Regional Tourism Guide for Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria , Australia  
Peter Pan - Sand Sculpting Australia
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Mon 30th Sep 2019
Sand Sculpting Australia Peter Pan at their new home on the Mornington Peninsula, Boneo Maze has now been extended through to the end of September.

See this incredible exhibition without the Summer crowds with a calendar of special events you will have the opportunity to see the sand sculpting exhibition in a new light (see MoonLight Festival Easter Long Weekend).

Spend the day in Neverland exploring this classic story told in sand. See 3,500 tonnes of sand transformed into incredible sculptures by the world's best artists.

Weekends and School holidays you can make your way to the kids zone where the youngest visitors can enjoy themed activities and workshops, or take off on one of the pedal boats and explore the sculptures from the water surrounds. There is a kiosk in our kids zone or you can take a seat at the lakeside café, this is also where the kids can enjoy the jumping castle.

With 27 acres of wetlands, gardens and mazes all included in your ticket price. After exploring the world of Peter Pan you can take a walk through the boardwalks, get lost in any of three mazes or play the giant games in the garden.
In the Valley
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
In the Valley is an exhibition that highlights the beauty and fragility of our natural environment on the Mornington Peninsula. Observing and documenting the changing landscape of the Kangerong Basin, Mt Martha, Somers and Port Philip Bay, artists Rosie Weiss, Jean Langley, Merryn Lloyd and Siri Hayes reveal their personal connections to the landscape, and the strong links to place that exists across generations.

Incorporated into the exhibition will be a series of climate data visualisations inspired by the exhibition artworks, which showcase the environmental evolution over south eastern Australia. Colours are extracted and translated from selected In the Valley artworks, which are incorporated into the data visualisations of environmental change from early 1900 through to future climate projections.

This exhibition is presented as part of Climarte’s Art+Climate=Change Festival - a festival of curated exhibitions and events which provides a platform for the discussion of the challenges, opportunities, impacts, and solutions associated with climate change.

This project coincides with the Mornington Peninsula Shire moving towards zero net carbon emissions across all its operations by 2021 and supporting long-term climate change resilience across the community.
Cameron Robbins - Solar Loggerheads
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Cameron Robbins’ work harnesses the power of the weather, converting and using the energy inherent within natural elements like the wind, sun, rain and tides to create autonomous drawings.

Constructing mechanical instruments to translate this energy, Robbins engineers and hand builds unique analogue drawing machines that generate distinctive and repetitious mark making transcribing nature and its forces.

Solar Loggerheads is a large-scale drawing instrument that brings together conflicting forces of creation and destruction. Locked in a continuous spin cycle, two opposing kinetic armatures draw and erase across the same flat surface. Powered by solar energy, the drawing mechanism creates animated marks in a circular motion while the rotation of the eraser is activated by mains electricity.
My Urrwai
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Tue 2nd Apr 2019
Performing Lines Supported by Ilbijerri Theatre presents My Urrwai, an intimate show with stories told through movement and words. See this beautiful show at Cube 37.

Ghenoa Gela is amongst many things a daughter, a teacher, a fighter, a gold medallist, a TV star and a Torres Strait mainlander. Gela reflects on her life in a revealing matter on cultural inheritance, exploring political, social and colonial expectations. Gela is a recipient of the Keir Choreographic Award and the Deadly Funny Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award. The performance invites you to see another perspective of culture. The story telling is an eye opening experience.

Join the experience on Tuesday 2 April at 7:30pm and Wednesday 3 April at 11:00am.
Emu Plains Market
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sat 13th Apr 2019
One of the region’s coolest and most popular outdoor attractions, the Emu Plains Market in Balnarring is a celebration of the Mornington Peninsula’s unique culture, creative artisans and diverse producers.

Beneath the sun dappled stringybark canopy, local traders transform this bush setting into a snaking trail of colourful market stalls welcoming visitors to the spring carnival atmosphere which the market is renowned for.

With an eclectic array of over 250 stallholders, the Emu Plains Market features: handcrafted items from the Mornington Peninsula and beyond, eclectic vintage clothes and collectables, unique sustainably made pieces from local Peninsula designers, farm fresh local produce, delicious gourmet food, an amazing array of food carts with tastes from all over the globe, a bar stocked with Peninsula favourites, fun activities for the kids, craft workshops and amazing live music all day.

The Emu Plains Market is held at the picturesque Emu Plains Reserve in Balnarring - about 50 minutes from Melbourne's CBD from October to April 9:00am to 2:00pm, plus special twilight markets in January.

