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Victoria Shows, Festivals & Events
Victorian Agricultural Shows
Victorian Agricultural Shows represents country shows and agricultural field days, for a list of the shows check out their website: http://www.vicagshows.com.au/shows/
The Victorian Working Sheep Dog Association
For a list of Working Dog Trials in Victoria check out the web site:http://vwsda.org
The official web site for Melbourne & Victoria, with a listing of up coming events, is: http://www.visitvictoria.com/Events.aspx
The following web sites are also worth a look to see what festivals and events might be happening in Victoria:
Victoria’s High Country http://www.victoriashighcountry.com.au
Caravan, Camping, 4WD, Fishing & Boat Shows in Victoria
Victorian Caravan Camping and Touring Supershow - February
Running since 1954, the Victorian Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow has a lot to experience crammed into six huge days.
On show will be hundreds of the newest and best products to the caravan and camping industry, a massive range of motorhomes, caravans, 5th wheelers, campervans, pop-tops, tent and camping accessories, car-top tents, camper trailers and 4x4 off road & touring accessories. For more information and dates, check out: http://caravanshow.com.au/Home
CIA Caravan Shows Victoria
For all the details and dates for coming shows, go to: http://www.ciavic.com.au/page.asp?parentid=1&parent2id=90
Border Caravan & Camping Expo - Wodonga Racecouse, August
Melbourne Leisurefest - Sandown Racecourse, October
Bendigo Caravan & Camping Leisurefest - Bendigo Racecourse, November
Mountain Cattlemen Get Together - January
This is a really enjoyable weekend for the whole family set at the base of some of the best mountain country in Australia. There will be a packed agenda to keep everyone amused over the three days with lots of horse displays, whip cracking and other cattlemen demonstrations, packhorse races, the fabulous Mountain cattlemen horse race, along with lots of musical entertainment, a great bar along with a wide variety of food. In 2016 the Get Together was held at Merrijig, just east of Mansfield between the 8-10 January. There's lots of camping available on site as well. The event in 2017 will be held in Bucan, on the banks of the Bucan River. For more details visit: www.mcav.com.au/webpages/get_together.html.
Beechworth Rodeo Madman's Gully - Jan
Held in the Amphitheatre, Mayday Hills. A full rodeo event affiliated with the Australian Professional Rodeo Association. A great family day out, the rodeo will run throughout the day and into the evening. Entertainment for the whole family. Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Beechworth-Rodeo-612594542106300/, or visit the web site: http://www.prorodeo.com.au/index.cfm?display=calendar.
Myrtleford Bush Market - Jan
This annual market has been a fixture on Myrtleford’s calendar for over 30 years. The Bush Market takes over the CBD for the day, featuring a huge selection of stalls selling clothing, craft, food, wine and local produce as well as live entertainment and activities for the whole family. Cost is free! Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/152133151823394/, or visit: http://www.alpinevic.com.au/tourism/events-calendar.
Beechworth Music Festival - Jan
Join us for a diverse range of alternative music, acts and artists to allow you
to indulge in the soundtrack of this weekend. Independence with a good dose of attitude mixes up the musical smorgasbord to unlock, soothe and shake up your senses. Free camping available. For dates and details for the next events, go to: http://www.beechworthmusicfestival.com.
Adventure Travel Film Festival in Bright - February
If you are looking to be entertained or inspired then you should take the time and head down to Bright in NE Victoria in February. There will be a range of films and talks given by experts and people who are out there just doing it, whether that be by vehicle, motorbike or four wheel drive adventurers, or whatever other mode they choose to travel such as boats, bicycles, buses, etc. For more details check out: http://www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/australian-festival/ or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AdventureTravelFilmFestivalAustralia
Tyrendarra Agricultural Show - February
Celebrate 100 years of show tradition with livestock, a Car Show and Shine, vintage tractor and motor display, craft, cooking and vegetable growing competitions plus more for the whole family. For more details check out: http://www.tyrendarraagriculturalshow.com.au
Heywood Wood, Wine and Roses Festival - February
Watch the ever-popular mower racing, wood chop Australian Championships, Highland Dancing State Championships with art and craft, dirt bikes, wine and cheese tasting, rides and a parade. For more details check out: http://www.woodwineroses.com and also their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Heywood-Wood-Wine-and-Roses-Festival
Seymour Alternative Farming Expo – February
Since 1991, Seymour Alternative Farming Expo has grown into the most successful alternative farming expo in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the best in the world. Each year, over three days in February, more than 450 exhibitors present the world's best agricultural technology for a general audience of 45,000 visitors including farming professionals and members of the general public.
Seymour Alternative Farming Expo is a massive outdoor supermarket for leading edge farm machinery, products and services from Australia and around the world and showcases Australia's unique engineered and technical solutions to the challenges of farming on one of the world's driest continents.
