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January 2018

Friday Nights at The Hive

January 5 @ 5:00 pm - March 30 @ 9:00 pm
Chirnside Park,
239 Watton Street
Werribee, VIC 3030 Australia
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Looking for something to do Friday Nights? Why not grab some friends, family or colleagues and join us at Werribee Bowls Club from 5pm onwards for a game of barefoot bowls and BBQ. No experience is necessary. All equipment provided. $10 per head gets your bowls and BBQ. Cheap drinks. Suitable for all ages. We have a Junior Jack Attack kit for primary school age children. Bare feet or flat shoes essential.

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Rhythm of Africa at Werribee Open Range Zoo

January 6 @ 5:30 pm - February 24 @ 10:30 pm
Werribee Open Range Zoo,
K Road
Werribee South, VIC 3030 Australia
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Every Saturday night during January and February head to Werribee Open Range Zoo for an evening of live African music, African-inspired street food, kids’ activities and more! Rhythm of Africa is a must-do summer tradition, bringing together families and friends for a magic mix of warm summer nights, African beats, drumming workshops, hair braiding, face painting and picnics on the grass. Explore the African Pula Trail until 8pm spotting lions, wild dogs and cheetah on the prowl and hippos grazing…

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What Was That – Werribee Park Mansion

January 6 @ 8:00 pm - February 24 @ 9:30 pm
Werribee Park Mansion,
Werribee South, VIC 3030 Australia
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Get ready for a memorable night of taunting comedy at What Was That performed in the magnificent Werribee Park Mansion. Based on the true stories of the Chirnside family (19th century wealthy squatters), this play combines history, scary elements and comedy. This is a roaming play where the story unfolds as you move from room to room. Upcoming Shows: Saturday 6 January 2018 Saturday 12 January 2018 Friday 19 January 2018 Saturday 20 January 2018 Friday 26 January 2018 Saturday…

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GOWEST as part of Midsumma Festival

January 14 @ 8:00 am - February 4 @ 5:00 pm
Various Locations

Showcasing the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community from Melbourne’s west. Whether you live or work in the west, or have been looking for an excuse to visit and explore, everyone is invited to celebrate the rich diversity of our community. Hobsons Bay is proud to partner with the Midsumma Festival for the latest GOWEST and offers an exciting program of events for all ages and backgrounds in partnership with all the western region Councils. The GOWEST events are not only a great…

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National Clydesdale and Heavy Horse Festival

January 20 - January 21
Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre

Learn about beautiful heavy horse breeds such as Percherons, Clydesdales, Gypsy Cobs and more. Enjoy working horse demonstrations, see heavy harness trade vehicles and much more at this unique event, celebrating its 10th birthday.

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Free

Summer Sounds Williamstown

January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Commonwealth Reserve,
Nelson Pl
Williamstown, VIC 3016 Australia
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Summer Sounds Williamstown featuring The Audreys + Benny Walker + Teeny Tiny Stevies  When: Saturday 20 January, 4pm Where: Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown Cost: FREE! Come along to Summer Sounds for an afternoon of free music in the open air. Bring a picnic, rug, or a deckchair and enjoy with your friends and family. There is parking available nearby and plenty of food outlets on Nelson Place where Commonwealth Reserve is located. Live favourites and multiple ARIA award winners; The Audreys, have graced…

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Free

East Meets West Lunar New Year Festival 2018

January 21 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Central Footscray,
Hopkins Street
Footscray, VIC 3011 Australia
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Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the 2018 East Meets West Lunar New Year Festival. When: Sunday, 21 January 2018 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Where: Hopkins Street, Footscray Cost: Free! This long-established festival brings the streets of Footscray to life with the sights, sounds and smells of Vietnamese and Asian cultures. Attracting thousands annually, the festival is a day-long feast for the senses with delicious food stalls, a festival parade, cultural dances, musical performances, carnival rides, lion-dancing and…

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WSTC Australia Day Triathlon

January 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Esplanade, Altona Beach

Start your Australia Day holiday with a swim, run or ride – this event is fun for children and adults.  

