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Quilts for a Cause Exhibition
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Tue 30th Apr 2019
Each year craftspeople create and donate a quilt for the Quilts for a Cause competition.

This years quilts will go to Anglicare in Adelaide.

All quilts will be given to foster children in South Australia.

These children are aged between birth and 18 years of age.

If you would like to donate a quilt, please contact us.

The display is at the Millicent Visitor Information Centre, Mt Gambier Road, Millicent

Beachport Market Day
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sat 2nd Nov 2019
Visit Beachport and take time to wonder through the Beachport Market held in Railway Terrace, featuring local produce such as honey, spices, homemade cooking, handicraft items, and jewellery, something for all the family. Open 9.00am to 1.00pm.
A Taste of Ireland
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019
Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ explores magical tales, spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture.



Created and produced by Pace Entertainment Group, the show transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition were the essence of expressing and celebrating the Irish spirit.

Gorgeous melodies are layered upon raw rhythmic beats to create a jaw dropping sensory delight that is like nothing you will have seen or heard before.

An unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers perform in perfect harmony with some of the world’s most revered folk musicians and vocalists, A Taste of Ireland provides a unique LIVE spin on the much loved Celtic song and dance experience.

Memories of a Fantasy Shell Garden
Date Mon 29th Apr 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019
The sheer number of porcelain and cement figurines and discarded kitchen objects that this garden sheltered, create a fascinating photographic display of domestic history as well as a delightful example, by Iris Howe, of a woman’s unfettered creativity in the 1950s. See original garden curiosities and learn why her garden is one of the most important pieces of Australian folk art history.

Bookings not required
Generations in Jazz Festival
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Generations in Jazz (GIJ) represents a wonderful opportunity to listen, perform, respect, and develop a true appreciation for a truly wonderful sound, and be part of a commitment to furthering jazz in Australia.

More than three decades since its inception, GIJ is Mount Gambier's Iconic Jazz Festival.

GIJ has developed into a unique combination of clinics & concerts, a 3-day jam session for several thousand school bands from across Australia competing for major awards on varying stages at one unique location.

Mount Gambier Gold Cup Carnival
Date Thu 9th May 2019 to Fri 10th May 2019
The annual Scott’s Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup will be held on Thursday 9 May and Friday 10 May 2019.

Join in the festivities in one of the many different marquee packages located near trackside at the beautiful Allan Scott Glenburnie Racecourse, located just outside Mount Gambier on Princes Highway.

Experience the real thunder of the hooves as the thoroughbreds pass by.

Unite with the crowd cheering on your favourite.

Have a flutter at the various on-course TAB and Book Maker facilities provided.

Fashion at the races - There is more cash and prizes up for grabs than ever before – with prizes offered for Best Dressed Womenswear, Runner-Up Best Dressed, Best Millinery, Best Footwear Women’s and Best Dressed Menswear. Look out for the Fashion At The Races registration booth in the general admission area on the day where you can register your details, collect your number paddle and find out location and timings.

There's nothing like a day at the races.

2019 Mount Gambier Gold Cup Carnival
Date Fri 10th May 2019
Come join us at the 2019 Mount Gambier Gold Cup Carnival.

Experience the real thunder of the hooves as the thoroughbreds pass by. Unite with the crowd cheering on your favourite. Have a flutter at the various on-course TAB and Book Maker facilities provided.

Watch the passion and the emotions of the winning owners, trainers, and jockeys, race sponsors and delighted patrons as the carnival provides prizes totalling over AUD225,000.
Koonara's Platinum Marquee - Gold Cup 2019
Date Fri 10th May 2019
Join us in our ultra glamorous Platinum Marquee, as we celebrate Mount Gambier's prestige racing event.

Enter our Winter Wonderland as we farewell the last Gold Cup to be held in May - before the event moves to December.

Tickets includes a 5-hour premium wine and beer package, cocktail-style food, entry into the racecourse, betting facilities / prime views and live entertainment.
Mother's Day with Upstairs at Hollick
Date Sun 12th May 2019
Spoil yourself and your Mum this Mother's Day with a 3- course meal created by the team behind Upstairs at Hollick.

Start the meal with a complimentary glass of wine then sit back relax and let us take your taste buds for a ride!

Enjoy the view over our panoramic vineyard and watch the Autumn colours begin to appear in our vineyard.
Millicent Community Solar Program - Free Information Session
Date Tue 14th May 2019
The Community Solar Program will visit selected locations across the Limestone Coast, offering free advice to residents looking to go solar and explain how the Government’s Home Battery Scheme works, so you can learn how to cut your electricity bills up to 90% and claim up to $6,000 in SA battery subsidies. Technology from a range of providers will be on show and the best local solar companies will come together to offer the best options for local residents. Please register your attendance for this free event at our website.
Mount Gambier Community Solar Program - Free Information Session
Date Wed 15th May 2019
The Community Solar Program will visit selected locations across the Limestone Coast, offering free advice to residents looking to go solar and explain how the Government’s Home Battery Scheme works, so you can learn how to cut your electricity bills up to 90% and claim up to $6,000 in SA battery subsidies. Technology from a range of providers will be on show and the best local solar companies will come together to offer the best options for local residents. Please register your attendance for this free event at our website.
Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
Date Thu 16th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
The Penola Festival Association Incorporated is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that in 2019 will conduct its 28th Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.



Each year the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival attract major events and exhibitions appealing to a broad audience. We are fortunate to be one of the few festivals in regional South Australia that has the potential to generate significant cultural tourism with an easily recognisable wine brand in Coonawarra and the fine food of the Limestone Coast.

Events include Co-Opera, a comprehensive Family Programme , AUD10000.00 John Shaw Neilson Acquisitive Art Prize, Festival Design Prize, Coonawarra Hall Music Night of Shenanigans, Literary Events and many more art exhibitions, competitions, food and wine.

The events are held in a variety of venues and will appeal to families, children, art lovers and all festival goers.

Mount Gambier 100 Mile Classic & SA State Kermesse Championship 2019
Date Sat 18th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019
The 100 Mile Classic will depart from Tenison Woods College at 10am.

Bunches of riders will depart over the period of one hour, with the junior race commencing after senior riders have departed.

The race is a handicapped event with club riders having the rare opportunity to race against some elite professionals. Race distance is 160km and travels through the picturesque Limestone Coast with a route weaving a path through Mount Gambier-Tantanoola-Millicent-Glencoe-Mount Gambier-Port MacDonnell and returning to Mount Gambier around 3pm, finishing on Bay Rd, adjacent to the Railway Lands.



The SA State Kermesse Championship is again being held around the picturesque 3.6km Blue Lake Circuit on Sunday, 19 May 2019 from 8am with various races throughout the morning, finishing around 1pm.

Native Glory by Kim Haines
Date Sat 18th May 2019
A collection of artworks featuring Australian native flora using colour palettes inspired by the Australian bushlands, deserts and coastlines. The contrasts of the Australian native flora’s intricate details and the bold yet calming colours of the Australian landscape are fused together. Each artworks colour palette is directly related to the landscape where the species are most commonly found. This collection of Australian natives will fill their new homes with the peaceful colours of the Australian landscape and the beauty of the Australian native flora.

Opening 18th May 1pm -3pm

ABOUT ARTIST Kim Haines

Living and working on a sheep and cattle property in rural South Australia I am constantly inspired by all thing’s country, landscapes and nature, both flora and fauna. Working through the seasons has brought an understanding and appreciation of change and cycles. I use this flow through the changing colours and energies to inspire my seasonal collections. The Australian bold yet calming landscapes, unique flora and country lifestyle are at the heart of most artworks.
Balnaves of Coonawarra in Conversation with John Wood
Date Sat 18th May 2019
Balnaves invite you to a morning with Gold Logie winner John Wood. John Wood has been part of the Australian entertainment industry for over 40 years, earning much acclaim for varied roles on stage and screen. Well remembered as playing “Michael Rafferty” in the 1980’s hit drama RAFFERTY’S RULES and ‘Tom Croydon’ from the 90’s and 2000’s Aussie drama, BLUE HEELERS among many other credits.
It will be a morning of Q&A, conversation, morning tea & refreshments followed by some entertaining reading of poetry by John. Bookings essential.
John Wood on the Pour @ Balnaves of Coonawarra
Date Sat 18th May 2019
Visit Balnaves Wine Room for the chance to talk wine with Gold Logie winner John Wood. John Wood has been part of the Australian entertainment industry for over 40 years, earning much acclaim for varied roles on stage and screen. Well remembered as playing “Michael Rafferty” in the 1980’s hit drama RAFFERTY’S RULES and ‘Tom Croydon’ from the 90’s and 2000’s Aussie drama, BLUE HEELERS among many other credits.
Visit between 1:30pm – 4:30pm and you may be lucky to have a chat with John while he helps out in our Wine Room.
RUDIMENTAL "Toast To Our Differences"Tour 2019-Mt Gambier
Date Mon 3rd Jun 2019
East London luminaries, Rudimental have today announced that, due to scheduling conflicts, their highly anticipated Toast To Our Differences Australian tour will be rescheduled for May/June 2019.

The tour will now see Rudimental play Mt Gambier on June 3rd.
Performing an All Ages Event at The Old Mount Gambier Gaol in Mount Gambier S.A on Monday 3rd June
There’s a lot of love for these guys here in Australia (one of their best performing markets) and it’s been over two years since the full band last toured here. But the good news is, they’re pumped to get back to our shores after being reminded of just how fun our Aussie audiences are when they headlined Snowtunes with a DJ set earlier this month.

Piers Agget enthuses, "We can't wait to come out to Australia again. It feels like our second home, we're gonna be playing the new album and touring with new singers and bringing a new spin on that Rudimental vibe".
Tickets on sale through Ticketek.

High Tea at The Blok
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
The Blok Estate’s ever popular High Tea is a traditional High Tea where you will enjoy homemade savouries, sweet treats and scones with Ann’s famous Cabernet Jam, all while sipping tea from vintage china. Cost includes a glass of current release wine.
Starting Sunday 1 July 2018 High Tea is on every Saturday and Sunday till 22 July 2018.
Book early to avoid disappointment!
Millicent Business Community Association Awards Night
Date Sat 10th Aug 2019
The Millicent Business Community comes together to celebrate the vibrant Millicent Business sector and honor and award the Outstanding efforts of Business people throughout the region.
The Award Ceremony begins at 7.00 and a late Supper will be supplied with Live Band playing into the night.
Celebrate Senior's Month
Date Tue 1st Oct 2019 to Thu 31st Oct 2019
A range of events are running throughout the whole month of October. Some of these events include:

Official Opening, live music and entertainment.
Banksia House Fete and Open Day.
Open Day at the Radio Station 5THEFM 107.7.
Walk Heart Foundation.
Movie Day.
Lunch at the Somerset Hotel.
Come and try painting class.
Cake Bake off Competition.
Combined Church Service.
Sing-along including light lunch.
Jewellery making event.
Bus trip To Beachport Museum and barbecue.
Walk and barbecue at Lake McIntyre.
Trivia Day.
Millicent TAFE South Australia Open Day.
High Tea 'Down Memory Lane'.
Seniors of the Year Award Presentation.

Contact the Wattle Range Council for information on individual events.
Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations - Make a date with Chocolate and Cabernet
Date Sat 12th Oct 2019
Wine + Chocolate = Happiness.

Pairing the right chocolate with the right wine is a gastronomic science. This is the ultimate decadent treat for the Cabernet and Chocolate wine lover in your life! Upstairs at Hollick will entice your taste buds with the a dinner designed to pleasure your senses.

12th October

7pm - 10.30pm

$90 per person

Upstairs at Hollick
Millicent Basketball Junior Carnival Weekend
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019
Junior Participant across South Australia and Victoria come to compete at Basketball Stadiums throughout the Wattle Range Council region.


Organised by the Millicent & District Basketball Asssociation . It proves a massive weekend of Basketball a the Millicent 'Peter Seebohm' Basketabll Stadium at McLaughlin Park.

Breakfast & Sparkling Cabernet @ Balnaves
Date Sat 19th Oct 2019
Start your day with the Balnaves team in the winery for breakfast and bubbles. Enjoy a glass of Sparkling Cabernet over a hearty breakfast of fresh local produce.
Bookings essential.
Mount Gambier Spring Show
Date Fri 25th Oct 2019 to Sat 26th Oct 2019
Since 1860, the Mount Gambier Show has been hosted by the Mount Gambier A&H Society and is one of the highly admired fun-filled entertainment shows in the entire region.

With a number of amusement options, the Mount Gambier Show is a huge local favourite. Apart from the rides and amusement games, the show is also a great venue for everyone to try some tasty treats and local produce. Unquestionably, the Mount Gambier Show has something for everyone.
Penola P. A. & H. Show
Date Fri 1st Nov 2019 to Sat 2nd Nov 2019
Come to the Penola Show where there will be lots of family entertainment.

See traditional country show displays including the CFS display, a special heifer show and all breeds cattle show, SE light Horsemen, yard dogs, sheaf tossing, horses in action and the Stockhorse Challenge.

The children will love the sideshows, animal nursery, children's entertainment and indoor exhibits and fireworks.
Millicent Agricultural and Horticultural Show
Date Fri 8th Nov 2019 to Sun 10th Nov 2019
Usually held on the first weekend in November, the Millicent Agricultural and Horticultural Show is an annual event which features the best local produce, livestock, exhibitions held in the halls, an array of stalls, sideshows and show rides, horse jumping events, refreshments, parades and more.

On Friday Night, witness the night sky as it lights up with a spectacular colourful and dazzling display of fireworks. Also come and see the adrenalin pumping Moto-Cross. Competitors and visitors from all over South Australia and interstate come to compete and see this exciting night of motorbike racing. See the popular 'Freestyle Motocross' where competitors perform daring yet astonishing jumps and tricks.

Saturday, is a fun-filled day for all of the family with a busy side-show alley, local displays and exhibitions, competitions with great prizes to be won, and a special parade around the grounds in the afternoon.
Mount Gambier Brass Band Festival
Date Sat 16th Nov 2019
The Lions Club of Mount Gambier sponsors this prestigious event each year in November. This festival is the largest country based brass band festival of its kind in Australia.

The Mount Gambier Brass Band Festival comprises of a morning massed street march, followed by participation in the city's annual Christmas Parade. In the afternoon the music contest is held in its entirety in the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre. The contest will be held in graded divisions dependent on entry numbers. These selected divisions will be awarded a cash prize and trophy for the winning band and runner up in each grade.
MBCA Millicent Lights Up
Date Sat 23rd Nov 2019
A Great family event to welcome in the Christmas season.
Lots of fun for the children. Jumping Castle, Putt Putt, Games by The Girl Guides, entertainment by Mainly Music and the arrival of Father Christmas to town.
All entertainment is free.
Food will be available from Lions, Lionesses, Rotary and McArthur Park kindy.
Great family night.
Located at the Millicent Rotunda, North Terrace, Millicent.
And Proudly brought to you by the Millicent Business Community Association.
Blue Lake Community Carols
Date Sun 15th Dec 2019
Community Christmas Carols featuring a variety of local performers conducted by the Mount Gambier & District Ministers Association.

The 2019 event will again be held at the Mount Gambier Railway Lands & promises to draw a large crowd to celebrate the festive spirit.

Frances Folk Gathering
Date Fri 21st Feb 2020 to Sun 23rd Feb 2020
Each year on the last weekend in February, the tiny village of Frances (on the Victorian/South Australian border, about 50 kilometres south of Bordertown) opens its doors and its hearts to hold the Frances Folk Gathering - a huge collection of musicians, dancers, artists, buskers and just plain ordinary folk for a weekend of music, fun and laughter.

Most folk set up camp or park a caravan at the local oval for accommodation. Amenities there are basic but comfortable (toilets and showers, but no power) so come prepared to be reasonably self-sufficient. There are food stalls at the Frances Folk Gathering, and there is an excellent dining room at the local hotel.

The Frances Folk Gathering is about being in the festival, not just at it - there are plenty of opportunities to join in, whether it's as a performer, busker, a workshop or just taking in the energy.