Newsletter | #202 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #202 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #202 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday November 16 to 22, 2010.

This week... multicultural celebrations abound yet again with Festivals covering the traditional fares of Nepal, Spain, Poland and even the distant land of Clunes. There's much ado at CERES in East Brunswick, celebrating the Kingfisher and its decision to roost on the fair banks of Merri Creek, and in Berwick you can regale in all things historical with the Timeline Fair showcasing re-enactments from eras as far back as ancient Greece.

For those who are lacking in agility and grace, there's the Klop Championships at Birrarung Marr where they can try their hand at the popular sport from Finland which involves throwing a wooden peg while enjoying free entertainment.

Things also get a tad saucy on the cinematic front with the Sexy International Film Festival bringing some titillation to Melbourne's indie screens with a program of risque shorts, and not the kind worn by those dubious joggers. I swear there was one in Brunswick Street once who put me off dim-sims for years.



Major Events


Sacred Kingfisher Festival Sacred Kingfisher Festival, held at CERES Community Environment Park in East Brunswick, celebrates the Sacred Kingfisher's return in 1993 to its traditional nesting grounds of the Merri Creek. The festivities include an Organic Market, a huge community parade, photo displays and dancing.
When: Saturday November 20


Nepal Festival Nepal Festival, held at Federation Square, brings the sounds, sight and smells of Nepal to the heart of Melbourne with live performances of Nepalese cultural music and dances, a fashion parade, food stalls, displays of arts, crafts, photographs and paintings and entertaining activities.
When: Saturday November 20 - 11am to 11pm


Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair, celebrating Diamond Creek's community, allows local groups including The Scouts to raise funds and promote their activities. The Fair has many activities including a large carnival area with rides and sideshow activities along with a Grand Parade and fireworks.
When: Saturday November 20


Johnston Street Hispanic Fiesta Johnston Street Hispanic Fiesta, Fitzroy's iconic festival, is a weekend of fun, music, food and infectious Latin grooves. The award-winning Latin festival showcases the culture, heritage and traditions of Spanish speaking nations with markets, arts, sports demonstrations, costumes and more.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21


Clunes Agricultural Show Clunes Agricultural Show, now celebrating 150 years, is a great family day out that offers activities and attractions for people of all ages. Along with animal events, children's rides and a home crafts pavilion, the show includes a Vintage Engine Display, competitions and a Grand Parade.
When: Saturday November 20


Anatolian Alevi Festival Anatolian Alevi Festival, celebrating Turkish culture, is a festival dedicated to Abdal Musa, one of the founders of ancient philosophical ideologies that embrace unity and peace. With poetry, dance, art, children's games and food, the event is held at Coburg Lake Reserve.
When: Sunday November 21 - 10am to 6pm


Polish Festival Polish Festival brings a taste of Poland to Melbourne's Federation Square with a day of delectable food, festive music and more. Free to attend, the festival showcases the various elements of Polish culture with dance performances, craft activities for children, market stalls and more.
When: Sunday November 21 - 10am to 5pm


Timeline Fair Timeline Fair, held at the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick, brings history to life with performances and re-enactments that relive the traditions of heroes, legends, swordsmen and soldiers across many eras. The weekend long festival also includes children's activities, food, music and more.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21


Tianjin Melbourne Cultural Festival Tianjin Melbourne Cultural Festival is a Celebration of Melbourne's sister city relationship with Tianjin, China. Presented by the City of Melbourne and held at the Chinese Museum, there'll be a special program of performances featuring acrobats, magicians and craftspeople from Tianjin.
When: Until November 21 - Entry Applies


Food & Wine Festivals


Strawberries & Cherries Weekend Strawberries & Cherries Weekend, held at various venues throughout Bacchus Marsh, celebrates the arrival of the strawberry and cherry season with attractions that include fireworks at Bacchus Hill Winery, fun competitions, horse carriage rides, live entertainment and gourmet food.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21


Music & Arts Festivals


Phillip Island Jazz Festival Phillip Island Jazz Festival, held at Phillip Island's Eco Resort, offers a great line up of performances. Running over three days, performers at the festival include the Royal Australian Navy Jazz Ensemble, Maurie's Jolly Rollers, Huey's Nite Owls and an appearance by Solo Pianist, Bruce Gourlay.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 19 to 21


