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Public Art

There is much public art to be seen on the streets at any time of day as well as in many public buildings. More information on public art in Melbourne. In addition, public bodies such as the City of Melbourne sponsor temporary artworks and installations in laneways and public spaces.

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Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture

For the entire month of may, Toorak Village businesses will display contemporary sculptures in their windows and bolted to the pavements along Toorak Road. Take your time surveying the sculptures as well as the shops. Please enjoy 'a decade of sculpture' and take advantage of the warm hospitality of the traders in the village. Catalogues are available from any of the shops in the village and all sculptures are for sale. Toorak Village is between Wallace Ave and Grange Rd, just east of Williams Rd. Simply catch the no 8 tram from Federation Square, along Toorak Road to stop no 35.

1st to 31st May 2015 (tbc)

Toorak Village -

Enquiries: 0419 005 052
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Big Day Out

Our listing of Festivals in Melbourne is widely recognised as the most comprehensive listing of festivals in Melbourne and Victoria available online or in print. No listing however is complete, and thus this listing does not contain festivals which have chosen not to contact us with their current details.
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Clunes Booktown Festival

Indulge in a weekend of book browsing amid the historic streetscape of Clunes - Australia's first International Booktown. Thousands of rare second-hand new, small press publications and collectable books on sale. Talks from visiting writers including Hazel Edwards, Tim Fisher, Geoffrey Blainey, Peter Goldsworthy, Alice Pung, Anna Goldsworthy, Gina Perry, Nicholas Jose and Scottish poet Ryan Van Winkle. Workshops on reviewing, with Peter Rose, writing poetry, writing science and publishing. Meet the publisher sessions. Begin your own book collection workshops, book road show evaluations, street theatre, the Australia Fair Grand Concert Street Organ, wine, food, live music, silent movie show on Saturday night with piano accompaniment. A special Children's Booktown creates the world of Narnia with visiting writers Hazel Edwards and John Nicholson. A unique opportunity to see rare books from the State Library collection - a 15th century illuminated manuscript, a book printed by William Caxton the first English printer and dated 1490, The Voyage of Governor Phillips, 1798 and an artists book with a very special connection to Clunes.Full details at Clunes Booktown Festival
May 2013 ?

Clunes, near Ballarat -

Bairnsdale Country Music Festival

Please note that the Bairnsdale Country Music Festival, formerly held at Easter, no longer exists

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The Falls Festival

An annual festival of rock and pop music on farmland near Lorne.
30 Dec 2014 - 1 Jan 2015 (tbc)

Lorne -

Enquiries: 1900 931 335

Inverloch Jazz Festival

Over 80 bands covering all styles of Jazz. 4 major venues all in close proximity.
7th to 9th March 2015

Inverloch -

Enquiries: 0409 220 864

Port Fairy Folk Festival

Workshops, concerts and stalls. The Port Fairy Folk Festival usually sells out well in advance, so White Hat advises that you should book early.
6th to 9th March 2015

>Port Fairy -

Enquiries: (03) 5568 2227

Woodend Winter Arts Festival

The Woodend Winter Arts Festival showcases music, literature and the visual arts in intimate historical venues over three pleasurable days.
6th to 8th June 2015 (tbc)

Woodend -

Enquiries: (03) 9842 9740

Wangaratta Festival of Jazz

Australia's premier jazz event featuring a wide array of jazz and blues styles. Includes the Black Tie Jazz Ball, Free Stage, National Jazz Awards and Cup Eve Concert.
30th Oct to 1st Nov 2015 tbc

Wangaratta -

Ticket sales: 1800 801 065

Forthcoming Events

These events are ones which have run in the past and we expect to run in the future. As yet we do not have confirmed details, dates and contact details. To be informed of those details when they become available you can subscribe to our newsletter "Great things to do in Melbourne".

Melbourne Art Fair

A biennial event features paintings, sculpture, photography, installation and multi media art works of over 900 artists and attracts up to 30,000 visitors. Melbourne Art Fair is an exhibition of leading contemporary art, presented by over 80 selected national and international galleries.
August 2014 ?

