Regional Tourism Guide for Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria , Australia  
Messy and Sensory Play Sessions for Kids
Date Wed 2nd Jan 2019 to Thu 31st Jan 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 - all those things you really want your child to experience but just not in your own home.

In The Busy Peacock play sessions kids play freely with the different play spaces – they are a big fan of it all being about the process and not the end result. Kids love to explore their surroundings without too many rules and instructions and The Busy Peacock is the perfect space for them to do this.

The Busy Peacock is filled with heaps of activities to keep your little ones busy. Hands-on sensory, messy, constructive and imaginative play zones. Fun times that the kids (and carers) will all love.

Suitable for ages one to seven years old.
Sunset Dinners at Hickinbotham of Dromana
Date Fri 11th Jan 2019 to Fri 22nd Feb 2019
It is Friday night, the end of the week. Time to grab your family and friends and embrace the weekend.

Join from 5:30pm and enjoy a casual dining menu, award winning wines, large selection of Hix beers and live music.

Kids can enjoy some play time on the lawns whilst the adults relax.
Barefoot Cinema - Mount Martha
Date Fri 11th Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Fusing spectacular settings with the silver screen, Melbourne’s beloved Barefoot Cinema is back for the 2018/19 summer.

Recline in the Spectacular surrounds of The Briars as a sensational program of films lights up under the stars.

Launching Boxing Day, Barefoot Cinema will host 44 evening screenings with the program consisting of family-friendly favourites, cult hits, musicals, comedies, and some of the best films of 2018.

Throughout the season, Barefoot Cinema will celebrate summer in quintessential Australian style by presenting themed surfing nights as well as Australia’s most heralded comedy on Australia Day. There will also be many opportunities for the perfect date night, including the perfect rom-com for Valentine’s Day to get the girls together or take that special someone out for an unforgettable night under the star-studded sky.

Offering so much more than just a movie, Barefoot Cinema invites you to relax, absorb the spectacular views and ambience and experience a memorable summer evening complete with pre-show live music and tasty treats from the food trucks and candy bar.

Bass & Flinders Distillery's Gin Masterclass
Date Fri 25th Jan 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Bass and Flinders Distillery offers one of the most unique gin masterclasses in Australia that is memorable and informative for anyone wanting to delve into the wonderful world of gin.

During the masterclass you will have the opportunity to create your own bespoke gin, blending a selection of individually infused botanical distillates to suit your taste.

You will also learn about the history of gin and how make our unique gins at Bass & Flinders. Enjoy a Bass and Flinders gin and tonic, tastings and a selection of cheeses.

Upon completion you will take home a 500ml bottle of the gin created and named by you.

Book online.
The AGL Peninsula Film Festival
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Held in the summer from February 1 to 3, the AGL Peninsula Film Festival is one of Victoria's iconic annual film festivals.

The AGL Peninsula Film Festival Festival launch will feature an Independent Aussie Feature Film, followed by a Q and A at Rosebud Cinema.

On Saturday February 2, Village Green, Rosebud will be hosting between 4:00pm and 10:30pm. Bring a friend, a picnic blanket and watch more than 20 short films on the big screen outdoors.

The AGL ​Peninsula Film Festival advises some films may contain coarse language, nudity or sexual references that may offend. Those under 15 years must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

See website for more details.

The Return of The Wizard to Fenian Wines
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Andrew Farrell aka the Wizard, just loves playing at Fenian Wines and returns for an encore performance on Saturday Feb 2.

Whether you enjoy classical, blues, jazz or popular tunes, Andrew can do it all.

Lunch will be available with a pop-up food stall in addition to the regular cheese platters. No bookings required, just head on down.

Musiqua, proudly presented by AGL
Date Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Enjoy an afternoon of music from respected artists Ella Hooper, Terry Serio and Charlie Owen, The Midwayers, Taylor Piggott and Matilda Pearl.

Sample delicious food from our food trucks, sip on local wine from Tucks and craft beer from Mornington Peninsula Brewery.

Peruse an afternoon market. Family Friendly event.
Queer @ the library?
Date Mon 4th Feb 2019
Nevo Zisin is an author and inspirational speaker on personal development and social issues.

They are a young, passionate activist and writer. They also happen to be transgender and identify as non-binary. Releasing their memoir, Finding Nevo, on gender and sexuality at the age of 21, Nevo is unafraid to delve into difficult and often taboo topics while remaining relatable and engaging.

Meet others from the local rainbow community at 5:30pm for nibbles and then 6:00pm for Nevo at Frankston Library on Monday 4 February.

This is a free event but bookings are essential.
Pinot Celebration Australia
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
The Pinot Celebration Australia, held at the RACV Cape Schank Resort consists of two days of tasting an international line up of Pinot Noir including wines from Burgundy, United States, New Zealand and Australia (including Tasmania, the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula).

Wine commentators will mix with winemakers, growers and consumers to taste, discuss, enjoy, listen and most importantly - to celebrate.

Selected winery restaurants will provide dinners with each menu created to match Pinot Noir.

