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Regional Tourism Guide for The Grampians
Victoria , Australia  
Dunkeld and Peaks Pilgrim Walk
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Mon 6th May 2019
A leisurely three day 60 kilometre camino style walk to enjoy conversation, hospitality and reflection against the backgrop of the majestic Southern Grampians plains and mountains.

Funds raised go to the Nature Glenelg Trust.
Chefs Menu Dinners
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
Sit back, relax and let Steel Cutters Cottage serve you. You don't even need to think about which wine to choose.

Chef's Menu Dinners at Steel Cutters Cottage are held every Saturday night, unless booked for a private function.

The three course menu is inspired by French and Italian flavours and seasonal produce. Wines to compliment each course are suggested and available by the glass. The wine list showcases a carefully selected collection of local wines as well as beers, cider and mineral waters.

Open from 6:30pm for drinks and first course is served from 7:00pm. Tables are limited and bookings are essential. No BYO. Bookings close at 4:00pm each Saturday. Please book early to ensure availability.

Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.

Old Actors Never Die They Just Lose The Plot
Date Fri 3rd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
The Dramus Theatre presents this truly daft journey into the world of eccentric luvvies at the Mount Home for Retired Theatricals. A comedic performance following the efforts to rescue a womanizing retired actor, husband of three residents, when he goes on the run from Russian gangsters. Tickets available via the Hamilton PAC or on the door.
The Wine Bluffs
Date Fri 3rd May 2019
Ever wondered what wine goes best with fairy bread, or why the ‘Champagne Spider’ hasn't caught on? These questions and many more will be inadequately answered by the self-styled sommeliers of comedy, Damian Callinan and Paul Calleja.

After intoxicating sold out audiences across the country, The Wine Bluffs are here to do what they do best: talk about wine. Laying spurious claim to a reputation as renowned wine consultants, the duo, fresh from judging the Fruit Wine Section at The Rockhampton Show, will take you through the cellar door experience with a comedic twist.

The union of Callinan (Melbourne Fringe Comedy winner and three time Barry Award Nominee) and Calleja (stand up and writer on Before The Game and countless other TV shows) has everyone’s palate salivating as they prepare to uncork their latest vintage and let the comedy breathe.

Run time - 60 minutes, no interval
Grampians Grape Escape
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Rediscover the majesty of the Grampians and journey to the heart of Halls Gap for a festival of regional wine, food and music.

Meet the winemaker, learn from the producer, support the family owner and taste the best artisan wine and food on offer in Western Victoria.

Gather your tribe together and embrace your inner food floozy while you wander through a village of 120 stalls that will indulge all the senses.

Enjoy cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, live music, guest chefs plus plenty of free fun for kids of all ages.

There is no better place to celebrate the end of vintage than at Grampians Grape Escape. It is the ultimate experience for any wine, food and music lover.

Stay in touch on the Facebook page or check the website for details.
Haven Market
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sat 7th Dec 2019
All are welcome to the Haven Market held on the first Saturday of each month of 2019 (with the exception of January).

Convened by the Haven Recreation Reserve committee, all funds raised are used to improve facilities for the benefit of the community, the local primary school and visitors. Hundreds of people enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Market located in a picturesque bush setting only five minutes from the city centre of Horsham.

There is always a diverse range of stalls from delicious homemade sauces, relish, cakes and jams, locally grown honey, organic vegetables, bread and buns, through to locally made arts and crafts, baby produce, plants and many others.

Sit and enjoy a cappuccino or hot chocolate, or indulge in a hot jam doughnut while listening to the live music.

The Market is renowned for its egg and bacon muffin breakfast, supplied by the local tennis club, followed by a barbecue organised by the local primary school.

Please do not miss Haven's monthly market, it is a very popular event, not just for the produce it provides but also the welcoming community spirit of the bush.
Lions Autumn Market
Date Sun 5th May 2019
Held at the Hamilton Showgrounds, the Lions Autumn Market extravaganza will include over 60 stalls, bric a brac, clothing, crafts, home-made food and local produce.

Fun for the whole family with live music including Rock'n'Roll dancers and kids entertainment including everyone’s favourite – the American Mediterranean Miniature donkeys.

Of course the Lions Club barbecue will be in full swing, including hot and cold drinks available throughout the day.
Lions Club of Hamilton Autumn Markets
Date Sun 5th May 2019
The The Lions Club of Hamilton autumn market has a diverse range of stalls including homemade baked goods and jams, plants, books, jewellery, candles, homewares, local produce, collectable stamps, fashion, bric a brac and used goods. The autumn market is always an opportunity to grab a Mother’s Day present and/or bargains at reasonable prices. Members of local business and community groups can showcase themselves. The whole family will love the miniature donkeys which have become a favourite regular attraction.



A variety of food and drink is available from the Lions barbecue with tables and seating available.

So why not have a bite to eat and a coffee, with all the profits returned to the community through Lions projects.

Ample parking is available within the showgrounds.

The market will be held at the Sheep Pavilion - Hamilton Showgrounds and opens to the public from 9:00am.

Petschel House - Using Photography as a Reference Workshop
Date Sat 11th May 2019
There are many ways to use photography as a reference for the artist.

