Saturday, 21 May 2016

Escape to Pentridge Community Open Day (21 May 2016)

May 21 marks the official launch of our ambitious plan for the rebirth of Pentridge.
Come and celebrate the transformation of this site into a vibrant community hub. Enjoy tasty bites from the Bearded Bakers of Knafeh Bakery, Sliders on Tyres, Grace Coffee and Cake Caravan, Pizza Wagon and much more!
There will also be educational gardening workshops for the kids by The Sage Garden, creative installations by Bangin Hangin and live music by local Melbourne-based duo, Tamika Duo, in the central courtyard.
You’ll also be able to join regular tours of Division B – where Chopper Read and other notorious Australian outlaws did their time. Also launching on the open day is ‘Pentridge Unlocked’, an exhibition held in the building known as the Annex.
Featuring photography, an immersive soundscape installation and video performances, it offers a unique insight into the history of this Coburg landmark. If you’ve ever wanted a peek inside Pentridge, this is your chance. We’d love to meet our neighbours, both present and future, so pop down for what will be a great day out.
Food vendors included in the day:
  • Knafeh Bakery

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Kalorama Chestnut Festival (1 May 2016)

day of family fun on the mountain on the 1st May 2016. Savour the abundant chestnuts, gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, artisan beer and mulled wine.

Explore the diverse range of stalls showcasing locally made handcrafts and produce. Children can enjoy the fun rides and adventure play space.
10am - 4pm
  • Delicious roasted chestnuts
  • Poffertjees
  • Devonshire tea and home made cakes
  • Sausage sizzle
  • Local restaurant food stalls
  • Artisan beer (including chestnut beer!) and mulled wine
  • Coffee, tea and chai
  • Bungy jump trampolines

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Melbourne Easter Show (25~27 March 2016)

On the 25-27th March 2016 , a special event will take place at Lawson Poole Reserve. This year’s event will feature musical entertainment, food truck, easter egg hunts, a twilight cinema, amusement rides and fireworks displays.
Due to your close proximity to Lawson Poole Reserve, the Melbourne Easter Show Committee would like to make you  aware of the event itself, and let you know that approval was granted by the City of Casey to allow this event to take place.
Event Operating Times
We will begin our operations at Lawson Poole Reserve from the 22 March, please be aware that noise from the reserve may increase.
Our event operating times are from 11:00am-9:00pm Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2016. Music will be presented from the main stage and Amusement rides will be operating during these times.

Good Friday Appeal - Kids Day Out (25 March 2016)

Be part of the Good Friday Appeal at the Kids Day Out! The Melbourne
Convention and Exhibition Centre will be transformed into a wonderland for kids, with a giant roller-skating rink, sports clinics, the popular Teddy Bear Hospital, kids cooking classes, rides, music and dancing and so much more. Kids Day Out is brought to you by the City of Melbourne.

Friday 25 March 2016
10am - 6pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf 

Entry is FREE - You do not need to book or buy tickets. Participation in activities is by donation on the day.
Brought to you by the City of Melbourne. 

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Lilydale Lakeside Community Festival 2016 (13/03/2016)

To celebrate the opening of Box Hill Institute Lilydale Lakeside, the Lilydale Lakeside Community Festival will be held on Sunday 13th March 2016.

This family-friendly event is FREE to attend and will feature an exciting program of live music, market stalls, children activities and much, much more!
Just a handful of the highlights include:

  • Live entertainment from Kate Ceberano and many more!
  • Local produce, market stalls and food trucks
  • Free children's activities – show by Hey Dee Ho Music, Shetland pony rides, face painting, jumping castles and balloon art
  • Free sausage sizzle
  • Interactive workshops and course taster sessions
  • Tours of our newly refurbished campus
  • Free shuttle bus to and from Lilydale Train Station

  • The fun kicks off at 10.30am, so come along on Labour Day long weekend and enjoy this great community event! Don't forget you picnic rug.