Hawkstowe Jazz Festival Hawkstowe Jazz Festival celebrates the cultural diversity of jazz with lively music playing throughout the afternoon. Held each year in South Morang's Hawkstowe Park, the day features kids' activities and performances by young local talent and some of the finest jazz musicians.
When: Sunday November 21 - Entry Applies


Film Festivals


Sexy International Film Festival Sexy International Film Festival showcases films from across the globe with themes that include love, relationships and sexuality. Held at various venues, the festival features experimental short films, full-length dramas and more with burlesque performed at the Opening and Closing Nights.
When: November 21 to 26


Festival of Jewish Cinema Festival of Jewish Cinema showcases feature films and documentaries, many children-friendly, with nearly all films coming directly from the Berlin, Cannes, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. Screenings are held at ACMI Cinemas in Federation Square and Elsternwick's Classic Cinema.
When: November 9 to 30


Upcoming Events


New Orleans - New Years Eve at Longroom New Orleans - New Years Eve at Longroom offers a New Years Eve full of Mardi Gras fun and entertainment when you can see in 2011 as New Orleans comes alive in Melbourne with a magical energy all its own. The night includes cocktails, delicious Tapas and Sushi and live entertainment.
When: Friday December 31


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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show


Shades of Venus Shades of Venus, held at Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy, is an exhibition by Kriss Hades, guitarist from the infamous Australian death metal band, Sadistik Exekution. Works featured were recently shown in the Geysers Subconscious-6 exhibition held in Moscow, Russia.
When: November 19 to December 2
Opening Night: Friday November 19 - 6pm


Mulana: Spirit Mulana: Spirit, presented as part of the Bunjilaka Community Exhibition Program at Melbourne Museum, is a series of artworks by Victorian Koorie artist Megan Cadd who uses installations, sculpture, paintings and prints to explore key events and discoveries in her life over the last few years.
When: November 19 to April 10


Chris Samuel Chris Samuel, a wonderful photographer whose phots of people, places and even objects displays his unique view of the world, will be holding his first solo exhibition with a series that features new works taken this year being displayed at the friendly, funky Have Ya Bean Cafe in Upwey.
When: Until December 1


Pieces: Suicide the Aftermath Pieces: Suicide the Aftermath is a specials exhibition that highlights the personal grief of those who've lost a child to suicide. With each piece created with an artist or artists who've worked with the family members to produce the Pieces featured, it's held at Richmond's Mental Health House.
When: Until November 24 - Closed Mondays


Dreams Come True Dreams Come True, held at ACMI in Federation Square, showcases over 70 years of Disney animation with an exhibition that features over 600 original artworks, maquettes and animation cells from films such as Cinderella and the upcoming film Tangled, based on Rapunzel.
When: November 18 to April 26


Crime Scene Crime Scene, showing at the Victorian Archives Centre in North Melbourne, is a special exhibition presented by Victoria Police Historical Services. A collection of photographs taken at Victorian crime scenes during the 1920s to 1950s, it features criminal prosecution documents of Squizzy Taylor.
When: Until January 30 - Weekdays


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 January 31


Family Guy and Futurama Family Guy and Futurama are the focus of the latest exhibition of prints showing at Silver K Gallery in Armadale. The largest exhibition of its type in Australia, it features over 140 pieces displaying images from the shows, including unique artist interpretations of Family Guy characters.
When: Until December 4


Desertification and Field Work Desertification and Field Work, showing at MARS Gallery in Port Melbourne, is an exhibition of paintings by Jo Bertini, an artist who frequently joins expeditions into Australia's remotest, most inaccessible desert regions to capture the unique Australian landscapes with an artist's eye.
When: Until November 28 - Closed Mondays


FORGE FORGE, the NMIT Graduate Jewellery Exhibition, will be taking place at Northcote Town Hall. With a collection of works that display the diversity and individual styles of graduate students, the exhibition is a culmination of 2 years study with the NMIT jewellery department in Fairfield.
When: November 12 to 21


