Newsletter | #203 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #203 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #203 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday November 23 to 29, 2010.

This week... there's a big day of entertainment at Fed Square along with a good dose of common courtesy and sense as White Ribbon Day's celebrated with a range of performances, promoting an end to violence against women and kids with the Not 1 More rally.

Frankston readies itself for a whopping electricity bill as they switch on the lights for their very old Christmas Pine at their annual Yule Time celebration, while Melbourne plays host to Bikefest with events highlighting the joys, benefits and gravel rash of cycling - apologies for the cynicism, but I lost many fingernails at 12 on a bike, and haven't dared pump my legs to carry my butt about since.

There's also the Story Festival for children held at Gasworks, while the grownups can engage in a fairy tale of their own by chasing their own happy endings come Voting Day for the Victorian Election where yet again we get in a huff and ask Mum for more hospital beds after Dad says he'll 'think about it', while many secretly wish we lived with those Aunts and Uncles at the Greens where there's an eco-friendly swimming pool and solar-powered Foxtel. It's a two-party system, people, parental to the core.

Major Events

Not 1 More Not 1 More, held at Federation Square, is an invitation to all men and their families and friends to make the White Ribbon pledge to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. The public rally will feature music, performances, special guests and more to raise awareness.
When: Thursday November 25 - 10.30am to 8.30pm

Melbourne Bikefest Melbourne Bikefest is a new event that celebrates bikes as part of everyday life with a program of attractions including forums, kids' entertainment, a pop up retail space, the inaugural Better By Bike design competition, and much more with the festival hub located at Melbourne's 1000 Bend.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, November 24 to 28

Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights Frankston Christmas Festival of Lights celebrates Christmas with entertainment for the whole family and activities that include Carols by Candlelight and music on stage, Santa, rides and the highlight of the spectacular lighting up Frankston's over 100-year-old Norfolk Pine.
When: Saturday November 27 - 5pm to 10pm

Story Festival Story Festival, held at Gasworks Arts Park, is a children's festival that focuses on literacy, imagination and play. Free to attend and with all activities by gold coin donation, this year's festival celebrates Travel and Holiday stories with a village fair, special guest authors, music, crafts and more.
When: Sunday November 28 - 10am to 4pm

Food & Wine Festivals

Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park brings food and wine producers from all over Victoria together with the public to sample, showcase and sell their tasty products. Presented by The Age, the event is a chance to taste family made jams, artisan breads, local ales and more.
When: Sunday November 28

Music & Arts Festivals

Queenscliff Music Festival Queenscliff Music Festival offers an enormous program this year with guests including Rockwiz Live, Kate Miller-Heidke and John Williamson. One of Victoria's best music events, festival performances are held at ballrooms, church spaces and more throughout the beautiful town.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 26 to 28

Shine On Shine On, held in Victoria's beautiful Pyrenees Ranges, is an outdoor music festival with a huge line-up of performers. With jaw dropping music featuring Fat Freddy's Drop, Blue King Brown and Barons Of Tang, the festival also features performance art, workshops, market stalls, films and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 26 to 28

Strawberry Fields Festival Strawberry Fields Festival, held at Yorta Yorta Dhungala Barmah National Park, features the most anticipated international and local line-ups ever to hit Australian shores along with state of the art laser shows, an outdoor cinema, market and food stalls, artistic installations and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 26 to 28

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

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

Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards Siemens RMIT Fine Art Scholarship Awards will be exhibiting works by this year's entrants at Swanston Street's RMIT Gallery. Celebrating its 10th year, the exhibition will feature works by 46 short listed artists with ceramics, drawing, fine art, photography, jewellery and other media.
When: November 26 to January 8
Announcement of Winners: Thursday November 25

Rotary Photography Expo Rotary Photography Expo, held in Glen Waverley, is a special presentation by The Friends of Rotary Camera Club. With photographs on display and for sale, the event includes a Gourmet Sausage BBQ, information sessions and more with proceeds assisting Rotary Community Projects.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 27 & 28

A3 Small Art Show A3 Small Art Show, held at the For Walls Gallery of Melbourne's Miss Libertine, features the work of 50 artists including Miso, Ghetto Kitty and Kirpy. With all works created in a compact A3 size, a portion of proceeds from sales will go to Room to Read, a charity that develops literacy skills.
When: Until December 10

