Newsletter | #254 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #254 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #254 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, November 15 to 21.

This week... Many old favourites make a welcome return with one such regular being the Johnston Street Fiesta with its many and varied attractions celebrating all things Hispanic. The Big West Festival also returns with a huge program of events that showcase the artistic community in Melbourne's Western suburbs.

Foodies can enjoy a fair platter of happenings with the Brown Brothers Wine & Food Festival and the Bacchus Marsh Strawberries & Cherries Weekend in fine company this week with a side dish of cinema at the Halls Gap Film Festival.

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13 - A New Musical 13 - A New Musical is a hilarious musical about the lessons one learns throughout life, and the discovery that who you want to be starts with discovering who you are. Starring Melbourne's most elite young performers and musicians, it's held at South Yarra's Randall Theatre.
When: December 14 to 18 - Bookings Advised

Typically Topical Melbourne

Melbourne Festival Dates Melbourne Festival Dates - With controversial talks over a decision by the organisers of the Melbourne Festival to move the event from its traditional October timeslot to March citing better weather, among other things, we thought we'd pitch in with our own view and invite readers to do the same.
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Major Events

Big West Festival Big West Festival is Melbourne's premier community-based contemporary arts festival with a program of music, art, song, film and live performances. A biennial event, Big West stages high quality, cutting edge and unique works in the various venues of the western suburbs.
When: November 15 to 27

Johnston Street Fiesta Johnston Street Fiesta is Fitzroy's iconic festival offering fun, music, food and infectious Latin grooves. The award-winning Latin festival showcases the culture, heritage and traditions of Spanish speaking nations with markets, arts, sports demonstrations, costumes and more.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20

Anatolian Alevi Festival Anatolian Alevi Festival, celebrating Turkish culture, is a festival dedicated to Abdal Musa, one of the founders of ancient philosophical ideologies that embrace unity and peace. With poetry, dance, art, children's games and food, the event is held at Coburg Lake Reserve.
When: Sunday November 20 - 10am to 6pm

Festival of Italian Motorcycling Festival of Italian Motorcycling, held in Coburg, is a free event showcasing the best of Italian Motorcycles with displays of bikes and scooters from all eras including MV Agustas from the 1950s and '60s. There will be awards for different categories, food and plenty of merchandise stalls.
When: Sunday November 20 - Starts 9:30am

Polish Festival Polish Festival brings a taste of Poland to Melbourne with a day of delectable food and festive music. Free to attend, the festival at Federation Square showcases the various elements of Polish culture with dance performances, craft activities for children, market stalls and more.
When: Sunday November 20 - 10am to 5pm

Music & Arts Festivals

Shine On Shine On, held in Victoria's Pyrenees Ranges, is an outdoor music festival with a huge line-up of performers. With a huge line-up featuring local and international guests, the festival is also a celebration of performance art and installations, workshops, markets and much more.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 18 to 20

Phillip Island Jazz Festival Phillip Island Jazz Festival, held at Phillip Island's Eco Resort, offers a great line up of performances with this year's line-up including the Syncopators, New Mebourne Jazz Band, Shirazz, Maurie's Jolly Rollers, A'Beckett St Jazz Band,Island Jazz and Solo Pianist Bruce Gourlay.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 18 to 20

Food & Wine Festivals

Brown Brothers Wine & Food Festival Brown Brothers Wine & Food Festival, held at their Milawa Vineyard offers the chance to sample treats from the region's finest restaurants matched to Brown Brothers' wine. Along with live music and dinners, the festival includes kids' activities, farmers market, tours and more.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20

Strawberries & Cherries Weekend Strawberries & Cherries Weekend, held throughout Bacchus Marsh, celebrates the arrival of the strawberry and cherry season with attractions that include fireworks at Bacchus Hill Winery, fun competitions, horse carriage rides, live entertainment and delicious gourmet food.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20

Film Festivals

Halls Gap Film Festival Halls Gap Film Festival features an impressive line-up of Australian and international films, screened in the heart of the beautiful Grampians National Park. With a program of carefully selected films, this year's program includes Kawasaki's Rose, Buck and Waste Not.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 18 to 20

