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12 Things To Do In Regional Victoria This October

By Jasmine Riley - 01 Oct 2018


This month is just blossoming with spring-themed shit. There's flower festivals, music festivals, wine festivals (so many festivals) and Geelong is getting their very first White Night. Let's get cracking, shall we? 

Here's 12 awesome things to do in regional Victoria in October. 

Spring Blossom Festival

I don’t know about you guys, but one of my favourite parts about Spring is all the bloomin’ flower festivals. This one includes cherry themed everything, from beers, cider and wine to ice-cream (ah, yum). Ok, now try to control your inner kid here, there’s even beeswax wrap workshops (what), lawn games, live music, food trucks and workshops. Entry is $10 and $5 for kiddies, and you can pick up your tickets here.

Where: CherryHill, 474 Queens Road, Wandin East
When: Till 2 October
For more info, click here.

Heathcote Wine And Food Festival

One for the vino drinkers. Tastings, live music and food stalls. Swirl and sniff your way through the festival, even if you’re just pretending to know what you’re doing (guilty). If you’re spending the day or the weekend in Heathcote, here are some other things to do while you’re there.

Where: Chauncey and Caldwell Streets, Heathcote
When: 6–7 October, 10.30am–5pm
For more info, click here.

White Night Geelong

Chuck this one in the calendar as a must-do. Geelong will become the third regional centre to be transformed by White Night, and it promises to be an epic experience. We’ve got the low down for you here. And yep, the White Night Messenger will be back to haunt your dreams. 

Where: Geelong (various locations)
When: 13 October, 7pm–2am
For more info, click here.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Out in The Dandenongs is a whole festival devoted to tulips. Bloomin' marvellous. If I haven’t already sold you on it, there’s live music, food trucks and (for the first weekend of the month) it’s Irish weekend, which means you can go hunting for that pot of gold (if only) and get your boogie on with Leprechauns.

Where: Tesselaar (various locations)
When: Till 14 October, 10am–5pm
For more info, click here.

Marysville Jazz And Blues Weekend

Picture this: you’re sitting on the grass, vino in hand, eyes closed and there’s some light jazz playing in the background (oh, you fancy). That’s the Marysville Jazz and Blues weekend. There’s also food trucks, cafes, restaurants and bars. Tickets start at $45 for a day ticket, but you'll pay a bit more for all-weekend access. 

Where: Marysville, Yarra Valley
When: 19–21 October, opening times vary
For more info, click here.

TarraWarra Biennial

If you’re an art buff, the TarraWarra Biennial is on till the beginning of November. In its sixth year, the TarraWarra Biennial is a free event that'll feature sculptures, paintings, performances and film work from 23 artists that are responding to 'How will can affect the human form'. Weird. 

Where: TarraWarra Museum of Art313 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Healesville
When: Till 6 November, 11am–5pm
For more info, click here.

Marvellous Mandarin Season

Something different this month. It’s mandarin season apparently, which means fruit tours are back on. You can jump on a tour to pick from dozens of varieties and get to taste them along the way. It’s a fun experience for a group of mates, or you can always take your SO. Either way, you get to take all the fruit home. Mandarins for days.

Where: 60 Schoolhouse Road, Woori Yallock
When: Till 31 October, 9am–4pm
For more info, click here.

Cuttings By Elizabeth Gower

Artist Elizabeth Gower is putting on an exhibition showcasing her work over the last 40 years. A feminist pioneer and social activist who uses recycled bits of magazines, newspapers and packaging for her collages that comment on society and elements of pop culture.  

Where: Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop Street
When: Till 25 November, 10am–5pm
For more info, click here.

2018 Archibald Prize

The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Archibald Prize is Australia’s most prestigious art award, and it's on this month in Geelong (good on ya, G-Town). Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a Who’s Who of Australian culture, with subjects including politicians, celebrities, sporting heroes, authors and artists. Good excuse to head down the Bellarine. 

Where: The Geelong Gallery, 55 Little Malop St
When: 22 September to 18 November
For more info, click here.

Light Falls: Erin Davis-Hartwig

Stopping by Wangaratta this month? Swing in and check out ‘Light Falls’, an exhibition showcasing Erin Davis-Hartwig’s photographic exploration of North-East Victoria, and her travels over the last two years. It's running till 13 Nov at WPAC Foyer Gallery. 

Where: Wangaratta Art Gallery
When: September 11 to November 13
For more info, click here

For The Diary

Babylon 2019

Because who doesn’t love a good camping music festival. Babylon is next Feb, and it's looking like a ripper. If you’re looking to get a bit weird amongst friends and listen to some hectic techno, psytrance, trip-hop and deep house, look no further. The festival is equal parts music and experience, with plenty of added wellness activities to ensure you start your year right. Tickets are on sale now, get yours here.

Where: 99 Torney Road, Carapooee West
When: 14–17 February 2019
For more info, click here.

Grampians Music Festival 2019

This festival ticks all the boxes: good vibes, good location and even better tunes. If Babylon isn't really your thang, but you’re still looking for a good boogie next year, look no further. Think live bands, big beautiful mountains and sunshine for days. The line-up drops the end of October, but tickets are already available here

Where: Valley Drive, Halls Gap
When: 15–17 February
For more info, click here.

If you wanna get out of town this month, the Peninsula Hot Springs just got a massive refurb. Can you say 'ice cave'?

Image credit: Decoded

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