Southern Crossings Southern Crossings, a unique live art project at Southern Cross Station, allows the public to journey through the station while using an iPod to listen to stories from commuters, set to a soundtrack of atmospheric music and sound. The entertaining audio tour is free, but bookings are essential.
When: Until November 28

YOU LITTLE S#!TS YOU LITTLE S#!TS, held at Fitzroy's Blue Tile in, is an exhibition by Jack Douglas, an artist from Melbourne's outer Eastern Suburbs who draws influence from Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and skateboard graphics to create images that are often grotesque, but darkly humorous and poignant.
When: Until November 28

Whittlesea & Northern District Art Show Whittlesea & Northern District Art Show, held at Community Hall in Whittlesea, enters its 24th year with an exhibition of works by prominent local and visiting artists with pieces in various mediums. Presented by Whittlesea & Northern District Art Society, many works are for sale.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 27 & 28

Upper Yarra Artisans Wrap Up Upper Yarra Artisans Wrap Up, held at Warburton's Upper Yarra Arts Centre, is an end of year group exhibition of creations by local artisans offering a unique selection of original artworks and handcrafts for that special Christmas gift with jewellery, sculpture, wool craft, painting and more.
When: November 27 to December 22

ONE:ONE ONE:ONE, showing at Melbourne gallery space, No Vacancy, is an exhibition of works by students of Swinburne's Interior and Industrial Design Honours. Featured works showcase a range of design solutions that respond to community needs and explore new technologies in design.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, November 24 to 28

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

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

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

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

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

Minding the Gap Minding the Gap, launching at Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre, is the first initiative of Minding the Gap: Stepping Together Towards Reconciliation. Coinciding with the launch of Council's Reconciliation Policy, the day includes art displays, storytelling, tours and more.
When: Wednesday November 24 - 10.30am to 1pm

Sexpo Sexpo, the Health, Sexuality and Lifestyle Exhibition, offers information and displays about health, adult entertainment, sexuality and adult lifestyles. Held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, the event is bigger each year and covers many areas including beauty services, fitness and more.
When: Thursday to Sunday, November 25 to 28

Baby Boomers & Retirees Lifestyle Expo Baby Boomers & Retirees Lifestyle Expo, held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, showcases the best life has to offer active seniors, retirees and those approaching retirement with a showcase of services and products covering finance, travel, food, health, the home and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 26 to 28

Body & Soul Expo Body & Soul Expo, held at Pakenham's Cardinia Cultural Centre, explores alternative beliefs and therapies. With over 40 exhibitors and stalls that include Tarot Readers, Crystals, Reiki, Spirit Artists, Aura Readings, presentations and more, the event supports The Cancer Council Victoria.
When: Sunday November 28 - 10am to 5pm

Car Shows

Rod Stock & Custom Show Rod Stock & Custom Show, held at Bendigo Showgrounds, returns this year with a bigger program of attractions for auto enthusiasts including a massive number of display vehicles, driving areas with an internal all day cruise track, special dinners, a craft and farmers market and much more.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 26 to 28

Jaguar Car Club of Victoria Jaguar Car Club of Victoria, Australia's largest Jaguar Car Club, will hold their annual Concours and Display Day at Glen Waverley's Wesley College. With over 250 display vehicles, the event features vendor stalls, family entertainment and a timeline of cars from pre-war SS to the latest models.
When: Sunday November 28 - Starts 10am

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 cars from the Victorian Mini Club.
When: Sunday November 28 - 11am to 2:30pm

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

Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime is Melbourne Workers Theatre's new production about the recent spate of attacks against Indian students in Melbourne. With performances held at ArtsHouse in North Melbourne, the show is structured around a compilation of perspectives.
When: Tuesday to Sunday, November 23 to 28

The Nightwatchman The Nightwatchman, presented by If Theatre at St Kilda's Theatre Works, tells the story of Bill, a man who has lived a life amongst the rambling beauty of his old family home. Now blind, when his children returned to move him away, all three discover tender memories of the past they've shared.
When: Until December 12 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Hello You Hello You, starring Emily Taylor, is an adventurous exploration through the obsessive and the compulsive using covers, spoken word, circulated objects and original songs. Mixing theatre, cabaret and awkwardly amorous love-in, it's held at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club.
When: Friday & Saturday, November 26 & 27

