Newsletter | #229 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #229 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #229 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, May 24 to 30.

This week... the written word gets a guernsey with the return of the Emerging Writers' Festival serving up another program of events for all the budding writers in Melbourne - you know, the ones hunched over those little black and red notebooks as they sip their lattes in cafes, waiting for someone to ask what they're writing. And before anyone is offended, I'll let it be known that I have at least 60 such notebooks tucked away, so put away those angry pens and leave my eyes alone.

There's also more on the writing front with the Indigenous Literature Festival held in Eltham, while the St Kilda Film Festival celebrates that other medium where a thousand pictures can paint a word. One such film held as part of the festival brings the two arts together with the launch of a short film based on the illustrated children's book, There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake.

I can't speak for the film, but having read the book I'd suggest having a look. If anything it might inspire frustrated novelists to put away that red and black beast and opt for a sketchbook instead. Those who do so are advised to at least be subtle. A crocodile scoffing pudding in a cellar just won't cut the mustard.

Major Events

150th Birthday Celebrations of Dame Nellie Melba 150th Birthday Celebrations of Dame Nellie Melba, held during May, sees a wide range of community groups, historical societies and performers come together to host events that recognise the significance of the Richmond born Diva and international star. Events include concerts, exhibitions, tours and more.
When: Held Throughout May

Film Festivals

St Kilda Film Festival St Kilda Film Festival, now in its 28th year, is an iconic event that screens more Australian short films than any other festival. With genres that include drama, comedy, documentary and animation, the festival also features short films overseas from interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival and other special events.
When: Tuesday to Sunday, May 24 to 29
Opening Night: Tuesday May 24
SoundKILDA: Thursday May 26
Industry Open Day: Saturday May 28
Closing Night: Sunday May 29

Food & Wine Festivals

Homemade Wine & Beer Festival Homemade Wine & Beer Festival, held at Preston City Hall, showcases the skills and customs of local amateur wine and beer brewers. With tastings, cooking demonstrations, seminars and music, the multicultural event gives wine and beer makers the chance to share the fruits of their labours with enthusiasts and the community.
When: Saturday May 28

Music & Arts Festivals

Emerging Writers' Festival Emerging Writers' Festival, held in various venues across Melbourne, offers a program of panels, performances, readings and workshops. Featuring special events that include forums that explore the art, craft and business elements of being a writer, the festival has program of events for people of many ages.
When: May 26 to June 5

Indigenous Literature Festival Indigenous Literature Festival, held at Monsalvat Artists' Colony in Eltham, offers a program of discussions with writers, poets and songsters with backgrounds in indigenous literature. Along with indigenous-inspired dinners, there will also be books on sale with authors signing books at the end of each session.
When: Friday & Saturday, May 27 & 28

Wesley College Music Festival Wesley College Music Festival, held at Melbourne Recital Centre, celebrates music in the community of Wesley College's St Kilda Road Campus with outstanding student soloists and student composers performing with Pop Choir, A Cappella Choirs, String Orchestra and the legendary Wesley College Big Band.
When: Monday May 30 - 7:30pm

Stonnington Jazz Stonnington Jazz, held at venues that include Chapel Off Chapel and Malvern Town Hall, features performances of the very best jazz this country has to offer. Presenting 100% Australian jazz, the festival features both seasoned musicians and new performers covering the broad spectrum of genres in jazz.
When: May 19 to 29

Creative Gippsland Creative Gippsland is a month-long celebration held throughout May that showcases hundreds of events in Gippsland and its neighbouring shires. Highlighting the diverse talent within the area, the program features events that cater to many tastes with exhibitions, workshops, performances and tours.
When: May 1 to 31

St Kilda Busking Festival St Kilda Busking Festival offers a fantastic look at the colourful entertainment that's on offer from Melbourne's best hidden artists. With fun performances held on Sundays between 1pm and 4 pm, the free entertainment offers colourful, bizarre and hilarious entertainment for the whole family.
When: Sundays, May 15 to 29 - St Kilda Village