Learn the difference between working from a photograph as a tool for the artist and straight out copying a picture.

Bring your favourite images to work with and learn how to incorporate tone, shape and colour into your painting with a simple method.

Lunch and refreshments provided.
Good Shepherd May Market
Date Sat 11th May 2019
A huge farmers market with amazing flower bouquets, plants, trash and treasure stalls and kids activities. Enjoy the sit-down cafe with barista made coffee, decadent cakes and bakehouse, or the barbecue that starts early with bacon and egg rolls before moving onto sausages, burgers and hot potatoes.

Many district stalls will be in the main Exhibition Centre, while in the Sheep Pavilion will be a huge array of plants, trash and treasure stalls and kids’ activities.

Gold coin donation per family puts you in the running for many lucky door prizes.
Gemstone & Mineral Exhibition
Date Sat 11th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
The Horsham and District Lapidary Club is holding a Gemstone and Mineral Exhibition at the Horsham and District Lapidary Club Clubrooms from 10:00am - 5:00pm on Saturday 11, and 10:00am - 4:00pm on Sunday 12 of May 2019.

There will be gemstones and minerals on display along with fossils, jewellery, faceting, silversmithing, bone carving and demonstrations.

Featuring at this years event will be a RM Electronics metal detecting display and sales.

There will be a children's fossils trailer where they can see what they can find.

A lucky door prize will also be running.
Horsham Mother's Day Classic 2019
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Horsham Mother's Day Classic Run and Walk is a fundraising event along the Wimmera River to raise funds for Breast Cancer Network of Australia. Participants can opt for a eight kilometre run or a four kilometre walk.

A great family event, it is an opportunity to do something active and celebrate Mother's Day while remembering those who have been affected by breast cancer.

Sunday 12th May from 8:15am. Entry is $25.00 per person on-day registration,
$20.00 online at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au
Mothers' Day Classic - Hamilton
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Mothers Day Classic - Hamilton is hosting a 4.2 kilometre and an 8.4 kilometre fun run and walk around Lake Hamilton to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research.



This will be the fifth year that Hamilton has held the event, and is part of a nation wide campaign raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Hamilton Pastoral Museum May Rally
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
Ride on the miniature railway, see a real blacksmith in action, wander the grounds of the Pastoral Museum to see wonderful reminders of the past, including Commercial Vehicles that serviced the district in days gone by.

Grand parade daily at 2:00pm in the Dundas Block with food and drink available all day. Come and revisit the past or show the young ones how it was done in the old days.
Hamilton Million Paws Walk
Date Sun 19th May 2019
The Million Paws walk is a national activity day held by the RSPCA to help fight against animal cruelty.



Dog owners can bring their dogs down to Lake Hamilton for the walk and other activities.

The aim is to get around 250,000 animals nationally.

Digital Innovation & Smart Agriculture 2019 Festival
Date Mon 20th May 2019 to Fri 24th May 2019
Southern Grampians Shire Council presents the inaugural Greater Hamilton Digital Innovation and Smart Agriculture (DISA) 2019 Festival leveraging off their experience as a regional area undergoing a digital transformation program for their community.

The primary focus of the Festival is to showcase how rural communities are embracing new technology and innovative practices to gain an edge. Whether you are from a rural council, work on a farm or live in a rural community, you will learn from your peers who have taken up the challenge to break new ground using technology to build a greater future not only for themselves but for the region.

Greater Hamilton region is transforming into a Smart Connected Community that is a leading example of a successful digital economy for regional Australia and we invite you to become part of our journey.
Learn to Sew with HUL
Date Wed 22nd May 2019 to Wed 12th Jun 2019
Join HUL and experienced sewer Gillian as you learn how to sew. Over this four week course you will complete a garment form start to finish and cover a variety of skills and techniques to see you making your own wardrobe in no time.

No experience required, but you are required to bring along your own sewing machine (borrow one if you don't have one). Wednesday evenings 7:30-9:30pm, starting May 22 concluding June 12.

Super, tea/coffee provided. Free for HUL members and $10 for Non - HUL members. Notions required *pattern (simplicity 1609), fabric, thread, zip.
Horsham Chaplaincy Committee Book Fair
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sat 25th May 2019
The Horsham Chaplaincy Book Fair aims to raise money to support the Horsham College chaplains. The Horsham Chaplaincy Book Fair sell books for only $1 per book.

Children's books and magazines are only 50 cents. Horsham Chaplaincy Book Fair have an excellent range with something for everybody.

Book donations welcome.
Horsham Patchwork Quilters Exhibition - Kaleidoscope Of Colour
Date Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
For two years, the Horsham Patchwork Quilt Group have collectively crafted quilts of many sizes and unique designs. For three days, over 200 quilts will be displayed with other craft items. A special display of snuggly quilts which are created to support Neo-natal care infants, and the Royal Children's Hospital, will be showcased.

A wonderful exhibition of quilts and smaller articles made by the members of Horsham Patchwork Quilters Association.

Four traders from Portland, Warrnambool, Warracknabeal and Laharum will be in attendance and will be selling patchwork fabrics and supplies.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea available. There will also be a raffle and a challenge competition.
James Reyne: A Crawl To Now
Date Fri 24th May 2019
A Crawl To Now is a 90 minute live show featuring songs selected from over twenty albums. James will be joined on stage by renowned guitarist Josh Owen in acoustic duo format.

