Regional Tourism Guide for Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria , Australia  
Catherine Truman: No Surface Holds
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
JamFactory’s Icon series celebrates South Australia’s most influential artists. Catherine Truman’s practice is renowned for its diversity and incorporates contemporary jewellery, objects, digital image and film installation with a focus upon the parallels between artistic process and scientific method.

No Surface Holds will run from 21 September to 18 November.
Anne Ferran: Intimate Journals, Uncover Stories Within The Pages Of The Bundanon Library
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Anne Ferran spent over a year working with the collection of Boyd family books in the Bundanon Library, searching for hidden notes in the margins and items slipped between pages. This Bundanon Trust commission reflects upon the Homestead and the people who inhabited it over time. It is characteristic of Ferran’s images that the subject is not what is seen but rather what haunts it.

Anne Ferran’s photographic and video works have explored histories of incarceration in prisons, asylums, hospitals and nurseries. She has worked extensively with museum collections, photographic archives and historic sites in Australia and New Zealand. Her work is held in major public collections in Australia and internationally.

A Bundanon Trust touring exhibition.
Line Of Enquiry: An Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery Exhibition
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
Line of enquiry includes artists who explore social and political issues through historic sources; from a contemporary take on Colonial Australia by Danie Mellor, Sally Smart and Rew Hanks to a postmodernist approach, referencing art history alongside their own cultural histories by Juan Davila and Brian Robinson.

The exhibition includes works referencing varied sciences; Martin Howard Boscott’s examination of colour dispersion; Trinh Vu’s investigation of technological change and its impact; and animal behavioural research informs the work of artists Lisa Roet, Jazmina Cininas and Deborah Williams.

The artists’ curiosity, search for knowledge and new perspectives have added new layers of meaning to established understandings of history and sciences. Their works of art illustrate different points of view, inviting more questions and providing avenues for new lines of enquiry.
Captain Jack Pirate Show
Date Tue 25th Sep 2018
Meet Captain Jack and his first mate and become an honorary pirate for the day - pirate sword fighting, walk the plank and plenty of pirate speak.
Kids High Tea
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018 to Thu 4th Oct 2018
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.

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.

Dolphin Discovery
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Tue 2nd Oct 2018
To celebrate the school holidays Searoad Ferries offer a range of fantastic on board activities included in the ferry ticket price.

Dolphin Discovery is a fun and interactive workshop learning all about Port Phillips unique dolphins and other amazing marine life, including seals and whales. Play games, see dolphin skulls and meet Bella Burrunan the dolphin.

Departing Sorrento 11:00am and 1:00pm. Departing Queenscliff 12:00pm and 2:00pm.
School Holiday Workshops with Jill Anderson
Date Tue 2nd Oct 2018 to Wed 3rd Oct 2018
Let your inner artist and scientist play as you create a new species of plant or animal. Be inventive with mixed media, colour and texture as you design and construct your very own creation.

On Tuesday 2 October from 10:00am to 12:00pm for ages 5 to 8, adult co-creator required. On Wednesday 3 October from 10:00am to 12:00pm, ages 9 to 12, adult co-creator welcome but not required. Bookins essential.

Free family activity: Collage together different body parts to invent your own new species. Add your creation to the (un)-natural history display on the gallery wall.
Catherine Truman: At the Nexus of Art And Science
Date Thu 4th Oct 2018
At the Nexus of Art And Science is an illustrated lecture and exhibition walk through on Thursday 4 October from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.

As one of South Australia’s leading contemporary artists and jewellers, Catherine Truman was named as the 2017 JamFactory Icon, celebrating the achievements of South Australia’s most outstanding and influential craft and design practitioners. Join Catherine for an illustrated lecture and exhibition walk through where she will discuss no surface holds and her 35 year practice straddling art and science.

Bookings essential.
A Night of Boogy Woogy Brilliance at Hickinbotham of Dromana
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Boogie and Blues at its best. Australia’s piano boogie-woogie Queen, Jan Preston, joins Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues guitar, Nick Charles, and together will present a uniquely entertaining concert of original songs, music, anecdotes and grooves.