Public Awareness Events

SlutWalk Melbourne SlutWalk Melbourne, organised by Nova FM, aims to 'spread the word that those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.' With more than 3,000 people signed up on Facebook to take part, the protest is held to reinforce that no matter how you dress or act, you never deserve to be a victim.
When: Saturday May 28

Upcoming Events

Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be, performed at Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre for a limited season, tells the story of rock icon and AC/DC frontman Bon Scott. Nick Barker, known for his raw and intimately connected performances, will tell the story of Scott and his rise to fame with AC/DC, interspersed with Scott's hit songs.
When: Opens July 12

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Transcendental Realism Transcendental Realism, taking place at Victorian College of the Arts in Southbank, is a unique preview of the Transcendental Art of a collateral artist at the 2007 Biennale, Adi Da Samraj. The Multi-Media event shows Adi Da's recent work, along with live improvised music performed in response to the art screening.
When: Friday May 27 - 7:30pm

Inside the Artist's Studio Inside the Artist's Studio, presented by Heide Museum of Modern Art, offers a private tour of Emily Floyd's studio in Preston, including a behind-the-scenes look at a new work in progress. Emily Floyd currently has work at Heide Museum with her piece Steiner Rainbow featured in Colour Bazaar: Nine Contemporary Works.
When: Saturday May 28 - Bookings Advised

Crepuscular: the wild animals of Melbourne Crepuscular: the wild animals of Melbourne, held at Melbourne Town Hall, reveals the secret world of Melbourne's wild animals. Offering a glimpse into the twilight hours of the species with which we share the city, Crepuscular examines mammals, birds, eels and insects through specimens, illustrations, artworks, literature and ephemera.
When: Until July 6

The Kenneth Jack Memorial Award The Kenneth Jack Memorial Award, Australia's premier Watercolour Arts Event presented by the Watercolour society of Australia, is a special exhibition of works that show the interest and appreciation of the Art of Watercolour painting in Australia and worldwide. It's held at the Long Barn Gallery of Montsalvat in Eltham.
When: May 28 to June 14

Appearances Appearances, featured at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Southbank, is an exhibition by Turner prize exhibiting artist Nathan Coley. The major commission transforms ACCA's large exhibition hall into a civic plaza, defined by a series of cast concrete platforms in situ, , inspired by designs of Oscar Niemeyer.
When: May 28 to July 24

Experimenta Utopia Now Experimenta Utopia Now showcases interactive works with the International Biennial of Media Art tour featuring interactive and screen-based media artworks from countries including Australia, Japan, India, Germany and the UK, with works poking fun at social and physical boundaries of the human race.
When: Until June 19 - Mornington

Relics Relics, this year's exhibition by The Gathering, held at Michaels on Elizabeth Street, showcases works from a passionate group of Australian photographers. Dedicated to using large format cameras, known as bellows, The Gathering meets each year in Trentham East to share their unique photographic passion.
When: Until May 30

Viewfinder Viewfinder, held at Arts Project Gallery in Northcote, is an exhibition by Alan Constable, an artist who is legally blind with very limited vision, something obliquely referenced within his works. The exhibition showcases more than 60 works selected from Constable's body of work spanning more than 20 years.
When: Until June 1 - Closed Sundays

Current 10: DUEL Current 10: DUEL, held at the Roslyn Smorgon Gallery of Footscray Community Arts Centre, examines the duel nature of the gap found between objects, situations and their representation. The works by six emerging artists explore innovative practice in photography, video, drawing, sculptural installation and other media.
When: May 6 to June 26

Tutankhamun Tutankhamun, presented by Melbourne Museum, will for the first time in Australia's history see this record-breaking exhibition visit Melbourne for its only Australian stop before the Egyptian treasures, which include Tutankhamun's golden canopic coffinette, are returned to their home in Cairo.
When: Until November 6 | Book Tickets

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Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures

Love Vintage Expo Love Vintage Expo, the Inaugural Melbourne Vintage Clothing, Jewellery & Textiles Show, will feature over 60 exhibitors from all over Australia selling a fantastic range of collectable and vintage items. Held at Melbourne Showgrounds, the show also features lectures, swing dancers, demonstrations and more.
When: Friday to Sunday, May 27 to 29

