laramie Project The Laramie Project, performed at Hallam Community Theatre, is the play by Moises Kaufman that draws on public interviews to explore the death of Matthew Sheppard, an American student who in 1998 was kidnapped, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die, simply because he was gay.
When: Thursday to Saturday, October 28 to 30

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

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

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

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 February 13 | Book Now

Classical, Choral & Recitals

Ovation Ovation, presented by La Prima Opera at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, is a performance featuring beautiful solos, duets and trios from your best loved operas including Carmen, La Boheme, The Barber of Seville, Cosi Fan Tutte, Rigoletto, Tales of Hoffmann and many more.
When: Wednesday & Thursday, October 27 & 28

Celtic Woman Celtic Woman, held at The Palais in St Kilda, is a concert that brings the talents of vocalists Lisa Kelly, ChloŽ Agnew, Lynn Hilary, and fiddler Mairead Nesbitt together. With each performer offering a unique and distinctly different style, they tell the journey of the modern Celtic Woman in song.
When: Friday & Saturday, October 30 & 31

Verdi's Requiem Verdi's Requiem will be performed by Camberwell Chorale at Hawthorn Town Hall. Established in 1944 and formed by local people, the community choir will perform alongside the West Gippsland Chorale and the Camerata Orchestra and guest soloists that include Katherine Grey and Kerrie Bolton.
When: Sunday October 31

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Something Blew Something Blew, performed at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is a new contemporary dance production by 2nd Toe Dance Collective. Examining the current socio-climate, the performance explores perversity, sexual confusion and how we might abuse our primary need for love.
When: Oct 27 to Nov 6 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

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

Entertainment & Nightlife

Pat Benatar Pat Benatar, the legendary rocker and four-time Grammy Award winner, will be performing at The Palais in St Kilda, accompanied by guitarist, collaborator and soul mate, Neil Giraldo. Playing hits that include 'Love Is a Battlefield,' they'll be joined by iconic '80s all-female band, The Bangles.
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, October 26 & 27

Thirsty Merc Thirsty Merc, one of Australia's most loved bands, will be appearing at Melbourne's Astor Theatre as part of their tour. With their live shows earning them a reputation as one of the most exciting bands on stage, they showcase an unrivalled level of musicianship with cleverly crafted songs.
When: Friday October 29

100% Kylie 100% Kylie is the smash hit show that delivers an astonishing and captivating performance, celebrating Australia's 'Princess of Pop', Kylie Minogue. Spoken highly of by Kylie Minogue herself, the tribute show is a grand stage spectacular that will be appearing at the Yarraville Club.
When: Friday October 29 - 9pm

Concert for Palestine Concert for Palestine, taking place at MUA Hall in West Melbourne, features a mix of hip hop, rock, folk, world music and spoken word with all the performers united in solidarity with the people of Palestine and against racism and war. Delicious Middle Eastern meals are available on the night.
When: Saturday October 30

Another World Another World, held at Hisense Arena, is a music festival held especially for under 18s. With a line-up of more than 30 acts, normally gone unseen by younger fans due to licensing and pricing, the alcohol free event features Bliss N Eso, The Potbelleez, Pez, Paris Wells and other big names.
When: Monday November 1 - 5pm to 11pm

The Substitutes The Substitutes, Melbourne's most authentic '60s band, will be performing at Carnegie Hall. With the soaring vocals and fluid guitar of Dennis Millar from the legendary 70's band "Buster Brown", the band performs songs spanning The Beatles, Small Faces, Yardbirds and more with real spirit.
When: Monday November 1

Alysia Manceau Alysia Manceau, performing at The Builders Arms in Fitzroy, has a unique style that blends alternative country with folk revivalism. With performances that draw comparisons with Neil Young, Neko Case and PJ Harvey, she'll be supported by The Velocettes and The Busty Insects.
When: Thursday October 28

Car Park Parties Car Park Parties will be held at the Laurel Hotel in Ascot Vale to celebrate Cox Plate and Derby Day during the Victorian Spring Racing Carnival. Featuring live performances by Superdudes and DJ's, the nights offer great entertainment close to both Moonee Valley and Flemington.
When: Saturday October 30 - 6pm to Late

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

Trivia Nights

Pacific Quest Trivia Night Pacific Quest Trivia Night, held at Mulgrave Community Centre, offers a fun night of trivia, games and prizes. Proceeds from the night will support Ben Turner, who in 2012 will embark on a solo non-stop row across the Pacific Ocean to help raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.
When: Friday October 29 - 7:30pm to 11:30pm