And of course the open fire will be raging just to set the stage.

Book tickets now and come for an early dinner from 6:00pm, before their performance which will commence around 7:30pm.
Tiffin Lunch Buffet at Nazaaray Estate Winery
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
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.
Carl Barron: Drinking With A Fork - Frankston
Date Mon 8th Oct 2018
It seems audiences just can’t get enough of Carl Barron, having smashed box office records, this is the last chance to experience the magic of Carl Barron’s Drinking With A Fork before it’s released as a live special.

After sell out shows across Australia and New Zealand over the last four years, a UK and US tour and an appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, don’t miss Australia’s most popular live comedian and the opportunity to see one of this country’s great comedic minds at work as he presents a hilarious evening of stand up with a bit of guitar.

With a non-threatening observational style of comedy and original approach, he touches the hearts of every audience. Carl has sold more live stand-up comedy DVDs than any other comedian in Australian retail history.

Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it – drinking with a fork. It’s your last chance!

This is a strictly 16 years and over event. No babies in arms permitted.
Carl Barron – Drinking With a Fork
Date Mon 8th Oct 2018
It seems audiences cannot get enough of Carl Barron, having smashed box office records, this is the last chance to experience the magic of Carl Barron’s Drinking With A Fork before it is released as a live special.

After sell out shows across Australia and New Zealand over the last four years, a UK and US tour and an appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, don’t miss Australia’s most popular live comedian and the opportunity to see one of this country’s great comedic minds at work as he presents a hilarious evening of stand up with a bit of guitar.

With a non-threatening observational style of comedy and original approach, he touches the hearts of every audience. Carl has sold more live stand-up comedy DVDs than any other comedian in Australian retail history.

Be there for a night where Carl blends structure with chance, or as he likes to call it—drinking with a fork. It is your last chance.

This is a strictly 16 years and over event. No babies in arms permitted.
Claude Hay
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
Blue Mountains man Claude Hay is one of the leading lights of the Australian festival scene and boasts a slew of loyalists from coast to coast. After 12 years, four albums and countless shows and festivals, Claude shows no signs of slowing down as he announces a string of dates for this spring.

Wherever Claude goes his inventions go with him. He’s a master of DIY, and most of his ri is tailor-made for his one-man looping set that features at his shows. All of Claude’s stuff is made at home, custom, and difficult to fathom. The centerpiece of any Hay touring rig is his guitar—often made from found items, with several pickups, outputs, and necks; his new concoction is no exception—a banjo-shaped, semi acoustic, fretless bass/6 string double neck combo that he’s named Bessie.

Having returned from a string of shows in the UNESCO city of Bern, Switzerland, Claude Hay hits the road again back in Australia this October, performing both his world-renowned one man band show as well as taking his three-piece band and new axe along for the ride.
Pets' Day Out
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Calling all animal lovers, owners and their pets - you are invited to a jam-packed program of pet related entertainment, activities and giveaways at Pets' Day Out.

Head into Ballam Park to celebrate the furry, feathered, finned, scaly and slithery friends. This popular fun and free annual community event is sure to delight animal enthusiasts of all ages.

Discover which animals would be best suited to your families and meet the charities who can help you adopt a new family member.

Get the lowdown on the newest trends in pet training and grooming, or enter your pet into the popular pet parade.
Jose Garcia
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
Presented by Fresh Start Sounds is a night of music by singer-songwriter Jose Garcia.

Smooth acoustic tones that suit both the small and large stage, Jose's baritone vocals are smoother and more intoxicating than 18 year old Chivas Regal whisky. Delving into a variety of genres, Jose Garcia tends to favour folk type songs influenced by traditional music, the 60s and artists such as Eva Cassidy, Gilian Welch and Johnny Cash.

Limited seats. Bookings are essential. Please call the cafe to book and pay if you would like to pay at the door on the night.
Main Street Mornington Festival
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
In its 23rd year, the Festival continued to showcase the cultural lifestyle that its proud peninsula residents enjoy on a daily basis – bringing the elements together: food, wine, music, art, entertainment, shopping, and fun.