Jewish Film Festival Jewish Film Festival presents an eclectic line-up of 25 new feature films and documentaries, showcasing the diversity of Jewish culture through a program of films drawn from around the world. With comedy, romance, thriller, family-friendly films and more, it's held at ACMI Cinema.
When: November 9 to 27

Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show

Dance, Sucker Dance, Sucker, presented at The Substation in Newport, is a new media series by Ilona Nelson, held as part of the Big West Festival's Larger Than Life exhibition. Featuring 11 photographs, two short films, confetti, sparkles and audience interaction, her work questions artistic success.
When: November 15 to 27
Official Opening: Thursday November 17 - 6pm to 8pm

Defining Us Defining Us, taking place at the Queens Hall of Parliament House, is a special exhibition presented by residents of Sacred Heart Mission's rooming house. Featuring 60 mixed-medium artworks, the exhibition shares the lives, dreams and stories of people who have been marginalised.
When: November 21 to 25
Public Launch: Tuesday November 22 - 6pm to 8pm

Illustre Illustre, showing at Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel, is the graduate exhibition for students of the Diploma of Illustration at NMIT's Preston Campus. Now in its 17th year, graduate students demonstrate their outstanding skills in a variety of commercial and personal endeavours.
When: Until November 27

Pictorial Haiku Pictorial Haiku, an exhibition by Jane Hall at Port Melbourne's MARS Gallery, is her biopic response to a culture showing great resilience and cooperation in the wake of recent disasters in Japan, reflecting her having lived there and visited just before and soon after the tsunami.
When: Until November 27 - Closed Mondays

Regeneration Regeneration, held at ARTrium Exhibition Space in Sandringham, is an exhibition of works by Jill Hyams, an accomplished self-taught artist. By experimenting with different mediums and learning different techniques, she has developed a unique style of 'collage art' designs.
When: Until December 14

HORSTORY HORSTORY, held at Off the Kerb in Collingwood, is an exhibition by Susan McMinn, an artist whose works explore the fragmented and distorted way history tells and retells the story of the Australian horse at war, drawing on archival information from the Australian War Memorial.
When: Until December 1 - Thursdays to Sundays

Australian Art Excellence Awards Australian Art Excellence Awards, presented by the Australian Guild of Realist Artists, is an exhibition and sale, now in its 12th year. Held at Camberwell's Guild House, the event aims to promote new and upcoming professional artists with works judged by renowned artist Amanda Hyatt.
When: November 9 to 27 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Attraction Attraction, one of three exhibitions held at Fitzroy North's red gallery, combines painting, sculpture and installation in a series of works by Sarah Firth. Known for her quirky and playful style, the sensual and dreamy exhibition celebrates objects and ideas that entice the senses.
When: November 9 to 26 - Wednesdays to Saturdays

Ken Done's Beaches Ken Done's Beaches, presented at Cyclone's Gallery in South Melbourne, will transform the walls of the gallery into a sun kissed mecca. Inspired by the iconic artist's love of Australia's seaside landscapes, the exhibition will be the first of Ken's to be held in Melbourne since 1996.
When: Nov 10 to Dec 16 - Thursdays to Saturdays

Other Worlds and Curiosities Other Worlds and Curiosities, showing at James Makin Gallery in Collingwood, is an exhibition of works by Milan Milojevic. The Tasmanian born artist and Head of Printmaking studio at the University of Tasmania, uses digital printmaking to create stunning, multi-faceted works.
When: Nov 10 to Dec 3 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

Melbourne Prize Urban Sculpture Exhibition Melbourne Prize Urban Sculpture Exhibition showcases the works of finalists with Victorian sculptors in the running to win one of Australia's most valuable sculpture awards. On display at Federation Square, the public are also invited to cast a vote for the 5,000 Civic Choice Award.
When: November 7 to 21

The Babel Project The Babel Project, presented by the Jewish Museum of Australia in St Kilda, is an exhibition inspired by the famous biblical story of the unfinished Tower of Babel. Exploring cultural commonalities, the exhibition combines the work of 36 photographers with a soundscape installation.
When: Until March 11