Check the website for up to date details, special events and market times. Proudly brought to you by the Untold Event Co.
Little Beauty Market
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
Little Beauty In The Park is a stunning new event in the heart of Frankston. This curated market will be a monthly celebration of art, design, craft, food and culture.  

Set within the picturesque grounds of Beauty Park, Little Beauty will feature over 150 of Melbourne's very best makers and creators hand picked for their uniqueness, creativity and ethos. It will also be filled to the brim with delicious food, local wines, fresh produce and live music.  

Little Beauty runs from October to April 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Check the Little Beauty Market website for up to date details, special events and market times. Brought to you by the Untold Event Co.
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 Briars Craft and Produce Market
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
The Briars Craft and Produce Market will be a fantastic day out for friends and family to enjoy a quality home made home grown market.

Here you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful grounds, wildlife, walking trails and boardwalks found in the picturesque nature reserve of the historic Briars in Mount Martha.

Purchase the freshest produce from across the region and engage with talented stallholders who love their craft.

Come join the community on this exciting new venture on the fourth Sunday of the month March until May from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

This Seasons Dates include March 24, April 28 and May 26.
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.
Coasting for Women at Mornington Peninsula
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Coasting is an introductory Stand Up Paddleboarding program for women. It is a fun and refreshing way to be active and get yourself on the water. Surfing Victoria is the state governing body for Surfing, and encourages and supports women into water activities with qualified and experienced coaches. Each session sees you guided step by step with the skills to safely and competently learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard, with maximum time on the water.

This one hour introductory session will see you guided by qualified instructors, will see you having a great fun time and wanting more.
Western Port Craft Expo
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
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.

Forage & Feast
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Over the course of the year, Pt. Leo Estate welcome their Wine Club members, locals and holidaymakers to the Western-port side of the Mornington Peninsula, for their 4 Seasons Feast Series. This series celebrates the pleasures of changing seasons in their 50-acre vineyard, and the produce that they source for their feasts from in and around the Mornington Peninsula.

Join for a feast-style dinner to celebrate the harvest season at Pt. Leo Estate. Their seasonal three-course menu will showcase the best of the Peninsula’s produce, with a wine flight of Pt. Leo Estate wines to match the special forage-style menu.
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.
Tommy Terrific
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019
To celebrate the school holidays Searoad Ferries offer a range of fantastic on board activities included in the ferry ticket price.

Crazy, fun and entertaining balloon shapes including pirate swords and hats that will bring out the kid in all ages from five to 55.

Departing Sorrento 12 noon and 2:00pm. Departing Queenscliff 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
Kids High Tea
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019 to Tue 9th Jul 2019
Kids can enjoy a children’s version of Searoad Ferries' regular High Tea including a tiered platter of sweet and savoury treats, soft drink, juice or hot chocolate. All this while mum and dad or the grandparents will receive the usual High Tea offering which includes a glass of sparkling wine, coffee or tea.

Departing Queenscliff at 11:00am and departing Sorrento at 2:00pm. Sail the bay for a two hour return trip for this special school holiday outing.

Kids can look for dolphins, visit the playground and have their face painted.

Botanika Cinema
Date Tue 16th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
This April school holidays the beautiful George Pentland Botanic Gardens will be transformed once again into an open air cinema unlike anything seen in the Bayside town before. It truly is an event the whole family will adore.

Go early to experience some amazing live, local entertainment, the best street food Melbourne has to offer and a bar stocked with Peninsula favourites.

Six family friendly movies will be screened from the 16 to 21 April. Gates open at 5:30pm with movies commencing at sundown (approximately 7:00pm).

Visit the Unscene Cinema website for screening details and movies selections. Proudly supported by the Frankston City Council and brought to you by Untold Events Co.
The Gruffalo
Date Wed 17th Apr 2019
After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End & Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged over three and their grown-ups.
Date Thu 18th Apr 2019
Directed by Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Mark Kilmurry, Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy TWO introduces fourteen colourful characters, all skilfully played by Brian Meegan and Kate Raison.

Set in the local pub, you will meet all the regulars, a misfit crowd of eccentric and hilarious individuals.

There is Moth, who loves Maud (and every other woman) fervently, Mrs Iger, with her passion for quiet, strong men, possessive Roy, jealous of anybody who looks at Lesley (even the darts players), Alice and Fred and their Elvis obsession, and the publicans themselves – a married couple with an unspoken secret.

