Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria, Australia 
Coast: The Artists’ Retreat - Cape Schanck to Point Nepean
Date Fri 8th Dec 2017 to Sun 18th Feb 2018
An MPRG exhibition

For over 200 years, the Mornington Peninsula has been a muse and haven for artists. Attracting a stellar roll call of some of the most recognisable names in Australian art, the wild and rugged coast has inspired works from artists such as Eugene von Guérard, Nicholas Chevalier, Louis Buvelot, Violet Teague, John Perceval and Albert Tucker.

This ambitious exhibition brings together masterpieces from these iconic artists as the basis of an extended conversation, considering our relationship to the coast, to the Australian landscape and our environment. Newly commissioned works from GW Bot, Megan Cope, Raafat Ishak, Euan McLeod and Kerrie Poliness tackle contemporary questions of our connection to landscape. These commissions, the result of a recently established artists in residence program at Police Point in Portsea, consider the beauty and magnitude of the coastline through painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and video.

Glass: Art Design Architecture
Date Fri 8th Dec 2017 to Sun 18th Feb 2018
A JamFactory touring exhibition

Co-curated by Margaret Hancock Davis and Brian Parkes, GLASS: art design architecture showcases 23 outstanding projects by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects.

The exhibition and accompanying publication design by Stephen Goddard of ProjectTwo showcases these artists, designers and architects exploring the material or conceptual qualities of glass through their work, representing a cross section of current creative practices, modes of thinking and relationships to this versatile material.

GLASS: art design architecture is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program supporting touring exhibitions by providing funding assistance for the development and touring of Australian cultural material across Australia.
Mount Martha Sufferfest
Date Sat 9th Dec 2017 to Sun 10th Dec 2017
There is a new date and five fantastic events lined up for the 2017 Mt Martha Sufferfest Triathlon.

Join on Saturday for the popular Kidsfest and Enticerfest distances for those wanting to get a taste of triathlon. Then Sunday is the marquee event, the Mt Martha Sufferfest Long Course Triathlon. Now in its fourth year, consisting of a 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre ride and 21.1 kilometre run along the beautiful Mornington Peninsula coastline, coupled with Olyfest and Sprintfest triathlon for those not ready for the long course but wanting to race on this beautiful course.

Saturday 9 December: KidsFest and EnticerFest events, beach volleyball and beach netball, as well as a beach party and outdoor movie.

Sunday 10 December: HalfIronFest, OlyFest, SprintFest, Aquabike and DuathloFest events, as well as beach volleyball and beach netball.

Please see the website for further information.
Mornington Racecourse Market
Date Sun 10th Dec 2017 to Sun 8th Apr 2018
Mornington Racecourse Market is a quality arts crafts and gourmet food market.

Meet the artists, creators, inventors and craftspeople behind the carefully curated selection of premium quality goods on display.

Discover gourmet produce, plants, home decor, children’s clothing and accessories, lifestyle products, sculpture, photography, art, beauty and fashion.

Dining options are aplenty with street food vendors from across Melbourne serving up delicious take away food. Relax on the lawn and enjoy live music while you tuck in.
Curator’s Floor Talk: Exploring the Coastline
Date Tue 12th Dec 2017 to Sat 27th Jan 2018
With MPRG Curator, Danny Lacy.

Join Danny on a journey through the Coast exhibition to demystify the newly commissioned works that hang alongside the iconic historical paintings of the southern Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy a casual, informative, sharing of knowledge that will strengthen your coastal connection and provide a deeper understanding of the works in the show.
TLC tours presents: A Latin Dance Odyssey
Date Sat 16th Dec 2017
Join an exciting and exhilarating Latin grooving experience as you dance amidst some of the most spectacular panoramic sites of the peninsula on your way to Sorrento.

Stop off/dance workshop locations include:

Arthur's Seat lookout for morning tea - where the group will first indulge in yummy scones and coffee/tea, then dance their butts off to burn their consumptions away, guilt free.

Next is Blue Range Estate Winery for some vino tasting with a twist of Latin moves.

From there, a picnic amongst the surrounds of refreshing trees and the sparkling seas at Sorrento Park, followed by funtastico interactive picnic dance games, more Latin dance lessons and grooving.

You then might casually discover some local trader's delights at the Sorrento shops, like a mouth watering vanilla slice, or two, which are to die for.

Finally the Sorrento surf beach for a short nature walk taking in the breathtaking views of the rugged sea landscapes, with a final 'Rueda dance' at the top rotunda, overlooking 360 degree majestic views of the bay and the Bass Strait coastline.

The above locations may change subject to weather conditions, but no matter what, the group will dance their hearts off, wherever they are.
Barefoot Cinema
Date Tue 26th Dec 2017 to Fri 16th Feb 2018
Barefoot Cinema - more than just a movie.

Barefoot Cinema is a unique outdoor cinema held over summer in three amazing locations in Victoria - Point Nepean National Park in Portsea, Seawinds Gardens State Park in Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula, and Rippon Lea Estate, a heritage listed mansion in Elsternwick, Melbourne.