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Australia Day Celebrations in Melton

January 26 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Willows Historical Park,
Nixon Street
Melton, VIC 3337 Australia
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When: Friday 26 January, 9.30am – 12pm Where: The Willows Historical Park, Melton The annual Australia Day Celebrations will feature live entertainment, followed by formal proceedings including a Welcome to Country, presentation of the Community Achievement Awards, an address from the City of Melton Australia Day Ambassador, the flag raising ceremony, concluding with the citizenship ceremony. Activities include: Live entertainment Anzac biscuits, BBQ and lamingtons Henna, Dingoes and face painting Bunnings and Scout activities Men’s Shed Children’s activities Community Achievement Awards: Each…

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Free

Australia Day in Wyndham

January 26 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Station Place,
Watton Street
Werribee, VIC 3030 Australia
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Wyndham City’s free Australia Day program will be held in the heart of Werribee City Centre, with a great line up of family entertainment including live music, kids’ activities and fireworks. When: Friday 26th January 5pm Where: Station Place, Werribee Cost: FREE! Bring in the kids for free activities, grab a bite to eat one of the many cafes and restaurants in Werribee City Centre and enjoy the live stage program including a performance by INXSIVE: The INXS Tribute Show. The…

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Free

Summer of Glory at Tabcorp Park

January 27 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tabcorp Park,
2 Ferris Road
Melton South, VIC 3338 Australia
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As the name suggests this is a Summer of Glorious Harness Racing action, held over two nights and consisting of two major races the Great Southern Star and Hunter Cup. The Tabcorp Park lawn will once again be host to an array of Free Kids activities, Free rides, Free entertainment and a selection of Food Vendors, an event not to be missed. When: Saturday, 27 January 2018 05:00 PM – 11:00 PM Where: Tabcorp Park, Melton South Cost: FREE! For…

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Free

Movies by the Bay

January 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Commonwealth Reserve,
Nelson Pl
Williamstown, VIC 3016 Australia
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Movies by the Bay – Ali’s Wedding (M) When: Saturday 27 January at 20:30–23:30 Where: Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown Cost: FREE! Celebrating Australian film (in fact, filmed right here in Hobsons Bay!).Ali’s Wedding is a warm-hearted  story about family, duty and love in multi-cultural Australia. Depicting the lives of a Muslim family in Melbourne with authenticity and warmth; Ali’s family share the same dilemmas as every family; Parents who want the best for their children and children who are trying to work out…

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Midnight Moon – Scienceworks

January 31 @ 9:00 pm
Scienceworks,
2 Brooker Street
Spotswood, VIC 3015 Australia
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Stay up late to share in the wonder of watching Earth’s shadow engulf the Moon. Marvel at the vivid reminder that we are part of a much larger Universe. Scienceworks will be the perfect vantage point for watching the eclipse occur as the Moon rises over Melbourne. When: Wednesday 31st January Where: Scienceworks, Spotswood Cost: $40 At this special midnight event you will: •Hear expert commentary guiding you through the stages of the eclipse – commencement, partial, and totality •Be…

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February 2018

Melton Gold Cup

February 2 @ 8:00 am - February 4 @ 5:00 pm
Melton Reservoir,
Melton, VIC 3337 Australia
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The Melton Gold Cup, hosted by the Melbourne Runabout and Speedboat Club, will be taking place on the weekend of 3-4 February 2018. The Melton Gold Cup has been held at the Melton Reservoir for many years and brings together competitors from across Australia for two days of high paced speedboat racing action, with top speeds exceeding 220 kilometres per hour. The Melton Gold Cup 2018 incorporates eight classes of racing with approximately 80 boats participating. This year, the club will be supporting Beyond Blue through a…

