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20 Festival highlights

100 Exhibition

See portraits of 100 of Melbourne’s oldest residents created by skilled teenage artists. The project brought  generations together outside the typical family unit.

The Atrium, Fed Square
9-13 October, 10am-8pm
Tickets: free
Enquiries: 1300 135 090


5000 Poppies Project

Project co-founder Lynn Berry will hold a workshop to create handcrafted poppies for this WW1 Centenary Remembrance Project. Bring a ball of red yard, crochet hook or knitting needles. Patterns supplied.

Diamond Valley Library
18 October, 2pm
Tickets: free
Enquiries:9088 3465


Abseiling at Mount Buffalo

Adventure Guides Australia offers a come-and-try session on a short 10m platform. Short, guided bushwalks are also available.

The Gorge carpark, Mt Buffalo
29 October, 10am-2pm
Tickets: free
Bookings essential: 0419 280 614


Big Band Dance

Join the Festival Big Ballroom Band, led by Peter Neilson and Len McGill, and enjoy some ballroom dancing.

Melbourne Town Hall
10 October, 12.30pm
Tickets: Free
Bookings essential: 0438 988 861


Ebb And Flow exhibition

Presented by The Embroiders Guild, the exhibition features traditional and contemporary embroidery and textile art, plus demonstrations.

Embroidery House, Malvern
7-21 October, 10am-4pm
Tickets: $10
No bookings required


History at the Heads

Hear fascinating stories, view photos, film and memorabilia about the events that shaped Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale – including the guns of Port Philip in WW2.

Monahan Centre, Queenscliff
21 October, 4pm
Tickets: $10
Enquiries:
5258 2511


James Blundell in concert

Country music star Lee Kernaghan describes James as ‘one of the greatest singer-songwriters this country has ever produced’. Come and hear why.

Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
18 October, 2.30pm
Tickets: $5
Enquiries:
5722 8105


Kokedama workshop

Ever wanted to make a Japanese moss ball garden? Well, here’s your chance. All materials provided.

Rosanna Library
10 October,  11am
Tickets: Gold coin donation
Bookings essential: 9459 6171


Louisianna Shakers in concert

Melbourne’s definitive New Orleans jazz band plays authentic New Orleans jazz in the down-home style of a 1940s jazz revival.

Festival Hub, Melbourne Town Hall
11 October, 11am and 2pm
Tickets: free
No bookings required


Monica Dullard - Ageing with Attitude

Monica is a baby boomer with a 90-year-old (feisty) mum. This ‘assisted living’ talkfest has fun looking at what we can do to ensure we don’t get old – things like vertical folding of underwear!

Knox Community Arts Centre
10 October, 2.30pm
Tickets: $5
Bookings essential: 9729 7287


New Shoots

U3A Melbourne City presents its annual photo exhibition, recognising and promoting the rising interest in photography among U3A members.

Collins Place Gallery
17-31 October, 10am-6pm
Tickets: free
Enquiries:
9639 5209


Pollies put the kettle on

Enjoy being served high tea by our local, state and federal politicians with no political talk allowed. Meet new friends and check out what is available at your Community House.

Crib Point Community House
27 October, 10.30am
Tickets: free
Bookings essential: 5983 9888 (by noon, 20 October)


Rubber Soul

This Beatles tribute band recreates the Fab Four’s iconic look and sound. This is not a cover band playing Beatles songs. It is the music of The Beatles sung and played like The Beatles played them. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Swan Hill Town Hall
10 October, 11am
Tickets: $5
Bookings essential: 5036 4712


Sound Of Music tribute show

Light-hearted interpretation of the highly popular movie, featuring  the story, the songs, the dance, the wedding and, yes, the yodelling.

Warburton Senior Citizens Centre
26 October, 10.30am
Tickets: $8
Bookings essential: 1300 368 333


Tai Chi and Qigong

Tai Chi dates back to the 16th Century and Qigong, which translates to ‘energy/breath work’, dates back thousands of years. Yes, they’re older than you and these classes are a tranquil way of keeping your mind and body fit.

Library at The Dock, Docklands
12 October, 7.30am
Tickets: free
Bookings essential: 9527 7377


Ten Pound Poms

See presentations from the Genealogical Society, Public Records Office and Museums Victoria about post WW2 British immigration to Australia.              

Immigration Museum
20 October, 10am-5pm
Tickets: Gold coin donation
Bookings essential:
9927 2726


The passing of time in Toora

Take an historic walk of the Toora township and learn about the early prosperity courtesy of the timber mill which produced railway sleepers and shipped them to India.

Toora Hall
9 October 10am
Tickets: Gold coin donation
Enquiries: 5662 9200


Try crew rowing

Enjoy rowing in a crew with an instructor. For beginners with good mobility and former rowers. You don't need to bring your own crew and you won't get wet … unless it rains.

Y Rowing Centre, Albert Park Lake
11 and 18 October, 10am
Tickets: free
Bookings essential: 9592 2147


Wurlitzer organ and Lux Radio show

Enjoy listening to heritage Wurlitzer Organ before the cast of Lux Radio takes to the stage to perform the classic radio show The Mystery of a Hansom Cab.

Kingston City Hall
5 October, 1pm
Tickets: $15
Bookings essential:
9556 4440


Yellingbo Indigenous Nursery

Join staff and volunteers and learn what happens at our nursery and how it helps the helmeted honeyeater bird.

Yellingbo Indigenous Nursery
10 October, 9am-1pm
Tickets: free
Bookings essential: 5964 8341