Royal Exhibition Building -

Hume Winter Music Festival

The Hume Winter Music Festival brings together different cultures for a taste of diversity. Start the journey with a magical evening of French, English, Spanish and Italian singing while enjoying a delicious 3 course meal. Or enjoy the sweet sounds of the Dinicu Chamber Orchestra at the beautifully historic Westmeadows Hall.
August 2012 ?

Hume -

Enquiries: (03) 9205 2200

Bless Your Big Blak Arts Festival

Celebrating indigenous culture.
September 2012 ?

Various locations in the City of Port Phillip -

Enquiries: (03) 9209 6777

Globe To Globe - World Music Festival

Globe to Globe Festival

Globe to Globe World Music Festival is proudly presented by Kingston City Council and supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Promoting peace, harmony and cultural diversity through music, dance and exotic cuisines, this much-loved festival has become one of Victoria’s premier world music events and attracts more than 20,000 people over the two days. View a large scrolling panorama of the Globe to Globe Festival in a new window (Large file)

January 2012 ?

Namatjira Park, Springs Rd, Clayton South - (Mel ref 79 A4)

Enquiries: (03) 9581 4754

Whittlesea Country Music Festival

Although Whittlesea is closer to the centre of Melbourne than many established suburbs, it can legitimately claim to be 'country'. White Hat has attended this festival in the past and found it to be great fun with country music buskers along the main streets, rigs on show and lots of family activities.
February 2014 ?

Whittlesea -

Symphony Under The Stars

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

With Stonnington Symphony and special guest Dave Graney this annual outdoor concert is always a highlight of summer in Stonnington's beautiful parks and gardens. Under the direction of Artistic Director, Roy Theaker, this year's event will feature a range of symphonic music in a program designed to excite, inspire and enjoy. Joining the orchestra for a cameo performance will be Dave Graney.

Pack a picnic basket and share a wonderful evening with your community orchestra and host, Sian Prior.

February 2014 ?

Malvern Gardens, Hight Street, Malvern -

freeEnquiries: (03) 8290 1333

High Street Northcote Music Festival

Featuring a wide range of bands and performers.
September 2012 ?

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St Kilda Festival

A large annual festival with an emphasis on free entertainment and bands culminating in a gaint street party on 10th February
February 2014 ?

St Kilda -

Enquiries: (03) 9209 6777

Melbourne International Festival of Brass

An international festival initiated in 2003 and featuring a series of workshops. Further information at Melbourne International Festival of Brass.
September 2012 ?

Various venues around Melbourne -

Boite Winter Festival

Concerts of world music.
September 2012 ?

Various locations in Fitzroy -

Enquiries: (03) 9417 3550

Darebin Music Feast

The Darebin Music Feast is a festival dedicated to song-writing and community music. It includes hundreds of events and celebrates the musical diversity Darebin.
October 2013 ?

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Melbourne Ukulele Festival

An annual celbratetion of the ukulele.
March 2013

Northcote Town Hall, 189 High St, Northcote -

State of Design

An annual design event in Victoria with large numbers of events and exhibitions scattered across Victoria.
July 2012 ?

Various venues in Melbourne -

Toorak Village Art Affair

The Toorak Village Art Affair is intended as the little sister to the very successful Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition. The very walkable Toorak Village is the perfect long gallery in which to showcase more than 150 Original Graphic Prints on artist easels in over seventy shop windows of Toorak Village. Full details at Toorak Village Art Affair.
November 2013 ?

Toorak Rd between Wallace Ave & Grange Rd -

Brunswick Beethoven Music Festival

A celebration of Beethoven featuring local artists.

February 2014 ?

Christ Church Hall, 8 Glenlyon Rd, West Brunswick -

Enquiries: 0438 384 574

The Gertrude St Projection Festival

A Festival week of projected media along Gertrude St, Fitzroy Melbourne. The street becomes a free walk, ride, drive through outdoor gallery at night. More than 30 sites will project moving, still and installation work where you least expect it.
July 2014 ?