Ashes to Ashes: Cricket's Cracking Rivalry Ashes to Ashes: Cricket's Cracking Rivalry, a new exhibition held at the National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, traces the history of cricket's greatest rivalry, The Ashes. Highlights include the bat used by Don Bradman to score a century on the MCG in 1929.
When: November 12 to March 20


ROCK CHICKS ROCK CHICKS, presented at Melbourne's Arts Centre, is an exhibition that celebrates women in Australian music with many of the items on loan from the artists themselves. The exhibition covers a wide range of genres, showcasing the likes of Chrissy Amphlett , Deborah Conway and others.
When: November 6 to February 27


Mirror Mirror, held at Melbourne Museum, is an exhibition of selected works by renowned children's author and artist Jeannie Baker. Exploring the connections of two boys from two very different countries, her collages use rich textures and brilliant colours to create three-dimensional scenes.
When: November 5 to February 13


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


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


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


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


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


Social Inclusion Week Social Inclusion Week, the brainchild of Jonathon Welch, creator of The Choir of Hard Knocks, will be launched at Federation Square with an attempt to set the Australian record for the largest Kazoo band, bringing people together to highlight the loneliness and isolation that affects many.
When: Thursday November 18 - Starts 7:30am


Mind Body Spirit Festival Mind Body Spirit Festival, held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, is Australia's longest running new age events, bringing together everything you need for health and well-being with more than 200 stalls, performances and more with hundreds of products and services to try.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 19 to 21


Bendigo RV & Camping Leisurefest Bendigo RV & Camping Leisurefest, an enormous expo show of RV, Camping, Boating and Off Road vehicles, takes place at Bendigo Racecourse. Offering the chance to test out the latest gear and a wide range of vehicles and equipment, it includes free children's activities over the weekend.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 19 to 21


Melbourne Pen Show Melbourne Pen Show, held at Richmond's Amora Hotel, is the Southern Hemisphere's largest pen show featuring exhibits from dealers in vintage and modern pens. Along with displays of calligraphy, leather accessories, paper and antique writing equipment, it includes door prizes on the day.
When: Sunday November 21 - 10am to 5pm


Pet Shows


EQUITANA Melbourne EQUITANA Melbourne is the most anticipated biennial equine event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, held at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Showcasing everything equine, the event features horses, Olympic gold medallists, stunt riders, aussie cowboys, world cup dressage and more.
When: Thursday to Sunday, November 18 to 21


Christmas Fare Championship Cat Show Christmas Fare Championship Cat Show, presented by the Feline Control Council of Victoria, takes place at Maroondah Secondary College in Croydon. The event offers people a chance to sit with exhibitors and watch the judging in the special "Gallery Style"Judging Format.
When: Sunday November 21


Dogs Victoria Dogs Victoria present Championship and Breed Shows, offering a great way to look at various dog breeds up close and speak to breeders and fanciers about the pros and con of owning a particular breed of dog. Most events include special agility competitions and entertaining parades.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21


You Can Help


There are many social causes that are relevant to people from all walks of life, many of which rely on public support to better the community or assist those who are less fortunate or to benefit others. This week we ask you to consider the following..

Movember Movember returns for another year to bring back the soup-strainer and raise money for men's health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and beyondblue. By simply growing a moustache in November and finding sponsors, Gala Parties are held at month's end to thank all involved.
When: Held Throughout November


Performances & Theatre


Irony Is Not Enough Irony Is Not Enough, held at North Melbourne's Arts House in, is a new work from Fragment31 based on the writing of Canadian poet and essayist Anne Carson. The performance weaves images and lines from key Deneuve films alongside Carson's essay on an imagined life as the actress.
When: Tuesday to Saturday, November 16 to 20


Little Shop of Horrors Little Shop of Horrors, performed at Bundoora's Parade College, is one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time. The quirky spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a cult hit in its own right with its tale of a down-and out floral assistant who discovers an exotic plant that craves blood.
When: Thursday to Saturday, November 18 to 20


Lotte's Gift Lotte's Gift, presented by Christine Dunstan Productions with a performance at Nunawading's Whitehorse Centre, is David Williamson's play based on the memoirs and recollections of Lieslotte Reinke, exploring the remarkable journey and the bonds of three generations of women.
When: Tuesday November 16 - 8pm