Barefoot Cinema is more than just a movie.

When you arrive at Barefoot Cinema you will be greeted by beautiful views from every angle. A bar and food truck area, and live music being played by some great local artists only adds to the experience.

As the sun tucks itself away into the ocean, the lights come on and the venue is transformed into a truly magical outdoor cinema. This experience will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your summer.

Gates open at 6:00pm for a 8:45pm movie start. On-site parking strictly limited. Shuttle bus service offered from Sorrento and Portsea.
Woodman Estate New Year's Eve Dinner
Date Sun 31st Dec 2017
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 elegant Formal Dining Room 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. Bookings are essential.
Wellbeing Market St Andrews Beach / Rye
Date Sun 31st Dec 2017
Synchronise body, mind, and spirit with products and services for health and wellbeing at the Wellbeing Market, St Andrews Beach / Rye.

An indoor market of over 30 stalls to rest, relax and rejuvenate on the Mornington Peninsula.
New Year's Eve at Jackalope
Date Sun 31st Dec 2017
Jackalope Mornington Peninsula’s NYE party is the perfect place to wine and dine into 2018.

Watch the sunset over Jackalope’s rolling vines, then dance to DJs and a live band under the hotel’s 10,000 globe chandelier.

Tickets include free-flow Larmandier-Bernier champagne magnums, Aperol Spritz, specially-made NYE cocktails, Willow Creek Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, house spirits and beer, roving canapés, and a sumptuous seafood spread served all night long.

Time: 7:00pm to 2:00am and dress black tie.
Wellbeing Market Flinders
Date Sun 14th Jan 2018
Synchronise body, mind and spirit with local products and services for health and wellbeing at the Wellbeing Market, in Flinders.

Browse over 20 stalls at this indoor market on the Mornington Peninsula.
Shakespeare in the Vines at Crittenden Estate
Date Sun 14th Jan 2018
How about some Shakespeare and wine for a little midsummer magic?

Essential Theatre is proud to bring its 16th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines and Crittenden Estate is delighted to be the Mornington Peninsula destination to host Twelfth Night.

These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences, guaranteeing you a night to remember.

The cast will take you on a joyful ride as Crittenden Estate is transformed into the magical land of Illyria. You are invited to join this journey and be delighted by the unforgettable characters and thrilled by the adventures that this strange yet wonderful story has to offer. Shakespeare beautifully balances the anguish of unrequited love and the high spirit of clever comedy in this hilarious tale.

You can bring your own picnic and there will be food vans onsite for those wanting a little something extra. A range of Crittenden wines will be available by the glass and bottle as you settle in for an afternoon of joy and entertainment on the rolling lawns overlooking the estate's picturesque lake (no BYO alcohol please).

Settle in for a summer evening of fun, theatrics, food and wine.

Gates open 4:00pm. Performance commences 5:00pm.
School Holiday Workshop: Sea Creatures Rock!
Date Tue 16th Jan 2018 to Wed 17th Jan 2018
With Jill Anderson, MPRG artist-educator

Tuesday 16 January, 10:00am to 12:00pm, ages give to eight, adult co-creator required.

Wednesday 17 January, 10:00am to 12:00pm, ages nine to 12, adult co-creator welcome but not required.

Bookings essential.

Use collage, coloured paper, found imagery, textas and pencils to create a magical wonderland that you can take home in a jar.
School Holiday VCE Folio Development Workshop: Standing on the shoulders of giants!
Date Mon 22nd Jan 2018 to Wed 24th Jan 2018
With Jill Anderson, MPRG artist-educator

A three day workshop from 22 to 24 January (22 January at MPRG, 23 and 24 January at The Corner Youth Artspace, Mornington)

10:00am to 2:00pm.

Respond to artworks on display, gather ideas and expand your own thinking.

Explore other artists’ use of materials and techniques and apply to your own artwork.
Australian Beach Games Frankston
Date Fri 26th Jan 2018 to Sun 28th Jan 2018
With live music, food trucks, drinks and entertainment, paired with sports played on and around the beach, Australian Beach Games is an absolutely incredible multisport festival held over one mammoth weekend on January 26 to 28, 2018.

With thousands of participants and spectators expected, an exceptionally wide range of sports are on offer to cater for all ages and abilities. Register a team for anything from netball to frisbee to table tennis.Visit the website to see what is on offer.

If sport is not your thing, that's okay. With free entry for the weekend, just head down for a bite to eat, bring the entire family, and enjoy the amazing atmosphere.
Wellbeing Market Rosebud
Date Sun 28th Jan 2018
Synchronise body, mind, and spirit with local products and services for health and wellbeing at the Wellbeing Market in Rosebud.

With over 30 indoor stalls to rest, relax and rejuvenate on the Mornington Peninsula.
Safety Beach Sufferfest
Date Sun 28th Jan 2018
Formally known at Martha Cove, Olyfest has been renamed Safety Beach Sufferfest. It will have the same great course and locations. This year there are some changes to the races to include RushFest (two races in one day) and EnticerFest only. This will be a must do race and will sell out.

