Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria, Australia 
Mornington Racecourse Market
Date Sun 11th Sep 2016 to Sun 11th Jun 2017
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.
Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Scarecrow Festival Trail
Date Fri 16th Sep 2016 to Mon 3rd Oct 2016
A fun free day out through the Mornington Peninsula hinterland just an hour south east of Melbourne - grab a car load of family or friends and follow the Scarecrow Touring Trail.

Admire the 'Aussie icon' themed or traditional scarecrows that have become a unique community art form.

Vote for your favourite or play the 'Spot the Scarecrow' interactive game online.

There are great prizes to be won. Trail map and details online.
Salon des Refusés
Date Sat 24th Sep 2016 to Sun 20th Nov 2016
The alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize selection. The irreverent and playful rabble-rouser.

The prized selection of the humorous, innovative, mad, bad and dangerous entries includes portraits of arts and entertainment personalities such as Osher Gunsberg, David Walsh AO, Jean Kittson, Paul Capsis, Katie Noonan, Maria Venuti and indigenous film maker Warwick Thornton.

A portrait of politician Penny Wong is among the 40 works selected from the Archibald Prize and 24 works from the Wynne Prize entries that will be shown exclusively at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery of the Archibald, the Salon des Refusés showcases ’the ones that got away’.

The Salon des Refusés follows the tradition made famous by Napoleon lll in Paris in 1863, when he insisted that the huge number of works which had been rejected by the Academy for that year’s Salon be displayed for the public to view and judge.

The very first Salon des Refusés included works by Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro.

Portraits: Sullivan & Bilbrough
Date Sat 24th Sep 2016 to Sun 20th Nov 2016
This exhibition presents a selection of paintings by two leading Mornington Peninsula-based portrait artists Vicki Sullivan and Fiona Bilbrough.

Complementing the fabulous Salon des Refusés and continuing the theme of portraiture across the MPRG galleries, the paintings by Sullivan and Bilbrough include portraits of familiar faces such as Rosie Batty, Kerry Armstrong, Steve Bastoni and Paul Salmon.
Daryl Gordon: Peninsula People
Date Sat 24th Sep 2016 to Sun 20th Nov 2016
An MPRG exhibition

Daryl Gordon is a photographer from Balnarring who has been working on his Peninsula People project for over a decade. This is the first time this selection of portraits he photographed from 2003-2015 has been displayed on the Peninsula.

The series began when he was meeting and photographing people for the local newspaper. He works in the documentary, editorial-style of photography, capturing a moment in time with a person in their own setting.

Like a portrait painter, Gordon draws out the personality of his sitter, by photographing them in a familiar environment. The exhibition includes Gus and Lou, local music legends in Balnarring, musician James Reyne with his guitar, local kindergarten teacher Karen Anderson, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and journalist Mike Morris. These are the faces of the Mornington Peninsula.

Image: Daryl Gordon, Justin Boheme, jeweller-artist from Red Hill, taken in his studio 2015, Courtesy of the artist.
Hannah Kent at Montalto
Date Fri 30th Sep 2016
Since 2013, with the international success of her debut novel, Burial Rites, Hannah Kent’s name is often mentioned in the same breath as that of Hilary Mantel or Geraldine Brooks; masters of literary historical fiction. Burial Rites, about a woman executed for murder in Iceland in 1830, was translated into 20 languages and won a swag of prestigious awards, including the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award.

As the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary journal, Kill Your Darlings, Kent has worked hard to champion the work of new literary voices and continues to do so. Geraldine Brooks mentored Kent through the development of the Burial Rites manuscript; now Kent mentors emerging writers herself.

This October will see the release of her second novel, The Good People. In the new book, Kent returns to the 1800's, and to the northern hemisphere. The action is set in south-western Ireland and is again inspired by a true story.

Come along for an evening with one of Australia’s brightest literary stars. Hannah will discuss the revival of historical fiction, Australia’s literary landscape and her fascination with troubled women in cold climes.
Red Hill Community Market
Date Sat 1st Oct 2016 to Sat 6th May 2017
Red Hill is where it all started for Craft Markets Australia over 40 years ago. From a handful of stalls in 1975, this market is now one of the most popular in Victoria with over 300 stalls all selling home made, hand crafted products and fresh, home grown produce.

Soak in the exceptional atmosphere and regenerate your senses at this delightful market. On the first Saturday of the month from September through to May

A proven feast for the mind, body and soul. Explore the fascinating mix of textures, materials and colours on display. Meet the maker behind each of the individually designed products.

Well worth the trip, Red Hill Community Market is easily accessible from the Peninusla Link Freeway.
Australian Exclusive - Swig & Nibble
Date Fri 7th Oct 2016 to Sun 9th Oct 2016
Internationally acclaimed Cuca Restaurant of Bali, will present an Australian exclusive event at Polperro Bistro this October. Reaching Australian shores for the first time, Michelin trained chef Kevin Cherkas has teamed up with winemaker Sam Coverdale to present the Australian debut of Cuca's unique dining experience Swig & Nibble at the popular vineyard facing venue on the Mornington Peninsula.

Swig & Nibble is one of the most unique and memorable dining events, hosted only in the most iconic venues. The event has travelled throughout Asia in Shangri-la Makati in Manila, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Ubud and Pullman Rooftop Bar in Jakarta. This will be the first time that the event has ever been held outside South East Asia.