Both days of tastings will be held at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Mornington Peninsula. Please visit the website for further information.

The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival is the new blues festival ready to rock the Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula has long been home to a vibrant and energetic blues scene. Now there are plans for a new festival that its organiser hopes will become a major event on the national blues calendar.

The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival, to be held at Mornington Racecourse on Saturday, February 9, next year, is the brainchild of Peninsula resident Patrick Elliget, the man behind the highly successful Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions . It will feature Australian rock and blues legends Ross Wilson, Phil Manning along with Chris Finnen, Lloyd Spiegel and Geoff Achison.

Peninsula music-lovers will be able to enjoy food and refreshments courtesy of the Mornington Racing Club . Buses from Melbourne On The Move will be running to and from the festival, with pick-ups and designated stops from Melbourne and Sorrento so your transport options are sorted and you can relax and enjoy a day filled with sensational blues.
Love in the Detail - Artists in Conversation
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019
Love in the Detail - Artists in Conversation will feature a passionate panel of exhibiting artists, Natasha Bieniek, Juan Ford, Chris Bond and Sam Jinks, will have an in-depth conversation with exhibition curator Danny Lacy.

Find out more about their intricate artistic methods and why they adore creating hyper realistic works of art. They will be delving into how long these works take to make and what ideas and concepts are affectionately buried beneath the surface. Discover why audiences are lovestruck with such beautifully detailed works.

Bookings are essential. Entry includes drinks and nibbles on arrival.
Frankston Waterfront Festival
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Frankston’s biggest summer festival on the waterfront is back.

Bring your family and friends to the bay for two exciting days full of live music, great food, beach and water sports, markets, wine, cider and craft beer.

The Waterfront Festival
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Frankston’s most anticipated free summer festival is back and set to be bigger and better than ever as it celebrates 20 years of beachside fun for the whole family. This much-loved community event attracts residents and visitors to the sun-soaked beach at the Frankston Waterfront with two spectacular days of live music, beach and water sports, market stalls, delicious food, wine, cider and craft beer.

Highlights include a beer, wine and cider garden, beach and water sports, market stalls, food truck square festival dining and fireworks.
Rock The Boat - Sorrento
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019
Sail from Sorrento and put your party hat on for this summer sunset event – Rock the Boat. Enjoy music throughout the evening whilst sailing beautiful Port Phillip Bay aboard Searoad Ferries.

Live band on the Lounge Deck and awesome DJ, Vince Peach at the Top Deck Bar spinning the vinyls under the stars.

Start the night with a welcome drink and watch the sunset. Enjoy the continuous Canapes served throughout the evening and do not forget to check out the twinkling coastal lights from inside or on the outside decks. The main event is in the lounge area with plenty of seating and room to dance.

Get your dancing shoes on and bring your friends for a great summers evening event.

Blues At The Briars
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Blues At The Briars brings the house party feel to a one-day festival featuring a combination of great food, great people, great music and a child-friendly location, Blues At The Briars has fast become the best kept secret of the Mornington Peninsula.

When people come, it is a community feel. Held on the stunning location of The Briars historic homestead in Mount Martha, you can take a picnic rug, enjoy non festival bar prices, local food and fabulous music.

A family friendly event children 14 years and under are free and there is a free dedicated children's area.

The Briars is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s oldest properties first settled in 1840 by Captain James Reid and the event is held within the natural amphitheatre amongst a stunning rural setting. The views and location for this event make it the perfect setting for a family day out and to experience international and Australia wide music.
Songs and Times of Sam Cooke
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
Sinclair Artists presents Songs and Times of Sam Cooke, featuring Australian soul singer Gary Pinto and the Champions of Soul. The celebration of the King of Soul is happening at the Frankston Arts Centre for one night only.

The performance tells the story of Cooke’s rise to fame and his untimely death through his legendary songs. The must see show features his many hits , including You Send Me, A Change Is Gonna Come, Cupid, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, Another Saturday Night and Twistin’ the Night Away. Gary Pinto’s soulful voice is the right match to perform Cooke’s unforgettable songs.

Sam Cooke’s songs will light up the stage.
Tiffin Lunch Buffet at Nazaaray Estate Winery
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
The Nazaaray Estate team loves to prove that Indian food does match with wine. Their Tiffin Lunch Buffet is not to be missed.

Watch Tandoor man, Pankaj, create sensational culinary delights. Try matching these single vineyard, handcrafted wines with the spices of various delicious courses. Stroll through 1930's vintage train carriages at cellar door. Meet the winemaker and try his latest releases.

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.
Flinders Polo
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Flinders Polo will allow guests to experience a bespoke afternoon of fast paced 20/20 style polo in a traditional picnic setting, hosted at a beautiful 60-acre property in Flinders.

The meticulously manicured polo field is surrounded by Paul Bangay landscaped gardens in the breathtaking surrounds of the Flinders countryside.
Heronswood Harvest Festival
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
Celebrate The Digger's Club's homegrown harvest at the home of heirloom seeds and taste-test winners.