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Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures

Australian Business and IT Expo Australian Business and IT Expo, held at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, brings together the single largest gathering of business owners, managers and entrepreneurs who are actively seeking products, services and education to further business growth.
When: Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19

Mind Body Spirit Festival Mind Body Spirit Festival, held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre, is Australia's longest running new age events, bringing together everything you need for health and well-being with more than 200 stalls, performances and more with hundreds of products and services to try.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 18 to 20

Bridal Extravaganza Bridal Extravaganza, presented by Melbourne Wedding Angels along with Melbourne Wedding Connections, takes place at Forrest Hill's Clarion Hotel on Canterbury. With a wide range of wedding suppliers gathered together, gold coin entry is donated to Motor Neurone Disease.
When: Sunday November 20 - 11:30am & 1:30pm

APO Arts Academy Open Day APO Arts Academy Open Day offers an insight into one of Melbourne's longest-established vocational dance and theatre arts academies with the institution throwing open its doors to the public for the first time and giving prospective students a rare behind-the-scenes look at facilities.
When: Saturday November 19 - 10am to 4pm

MEGT Institute Education Open Day MEGT Institute Education Open Day is a chance to view their facilities, discuss study options for Domestic and International students and learn more about Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Full time employment through MEGT Group Training or the Australian Apprentice Centre.
When: Saturday November 19 - 10am to 4pm

Melbourne Tours

Melbourne's Underbelly Crime Tour Melbourne's Underbelly Crime Tour lets you discover the darker side of Melbourne as you walk in the footsteps of notorious criminals, exploring the scenes of some of the city's most infamous criminal events. The tour also includes 50% discount on entry to the Old Melbourne Gaol.
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Performances & Theatre

Songs - A Play with Music Songs - A Play with Music, presented by Black Apple Theatre and performed in Moorabbin, is a poignant play that draws on the true story of director Veit Harlan and his infamous Nazi film Jud Süss to question stories and the responsibility of people who tell them.
When: Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19
Northcote Performances: November 21 to 26

Day One. A Hotel, Evening Day One. A Hotel, Evening, performed at St Kilda's Red Stitch Actors Theatre, is a startling and observant examination of contemporary values. It's written by Joanna Murray-Smith, a Melbourne based playwright revered for her fearless portrayals of the global middle class.
When: November 16 to December 17

Robert Taylor is SO INAPPROPRIATE Robert Taylor is SO INAPPROPRIATE, held at South Melbourne's Butterfly Club, is the hit Australian musical comedy about love, life and everything just a little bit wrong as Taylor plays the loveable loser as a songwriter banished by Hollywood in this hilarious musical comedy.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, November 16 to 19

Die-Nasty: Down Under Soap-a-thon Die-Nasty: Down Under Soap-a-thon, the Edmonton Comedy institution hits Melbourne with Broken Mirror Studios in Brunswick hosting the fully improvised comic soap opera. A first for Australian theatre, the show puts 45 performers to the test, during 52 hours of non-stop improv.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 18 to 20

Educating Rita Educating Rita, presented by STAG Theatre in Strathmore, is the semi-autobiographical hit play by Willy Russell. Well known for the 1983 film adaptation, the heart-warming and touching play follows the relationship between a female hairdresser and her Open University teacher.
When: November 17 to 26

She's a Little Finch She's a Little Finch, held at MKA in Abbotsford, is a story about loss, and the way its impact reverberates through lives, towns and generations, reflected in the tale of Josie, a girl who finds a finch. It's written by Elise Hearst, who won much praise for her last production, Dirtyland.
When: November 17 to 26

Under Milk Wood Under Milk Wood, presented by Heidelberg Theatre Company in Rosanna, brings to the stage what was originally a radio play by the iconic writer, Dylan Thomas. The darkly hilarious yet poignant production follows the characters of a tiny Welsh seaside village called Llareggub.
When: November 17 to December 3