Swig & Nibble will take diners on a flavour- centric journey, presenting nine uniquely crafted signature bites, inventively presented and paired with Sam's Polperro and Even Keel wines. Leading the culinary feast will be award-winning Chef and CUCA co-creator, Canadian-born Kevin Cherkas, whose super-impressive culinary resume reveals stints at three Michelin-starred restaurants in New York and Spain, including legendary El Bulli.
Frankston Festival of Rugby
Date Sat 8th Oct 2016 to Sun 9th Oct 2016
The Frankston Festival of Rugby is Victoria's premier Rugby Sevens competition.

Come and watch some of the best Men and Women local and international Rugby talent vie for ultimate prize money in the high scoring, high octane Sevens competition.

The weekend festival of rugby will also include food vendors, pop up bars and amusements rides for the kids along with the Melbourne Rising hosting the Sydney Rays at 1pm on Sunday for Round Seven of the 2016 Buildcorp National Rugby Championships.

Make sure you get back down to Frankston Park to enjoy what should be a jam packed weekend of entertainment, both on and off the field.
Pets' Day Out
Date Sun 9th Oct 2016
Held at Ballam Park, treat your playful pet and the whole family to a fantastic free day out with lots of entertainment, activities and giveaways at the Pets Day Out event.

Learn about responsible pet ownership, get up to date on the newest trends in pet training and grooming and enter your pet into the popular pet parade.

Looking for a furry new best friend? Learn about which animals would be best suited to your family and meet the charities who can help you adopt a new family member.
Awakening: Montalto Celebrates Spring
Date Sun 9th Oct 2016
Awakening: Montalto Celebrates Spring is a brand new festival to be held on Sunday October 9th.

A jam-packed day of inspirational speakers, quirky cooking demonstrations, garden know how and a fantastic line up of musicians throughout the afternoon.

On the main stage - Michael Williams, Radio National host and Director of The Wheeler Centre, will discuss what awakening means right now.

Horticulturalist and permaculture expert John Forest from Edible Forest Gardens who will share his passion for interesting and uncommon edible plants and organic gardening fundamentals.

Awesome music from Maxon, Francesca Gonzales, Eric Parker and Matt Katsis.

Education - Montalto's chefs will show you how to produce great dishes straight out of the garden and the garden team will give you tips on how to grow it.

Wine aficionados will have the chance to join the winemaker for tastings in the new private wine room.

Seasonal food from the Piazza Cafe kitchen will be available for purchase all day, for a grazing lunch on the lawn and in the Piazza.

Or upgrade to a shared table lunch in the Montalto Restaurant with prime seating overlooking the main stage.

Main Street Mornington Festival
Date Sun 16th Oct 2016
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.

The festival runs from 11:00am until 5:00pm.
Somers Arts Fair
Date Sun 23rd Oct 2016
The Somers Arts Fair will showcase wonderful Mornington Peninsula art, food and fun for all the family.

Somers Primary School's unique fundraising event embodies the best of what the Peninsula has to offer; exhibition and auction of beautiful artwork, including signature totem poles created by renowned local artists, creative workshops, children's activities, gourmet food and wine, market stalls and live music.
Wine, Dine and Stay at the Flinders Hotel - Rosé Wine Dinner
Date Sat 29th Oct 2016
Join the Flinders Hotel for their monthly wine dinner and travel with them as they take you on a Rosé tour around the globe.

You will enjoy a mystical tour of rosés, where you will discover the variation in styles and learn just how versatile this style of wine can be.

Package includes dinner and wines for two people at the Rosé Wine Dinner, one night's accommodation at Quarters, gourmet breakfast at Georgie Bass Café and Cookery, complimentary newspaper and WiFi.

Balnarring Picnic Race Club Meeting
Date Sat 5th Nov 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.
Melbourne Coastrek
Date Fri 18th Nov 2016
Melbourne Coastrek is an incredible 30 or 60 kilometre team trekking challenge run by Wild Women On Top, which journeys along the spectacular Mornington Peninsula from Highfield or Koonya Beach to Point Nepean on 18 November 2016.

Teams of four, with at least 50% women, have between nine to 18 hours to complete the challenge, getting fit and having fun with friends, while raising money to restore sight through the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation. Registrations open 1 June. Do not miss out.

Melbourne Coastrek has something for everyone - whether you want to run it, or meander through the most beautiful National Parks in your own time with your close friends - Melbourne Coastrek is for you.

Melbourne Coastrek has limited team spots - and will sell out quickly - so make sure you get your team registered early. Visit the website for more information.
Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights
Date Sat 26th Nov 2016
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.
Point Nepean Portsea Market
Date Sun 27th Nov 2016 to Sat 15th Apr 2017
Point Nepean Portsea Market is a premier home made craft and gourmet food market.

Set in the stunning Point Nepean National Park at the Quarantine Station, this coastal market is a a hidden treasure at the end of the Mornington Peninsula.

Grab a coffee or freshly squeezed juice and peruse the array of hand made, home made and home grown produce created with love.

A haven for art enthusiasts, foodies, the environmentally conscious and anyone who appreciates great quality products and produce on display in a beautiful location.

A morning spent at this idyllic location amongst the tea trees just meters from the beachfront is pure bliss.

A family friendly, outdoor market.
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.
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.

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.

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.