Be inspired to grow your own food and flowers at free mini workshops and garden tours. Trial the taste-test winners and enjoy lunch on the pool lawn overlooking the garden from a special menu of fresh produce provided by our Fork to Fork restaurant.

You can also explore the new Heronswood Gallery, celebrating the incredible art of the seed, and free children's activities will run from 11:00am to 2:00pm on each day.
The 91st Red Hill Show
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
This iconic Red Hill Show will be held at the Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Road on Saturday of the Labour Day Weekend.

The Red Hill Show is a traditional country show, it is always one of the state’s most popular agricultural shows and 2019 will be no exception. Celebrating its 91st birthday, the festival will be revisiting the past and putting on a show not to be missed.

There will be Gypsie Cobbs, cattle, sheep, alpacas, poultry, rats and the opportunity to watch the working dogs. Pavilions will be filled with flowers, fruit, vegetables, cooking, homemade wines, craft, photography and art.

The woodchop is always sensational and the hot chainsaw races have become a crowd favourite and in 2019, the show plays host to a Victorian Title. As always there will be plenty of free attractions for the family, with the Australian Mountainboarders, Premier's Active April, wildlife encounters, rock climbing wall, pony rides, face painting, circus workshop, fairground rides and more.

Head down and see the only Grand Parade left in any Victorian Agricultural Shows. The event runs from 8:30am to 5:00pm. For more information please see the website.
Peninsula Piers and Pinots
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
Peninsula Piers and Pinots is held on the Sunday of the Victorian Labor Day long weekend on the Flinders foreshore.

Around twenty Mornington Peninsula Vignerons will showcase maritime cool climate Pinots with tastings by the sea in an intimate gathering. Wines will be matched with local food and live music at the event which will be at the finish line of the Piers and Pinots Yacht Race.

Peninsula Piers and Pinots at Flinders will feature Peninsula Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio . Taste more than 60 wines with fantastic local produce to match at the mini farmers market. Entry includes complimentary glass and wine tastings, then purchase wine by the glass or bottle.

Come along and enjoy local music to set the scene and treat yourself and friends or family to a day to relax, enjoy and remember.
Boys in the Band: Jukebox Revolution
Date Thu 14th Mar 2019
Elvis, Bee Gees, Johnny O’Keefe, Queen, Jackson 5, Beatles, ACDC, John Farnham, and many more.

Following on from their 2018 sell-out concerts, internationally acclaimed Boys in the Band is proud to present their brand new show “Jukebox Revolution - Every Record Tells a Story” celebrating the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

Starring Australia’s finest leading men and backed by their sensational band The Players, this dazzling performance features over 50 years of mega hits in an all singing, all dancing, high octane concert.
The Cook and the Winemaker
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Developing relationships is fundamental between nature, the winemaker and the cook. Each of these threads come together with the help of a little music, art and conversation.

Join chef Guy Mirabella and winemaker Rollo for an evening that will delight your senses. A four course meal, cooked and designed by Guy, matched to Rollo’s highly regarded wines.

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the barrel room for a sneak peak into what’s happening during vintage time, then sit down to an exquisite experience in the Crittenden Wine Centre involving food, wine, art and music..

This is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Event.

In Between Two
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019
Two trailblazing stars of the Australian music scene survey the forces that have shaped their way.

TZU’s Joelistics and ARIA-nominated producer James Mangohig are icons of Australian hip-hop, but their family histories are as complex and layered as their lyrics. Both half-Asian, their respective heritages are woven through their experiences growing up in Australia.

From a nightclub-owning grandma in an open marriage to globetrotting parents with a political streak, the pair lovingly paint a canvas filled with failed proposals and religious strictures, casual racism and empowerment through music.
Ocean Film Festival World Tour
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
With a vision to mesmerise and captivate, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface. 

Featuring all new films this carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. 

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.
The Peninsula Picnic
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Get your friends together, pack your picnic rug and have your dancing shoes at the ready. The Peninsula Picnic returns with an impressive line up and a menu showcasing the regions best local food and wine.

With headline act The Rubens at the helm, the Peninsulas biggest food, wine and music gathering is sure to feed the hungry soul.

Nine of the Peninsulas best restaurants have been hand-picked so that you can experience the best of the Peninsula cuisines all in one day. Combine this with a selection of the Peninsulas most acclaimed wineries and producers, this is your opportunity to sample some of Australia's best drops amongst the pristine grounds of the Mornington Racecourse.

Refer to the Peninsula Picnic website for full details of ticket inclusions and entry conditions.
Party in the Park
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019
Join Cruden Farm for a free fun day out for all the family at Party in the Park, with exciting activities for the kids including sports, face painting, animal farms and live interactive stage performances.

Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to the community barbecues and visit the stalls for more activities and information on local children's services.
Party In the Park
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019
Cruden Farm is where it is at for kids these April school holidays. Promising a perfect family day out with fun, free, and engaging activities and entertainment for your little ones. Bring your own picnic or grab a bite to eat there and support the community fundraising barbecues.

Highlights include: Mini sports, face painting, animal farm, interactive stage shows, information on local children's services and market stalls.
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.
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.