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Of Our Own: Art Exhibition
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019 to Thu 28th Feb 2019
Local Artists from the Wattle Range Council region will be on display at the Award Winning Millicent Gallery. Come in and enjoy the talent within your own region during the month of February 2019.
Frances Folk Gathering
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
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.
Bordertown Race Day
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019
Join us at Bordertown Racing Club for our Sunday race meet on the 22nd of February 2019. Because there’s nothing like a day at The Races. Full bar and catering facilities are available.
Dupang Festival
Date Fri 22nd Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
The Dupang Festival brings together local, interstate and international Indigenous dancers for three days of performance and workshops at a spectacular waterfront site on the iconic Coorong.

Presented by Tal-Kin-Jeri Dance Group on Ngarrindjeri land at Long Point near Meningie, this camping festival will provide an immersive cultural experience for anyone interested in Aboriginal culture, from Friday Feb 22-Sunday Feb 24, 2019.

Tal-Kin-Jeri Director, Major ‘Moogy’ Sumner AM, says the festival is about sharing culture and healing the spirit. “We’ve been living by these waters along the Coorong and back up through the Riverlands for thousands of years. We know this country, we know its spirit and every time we perform a ceremony we wake that spirit up and it heals us,” he said.

"The last Dupang Festival was healing. People came to experience and learn about our culture, to be involved together. The story telling, the dancing, the fires, workshops, talking circles. We camped, we sang, we danced and together we went on a journey, which connected us to the spirits of this land and waters on our country".

On behalf of the ancestors and people of this land - we are calling you to come together.


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Bay Escape - Food, wine & lifestyle
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
A vibrant family-friendly festival that sees the main street of the small South Australian coastal town of Port Macdonnell filled with entertainers, stallholders, lifestyle vendors and the best food and wine from the Limestone Coast's many award-winning producers. A celebration of the coastal lifestyle.

Come to sample the lobster pies but stay for the entertainment!
Double Driftkhana - Millicent Saleyards
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
After a long hiatus - DRIFTKHANA is back; bigger and better than ever before!!

Following the same format as previous driftkhana events, DOUBLE DRIFTKHANA @ Millicent Saleyards brings a brand new aspect to the old format - tandem drifting!! With multiple track layouts open from 9am until 6pm, this promises to be an action filled day of drifting not to be missed!

Costs:
Entry - $100 (pre entry is essential, entries will not be accepted on the day)
Day Licence (apply online) - $25 https://aasa.com.au/licences/day-licence-application/
Passengers - $30 (pay on the day)
Spectators - $5 (pay on the day)
Tyre Changing - $10/tyre - $5 disposal (pay as you go)

Drivers will be expected to be at the venue no later than 7:30am for sign on and scrutineering. We aim to be on track and drifting no later than 9am.

Gates open for spectators @ 9:00am

SCHEDULE:

7:00 - Gates Open / Sign on and Scrutineering
8:30 - Drivers Briefing
9:00 – Open Track
12:00 - Track closed - Lunch
1:00 - Track Opens
6:00 - Track Closed

NOTE: This schedule is subject to change at any time.
Bordertown Race Day
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Join us at Bordertown Racing Club for our Sunday race meet on the 3rd of March 2019. Because there’s nothing like a day at The Races. Full bar and catering facilities are available.
Blades of Glencoe
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
Blades of Glencoe, 10th March 2019, at Glencoe Woolshed.
50 shearers, half of them women, over 1000 sheep, 40 stalls.
All-day live music
4 years since our last big day.
Sunday Brunch with Upstairs at Hollick
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
Kick start your Sunday with brunch with Upstairs at Hollick.

Smooth tunes to wake you up by Lizzie Coke

$35 pp

Start your day the way you mean to end it. Having fun with friends and family whilst overlooking the vines of Hollick Estates.
Naracoorte Race Day
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019
Join us at Naracoorte Racing Club for our Monday race meet on the 13st of March. Because there’s nothing like a day at The Races. Full bar and catering facilities are available.
Festival of Small Halls - Allendale East
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019
Festival of Small Halls has launched the largest tour in its history in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival.

The Autumn Tour 2019 features award-winning Canadian trio The Once (CAN) and master Australian folk collaborator John Flanagan (AUS). The group are bound for 25 regional towns across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales from March 8th to April 22nd.

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.
Harvest Lunch with Trent Nankivell
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Upstairs at Hollick invites you to our Harvest Lunch with our winemaker Trent Nankivell.
Enjoy a 4-course degustation menu sourced from local produce within a 100km radius to Hollick Estates.
Join us as we relish fresh local Limestone Coast produce paired with a variety of Hollick Estates wines.
Fringe Mount Gambier Lift-Off Street Party
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Lifting off with a street party on Friday 22nd March, Fringe Mount Gambier will off a week-long festival of Open Access Art and Culture, promising artists who are bold and venues that are daring! Join in on the opening night fun with plenty of street food, bars, roving artists and crazy performances, including the people's busking stage.

You never know what you'll see, out on Commercial Street East.

Party at the Fringe, in the heart of the city.

Fringe Mount Gambier Showcase
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Join us for a day and night of fun, free, family entertainment as we Showcase the best of local and travelling Fringe performances, as well as interactive visual arts, market stalls, street food vendors and bars and roving artists.
Stock Agents Naracoorte Race Day
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Join us at Naracoorte Racing Club for our Sunday race meet on the 24th of March. Because there’s nothing like a day at The Races. Full bar and catering facilities are available.
The 60 Four
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Fast becoming one of the state’s most popular acts, The 60 Four will bring the sounds of the sixties to Mount Gambier as part of the Fringe Festival.

The 60 Four’s incredible talent, with their slick moves and flawless four-part harmonies, has seen them go from strength to strength in the Adelaide entertainment industry. The critically acclaimed quartet have performed over 100 times, in public, private and corporate settings at venues including the Adelaide Oval, St Peter’s Cathedral, The Entertainment Centre, Ayers House, and the Royal Adelaide Show. They have also performed as a part of two Adelaide Fringe Festivals, performing to over 2000 people in 10 sold out performances over two years.

This show will make it impossible for the crowd to stay seated as the group perform a selection of their favourite 60s hits, paying homage to artists including: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Johnny O’Keefe, The Monkees, Tom Jones and many more. Everyone will be singing along in no time! A hit for all ages!
2019 Millicent Cup
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Racing Millicent Cup day is the day that Millicent district residents descend on the Penola Racecourse in their droves to celebrate Millicent’s biggest sporting and social event of the year.

An exciting day of action-packed racing for the whole family. The highlights on the track include the Millicent Cup with prize money of $35,000 and the Allen Liston Millicent Flying Handicap worth of $17,500.

Races will attract quality fields.

As usual we will be holding the popular Fashion At The Races competition with excellent prizes, including a $1000 womenswear cash prize, so come dressed to impress.

For all bookings and enquiries contact us via email or phone.

Geltwood Festival
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Mon 8th Apr 2019
Millicent has a week of excitement and entertainment with the annual Geltwood Festival. This festival is a celebration and acknowledgement of the quilt making artisans and artists within the area.

During the week-long festival, local businesses will have a wide range of arts, crafts and quilting displayed in their shop windows or within their premises. There will also be music, food and story-telling.

People come from afar to enjoy the Geltwood Festival. You can take part in some exciting quilting workshops including learning to create your own Celtic knots and needle turn appliqué. Choose from the different workshops being offered throughout the week.

The Geltwood Festival is great for families with children's craft activities for all ages.

Learn a different skill from the different workshops and learn a step by step design process from the experts. Refer to event website for full details.
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

Geltwood Festival including Market & Family Day
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Mon 8th Apr 2019
Geltwood Festival runs over the weekend of April with numerous exhibitions and workshops on offer and a wonderful Market held on the Sunday - 10amâ€׀pm George Street Millicent.
Numerous stalls selling fresh local produce, home-made goods, tasty treats, art, craft and lots more.
Entertainment will be provided by local musicians.
Millicent National Trust Museum 'Murder @ the Museum'
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
“Murder at the Museum” The Murder of the Mod Mechanic - Millicent Living History Museum

Saturday 6 April 2019 Tour times starting at 5:30pm

It is the mid sixties, and the young local mechanic has been found murdered!
Visitors weave their way through hippies and protestors, Beatle wannabe's and girls in mini- skirts, gurus and cocktails as they try to unravel the clues and figure out who-done it.

Suspects include the local crime boss, the potential father - in -law and the older woman spurned.

Come along and get involved. Dress up in your best Bodgies and Widgies outfits and help us solve the gruesome crime.

Bookings essential, please phone.

Cost $10 children under 5 yrs Free. Prizes for the correct answers, popular costume and lucky door prize.

If you would like to be involved in the performance please leave your name and details @ the Millicent VIC.
Kingston Offshore Fishing Comp
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
19th Annual Kingston Offshore Fishing Competition. Easter Long Weekend.

Enter into South Australia's largest offshore (boat) fishing competition.

Approx $25,000 in prizes.

All prizes must go! Fish categories include Snapper, Whiting, Garfish, Shark, Mullet/Tommy, Flathead, Bluefin Tuna and Lobster.

Plus one day wonder prizes, which is $3000 over three categories and a fish raffle ticket for every eligible fish weighed in over the competition.

Maximum 4 people per boat.

Bar, meal and camping facilities available.

Register today online or on the 19th April 2019 at the Kingston Football Club between 2pm and 6pm.

For more information, registrations and competition rules visit our website, facebook & instagram.

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.
2019 Penola Cup
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
What better way to spend Easter Sunday than amongst the vines of the Coonawarra? Watch some fantastic racing while the children enjoy the entertainment at the track.

Organise your friends to be part of a great social day out.

- Free shuttle bus from town and back
- Fashion at the Races great local prizes

Family friendly - full of fun activities for the kids including:
- A visit from the Easter Bunny
- Easter egg hunt
- Kids races
- Face painting
- Bouncy castle
Generations in Jazz
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.
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.

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.
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.