Newsletter | #274 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #274 | What's On this Week

Newsletter | #274 | What's On this WeekWelcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for Tuesday to Monday, April 3 to 9, 2012.

This week... the long weekend is upon with a celebration of chocolate, spirituality or simply an extra sleep-in, depending on how you choose to make good of it. For those who are willing to give up the latter and get away for the weekend, there's no shortage of fun to be had with two of Easter's major festival taking place in Beechworth and Bendigo.

For those with children who'd rather stay on the home front in Melbourne, there's also a celebration of Finnish culture with the aptly named Finnish Festival in Altona along with a great range of events in our School Holiday Guide.

Those who've kept their eggs thus far confined to their baskets and can roam free-range through the long weekend might want to get some extra giggles in with the ongoing Melbourne International Comedy Festival or kick up their heels with a good dose of salsa at the Melbourne Latin Festival.

Whatever you choose to do, we do hope you enjoy your time and have a very safe and pleasant celebration of chocolate, spirituality or simply an extra sleep-in... :)

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School Holiday Guides

School Holiday Guide Check out our School Holiday Guide for the latest on what to do with the kids during Easter Holidays. The holiday guide offers a great range of activities for the young and young at heart, with events, tours, workshops, concerts and holiday programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!
School Holiday Guide - March 31 to April 15

Scooby Doo Live - Musical Mysteries Scooby Doo Live - Musical Mysteries , held at Melbourne's Princess Theatre, features big musical numbers including the evergreen Scooby-Doo theme song, along with new songs as this rollicking theatre show follows Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang as they solve an epic mystery.
When: Thursday & Saturday, April 5 & 7 | Book Now

The Story Thieves The Story Thieves, held at The State Library of Victoria, is a show with something for everyone as it celebrates comedy, spontaneity, music, circus skills, slapstick, theatre, puppetry.. and wonderful stories as four mischievous vagabonds create fantastical tales using audience suggestions.
When: Wednesday April 4 - 11:30am & 1pm

Easter Festivals & Events

Golden Horseshoes Festival Golden Horseshoes Festival, a popular Easter event in Beechworth, offers fun for all ages with a Grand Parade and live music with performances and busking on the streets. The festival also includes market stalls, carnival rides, kids' activities and an Easter Egg with the Easter Bunny.
When: Friday to Sunday, April 6 to 8

Bendigo Easter Festival Bendigo Easter Festival, now in its 142nd year, celebrates not only Easter, but also Bendigo's rich, colourful Chinese heritage. Highlights include a massive Easter Egg Hunt, stage shows, a Gala Parade and the annual appearance of Sun Loong, the world's longest Imperial dragon.
When: Friday to Monday, April 6 to 9

Easter Life Celebration Easter Life Celebration, held in Roxburgh, is a free community celebration filled with family fun and attractions that include live music performances, community stalls and great activities for kids with face painting, Easter egg hunt, family friendly games and a jumping castle.
When: Sunday April 8 - 1pm to 4pm

Kerrisdale Mountain Railway Easter Steamfest Kerrisdale Mountain Railway Easter Steamfest, found between Seymour and Yea, offers fun for all the family with the live steam museum showcasing visiting engines, luncheon packages available on all days throughout the Steamfest, kids' treats and scenic train rides.
When: Saturday to Monday, April 7 to 9

Major Events

Finnish Festival Finnish Festival, held at various venues in Altona, offers a celebration of Finnish food, dancing, games, music and stalls. Along with workshops for both adults and children, the festival is also a chance to see some unique cultural activities that are rarely available in Australia.
When: Friday to Sunday, April 6 to 8

Tarra Festival Tarra Festival embodies the community spirit of Yarram in Gippsland with a celebration showcasing all that this rural township offers. One of Gippsland's most popular events, highlights include a popular Monster Market and the festival opening day with music and children's activities.
When: Friday to Monday, April 6 to 9

Rye Kids Festival Rye Kids Festival is a fun event for children and visitors to the peninsula. Along with carnival rides, roving acts, magic shows and live performances, there's also a program full of circus workshops and a visit from the Easter bunny with an egg hunt on Easter Sunday.
When: April 6 to 10