Shot Expo Shot Expo, held at Exhibition Pavilion of Melbourne Showground, showcases the shooting, hunting and outdoor trades to members and the general public with the view of improving public awareness and increasing membership. The expo also covers camping and angling equipment, archery, taxidermy and more.
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29

Wholistic Festival of Life Expo Wholistic Festival of Life Expo is a chance to meet up to 50 Exhibitors offering Tarot and Angel Card readings, Crystals, Aura Photography and more. Held at Box Hill Town Hall, the day also allows visitors to be pampered with Reiki, Bowen, Shiatsu and see Mediums on Platform with special guest Clairvoyant Haley Jacobs.
When: Sunday May 29 - 10am to 5pm

Victoria's New Age Healing & Psychic Expo Victoria's New Age Healing & Psychic Expo, held at Darebin Arts Centre in Preston, showcases a wide range of stalls offering jewellery, incense, salt lamps, crystals and more. Visitors to the expo will also be able to have a personal psychic reading with experienced mediums, clairvoyants and tarot readers.
When: Sunday May 29 - 10am to 5pm

Spotlight On You Arts Expo Spotlight On You Arts Expo, held at Preston Shire Hall, offers a fun day for the whole family with free entertainment that includes live bands, talent competitions, drummers and a free hula hooping lessons. A monthly event in the City of Darebin, there'll also be stalls selling jewellery, clothing and more.
When: Sunday May 29 - 1pm to 5pm

Big M Weekender on Wheels Big M Weekender on Wheels, a custom built bus designed as the ultimate holiday pad, is up for grabs for you and 3 friends to win for a weekend trip. Appearing at various locations for punters to have a closer look, there are also $500 Cash Prizes to be won daily by purchasing specially marked Big M's.
Competition Ends: June 12
Weekender Appearances: May 24, 27 & 29 - Various Locations

Car Shows

Car Clubs Showcase Car Clubs Showcase, held at Federation Square, features a different Car Club every month when car enthusiasts and general public alike can wander through an amazing array of classic, modern and vintage cars. This month's event presents cars on display from the Falcon GT Club of Australia.
When: Sunday May 29 - 11am to 2:30pm

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Performances & Theatre

TURNS TURNS, performed at Wellington Entertainment Centre in Sale, brings together two icons of Australian theatre, Nancye Hayes and Reg Livermore, in a pantomime with a twist. Devised and written by Reg Livermore, the play is a reflection on identity, family, show business and completely losing your marbles.
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, May 24 & 25

Dwelling Structure: An Opera in 8 Time Use Episodes Dwelling Structure: An Opera in 8 Time Use Episodes, takes place in a family home on Northcote's historic Ruckers Hill. Created by Madeleine Flynn And Tim Humphrey with libretto by Cynthia Troup and featuring performances by The Suitcase Royale, it's presented by the genre-breaking Chamber Made Opera.
When: Thursday to Saturday, May 26 to 28

All Grown Up All Grown Up, performed by William Hannagan at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, finds the performer preparing to leave his teens behind him as he sings his way through the pressures of slimming down, buffing up and not being as gaga as Gaga and being halfway to 38 and still not as big as Bieber.
When: Thursday to Sunday, May 26 to 29

The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, performed at Kaleide Theatre of RMIT, is a one-act play which takes place in a busy city square. Without dialogue and using only action and music to define the story, the haunting performance captures the anonymity of characters moving swiftly through an urban space.
When: Friday to Sunday, May 27 to 29

The Gift The Gift, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company in Southbank, tells the story of Sadie and Ed , a couple who meet Martin and ChloŽ at a holiday resort and instantly hit it off, despite coming from completely different worlds. When Martin saves Ed's life, an offer to repay him leads to moral confusions.
When: May 28 to July 9

Hysteria Hysteria, performed by STAG Theatre, is a play by Tony Award-winning dramatist Terry Johnson. Held at Strathmore Community Hall, the play imagines the circumstances of a chance meeting in London 1938, between one of the most controversial doctors of all time and one of the most recognizable surrealists.
When: May 26 to June 4