Gertrude Street, Fitzroy -

Opera in the Market

For one night, the historic Queen Victoria Market is transformed into a theatre - the famous fruit & veg stalls will make way for front stalls as Opera in the Market takes centre stage. Enjoy the drama and spectacle of some of the world's favourite operas as you sample fine wines, and food which will be available to purchase preconcert and during interval.

February 2014 ?

Queen Victoria Market -

Melbourne Didgeridoo & Cultural Festival

The Melbourne Didgeridoo and Cultural Festival is a day long celebration and showcases one of the world’s oldest wind instruments, the Didgeridoo. It’s a day of entertainment for the whole family with live music and dance, stalls, workshops, kids activities, fabulous food and a concert featuring world-class performers and musicians. The festival is a celebration that recognises, acknowledges and respects the Wurundjeri people as the traditional owners of the land on which the festival is being held. We also recognise, acknowledge and respect the Yolngu people of NE Arnhem Land as the traditional owners and custodians of the Didgeridoo. Workshops will run during the festival. They will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the techniques involved in playing the didgeridoo and well as other Aboriginal cultural experiences including painting, dance and boomerang throwing. There’s always a great variety of stalls including terrific tucker through to art & crafts and more.

Cultural entertainment and activities for the kids will run during the festival. Activities include, boomerang throwing, story telling, and face painting. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of Australia’s most renowned Indigenous Artists and experience first hand their emotional journey through their paintings.

The main concert will commence at 7:00pm and go through to 10pm. It will be opened with a traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ and will feature performances by top musicians.

March 2014 ?

Mia Mia Gallery,Westerfolds Park Fitzsimmons Lane, Templestowe -

Enquiries: 0428 991 370

Brunswick Music Festival

A festival in various venues centred around Sydney Road Brunswick featuring folk, roots & world music.
March 2012 ?

Sydney Road, Brunswick -

Enquiries: (03) 9388 1460

Melbourne Music Week

A weeklong music festival popular and indi music
Novmber 2013 ?

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Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
June 2103 ?

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Country Victoria

Deni Play on the Plains & Ute Muster

A country music festival as well as a ute muster, drovers camp and other entertainment.
October 2012 ?

Deniliquin (NSW) - (Mel ref 621 G2)

Enquiries: (03) 5881 3388

Wandong Country Music Festival

The Wandong country music festival and ute show is a great day for the whole family, apart from the fantastic entertainment, browse the market stalls, great food and drinks available, or enter your ute in the show. Plenty of off street parking available, just 50 mins north along the Hume hwy from Melb. See you all there. Don't forget your hats.Full details at Wandong Country Music Festival.
March 2012 ?

LB Davern Reserve, Dry Creek Crescent, Wadong -

Enquiries: 0418 508 116

Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival

A festival with visual arts, music, performaing arts and other events.
March 2012 ?

Mildura & environs -

Enquiries: (03) 5023 1930

Shepparton Country Music Festival

A celbration of country music and bush poetry.
February 2013 ?

Maude Street, Mall, Shepparton -

Enquiries: (03) 5821 3124

Colac Country Music Festival Truck & Ute Show

A festival featuring country music and showcasing trucks and utes. (The ute was invented not far from Colac). Bring a picnic or sample the wares at the food stalls.
February 2012 ?

Colac Showgrounds, Colac East -

Enquiries:(03) 5232 2428 or 5231 3017

Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival

Relax at East Gippsland's only Blues and Arts Festival, held in picturesque Bruthen village. The Bruthen Blues Festival is held in and around the Township of Bruthen. The festival includes a streeet market on Saturday and Sunday. There is no 'Entry Fee' to the festival, but certain events have an entry cost at the venue.
February 2012 ?