Creditors Creditors, presented by Red Stitch Actors Theatre in St Kilda, is a darkly comic tale of vengeance, jealousy and psychological warfare as a young husband, awaiting the return of his new wife, falls under the sway of a confidant in this savagely witty version of Strinberg's battle of the sexes.
When: Until December 18 - Wednesdays to Sundays


The Last Days The Last Days, performed by STAG at Strathmore Community Hall, is the premiere of a new Melbourne play by Manuel Casha. The Last Days explores the often complex relationship between a man and his roots as he looks back on his life in Australia since immigrating after World War II.
When: November 18 to 21 & 24 to 27


'Allo 'Allo 'Allo 'Allo, performed at Geelong Performing Arts Centre, is the stage adaptation of the hugely popular British TV series. Presented by Geelong Repertory Theatre Company, the production features Rene, Michelle and other memorable characters from the quirky series set in war-torn France.
When: November 19 to December 4 - Various Dates


I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Off-Broadway's phenomenal longest-running musical revue, will be performed by Beaumaris Theatre Inc. Presented in a series of vignettes with the central theme of love and relationships, the play examines dating, romance, marriage and more.
When: November 19 to December 3 - Various Dates


Squizzy - A Bullet Proof Musical Comedy Squizzy - A Bullet Proof Musical Comedy is a gutsy musical that examines the life of Squizzy Taylor, the historic underworld figure who once ruled Melbourne with an iron fist. Performed at Carlton's Bella Union Theatre, the music by Faye Bendrups features sing-along, bittersweet arias.
When: November 11 to 27


Nunsense 2: The Second Coming Nunsense 2: The Second Coming, performed by Phoenix Theatre Company at Doncaster playhouse, sees the return of the award-winning comedy that combines audience participation, dance and music as the five absurd nuns present a "thank-you"show for all their past supporters.
When: Thursday to Saturday, November 18 to 20


Songs for Nobodies Songs for Nobodies is a performance portraying five anonymous women whose brushes with fame had a profound effect on their lives, interleaved with the songs that gave them heart. Held at Melbourne's Arts Centre, the show features the songstress, Bernadette Robinson.
When: November 5 to December 18


Altar Boyz Altar Boyz, presented by Fab Nobs Theatre at The Fab Factory in Bayswater, follows 5 small-town boys trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time in the musical parody about a Christian boy-band who begin to question their faith and each other on the last night of their tour.
When: November 5 to 20 - Various Dates


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, presented by Williamstown Musical Theatre Company, is a vibrant musical based on the popular 1988 film. Centred on two con men living on the French Riviera, the play follows the misadventures they face after deciding to compete to swindle a young female heiress.
When: November 5 to 20 - Various Dates


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: Until January 30 | 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


Selby & Friends Selby & Friends will be presenting a concert at the University of Melbourne's Melba Hall as part of their fourth national concert tour. The performance by the accomplished ensemble, Trioz, will feature a program that includes iconic piano trios by Beethoven, Brahms and Astor Piazzollo.
When: Wednesday November 17 - 8pm


The Australian Army Band Melbourne The Australian Army Band Melbourne will be performing at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston. Commanded by Major Peter Grant, the band consists of 35 full time professional musicians with a versatility that sets them apart from other musical ensembles.
When: Friday November 19 - 11am


Lunchtime Organ Recitals Lunchtime Organ Recitals, held at St Michael's Uniting Church on Collins Street, feature organists from across the Globe. Free to attend, resident organist Rhys Boak, often joined by special guests, performs music from some of the greatest composers in human history.
When: Thursday November 18 - 1pm to 1.30pm


Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance


Lucky Thirteen Lucky Thirteen, presented by Miss Jane and the Glamour Kittens, is a kooky tap dancing extravaganza, featuring more than 300 dancers, 600 tap shoes, more than a thousand costumes, and almost a million sequins. A high-rolling, dice-tumbling productions, it's held at St Kilda's National Theatre.
When: Friday & Saturday, November 19 & 20


Expectation Expectation, performed at Arts House in North Melbourne, is a new work from acclaimed Melbourne dancer and choreographer Carlee Mellow. Challenging the way in which we see, sense and organise information, Expectation blurs the line between what is real and what is imagined.
When: Tuesday to Sunday, November 9 to 14


