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14 Things To Do In Regional Victoria This Month

By Elizabeth Maidment - 01 Jun 2018


Winter is the perfect time for a weekend getaway: all that rain on the windshield, sipping warm apple cider, dropping into country bakeries for a pie (okay three pies and Big M). Well there's plenty to get you out of the city this month. We've got pop-up ice rinks, a Daschund Dash and enough mulled wine to fill a tank three times over.

Get ready regional VIC, we're coming for you with the best events happening this June. 

Daylesford's World Cider Day 

Daylesford Cider is showcasing their new ciders on tap this month, with free samples plus discounts on bring-home packs. Even better, say the code-word “Love Them Apples” if you purchase a main meal to claim a free pot of cider! If you’re feeling like a winter warmer, snuggle up to the open log fire and sip on a warm spiced cider, you know you want to.

When: 3 June, 11am – 5pm
Where: Daylesford Cider, 155 Dairy Flat Road, Musk
For more info, click here

Hungry Ghosts At Wangaratta

The Melbourne Theatre Company’s newest play, Hungry Ghosts, is making its way down to Wangaratta for one performance only. The show is based on a young Malaysian-Chinese woman and her personal journey into a new life in Australia. Directed by Petra Kalive (Melbourne Talam), it's been getting rave reviews so far (the regional tour started in Bendigo last month). 

When: Tuesday 5 June, Pre-Show Talk at 10am, Show Commencing at 10:30am
Where: Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
For more info, click here

Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Running in its 14th year, the Wooden Arts Festival celebrates performers, authors and commentators from the Macedon Ranges and beyond, with both Australian and International artists taking part. Big names like Jacqueline Porter, Pietro Roffi, The Melbourne Ensemble and Max Gillies are performing, and you can also attend ‘Words and Ideas’ with Emilie Zoey Baker (who performs awesome slam poetry). She's running a writing workshop session and talks with numerous authors. 

When: 8 – 11 June
Where: Various Locations, Woodend
For more info, click here

Winter White Exhibition

Bruce Hedge is joining forces with Woodend photographer and film-maker, Michael Dillon and Robyn Leeder to present an exhibition of winter wonderland photography, specifically from Greenland and Svalbard coupled with the stark landscape of the Macedon Ranges. It's all happening at the Norma Richardson Hall in Woodend, and will be running from 8 – 11 June. 

When: 8 – 11 June, 10am – 4pm
Where: Norma Richardson Hall, Woodend
For more info, click here

King Valley Balloon Festival

The King Valley Balloon Fest is heading above and beyond this year, thanks to Brown Brother’s epic Night Glow night. Watch the glowing hot air balloons light up the sky as you tuck into some winter-y eats like Smokehouse Pork Tacos and Smokey Meatball Sliders, baked potatoes and hot popcorn. Wash it all down with warm apple cider and or a creamy hot chocolate at the pop-up bar while you watch the night-time light show. 

When: 9 - 11 June 
Where: 239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa
For more info, click here

Mansfield Bush Market

Every long weekend, the Mansfield Bush Market emerges to tempt road trippers (and hungry locals) with a delicious array of produce, baked goods and 175 delicious pop-up food stalls (it's actually one of the biggest bush markets in the country). All proceeds go back to Community Groups and Emergency Services, so it's for a good cause. 

When: 9 June
Where: Highett Street, Mansfield
For more info, click here

Run Forrest Trail Run

Kick up the dust and work on that winter bod at the Run Forrest Train Run, leaping into its 6th season. Featuring both a five-kilometre kids circuit (or for those who want to so a shorter distance, we feel ya) as well as the famous 21km and 10km circuits, for those that feeling a bit daring. It also collides with the Otway Soup Festival, so you can refuel after your big race.

When: 10 June, 7:30am – 2pm
Where: Kangalaang Road, Forrest
For more info, click here

Halls Gap Arts & Crafts Market

We don't need much of an excuse to head to beautiful Halls Gap (one of our absolute favourite regional towns), and this month they're running their arts & craft market at Halls Gap Primary School. Expect homemade arts, crafts, clothes and produce, plus epic egg and bacon rolls, made by the local parents. 

When: 10 June
Where: Halls Gap Primary School, Halls Gap
For more info, click here


Grab your whole gang and head on down to the Boneo Maze this month. They're running the annual Winter Glow Festival. Think mazes (obvs), live entertainment, workshops and family-friendly activities. There’ll even be a neon photobooth, luminous puppets, mini golf and vintage carousel. If you've never been to the Boneo Maze before, it's in Fingal down on the Mornington Peninsula. 

When: 10 June, 3pm – 9pm
Where: Boneo Maze
For more info, click here

Loch Food And Wine Festival

If you haven't stopped at the village of Loch, you're missing out. And there's no excuse this month, because the cute little township is throwing their Food & Wine Fest. Don’t miss out on the cheese masterclasses with Burke Brandon from Prom Country Cheese and Wine, with a talk from Robert Hicks. And defs pop in at the Loch Distillery for a tipple. 

When: June 10, 10am – 3pm
Where: Loch Railway Station Reserve
For more info, click here

Hamilton AlpacaFest

Exactly what it sounds like—a festival dedicated to the humble Alpaca. It's run by the Western Victorian Region of the Australian Alpaca Association (which is a thing, appaz) and takes over the town of Hamilton on 16 & 17 June. You'll see a lot of alpacas, meet farmers and industry pros, and pick up some seriously snuggly alpaca goodies.

When: 16 & 17 June
Where: Hamilton Showgrounds, Shakespeare Street, Hamilton
For more info, click here

Ballarat Winter Festival

Ballarat is pulling out the turtleneck jumpers and the winter warmers as an ode to all things Wintery. We're talking the annual Ballarat Winter Fest! Not only is it the way to celebrate things getting cozy, there's going to be a tonne of events and scrumptious food on offer. Take a stroll down Main Street and admire the light installations or tuck into the town's seasonal winter menus (which go nicely with mulled wine and hot apple cider, of course).

When: 30 June  
Where: Numerous Locations, Ballarat
For more info, click here

Darker Days

The weather is getting colder, but Bright is shedding some light (literally) on a new festival that celebrates all things beer and local produce. There will there be marshmallows to roast and damper to devour, so get on down. The organisers reckon this year will have more food, more fires and more "everything". And don't forget the breweries involved: Black Dog, Blizzard Brewing Co, Bridge Road, Bright Brewery, King River, Rutherglen and Social Bandit Brewing Co, just to name a few. 

When: 30 June, 12pm – 9pm
Where: Bright Brewery, 121 Great Alpine Road, Bright
For more info, click here

Winter Weekends At Port Fairy

Great for locals and newcomers alike, Port Fairy's famous Winter Weekends is back for another year. There's a HUGE array of events including puppetry, the Port Fairy Park Run, a design pop-up, photography exhibitions, yoga and the 12th Annual Daschund Dash. Check out all the events, here

When: Every Second Weekend in June
Where: Numerous Locations

Image credit: Port Fairy

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