Regional Tourism Guide for Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria , Australia  
Rocky Road Festival
Date Wed 1st May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019
Rock on down to the Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie in Flinders for 31 days of rocking good fun with their Rocky Road Festival.

Their European Chocolatiers are giving their own twist and shout to the classic Aussie treat with 31 different hand made rocky road blocks to try; plus rocky road infused gelato, divine hot chocolates and waffles every day in May.

Devotees of this much loved favourite can join 'Rock Around the Block' Tasting Sessions to sample all things rocky road plus make your own block to take home (on select days in May, bookings a must)

Or try to 'Rock Your Own Way' with a design-your-own rocky road service. Pick from 50 exotic ingredients, select milk, dark or white chocolate and Chocolatiers will make your ultimate treat in front of you (available every Friday plus 25 and 26 May).

Messy Play Sessions
Date Wed 1st May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019
The Busy Peacock is a place to come and let the children experiment and create. Be it mud, paint, glue, goo, water play, sensory rice play or otherwise, all those things you really want your child to experience but just not in your own home.

45 minute play session running Tuesday – Sunday, check the calendar for session times and availability. On Wednesdays they run a drop-in session – come anytime between 9:30am and 12:00pm and stay as long as you like.

Half price on Cheap Tuesday. Visit the website to book a Cheap Tuesday session.
A Taste Of Ireland
Date Thu 2nd May 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.

Mountainfilm on Tour - Rosebud
Date Wed 8th May 2019
The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - HEART. Join a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit

Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.
Ross Manning - Dissonant Rhythms
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
Dissonant Rhythms is Brisbane-based artist and musician Ross Manning’s first-ever survey exhibition. Best known for his use of everyday materials, Manning’s exhibition features sculptures that repurpose electric fans, fluorescent tubes, and overhead projectors. Propelled by electricity and their own kinetic forces, Manning’s work engulfs the entirety of the spaces they exist in, creating mesmerising experiences of light and sound.

Spanning the past decade of Manning’s practice, Dissonant Rhythms was originally presented at the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and has now been reconfigured to tour across Australia. Dissonant Rhythms is curated by Aileen Burns, Johan Lundh, and Madeleine King.

IMA Brisbane Touring Exhibition.
Craftivism - Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
This exhibition presents the work of contemporary Australian artists and groups who use craft materials and techniques with a political intent. Broadening our understanding of craft-making traditions, the artists in this exhibition subvert and extend these forms as vehicles for activism and social change, reflecting on the world in which we live.

Artists: Catherine Bell, Karen Black, Penny Byrne, Erub Arts, Debris Facility, Starlie Geikie, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Raquel Ormella, Slow Art Collective, Tai Snaith, Hiromi Tango, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman and Paul Yore.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, as well as receiving development assistance from NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a SAM curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria. Curated by Anna Briers and Rebecca Coates.

Shepparton Art Museum / NETS Victoria Touring Exhibition
Ross Manning In The Light - Floor Talk and Performance
Date Sat 18th May 2019
An exhibition floor talk and exclusive pre-opening live performance

Ross Manning is an artist, instrument builder and musician. Join Manning on a walk through his exhibition where he will explain how life literally enters his art via kinetic animation of objects and movement of light beams. Be it the humble ceiling fan or a household fluorescent tube, Manning will discuss how he uses coloured light as a sonic element and sees music and colour as interchangeable.

Enjoy a unique performance where Manning will play hand-built percussive and electronic instruments, creating a musical improvisation that will enliven, respond and harmonise with his dazzling light installation.
Young At Art
Date Tue 21st May 2019 to Tue 3rd Sep 2019
Young at Art introduces zero to five year olds to the wonderful world of art. Guided by Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery artist-educator, participants respond to the works on display, enjoy a story and do a hands-on creative activity inspired by current exhibitions. Runs monthly.

Visit the Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery for the full program.
Conquer The Course Charity Walk and Fun Run
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Peninsula Home Hospice’s inaugural Conquer The Course charity walk and fun run is being held at Mornington Racecourse on Sunday 26 May 2019. This new community event is being held to raise awareness and funds for Peninsula Home Hospice, a not for profit organisation who provide free specialist palliative care in the home.