    Port Phillip Mussel Festival 2016 (12/03/2016 - 13/03/2016)

    On the weekend of the 12th and 13th March 2016 (Labour Day Long Weekend), you're invited to experience one of Melbourne's favourite foodie festivals - the Port Phillip Mussel Festival 2016.

    Hosted at South Melbourne Market, as part of this year's Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, this special annual event is perfect for all the family to enjoy.

    Opening at 12pm on both days, you'll be greeted with a vibrant celebration of seafood, accompanied by the sounds of Melbourne's hottest jazz. This is one seafood street party you don't want to miss!

    Entry is FREE and here's what you can look forward too! Expect a great mussel cook up from iconic Melbourne chefs, from mussel paella to wok cooked drunken mussels, as well as a delicious range of other seafood dishes!

    Participating traders include Dandelion, St Ali, The Grosvenor Hotel, Claypots Evening Star, Paco y Lola, Köy and Simply Spanish. There will also be a range of beautiful local wines, sangria and craft beers to enjoy, as well as ice-cream and fun activities for the kids.
    The live music line-up includes performances by Margie Lou Dyer, Paul Williamson's Hammond Combo, The Pearly Shells, Julie O'Hara Jazz Party, Horns of Leroy and a special appearance by The King himself, Elvis!

    Sunday, 6 March 2016

    Moomba Festival (11~14 March 2016)

    A celebrated part of the Melbourne events calendar for 60 years, Moomba will be back with an exciting program of events and family entertainment, making Melbourne the ideal place to be for the Labour Day long weekend.

    Held over four days, the festival attracts more than one million visitors to the sun-soaked banks of the Yarra to share in the vibrancy and spirit of our much loved city.

    On the Friday night programming will expand in 2016, with the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Grand Final kicking off on the Main Stage from 5:00pm, followed by headliners Alpine at 8:30pm.

    11 - 14 March 2016

    Moomba’s Main Arena will play host to headline acts including iconic Melbourne bands Alpine, British India and Tim Rogers & The Bamboos, plus an array of incredible Australian music talent.

    Birdman Rally

    Noon, Sunday, 13th March 2016
    Yarra River, Birrarung Marr 

    Yarra Valley Chocolaterie - Free Chocolate Egg Hunt (25~27 March 2016)


    A free family fun to the Easter weekend.
    The popular Easter Hunts will take place four times a day on Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday at 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm (no bookings required) in the Chocolaterie’s picturesque grounds, where Easter Bunnies will help kids aged 12 and under search for a golden token to then claim their complimentary Easter egg.
    For the grown ups, the Chocolaterie’s Café overlooking sweeping valley views will be offering Easter inspired cakes and tarts, as well as the usual all day menu using ingredients from its own kitchen garden. And for chocolate lovers of all ages, our showroom will be choc-filled with thousands of Easter inspired chocolate creations handcrafted by the European chocolatiers and there’s always delicious house-made ice creams to enjoy.

    Whitehorse Global Fiesta (20 March 2016)

    Sunday 20 March 2016

    Box Hill Gardens

    Global Fiesta is Council’s national Harmony Day event and is a celebration of our wonderful, culturally diverse community.

    Fill the day with free family fun and enjoy mouth-watering cultural cuisine, dance to music from across the globe, and check out the fun local community stalls. There will be cultural games, an Aussie animal farm, and a selection of kids rides. There will be a very special visit from the worldwide favourite cat, Hello Kitty!

    The festivities will commence with a Smoking Ceremony performed by members of the Wurundjeri Tribe at midday.

    Saturday, 5 March 2016

    Bendigo Easter Festival (25 ~ 28 March 2016)

    The 2016 Hazeldene's Bendigo Easter Festival will be held Friday March 25 - Monday March 28, 2016. With plenty of exciting entertainment and activities planned, there is sure to be something for the whole family! Visit our new, mobile friendly Bendigo Easter Festival website for more information.