A Dinner to Die For A Dinner to Die For, held at the Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford, is a wickedly funny Murder Mystery Dinner set in 1928 as Lord Quinten Daventry hosts his party bash. Dinner guests are allocated a role and encouraged to indulge their inner artiste by dressing and behaving in character.
When: Saturday November 27

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 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

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

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

Spinning Sounds Spinning Sounds, presented by some of Melbourne's finest musicians with Southern Cross Philharmonia, is a special concert held at the University of Melbourne's Melba Hall. The performance includes the premier of The Web song cycle for soprano voice and strings by Ken Muirden.
When: Thursday November 25 - 7:30pm

Flinders Quartet Flinders Quartet, an exciting Australian chamber music group, will present a concert at Montsalvat in Eltham in celebration of the group's tenth birthday. Performing works by Berg and Mills, they'll also be joined Paul Dean to play Mozart's masterpiece for clarinet and string quartet.
When: Saturday November 27 - 2.30pm

Volume 3 Volume 3, held at Federation Square's BMW Edge, is a stunning solo violin-powered performance by Sarah Curro. With acoustic, semi-acoustic and electric violins by master luthier Paul Davies of Arts Music, the short film 2 Men Drawing by Lisa Mills will be screened during the concert.
When: Sunday November 28 - 8:15pm

Maroondah Symphony Orchestra Maroondah Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra that is based in Ringwood, will be holding their latest concert at Luther College Chapel in Croydon. The performance will include Glinka Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 and Symphony No. 1 by Brahms.
When: Sunday November 28

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Red Door Burlesque Red Door Burlesque will be performing at the stylish Order of Melbourne in Swanston Street. Offering the finest in burlesque, vaudeville and circus, the night includes seductive tunes from DJ Emma Peel, saucy pinup girls, and death-defying aerial acts performed right above your table.
When: Sunday November 28 - Doors Open 6pm

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

Smokie Smokie, the internationally successful British pop group, will be appearing at Bendigo Stadium and Melbourne's Regent Theatre as part of their first major tour in ten years. With chart-topping hits like Living Next Door to Alice, Smokie is still one of the most popular bands in the world today.
When: Friday & Saturday, November 26 & 27

Visible Sessions Visible Sessions, presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, is a series of free concerts held at the Curve Bar Garden of the Arts Centre. Providing exposure for emerging local artists of culturally diverse backgrounds, featured musicians work with an established mentor prior to each performance.
When: Until December 11 - Fridays & Saturdays

The Borderers The Borderers, the Multi-Award winning Scottish, Irish and Australian band, will be performing at St Phillip's Church Hall in Abbotsford. Formed in 1994, The Borderers have gathered acclaim at many of the world's top music festivals along with supporting the likes of Shane McGowan of The Pogues.
When: Saturday November 27 - 8pm

The Jezabels The Jezabels, whose latest EP, Dark Storm, hit no. 1 on the iTunes album charts, will be appearing at East Brunswick Club where the Sydney band will be joined by special guests the internationally acclaimed Canadian four piece group, Two Hours Traffic, and Fuzz Phantoms.
When: November 26, 28 & 29

21MP Pakistan Flood Victims Benefit 21MP Pakistan Flood Victims Benefit, held at The Tote in Collingwood, will see all proceeds from the event go to Oxfam's efforts to offer assistance to a staggering number of people left without shelter in recent floods. Acts include The Currency, Murder Rats, Team Rad and other great bands.
When: Sunday November 28 - Doors Open 3pm

Blackburn Big Band Blackburn Big Band, a fantastic ensemble that combines some of Melbourne's most talented and enthusiastic young musicians, will be performing at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club for one night only where they'll showcase a diverse program of music from both established and upcoming composers.
When: Monday November 29 - 8pm to 11:30pm

Comedy & Magic

Emily O'Loughlin Emily O'Loughlin, appearing at Warburton's Upper Yarra Arts Centre with her show, How I Made My Arse Look Smaller Simply By Pulling My Head Out Of It, possesses a unique brand of humour that can see her performances can go from straight to hysterical in under 10 seconds.
When: Saturday November 27 - 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 filmmakers and actors, they'll be screening the film, Less Adolescent.
When: Tuesday November 23 - 7:30pm