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Free

Movies by the Bay

February 2 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Logan Reserve,
Pier Street
Altona, VIC 3018 Australia
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Movies by the Bay – Captain Underpants (PG) When: Friday, 02 February 2018 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM Where: Logan Reserve Pier Street, Altona Cost: FREE! Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. You can imagine the rest! The movie will begin at dusk – approximately 8.30pm. More information available at hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au  

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Free

Tet Lunar New Year Festival

February 3 - February 4

Bring in the Lunar New Year at the Melbourne Showgrounds this February and welcome the Year of the Dog with two days chock-full of dragon dances, fun rides and yummy food stalls bursting with delicious Asian street food. When: 3rd and 4th February Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale Cost: FREE! The Lunar New Year, known as “Tết” in Vietnamese, is undoubtedly one of the most important celebrations of Vietnamese culture. Expect a spectacular fireworks display and a host of exhibitions,…

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Free

Summer of Glory at Tabcorp Park

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tabcorp Park,
2 Ferris Road
Melton South, VIC 3338 Australia
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As the name suggests this is a Summer of Glorious Harness Racing action, held over two nights and consisting of two major races the Great Southern Star and Hunter Cup. The Tabcorp Park lawn will once again be host to an array of Free Kids activities, Free rides, Free entertainment and a selection of Food Vendors, an event not to be missed. When: Saturday, 03 February 05:00 PM – 11:00 PM Where: Tabcorp Park, Melton South Cost: FREE! For more…

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Little Kids’ Day In – Deep Sea Disco!

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Scienceworks,
2 Brooker Street
Spotswood, VIC 3015 Australia
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Discover light and colour under the deep, dark sea at Scienceworks’ next Little Kids’ Day In. When: Monday 5th February Where: Scienceworks, Spotswood Cost: $0-$15 – Included with Museum entry Dress up as your favourite sea creature and dive into a day filled with play-based activities and shows. Explore aquatic objects from our Museum Collection, make your own glow-in-the-dark anglerfish mask to take home, marvel as we create different kinds of light in the Lightning Room, and bust a move…

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Free

Little Kids Big Day Out

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Riverside Park,
The Boulevard
Aberfeldie, VIC 3040 Australia
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Keeping the little ones entertained just got a whole lot easier with this pirate-themed Little Kids Big Day Out event and official re-opening of Riverside Park. When: Thursday 8th February 10.00 – 12.30 Where: Riverside Park, Aberfeldie Cost: Free! Especially for pre-schoolers and their families, there’ll be activities and games, coffee courtesy of Nelson Alexander, fruit from LaManna and pirate entertainment. Pack a lunch and picnic rug for this free community event, and don’t forget to dress up for the…

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Free

Queen’s Baton Relay in Williamstown

February 10 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Commonwealth Reserve,
Nelson Pl
Williamstown, VIC 3016 Australia
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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games along with Hobsons Bay are celebrating the Queen’s Baton Relay traveling through Altona and Williamstown. When: Saturday 10th Feb Where: Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown AND Logan Reserve, Altona Cost: Free! Cheer on the 32 baton-bearers at these two free community celebrations as they carry the Queen’s Baton on its way to the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Beginning at Williamstown’s Gem Pier and ending at The Esplanade in Altona, the baton route takes…

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Free

Summersault 2018

February 10 @ 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Town Centre, Recreation Reserve, Caroline Springs.

Summersault is a summer showcase of sensational music, food, artisan market shopping, rides and amusements – all topped off with a spectacular fireworks finale. When: Saturday, 10th February 2018  Time: 4pm -10pm ( Main Event)     2pm – 10pm (Carnival) Where: Recreation Reserve, Town Center, Caroline Springs Cost: FREE! A celebration of summer and sounds – right at your door! Come and hangout with your friends and family and listen to some spectacular tunes. With a HUGE main stage line-up featuring some of…

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Free

Summer Sounds Altona

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Logan Reserve,
Pier Street
Altona, VIC 3018 Australia
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Summer Sounds Altona featuring: NEDA All Colour Project + Johnny Rollins + The Rrrrrrockets When: Saturday, 10 February 2018 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Where: Logan Reserve, Altona Cost: FREE! Come along to Summer Sounds for an afternoon of free music in the open air. Bring a picnic, rug, or a deckchair and enjoy with your friends and family. Neda delivers original world music performances, in Australia and around the world. Her music combines acoustic, world electro, samba and hip…