This year will see this event being part of the Australian Beach Games in Frankston from 26 - 28 January, and therefore all placegetters will be recognised also as the 2018 ABG Victoria Champions.

Here is your chance to race like the Profesionals did back in the 90's in Formula One style. You will race two races in the one day. Race one will consist of a Sprintfest, and then one hour and 45 minutes after the start of this race, you will be back on the start line to do it again over the Enticer distance.

The person with the quickest combined time will be crowned the RushFest Champion. You will have the chance to get three podiums for the day as your times in the Sprint and the Enticer will also count as overall podiums in the race.
The KeepCup Story
Date Tue 30th Jan 2018
An illustrated lecture by KeepCup CEO and founder, Abigail Forsyth.

In 2002 in the heart of Melbourne’s coffee culture an idea was brewing that was to change the way millions of people worldwide were to enjoy their coffee. Since June 2009 KeepCup have sold over four million KeepCups and users have diverted billions of disposable cups from landfill. Now sold in 65 countries around the world, with warehouses in London and Los Angeles, KeepCup continues to considerably reduce the consequences of coffee convenience.

Abigail Forsyth is delighted to share her remarkable story and discuss the inclusion of the KeepCup as a 'sustainable solution' in the Glass: art design architecture exhibition. The KeepCup is available for purchase in the Gallery shop during the exhibition. Lucky ticketholders to the talk will receive a free KeepCup valued at $24.
Responding To The Landscape Conversation
Date Thu 8th Feb 2018
In-depth conversation with artists and the curator.

What does the southern coastline of the Mornington Peninsula from Cape Schanck to Point Nepean mean to us today?

Hear from leading contemporary artists commissioned to produce work for this ambitious project, exhibition curator Danny Lacy and Canberra-based artist and catalogue essay contributor GW Bot.

Conversationalists will explore the historical works from the classic Australian masters as well as examine new work created in response to the landscape of the Mornington Peninsula coastline.
Sunset Sailings - Sorrento
Date Sat 24th Feb 2018
Cruise the Bay and along the coastline and enjoy the spectacular bay sunsets, whilst enjoying food, wine and live music.

If you have ever dreamed of sailing off into the sunset, then now is your chance. The Summer Sunset Sailings are the perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy some down time with family and friends. Passengers on the Sunset Sailings will receive a complimentary drink on arrival, continuous finger food prepared by Head Chef, Brent Love, using local and regional produce, live music, roving entertainment and of course spectacular views of the bay and along the coast.

Regional wines, ciders and ales will be available at bar prices.
Blues at the Briars
Date Sat 24th Feb 2018
Blues at The Briars is Mornington's premier Blues event. Back by popular demand for its sixth year, Briars Historic Homestead will be providing another world class blues and roots festival on the stunning Mornington Peninsula.

Blues at the Briars has a strong commitment to affordable and family friendly access. All this is set up in the amazing Briars Historic Homestead, found on the stunning Mornington Peninsula. The team provide a dedicated secure children’s area and ensure that there is plenty of things for the little blues lovers to do.

They are also proud to say we maintain a boutique relaxed vibe that makes the day such a pleasure. Come along and enjoy the festival, relax on a picnic rug and absorb the blues tunes. They strongly recommend dancing whenever you get the chance.
Peninsula Piers and Pinots
Date Sun 11th Mar 2018
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.
Peninsula Busking Festival
Date Sat 31st Mar 2018 to Sun 1st Apr 2018
If you are a music fan, or simply love to be entertained, then you can enjoy a a selection of more than 50 performers as part of the Briars Food Truck Carnivale, including over 20 food trucks, free outdoor cinema, kids' rides and more.

An Invitation is open to all contortionists, magicians, musicians and more to appl now to be crowned the Mornington Peninsula's best busker of 2017 and win $1,000 cash.
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk
Date Sat 5th May 2018
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 wines and then down to Stonier and Merricks General Wine Store in Merricks.

Join local vignerons to celebrate the end of the 2018 harvest from Red Hill to Merricks; around ten kilometres.
18th International Cool Climate Wine Show - Public Tasting and Awards Dinner
Date Tue 22nd May 2018 to Fri 25th May 2018
The International Cool Climate Wine Show is recognised worldwide as Australia’s foremost show for inspirational cool climate wines. Many of them are from smaller vineyards where grapes are handpicked and wines handcrafted by winemakers with a passion for exploring terroir and the true expression of the grape.

Each year the ICCWS attracts more than 600 wines in over 35 competition classes from around the world, including sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. They are judged by a highly experienced team. The 2018 Chair of Judges, will be Robert Paul.

For fine wine retailers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine educators and wine enthusiasts, this is an opportunity to taste an extraordinary breadth and depth of cool climate wines.

The Public Tasting and Awards Dinner are events where you can explore wines from 2014 – 2017 (and older vintages in some classes), compare wines of the same grape variety from different regions, or focus on wines from specific regions or vintages.

Tickets and information can be found on the website.
Winter Wine Weekend
Date Sat 9th Jun 2018 to Mon 11th Jun 2018
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 2018
Date Sun 26th Aug 2018
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.