James Reyne’s songs have provided the soundtrack to endless Australian summers, including ‘The Boys Light Up’, ‘Reckless’, ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Lakeside’, ‘Daughters Of The Northern Coast’, ‘Fall Of Rome’, ‘Hammerhead’, ‘Motor’s Too Fast’ and ‘Slave’.

Join James Reyne and his guitarist for an unforgettable acoustic celebration of his career – A CRAWL TO NOW !
Jung Market
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sat 21st Dec 2019
Jung Market is one of the biggest market events in the Wimmera Region.

The market is held from 9:00am until 1:00pm on the last Saturday of every month, excluding December (which is the third Saturday).

The market is held at the Jung Recreation Reserve, situated beside the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek.

At Jung Market, you will find a variety of products from different product lines, which caters all ages; arts and crafts, clothing and fashion, health and wellness, hobbies and children’s toys, home and garden, livestock and pet supplies, plant nurseries, fresh produce and preserved food products, home-made cakes and pastries, bric-a-bracs, kids amusements and more.

Jung Market began on 28 April 1990, with 34 traders. People in the town would come together at the Reserve on market days to volunteer and help. These days, there are about 80 traders, if not more, attending.



Everyone is invited to come and visit the market. Supporting local market events and patronising their own products - helps local business owners, which in turn, also helps the community.

Paintings from Hamilton
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Thu 18th Jul 2019
Hamilton Art Gallery holds an extensive collection of European and Australian paintings, prints and decorative arts from the 1700s to the present. Established in 1961, the gallery actively collects Australian work and today it holds an impressive collection of Australian paintings ranging from colonial works by Nicholas Chevalier and S.T. Gill through to work by influential artists Howard Arkley and Andrew Sibley.

Paintings from Hamilton explores this collection offering a survey of work that considering the various ways artists use this medium. From oils, acrylics, watercolours, gauche and ink these works explore the landscape, flora, architecture, portraits, contemporary culture and our relationship to the world around us.
HRBA Annual Charity Gala
Date Sat 25th May 2019
The HRBA Annual Charity Gala is a fundraising event for the benefit of Hamilton and District Legacy, with exciting entertainment from the exclusive Melbourne Club Band, amazing catering from Tosca Browns and beverages all night.

Go dressed in 1920's theme or cocktail attire.
Contemporary Watercolours
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Learn to paint watercolour with experienced artist and teacher, Eleni Rivers at Off the Rails Studio.

Loosen up, explore fresh new techniques and play with mixed media.

Class includes demonstrations to help you find ways to express yourself with more freedom.

Some materials available.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Date Wed 29th May 2019
Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to town.

Official lineup

Ben Knight
Bob Franklin
Brennan Reece (UK)
Georgie Carroll
And
Lauren Pattison (UK)

Forget I-Spy, spotto and stale servo snacks, this road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, specially selected to bring the fun of the Festival to towns and cities nationwide. With a line-up of artists sure to tickle anyone’s funny bone, the Roadshow has something for everyone. Grab a mate, grab a date, grab a ticket to the Roadshow.
VAFHO 2019 Family History Expo
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019
Annual Expo held in country Victoria for anyone interested in Family or Local History.



Event and entry includes: dozens of exhibitors from the local region, Victoria and Interstate; and four talks by great speakers who have presented around Australia and Overseas.



Numerous door prizes valued up to $600.



Opportunity for local organisations to exhibit, there is no cost for an exhibitors table

Hamilton Eisteddfod
Date Mon 3rd Jun 2019 to Sun 16th Jun 2019
The Hamilton Eisteddfod has been held annually since 1963 and extends over a period of two weeks, covering music, dance and a new section on speech.

The Hamilton Eisteddfod provides an opportunity to perform in front of an audience and to have that performance assessed by professional adjudicators of the highest calibre in their respective fields.

This 57th Eisteddfod is held at the Performing Arts Centre, Brown street, Hamilton. There are usually three sessions of approximately three hours duration on each day of the Eisteddfod. Competition is divided into approximately 120 music sections and 75 dance sections for competitors of primary school age through to adults.

Both music and dance sections range from classical to popular, thus giving the Eisteddfod a breadth not always seen in regional competitions.

See the website for full program details.
Queen's Birthday Car Rally
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Are you a car enthusiast? Come join in the fun or come and look at some of the array of cars travelling through the region over the June long weekend.

Car enthusiasts from Victoria and interstate will travel the region and stop to explore and enjoy local tourist attractions.

Cars from 1920's to 1980's will be on display at the showgrounds for the public to view on Saturday morning.
Horsham East Rotary Art Fair
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
The Rotary Club of Horsham East presents the 42nd Wimmera Art Fair. This is your chance to view and enjoy some of the finest works from local artists. See and purchase art from around the area

Opening night is Friday 7 June. Admission is $30 and includes drinks and gourmet style nibbles. The Art Fair will run Saturday and Sunday. Entry is $5, with proceeds going to support the Wimmera Cancer Centre.
Serra Terror
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
Serra Terror is an endurance event held in the Grampians National Park over two action packed days.