The festival attracts growers of fresh seasonal produce, delicious food, and a large selection of Australia’s best wine makers, showcasing what the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.

With seven stages and performance areas, hosting a wide range of music styles, children’s entertainers, roving performers community and dance groups. Main Street Mornington Festival prides itself on keeping the majority of the artists local and offering something for everyone to enjoy.
MLIVE: Prize Fighter
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sat 27th Oct 2018
Get ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing. Prize Fighter is adrenaline-pumping, full-contact theatre at its best.

La Boite Theatre Company and Brisbane Festival’s highly acclaimed theatre production, Prize Fighter is coming to the George Jenkins Theatre at Monash University’s Peninsula campus as part of MLIVE’s program of events from 26 to 27 October 2018.

Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of the people he has known.

Isa is a young Congolese boxer blazing an impressive career between the ropes. Gearing up for the national title fight, he soon discovers it’s not just his opponents he has to outdo, but the demons from his tortuous past as a boy soldier.

Following the rapturous public and critical response that greeted its seasons at recent Brisbane and Sydney Festivals, Prize Fighter is a rare treat for audiences and comes to Monash University for a strictly limited season.
Arthurs Seat Challenge
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
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.

An Intimate Lunch: With Anne Ferran and Jennifer Thompson
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018
In Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s personal library at the Bundanon Homestead in New South Wales books share the shelves with works of art.

Learn what Anne Ferran discovered about the Boyd family from the inserts left between pages and hand-written notes hidden within the margins.

The intimate lunch, hosted by the Gallery, will include an exhibition walk through and discussion with Anne Ferran and Jennifer Thompson, Bundanon Trust’s Collections and Exhibitions Manager. Three lucky guests will receive a signed copy of Anne Ferran’s artist book, Artist’s Library.

Your ticket includes light buffet lunch, glass of wine and exhibition walk though.
Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Bring the family together for a night of excitement and entertainment, creating lasting magical memories for both the young and young at heart, with the lighting of the Christmas tree and arrival of Santa at Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights.

The Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights includes a tree lighting ceremony, fireworks display, Rudolf’s market place, Gingerbread lane festival dining, Santa’s House and entertainment Stage.
Mornington Christmas Carols In the Park
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018
Mornington Carols in The Park is a free event for the whole family with kids entertainment, prizes, giveaways, free entertainment and, of course, Santa. Jimmy Giggle headlined 2017 event and along with some great local performers. Kids activities include Pimp my Balloons roving Christmas characters, Kids Face painting and Food Trucks.

Mornington Carols in The Park is a community event organised by the Mornington Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Main Street Traders and proudly presented by Tony Ladiges at Lad&Lee Property (proud partner of the Eview Group) Mornington.
Woodman Estate New Year's Eve Dinner
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Celebrate the New Year in style at Woodman Estate.

Enjoy a five course degustation dining at this charming Lakeside Estate. Relax on the terrace with a glass of Woodman Estate Sparkling before embarking on a taste experience.

Choose to dine in the classic Formal Dining Room, elegant Atrium or stylish Brasserie Restaurant, with white linen cloths and napery befitting your special occasion.

Herald the New Year - 2018 in style. Special dietary requirements catered for.

You will need to get in early as this event always sells out quickly. Bookings are essential.
Under The Southern Stars
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019
Summer rock festival Under The Southern Stars is returning to Hastings 12 January 2019 with a line-up of Australian Rock Royalty. The perfect summer festival celebration.

Under the Southern Stars is excited to announce this year’s return with a huge line up of the best of Australian rock.

Off the back of last year’s inaugural success, the festival is expanding into five new coastal locations as it continues to deliver music lovers the ultimate outdoor live music festival in a quintessential Aussie summer setting.

This year’s 2019 concert event will be headlined by Australia’s legendary ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees, Hoodoo Gurus along with Australian rock royalty You Am I.

Also on this killer bill is Eskimo Joe, The Superjesus, British India, The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow.

Visit their website for ticketing offers and up to date festival news.

Two Bays Trail Run
Date Sun 13th Jan 2019
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.

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

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

On Saturday 2 February, 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.

​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/guardian.

See website for more details.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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 barbeques.

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