Newsletter | #215 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #215 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #215 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, February 15 to 21.

This week... all the bases seem to be covered on the festival front, or a good share of them at least, with a grand mix of clog-kicking at the Holland Festival, East Timorese something or other at Queen Vic Market (it involves food, music and art, all of which carries an East Timorese flavour apparently), a Teddy Bears Picnic in Hastings and a spot of Show Pony shenanigans with the Boneo Park Equestrian Festival catering to horse lovers.

There's a fair run of all things arty with the Festival of Glass in Drysdale, while cinephiles can enjoy Belgrave's Hillside Film Festival along with Flickerfest showcasing a selection of shorts, much like you'll find at the Geelong Multi Sport Festival where there'll be people running, jogging and all sorts of active chicanery.

Not my cup of tea, personally. I'm still buggered from moving house and currently enjoying that transitional phase of now wondering what goes where, while also navigating where what went - one of which was an ornamental iron bell that walked into me when it wasn't looking. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Major Events

Western Port Festival Western Port Festival, held on Hastings picturesque Foreshore, has something for people of all ages with the BlueScope Steel Street Parade, rides, food stalls and fireworks. Free to attend, there's also the Art & Artisans Show, car and boat shows and the Teddy Bears Picnic for children.
When: Friday to Sunday, February 18 to 20

Holland Festival Holland Festival, held at Sandown Racecourse, is a day of live entertainment and exhibitions that celebrate the Dutch community in Australia with music performances, food and children's activities. A highlight of the event is a spectacular parade with performances by brass bands and clog dancing.
When: Saturday February 19

Boneo Park Equestrian Festival Boneo Park Equestrian Festival, offers a day of equestrian activities with an entertaining program for the entire family. Featuring a Grand Prix Invitational Freestyle competition, the festival includes a stallion parade for dressage enthusiasts and an extensive trade village held throughout the day.
When: Saturday February 19

Timor Leste Culture & Food Festival Timor Leste Culture & Food Festival, taking place at Queen Victoria Market, brings together entertainers, artists and local Timorese Community to celebrate the richness of the East Timorese Culture with a free day featuring music, traditional dances, arts and crafts and fantastic food.
When: Sunday February 20 - 10am to 4pm

Sustainable Living Festival Sustainable Living Festival marks its 12th year with a bigger program of attractions, workshops, seminars and special events held across Melbourne to highlighting this year's theme of achieving a Safe Climate. It features the Big Weekend at Federation Square with performances and more.
When: February 12 to 27
Big Weekend: February 18 to 20

Film Festivals

Flickerfest Flickerfest will be screening in Melbourne at Kino Cinemas as part of its national tour, showcasing a fantastic selection of short films with the Best Of Melbourne Shorts, featuring the animated film, The Lost Thing, based on the book by Shaun Tan and the Cannes awarded, Deeper Than Yesterday.
When: Thursday February 17

Hillside Film Festival Hillside Film Festival, now celebrating its 6th year, showcases the work of the best original short films from Victorian filmmakers aged under 30. With a focus on artistic excellence and innovation, the festival held at Belgrave's Cameo Cinemas includes a Garden Party, live music and more.
When: Saturday February 19

Music & Arts Festivals

Riverboats, Jazz, Food and Wine Festival Riverboats, Jazz, Food and Wine Festival, with musical guests that include James Morrison, sees the town of Echuca come to life with jazz performances held along the Murray River along with art exhibitions, family activities and dining events that showcase the best regional food and wine.
When: Friday to Sunday, February 18 to 20

Rhythm & Vines Festival Rhythm & Vines Festival, held at Domain Chandon & Rochford winery in the Yarra Valley, offers an entertaining day with great food and wine and a combination of live bands and vineyard D.J's spread over two main arenas. All tickets to the event include lunch and a glass of wine on the day.
When: Sunday February 20