Teams battle the elements as they run, hike and climb over an 80 kilometre long course through the stunning Grampians ranges.

The 2019 course promises to be incredibly scenic as the Serra Terror celebrates its tenth anniversary.
Lee Kernaghan - Backroad Nation Tour
Date Thu 13th Jun 2019
Lee Kernaghan is one of the all-time greats of Australian music with 38 number one hits and a number of Golden Guitar awards to his credit.

Following his sold out 25th Anniversary Tour Lee began turning his experiences out on the road into songs and a brand new album “Backroad Nation”.

Lee said “Backroad Nation” is a celebration of us, our way of life and the people who make our country great. Much of the inspiration for the songs has come from the people I’ve met and the places I’ve travelled to from Alice Springs to the Deni Ute Muster, from the mighty Pilbara region in WA to backroads QLD and everywhere in between.”

Since the release of his mega hit Boys From The Bush, Lee has scored a plethora of hits with songs like The Outback Club, Hat Town, She’s My Ute, Planet Country, Flying With The King, Australian Boy and Spirit Of The ANZACS – the highest selling Australian album of 2015,


Lee’s Special Guests are the 2019 multiple Golden Guitar award winners The Wolfe Brothers and Kirsty Lamb.
Robot Song
Date Thu 20th Jun 2019
“Miss Cummings, if we’re all different, doesn’t that kind of make us all the same?” – Juniper May, Robot Song

When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. Juniper stops eating, she refuses to return to school and her parents become increasingly desperate. Finally, after exhausting all other avenues her parents’ resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot.

Robot Song is a deeply personal story. It shares an honest, intensely funny and often unconventional window into writer, director Jolyon James’ experience parenting a child on the Autism Spectrum. The show poses and attempts to answer the question, how do we support, foster and celebrate difference in our children in the face of an increasingly rigid and homogenised world?

Robot Song is a genuine family show. It is joyful and full of hope. It is for any child who has ever felt isolated or pushed to the margins and any parent desperate for tools to help. The show employs cutting edge digital technology, startling animatronics and a beautiful original musical score.
Bruce
Date Wed 26th Jun 2019
From the creator of the international smash hit The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer, comes a new lo-­fi puppetry spectacular. Get ready to blast off for an epic adventure that bends time and melts your heart.

Keeping you on the edge of your seat, Bruce will sweep you away on an epic adventure of love and revenge. He may be just a floating block of yellow foam, but Bruce is out to prove he’s got a heart of pure gold. These exceptionally skilled puppeteers bring Bruce to life as we witness the incredible comedic story of his life as a self-­proclaimed hero-­cop turned novelist-­astronaut.

Bruce is a loveable screw-­up – he’s got one last shot at redemption but, with a lifetime of regrets hunting him down, he’s running out of space-time. Performed by Daniel Buckle and Nick Pages-Oliver, this side splitting story is unapologetic in its minimal approach.

Bruce is a non-­stop roller-coaster of action, adventure and nostalgia.
Greater Hamilton Events Forum
Date Fri 28th Jun 2019
The Greater Hamilton Events Forum is a free community event organised by the Southern Grampians Shire Council for local event organisers, community groups, volunteers, businesses, service providers and those working in the events space from across South West Victoria.

A host of talented guest speakers, event organisers and industry experts will share their advice and expertise on planning, marketing, funding and developing your events to meet your goals in relation to your audience.

There will also be opportunities to enjoy local food and drinks, win locally-sourced prizes and network within the tourism and events industry.

Childcare: Council are offering a limited number of subsidised childcare places. Please email by June 7 if you are interested in discussing this option.

Stay tuned for a full program.
Hamilton Kangaroos FNC Pride and Inclusion Day
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019
A rainbow-coloured celebration led by local football clubs to promote inclusion and equality for all members of the Greater Hamilton Community, including special sports matches, clinics and events.
Greater Hamilton School Holiday Program
Date Sat 29th Jun 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Free and affordable activities and performances for school-aged children during the School Holidays at venues including the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre, Greater Hamilton Library, HILAC, The Hamilton Cinema and Gallery.
Children are Stinky
Date Wed 3rd Jul 2019
Malia Walsh (Circus Trick Tease, Men of Steel) and Chris Carlos (Three High Acrobatics, Circus Quirkus) join forces to create a power house duo. Their first collaboration has wowed reviews and audiences a like with their focus on high skilled and entertaining circus mix with a fun accessible narrative.

Children are Stinky challenges children to step on stage and prove themselves worthy, smart, co-ordinated and imaginative against these ridiculous circus performers resulting in wonderful interaction and an audience of proud kids and parents.

Packed with lots of fun, lighting fast Hula Hooping, dare devil balances, astounding strength, incredible acrobatics and loads of comedy, Children are Stinky will have both adults and kids with their jaws on the
floor wanting to see more.

Carlos and Walsh create a show with equal measures of high calibre circus, anarchy and hilarity to suit an audience of all ages.

Show run time – 50 minutes, no interval. All tickets to this show are $12.
Victorian Country Series Handbury Karting Titles
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
The twenty-third year of the Handbury Titles, incorporating the fourth round of the Victorian Country Series. More than 200 karters travel from interstate and race against each other to gain points and win coveted trophies.