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Atherstone Twilight Market

February 10 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Atherstone Boulevard,
Melton South, VIC 3338 Australia
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Come along, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy local musicians, great food and wonderful goods. All brought to you by Urban Markets. When: Saturday, 10 February 2018, 04:00 PM – 09:00 PM Where: Atherstone Blvd, Melton South

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Valentine’s Day at Scienceworks

February 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Scienceworks,
2 Brooker Street
Spotswood, VIC 3015 Australia
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Celebrate Valentine’s Day under the stars! When: Wednesday 14th February Where: Scienceworks Planetarium, Spotswood Cost: $30 – $35 Take your seat at the centre of the universe to uncover the mysteries and mythologies written in the stars that have filled lovers with wonder and awe for thousands of years. This special event includes: a complimentary glass of wine and cheese on arrival, with bar available a screening of Melbourne Planetarium’s latest fulldome production, Capturing the Cosmos that highlights the current…

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Free

Summer Sounds Skate Altona Meadows

February 17 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Altona Meadows Skate Park,
292 Queen St
Altona Meadows, VIC 3028 Australia
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Summer Sounds Skate featuring Jungle Cuffs + Hollow December + Plaza-Trg  When: Saturday 17 February, 11.30am Where: Altona Meadows Skate Park Cost: FREE! Come along to Summer Sounds for an afternoon of free music in the open air. Bring a picnic, rug, or a deckchair and enjoy with your friends and family. Jungle Cuffs are Evie Vlah, Lauren Hunter and sisters; Hannah and Neve Tullberg, supplying solid garage punk to scream along and jump around to. Westside Freeza Battle of the…

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Free

Point Cook Lunar New Year Festival

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Stockland Point Cook,
Town Centre Main & Murnong Street
Point Cook, VIC 3030 Australia
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The Point Cook Lunar New Year Festival will be returning in 2018! When: Saturday 24th February Where: Stockland Point Cook Cost: Free! The event will showcase the multicultural diversity in and around Point Cook through food, music, performances and activities. Join us to celebrate the Year of the Dog with: All-day live performances Fireworks display Lion dances Food stalls and food trucks Jumping castles Face painting Lantern making Chinese art and calligraphy Traditional performances Various cuisines from local restaurants and more!…

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Free

Movies by the Bay

February 24 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Commonwealth Reserve,
Nelson Pl
Williamstown, VIC 3016 Australia
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Movies by the Bay – Wonder Woman (M) When: Saturday, 24 February 2018 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM Where: Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown Cost: FREE! When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.  The 2017 super hero film based on the DC comic book, features Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright and more. It’s expansive, it’s big, and…

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Free

The Moonee Valley Festival

February 25
Queens Park,
Corner Mt Alexander Road and Kellaway Avenue
Moonee Ponds, 3039 Australia
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Join us in February for all the fun and excitement of the Moonee Valley Festival! The festival is Moonee Valley’s largest free community celebration, and a fun summer day with market stalls, food trucks, roving performers, live entertainment, community activities and displays. Residents of Moonee Valley have been coming together each year for a fun summer day in Queens Park since 1977.