The event is focusing on health and wellbeing, encouraging participation in a fun outdoor activity, in a unique environment (held on a race course), with the option to complete the five kilometre or two kilometre course. Provision is also being made for entrants with mobility aids (ie wheelchair, mobility scooter etc).

Gates open at 9:30am, and entrants need to be ready at 10:30am, with races commencing at 11:00am.

There will also be market stalls, food and beverage stalls, kids activities, and entertainment to enjoy until 2:00pm.

All participants will receive a finisher medal, and entrants have the option to have their medal engraved ($10 each) onsite.

The first, second, and third placed female and male for each course will also receive a place getter medal, plus an award will be given to the largest team entered.
New Vintage Launch Dinner
Date Fri 31st May 2019
Each year the release of the new vintage wines is eagerly anticipated. This is a time to reflect on the vintages past - the seasonal challenges and the fun along the way. Polperro Wines will share with you the craftsmanship and dedication, the labour of love that brings their Polperro and Even Keel wines to the dining room table.

Join for a night with owner and winemaker Sam Coverdale as he shares with you the launch of his 2017 Polperro Single Vineyard wines and his pick of the new releases, perfectly matched with new pre - release seasonal menu created by executive chef Michael Demagistris.

Included in your ticket are seven Polperro and Even Keel wines, five courses and welcome canapé.

Settle in for a fun and relaxed night in the Polperro dining room - Limited tables available. 7:00pm arrival for a 7:30pm start.
Mornington Winter Music Festival
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
The Mornington Winter Jazz Festival will be held over the Queen's Birthday weekend in June
annually and will see Mornington come alive with a celebration of Music, Arts and Heritage.

There will be no shortage of entertainment at the 2019 Mornington Winter Jazz Festival. For three days, the streets, restaurants, cafes, hotels, galleries and parks will come alive with a
diverse mix of jazz, blues, swing, traditional, progressive, classic offering something for everyone.

There are a number of ticketed gigs, there are also lots of free performances happening over the weekend. There are lots of local artists performing over the weekend so ensure to support them by attending the free performances and stop and listen to the buskers and roving performers along Main Street.

Come and soak up the atmosphere from every street corner, in restaurants, cafes and bars in Mornington.
Winter Wine Fest
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Winter Wine Weekend is held during the Queens Birthday long weekend in June every year.

The opening event is the Winter Wine Festival - an exhibition and tasting which traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program.

One place, on one day. All undercover, where you can taste more than 200 premium wines from around 50 wineries.

Tickets include all tastings, Riedel wine glass, tasting book which includes all wines on exhibition and two entree size dishes.
Tiffin Lunch Buffet at Nazaaray Estate Winery
Date Sun 9th Jun 2019
The Nazaaray Estate team loves to prove that Indian food does match with wine. Their Tiffin Lunch Buffet is not to be missed.

Join Nazaaray Estate Winery for their quarterly Tiffin Time Buffet and try matching these single vineyard, handcrafted wines with the spices of various delicious courses. Stroll through 1930s vintage train carriages at the cellar door. Meet the winemaker and try his latest releases. Take part in a 30 minute Bollywood dance clinic by Mohit (post lunch).

Paramdeep Ghumman, co-owner and winemaker at Nazaaray Estate, had his first sip of wine on an international flight at the age of 30, when he emigrated from India to Australia with his doctor wife Nirmal in 1981. He has made up for lost time, creating superb single vineyard wines totally by hand in one of the Mornington Peninsula’s smallest commercial vineyards.

Nazaaray Estate Winery is Mornington Peninsula's southernmost winery and the only one in Flinders. Here, single vineyard, handcrafted wines are made on site in small batches. Nazaaray's wines feature on the wine list of several top restaurants, including Vue de Monde. Bookings essential.
School Holiday Workshops at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Date Tue 9th Jul 2019 to Wed 10th Jul 2019
Go wild with colourful paper, chenille sticks, beads, twines and more as you craft your own crazy garden full of inspired imagination. School Holiday Workshops at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery are run by Jill Andreson, MPRG artist and educator.

See Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery for more information. Bookings are essential.
Facing Death Creatively
Date Thu 18th Jul 2019
Facing Death Creatively is a collective workshop that uses craft materials and socially engaged processes to promote healthy and meaningful discussions about our mortality. The workshop takes about 30 to 40 minutes and involves making a miniature vessel out of a soft, biodegradable, sculpting medium. The material is non-toxic and very easy to manipulate so all ages and levels of dexterity can participate. The vessel becomes a portrait of the maker and a catalyst for discussing the participant’s final resting place.

The workshop was designed and facilitated by Catherine Bell during an artist residency at Centre For The Study Of Substructured Loss: Applied Grief and Bereavement Research in London. Communal creativity and personal/group reflection are encouraged.

Dr Catherine Bell is a multi-disciplinary artist and Associate Professor teaching visual art in the Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic University. Recent art in health projects involve implementing collaborative activities in community contexts that explore cultural responses to death and the dying.
Christmas in July
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
Come and join Westernport Cruises on 20 July for a wonderful four hour cruise.

The Christmas in July cruise includes Champagne on arrival, beer, wine and soft drink, gourmet finger food and live entertainment .

Cruise leaves from Hastings Marina and explores the wonderful sites of Westernport Bay. Leaving at 7:00pm and returning at 11:00pm.
Top Dog Film Festival - Rosebud
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival screening in Rosebud.

Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival. From husky dogs of Alaska to working dogs of Australia, the pull on your heartstring is guaranteed. Meet four legged heroes, unbreakable bonds and canine companions that enrich the lives of all they encounter.

The 2019 Top Dog Film Festival presents a two hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. Filled with delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of our beloved canine companions.

This carefully curated program of canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Get tickets before they sell out – you would be barking mad to miss it.

The Top Dog Film Festival is exempt from classification but would obtain a General rating and is suitable for all ages.
Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show
Date Sun 25th Aug 2019
Head down to the open amateur wine making competition organised by Frankston amateur Winemakers Guild, showcasing home-made wines from fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and red white grape wines. Competition categories to be judged include still, sparkling, fortified wines and liqueurs.

Tasting the many wines available, you may meet the winemakers and learn the techniques required to make your own wine. Wine making information is available and applications for new members are most welcome.

Sample wines made from citrus fruits, stone fruits, berries, guavas, carrots, parsnips, herbs and many other exotic ingredients. Red and white wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Muscat are usually well represented.

Arthurs Seat Challenge
Date Sun 10th Nov 2019
The Arthurs Seat Challenge (ASC) is an annual 6.7 kilometre fun run and walk, following a course from Rosebud to the top of Arthurs Seat, finishing at Seawinds Gardens.

This event is held to promote the profile of the Fit to Drive program, and to raise funds to enable the continuation of this invaluable program, which is currently provided to Mornington Peninsula and Frankston schools free of charge.

Two Bays Trail Run
Date Sun 12th Jan 2020
Great holiday vibe and excellent course between Dromana on the Port Phillip Bay side and Cape Schanck on the Bass Strait side.

That is a 28 kilometre single crossing (56 kilometre double crossing) of the Mornington Peninsula, and not at the skinny bit.

A little hill followed by bushland, rural and coastal views, topped off by enthusiastic helpers and the best course marking in the trail running universe.

Western Port Craft Expo
Date Sat 18th Apr 2020
This community event is a gathering of local and visiting craftspeople and consists of talks, demonstrations and workshops of unusual and heritage crafts. Local craftspeople can display, demonstrate and sell their craft and local groups such as Community Houses, CWA, Embroidery and Quilting groups to show their work and perhaps gain new members. It gives visitors the opportunity to try out some crafts under guidance, to buy some beautiful handmade craftwork and to socialise with local and visiting artisans.

It is a family friendly expo for people interested in Craftwork. It provides professional craft artisans from out of area to teach and invites visitors to consider trying new skills.

Children are catered for with a program of craft. Refreshments are for purchase and there is a mobile coffee trailer, too.