For all the Expo details and dates, check out their web page: http://www.seymour-expo.com/
Seymour Military Heritage Weekend - March
The Seymour Military Heritage Weekend celebrates Australia’s rich military history in Mitchell Shire, Victoria, which still maintains a strong connection to the Australian Defence Force Base at Puckapunyal. Complete with re-enactments and opportunities for visitors to get up close to the action, equipment and heritage sites that bring history to life; this two day celebration explores the rich traditions and time honoured practices of the Australian Defence Force in all its honour and glory.
Enjoy guided tours of the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park, Military Vehicle Parade, Historical Displays and more.
For all the weekend activities and dates, check out their web page: http://www.militaryheritageweekend.com.au/
Merrijig Rodeo - March
The Merrijig Rodeo is a fantastic family orientated APRA associated annual event. Held every Saturday of the Labour Day Weekend. It is the second of the Kyabram, Merrijig, Chiltern APRA Tri-Series. Complete with terrific kid friendly sideshow entertainments, a variety of food stalls & a licensed bar; there is literally something for every member of the family to enjoy.
For all the Rodeo details and dates, check out their web page: http://merrijigrodeo.com/
Tastes of Rutherglen - March
North East Victoria's favourite food and wine experience! Add some fantastic entertainment and you have the makings of an amazing weekend experience! Purchase your preferred all inclusive package online at http://winemakers.com.au/home/events-2/tastes-of-rutherglen/, or for more information www.rutherglenvic.com.
Yackandandah Folk Festival Weekend - March
Full of live music, markets, workshops, busking and great fun. Weekend passes and individual day tickets available. For all the details, http://yackfolkfestival.com, or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yackfolkfestival/.
The Myrtleford Festival – Labour Day Long Weekend March
Every year, our Festival gives the community an opportunity to get together, have fun and relax over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend. Events include: Festival Ball & Festival Queen challenge, Street Party, Festival Markets, Gala Parade, Rotary Club Family Picnic in the Piazza, Myrtleford Art Prize and Festival Dots campaign
The Program also includes art & craft exhibitions, sporting events, guided walks, industry open days and much more.
For all the details and coming date of the next Festival, go to: http://themyrtlefordfestival.com.au/wordpress/about-fest/.
Dinner Plain Geebung Polo Match, Cobungra Station, Great Alpine Road, Cobungra, Dinner Plain - March
The event hosts a fun day out for the whole family packed full with Live Music, Helicopter Rides & Easter Egg Drop, tug-o-war, food and wine stalls, fashions on the field, face painting, jumping castle and much more for the entire family. Bring a picnic rug and a chair, back up the car, sit back and relax!
Dinner Plain brings you a lot more than the Geebung vs. Cuff and Collar Polo Match at Cobungra Station, but a host of Easter activities. The polo match is an entertaining re-enactment of Banjo Patterson's famous poem 'The Geebung Polo Club' whereby the high country cattleman play against the city slickers. This historic event is getting bigger every year so don't miss out on a great day in the high country.
For all the details, visit: http://www.geebungpolo.com.au.
Omeo Rodeo - Easter Saturday
Rodeo riders across the country compete in a program of events. The day is full of exciting events for the whole family. Come and see the Broncs, Bulls, Barrel Race, thrills and spills. " BBQ and bar, jumping castle and face painting free to kids all day". Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/omeorodeo/.Or visit the Pro Rodeo web site: http://www.prorodeo.com.au/index.cfm?display=calendar.
Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition - Cadell Harvest Festival - Easter Saturday
The Murray River Giant Pumpkin Competition is more each year with popularity and attendance and with a trip to the United States as first prize for the heaviest pumpkin donated by MGA Insurance Brokers, many backyard growers are trying their luck!
The Giant Pumpkin competition is part of the annual Cadell Harvest Festival on Easter Saturday where you can try your luck at Murray River Carp throwing, cockroach racing, orange and grape throwing and biggest Easter Egg Hunt you will ever seen with a giant nest of hay like no other. Great prizes and family fun for the whole family from 2pm at the Cadell Oval at Cadell which is only 2 hours from Adelaide and cross the ferry from Morgan.
Food and craft stalls, wine tasting and live entertainment all things pumpkin. Try the locals’ pumpkin scones, cake and amaze at the largest pumpkin marquee in Australia not to mention the sea of pumpkins on show and the many big veg on display.
For more information on the Festival and Competition, check out the web sites:
Bendigo Easter Festival - March
Four spectacular days of fun and entertainment for the whole family, including the massive gala parade, awakening of the dragon, kids entertainment and activities, Easter egg hunt, Torchlight Procession, fireworks, Chinese festivities and much more!
For the full program and other festival information for the coming year, please visit their website at: http://www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au.
Bright Autumn Festival - April
The Bright Autumn Festival is a ten day celebration of the wonderful autumn colours and autumn produce of the valleys of Victoria's Alpine High Country. The highlight is the Gala Weekend with a market, music in the streets and a parade. There are also a number of 'Open Gardens' to view.
For all the details and dates of the Festival, check out their web site: http://www.brightautumnfestival.org.au/
The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival - March/April
The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival is held annually in Corryong in late March, early April, Victoria in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains halfway between Melbourne and Sydney.
The Man from Snowy River Bush Festival recreates the fun and excitement of a bush gathering where both new and old friends come together to have a yarn and a beer, to enjoy traditional bush tucker and, of course, kick up their heels.
The Festival offers contestant and visitor alike a unique opportunity to be part of the celebration of traditional Australian Bush skills that remain an essential part of Australia's heritage.
The Man from Snowy River Challenge, Art and Photography Exhibition, Bush Poetry and Music The Re Enactment of Banjo's famous poem, Aussie Bush Idol and Ute Muster have grown to be events listed on calendars all over Australia.
For more details check out: http://bushfestival.com.au.
Golden Horseshoes Festival Beechworth - April
Parade, Street Stalls, Golden Putter Competition, Carnival and Rides, Massive Easter Egg Hunt, Craft Markets, Vintage Vehicle displays, Buskers and loads of events over the Easter Weekend. Check out their web site for more informaiton: http://www.beechworthgoldenhorseshoes.com.au. You can also contact the Beechworth Visitors Centre, www.beechworthonline.com.au.
High Country Harvest North East Victoria - May
An autumn celebration of the finest food, wine and beer in Victoria's spectacular North East. You're invited to sip, sample and savour the bounty grown and created by chefs, artisan producers, craft brewers and winemakers at 40 culinary events over 10 glorious days.
For more information, and dates, check out their web page: http://www.highcountryharvest.com.au/
Working Dog Muster - Queen's Birthday long weekend on June
The annual Pedigree Australian Working Dog Muster is held on Queen's Birthday long weekend in June, in Casterton, Victoria in the western Victorian town of Casterton. Visitors can expect a fun-filled event for the whole family. The Festival and Auction is a great weekend with loads of entertainment. We have variety of events which will start with the RMA Working Dog Futurity, followed by The Poets Breakfast which is absolutely enthralling. The Kelpie Triathlon attracts a number of entries, and the High Jump record is still waiting to be broken, and watch the speed of the Kelpies in the Kelpie Dash. Stockman's Challenge is a high calibre event watching the contestants compete with the working dog's and horses over the obstacle course.
For more details go to http://www.kelpies-casterton.org.
Steam Rally Echuca - Queen's Birthday weekend June
This major community event, organised annually by Echuca Moama Rotary, is a fantastic weekend which showcases more than 700 exhibits of working yesteryear and entertains every member of the family with many other different things to see and experience. This family or enthusiast event is a weekend of entertainment to cover all ages and interests and is held annually on the Queen's Birthday Weekend. Whilst preserving the historical nature of the event by showcasing steam engines, there are also vintage cars and working horses.
For more details, go to: http://www.echucasteamrally.com.au/
Rutherglen Country Fair – Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend June
This is one of the largest in the country, and stretches the entire length of Main Street with over 300 stalls. There’s fun and entertainment for the whole family including grape treading, barrel racing and live music. For more details contact the Rutherglen Rotary Club http://www.rutherglenrotary.org/index.php/country-fair
Winter Blues Festival - Echuca-Moama -July
Watch the cream of Australian Blues jam all weekend long in the clubs, restaurants and streets, with free and gticketed events. For more information go to their website: http://winterblues.com.au
Ned Kelly Weekend Beechworth - August
The Ned Kelly Weekend commemorates the anniversary of the committal hearing of the bushranger at the Beechworth Courthouse in August 1880. Throughout of the weekend the township of Beechworth will step back in time and will bring the Ned Kelly story alive with lots of events. For more information go to the Beechworth page: http://www.beechworth.com/events_calendar/ned_kelly_weekend.html. Also check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NedKellyWeekend35August/.
National 4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing & Boating Expo – August
A massive range of 4WDs, fishing, camping and outdoors products on show. Held at the Melbourne Showgrounds, web: http://www.4x4show.com.au
Horsham Agricultural Show - September
Enjoy classic country show action with a dog high jump, food and wine, a stockman's challenge, BMX stunt riding, quick shear competition, a treasure sand pit and boss muscle car and 4WD exhibition. For more information go to their website: http://www.horshamshow.com.au
Mildura Country Music Festival - Sept/October
Enjoy the best of country music, featuring a great line up of Australian Independent Country Music acts, on the banks of Mildura’s mighty Murray River. It runs from the 23rd Sep to the 2nd October and takes in 25 venues spread around Mildura and the outlying towns. It's a lot of fun and there's always a chance to go fishing or exploring the nearby parks. For more info see: www.milduracountrymusic.com.au.
Castlemaine Sheep Dog Trials - October
Top sheep dogs from all around Australia attend this special trial. BBQ runs all day.
For more information, and dates, check out the web site: http://www.castlemaineshow.com.au/
Mansfield High Country Festival - October
The High Country Festival comprises a diverse variety of events ranging from art exhibitions, to unique and quirky community events. Run over the course of five days from the 28th October to the 1st November the festival features heritage initiatives, art exhibitions, performance, music, bush markets, a grand parade, fireworks, a Melbourne Cup picnic race meeting, some fabulous food and wine events, and lots more. Set at the base of the Victorian High Country there is some top 4WD tracks to enjoy in the immediate area. For all the details, check out: www.highcountryfestival.com.au
Camperdown Aussie Farmers Annual Show – October
If you are heading down the Great Ocean Road soon the Camperdown Aussie Farmers Annual Show will be held on Saturday 11th October with a full and exciting program for the whole family. The show will, of course, feature dairy and beef cattle, sheep, horses, poultry and mini goats There'll be show jumping, a 'Beaut Ute' show, dog jumping competitions and gum boot throwing.
For more: http://visit12apostles.com.au/events/e/camperdown-agricultural-show
Grampians Wildflower Walkabout - October
The native flower spectacular celebrates our unique foliage from massive Gymea leaves to soft woolly bush. Visit gardens and peruse hundreds of flowers with plants and artworks for sale.
For more details check out their web site: http://grampianswildflowershow.org.au
Mount Moriac Hotel Speed Sheer - October
Speed shear competition with over $7000 prize money, DJ, live music, yummy food, fundraising and dancing. For more details check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/speedshear/
Melbourne Leisurefest - October
The Melbourne Leisurefest is annually held at the Sandown Racecourse bringing you the latest and greatest in caravans, camping, fishing, RVs and 4X4 vehicles and accessories from all the leading brands over four huge days. Highlights at the event include; test tow track, seminars and demonstrations. There's plenty of free on site parking and Sandown Park Railway Station is right at the front doors. For show details and dates, check out their web site: http://melbourneleisurefest.com.au/Home
Horsham Spring Garden Festival - October
Run over two days with numerous exhibitions where visitors can gain insights into gardening from professional horticulturists as well as other amateur gardeners. Enjoy an array of garden designs, floral arrangements and bouncing castles and face painting for the kids.
For more details check out their web site: http://www.grampianspoint.com.au/events/horsham-spring-garden-festival
Bendigo Leisurefest - November
For three days in November, Bendigo is jam-packed with over 200 new caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers, off-road vehicles, campervans, pop tops, tent trailers, fifth wheelers, slide-ons, 4 x 4s and much more at the RV and Camping Leisurefest.
You will find the very latest industry products from more manufacturers and exhibitors than ever before and you will get the chance to preview the latest new-season releases. Whatever you need for touring, Leisurefest has it all!
Highlights include a great range of motorhomes plus displays from Australia's leading RV brands. There is also a huge range of parts and accessories for caravanning, camping, 4-wheel driving and off-road touring.
Leisurefest is held annually at Bendigo Racecourse. It's a great day out for the whole family with free kids' activities over the weekend and plenty of food and beverages available.
For all the details of the Leisurefest and dates, check out their web page:
Beechworth Celtic Festival – Nov
The Celtic Festival is a diverse event with something to offer every age group. - entertainment, markets and celebration in the Celtic spirit. Major events include the Gala Celtic Dinner on Friday evening, the Grand Parade is run on Saturday with colourful floats, dancers and national celtic custumes, while there’s a great-fun Ceilidh on Saturday afternoon, and the Community Concert on Saturday evening. For more information, visit: www.beechworthcelticfestival.com.au.
Mansfield High Country Festival - November
The High Country Festival Festival comprises a diverse variety of events ranging from art exhibitions, to unique and quirky community events. The 12 day series of events features heritage initiatives, art exhibitions, performance, music, bush markets, a grand parade, fireworks, a Melbourne Cup picnic race meeting, food and wine events, and lots more.
For all the festival details, and dates, check out their web site: http://www.highcountryfestival.com.au/
Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo - Boxing Day Dec
Myrtleford has held the Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo on Boxing Day for the over 60 years. It is is the second longest running Victorian rodeo and the first of the summer circuit. Cowboys and Cowgirls from across the country compete for Australian Professional Rodeo Association championship points and the coveted Golden Spurs. For more information and date, check out: http://www.myrtlefordrodeo.com.au.
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