Christina: A Story With Music Christina: A Story With Music, performed at Collingwood Underground Carpark by AtticErratic, is an astounding piece of theatre from director Celeste Cody and writer, composer and performer Tom Pitts. Evocative prose and music capture the experiences of a man who is trapped in the past and obsessed with his childhood love.
When: Until Saturday May 28

Sleepyhead Sleepyhead, performed at MKA in Prahran, is gothic tale of isolation and innocence. The play follows the morbid livees of a father and his two daughters who live on a remote rural property. Burnt, crippled, hideously drunk and dead, their strange lives take a stranger turn when one night a visitor comes.
When: Until Saturday May 28

Love Never Dies Love Never Dies brings the phenomenal musical hit to Melbourne with performances at the Regent Theatre. Continuing Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest love story, The Phantom of the Opera, the musical extravaganza follows on ten years after the Phantom's disappearance and his new life in New York.
When: May 29 to November 17 | Book Now

HAMLET: A Science-Fiction Rock Spectacular HAMLET: A Science-Fiction Rock Spectacular, held at the Union Theatre of Melbourne University, is a quirky reinvention of Shakespeare's classic. Following his father's death, Dr Hamlet becomes obsessed with perfecting a truth serum to derive the true nature of what happened, experimenting on himself and those around him.
When: Wednesday & Saturday, May 25 to 28

No Place Like No Place Like, written by Chris Summers especially for Union House Theatre at Melbourne University, is a black comedy with moments of tenderness that blends political issues such as street violence and failing state infrastructure with visions of a free-market apocalypse to paint the picture of a discordant Melbourne.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, May 25 to 28

The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell, held at Melbourne venue, fortyfivedownstairs, features John Wood in the title role of a bush poet whose best known work remains unpublished with its final verse. The meaning of the final verse, and the poet himself, is questioned by an actor set to portray Gartrell in an upcoming film.
When: May 20 to June 12 - Tuesdays to Sundays

Fiddler on the Roof Fiddler on the Roof, performed at St Kilda's National Theatre, tells the colourful stories of the townspeople of the Russian village of Anatevka. Based on the folk stories of Sholom Aleichem, the iconic musical features well-known show tunes that include Tradition, Matchmaker Matchmaker and the classic If I Were a Rich Man.
When: May 20 to June 4

It Runs In The Family It Runs In The Family, performed by Knox Theatre Company, is a classic Ray Cooney comedy in which events begin to spin out of control for Dr David Mortimore when deception and mistaken identities lead to many double-entendres and puns. The high octane comedy plays at Knox Community Arts Centre.
When: Friday & Saturday, May 27 & 28

Little Shop of Horrors Little Shop of Horrors, performed at Doncaster Playhouse by Phoenix Theatre Company, is one of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, which also went on to inspire one of the quirkiest film musicals ever as it follows the misadventures of a humble floral assistant led astray by a charismatic carnivorous plant.
When: Thursday to Saturday, May 26 to 28

The Hatpin The Hatpin, presented by Magnormos with performances held at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is set in Sydney in 1892 and tells the true story of single mother, Amber Murray, whose desperate attempt to save the life of her baby saw her embroiled in one of the most captivating criminal trials in Australian history.
When: May 13 to 28

Macbeth Macbeth, playing for a limited season in the stunning surrounds of Shed 4 at the Docklands, is the latest production by the Australian Shakespeare Company. The epic production is held on a series of installations, drawing audiences deeper in as they follow Macbeth's macabre journey toward self-destruction.
When: May 11 to June 4

Next To Normal Next To Normal, performed at The Arts Centre, is the Australian Premiere of the emotional musical which won last year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The story of a woman lost to herself and her family, it follows her day as she begins making sandwiches and finds she can't stop when lost to frantic compulsion.
When: April 28 to May 28