Festival of Glass Festival of Glass, an inaugural free event held at the Potato Shed in Drysdale, is a new and unique showcase that combines artistic creativity and craft with innovative industrial design and manufacturing. With exhibitions of glass art, sculpture, jewellery and mosaics, it also features workshops.
When: Sunday February 20 - 10am to 5pm

Herring Island Summer Arts Festival Herring Island Summer Arts Festival offers special exhibitions every weekend at the Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park in Toorak. Accessible by boat with a punt service, the arts festival includes special artists demonstrations, talks, workshops, activities and more.
When: January 15 to April 26 - Weekends

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Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Jesse Dyer: Narrative Decompression Jesse Dyer: Narrative Decompression, on show at the Firestation Gallery in Armadale, explores traditions of storytelling in art. Manipulating themes of linear narrative forms such as the book and film, the works on display are used to invite the viewer to choose their own adventure.
When: February 17 to 26 - Wednesday to Saturday
Opening Night: Thursday February 17 - 6pm to 8pm

Blue Skies and Beyond Blue Skies and Beyond, showing at Cambridge Studio Gallery in Collingwood, is an exhibition of paintings by Megan McDonald. Reflecting that great Australian tradition of the drive into the country, the canvas works offer a close up of the road, common icons and the blue sky in the background.
When: Until February 19

Symbols of Loss & Recovery Symbols of Loss & Recovery, held at Montsalvat in Eltham, is a group exhibition featuring local artists associated with Nillumbik Shire who have found their creative practice restorative as they purge the memory of 2009's Black Saturday bushfires with records of destruction and renewal.
When: Until April 3

EROTICA EROTICA, showing at James Makin Gallery in Collingwood, is a group exhibition of risque and erotic works, curated by Jessica Williams. With a range of artworks that cover contemporary, modern, antique and tribal works of art, features work by Eolo Paul Bottaro, Cash Brown and others.
When: Until February 26 - Closed Mondays

Hilary Senhanli & Andrea Jenkins Hilary Senhanli & Andrea Jenkins will be featured in two exhibitions of contemporary art held at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane. Andrea Jenkin's exhibtion, Comings and Goings is an allegorical portrayal of solitary man, while Crowds, by Hilary Senhanli, explores the bustle of urban life.
When: Until February 19 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

My View My View, held at Footscray Community Arts Centre's Gabriel Gallery, showcases the work of Yanina Vandenburg, winner of last year's My View photographic competition. Yanina was selected from a field of entries by judges David Hurlston, Larissa McFarlane, Simon Obrazanek and Tamara Watt.
When: February 10 to April 2
Opening Night: Wednesday February 9 - 6pm

Australian Institute of Sport - 30 Years Australian Institute of Sport - 30 Years, is a special exhibition held at the National Sports Museum of the MCG. Celebrating the role of the AIS in the success of Australian sport, highlights of the exhibition include the recently banned LZR Speedo suit that saw many swimming world records.
When: Until June

Our Station - Flinders Street Our Station - Flinders Street, an exhibition held at the Gallery of Melbourne's City Library, highlights the various stages involved in the design and construction of Flinders Street Station with a focus on the vision held for the future refurbishment of one of Melbourne's most iconic buildings.
When: Until February 26

Democrata Automata Democrata Automata, an exhibition of new works by Jordana Maisie, offering an ironic play on the individual's relationship to desire and consumption. Held at MARS Gallery in Port Melbourne, the works explore how and why humanity has evolved to rely on technologies for everyday sustenance.
When: February 4 to 27 - Closed Mondays

Tales of love & reason Tales of love & reason, presented at Hawthorn's Town Hall Gallery, is an exhibition by Efrossini Chaniotis. Examining her interest in the art object as a modern talisman, the works are filled with emotionally charged imagery and symbolism, inspired by an epic romantic poem from Medieval Greece.
When: February 2 to 26 - Wednesday to Saturday

From Public Figures to Public Sculpture From Public Figures to Public Sculpture, held at City Gallery of Melbourne Town Hall, looks at the changing role of public sculpture with maquettes, models, photographs and concept drawings from collections owned by the City of Melbourne and private collections and regional galleries.
When: February 3 to April 15

China and Revolution China and Revolution, presented at RMIT Gallery in Swanston Street, explores the relationship between the political poster art of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and its impact on contemporary Chinese art with pieces taken from the University of Westminster's extensive collection.
When: Until March 19 - Closed Sundays

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Expos, Launches & Open Days

New Zealand in a Glass New Zealand in a Glass, taking place at the Grand Ballroom of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Street, s an exclusive, once-a-year tasting that brings to Melbourne a stellar selection of over 430 wines from 87 premium wineries in New Zealand with representatives on hand during the day for discussion.
When: Monday February 21 - Midday to 5pm

AIME 2011 AIME 2011, the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo, is the Asia-Pacific's largest event for people involved in the organisation of meetings, conferences, exhibitions, events and product launches. With Master Classes, a Business Events Forum and more, it's held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 15 & 16

Seymour Alternative Farming Expo Seymour Alternative Farming Expo, the most successful alternative farming event in the Southern Hemisphere, features more than 450 exhibitors showcasing the world's best agricultural technology. Highlights for visitors include a Snake Show, Chainsaw Carving, a Country Cook Off and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, February 18 to 20

Pet and Animal Expo Pet and Animal Expo, held at Caulfield Racecourse, is one of Australia's largest Pet Expos, providing a chance for the public to interact with organisations involved with pets and animals. Showcasing products and services, the famous Vet Dr Chris Brown will also be a special guest at the expo.
When: Saturday & Sunday, February 19 & 20

Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo Adventure Travel & Backpackers Expo, held at Carlton's Royal Exhibition Building, is a free event that offers the chance to talk to over 100 exhibitors from all over the world. With free informative travel talks, great travel deals and specials, there'll also be great prizes and freebies on the day.
When: Saturday & Sunday, February 19 & 20

Blooms Bridal Expo Blooms Bridal Expo, held in Essendon, showcases the many services of the very best offered by wedding professionals from across the western region. With fashion shows, live entertainment, floral displays and door prizes every hour, there will also be an outdoor ceremony display.
When: Sunday February 20 - 10am to 3pm

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Performances & Theatre

Fabulous Diva Fabulous Diva, performed by Ruth Rogers-Wright at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club, is a tribute to one of jazz music's greats, Dr Nina Simone. Capturing the style and spirit that has made her an icon, the show features the music, prose, anecdotes and biographical details of Nina Simone's life.
When: Thursday to Sunday, February 17 to 20

Here Comes the Son Here Comes the Son, performed at Melbourne studio, Signal, is a sneak-peek of the new work by young Melbourne director Harley Hefford before it premiers at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival. Fun, surreal and interactive, the performance is a fundraiser to help get the show to Adelaide.
When: Wednesday & Thursday, February 16 & 17

Enchanted April Enchanted April, written by Matthew Barber and directed by Maureen McInerney, tells the story of four dissimilar women who leave a dreary 1920s England to rent hire a small Italian castle and escape their variously unhappy lives. Charming and heart warming, it's held at Heidelberg Theatre Company.
When: February 17 to March 5

My Education - Wine Cheese and Classics My Education - Wine Cheese and Classics, held at The Owl and the Pussycat in Richmond, is a series of rehearsed readings performed in a comfortable, friendly environment with wine and cheese on offer. This week's program includes Tennessee Williams' classic, A Streetcar Named Desire.
When: Until March 12 - Thursday to Saturday

Apologia Apologia, performed by Melbourne Theatre Company at the Arts Centre, is a sharply witty play by up and coming British writer Alexi Kaye Campbell. With a new slant on the theme of family reunions, the plot surrounds a successful art historian's autobiography and the children she failed to mention.
When: February 18 to April 9

The Housekeeper The Housekeeper, presented by The Whitehorse Centre and Ellis Productions, features Peter Moon and Evelyn Krape, two of Australia's best comic talents. The offbeat comedy follows the relationship between a middle-aged and stuffy bachelor and the eccentric bag lady he hires as a housekeeper.
When: Friday & Saturday, February 18 & 19