    Thursday, 3 March 2016

    Bridge Road Gathering (March 6, 2016)

    Stroll down Bridge Road, nibble on a tasting plate from one of the many cafes, be entertained by roving musicians, or simply soak up the vibes of our amazing community.

    Travel around the world without ever leaving the neighbourhood.
    Locals and visitors are invited to take a leisurely stroll down Bridge Road Richmond, a diverse and multicultural precinct offering varied experiences in one location.
    Discover the tastes of South America, Vietnam, Greece and others as you meet roving entertainers and listen to live music along the way. With over forty traders to choose from, and tasting plates from $5.00, come for an hour – or five!
    And if all this walking makes you tired, simply jump on the free shuttle bus to get to your next stop.

    Wednesday, 2 March 2016

    Kids' Garden Dance Plant (Mar. 5, 2016)

    Saturday 05 March 2016, 9.30 am to 10.30 am 
    Spend a morning planting vegetables and herb seedlings, mulching, watering and of course having fun to music. We will discuss what has been planted and how the garden grows. Children will also take home their own veggie plant in a  decorated pot.
    This is a free event, suitable for children of all ages. Places are limited to 15 children.
    In the event of a Total Fire Ban or Code Red Fire Danger Day, this event will not go ahead.
    This event is part of the Summer in the MC² Community Garden series.

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016

    Essential Baby and Toddler Show Melbourne (1-3 April 2016)

    The Essential Baby & Toddler Show is back in Melbourne on 1-3 April 2016! And if you register for your ticket before 5pm AEST, 31 March, it’s FREE to attend!
    Enjoy a fantastic day out for the whole family at the Show. Shop from more than 100 local and international parenting brands. Head to the Advice Hub for personalised, one on one consultations with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, Parentline, Gidget Foundation and more on a range of parenting topics.
    Head to our Show Stage where adults can attend our seminars featuring experts such as Pinky McKay, whilst your little ones can enjoy live shows and meet & greets with Hi-5 and Animals Rock!
    We’re also excited to announce a limited series of First Aid courses by Child Revive, in addition to their free demonstrations at the Show.
    Get the free ticket here.

    Friday, 26 February 2016

    Boroondara harvest celebration (19 March 2016)

    Come along to this free event to celebrate, share and taste food grown and produced in the local area.

    Coordinated by 3000acres, Boroondara's Harvest Celebration will include workshops, live music, face painting and a delicious picnic.

    This free picnic aims to be catered with donations of fresh produce from growers across Boroondara and prepared by top chefs from FareShare on the day.

    If you, or someone you know, grows fruit or veggies and is willing to donate produce, please

    When: Saturday 19 March, 12 noon to 2pm
    Where: Beckett Park, Balwyn 

    Tuesday, 23 February 2016

    Sidney Myer Free Concerts (27th Feb 2016)

    The Tang of the Tango

    Saturday 27 February

    Benjamin Northey conductor
    Slava Grigoryan guitar
    Leonard Grigoryan guitar
    Falla The Three-Cornered Hat: Suite No.2
    Rodrigo Concierto madrigal
    Gershwin Cuban Overture
    Piazzolla Selected tangos
    Ginastera Estancia: Four Dances
    The brothers Grigoryan — Slava and Leonard — join Benjamin Northey and the MSO in a Spanish-South American program that includes tangos by Astor Piazzolla, a Concerto for two guitars by Joaquin Rodrigo, and works by Ginastera, Falla and Gershwin. The perfect summery way to conclude the Sidney Myer Free Concerts for 2016.

    Saturday, 20 February 2016

    Sidney Myer Free Concerts (20th Feb 2016)

    Summer Carnival

    Saturday 20 February

    Joshua Weilerstein conductor
    Dale Barltrop violin
    Dvořák Carnival
    Barber Violin Concerto
    Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5
    In his second Sidney Myer Free Concert, Joshua Weilerstein conducts more Dvořák and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5. These flank the Violin Concerto by Samuel Barber, with soloist, MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop. Barber’s lyrical and (dare we say?) romantic concerto is embedded in the modern repertoire, but was not always thus. In 1940, as Barber was struggling with the score, renowned violin teacher Albert Meiff called it ‘far from the requirements of a modern violinist’ and that the score ‘required surgical operation by a specialist’, offering to wield the scalpel himself. Fortunately, Barber ignored this gratuitous offer.