Fawlty Towers Fawlty Towers, regarded as one of the greatest television shows, will be given new life by Beaumaris Theatre. With cabaret style seating and BYO drinks, nibbles and glasses, they'll perform The Psychiatrist, The Anniversary and the much loved classic, Basil The Rat.
When: November 18 to December 3 - Various Dates

Over The Moon Over The Moon, presented by Geelong Repertory Theatre Company, is a hilarious farce set in the backstage of a live theatre where megalomaniac leading lady Charlotte and her philandering drunken husband and leading man, George attempt one more shot at starring roles.
When: November 18 to December 3 - Various Dates

The Fellatio Monologues The Fellatio Monologues, held at Kensington's Revolt ArtSpace, explores the differences between men and woman and looks at how sometimes we're not always thinking about the job at hand. The five monologues are written by Scott Major, who also directs, and Wayne Tunks.
When: November 8 to 19

Jigsaws Jigsaws, presented by The Basin Theatre near Boronia, is the heart warming Australian drama by Jennifer Rogers. Directed by Joe Tuppenney, the play set in Perth in the 1980s charts the course of three generations as they come to terms with changing circumstances and attitudes.
When: November 10 to December 4

October October, performed in Brunswick and presented by Act-O-Matic 3000, probes the ethical consequences of maintaining the status quo in our post 9/11 society. The black comedy follows Tim and Angela, a couple whose lives are disrupted by accusations of an affair.
When: November 10 to 26 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

Bad Blood Blues Bad Blood Blues, presented by Manilla Street Productions and held at Prahran's Chapel Off Chapel, is a s powerfully intense and totally engrossing new play present set in Africa as it deals with AIDS drug trials and the sexual moral maze between medical researcher and student.
When: November 11 to 26

The Danny Kaye Show The Danny Kaye Show, held at Downstairs At Alma's in Caulfield North, is a rollicking, sing-along, and laugh-a-minute showcase with Russell Fletcher, one of Melbourne's most respected all round entertainers, capturing the charm of one of history's greatest entertainers.
When: November 11 to 19

The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde's most enduring play, will be performed by Southbank's Melbourne Theatre Company. Regarded as one of the greatest comedies ever written, the tale of mistaken identities and stars the talented Geoffrey Rush as Lady Bracknell.
When: November 12 to December 30

Return to Earth Return to Earth, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, is a quirky production from award-winning playwright Lally Katz. Following the story of Alice, a girl who returns home to find that nothing seems as familiar as it should, performances are held at the Arts Centre's Fairfax Studio.
When: November 4 to December 17

Fat City Fat City, presented by Impro Melbourne, delves into the underworld when UnderBelly meets Sin City over 12 hours of unscripted drama. Mixing linear and non-linear spontaneous storytelling from a large ensemble cast, performances are held at The Space in Prahran.
When: Sundays Until Dec 4 (Except Nov 20)

A Little Night Music A Little Night Music, presented by Fab Nobs Theatre in Bayswater, explores the relationship between Fredrick Eagerman and his old flame, actress Desiree Armfeldt. After spending a night with the actress, he soon finds the liaison sets forth an unexpected chain of events.
When: November 4 to 19

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

Classical, Choral & Recitals

Bach Suites Bach Suites, held at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs, is a presentation of classical music and movement. Bringing a designer, a dancer and a choreographer together with ANAM'S cellists, the performances explore traces of movement and light resting in iconic dance suites.
When: Wednesday to Saturday, November 16 to 19

La Traviata La Traviata, performed at the Arts Centre by Opera Australia, is Verdi's celebrated tale of Violetta, a beautiful courtesan who's always believed she would never fall in love, until she meets Alfredo. The lavish production features detailed period costumes and grand ensemble scenes.
When: November 16 to December 17 - Various Dates

Diversity - The Kingdom of Naples Diversity - The Kingdom of Naples, held at Melbourne Recital Centre, is a special presentation by La Compaņia, Australia's premiere Renaissance instrument ensemble. The concert program of villanelle, frottole and tarantelle, with music by Giovanni Domenico da Nola and others.
When: Wednesday November 16 - 6pm