Fast-paced family fun with catering available on site. Free for spectators, fee for competitors.

If you would like to learn more about the series, or more about karting, please visit the Victorian Country Series Facebook page.
Mixed Media Collage Crafternoon
Date Sun 7th Jul 2019
For this month’s Crafternoon, My Crafternoon is collaborating with local artist Alyshia Bensch, aka Studio Marlo, to create beautiful Mixed Media Collages.

You can read all about the workshop, the quirky workshop space, learn more about Studio Marlo and see some stunning examples of the kind of collages you will create over on their website.

The workshop includes: a multitude of creative media for you to use in creating a unique artwork inspired by Mother Nature, guidance and tuition in the process of creating mixed media pieces, including choosing colours, shapes, layering and assembling, plus tools, tips and tricks.

Hot drinks, chilled water and sweet treats will be available to keep you going.

If an afternoon of relaxed creativity, mindful art-making, sipping on tea and enjoying an array of sweet treats sounds good, then book your spot via Trybooking.
Petschel House - Winter Painting Workshop
Date Sun 14th Jul 2019
Be inspired by the wintery forms of the garden and lake and paint on paper or canvas in the warm Studio at historic Petschel House.

Suits beginners to advanced students.

Use your favourite materials or purchase from the studio. Lunch and refreshments provided.
Hamilton Jack Russell Terrier and Hunting Dog Show
Date Sun 14th Jul 2019
Show classes and events for registered Jack Russell Terriers and Hunting Dogs, including classes from waggiest tail to fattest, plus novelty events from 11:00am including sack race, egg and spoon race and more.

A fun family day for dog and owners alike.

Admission is free for the general public with small entry fees for participants. Coffee and barbeque available on site.
The Travelling Sisters - Toupé
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019
This infectious trio conjure up characters and twists you won’t see coming. It’s a theme park ride for the soul.

This acclaimed trio, who began their careers in Brisbane, have since travelled the world, with their offbeat sketch shows, performing to critical acclaim over the last three years at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Prague Fringe Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Comedy Café Berlin and more.

Winner Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe 2017

Nominee Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017
Hamilton Bridal Expo
Date Sun 21st Jul 2019
Exhibitors from all around the region will be showcasing their services and products making it an ideal opportunity for engaged couples to plan their perfect wedding.
Charlton Badminton Club Ladies Tournament
Date Fri 26th Jul 2019
The Charlton Badminton Club conducts an annual Ladies Badminton Tournament on the second Friday of school term three in each year.

Commencing at 9:30am, and finishing by mid afternoon; it is a graded, round robin tournament, so you will have a variety of partners and opponents.

A pleasant day's exercise is assured.

There are five badminton courts in the stadium.
2019 Wimmera Eisteddfod
Date Fri 26th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019
The 2016 Wimmera Eisteddfod is a competition for music students of the Horsham and Wimmera areas.

Music students from beginners to advance will showcase their skill in vocals, strings, piano, brass and woodwind instruments.

This is a fantastic event for anyone interested in music or thinking about learning a particular instrument.

The Wimmera Eisteddfod program runs Friday 26 July until Sunday 28 July at the Horsham Town Hall.

More details about the event to come
Stardust and The Mission
Date Fri 26th Jul 2019
Featuring the Ararat City Band, this double bill brings you two stories about love, music and war – and all the things that people leave behind. The show includes jazz and brass music from the 1920s – 1940s, and will feature the Ararat City Band.

Stardust tells the story of Col Brain, a professional trumpet /cornet player and bandmaster. Before Col died, he stored all of his life’s possessions into a wooden dresser and locked it up, never to be opened again.

The Mission tells the story of Allan McDonald: a “Fighting Gunditjmara” man from south-west Victoria, who was one of the State’s first Indigenous soldiers to enlist for war. Allan fought at some of WWI’s most famous campaigns, including Gallipoli and Beersheba – only to be denied a soldier’s settlement on his ultimate return to Australia, and forced from his land at the Lake Condah Mission. So what drives someone to fight for a country that doesn’t even recognise them as a citizen? How do you keep fighting in an unjust world and why?
National Tree Day - Greater Hamilton
Date Sun 28th Jul 2019
Join Southern Grampians Shire Council to do something positive for your community and the environment by connecting with nature. Come along and join in improving biodiversity in the local area with tree planting and other activities.
Woolly West Fest
Date Mon 29th Jul 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Enjoy a huge program of woolly community art and literacy activities themed around the Jackie French and Bruce Whatley book, Pete the Sheep.

Produced with the assistance of hundreds of local wool-crafters, this festival produces public art that will delight people of all ages, and also weaves in an expanded program of performances, workshops and activities designed to remind all of us of the pleasure of stories.

Full program and map will be available from the website closer to the Fest.
Peaks & Trails
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
Peaks and Trails is a trail running event, starting and finishing in the heart of picturesque Dunkeld in the southern Grampians.

This event offers a range of distances including 6.4, 11, 22, 26 and 50 kilometre trail runs.