Melbourne Horror Film Society Melbourne Horror Film Society, a not-for-profit group that holds monthly film sessions with a generous entry fee by membership. This month, in honour of Halloween, they'll hold special screenings at St Kilda's Astor Theatre and Melbourne's at Melbourne's cinema bar, 1000 Pound Bend.
When: October 27, 29 & 31

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

Melbourne For Kids

Halloween at Coal Creek Halloween at Coal Creek is one of South Gippsland's biggest events with a wonderful community celebration held at Korumburra's Coal Creek offering family-friendly entertainment that includes discos, roving performers, apple bobbing, a haunted house and a dress up competition.
When: Sunday October 31

Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally, held just outside of Ballarat at The Perfect Living Museum, offers a great day out for the family with grand parades of vintage steam powered vehicles and displays of restored steam engines, power generators, steam rollers and even a working 90 tonne steam shovel.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 30 & 31

Kerrisdale Mountain Railway Cup Steamfest Kerrisdale Mountain Railway Cup Steamfest, situated between Seymour and Yea, offers fun for all the family with the live steam museum showcasing visiting engines, Sausage Sizzle packages available on all days throughout the Steamfest, kids' prizes and scenic train rides.
When: Saturday October 30 to Tuesday November 2


Perry Bros Circus Perry Bros Circus, Australia's oldest circus, will be appearing in Bayswater North, offering quality entertainment to please the entire family. With wire walkers, Jugglers, Whip crackers, balancing acts and more the circus also features performing ponies and camels along with their very funny clowns.
When: Until November 7 - Bayswater North

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances in Noble Park. 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 November 7 - Noble Park

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Mountains of Books Fair Mountains of Books Fair, held at Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve Hall in the Dandenong Ranges, features thousands of used, out-of-print and rare books from booksellers across Victoria. With genres including children's, gardening, art and more, you can also meet local authors.
When: Saturday & Sunday. October 30 & 31

Camberwell Fair Camberwell Fair, taking place at Box Hill Town Hall, is Australia's longest running fair for Records, Comics and Cards. Perfect for collectors and enthusiasts of many different passions, the fair has 1000's of collectible items, offering Memorabilia, Records, Comics, Stamps and more.
When: Sunday October 31 - 9.30am to 4pm

Orchids on High Street Orchids on High Street, presented by Mornington Peninsula Orchid Society, is their 16th annual Summer Orchid Show, held in St Paul's Church Hall in Frankston. Members of the society will be selling spare orchids at good prices along with providing culture and potting demonstrations.
When: Saturday & Sunday, October 30 & 31

Melbourne Market Guide

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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!
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Dining & Drink

Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase Fed Square Microbreweries Showcase, held at the Atrium of Federation Square, is a chance to meet brewers from Melbourne and regional Victoria. Ticket holders receive a $5 food voucher and can sample boutique beers including those of Buckley's Beers, Mildura Brewery and more.
When: Thursday & Friday, October 28 & 29

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

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Sporting Events

Hyundai A-League - Week 12 Hyundai A-League - Week 12

Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United

Friday October 29 - 8pm
Marvel Stadium, Docklands

Rugby League

Rugby League Four Nations Rugby League Four Nations

Australia vs England

Sunday October 31 - 6:30pm
AAMI Park (Melbourne Rectangular Stadium)

Motor Sports

The Crusty Demons The Crusty Demons will be returning to Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena with their Thirst 4 Destruction tour presenting their craziest and most spectacular show ever. The extravagant production features world famous freaks, ridiculous stunts, the stunning Crusty Babes and more.
When: Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 30

Off-Street Drag Racing at Calder Park Off-Street Drag Racing at Calder Park offers a safe way for competitive drivers to show their skills on the quater mile with Street Cars and Comp Cars allowed on the track.
Spring Horse-Power Challenge Testing
Saturday October 30
Gates Open 8am - Registration Required

The Trots

Melbourne Cup Carnival Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington Racecourse offers all the excitement of the world-renowned four-race carnival.
Saturday October 30 - AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Tuesday November 2 - Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
Thursday November 4 - Crown Oaks Day
Saturday November 6 - Emirates Stakes Day

Tatts Cox Plate Tatts Cox Plate, promoted as 'The Race Where Legends Are Made', lives up to its billing at Moonee Valley. Introduced in 1922 in honour of the founder of Moonee Valley, William Samuel Cox, the Tatts Cox Plate carries total prize money of $3,050,000, the 2nd richest race behind the Melbourne Cup.
When: Saturday October 23

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

The Bendigo Cup The Bendigo Cup, hosted by Bendigo Jockey Club, is a listed open handicap race over a distance of 2200m. A good lead up race for the Melbourne Cup held at Flemington, the race is worth $150,000 in prize money.

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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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