    Saturday, 13 February 2016

    Celebrate CHINESE NEW YEAR with Springvale Homemaker Centre (13th & 14th Feb, 2016)


    Kids can bring the festivities home with their very own decorated Chinese drum or lantern.

    Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 February 11am – 3pm Level 1, near Anaconda


    Meet some of Melbourne’s favourite Food Truck chefs as they cook up some of their signature dishes!

    Ground Level, near IKEA

    Saturday 13 February - Jayda from Gorilla Grill
    12pm & 1pm

    Sunday 14 February - Linda from Nuoc Mama's
    12pm & 1pm

    Thursday, 4 February 2016

    One day. One line of dominoes. A celebration across the city. (6 Feb 2016)

    Experience the thrill of thousands of breezeblock ‘dominoes’ falling one by one to create a moving
    sculpture, running through the city and unfolding over the course of a day. Along paths and promenades, through buildings and across plazas, the domino line works its way through the urban fabric of Melbourne, creating an unforgettable celebration for all who live, work or visit our city.
    Conceived and directed by UK-based Station House Opera, Dominoes was first created as a celebration to link the five “host boroughs” for the London Olympics Arts Festival and the project has since been presented in over ten European cities.

    Saturday 6 February 2016

    • The Domino set up across the city commences from 1pm
    • The Domino Fall will start from 5pm
     Important Information

    Clayton Street Festival (14 Feb 2016)

    Sunday 14 February 2016
    12pm – 9pm

    Clayton Road, Clayton
    • Clayton Street Festival 12pm – 5pm
    • Hawkers Night Market 5pm – 9pm
    Clayton Road comes to life with the Clayton Street Festival, one of Council’s major events attracting over 15,000 people.
    Now in its 13th year, the festival will feature old favorites such as the Main Stage, Youth Zone, cultural workshops, roving entertainment, Kids Zone featuring free kids rides, Hawkers Night Market, community displays, market and trader stalls and come and try workshops and demonstrations.

    Parade at 4pm

    Thursday, 28 January 2016

    Twlight at Caribbean (Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 & Mar 5 2016)

    Caribbean Lake will come alive with an epic holographic water display together with Popular Food Trucks, Car Show, Twilight Market, Street Performers, Rides – Chairlift, Train and Children’s Entertainment, Ski Show and more!!!

    This is the first time Caribbean Gardens will be open for a twilight market and activities. Bring the whole family and enjoy a spectacular evening by the lake. This event is not to be missed!

    Tickets can be purchased online here:  Online Tickets

    Tuesday, 26 January 2016

    Australia Day Concert and Fireworks (26 Jan 2016)

    Whitehorse Civic Centre, Nunawading

    Amazing tribute show The Killer Queen Experience will be headlining this year’s Australia Day concert with support from Aussie classic fuelled quartet ‘Australian Made’, the energetic ‘Like This!’, and lovable MC Wendy Stapleton.

    This stunning night of entertainment will go out with a bang with a stunning 10-minute fireworks finale.

    The free twilight concert will be held on Tuesday 26 January 2016 from 6pm to 10pm at the Whitehorse Civic Centre lawns (Soundshell Stage), 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.

    The Whitehorse Australia Day Awards will be presented earlier in the evening, along with a special citizenship ceremony to be held in the Whitehorse Centre theatre prior to the concert.  

    Free rides and amusements will be available from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. Food stalls will operate from 5.00pm onwards. ATM facilities will be available for this event.