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Melbourne International Comedy Festival returns to present some of the best and newest entertainers drawn from Australia and overseas. With shows for people of all ages held at various venues in Melbourne, the festival offers comedy, circus, burlesque theatre and more.
When: March 28 to April 22

Food & Wine Festivals

Dargo Walnut Festival Dargo Walnut Festival, held each year to raise funds for the upgrading of facilities in the regional Victorian town, celebrates its groves of century-old walnut trees with a range of activities and entertainment. The festival takes place at Dargo's Community Hall and Recreation Reserve.
When: Sunday April 8

Music & Arts Festivals

Melbourne Latin Festival Melbourne Latin Festival, taking place at Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre in Preston, offers an exciting and entertainment filled program with a showcase of Latin dance genres featuring 150 dancers, 50 workshops with salsa lessons and much more.
When: Friday to Sunday, April 6 to 8

Melbourne Festival of Choirs Melbourne Festival of Choirs, held at BMW Edge and other venues, brings together choirs and individual singers from across Melbourne and Victoria to share the joys, talents and skills of singing with public performances, workshops, forums and social gatherings.
When: Saturday to Monday, April 7 to 9

Art Exhibitions

Graeme Base's The Jewel Fish of Karnak Graeme Base's The Jewel Fish of Karnak will be the subject of an exhibition at MARS Gallery in Port Melbourne. The exhibition includes 30 never-before-seen illustrations, inspired by the ancient Egyptian world, from the upcoming book by the highly acclaimed author and artist.
When: April 4 to May 5 - Closed Mondays
Family BBQ & Reading: Wednesday April 4 - 12pm to 2pm

Trentham Art & Craft Easter Show Trentham Art & Craft Easter Show, held at Trentham Mechanics Institute to raise money for library services, showcases the crafts and artworks of local artists that include Rose Wilson, Louise Otten and David Bryant, all of whom have had notable entries in the Archibald Prize.
When: Friday to Monday, April 6 to 9
Opening Night: Thursday April 5 - 7:30pm (Ticketed Event)

Sifting Time... Sifting Time... brings together important contemporary artists from China and Australia with this special exhibition held at Melbourne's Chinese Museum. Through painting, photography and installation each practitioner plays with ideas of cultural transformation and tradition.
When: Until May 20
Curator's Floor Talk: Wednesday April 11 - 1pm

Land Like Mine Land Like Mine is a series of recent paintings by Nicholas Harder, an artist who in 2009 spent time exploring the landscapes of Kakadu in the Northern Territory. His works, showing at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs, capture the kaleidoscopic essence of Australia's landscape.
When: April 3 to 21 - Tuesdays to Saturdays

Wings Fins & Imaginings Wings Fins & Imaginings, showing at Stonehouse Gallery in Warrandyte, is an exhibition by ceramic artists Jan O'Neill and Anna Sewards and painter Sue Trevillian. The group show presents light hearted, imaginative depictions of creatures, mythical monsters and flying fantasies.
When: April 3 to 30

insiders insiders, presented by Karen Woodbury Gallery in Richmond, is an exhibition of recent paintings by Melbourne born artist, Lara Merrett. With works represented in numerous collections throughout Australia, her colourful abstracts resonate with an almost organic life of their own.
When: April 4 to 28 - Wednesdays to Saturdays

Autumn Art & Military Heritage Exhibition Autumn Art & Military Heritage Exhibition, presented at the Old Post Office Gallery in Seymour, features works by artists that include John Orlando Birt, Meg Heres, Kate Ferguson, Ilma Duncan, Agnes Szetey and many others also exhibiting works depicting various wildlife.
When: April 1 to May 13 - Wednesdays to Sundays

By the sea and other works By the sea and other works, held at the at the Firestation Print Studio in Armadale, is a solo exhibition by Rachael Ness, a visual arts student from the CAE. Inspired by sights found within the Western Port environment, her prints, paintings and drawings capture sealife and other forms.
When: March 28 to April 15 - Wednesdays to Saturdays

I Say Doilies, You Say Doyleys I Say Doilies, You Say Doyleys is an exhibition of refashioned doily creations by artists from Melbourne and beyond, who have transformed these handmade fancywork treats into new fantastic artworks with doilies as the only common thread. It's held at Brunswick's Gleaners Inc.
When: Until April 6

Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee Celebration Queen Elizabeth II - Diamond Jubilee Celebration is an exhibition of vintage prints from London's V&A, taken by royal photographer, Sir Cecil Beaton. Showing at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the exhibition of nearly 100 portraits shows Elizabeth in her roles as princess, monarch and mother.
When: Until April 15

Notorious: Duffy's Celebrity Portraits Notorious: Duffy's Celebrity Portraits, showing at Monash Gallery of Art in Wheelers Hill, draws on work from the Duffy Archive in Britain to showcase a selection of portraits by Brian Duffy, an iconic photographer who helped to define the visual style of Britain in the '60s and '70s.
When: March 30 to May 13

The Colin and Elizabeth Laverty Collection The Colin and Elizabeth Laverty Collection, showing at Geelong Gallery, features a selection of Indigenous and non-Indigenous works of art. Showcasing the best of their contemporary holdings, it includes works by Paddy Bedford, Rosalie Gascoigne, Louise Hearman and others.
When: Until April 15

Top Designs Top Designs, held at Melbourne Museum, showcases work by Victoria's final year secondary school students. With artworks that span many styles such as furniture, clothing, short films and photography, the exhibition offers a glimpse of some of tomorrow's brightest talents.
When: March 24 to July 15

NEW12NEW12, the prestigious annual commissions exhibition of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Southbank, features bold, brave new art from the art stars of tomorrow with a showcase of unique works from some of Australia's most interesting rising artists.
When: Until May 20

Real Gone Real Gone, held at Paradise Hills Gallery in Richmond, is the debut group show by Rambler Collective, an exciting new art collective featuring Hollie M Kelley, Ryan McGennisken, Jamie Hall and James Ruff, who'll showcase a large body of work loosely based around the concept of escapism.
When: Until April 7 - Wednesdays to Saturdays

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Expos, Launches, Open Days & Lectures

The Peninsula Bride Exhibit The Peninsula Bride Exhibit, held at Max's Restaurant at Red Hill Estate, brings together wedding service suppliers from the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne with a showcase that includes bridal gowns, prizes, giveaways, supplier competitions, music and more.
When: Monday April 9 - 11am to 2pm

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Performances & Theatre

Binge Thinking Binge Thinking, performed by Xavier Toby at The Irish Times in Melbourne, is more than simply a stand-up show. Set at a dinner party, where three self-obsessed middle class couples are represented by props, his performance is an inventive hybrid of comedy and theatre.
When: April 5 to 21 - No Show Wednesdays

RAT RAT, performed by Two Blue Cherries at Carlton's La Mama Theatre, is the award winning play by Chris Summers. A play about striving to be yourself, against the grain of expectation, it follows a boy named Zach who searches for a girl while also faced with becoming a rat.
When: Until April 8 - Wednesdays to Sundays

The Histrionic The Histrionic, playing at Southbank's Malthouse Theatre, proves that Hell hath no fury like an actor ignored as the production follows Bruscon, a national treasure and the finest living actor to grace the stage... until he finds himself in a tiny hamlet more notable for its pigs.
When: April 2 to May 5 - Various Dates

Faulty Towers, The Dining Experience Faulty Towers, The Dining Experience, the very popular interactive comedy show, will appear at The Aegean in Fitzroy. With a 3-course dinner, the evening captures the chaotic mayhem of a restaurant run by Basil Faulty, his wife Sybil and misguided waiter Manuel.
When: March 28 to April 22 - Tuesdays to Sundays

Red Red, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company and with performances held at the Arts Centre, combines the talents of Colin Friels with with director Alkinos Tsilimidos for this multi-award-winning play that offers a fascinating portrait of the abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko.
When: Until May 5 - Various Dates

Beyond the Neck Beyond the Neck, performed by Red Stitch Theatre in St Kilda, is set in the aftermath of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. Weaving real life accounts some ten years after the event, the theatrical monument speaks more about how we come to terms with life-changing experiences.
When: Until April 14 - Wednesdays to Sundays