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Snakes & Ladders Snakes & Ladders, presented by Women's Circus in West Footscray, is a large scale circus spectacle, held as part of the Big West Festival. The performance provides insight into the complex way in which women must navigate their working aspirations while holding on to important values.
When: November 17 to 27 - Thursdays to Sundays

Glamour Kittens On Ice Glamour Kittens On Ice, held at St Kilda's National Theatre, features over 300 tap dancers in a review that has become as famous for its lavish costumes as it has for its well-intentioned tap dancing in a show hosted by the bejewelled and bewigged Head Mistress, Miss Jane.
When: Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19

GIMME! GIMME! performed by Louise Kelly at the Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, is both a fantastically funny and equally moving cabaret that looks at our basic of human wants - love, respect, a better life and the ability to raise one eyebrow, explored through the greatest 'want' songs.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20

Relations Relations, held at St Kilda's Theatre Works, is a beautiful yet confronting look at how different relationships survive the temptations and personal demons that take place in life. The realistically brutal dance performance is presented by Paul Malek and Collaboration The Project.
When: November 10 to 19

Little Match Girl Little Match Girl, held at Southbank's Malthouse Theatre, is a performance by Melbourne's favourite cabaret mistress, Meow Meow. Featuring Mitchell Butel, the bittersweet fable by Hans Christian Andersen leads the audience into the wild realms of theatrical possibility.
When: November 11 to December 4

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Entertainment & Nightlife

The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips will be performing at Melbourne's Palace Theatre. Known for their melodic, lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, their elaborate and exciting live shows are renowned for costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections and much more.
When: Thursday November 17

The Salty Ones Sea Shepherd Fundraiser The Salty Ones Sea Shepherd Fundraiser brings together the brilliant Pierce Brothers, Anna Paddick, Wilderbeast and A Commoners Revolt to the Espy in St Kilda. With MC Lindsay McDougall from Frenzal Rhomb, money raised will go towards protecting whales in the Southern Ocean.
When: Thursday November 17 - 6:30pm

Sonya Veronica Sonya Veronica, one of Melbourne's most notable jazz performers, will perform at Uptown Jazz Cafe in Fitzroy where she'll be singing tunes by Serge Gainsbourg to BIll Evans. She will be joined by Craig Fermanis on guitar, Tom Lee on double bass and Gideon Marcus on drums.
When: Thursday November 17 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir Ruth Roshan & Tango Noir will perform at the Melbourne jazz venue, Paris Cat. Capturing the ambience of a 1930's French Salon, their performances are laden with flair, elegance and sauciness, taking the audience on a journey into the thrilling musical world of the tango.
When: Saturday November 19 - 7:30pm

MJ Battle of the Bands MJ Battle of the Bands, held at Fitzroy's Evelyn Hotel, brings to the stage 7 of the best emerging bands in Melbourne as they mess up the moonwalk, accidently grab their crotch too hard and try to hit the high notes as they each playing songs of their own and a Jackson cover.
When: Sunday November 20 - 7:30pm

John Farnham John Farnham will be returning to the stage with a limited run of concerts held at Melbourne's Palais Theatre performing the music from his hit album Whispering Jack. Held in honour of its 25 year anniversary, John Farnham and his band will perform the first half of the show unplugged.
When: November 9 to 19 - Various Dates | Book Now

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Underground Cinema Underground Cinema present cinematic events where guests have no idea of the film they're watching, using clues and props at the venue to guess what will be screening. With the latest theme of a Hillbilly Carnival, guests will receive venue details by SMS prior to the night.
When: Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19

Croydon Film Society Croydon Film Society hold regular screenings at Chirnside Park's Reading Cinema, showcasing quality films with annual membership including all screenings and attendance of their end of year party. The next film screening in their program is UK film, An Education by Lone Scherfig.
When: Monday November 21 - 7:15pm

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Melbourne For Kids

Myer Christmas Spectacular Myer Christmas Spectacular, an annual parade presented by Myer as a gift to the people of Melbourne, is a free event for all to enjoy as Santa makes his way to town along with life size floats, children's characters and special guests with some of Melbourne's brightest personalities.
When: Saturday November 19 - Starts 10am