The Laramie Project - 10 Years Later The Laramie Project - 10 Years Later is the sequel to one of the most performed plays of the last decade. Performed at St Kilda's Red Stitch Actors Theatre, the documentary style performance features special guests Kim Gyngell, Paul Ashcroft and others as it investigates the ripple effect of a single, senseless murder.
When: April 27 to May 28 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Doctor Zhivago Doctor Zhivago, the classic masterpiece which has become an outstanding musical, will be appearing at performed at Her Majesty's Theatre. With a story that's at once epic and personal, funny and heartbreaking, impetuously romantic and bitingly political, it stars the internationally renowned Anthony Warlow.
When: Until June 26 | Book Now

ROCK OF AGES ROCK OF AGES, held at Melbourne's Comedy Theatre, is a hilarious, feel-good love story set in 1987 when a small-town girl meets a big-city dreamer in L.A.'s most legendary rock club. Told through music of the era, the comedy includes hits such as 'Don't Stop Believin', 'The Final Countdown' and other classics.
When: March 22 to June 30 | Book Now

Classical, Choral & Recitals

Tungsten Duo Tungsten Duo, a unique combination of Flute with Emily Chaffee and Percussion with Erica Rasmussen, will be performing at Melbourne's City Library as part of the Acoustica concert series. The duo plays many different styles of music and takes particular interest in performing new works by local composers.
When: Thursday May 26 - 6pm to 7pm

Brentano String Quartet Brentano String Quartet, acknowledged as masterful interpreters of the great classics, will be performing at Melbourne Recital Centre as part of their concert tour featuring traditional choices of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as the first string quartet written by Australian Featured Composer, Ian Munro.
When: Saturday & Tuesday, May 28 & 31

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Taste of Tease Taste of Tease, held at Burlesque Bar in Fitzroy, invites you to dip your toes into the decadent world of Burlesque and be entertained by their resident performers. With pop-up
burlesque and cabaret presented every 30 minutes on the night, tickets include a free drink card and sumptuous cocktail specials.
When: Thursday May 26

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 May 29 - 6pm to 11pm

ATROCITY - EdeN ATROCITY - EdeN, performed at Melbourne's 24 Moons, steps beyond the frailties of the human psyche to explore the theme of creation in the brand new show by ATROCITY, producers of elaborate shows that blend cabaret with burlesque and the grim, dark undertones of Grand Guignol theatre.
When: Until June 5 - Sundays

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Entertainment & Nightlife

Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa, lauded as one of the world's greatest guitarists, will be performing at The Palais in St Kilda. Fast evolving into a full-blown truly charismatic and mesmerising blues-rock star, the 33 year old New Yorker is also known as a singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance.
When: Thursday May 26

Sonya Veronica Sonya Veronica will be performing at Dizzy's Jazz Club in Richmond where, joined by Mark Fitzgibbon, Howard Cairns and Gideon Marcus, she'll be performing from upbeat Seven Steps to Heaven, emotional French ballad Avec Le Temps to the smooth Open The Door. All songs are fabulously arranged by pianist Mark Fitzgibbon.
When: Thursday May 26 - 8pm to 10.30pm

The Cliffords The Cliffords, a band originally formed in 1998 and then loyally reformed in 2008 after the return from overseas of singer/guitar player Mick Bourke, have been filling rooms in Melbourne with their own infectious style that blends Country, Pop and Rock. They'll be performing at The Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy.
When: Friday May 27 - 9:30pm

Mark Fitzgibbon Quartet Mark Fitzgibbon Quartet will be launching their new CD titled "Closer"at Melbourne's Paris Cat. With legendary Melbourne pianist /composer Mark Fitzgibbon, the band features the searing alto of David Rex, the driving bass of Tom Lee and the groove and precision of brilliant drummer Craig Simon.
When: Friday May 27 - 9pm

Lloyd Spiegel's Birthday Gig Lloyd Spiegel's Birthday Gig, taking place at The Cornish Arms in Brunswick, is a free gig to celebrate the birthday of the accomplished guitarist who has received numerous awards and rave reviews. An afternoon of music as a thank you to his fans, there'll also be give-aways, special guests and cake for all.
When: Sunday May 29 - 3pm