Sunday Shorts Sunday Shorts, held at Club Voltaire in North Melbourne, is a variety nights that's sure to have something to please everyone's tastes. Offering a taste a taste of the best and freshest of Melbourne's theatre scene, the nights feature short plays, short films, comedy and more.
When: Sundays until April 29

The Seed The Seed, presented by Melbourne Theatre Company, is a witty and raw examination of family ties as it follows Rose, a writer who observes the reunion between her father and estranged grandfather. Featuring Sara Gleeson and Tony Martin, it's held at the Arts Centre.
When: February 17 to April 4

Classical, Choral & Recitals

Streeton Trio Streeton Trio, three of Australia's leading young musicians and one of the ensembles in residence of the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy, will be performing at Melbourne's fortyfivedownstairs with a performance of works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and others.
When: Wednesday April 4 - 8pm

Firebird Trio Firebird Trio, Melbourne's newest piano trio, will perform at Melbourne Recital Centre with their concert program, Brave New World. A tribute to Aldous Huxley's prophetic book and vision, the program features works by Beethoven, Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and Stravinsky.
When: Wednesday April 4 - 7pm

Mozart 'Great' Mass K427 Mozart 'Great' Mass K427 is an opportunity for outstanding young performers to gain first-hand experience in eighteenth-century performance practices with The Orchestra Project's presentation of Mozart's greatest work of liturgical music. It's held at South Melbourne Town Hall.
When: Sunday April 8 - 2:30pm

Burlesque, Cabaret & Dance

Kelfi and Fikel Kelfi and Fikel, performing at The Butterfly Club in South Melbourne, are a quirky new musical comedy duo who sometimes go by the names of Fiona Della Ca and Kellie Higgins when they're not presenting original songs and sketches that are irreverent, crude and unapologetic.
When: Until April 21 - Thursdays to Saturdays

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Entertainment & Nightlife

My Morning Jacket My Morning Jacket, the Kentucky group that masterfully blends Southern rock with the psychedelic, will be appearing at Melbourne's Palace Theatre. With support by special guests Dawes, My Morning Jacket will perform their vast array of tunes including the recent album, Circuital.
When: Wednesday April 4

Bellusira Bellusira, one of Melbourne's most prolific alternative rock bands, will be performing at Bada Bing in Frankston to launch their new single, Culprit. Fronted by Crystal Ignite and Mark Dalbeth, Bellusira have shared the stage with bands such as The Misfits and Dead Letter Circus.
When: Friday April 6

Easter Long Weekend at Veludo Easter Long Weekend at Veludo in St Kilda promises three nights of great entertainment with a line-up of hot talent that includes the band Rockefeller, featuring Australian Idol star Ricky Muscat, resident band Jacket Off and Simon Wright & Band along with LOTEK and DJ guests.
When: Friday to Sunday, April 6 to 8

Max Hay and Warren Howden Max Hay and Warren Howden will play at The Thornbury Local. A veteran of the pub and festival circuit with his lively performances of Blues, Irish, Country, Reggae, and Folk music, Max Hay being joined by Melbourne's Warren Howden makes a chance to hear two unique song writers.
When: Saturday April 7 - 9:30pm

New Found Glory New Found Glory, Florida punk-rockers whose career has seen them tour with the likes of blink-182 and appear in the cult teen-flick American Pie 2, will perform at Melbourne's Festival Hall. Renowned for their energetic live shows, they'll be supported by Taking Back Sunday.
When: Sunday April 8

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Comedy & Magic

Million Dollar Tegan Million Dollar Tegan, held at Melbourne's Spleen Bar, is a comic performance from Tegan Higginbotham - also known as "Million Dollar Tegan"- as she recounts the true story of her bravely adventurous, and at times ruefully painful, foray into the world of women's boxing.
When: Until April 14 - Wednesdays to Sundays

What my Mum Taught Me What my Mum Taught Me, presented by Angus Brown at The Felix Bar in St Kilda, brings a unique, bizarre and very heartfelt view to his life in what's a tribute to his mother and all that she taught him with life lessons ranging from riding a bike to how to medicate a cat and get tattooed.
When: Until April 22 - Various Dates

Tom Green Tom Green, Cancer-survivor, multiple-Raspberry Award winner and creator of his own hit MTV show, will bring his one-man stand-up show to Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre where he'll put his own unique spin on social networking, Celebrity Apprentice, drugs, pets and more.
When: Tuesday to Monday, April 3 to 9