Bruthen - (Mel ref 629 B4)

Enquiries: (03) 5157 5243

Grampians Jazz Festival

Featuring musicians from throughout Australia in both indoor and outdoor venues.
February 2012 ?

Halls Gap -

Enquiries: (03) 5572 2116

Bunyip Country Music Festival

An annual event celebrating country music. Full details at Bunyip Country Music Festival.
February 2012 ?

Bunyip Recreation Reserve, Bunyip - (Mel ref 612 T6)

Enquiries: (03) 5629 5388

Queenscliff Music Festival

A large popular music festival with 10 stages and 200 perforrmances over 3 days. Featuring exclusive shows by 70s icons through to award winning Australian artists as well as emerging talent. "The Queenscliff Music Festival is like a Big Day Out for Baby Boomers" Richard Clapton
November 2012 ?

Queenscliff -

Enquiries: (03) 5258 4816

Korumburra Buskers Festival

Buskers can enter prize categories that will be judged on stages provided. Entrants will be judged in the morning down the main street and winners will have an opportunity for a major prize. Winners will perform in the evening alongside local band In Sol Inside. There will be Primary and Secondary School categories and powered outlets are provided. 8am to 2pm - main street ; 3pm to 9pm - Coal Creek; Free morning, gold coin donation down at Coal Creek
November 2012 ?

Commercial Street, Railway precinct and Coal Creek, Korumburra -

Free admissionEnquiries: (03) 5658 1849

Yackandandah Folk Festival

Featuring local and national talent together with a buskers competition, farmers' market, food and stalls.
March 2012 ?

Yackandandah - (Mel ref 622 E7)

Enquiries: (02) 6027 1431

Earthbeat Mildura Wentworth Music Festival

This event (previously known as the Sunraysia Jazz and Wine Festival) features traditional and mainstream jazz in a variety of venues and wineries in the Mildura area.
November 2012 ?

Mildura -

Enquiries: (03) 5021 2122

Maldon Folk Festival

Featuring Australian performers from Victoria and interstate, workshops, laid back sessions, small chalkboard venues and street busking plus the inevitable ‘campfire’ get-togethers.
November 2012 ?

Maldon -

Enquiries: (03) 5475 2569

The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival

A festival featuring classical and contemporary music.
October 2012 ?

Port Fairy -

Enquiries: (03) 5568 3030

Winter Blues Festival Echuca

Busking, live street theatre and community entertainment.
July 2012 ?

Echuca -

Enquiries: (03) 5480 1333

JAWS (Jazz, Art, Wine & Seafood) Festival

Jazz, local wines & seafood.
April 2012 ?

Queenscliff -

Enquiries: (03) 5258 3097

Mildura Country Music Festival

Australia's third largest country music festival with tons of free entertainment.
September 2013 ?

Mildura -

Enquiries: 1800 039 043

Kilmore Celtic Festival

Kilmore presents a weekend of Celtic celebration, focussing on the traditions of Celtic music and dance with a street market highlighting the best of Celtic wares. Following the Friday night ceilidh and Welcome Session, Saturday offers 13 hours of non-stop live Celtic music in three main heated venues in close proximity ensuring the weather is never a problem.
July 2013 ?

Kilmore - (Mel ref 610 L9)

Enquiries: (03) 5781 1711

South Grampians Promenade of Sacred Music

Performances of sacred music by both local and professional musicians in historic churches and other venues in the Hamilton and Southern Grampians region. White Hat stumbled across this festival several years ago while travelling through the region and found it a real delight.
April 2012 ?

Hamilton and townships in the Southern Grampians -

Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields

A festival of fine music in historic venues. Artistic director Sergio de Pieri.
January 2014 ?

Ballarat and district -

Enquiries: (03) 5333 1195

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

With photographs from across Australia and around the world together with a host of exhibitions and events the Ballarat Foto Biennale is the largest photography event in the Southern Hemisphere. Full information at Ballarat Foto Biennale<
September 2013 ?