By turns funny, heart-warming and poignant, do not miss this smash hit comedy.
Krazy Koala Puppet Show
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019
To celebrate the school holidays Searoad Ferries offer a range of fantastic on board activities included in the ferry ticket price.

Krazy Koala Puppet Show combines catchy tunes, slapstick comedy and a group of charismatic puppets. Kids are invited to join in as the puppets play their favourite songs including puppets like to party.

Ferries departing Queenscliff 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Ferries departing Sorrento 1:00pm and 3:00pm
MoonLight Festival
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Boneo Maze on the Mornington Peninsula will come alive in the evenings this Easter Long Weekend, illuminated with stunning light installations and lantern sculptures.

This interactive family friendly event will transform the maze and wetlands into a night time wonderland with activities, workshops and some spectacular lights and entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Start the evenings adventures with a stroll along the water edge or catch a ride on our Choo Choo Train to view the incredible Peter Pan sand sculpting exhibition transformed with lighting and projections. Continue your journey through our night maze or sit back and relax in the outdoor cinema. With roving performers, workshops, family friendly entertainment, music and twilight mini golf there is plenty to see and do for the whole family.

Mother nature will be bringing some of her own light to the party as we kick things off on Good Friday with the full moon, heading into Saturday and Sunday evening. There will be a bar serving delicious local beer and wine, a range of delicious food options and essential coffee caravan.
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Celebrating its tenth year, the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show is on once again over the Easter long weekend. Proudly sponsored by hockingstuart Blairgowrie, the show raises funds for the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron rescue boat fleet. Artists from Melbourne, the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula’s will have their finest works exhibited and for sale at the yacht club.

Feature artists this year are It Hao Pheh, Maureen Kirsch and Lawrence Marshall exhibiting, with returning and new artists, in mediums from painting to photography and sculpture. A silent auction runs throughout the duration of the show with lifestyle experiences, products and vouchers from local retailers.

The art show runs through the Easter weekend, 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, and 10:00am to 2:00pm Easter Monday.

Visitors to the art show are welcome to stay on and enjoy the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron bistro and deck with stunning views of the bay. Entry to the show from Saturday to Monday is $5 to be paid at the door.
Easter Egg Hunt in the Sculpture Park
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
Easter comes alive in the Sculpture Park this year! Join us in celebrating Pt. Leo Estate’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday April 21, 2019, with co-partner Koko Black Chocolate. An eggs-citing occasion for family and friends to get together, and search for eggs in the stunning surrounds of the Pt. Leo Estate sculpture park with a signature Koko Black grand prize for one lucky winner.

Open from 9:00am, Pt. Leo Estate invites children (big and small) to participate in the Egg Hunt starting at 10:00am sharp. There will be a Koko Black chocolate pop up, face painting by Twinkles Starry Faces, live music, colouring stations, and breakfast items for purchase in the Pt. Leo Wine Terrace. The Koko Black Grand Prize winner will be announced at 12:00pm.

Schedule of events:

9:00am Gates open
10:00am Egg Hunt commences
11:00am Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park and lunch in the Pt. Leo Estate Wine Terrace opens
12:00pm Koko Black grand prize winner announced

Face painting, live music and chocolate for everyone all day.
Flinders Motoring Heritage
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
A Flinders District Lions Club fundraising event of a wonderful display of vintage, veteran and classic cars all parked around the pretty seaside village of Flinders. Funds raised will go towards Children's and Diabetes Services of Peninsula Health. Wander around the cars, talk to their proud owners and then grab a bite to eat at one of the food outlets or do a bit of retail therapy at the galleries and shops.

Tickets are $5 for adults and children are free.
The Bob Dylan and Tom Petty Show: True Confessions Revisited
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty made history when they joined forces for one of the greatest concerts of all time, on their True Confessions tour in 1986.

Taking inspiration from these concerts, singer Jeff Jenkins opens the show as Tom Petty, with backing band The Heartbreakers, and Sarah Highgate as Stevie Nicks. After performing a short solo set as Dylan, Jenkins then brings the band and Stevie Nicks back out for the final set of rocking Dylan songs.

Audiences can re-live that incredible line up at True Confessions Revisited, and rock out to Running Down a Dream, American Girl, Don’t Come Around Here No More, The Waiting, Refugee, Like a Rolling Stone, All Along the Watchtower, Hard Rain, Tombstone Blues, House of the Rising Sun and many other classic Dylan / Petty hits.

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.

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.
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.