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: Wednesday November 24

Melbourne For Kids

African Drumming Magic African Drumming Magic, presented at The Penny Black in Brunswick, is a magical afternoon of tricks, surprises and beats with a magic performance, an African Drumming Workshop with drums are provided, face painting and even a visit from Santa with a gift for each child.
When: Sunday November 28 - Entry Applies

Sensitive Sound Making with Artplay Sensitive Sound Making with Artplay, located in Birrarung Marr by the Yarra River, gives children the chance to explore the sonic potential of everyday objects and build an awareness of subtle sound with a workshop led by artist Rosemary Joy and percussionist Eugene Ughetti.
When: November 25 & 27 - Bookings Essential

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

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 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

Australian Antiquarian Book Fair Australian Antiquarian Book Fair, held at Malvern Town Hall, brings together Australia's leading dealers in rare books, manuscripts, prints, maps and historical Australiana. With choice items all available for sale, the event includes a fascinating exhibition of historical and collectable objects.
When: Tuesday to Thursday, November 23 to 25

Bell Primary School Fun Day Bell Primary School Fun Day, located in West Preston, offers fun for the family while out and about on Election Day with attractions that include stalls with trash and treasure, cakes, second hand books, jams and preserves and crafts along with rides, face painting, and more for kids.
When: Saturday November 27 - 10am to 3pm

St Benedicts Primary School Fair St Benedicts Primary School Fair offers a fantastic day of fun in Burwood with a community event that features great rides for children, face painting, home-made cakes and plant stalls, Devonshire Teas, a Silent Auction and entertainment from St Benedicts own junior Masterchefs.
When: Saturday November 27 - 9am to 3pm

Swing into Spring Fete Swing into Spring Fete, held by Caulfield Primary School, is a family fun day with amazing rides, animals, a sideshow alley with showbags, lucky dips and clowns for children. Along with a BBQ and multicultural food on offer, there'll also be a wine bar, second hand items for sale and much more.
When: Saturday November 27 - 10am to 4pm

The Great Fete Escape The Great Fete Escape, presented by Ripponlea Primary School in St Kilda, offers an exciting day of activities with stalls selling cakes, preserves, pre-loved clothing, toys and books, fun rides for children of all ages, a talent show, roving entertainment and even the odd bit of plate smashing.
When: Saturday November 27 - 10am to 3pm

Where the Wild Things Are Christmas Fair Where the Wild Things Are Christmas Fair, held at the beautiful gardens of Drusilla in Mount Macedon, includes entertainment, kids' activities, craft stalls, jumping castle, animal farm, a BBQ and more with money raised from the day helping support a 4 year old with a rare brain disorder.
When: Sunday November 28 - 10.30am to 3.30pm

Yarra Junction Primary School Carnival Yarra Junction Primary School Carnival, located in the Yarra Valley near Warburton, is a bi-annual carnival with something for the whole family. Attractions on the day include rides, children's entertainment and various stalls with white elephant goods, books, cakes, food and lots more.
When: Sunday November 28 - 10am to 3pm

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

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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Sporting Events

Soccer | Hyundai A-League

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Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC

Saturday November 27 - 8:15pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne

Roller Derby

Victorian Roller Derby League Grand Final Victorian Roller Derby League Grand Final
Saturday November 27 - Gates Open 4pm
Grand Pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

Bout 1: Dead Ringer Rosies Vs Geelong Bloody Marys
Bout 2: VRDL Grand Final Toxic Avengers Vs Dolls Au-Go-Go

Motor Sports

Springnats Springnats, held at Shepparton Showgrounds, is Victoria's largest performance car festival, now in its 18th year. The event provides true motor vehicle enthusiasts with the opportunity to display their skills and vehicles against other enthusiasts in a safe, controlled and friendly environment.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 26 to 28

The Trots

Betfair Park Race Day Betfair Park Race Day

Saturday November 27
Gates open at 10:30am

Betfair Park, Sandown

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.

Next Race Dates
Thoroughbred Racing - Saturday November 27


RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride features a diverse combination of lakes, rivers, scenic roads and stunning mountain ranges. Organised by Bicycle Victoria, the 590 kilometre cycling adventure from Yarrawonga to Marysville includes a closing day concert with Shannon Noll.
When: November 27 to December 5

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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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