The longer distances take in sections of the Grampians National Park.
Sheepvention Rural Expo
Date Sun 4th Aug 2019 to Tue 6th Aug 2019
Twenty-five thousand visitors attend Sheepvention Rural Expo and this year, the expo has been extended to a three day event.

Sunday kicks off with the Wool Fashion Parade brunch, the Kids Muster Trail, New Innovations and Careers Hub plus live music, food and wine tastings and over 500 trade displays across 12 hectares.

Competitions run throughout the Expo including the Victoria Farm Dogs, Sheep Show, Fodder & Grain and Inventions Competitions plus events and activities for the whole family, culminating in Tuesday’s prestigious Ram Sale.

The highest priced Merino Ram Sale in the Southern Hemisphere will be sure to draw buyers and vendors from all over Australia once again.

The expo will run on Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, Monday 8:00am to 5:00pm with music, bars and meals until 9:00pm, and Tuesday 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Plenty of fun for everyone, from wool crafters and sheep lovers to food fanatics and tech lovers.
Coleraine Art and Photography Show
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Sun 11th Aug 2019
The Coleraine Art and Photography Show is an annual event and is considered to be one of Coleraine's premier events.

It is aimed to attract entry level artists and photographers as well as catering for the more experienced exhibitor. View art and photography by local, regional and interstate artists and photographers with their works available for sale.

Local primary school children also present their art works, with all children receiving awards.

Gala evening and award presentations are held on the Friday evening.

The Art Show is open to the public Saturday and Sunday.
Stardust & The Mission
Date Fri 9th Aug 2019
The Space Company presents a double bill of documentary theatre. Starring multi-award winning ABC presenter and performer, Joel Carnegie, and award winning actor, Tom Molyneux, with direction by Tom Molyneux (Stardust) and James Jackson (The Mission), these are two extraordinary stories of ordinary Australians whose legacies still reverberate today.

In ‘Stardust’, award-winning ABC presenter and performer, Joel Carnegie, uncovers what his grandfather, esteemed Victorian jazz musician, Col Brain, wanted us to know about life through the things he left behind. For 25 years, a locked cupboard sat in a family garage. So what was inside? This story originally aired as a radio cabaret documentary on ABC Radio National.

In The Mission, award-winning actor, Tom Molyneux, traces the story of his relative, a ‘Fighting Gunditjmara’ man, Allan McDonald, one of Victoria’s first Indigenous soldiers to enlist for World War I. Allan returned home from war only to be forced from his traditional lands. What drove him to fight for a country that didn't even recognise him? This solo documentary theatre performance traces an account of a soldier at war; both at home and abroad.

Two stories about love, music and war, and all the things that people leave behind.
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Date Mon 19th Aug 2019
In Sentient Theatre’s inaugural piece, we celebrate the beautiful literacy and conceptual genius of Virginia Woolf, one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, and her classic work, A Room of One’s Own. Based on a series of lectures by Woolf in 1928 on the subject of women and fiction, this adaptation restructures the narrative to feature four performers who represent various aspects of Woolf’s mind in conversation with herself and the audience. The piece both energetically debates and gently reflects on the history of gender disparity, while keeping Woolf’s striking use of metaphor and charming humour alive.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf had a sold-out premiere season at La Mama Courthouse in 2016. Adapted and directed by Peta Hanrahan, it features performances by Carolyn Bock, Marissa O’Reilly, Jackson Trickett and Anna Kennedy. Today, with gender equality campaigns such as Me Too, Time’s Up and NOW Australia, this accessible production shines a light on history with astounding relevance to contemporary society.
Wonderland Run
Date Sat 24th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019
Travel to the Grampians for one of Victoria's most scenic running events, Wonderland Run.

New Ultra distance event for 2019, plus 30ish, 20 kilometres, 8 kilometres and 2 kilometre distances.

With a level of intensity not experienced in any other event, you will be engulfed by a whole different world. You are in the landscape. It will chew you up and spit you out, and you will love it.

All events based from Halls Gap in the mighty Grampians.

Please visit the website for more information including how to register.

Annual Horsham Calisthenics Competition 2019
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019 to Mon 2nd Sep 2019
The Horsham Calisthenics College is pleased to be hosting the Annual Horsham Team and Solo Competition, featuring solo and team performances by competitors from across Victoria and South Australia.

Calisthenics is uniquely Australian and promotes team work, self confidence and friendship.

Team members develop an appreciation for music, dance, acting, strength, flexibility and performance skills. The sport offers something to suit everyone’s ability.

Audiences can expect entertaining routines all put together to music with dazzling costumes. Performers of all age groups will take to the stage over the three-day competition and show off their skills.

The competition will attract hundreds of performers and their families to Horsham for the weekend, giving us a chance to show off our vibrant city.
Charmaine Wilson
Date Tue 3rd Sep 2019
Charmaine Wilson is a world-renowned Australian medium, who has been consistently recognised for her skill and compassion since awakening to her gift in 1999. She was the winner of Channel Seven’s inaugural season of The One, and was also honoured as Queensland Psychic of the Year in 2008 and Australian Psychic of the Year for 2005. Charmaine tours extensively around the country, and runs workshops all year long.