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Comedy & Magic

Women of Letters Women of Letters, held at Thornbury Theatre, brings together talented women that include host Clare Bowditch, author Leslie Cannold and feminist blogger and roller derby queen Clem Ford in celebration of the beautiful lost art of letter-writing. The performance will raise funds for animal rescue shelter, Edgar's Mission Farm.
When: Sunday May 29 - Bookings Required

Theatresports Theatresports, Melbourne's longest running improvisation comedy show, returns for its 26th season at their brand new venue of The Space in Prahran where four teams of quick-witted and fleet-footed improvisors will battle it out each week in an exhilarating and hilarious display of improvised theatre.
When: Every Sunday in May - 7:30pm


Wintervention Wintervention, produced by Warren Miller and narrated by skiing icon Jonny Moseley, takes riders like Chris Booth, Jossi Wells, Jonny Moseley and Lindsey Vonn on a global tour of Alaska, Norway and beyond with thrilling scenes of skiing action. Limited screenings are held at Rivoli Cinemas in East Hawthorn.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, May 25 to 29

Underground Cinema Underground Cinema will present a special cinematic event where guests have no idea of the film they're watching, using clues and props at the secret venue to try and guess what will be screening. With the latest theme of the Japanese inspired Irasyaimase, guests will receive venue details by SMS prior to the night.
When: Friday to Sunday, May 27 to 29

Croydon Film Society Croydon Film Society, which holds regular screenings of quality films at the Reading Cinemas in Chirnside Park, will next screen A Serious Man by the Coen Brothers. Showcasing a fantastic range of cinema, annual membership gives you access to all screenings, a regular newsletter and attendance of their end of year party.
When: Monday May 30 - 7:15pm

Egypt 3D: Secrets of the Mummies Egypt 3D: Secrets of the Mummies, screening at IMAX Cinema, explores the mysterious world of ancient Egypt. Offering a taste of the wonders held in the upcoming exhibition, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, the film re-enacts the discovery of a cache of forty mummies.
When: Various Dates & Times
Tutankhamun Exhibition - Until November 6 - Book Tickets

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Melbourne For Kids

There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake, a short film based on the very popular 1980 children's book by Hazel Edwards, will be screened for the first time as part of the St Kilda Film Festival. The live-action adaptation features animatronics and puppetry from the creators of Walking With Dinosaurs.
When: Saturday May 28 - 7:30pm to 9pm

Play with Cardboard Play with Cardboard, presented at ArtPlay, is a workshop with Monash University's Ross Brewin, who can turn the humble cardboard box cubby into a masterpiece mansion with his first-year architecture students. So what's all this architecture and design stuff all about? Find out at Artplay with this fun workshop for kids.
When: Sunday May 29 - Bookings Required

Wild Things: Animals on Stage Wild Things: Animals on Stage, an exciting new exhibition especially for kids and families at the Arts Centre, brings together an unruly menagerie of animals drawn from the wild and woolly world of our most famous animal 'actors', from Alice's mock turtle to Ossie Ostrich, Gulliver's Eagle and Sir Lancelot's horse.
When: Until June 5


Moscow Circus Moscow Circus, featuring renowned Russian performers together with exclusive International Guest acts from around the world, will be holding performances in Brimbank. With sensational death defying acts, highlights include The Wheel of Death and the Four Daredevil Motorbike's in the splitting 'Globe of Death'.
When: May 18 to 29 - Brimbank - Various Dates

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be holding performances in Bayswater North. 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 May 29 - Bayswater North - Various Dates

Perry Bros Circus Perry Bros Circus, Australia's oldest circus, will be appearing at Melton's Woodgrove Shopping Centre, offering quality entertainment to please the entire family. With wirewalkers, Jugglers, Whip crackers, balancing acts and more the circus also features performing ponies and camels along with their very funny clowns.
When: Until June 13 - Melton - Various Dates

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Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Mash Rotary Antiques & Collectables Fair Mash Rotary Antiques & Collectables Fair, held at Mont Albert Primary School, offers a wide range of items to view or purchase. With over 30 dealers in attendance and market appraisals of your own items by local auctioneers, funds raised will go to Victorian Flood Relief and Neighbourhood Houses in Whitehorse.
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29

Melbourne Doll Show Melbourne Doll Show, taking place at the Whitehorse Club in Burwood East, is a weekend long event that features displays of some of the finest bisque and porcelain dolls. Along with collectable dolls and miniature furniture for sale, there will also be stalls offering, Teddy Bears, doll making supplies and valuations.
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29

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 for a bargain!