Various locations in Ballarat -

MONA FOMA

A festival hosted by by that wonderful gallery, MONA, featuring contemporary and experimental art and music. Full details at MONA FOMA. Our rating - 5 Hats
January 2014 ?

MONA (Museum of Old and New Art), Hobart -

The Basin Music Festival

A music festival with a wide range of of performers and including free music in the park during the weekend. Full details at The Basin Music Festival.
March 2014 ?

The Basin -

Enquiries: (03) 9761 3670

Brisbane Festival

The Brisbane Festival features acclaimed international and Australian artists and productions, free outdoor events, home grown productions and the cutting edge and offbeat event in theatres, galleries, parks and public spaces. It includes dance, theatre, opera, classical music, visual arts, circus, sideshow and contemporary music in both free and ticketed events.
September 2012 ?

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Phillip Island Jazz Festival

Three days of Red Hot Traditional Jazz.
November 2013 ?

Bass Room, All Seasons Eco Resort, Phillip Island Tourist Rd, Cowes - (Mel ref 633 C7)

prices to be advisedEnquiries: 0417 416 300

Art & About Sydney

A month-long celebration of art in unusual and public places. Full details at Art & About Sydney.
September 2013 ?

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Horsham Country Music Festival

A major country music festival with both local artists and special guests.
March 2012 ?

Horsham -

Enquiries: (03) 5381 1995

Between the Bays Music Festival

The Between the Bays Music Festival combines a festival of rock & pop music with a showcase for local foods & wines.
February 2013 ?

Penbank School, Rickards Road, Moorooduc -

Legacy of the Lindsays

An annual celebration of the artisitc culture of Creswick including the contributions of the Lindsay family (although White Hat notes that Creswick in an earlier period was not always anxious to celebrate the works of Norman Lindsay)
April 2012 ?

Creswick -

SheppARTon Festival

SheppARTon Festival is a ten day festival that celebrates the diversity and "common ground" of the community with theatre, song, dance and visual arts.
March 2012 ?

Shepparton -

Enquiries: (03) 5832 9501

Grampians Art Trail

Artworks on display at 14 locations in the Grampians region.
Easter 2012 ?

Grampians region -

Enquiries: (03) 5358 8700

Ararat Jail House Rock Festival

A music festival with a hot rods, classic cars and rock&roll.
March 2012 ?

Ararat -

Echuca Country Music Festival

Special Country Music Clubs Promotion showcasing local talent. 16 great venues all free admission.
April 2012 ?

16 great venues at Echuca / Moama -

Free admission to all venuesEnquiries: (03) 9513 4890

Horsham Art Is . . .

Horsham's Art Is… Festival with a different theme each year.
March 2012 ?

Horsham -

Mortlake Buskers Festival

Food and craft stalls plus buskers competing in the Australian Busking Championships.
March 2012 ?

Market Square, Mortlake -

Enquiries: (03) 5599 2216

Red Hill Country Music Festival

Pack the family, the esky & the shade and come along and enjoy this great family day out organised by Mt. Eliza Lions with all profits going to charity. Gates open 8am. Music from 9am till 6pm.
January 2014 ?

Red Hill Showgrounds - (Mel ref 190 J3)

Enquiries: 0414 697 214

Apollo Bay Music Festival

This festival with a large number of performers features, rock, jazz, blues, indie, world and classical music.
April 2012 ?

Apollo Bay -

Castlemaine State Festival

A major biennial festival featuring visual arts, music, dance and a range of entertainments.
April 2013 ?

Castlemaine -

Enquiries: (03) 5472 3733

Eaglehawk Dahlia & Arts Festival

A long established festival with a wide range of events and activities.
March 2012 ?

Eaglehawk -

Enquiries: (03) 5446 9098

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Australia's most prestigious country music festival
January 2014?

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Laneway Festival

An annual commercial music festival. The first Australian version of this festival started in Melbourne but is now in the process of spreading across Australia. It features bands and DJs and tickets are typically over $100.
January 2012 ?

Brisbane -

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