She has lived through a lot of heartache in her life, including the death of her brother and her four-year-old daughter, both to tragic accidents. Her mother passed in late 2006. These deaths have made her a most compassionate and understanding reader, especially in relating to how her clients may be feeling.

Charmaine has been dedicated to giving accurate information about the spirit world to her clients since she began her work in 2002. She has toured extensively around Australia and works on radio stations throughout regional Australia.
Waltsing Australia - The Great Australian Songbook
Date Tue 3rd Sep 2019
From the creators of Songs of the War Years and Lanza Sings Again comes Promac Productions new show for 2019, WaltSing Australia.

Two of Australia’s finest performers Philip Gould and Michelle Fitzmaurice will deliver an anthology of Australian music spanning over 100 years.

This musical journey will highlight the hit songs of Peter Dawson, Dame Nellie Melba, The Seekers, Helen Reddy, Johnny O’Keefe, Frank Ilfied, Peter Allen, Olivia Newton-John and many more.
Grampians Brushes
Date Sat 7th Sep 2019 to Thu 12th Sep 2019
A great opportunity to work with wonderful and inspiring tutors in a beautiful location at Grampians Brushes.

Twenty fantastic tutors presenting two,four and six day workshops, including oils, charcoal, watercolours, drawing, life drawing, portraiture, mixed media, printmaking, acrylics, pastel, botanical, landscape, contemporary and traditional.
Picasso and His Dog
Date Tue 10th Sep 2019
One fine spring morning in 1957, Lump arrived for lunch. Lump was an elongated sausage dog with floppy ears and an inquisitive nature. He looked around at Picasso’s villa and then into the deep, brown eyes of the man himself and decided he was home. From this first meeting, a deep love was forged between Picasso and Lump. He was also an inspiration for Picasso, appearing in fifty-four of the artist’s works. Lump lived with Picasso for 16 years. In a perfect ending, perhaps not content with life on earth without each other, both died in the same year.

This work is a unique children’s puppet play that combines the art and story of Picasso with the extraordinary poems of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and the text of Picasso’s contemporary and lifelong friend, Gertrude Stein. It is a refreshingly original work, wild and adventurous. Initially set in Picasso’s studio in the south of France, the story travels across time and space in a series of imaginative leaps using puppetry to transform the detailed set design as the performers play with scale, shadow puppetry, visual illusions, painting and sculpting on stage.
Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) Rounds 10 and 11
Date Sat 14th Sep 2019 to Sun 15th Sep 2019
Come witness the crowning of the nation's best Enduro riders that come across the country.

Held in Penshurst, Victoria, from 14 to 15 September, competitors will face a Cross-Country format on Saturday, followed by a Sprint on Sunday.

All classes will be running this round, with the following Support Classes:
Two Stroke Cup – 125cc up to 250cc two Stroke.
Horsham Show 2019
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
The Grand Annual Horsham Agricultural Show is held on the middle Sunday of the September/October school holidays.

A riverfront carnival (rides only) will open from 5pm-10pm on the eve of the Show.

On Sunday 29 September the gates will open at 10am for everything you'd expect to see at a country Show including our annual Ag Show Food & Wine Fest.

Grampians Wildflower Show
Date Sat 28th Sep 2019 to Sun 29th Sep 2019
Celebrate the wonderful flowers of the Grampians National Park and nearby forests. There will be flower displays, experts to help you identify flowers, a display of local indigenous food plants, works from local artist John Tiddy and renowned textile artist Lynn Stone. Plus tag along drives and free walks to show off the flora in the local botanic gardens.
Children are Stinky
Date Mon 30th Sep 2019
Set as a retro 90’s Children’s Show which quickly becomes derailed by a smell, the duo try to solve the stink problem through sensational circus, silliness and incredible acrobatics but to no avail.

Children in the audience are encouraged to step up and become the stars of the show resulting in a hilarious and messy adventure.
Murtoa's Big Weekend
Date Fri 4th Oct 2019 to Sun 6th Oct 2019
Come and explore Murtoa’s Big Weekend, held during the first weekend of October, which provides visitors with a stunning three day annual event loaded with attractions.

The program’s large range of features includes tours of the National Heritage-listed Stick Shed, the Annual A&P Agricultural Show, Saturday morning’s Monster Street Market and Show’n’Shine, Murtoa Cup Race Meeting, Dunmunkle Sumpoilers Historic Engines display and the Water Tower Museum.

Each year, fresh and exciting features are introduced to this massive line-up of events.

Murtoa’s Big Weekend also provides an excellent opportunity for all to experience the beautiful Lake Marma and Rabl Park surrounds.
Pomonal Native Flower Show
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019 to Sun 6th Oct 2019
Pomonal Native Flower Show is presented by the Australian Plants Society Grampians Group. The show is held over two days, with flowers picked from private gardens in Pomonal, Ararat, Dunkeld and Stawell.

Over 300 beautiful native flowers will be on display and this year the theme of the show is Native Gardens for Wildlife.

There will also be thousands of native plants for sale, botany, gardening and natural history books for sale and refreshments available.

With Pomonal only ten minutes from Halls Gap, the beautiful sights and features of the Grampians National Park will be close to hand.
Arapiles Cycling Event - The A.C.E. Ride
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019
The A.C.E. Ride is an opportunity for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities to experience the big sky and stunning Wimmera views; with Mt Arapiles rising from the surrounding flat country not unlike Uluru in Central Australia.