Looking Through A Glass Onion Looking Through A Glass Onion, performed for one night only at Melbourne's Regent Theatre, brings to the stage John Waters in his critically acclaimed production, which offers a homage to the music, mystery and memory of John Lennon with 31 songs including, A Day in The Life and other greats.
When: Saturday February 19

Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Chatterley's Lover, performed at Rippon Lea House and Gardens in Elsternwick, is the Australian Shakespeare Company's outdoor adaption of D.H. Lawrence's masterpiece, which tells of the adulterous affair between the sexually unfulfilled upper-class Connie and the gamekeeper Mellors.
When: Until March 17 - Mondays to Thursdays

Ruben Guthrie Ruben Guthrie, performed by Red Stitch Actors Theatre in St Kilda, is a contemporary comedy written and directed by Brendan Cowell. Following Ruben, a precocious player in the high stakes advertising industry whose wit seems to come from a bottle, the play questions the effects of alcoholism.
When: Until March 5

I Can't Believe It's Not Countdown I Can't Believe It's Not Countdown takes us back to a time when the hair was big and the pants were tight. A hilarious send-up of Countdown, the show is a reminiscant night of laughter, music and shameless parodies with a classic soundtrack. It's held at the Palms at Crown.
When: February 18 & 19

Skin Tight Skin Tight, premiering at fortyfivedownstairs in Flinders Lane, is a fiercely passionate play that fuses intense physicality with poetic lyricism, set against the dramatic South Canterbury landscape. Featuring Holly Shanahan and Michael Whalley, it's directed by Billy Elliot's Justin Martin.
When: February 4 to 20

A Behanding in Spokane A Behanding in Spokane, performed by Melbourne Theatre Company in Southbank, is a dark comedy by Martin McDonagh, the writer of In Bruges. The caustic play follows Carmichael, a man whose quest for an elusive possession leads him to a dingy motel and two desperate chancers.
When: February 5 to March 19

The Comedy of Errors The Comedy of Errors, performed at Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens, sees the Australian Shakespeare Company lift Shakespeare's hilarious text to new heights with the classic tale of two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, offering plenty of farce when they end up in the same town.
When: January to March

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 March 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 April 1 | Book Now

Classical, Choral & Recitals

The Australian Youth Orchestra The Australian Youth Orchestra, made up of musicians aged 25 and under, will perform live at Melbourne Town Hall with a rich orchestral program featuring Holst's spectacular The Planets, conducted by Perry So, who has recently worked closely as an associate with Dudamel in Los Angeles.
When: Tuesday February 15 - 7.30pm

MSO's Sidney Myer Free Concerts MSO's Sidney Myer Free Concerts, presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra along with the University of Melbourne, brings beautiful music and great artists from around the world to Australia's unique outdoor musical space, performing works by some of the greatest composers.
When: February 16 & 19

Oceans Baroque Sextet Oceans Baroque Sextet, the new group led by pianist, composer and vocalist Hue Blanes, will be performing at Melbourne Bar, Bennetts Lane, showcasing original material alongside his arrangements of pieces by composers such as Astor Piazzola, Brahms, Bach, Guns 'n Roses and Bob Dylan.
When: Thursday February 17

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Stratagem Stratagem, held at Theatre Works in St Kilda, is a dance performance that tells the story of 4 regular people who delve into a virtual reality game show where they each battle for national glory. The latest work in the Collaboration the Project series, the performance is choreographed by Paul Malek.
When: February 17 to 19 & 21 to 26

Broadway Revue Broadway Revue, held at Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston, features Matthew Davine in the role of Count Orlofsky as he presents show-stopping songs and comic sketches from great musicals that include Cabaret, Show Boat, My Fair Lady, The King & I and more.
When: Friday February 18 - 11am

Smoke & Mirrors Smoke & Mirrors, performed at the Famous Spiegeltent, which returns to the Arts Centre for a limited time, takes the audience on an utterly unique, seductive and thrilling theatrical journey. Draws from the worlds of cabaret, circus and vaudeville, the show has won three Helpmann Awards.
When: February 12 to 25