Salty Clams Salty Clams, presented by Kaye Sera, an award winning drag identity best known for her quirky cabaret shows and media work on Channel 31, is an intelligently naughty examination of the porn industry. Regular performances are held at the Lobster Lounge in St Kilda.
When: Fridays Until December 24


Entertainment & Nightlife


Metallica Metallica, one of the most popular and influential bands in the world, will be performing at Melbourne's Rod Laver Arena. Performing 'in the round' on a custom built stage, the concert by Metallica will feature more than two hours of material drawn from throughout their impressive career.
When: November 18, 20 & 21


Visible Visible, held at the Arts Centre's Playhpouse, celebrates 5 years of the Visible Concert Series with the best of Victoria's emerging musicians performing after free pre-show entertainment. Held to launch the Best of Visible CD, tickets to the Visible concert include a complimentary CD.
When: Sunday November 21 - 2pm
Free Entertainment: Sunday November 21 - 1pm


Girl Meets Boy Girl Meets Boy, the duo of Re-Arna Constantine and Jon Lambousis, will be performing at Melbourne's Hotel Discovery. With infectious melodies and rock grooves, Re-Arna fuses her sultry melodies and contagious hooks with Jon's groove driven guitars, forging a unique blend of rock.
When: Until December 1 - Wednesdays


Dunganda Street Sounds and Lajamanu Teenage Band Dunganda Street Sounds and Lajamanu Teenage Band will be performing on the main stage of Federation Square as part of Fed Square Live, a series of free performances. Hailing from Ramingining in East Arnhem, Dunganda Street Sounds offer a thrilling show with their outback sounds.
When: Thursday November 18 - 7.30pm to 9pm


Open Mic Night at Barley Corn Hotel Open Mic Night at Barley Corn Hotel is a chance for musicians and aspiring balladeers to showcase their talents in a welcoming, fun atmosphere. Held weekly, the open mic nights also allow performers to bring along a USB memory stick to receive a free live recording of their performance.
When: Every Thursdays - Registration Required


Dan Sultan Dan Sultan will be performing at Thornbury Theatre as part of his Up Close and Acoustic Tour. One of the most talked about rising stars of Australian rock, Dan Sultan will break away from his seven-piece band to perform only with musical collaborator, Scott Wilson and special guest, Adalita.
When: Friday November 19


Comedy & Magic


Dr Watson's Comedy Soul Lounge Dr Watson's Comedy Soul Lounge, held monthly at the Bella Union in Carlton, brings together the best of underground Melbourne comedy and some sweet soul, funk and rock and roll tunes. Hosted by Lucy Watson, the comedy night also offers trivia, prizes, free drinks and good times.
When: Wednesday November 17 - Doors Open 8pm


Pieces of Mind Pieces of Mind, performed at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club, is the latest show by former psychology student turned entertainer, Simon Taylor. With an insight into how to trick yourself into feeling happier, the show blends his studies in psychology with illusion as he addresses life's puzzles.
When: Tuesday to Saturday, November 16 to 20


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


Cinema


Cosi Fan Tutte Cosi Fan Tutte, part of the program of special screenings by Palace Opera & Ballet, brings audiences the thrill of acclaimed productions from London's Covent Garden, filmed in high definition. Held at Palace Balwyn Cinemas, this comedy with edge features a classic score by Mozart.
When: November 19, 20, 21 & 24


Melbourne For Kids


Storytime at Rippon Lea Gardens Storytime at Rippon Lea Gardens gives families the chance to sit down in Elsternwick's beautiful Rippon Lea Gardens, relax on the sweeping lawns and immerse yourself in a delightful selection of enchanting and imaginative tales, narrated by veteran storyteller Debbie Stein-Fooks.
When: Thursdays Until April - Entry Applies


Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway Society Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway Society, a group of Miniature Steam Railway enthusiasts, will be conducting a public run, offering a chance for children to ride their wonderful miniature railway along a track that winds through the picturesque surrounds of Elgar Park.
When: Sunday November 21 - 11am to 4pm


Crown's Christmas Spectacular Crown's Christmas Spectacular transforms the grand Atrium into a magical Christmas carnival. Presented each year to entertain children, a cavalcade of Christmas characters perform regularly, with this year's display also including a new 'Big Top' animatronic feature.
When: November 21 to January 2