    Getting there and getting home:

    Monday, 25 January 2016

    Australia Day Pop Up Farmyard at Plaza Park (26 Jan 2016)

    26 January 2016, 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm
    Manningham celebrates all things Australian at our special Pop Up Farmyard featuring:
    • Backyard family games space
    • Outback cubby play space
    • Jumping Castle & Farm Animals
    • Free community BBQ
    • Arts play & face painting
    • Local Aussie music & entertainment
    Free event, no bookings required.

    Manningham City Square Civic Plaza
    687 Doncaster Road
    Doncaster VIC 3108

    Australia Day at Docklands (26 Jan 2016)


    Date(s) - 26/01/2016
    4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Australia Day Victoria is bringing Docklands out of its shell on 26 January with an event that is perfect for a balmy summer afternoon. Come and relax with us – enjoy some great food and drink, great atmosphere and excellent tunes as we await the spectacular fireworks finale to this Australia Day
    Australia Day Main Stage, NewQuay Piazza, 4.00 pm – 11.00 pm
    The Australia Day at Docklands main stage will boast a stellar line up of great local talent this Australia Day. We are again very excited to have NOVA’s DJ Nath back for the third year in a row as the resident DJ to kick off the afternoon’s entertainment, joined by Deano to keep the crowds dancing late into the evening.
    Download the Australia Day at Docklands Stage Program here
    In 2016 there will be live performances from Tim Rogers and The Bamboos, The Getaway Plan, Passerine as well as The Voice Australia’s Scott Newnham  – not to mention our b-boys, beat boxers and urban dance crews on stage from 6.00 pm.
    The fun doesn’t stop with the fireworks at 9.45 pm – night owls are invited to stick around for the Nova Dance Party from 10.00 pm.
    Food Truck Festival, Upper Piazza, 4.00 pm – 11.00 pm

    Sunday, 17 January 2016

    Summer Craft - Forest Hill Chase (18-22 Jan 2016)

    Monday 18th - Design a Cap

    Tuesday 19th - Drink Bottle Decoration

    Wednesday 20th - Sand Bottle Art

    Thursday 21st - Adventure Back Packs

    Friday 22nd - Aussie Flag Making

    FREE Cookie Workshop at Muffin Break at Forest Hill Chase (19-Jan-2016)

    Mums take note; Muffin Break has school holiday fun covered this summerTuesday 19th January 2016 from 10am – 12pm will see a kids’ cookie takeover at stores nationwide and you’re all invited!
    Children will receive a cookie baked fresh in store to decorate or a ball of cookie dough to roll out and decorate before being baked by the expert bakers at Muffin Break.

    Visit in-store today to register as spaces are limited!

    Friday, 8 January 2016

    Yogabugs - FREE yoga inspired activity at Forest Hill Chase (Jan 11-15, 2016)

    Yogabugs is a FREE yoga inspired activity that introduces children to the benefits of traditional yoga in a fun, interactive and imaginative way! The program is fully inclusive of children ages 2 and up, regardless of gender, shape, physical or cognitive ability. YogaBugs provides the perfect balance for children to stay healthy, gain confidence, use their magical powers of imagination whilst improving their concentration and learning to relax.

    Happening on Level 3 everyday from 11am - 2pm from the 11th - 15th January. There will be four 30 minute sessions a day at 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm and 1:15pm.

    No bookings required.

    Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre
    270 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill
    Victoria, 3131

    Wednesday, 6 January 2016

    The Essential Baby & Toddler Show (1-3 April, 2016)

    With hundreds of local and international brands, advice from the experts and fantastic entertainment in a stylish, boutique setting, the Essential Baby & Toddler Show is the essential event for your pregnancy, baby and toddler.

    New and expectant parents can enjoy a fantastic shopping experience, receive personalised consultations with a range of experts in our Advice Hub, as well as attend seminars on a variety of parenting topics including feeding, sleeping, settling and more.

    Little ones can look forward to live entertainment and meet & greets with some of their favourite characters, get their faces painted or immerse themselves in various hands-on activities.

    Anyway, you can get free ticket at the moment; book it now!