How High the Moon How High the Moon, held at Melbourne Cocktail Bar, 24 Moons, is a night filled with character and feel good performances by professional characterising Burlesque dancers. Stylish, sophisticated and classy, the night features the finest burlesque with a lush, titillating mood.
When: Saturdays - 9:30pm to 3am

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Entertainment & Nightlife

Jenny Barnes Jenny Barnes, a musician who uses tiny tea pots, tin foil, whistles and words to cast disorganised sounds into musical context, will be performing at The Wesley Anne in Northcote. The excitingly impulsive performance features Mat Fagan on Guitar and Sam Zerna on Bass with Auğur as support act.
When: Wednesday February 16

Jeudi Jazzy Jeudi Jazzy, held at the cellar of St Kilda's Alliance Française, will present a performance by The New Impromptu Quartet, which often performs as a quintet and more with a core lineup of musicians grounded in jazz, latin and soul grooves to create an ever expanding repertoire.
When: Thursday February 17 - 8pm

Sydonia Sydonia, having just completed a successful east coast tour with USA nu-metal Legends "KORN", will be joining Jericco to appear together at The East Brunswick Club as part of their Swarm Tour, bringing together two of Melbourne's alternative rock heavy weights in the first of a run of killer shows.
When: Saturday February 19

Dan Kelly's Dream Band Dan Kelly's Dream Band, spearheaded by one of Australia's most beloved musical talents, will be performing at Footscray Community Arts Centre with their politically charged and irreverent tunes. Joining them on the day will be Yarraville band, The White Goods, winners of The Very West in 2009.
When: Sunday February 20 - 5pm

Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series Fairfield Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, presented by the City of Yarra and Cultural Infusion, offers a fantastic program of free performances with the family-friendly concerts featuring a diverse range of performers with backgrounds and styles from across the globe.
When: Every Sunday During February - 5pm to 7.30pm

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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 February 16 - Doors Open 8pm

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Die Walküre Die Walküre, screening at selected Palace Cinemas, is the second of the four operas that comprise Wagner's epic The Ring of the Nibelung, best-known for its 'Ride of the Valkyries'. Featuring Albert Dohmen and Linda Watson, the dramatic production was conducted by Christian Thielemann.
When: Wednesday February 16 - 6.30pm

Rooftop Cinema Rooftop Cinema flickers into action with film screenings of everything from cult favourites to new releases and documentaries, literally offering the height of entertainment with screenings held on the rooftop of Swanston Street's Curtin House along with the rooftop bar.
When: Until March - Tuesdays to Sundays

St Kilda Openair Cinema St Kilda Openair Cinema offers an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment provided by local and national artists. Held on the rooftop of St Kilda Sea Baths, the cinema features a diverse program that includes retro classics, family films, documentaries and shorts from selected film festivals.
When: Until February 26

Moonlight Cinema Moonlight Cinema, held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, is Melbourne's picturesque open-air cinema with a program including latest releases, contemporary films and cult classic. A great way to spend a night out with friends and family, you can bring your own picnic or buy food there.
When: Until March 20

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Movies in the Park Movies in the Park, presented by Moreland City Council, will be holding a screening at North Coburg's Parker Reserve with the latest adventures of Woody and Buzz Lightyear in the hit children's film, Toy Story 3. The free screening also includes entertainment before the film and a sausage sizzle.
When: Friday February 18 - 7:30pm

Free Movies in the Park Free Movies in the Park, presented by the City of Banyule, is a chance to pack a picnic, get outdoors and enjoy the summer air with a screening of the animated hit, Up! Held in Heidelberg West's Malahang Reserve, there will also be a screening of Unearthed 3081, an animation by local students.
When: Saturday February 19 - 8pm

Shake, Rattle and Ryhme Shake, Rattle and Ryhme, presented by Darebin Libraries at their branches in Preston and Reservoir, is a workshop series for children aged 0-2 years. A chance to have fun with your baby and relive songs, finger plays and childhood rhymes, the workshops develop an appreciation for rhythm.
When: Until June 29 - Various Days

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 of their pride and joy, 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 February 20

The Diamond Valley Railway The Diamond Valley Railway, located in the parkland of Eltham close to Diamond Creek, is a fun ride-on miniature railway with plenty to see during the scenic ride. Just like a real railway system, the children's ride features railway stock, bridges, shunting yards and even tunnels.
When: Sundays - 11am to 5pm

BEET Camps BEET Camps, held at Melbourne's Queens Bridge Square to launch Heinz's new beetroot juice, GO BEET, are free boot camp style, outdoor group exercise sessions, run by energetic and highly motivating professional trainers. With only 120 places available for each session, registration is required.
When: Saturdays in February

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Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Maldon Antiques & Collectables Fair Maldon Antiques & Collectables Fair, now in its third year, has become one of the most anticipated events for collectors and antique enthusiasts. Held on the Maldon Football Oval, the fair offers an enormous range of eclectic items with over 120 stalls showcasing dealers gathered from across Australia.
When: Saturday & Sunday, February 19 & 20

Suzuki Night Market Suzuki Night Market, held weekly at Queen Victoria Market, has become a summer tradition that offers a great mix of unique products along with a fantastic atmosphere with a stunning mix of world food, eclectic wares, bars and even live music stages showcasing Melbourne's best music.
When: Wednesdays Until March 2 -

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Sporting Events


Bushrangers vs Blues Bushrangers vs Blues
The Victorian Bushrangers play in the Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Ryobi One Day Cup held at Geelong's Skilled Stadium.
Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield - February 18 to 22
Ryobi One Day Cup - February 23


Super Rugby Season - Round 1Super Rugby Season - Round 1

Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs

Friday February 18 - 7:40pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne


Women's Victorian 72-Hole Stroke Play Women's Victorian 72-Hole Stroke Play, held at Heidelberg Golf Club, sees players of any age come together to compete for the Nell Smithett Trophy. An Australian Women's Ranking Event, the event is conducted by Golf Victoria and also forms part of the Karrie Webb Series.
When: February 21 to 24


Melbourne City Wrestling Championship Melbourne City Wrestling Championship

Danny Psycho (Champion) vs. Tommy Hellfire (Challenger)

The Thornbury Theatre
Saturday February 19

Horse Racing

Mornington Cup Race Day Mornington Cup Race Day, one of the largest race meetings outside of the metropolitan area, draws attendances of up to 18,000 people and prize money of more than $420,000 on offer for the day, making the event an exciting must-attend event on the Victorian racing calendar.
When: Wednesday February 16

Country Racing Victoria Country Racing Victoria represents racing clubs in outer metropolitan areas and small clubs in rural areas with race programs that include special days with kids' entertainment.
Feb 20 - Bairnsdale Racing Club - De Bortoli Family Day
Race Dates: Tuesday to Monday, February 15 to 21

Fun Runs & Fitness Events

Geelong Multi Sport Festival Geelong Multi Sport Festival, held along the picturesque Waterfront of Geelong, features a wide range of sports and activities appealing to people of all walks of life. Encouraging participation across all levels of ability and ages, the festival includes a sport and lifestyle expo and entertainment.
When: Friday to Sunday, February 18 to 20

Super Sunset Series Super Sunset Series is a twilight series event that offers participants the exciting opportunity to complete a 4km or 8km course through the Melbourne Zoo, Princes Park and Botanic Gardens. With Adult and Junior entries available, there are also Family and Team entry rates.
Princes Park Race: Wednesday February 16

Mums' Tennis Program Mums' Tennis Program, one of Tennis Victoria's most popular programs for mums, will be appearing at various local tennis clubs, offering an affordable series of lessons with qualified tennis coaching provided. Participating parents can also enrol the kids in the Tiny Tots Tennis Program.
When: February 14 to March 18

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