OUTBACK FESTIVALS, SHOWS AND EVENTS
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
Geelong Outdoor Living Show - January
If you're after a new caravan, camper or motorhome then head to the Geelong Showgrounds. As well as all the mobile accommodation options, the show will have camping gear, accessories, gadgets, 4WD equipment and also boats. There will also be kids' rides, food, wine and beer. For more information and dates, check out: https://www.outdoorlivingshow.com.au/
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, website: https://borderexpo.com.au/Home
Melbourne Leisurefest - Sandown Racecourse, October
Bendigo Caravan & Camping Leisurefest - Bendigo Racecourse, November
The Great Outdoor and 4X4 Expos Victoria
For all the details and dates for coming shows, go to: https://www.greatoutdoorexpos.com.au
Festival, Events, Show, etc in Victoria
Mountain Cattlemen Get Together - January
The MCAV Get Together is held at a different location each year. The Get Together is a 3 day family event that celebrates the history and culture of the Mountain Cattlemen..Events of interest include the womens and mens tug of war, whip cracking, dog high jump, special events for children as well as our traditional horse events including the prestigious Mountain Cattlemen’s Cup Challenge. Night entertainment includes a variety of live bands so there will be something for everyone.
Camping is included in your ticket price. Toilets, hot showers and water is provided (bring your own container!). Dogs are allowed, provided they are on a lead and always cared for. There are 4 camping areas: family camping, general camping, RV Camping and horse camping areas:
Beechworth Music Festival - Australia Day weekend
For two days 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. For more inforation check their web page: https://www.beechworthmusicfestival.com/about/
Bonjour Bright Festival - January
French influenced festival in Howitt Park, live music, food, wine and open-air films as an accompaniment to the Audax Alpine Classic . For more details check out: https://www.alpineclassic.com.au/
Kilcunda Lobster Festival - January
Celebrate from 9am-4pm, or until all lobsters are sold!. With live music, a monster raffle, carnival ridws and amusements, emergency service displays and, of course, lobster sales and lunches. For more details check out: https://kcda.weebly.com/lobster-festival.html
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/
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/
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 https://www.tastesofrutherglen.com.au
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 - Easter
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:
Tarra Festival - Easter
The Tarra Festival returns celebrating "Peace and Love" with markets, peting zoos, pony rides, a monster Easter egg hunt and Rotary Art Show plus a bright festival parade.
For more information visit their website at: https://www.tarrafestival.com.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.
Pyrenees Unearthed Wine & Food Festival - April
Sample wine, beer, cider and local gourmet produce stalls of the greater Pyrenees Wine Region. With live music, family activities and wine making master classes from award-winning winemakers. Check out their web site for more informaiton: http://www.pyreneesunearthedfestival.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.
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
Mansfield Lantern Festival – June
Help light up the night at this family-friendly community festival held on the Winter Solstice, with arts, crafts, workshops, regional food, a parade, street theatre, music and more. For more information have a look at their website: http://mansfieldlanternfestival.com.au
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
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
Mallee Almond Blossom Festival – August
Enjoy fine food and handcrafts amid carnival festivities as Mallee locals celebrate their almond crops coming into blossom in the lead up to spring, with tours of local vineyards and almond orchards .Web: http://www.mabf.org.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
Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival - September
Explore local gardens with daffodils in bloom, visit the Antique and Vintage Fair, enjoy the Wine and Food Festival, marvel at visual and performing arts and partake in the Grand Parade on the last day in Kyneton. For more information go to their website: http://www.kynetondaffodilarts.org.au
For a great country show that features art and craft, cooking, wood chopping events, horses galore, along with a snake display and lots for the kids to do, head for Castlemaine and its annual show. This year the show runs over the Friday, October 28th and Saturday, the 29th. For more details go to: www.castlemaineshow.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.
Ned Kelly Walking Tour Beechworth - October
Take a journey through the Beechworth Historic Precinct during the time of Bushranger, Ned Kelly on the Ned Kelly Walking Tour. Participants will see many of the buildings associated with the Kelly legend and hear stories behind the events which eventually brought the Kelly era to an end. This tour also visits Harry Powers’ Cell where the ‘Gentleman Bushranger’ and mentor to a young Ned Kelly spent time on remand.
Also check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NedKellyWeekend35August/.
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/
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/
Maffra Show - October, Maffra, Vic - October
Towards the end of October the Maffra Show is held at the Maffra Recretional Reserve, Maffra. The Maffra Show Committee strives to provide a truly Agricultural Show, also providing entertainment for the whole family throughout the day on SHOW DAY. Activities include Chainsaw Carving, Steam Engine Display, Animal Nursery, Pet Parade, Food & Wine Court, roving entertainment and then during the night carnival, Woodchop Competition, “The Maffra Mile”, Shetland Derby and a Major Drawcard (yet to be determined for this year), culminating with a Spectacular Fireworks Display.
For all the details of the Show and dates, check out their web page: http://www.maffrashow.org.au
Mountaingrass - Beechworth - November
Bluegrass and old time music festival featuring both bluegrass and old time music slow jams, a fully acoustic concert, a blackboard gospel concert, an instrument makers display and lots of opportunities for all attendees to share with each other through jamming and picking sessions. For more details go to their website: http://mountaingrass.com.au
Omeo Muster - November
The annual Caravan and RV Muster is usually held at Omeo golf course around mid November. There's a number of golf events, a fishing comp, caravan displays, night firworks, live music, helicopter flights and a number of 4wd tag-along tours to be enjoyed. For more details go to:
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 Celtic Spectacular concert on Friday evening, dancers and national celtic custumes and a spectacular 2 hours of music and dance in the traditions of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo presented in the exercise yard of the Old Beechworth Gaol. 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/
Noorat Show - November
Great family day out with so much to see - wood chopping and axe throwing, yard dog trials and dog high jump, skilled horsemanship, and lots of animals, rides, crafts, 'Show & Shine' ute show off and lots more.For those who like to sample local gourmet food producers theres the 'Nibble & Nosh Food Expo' with cooking demonstrations as well. Along with good entertainment.
It's located in southwestern Victoria, 211km west of Melbourne. Check out their web site for all the details:
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.
Bluestone Blues Festival - New Year's Eve
Set up camp at the Murgheboluc Public Reserve with live blues music to bring in the New Year. For more information and date, check out: http://www.sleepyhollowblues.club/shbc/
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