A Modern Deception A Modern Deception, held at the State Library of Victoria, will challenge the sense and leave you with wonder as Vyom, Alex and Luke, three showmen who combine comedy with stunning magic, present some of the most beautiful and difficult illusions ever conceived.
When: March 30 to April 14

Busting Out! Busting Out! is a laugh out loud musical comedy that keeps abreast of the times. Appearing throughout Victoria and Melbourne, the show celebrates lubbily-jubbily ladies as they unleash their playful puppies and walk abreast down mammary lane with uplifting songs and sketches.
When: Until May 16 - Various Dates & Venues

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Romantics Anonymous Romantics Anonymous, Jean-Pierre Ameris's romantic comedy set in the world of chocolatiers, will be previewed at various Palace Cinemas. Attendees will receive one of Chocolatier's premium chocolates along with an in-season pass for Michael Winterbottom's film, Trishna.
When: Wednesday April 4 - Various Times

10 Terrorists! 10 Terrorists! is a politically incorrect (or is it 'correct') subversive comedy that examines our fascination with reality television, mixing it with our hyper vigilant terrorist culture. Screening at Melbourne's Greater Union Cinema, it's held as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
When: March 30 & April 6, 13, 20

Art Day South Art Day South, held at ACMI Cinema, showcases a collection of short films by artists with a disability drawn from the Art Day South collective. The collection covers a diverse range of media, from hand drawn animation to digital works using custom software and motion tracking technology.
When: Until May 27

Cameo Outdoor Cinema Cameo Outdoor Cinema in Belgrave features state-of-the-art sound, stylish deckchairs and a whopping great screen. With a program of arthouse and quality mainstream films, they'll be screening first release films, offering a fantastic cinematic experience throughout summer.
When: Until April 14 - Various Dates

The Shadow Electric The Shadow Electric, Melbourne's first large scale independent open-air cinema, is held within the beautiful grounds of the Abbotsford Convent. Along with screenings of quality films, the cinema also has a licensed bar with food, live music entertainment and a shorts film program.
When: Until April 29 - Thursdays to Sundays

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Melbourne For Kids

School Holiday Guide Check out our School Holiday Guide for the latest on what to do with the kids during Easter Holidays. The holiday guide offers a great range of activities for the young and young at heart, with events, tours, workshops, concerts and holiday programs.. all in marvellous Melbourne!
School Holiday Guide - March 31 to April 15

Kids Big Day Out Kids Big Day Out, held at Marvel Stadium for the Good Friday Appeal, features Mumble and Gloria from Happy Feet Two along with other performers on the day, including The Kazoos. With free entry, there'll also be rides at just $2 with proceeds going to the Good Friday Appeal.
When: Friday April 6
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Dance of the Rays Dance of the Rays, held at Melbourne Aquarium, offers a unique aquatic spectacle with over 30 new rays dancing across their underwater stage in a choreographed formation. There will also be special presentations, craft activities for kids and more to celebrate the amazing animals.
When: Until April 15

Jungle Book: The Next Chapter Jungle Book: The Next Chapter, held at Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre, adds to the charm of Rudyard Kipling's tale as Mowgli, now older, returns from the city to revisit his jungle animal mentors, inspiring Baloo's dreams of returning with him to the city to become a Bear Star.
When: March 31 to April 14 - Various Dates

Circus Skate-a-rama Circus Skate-a-rama, presented by Medibank Icehouse in Docklands, celebrates the school holidays by inviting kids to come and skate under the Circus Big Top. The Circus Skate-a-rama program offers a variety of fun and exciting family-friendly activities for people of all ages.
When: March 31 to April 15


Eroni's Circus Eroni's Circus, appearing in Hampton Park with shows held under the Big Top, are a new Australian circus. Owned and operated by the 5th and 6th generations of the Maynard circus dynasty, they pride themselves as a glamorous, professional and entertaining circus experience.
Hampton Park: Until April 8 - Various Dates & Times