Markets, Fetes & FairsA growing number of food, produce and even wine markets are springing up around the suburbs.

Wining & Dining

Cool for Cats Cool for Cats, presented by Madame Brussels, brings glamorous snacks and fashionable pink bubbles from Jansz to the Verandah Como House in South Yarra. With Champers and Martinis also available in the Rat Pack Bar, tickets include entry to Como House's Mannequin exhibition, a fashion expose of the 50's and 60's.
When: Until July 3 - Sundays is the easiest way to book a restaurant online. With the choice to search by cuisine and location, you can find great dining offers with some of Melbourne's finest restaurants. Bookings are free and can be made online at any time of the day.
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You Can Help

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea Australia's Biggest Morning Tea will see more than one million Australians once again stir themselves into action for Cancer Council's popular fundraiser. Now in its 18th year, Cancer Council Victoria is urging all Victorians to take the time to attend one of the big morning tea events or, even better, host an event of their own.
When: Held Throughout May
Official Morning Tea Day: May 26

Sporting Events

AFL Premiership

AFL Premiership | Round 10AFL Premiership | Round 10

Melbourne vs Carlton - Fri May 27 - MCG
Nth Melb vs Sydney - Sat May 28 - Marvel Stadium
Collingwood vs West Coast - Sun May 29 - MCG
Bulldogs vs Hawthorn - Sun May 29 - Marvel Stadium


NRL Premiership | Round 12 NRL Premiership | Round 12

Melbourne Storm Home Game
Melbourne Storm V Cronulla Sharks
Sunday May 29 - 2pm

Horse Racing

Taralye Race Day Taralye Race Day, held at Caulfied Racecourse, will be the fifth fielding of the event. Funds raised from the Taralye Race Day will be used for Taralye's work of getting deaf kids talking and to help sustain its early intervention, early learning and audiological assessment services to developing a deaf child's speech skills.
When: Saturday May 28 - Gates Open 10:30am

Kilmore Racing Club Kilmore Racing Club offers patrons a huge range of entertainment options with the centrepiece being the 50+ top-class Turf and Harness Race Meetings per year.

Twilight Harness Racing:
Tuesday May 24

Betfair Park Race Days Betfair Park Race Days

Midweek Meeting (Hillside)
Wednesday May 25

Betfair Park, Sandown

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.

Next Race Dates:
May 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30

Greyhound Racing

Greyhound Racing @ The Meadows Greyhound Racing @ The Meadows hosts a range of race day and non-race day events throughout the year with the Broadmeadows venue renowned worldwide for high class racing.

Next Race Dates
Wednesday & Saturday, May 25 & 28

Motor Sports

Championship Car Racing Championship Car Racing

Round 1 - Production Car Endurance Championship
Round 2 - Manufacturers Championship

Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Historic Winton Historic Winton, held at Winton Motor Raceway located near Benalla, is Australia's largest and most popular all-historic motor race event. Held across two days, the event presents action-packed racing and displays featuring an enormous range of historic and vintage racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s.
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 28 & 29

Test & Tune Days Test & Tune Days, held at Heathcote Park Raceway, the new home of 1/4 Mile Off Street Drag Racing in Victoria, offers the chance for owners of high performance vehicles to safely and legally test out their capabilities while improving driving skills and meeting other people with similar interests.
When: Sunday May 29 - 11am to 4pm

Community Sports

AV Season Walk Series AV Season Walk Series, presented by the peak athletic body in the state, Athletics Victoria, is part of their events held to encourage, improve and promote a range of sports for all of their members.

Albert Park
Wednesday May 25

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