Casey Central's Family Day Casey Central's Family Day brings the Narre Warren shopping centre to life with the free event offering great one day only offers and entertainment for the whole family with a visit from Santa, kids rides, face painting, biscuit decorating, an Animal Petting Zoo and so much more.
When: Saturday November 19 - 11am to 3pm

The Fairies Christmas Ballet The Fairies Christmas Ballet, appearing at South Morang's Yan Yean Theatre as part of their national tour, offers a glittering hour full of festive fun, fairy magic, beautiful ballet and a fairy special guest who'll join Harmony and Rhapsody and some of their favourite Fairyland friends.
When: Friday November 18
Also Performing:
Ringwood - Nov 19
Frankston - Nov 21
Moonee Ponds - Nov 22
Geelong - Nov 23

Myer Christmas Windows Myer Christmas Windows, an iconic part of Melbourne Christmas each year, offer 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: November 4 to January 5

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Meeniyan Antiques Fair Meeniyan Antiques Fair brings together a broad range of antique dealers offering vintage items that include antique furniture, clocks, art deco items, art nouveau, pottery, ceramics, chinaware, vintage jewellery and other items rare and collectable. It's held at Meeniyan Town Hall.
When: Saturday, November 19

Way We Wear Vintage Fair Way We Wear Vintage Fair, held at Williamstown Town Hall, is a highlight for collectors of vintage clothing and accessories with second hand dealers from all over Australia offering antique, retro and designer label fashions, along with their new 'Titanic' era costume exhibition.
When: Saturday & Sunday, November 19 & 20

A Fair to Remember A Fair to Remember, held in Malvern, is a chance to find some great bargains, while also assisting the charity, Very Special Kids, who support families with children suffering life-threatening illnesses. Attractions on the day include an animal farm, crafts and a visit from Santa.
When: Saturday November 19

Brunswick South Primary School Art Fair Brunswick South Primary School Art Fair, the school's annual fundraiser, includes a silent auction of local artists work. Along with an exhibition of students' work, the fair features market stalls and a fun atmosphere with live music, performances, food and children's activities.
When: Saturday November 19

Caulfield Primary School Fete Caulfield Primary School Fete is a free family fun day with amazing rides and activities at family friendly prices. Along with delicious food, fun competitions, animal farms, rides and live music, there'll be great activities for kids and Japanese drumming workshops on the day.
When: Saturday November 19 - 10am to 4pm

Christmas Fair Exhibition 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: November 3 to December 10 - Tues to Sat

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Melbourne Market Guide

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

Wining & Dining

WLG Pop-up Restaurant WLG Pop-up Restaurant, named after Wellington's airport code, promises a unique Kiwi food and wine experience delivered by Wellington's top chefs and sommeliers- right in the heart of Melbourne's cultural hub with the unique dining event held in of Fitzroy for a limited time.
When: November 15 to 27 - Except Mondays
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Sporting Events

Soccer | Hyundai A-League

Hyundai A-League - Week 7 Hyundai A-League - Week 7

Melbourne Victory vs Perth Glory
Sunday November 20 - 5pm
Marvel Stadium, Docklands

Roller Derby

Victorian Roller Derby Victorian Roller Derby
Bout 1 - Queen Bees VS Apple Betties Tassie All Stars
Bout 2 - VRDL All Stars VS Seattle's Rat City All Stars
Melbourne Showgrounds
When: Saturday November 19 - Doors Open 4:45pm


Presidents Cup 2011 Presidents Cup 2011, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world's top golfers, will be hosted by the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Black Rock. Held every two years, Greg Norman will captain the International team and Fred Couples the United States team.
When: November 14 to 20

Motor Sports

Norton 360 Sandown Challenge Norton 360 Sandown Challenge offers first class motor racing and entertainment, held at Sandown Racecourse in Springvale. With non-stop racing action, entertainment and first class facilities, it includes the Disney Pixar's CARS Truck Tour for children to enjoy.
When: Friday to Sunday, November 18 to 20

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