Stardust Circus Stardust Circus, Australia's largest circus with animals, will be holding performances in Dingley Village. The performance features lions, monkeys, Liberty horses and trick ponies, acrobats, Aerialists, the sensational flying trapeze, clowns and more for the whole family.
Dingley Village: Until April 9 - Various Dates & Times

Silvers Grand Magic Circus Silvers Grand Magic Circus will be appearing with performances held in Frankston. Established in 1976, the circus offers a great show for people of all ages with performers including everything from jugglers and clowns to acrobats, international performers and more.
Frankston: Until April 22 - Various Dates & Times

Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Bendigo Easter Antique Fair Bendigo Easter Antique Fair, held at Kangaroo Flat Leisure Centre, is one of Australia's most popular and largest Antique Fairs with dealers from all over Australia offering antique furniture, jewellery, porcelain, bronzes, military and oriental items and much more.
When: Saturday to Monday, April 7 to 9

Sassafras Antiques Fair Sassafras Antiques Fair, held in one of the most popular towns in the Dandenong Ranges, offers a wide range of collectable and antique goods along with vintage items. Filled with affordable temptations, items range from porcelain, art and glass to jewellery, linens and much more.
When: Saturday April 7 - 9am to 4pm

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

Wining & Dining

Victorian Wine Showcase Victorian Wine Showcase, held at Federation Square's Atrium, allows you to taste wines from regional Victorian Wineries and meet with winemakers. With wines available to buy at each event, this month showcases wines from Upper Goulburn, Strathbogie, Beechworth and other regions.
When: Wednesday & Thursday, April 4 & 5

Murder On The Puffing Billy Express Murder On The Puffing Billy Express presents a unique and intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense aboard Puffing Billy's evening dinner train special. With guests invited to come dressed as their favourite Agatha Christie character, prizes are also offered to the best dressed.
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Sporting Events

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Australian Rules Football

AFL Premiership | Round 2AFL Premiership | Round 2
Essendon V Port Adelaide
Saturday April 7, 1:45pm - Marvel Stadium
Magpies V Tigers
Saturday April 7, 7:40pm - MCG
Saints V Suns
Sunday April 8, 4:40pm - Marvel Stadium
Cats V Hawks
Monday April 9, 3:10pm - MCG


Super Rugby Season - Round 7 Super Rugby Season - Round 7

Melbourne Rebels vs Blues
Thursday April 5 - 7:40pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne


UCI Track Cycling World Cup UCI Track Cycling World Cup, held at Hisense Arena, sees the world's best cyclists returning to Melbourne for exciting action as more than 40 nations will be represented by up to 350 athletes competing in events that offer spectators thrills, spills and pure adrenalin.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, April 4 to 8 April


Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival Rip Curl Pro Surf and Music Festival, held at Torquay's Bells Beach, marks the 51st year of the Bells Beach Easter Rally and Rip Curl Pro, bringing together the world's best male and female surfers to Victoria with competitive surfing, parties, performances and other activities.
When: April 3 to 15

Sailing & Boating

Australian Dragon Boat Championships Australian Dragon Boat Championships, taking place at Docklands, will see thousands of colourful and unique dragon boats gather from across Australia to compete in a show of sports that combines great agility and athleticism along with unadulterated paddling prowess.
When: Until April 5


Geebung Polo Match Geebung Polo Match, an annual sports event held at Omeo's Dinner Plain in the mountains of north-east Victoria, offers a great day out for the family with live music, gourmet food and wine, Fashions on the Field and fun for children with an egg hunt, face painting and more.
When: Sunday April 8 - 10am to 4pm

Community Sports & Fitness Events

Stawell Gift Stawell Gift, presented by Stawell Athletic Club since 1878, is an action-packed carnival of fashion, fun and music before it culminates in the renowned Stawell Gift, Australia's oldest and richest short distance running race. Highlights include the Stawell Regional Health Family Day.
When: Friday to Monday, April 6 to 9
Stawell Regional Health Family Day: Sunday April 8

Motor Sports

Easter Mayhem Easter Mayhem returns to Heathcote Park Raceway with non-stop racing action in a three-day program that includes a Burnout Comp, Powerskids, Mud Racing, Winch Challenge and a whole lot more with an Easter Egg hunt for the kids and free camping for all weekend pass holders.
When: Friday to Monday, April 6 to 9

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