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March 2018
Free

Cyprus Turkish Festival

March 4
Cyprus Turkish Islamic Community grounds,
618 Ballarat Road
Ardeer, VIC 3022 Australia
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We invite you to join the Cyprus Turkish community of Victoria to celebrate 70 splendid years of migration to Australia. When: Sunday 04 Mar 2018 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Where: Cyprus Turkish Islamic Community grounds, Ardeer Cost: FREE! Come along and help us celebrate this milestone with a community festival that will include: Representations of Cyprus through displays showcasing photography, tapestry, cloth weaving, ornaments and a traditional Cyprus residence; Cultural foods and non-alcoholic beverages; Live folk music and dancing; On-stage comical theatre; Turkish tea…

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Atherstone Twilight Market

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Atherstone Boulevard,
Melton South, VIC 3338 Australia
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Come along, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy local musicians, great food and wonderful goods. All brought to you by Urban Markets. When: Saturday, 10 March 2018, 04:00 PM – 09:00 PM Where: Atherstone Blvd, Melton South

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Pier to Plate – part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

March 16 - March 25

Live cooking demonstrations, fresh fish, events for the kids and gourmet pop-ups at a stunning waterfront location.

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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

March 16 @ 8:00 am - March 25 @ 5:00 pm
various,
VIC 3013

The west is home to some of Melbourne’s most diverse food scenes. The annual rickshaw run is now a staple.

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Sunshine Food Fever – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

March 16 @ 6:30 pm - March 22 @ 11:00 pm
Classic Curry,
3 Clarke Street
Sunshine, VIC 3020 Australia
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Go on a food journey that celebrates the successive waves of Asian, African and Indian immigration that make Sunshine one of the most culturally diverse places in Australia. When: Friday 16 Mar 6:30 pm Saturday 17 Mar 6:30 pm Thursday 22 Mar 6.30pm Where: Classic Curry, Sunshine Cost $48 p/p Your food journey begins by meeting local Indian Chefs Dhiraj and Aash sampling their regions’ food and drinks and hearing the story of how they came to call Sunshine home.…

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Scrumptious St Albans – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

March 22 @ 10:30 am - May 23 @ 5:00 pm
St Albans Market,
3 St Albans Rd
St Albans, VIC 2031 Australia
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Discover the scrumptious tasting plate that is St Albans, a place rich in culture and diversity. When: Thursday 22 Mar 10.30 am Friday 23 Mar 10.20 am Friday 23 Mar 2.30 pm Where: St Albans Market Cost: $16 Embark on a food degustation of St Albans’ favourite meeting place, the local market, and meet all quarters of the community that have called St Albans home for the last 70 years. On this guided market tour, you will meet some beloved…

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April 2018
Free

Night Walk in Keilor

April 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Calder Rise Neighbourhood Park,
Keilor, VIC 3036 Australia
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What creatures wake up when you lay down to sleep? Join us for a guided night walk along Taylors Creek to see what creatures we can find. When: Tuesday 10th April Where: Meet at Calder Rise Neighbourhood Park Cost: Free This night walk will give you the opportunity to see your local area in a totally different way. An environment officer will bring a powerful spotlight to spot the nocturnal wildlife, plus talk about how these animals use Taylors Creek. Please…

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Mansion Fun Run

April 27
Werribee Park

Set on the grounds of Werribee Mansion and Werribee Park, The MyPhysio Werribee Mansion Run starts and finishes on the lawns of the magnificent Werribee Mansion. The event caters for all levels of fitness and all members of the family with a two lap half marathon and 10km runs for the experiences runner, 5.5km Run/walk event for the less experienced. There is also a 1.2km kids dash, to ensure no one misses out.

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June 2018
Free

World Environment Day

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sydenham Park,
Keilor North, VIC 3036 Australia
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A festival to celebrate all things environmental! When: Sunday 03 Jun 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Where: Sydenham Park, Keilor North Cost: FREE! Watch a demonstration of a (very!) skilled arborist as they cut hollows into live trees for hollow-dependant wildlife. This is the launch of an exciting new wildlife program in collaboration with La Trobe University, for the benefit of hollow-nesting animals such as sugar gliders, parrots, and other wildlife. There will also be the chance to get your hands dirty by planting…

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November 2018

Lost Lands

November 3 - November 4
Werribee Park

The Lost Lands is a two-day festival of music, art and theatre for the very young, the old and the in-between.

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In addition to the above Calendar there is a large range of venues with ongoing programs of exhibitions, performances, events, tours, screenings, holiday programs, sports events. These venues include: