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Wells Street Christmas Twilight Market
Date Fri 2nd Dec 2016 to Fri 9th Dec 2016
Be delighted as this weekly market in Frankston comes to life to celebrate Christmas.

Held on two consecutive Friday nights, it promises to be full of Christmas Spirit, unique hand made gifts and tasty Christmas treats.

Meet some visitors from the North Pole, enjoy the family friendly atmosphere with live music, free face painting and delicious street food.

Entry is free. Held in Wells Street between Bayside Shopping Centre and Hoyts Cinemas
Birds: Flight Paths in Australian art
Date Fri 2nd Dec 2016 to Sun 12th Feb 2017
This ground-breaking exhibition considers how Australian artists have incorporated birds in their work to explore stories of our environment, history and identity.

Developed by MPRG, Birds comprises 70 works including painting, photography, print-making, sculpture and decorative arts by artists John Lewin, Sydney Long, Hans Heysen, Albert Tucker, Arthur Boyd, Rover Thomas, Fiona Hall, Petrina Hicks, Ben Quilty, Kate Rohde, Christian Thompson, Louise Weaver, John Wolseley and many others.

Add a black bird to the flock in Juan Ford’s work, visit the pigeon ‘club house’ and check out Kenny Pittock’s specially commissioned colouring book about birds on the Mornington Peninsula.

Closed Mondays.
Balnarring Picnic Race Club Meeting
Date Sat 3rd Dec 2016 to Sat 15th Apr 2017
The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club conducts six family orientated picnic racing meetings at the picturesque Emu Plains Race Course each season between November and Easter in the following year.

Focus is on providing an entertaining experience for family and corporate groups to celebrate special occasions with a relaxing day out at the races.

Entertainment and a playground provided for children. Bar facility and a range of food vendors available with bookmakers and TAB for those interested in the punt.

The Course is located approximately an hour south of Melbourne in the heart of the popular Mornington Peninsula tourism area so a day at the picnic races can easily be incorporated in to a visit to the area.

The Club has recently been awarded the Picnic Racing Club of the Year Award and is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants.

Further information to assist patrons in planning their visit to a meeting or enjoying the benefits of club membership are available at the website.
Wine, Dine & Stay at Flinders Hotel - An Evening of Sparkling Wine
Date Sat 3rd Dec 2016
'Tis the season to be bubbly.

No other drink does it better for celebrations than a glass of sparkling wine, so let Flinders Hotel guide your senses through some of the usual suspects and also introduce you to sparkling wines you may possibly never have heard of.

Matched with four courses plus canapés, this last wine dinner for 2016 can be one to remember.

Join with the team in kicking off the festive season on the Mornington Peninsula in style at the Flinders Hotel.
Guitarra and Festive Guitar
Date Sun 4th Dec 2016
Ten String Guitarist Matthew Fagan presents a special festive concert of arrangements of Spanish flamenco, Celtic Festive music and Christmas Spirituals.

Featuring Spanish Guitar music including music inspired by Julian Bream’s recording Guitarra and Flamenco Guitar, Celtic Harp pieces arranged for ten String Spanish Guitar and arrangements of Christmas spirituals in the style of Handel, Bach and Mendelson.

Lyrics will be provided and the audience is encouraged to singalong.
Splashland - Mornington
Date Tue 27th Dec 2016 to Sun 8th Jan 2017
Splashland is an inflatable waterslide park for kids.

Featuring the world’s biggest inflatable waterslide, the Trippo, along with five other slippery slides for kids under 12 to enjoy. The water park will shoot into Mornington racecourse in late December, before sliding into Caulfield racecourse in early January.

In addition to Trippo, slides include the six-lane Speed Racer, The Tunnel, a 4.5m high dual tunnel set and The Reef, a 40 metre long slippery sliding obstacle course.

Two smaller slides have been designed specifically for tiny tots under five.

Parents have the option of joining the high-speed fun on Trippo, or sitting back and enjoying the sun as the kids soak up the fun across the safety-patrolled waterpark.

With 7000 square metres of slippery summertime fun at their disposal, as well as classic summer food and refreshments on offer, the pop-up waterpark will be a boon for inspiration-bereft parents searching for activity ideas these school holidays.

MPRG School Holiday Workshops
Date Tue 10th Jan 2017 to Tue 17th Jan 2017
School Holiday Workshops with Jill Anderson, artist and MPRG Educator.

Tuesday 10th January, 10:00amâ€㥸:00pm, sutiable for ages five to eight years old
adult co-creator required.

Tuesday 17th January, 10:00amâ€㥸:00pm, suitable for ages nine to twelve years old.
adult co-creator welcome but not required.

See how artists have used birds to explore life, art and culture, and create your own arty avian.
Birdie Num Nums Holiday Program
Date Wed 11th Jan 2017 to Wed 18th Jan 2017
Birdie Num Nums Holiday Program with Jill Anderson, artist and The Briars Shire Ranger.

Wednesday 11th of January, Birds in our Backyards, Wednesday 18th January, The Amazing Life of Wetland Birds.

Hear from The Briars’ rangers about how to create bird-friendly spaces in your own backyard. Make your own arty avian with Gallery educator Jill Anderson and finish with a 20-minute ranger guided wetland wander along the boardwalk to discover the many wetlands birds. Watch out for Edward the emu along the way. BYO binoculars.

Please note that the sanctuary parklands are closed on days of Total Fire Ban and when wind strength is 35km or above.
Frankston Waterfront Festival
Date Sat 14th Jan 2017 to Sun 15th Jan 2017
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.

Jeep Portsea Polo
Date Sat 14th Jan 2017
Jeep Portsea Polo combines everything Melbourne has to offer - fashion, food, wine, social scene, love of sport, and uniquely, the excitement of polo.

Held in the picturesque Portsea, it has become an event not to be missed. Think Birdcage by the sea - glamorous and stylish but at the same time laid-back and relaxed. It is summer's version of the Spring Racing Carnival.

The event includes three thrilling polo matches with some of the world's best players, live band, DJ's, celebrities, vox pops, fashion parade, divot stomping, dash and much, much more.

Entertain your clients, reward your staff or gather a group of friends.. there are hospitality and ticket options to suit everyone. Jeep Portsea Polo sells out every year so don't miss this summer's most glamorous party.
Two Bays Trail Run
Date Sun 15th Jan 2017
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.

The Great Peninsula Paddle
Date Thu 26th Jan 2017
You are invited to participate in The Great Peninsula Paddle to be held at the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club on Australia Day.

The Great Peninsula Paddle is a community fundraising event now firmly cemented on the Mornington Peninsula’s calendar.

A fun and inclusive day for all the family, the Great Peninsula Paddle allows participants to paddle along the stunning Mornington Peninsula shoreline, gaining an exclusive perspective of the Peninsula’s clear blue waters and white sandy beaches. More than this though, your participation will also support disadvantaged people living on the Peninsula.

The Great Peninsula Paddle event will see more than 100 participants take to the water at Sorrento’s foreshore to raise vital funds for Reclink Australia’s local sport, recreation and arts programs.

Reclink Australia provides evidence-based sport and art programs to disadvantaged Australians to create socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities.

In partnership with over 200 community organisations, Reclink Australia’s programs create pathways to improved health and wellbeing, education and employment outcomes for all participants.
Peninsula Short Film Fest
Date Sat 4th Feb 2017
Peninsula Short Film Fest, proudly presented by Employment Easy, is a free short film festival held at the Village Green in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula on Saturday 4 February, 2017.

Bring a friend, bring a rug and come and enjoy this free outdoor short film festival.

No BYO alcohol, no pets.

Shortlisted films will be judged live on the night by a panel of industry professionals

Peninsula Short Film Fest wishes to advise that some language and scenes are of an adult nature and may offend some viewers.

Parental guidance is recommended. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the event.

Please visit the website for more information
Mt Eliza Music Festival
Date Sat 4th Feb 2017
Taking place in the heart of the Mt Eliza village, the Mt Eliza Music Festival will host over 70 musical acts and performances.

This free event features entertainment across cafes, restaurants, and various outdoor stages throughout the day and night.

Celebrating all genres of music including bands, soloists, DJs, duos, quartets, and much more. There will be showcase guests and local talent as well as family entertainment, buskers and roving performers on the day.

This will be a fantastic day right in the heart of the Mt Eliza community with an array of amazing artists creating a family fun environment for all to enjoy.

Lock in the date and feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions.

Artists include, Josh Cashman, Reuben Stone Live Loops, Steve Ward, Ben Jansz, thando, Maxon, Riley Pearce, Luck-Louise, Barely - Standing, Halen, Bongani, David Spry Music, Dave Walker Band, Erik Parker, Werewolves of Melbourne, Coco Michelle and much more to come.

MPRG Sunday Afternoon – Artist Talks
Date Sun 5th Feb 2017
1:00pmâ€ֿ.30pm Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison.
Gracia and Louise are besotted with paper for its adaptable, foldable, cut-able, concealable and revealing nature. Animals are often present in their work, placed to question our behaviour and to explore our relationship with the natural world. Find out about their new works created for the
Birds exhibition.

1.45pmâ€׀.15pm Penny Byrne.
Ceramicist Penny Byrne’s diorama of Jack and Errol tells the tale of father and son
Bowerbirds from the Forrest Gallery at the Melbourne Museum. Since 2000, Jack’s daily calling, mimicry, aerial acrobatics and dancing amused staff and visitors and gave him the reputation of a great entertainer. Hear how Penny has ‘bowered’ away and collected from the streets of Melbourne to create her inspiring diorama.

2.30pmâ€ׁ:00pm Stu James.
Stu James creates intricate, delicate works from beaten copper. Renowned for his sea sculptures, he has received commissions from the MCG and Southgate and was awarded the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch travelling fellowship in 1992. With a passion for the outdoors, camping and fishing the Australian wildlife is his world of inspiration.
Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration
Date Fri 10th Feb 2017 to Sat 11th Feb 2017
The Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration, 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, 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.

The next event will be held in February 2017.

See website for more information.

The 89th Red Hill Show
Date Sat 11th Mar 2017
This iconic Red Hill Show will be held at the Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Road on Easter Saturday.

The Red Hill Show is a traditional country Show, it is always one of the State’s most popular agricultural shows and 2017 will be no exception.



There will be Clydesdales, 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. As always there will be plenty of free attractions for the family, with Big Air BMX School and Origin Tennis Hotshots will be running demos and workshops, wildlife encounters, rock climbing wall, pony rides, face painting, circus workshop, fairground rides and more.

Come an 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 & Pinots
Date Sun 12th Mar 2017
Peninsula Piers and Pinots is held on the Sunday of the Victorian Labor Day long weekend on the Flinders foreshore.

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 - follow the flags from the pier and taste more than 60 wines with fantastic local produce to match. 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 4th Apr 2017
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.
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk
Date Sat 6th May 2017
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk takes participants alongside local vignerons and friends to celebrate the end of harvest and experience current vintage wines.

Taste a variety of wines along the way complemented by a fine selection of food from Red Hill, to Merricks. A beautiful meandering historical rail track provides the perfect way.

The group will proceed to amble along a purpose built walking track to Red Hill South. After stopping at Red Hill, you will walk along a beautiful historic rail trail to a private vineyard to meet winemakers showcasing a range of their wines and then down to Stonier and Merricks General Wine Store in Merricks.

Join local vignerons to celebrate the end of the 2016 harvest from Red Hill to Merricks; around ten kilometres.


Mother's Day at Woodman Estate
Date Sun 14th May 2017
Just an hour from Melbourne, Woodman Estate is the perfect Mother's Day destination on the Mornington Peninsula.

Delight Mum with outstanding service and lakeside dining.

Breakfast: Make Mum's morning with gourmet cooked breakfast and buffet with seasonal fruit, fresh muffins, bircher muesli and berry trifles. Unlimited coffee and tea is provided in the service.

Deluxe High Tea: Indulge in decadent desserts, tantalising savoury pastries and gourmet finger sandwiches served on a traditional three tiered stand. Enjoy a glass of Woodman Estate Sparkling in the service to mark the occasion. Coffee, T2 Tea and hot chocolates are all included. Conclude with fresh scones served with estate made jam and cream.

Lunch: Whether you choose to dine beside the lake or next to the fireplace, this special three course lunch is sure to impress Mum. The charming gardens and stunning lake make for the perfect Mother's Day destination.

Dinner: Choose to dine in the elegant Formal Dining Room or stylish Brasserie Restaurant, whatever suits you best. The restaurant offers formal degustation and a la carte dining options.
Winter Wine Weekend
Date Sat 10th Jun 2017 to Mon 12th Jun 2017
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 2017
Date Sun 27th Aug 2017
Come 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.

Main Street Mornington Festival
Date Sun 15th Oct 2017
The Main Street Mornington, Food, Wine and Performing Arts Festival is a local favourite event.

Many visitors from afar are also attracted to the Festival, where the best of Mornington Peninsula's gourmet produce, boutique wineries, visual artists, musicians, dance troupes, circus, fashion boutiques, singer songwriters, cooks, and theatre groups are proudly showcased.

This free family friendly event will host lots of exciting music and entertainment throughout the day, with local artists and performers performing on various stages throughout the day.

Mornington is infamous for its exclusive boutiques, and the high fashion shopping on the main strip is an experience in itself, so there is plenty of shopping to be done at the Festival!

Food and wine stalls will be set up throughout the Festival, and the children's arcade will be back once again to entertain all the youngsters.