Myer Christmas Windows Myer Christmas Windows are an iconic part of Melbourne Christmas with each year offering a specially selected theme - chosen from a story book, nursery rhyme, a film or even the theatre - brought to life in an animation spectacular that ignites the imagination and Christmas spirit in all.
When: On Display Until January


Circus


Circus Sunrise Circus Sunrise, an action-packed show for all the family, will be appearing with performances held in Melton. A true family circus with lineage going back to 1648, the performances of Circus Sunrise feature juggling, acrobatics and whip-cracking excitement!
When: Until November 28 - Melton


Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances in Burnley. 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 24 - Burnley


Markets, Fetes and Fairs


A Fair to Remember, held in Malvern, is a great chance to pick up a bargain in the latest fashions, while also helping to support the charity, Very Special Kids, who support families with children suffering life-threatening illnesses. Attractions on the day include a petting zoo and a visit from Santa.
When: Saturday November 20 - 9am to 4pm


Mini Christmas Fair Exhibition Mini Christmas Fair Exhibition, presented by the Handweavers & Spinners Guild of Victoria at their guild rooms in Carlton North, offers many great gift ideas in one location. The exhibition features a wide range of items including Christmas ornaments, cards, stockings and toys.
When: Until December 17 - Tuesdays to Saturdays


The Way We Wear Vintage Fair The Way We Wear Vintage Fair, held at Williamstown Town Hall, is a highlight for collectors of vintage clothing and accessories with second hand dealers from all over Australia offering antique, retro and designer label fashions, along with a travelling exhibition of vintage bridal gowns.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21


Mornington Collectables & Memorabilia Fair Mornington Collectables & Memorabilia Fair, held at Mornington Racecourse, is a great chance for collectors and enthusiasts of many passions to pick up a bargain and find rare items with traders offering vintage, retro and modern collectables with sports memorabilia, model toys and more.
When: Sunday November 21 - 9am to 3pm


Collectables & Antiques Roadshow Collectables & Antiques Roadshow, presented by the Bentleigh Sunday Market, invites members of the public to bring their items to the market where they will get a free opinion on the value of their collectable while also finding other hidden treasures at one of the 150 stalls there.
When: Sunday November 21 - 7am to 12pm
Note: In Event of Rain, Held on December 5


Elsternwick Primary School Mega Fete Elsternwick Primary School Mega Fete offers a great day out with rides for kids of all ages, homemade crafts, food and market stalls selling second hand clothes, toys and books. Entertainment on the day includes a performance by the leading Australian Breakin' crew, Wickid Force Breakers.
When: Saturday November 10 - Midday to 7pm


The Great Fete The Great Fete, presented by Hartwell Primary School in Camberwell, is a chance to enjoy a wonderful sense of community and fun with loud and silent auctions, food stalls, the fete's renowned art and craft stall, home produce, cake and plant stalls, superb entertainment and much more.
When: Saturday November 20 - 1pm to 8pm


Brunswick South Primary School Art Show Brunswick South Primary School Art Show, the school's annual fundraiser, includes a silent auction of local artists work, as well as an exhibition of students work. With free entry for kids, it features craft activities, a jumping castle, food and wine, live music, market stalls and more.
When: Saturday November 20 - Midday to 5pm


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!
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Soccer | Hyundai A-League


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Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners
Thursday November 18 - 7:30pm - AAMI Park, Melbourne
Hyundai A-League - Week 15
Melbourne Heart v Adelaide United
Friday November 19 - 8pm - AAMI Park, Melbourne


Motor Sports


Norton 360 Sandown Challenge Norton 360 Sandown Challenge offers first class motor racing and entertainment, held at Sandown Racecourse in Springvale. With non-stop racing action, entertainment and first class facilities, Grandstand Tickets include a FREE Pit Lane Walk held each morning of the weekend.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 19 to 21


Top of the Klops


Klop Championships Klop Championships, held at Birrarung Marr, invites people to try their hand at this log tossing game from Finland, which has taken off in Australia. With anyone able to enter for a $15 fee, the games are free to watch with food available, a licensed bar and live entertainment.
When: Saturday November 20


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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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