Regional Tourism Guide for Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria , Australia  
Messy Play and Shoot
Date Tue 12th Feb 2019 to Sat 2nd Mar 2019
How cute does your little look when they are playing? Nothing beats capturing that special moment when they are engrossed in an activity – we see it all the time as parents snap away whilst their kid plays in the Busy Peacock.

On Friday 1st March and Saturday 2 March Jess Galagher Photography will be joining us for a messy play session to capture all of the fun and mess of a play session.
Ice Cream Festival
Date Thu 14th Feb 2019 to Sun 24th Feb 2019
Taste your way around the world one scoop at a time at the petite Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery in Flinders.

For 12 days only, lick or spoon ice cream flavours inspired by every corner of the globe. A changing line up of creations will include temptations such as a Champagne Cocktail from France, Kombucha Boost from China, Matcha Cherry from Japan, a Moscow Mule from Russia and Baklava from Turkey.

Ice cream lovers can also join hosted tasted sessions to try 12 different flavours plus your ice cream purchase can be a lucky entry to win a Round the World ticket.

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.

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.
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.
Ventana Carnaval and Grand Opening
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Immerse yourself in Latin American, Portuguese and Spanish cultures throughout the day with delicious barbecues, street food, music, dance performances and workshops for the entire family to enjoy, while roaming the unique craft stalls.

The Carnival Parade starts at 2:00pm from Frankston Station. Enjoy drinks from Bar Español, the Spanish Bar, food trucks and food demos. There will be art exhibitions, vibrant music and dance performances, interactive workshops and kid's activities.

Welcome Concert from 6:00pm with Kutcha Edwards and Daniel Jauregui, new experiential Australian work The 7 Beads of My Indigenous Necklace. Mexican Wrestling Fiesta in Cube 37 with Mariachis and dancing Señoritas.

Stay to salsa, cumbia and tango until late with The New Monos and more.

Don’t miss this free unique cultural event for the entire family.
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.
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.
Tosca bound in Blues, Soul and R&B
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
This fast moving 90 minute adaptation of Puccini’s Tosca is updated and fused with the best classic Blues, Soul and R&B songs reflecting this dark and menacing tale about love, lust, brutality and corruption. This is Opera fusion.

Tosca – An opera diva admired and pursued by the evil and corrupt head of police – Scarpia. Her lover Cavaradossi is imprisoned for hiding Angelotti an escaped prisoner. The story unfolds tragically.

Flinders Civic Hall will bring this story to life against a background of Puccini’s beautiful music and supplemented with the grunt of the Blues, Soul and R&B – which reinforces and intensifies the emotional drive of the story. Devised and directed by award winning Opera Australia director Julie Edwardson, who continues to break new ground with her company Emotionworks Cut Opera – bringing opera to new audiences – fusing music genres and cultures.

Featuring some of Melbourne’s best operatic and contemporary voices, the cast includes Jason Wasley (Cavaradossi), Michael Lampard (Scarpia), Katrina Waters (Tosca) and blues performer Richard Woods (Angelotti) accompanied by the Cut Opera House Combo, the Sassy Soul Sirens.
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.

Written, composed and performed by Joelistics and James Mangohig.
War on Western Port: The Politics of Conversation
Date Thu 21st Mar 2019
A panel conversation with artist Siri Hayes and environmental activists Rob Hayes and Rohan Cuming, moderated by MPRG Director Jane Alexander.

Western Port is one of the world’s most important wetlands and has outstanding marine and coastal environmental values. The peninsula’s first environmental lobby group was founded in 1971 to oppose further industrialisation of Western Port. Today the battle continues. The panel, consisting of an artist and two environmental activists, discuss the conservation issues surrounding Western Port.
Mission Songs Project
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019
Searching for the family songs that were sung around the kitchen table, Jessie Lloyd explores the day to day life on the missions, settlements and reserves through music. From cultural identity to love and loss, these rare songs consist of almost forgotten stories that can now shed light into the history of our Indigenous elders, families and communities.

Performed as a vocal quartet, Jessie Lloyd presents a rare performance style found only in Indigenous communities; such as family gatherings, social events or yarns over a cuppa. Story-telling, a major component of the performance, gives historical context and personal experiences into the tunes sung from the missions era, making the show warm, humorous and heartfelt.

With special guests Inka Marka.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.