Cycling in the Spring, you will experience the flowering canola crops, the growing wheat and barley.

The routes are designed to avoid the major highways and avoid too much travel on major roads. Check out lentil crops with the occasional paddock of sheep or cattle grazing nearby. The ride also passes several historic buildings and the Natimuk Lake.

Three Routes are offered this year, all starting and finishing in Natimuk. One hundred kilometres, 50 Kilometres and 20 Kilometres using the Big Sky Bike Trail.

This event is supporting the work of the Wimmera Drug Action Task Force within the community. The Task Force is made up of a large group of service providers who present programs and information to schools, sporting clubs and public meetings about drug and alcohol issues throughout the Wimmera.

Horsham and District Spring Orchid Show
Date Sat 5th Oct 2019 to Sun 6th Oct 2019
The Spring Orchid Show is a weekend that brings together orchid growers from around the area with their prizing winning orchids to be judged. The event is a great change to see the best.

The Spring Orchid Show celebrates the diversity of orchids. There are orchid display, demonstrations, guest speakers and much more. Light refreshments will be available.

If you love orchids, then this in one event not to be missed.
Horsham Spring Garden Festival
Date Sat 12th Oct 2019 to Sun 13th Oct 2019
Located in the picturesque Horsham Botanical Gardens, the Horsham Spring Garden Festival hosts all things garden.

The festival runs Saturday and Sunday and there will be lots of demonstrations, displays, produce and plant stalls and family friendly activities.

With a large number of nurseries to fulfill your spring planting needs, to garden art and small machinery. Lots of catering choices available.
An Evening with the MSO
Date Tue 5th Nov 2019
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents a breathtaking evening of classical masterworks, including Schubert’s dramatic third Symphony, a high-spirited and charming romp imbued with the composer’s youthful vigour. Soloists love to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, and it’s easy to see why, with its vivacious rhythms and hummable melodies. Then, Vivaldi provides an extra dose of violin in his Concerto completing an evening both elegant and exhilarating.

Join for an informative conversation about the evening’s program at a free pre-concert talk at 6:00pm. (More details to follow)

Rossini Overture to L’Italiana in Algieri
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins
Schubert Symphony No.3
Lady Beatle
Date Sat 9th Nov 2019
From the creators of celebrated Australian works Rumour Has It and Wrecking Ball comes the must-see live music event of the year: Lady Beatle – a kaleidoscopic journey through the Beatles’ most monumental hits.

Starring UK-born Australian stage and screen star Naomi Price (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Rumour Has It, Ladies in Black, The Voice Australia) and inspired by true accounts, Lady Beatle is a rollicking magical mystery tour soundtracked by The Beatles’ biggest chart toppers, including Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine and Penny Lane.

Flanked by a live band, Price transports audiences to 1960s Liverpool, taking the audience along for the ride as she riffs off the cuff, invites them to join in the big numbers, and ultimately has them on their feet for the show’s epic mega-mix finale dance party.

Lady Beatle proved a runaway hit when it premiered at La Boite in 2017, drawing capacity audiences and standing ovations at each performance and unanimous critical and audience acclaim. It epitomises The Little Red Company’s unmistakable brand of cabaret: tremendous heart and charm, world-class musicianship, seamless audience interaction, striking design and a triumphant central performance from Naomi Price.
Charlton Lawn Tennis Club Annual Tournament
Date Sat 25th Jan 2020 to Mon 27th Jan 2020
The Charlton Lawn Tennis Club holds an annual three day tennis tournament over the Australia Day weekend on 16 grass courts. There are Open, A, B, C and D grades in each event of mens and ladies singles, mens and ladies doubles and mixed doubles. An over 35 changing partners doubles event is provided on the singles day for those who do not wish to play singles; an under 14 event is also held on similar lines.

Mixed doubles are played on day one, singles on the second day and doubles on the third day; all events are on a round robin format, guaranteeing everyone at least three sets each day they play.

The club has excellent facilities, an extensive shade area fully enclosed by a child-proof fence, with all catering provided over the weekend. The tournament has a friendly family atmosphere and Charlton is located on the Calder Highway and on either side of the Avoca River.

Accommodation is provided by a bed and breakfast, two motels, two hotels, an en-suite caravan park and a caravan/tent park. There are a number of coffee/eatery options.

Enjoy a relaxing weekend in the country.
Australia Day Celebrations in Horsham
Date Sun 26th Jan 2020
Whether you are a local, an interstate traveler or visiting from abroad, you will enjoy Australia Day celebrations in the Wimmera in 2020.

Details of Australia Day festivities to come soon.
Grampians Texture 20
Date Sat 14th Mar 2020 to Thu 19th Mar 2020
Grampians Texture 20 is where you can develop your interest in fibre arts and textiles. An opportunity to work with Australian and international textile tutors in two, four and six day workshops.

Fantastic Australian and international tutors cover topics of felting, jewellery, print making, books, dyeing, knitting, leather, stitching by hand and machine, fabric and fibre.

Please visit the website for more information.